Enchanted Spring, Fairies, Cicely Mary Barker & The Matthei Conservatory!

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We're all ready to get outside, but it's still a little too cold - so take your coat off and visit the Matthei Conservatory for the lovely, fun and springy Enchanted Spring Display celebrating Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies. Find fairies hidden in the conservatory, smell the hyacinth, dapple amongst the daffodils and other gorgeous spring bulbs all over the conservatory, and make a fairy sachet! Or make your own fairy container garden, and start some seeds for your own garden. This special display runs through March 31, for complete information on the display click here. And for complete details about the Matthei Conservatory including hours/location click here. On Wednesdays the Conservatory is open until 8:00 PM and admission is FREE! And don't forget that AADL has many of Cicely Mary Barker's Books Finally, make sure you visit the downtown library fairy door too!

The Play Ground

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Stella! Stella! Any follower of popular culture knows that familiar refrain from Tennessee Williams' 1948 play, A Streetcar Named Desire. There have been many revivals over the years and now it is playing at The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea. Set in steamy New Orleans following World War II, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of Blanche DuBois, her sister and Stella's volatile husband Stanley. The conflict between these three provides a thrilling emotional climax. Until March 21.

AADL Productions Podcast: Donald Harrison, Ann Arbor Film Festival

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The 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival is right around the corner, so we asked the festival's Executive Director, Donald Harrison, to give us a preview of this year's offerings. He let us in on some of the interesting events planned for this year as well as talking about some of the filmmakers who will be showing their work and giving talks. Aside from this year's highlights, we also discussed how the festival has changed over the last few years and how they go about whittling down over 2600 submissions to just 200 films.

Literary rock star coming to U-M

Reginald Gibbons is coming to the University of Michigan in the Zell Visiting Writers Series. Catch him Monday, March 9, at his poetry reading at 5 p.m. in Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington St., or on Thursday, March 12, at a lecture at 5 p.m., again in Rackham Amphitheater. Gibbons' lecture is "Five Ideas About Writing: Traumas of Revision; Aftermath; Unconscious Deliberateness; Earlier is Other; Self Within Self." To read about Gibbons' life and work, click on our database Literature Resource Center.

How To Sell Your Home in a Difficult Market

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Need to sell your house because you just got a fabulous job in another county? Wanna sell it because you love the one that just went on the market down the street? Maybe you are tired of mowing the grass and crave a condo? Elizabeth Brien and Melissa VanDam can help you. They know the tricks to selling a house in this difficult economy. Bring your questions to the Traverwood Branch, Monday, March 2 at 7 PM.

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Did you know that the Bathsheva Dance Company was founded in 1964 by Martha Graham and the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild? This is a cutting edge modern dance company that is now led by Ohad Naharin. They are presenting two different full length programs. So you can go on both nights! February 14 @ 8PM and February 15 @ 4PM.

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Drive carefully but don't let the snow keep you home--there are so many wonderful programs in town these days. Coming up on Saturday, February 7 at Hill is Lawrence Brownlee, an up-and-coming tenor who specializes in bel canto. He was recently named the Seattle Opera’s 2008 Artist of the Year and was the winner of both the 2006 Marian Anderson and Richard Tucker Awards, a feat never before achieved by any artist in the same year. He was born in Ohio and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. To further enhance your listening pleasure, the library is hosting music specialist Richard LeSueur who will discuss Mr. Brownlee's recital.

Asparagus! Stalking the American Life

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Think Local First presents a screening of Asparagus! Stalking the American Life tonight at 7:15pm at the Michigan Theater. “For 30 years, Oceana County Michigan has been the Asparagus Capital of the World. Now its spear-struck residents and family farms take on the U.S. War on Drugs, Free Trade and a Fast Food Nation, all to save their beloved roots.” Asparagus’ director Kirsten Kelly will be available for a Q & A session after the film. Proceeds from the screening of this multi-award winning film will benefit Think Local First. Planning on having asparagus for dinner before you go? Check out some of AADL's tasty vegetable cook books.

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Former anti-war activist to speak at U of M

Remember all the hoopla surrounding Obama's supposed relationship with William Ayers who was involved in a bombing during a Vietnam protest by the Weather Underground in the 1960's? Ayers, currently a professor of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago, will be speaking and then reading from the re-publication of his 2001 book, Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist, at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, Room 100. He will be joined by his wife, law professor Bernadine Dohrn. To read some of Ayer's recent thoughts on education and Obama's cabinet picks, check out his blog.

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