Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Movie @ The Michigan Theater

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Movie will be showing at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, April 25 at 1:30. Part of the Benard L. Maas Family Friendly Film Series, and sponsored by The Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, this event is FREE for kids 12 and under! See it on the big screen with a bucket of popcorn for a Sunday out on the town.

In this Depression-era drama based on the beloved American Girls book series, Kitt tries to solve a home robbery. The all-star cast also includes Abigail Breslin as Kitt, as well as Chris O'Donnell, Joan Cusack, Stanley Tucci, and Jane Krakowski.

If you choose to instead stay home in your PJs on Sunday, it's also available at AADL on DVD and Blu-ray.

Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series

Great Lakes, Great Times is a monthly reading series that, according to the host, “showcases the best established and up-and-coming writers working today.” The April reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Deb Olin Unferth, Jeff Parker, and Kendra Grant Malone.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. So many authors are visiting, and these events have been filling the house!

The monthly event is geared towards adults, admission is FREE, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, April 24, 7pm at 826michgan/ The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.
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Ann Arbor Conversations with David Sedaris

The fourth installment of Ann Arbor Conversations will be at the Michigan Theater soon, and features author David Sedaris. This new series wishes for audiences to “experience the ultimate in cultural entertainment,” and past evenings in the series featured Kevin Smith, Anthony Bourdain, and Frank Warren.

The last featured guest, David Sedaris, is in the forefront when it comes to contemporary humor writers. Some of the funniest, laugh out loud pieces I’ve ever read are from this man, and though I’m not a huge fan of audio books, I’ll listen to anything Sedaris as written, as he reads his own books in a fabulous fashion. AADL has a slew of Sedaris books needing a reading. If you’re attending this event, have fun!
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Wednesday, April 14 | 7:30pm | Michigan Theater

Author Gary Paulsen to visit Ann Arbor

Best-selling author Gary Paulsen will be in Ann Arbor on Monday, April 12. He’ll be signing books at Nicola’s Books from 7-8pm promoting his newest novel, Woods Runner. The well loved author has written many books for both children and adults. Hatchet, Brian’s Winter, and Mudshark are stand-outs. paulsenpaulsen

Author's Forum: A World Without Ice

U-M geophysicist Henry Pollack – who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore – will join U-M weather and climate scientist Richard Rood in a conversation called A World Without Ice on Wednesday, April 14, from 5:30-7 p.m. at U-M Harlan Hatcher Library. Topics covered will include why ice matters, the delicate geological balance between ice and climate, and the pending crisis of a world without ice. The discussion is being presented by the Author’s Forum, a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series 3/20

Great Lakes, Great Times is a monthly reading series that, according to the host, “showcases the best established and up-and-coming writers working today.” The March reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Dan Chaon, Laura van den Berg, and Christian TeBordo.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. So many authors are visiting, and these events have been filling the house!

The monthly event is geared towards adults, admission is FREE, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, March 20, 7pm at 826michgan/ The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.

Beyond Therapy: Are these people crazy?

Laughs and adult comedy are abundant in Beyond Therapy, being staged by PTD Productions in Ypsilanti. Written by Christopher Durang, the play is set and was first performed in the ‘80s. Impressively it manages not only an account of a bisexual man’s pursuit of romantic happiness, but also a send-up of psychotherapy. A review of the local production is here. The show runs through March 20, and Thursday is pay what you can. Durang's other plays include Baby with the Bathwater, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo.

Winter: Good Season for Plays

Theater has deep roots around here, as Grace Shackman chronicles in her Ann Arbor Observer article about the old Whitney Theater. Today we continue to enjoy a lively drama scene; this weekend (Feb. 27-28), at least three stage productions are running:
1) It Came from Mars! a screwball comedy about a group of radio actors terrified by Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast, playing at Performance Network. Read a review.
2) Gravity, spotlighting the secret life of Isaac Newton, at Purple Rose in Chelsea.
3) Cheaper by the Dozen, based on the book by Frank Gilbreth, at Riverside Arts Center.
Why not pick a drama, style your hat, and head out?

Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series

Great Lakes, Great Times is a monthly reading series that, according to the host, “showcases the best established and up-and-coming writers working today.” The February reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Blake Nelson (Author of teen titles, Girl, They Came From below, and Gender Blender, among others), Kevin Sampsell, and Chelsea Martin.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. So many authors are visiting! I hear January’s event had quite the turn-out.

The monthly event is geared towards adults, admission is FREE, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, February 27, 7pm at 826michigan/ The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.

Mardi Gras Mambo

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If you can’t make it to Mardi Gras this year, you can celebrate here in Ann Arbor with Mardi Gras Mambo at the Michigan Theater on Wednesday, February 17th. This event will feature performances from Crescent City jazz legend Dr. John with Lower 911 and New Orleans’ First Family of Funk, The Neville Brothers. These performances will be a real treat to see during this time of year, without even traveling to The Big Easy!

Dr. John of New Orleans has been an iconic figure in music for over forty years, combining jazz, rock, blues and funk. Pianist and guitar player, he has worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Al Hirt, and many Louisiana-based musicians. His early musical career in the late 1960s and early 1970s involved many voodoo influences, beginning with his psychedelic debut album Gris-Gris in 1968. The stage name Dr. John was inspired by a 19th century Louisiana voodoo practitioner, and Dr. John himself was Jim Henson's inspiration for the character of Dr. Teeth on The Muppet Show.

The R&B soul troupe, The Neville Brothers, have been recording since the late 1970s. Brother Aaron Neville has enjoyed a solo career of his own with some adult contempory hits, such as a cover of "Everybody Plays the Fool." The Neville Brothers were a consistent closing act at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival until Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when they relocated to Nashville. They returned to the festival in 2008.

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