Breakin' Curfew - May 8

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The Neutral Zone and the University Musical Society (UMS) present Breakin’ Curfew at The Power Center on Friday May 8, at 8pm. Now an annual event, this powerful show features teen acts that were scouted by teens, while being lead by UMS. The end performance showcases a wide variety of local teen talent in all forms and is truly electric. (i.e. If you don't dig the breakdancing, sit tight, the cellist is up next!) This show is popular and tends to sell out, so get your tickets!

Earth Day in Ann Arbor

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Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day in Tree Town. Catch the Recycled Materials Art Show at the ReUse Center or drink a toast to Project Grow at Arbor Brewing Company.

The Leslie Science and Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 26, with educational displays, hands-on activities, live animal presentations, storytelling and sing-alongs. Join the All Species Parade dressed as your favorite endangered plant or animal. Call 997-1553 or visit the Leslie Science Center's website for more information.

Jerzy Drozd Presents: Why Superheroes Communicate to Us

On Saturday, April 25th at 4pm in the Downtown library, Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd, author of The Front: Rebirth and other graphic novels, will deliver a dynamic presentation aimed at adult audiences on the greater significance that superheroes have in our world.

From the author: Superheroes have been an integral part of American culture since the late 1930s. Almost everyone knows what effect Kryptonite has on Superman, why Batman has a disdain for guns, or how Spider-Man learned "with great power comes great responsibility". But are these cultural icons merely a power fantasy for young people, or do they speak to wider human experiences and struggles? And why have they until only recently been a genre exclusive to comic books?

Join cartoonist and teaching artist Jerzy Drozd for an interactive discussion about the role of superheroes in fiction as well as the parallels that can be found when one compares them to characters found in mythology and fables.

The Play Ground

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Gosh, one piece of good news is that this weekend we can head to Canton [not so far] for a great nostalgic piece of humor and music. The Comic Opera Guild is presenting ORANGE BLOSSOMS, a musical by VICTOR HERBERT that was first produced in 1922. This year marks the 150th birday of Victor Herbert who was the first major composer of operettas and musicals in the United States. He was also famous for his marches. The plot contains no operatic absurdities, but tells the story of Kitty Savery, a young American of no means, who ventures to Paris where she finds herself marrying a man to save his inheritance. Much hilarity and fur flying ensues. April 3 and 4, 7:30 pm. The Village Theater in Canton.

AADL Productions Podcast: Festifools

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A festival of fools will descend on Main Street for the third annual Festifools event next Sunday, April 5, from 4-5 p.m. Last week, we had the opportunity to interview Mark Tucker, the creative force behind Festifools, at his studio. Mark talks about his background in float building, this year's Festifools theme, and he takes us on tour of the studio and the various stages of creating a papier-mâché puppet.

Everyone Has To Eat

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Everyone Has To Eat is one of many Open Space Technology (OST) events happening on the UM Campus this week. Local Food Summit members are eager to continue discussing local food matters in Washtenaw County. Everyone Has to Eat "is for anyone interested in discussing a wide range of topics related to local food production, consumption, preservation, sustainability, and justice.” The agenda for the meeting will be set by those participating. Bring ideas, questions, techniques, strategies, and answers. Bring your ears, wisdom, heart and mind for this important dialog.

Tuesday, March 24 | 6:30-10pm | 1024 Dana Bldg School of Natural Resources & Environment UM Central Campus

This weekend, try comic opera

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Check out Albert Herring, which opens today at Mendelssohn Theatre. The music in this three-act comic chamber opera is by Benjamin Britten, one of England’s best known composers. The libretto is by Eric Crozier. The U-M production was wittily previewed last month by the director, U-M Professor Robert Swedberg, in an appearance at our Pittsfield branch.. Read a preview of the show at Mlive.

"Encore" may deserve an encore!

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Check out the new on-line magazine, Encore Michigan, which covers professional theater in southeastern Michigan. There's a wealth of information here, from a calendar with links in it to the productions, blogs, reviews and news features. It covers theater in the Detroit area, Flint, Ann Arbor and more. Barton Bund, director of the Blackbird Theater in Ann Arbor is one of the contributors. To get an in depth view of what's happening in theater in this area, including edgier, offbeat productions, read Encore Michigan.

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.

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