The Play Ground

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The Play Ground hasn't heard of this group-the "Us Five" Quintet-but in the publicity they sound cool. In addition, Blue Note recording artist Jason Moran plays in the first half of the evening featuring a performance that has "challenged the status quo each time out." Joe Lovano presents a lush saxophone sound that combines with his combo and Moran to provide great musical conversations. Perfect. They will be performing just post election and we will be glad to get out, relax and hear great conversations of the musical kind for a change. Friday, November 7, 8pm, Michigan Theater

Crusader for human rights

Tomorrow, October 29, Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be the featured speaker at the Wallenberg Foundation lecture. Archbishop Tutu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, has been a tireless supporter of human rights in South Africa. He helped establish the the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa which investigated abuses of human rights. Tutu emphasized the importance of justice as well as forgiveness in this process. His work reflects that of Raoul Wallenberg who risked his life to save thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II. Every year, the Foundation honors a person who embodies Wallenberg's quest for peace and justice. Desmond Tutu's lecture will be at 7:30 in Hill Auditorium.

Religion and Peacemaking in the Middle East

Among noted speakers Nov. 8-10 at the Morikawa Conference will be Msgr. Elias Chacour, whose autobiographical We Belong to the Land I am liking quite a bit. Other internationally known people scheduled to speak at the conference are Dr. Ingrid Mattson, author of The Story of the Qur‘an: Its History and Place in Muslim life, and Rabbi Marc Gopin, whose books include Healing the Heart of Conflict.

Spooky Stuff This Week

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Celebrate Halloween all week at AADL: Kids in grades 4-5 can join us for an alien autopsy at our Weird Science Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3-4 p.m. at the Pittsfield branch or make pirate costumes and treasure maps on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Traverwood branch. Grades 6-adult will hear chilling tales of investigations by the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, and younger kids can dress up for our annual Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 31, with stories, songs and treats at 9:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room (just prior to the Main Street Area Association's Downtown Treat Parade at 11:00 a.m.).

The Play Ground

The Play Ground

Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news...On November 15, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is presenting a wonderful program by four of the biggest rock stars of their day: Handel, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Schubert. In addition, the Orchestra is featuring Primor Sluchin, a world-class harpist and one of the only women to play in the Berlin Philharmonic. Saturday, Nov. 15, 8pm, Michigan Theater.

Experience Fall Colors without Driving to the UP

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Want to experience the changing of colors in the trees without travelling to northern Michigan? The University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum is right here in Ann Arbor and features the annual transformation among its array of foliage. Even if you have visited “The Arb” before, it can become an entirely new landscape in the autumn season. They suggest visiting during the early morning or late afternoon to take a stroll through this parkland that has been around since 1907. Of the three entries into the Arboretum, the Geddes Avenue entrance incorporates the highest elevation in the area with the park’s “ceremonial gates” to provide a breathtaking panoramic view.
To learn more about autumn’s annual transformation, check out Autumn leaves: a guide to the fall colors of the northwoods. For the Arboretum’s hours of operation, take a look their website or call (734) 647-7600. Nichols Arboretum, 1600 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Play Ground

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Did you know that Mardi Gras originated in Mobile, Alabama? Alabama Mardi Gras occurs next year in late January, early February but tomorrow you can catch a not very pretty history of the festival that was still racially segregated in 2007. Filmmaker Margaret Brown traces the pageantry as well as the historical violence. The film is presented as a Sundance Institute Art House Project Film Tour. Director Brown will answer questions after the film. THE ORDER OF MYTHS at the Michigan Theater, Thursday, October 16 at 7pm.

Bunny Love

An Open House for the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary is today! Enjoy everything from a haunted Hoppy Hollow to tours of their grounds. The Sanctuary, located south of Ann Arbor in Willis, is a home for neglected domestic rabbits. They have floppy friends available for adoption. They are also a "no-kill" facility, so rabbits unsuitable for adoption have a place to live out their lives. Investigating whether or not a rabbit is right for your house? The library has many books available on the care of rabbits. They include House Rabbit Primer: Understanding and Caring for your Companion Rabbit and The Proper Care of Rabbits.

Author Ann Packer Visits the AADL

On Thursday, October 9th at 7pm, bestselling author Ann Packer will make a very special visit to the Downtown library to discuss her 2007 novel, Songs Without Words, and to sign books afterward. Songs Without Words is Ms. Packer's second novel, and it explores the lifelong friendship of two women, the confining roles we sometimes take upon ourselves, and the deep connection in a friendship that is pushed to the breaking point. The Los Angeles Times Book Review says, "Packer writes about adult female friendship with a nuanced understanding of its emotional intensity." She is also the author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier and the short story collection Mendocino and Other Stories, which are available at the AADL. The event will be held at the Downtown library in the Multi-Purpose Room on the Lower Level. It is co-sponsored by Shaman Drum, who will be selling books during the signing.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore Comes to The Ark

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Grammy nominated Jimmie Dale Gilmore brings his country-folk bliss to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Monday, October 13 at 8pm. Rolling Stone calls him “The poet laureate of the Buddhist cowboys.” His musical influences range from Texans such as Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly to acts such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan to an array of folk artists. His most recent album, Come On Back, is what he calls “a compilation of recordings of some old songs that my dad loved. I love them too, and it is a project very dear to me.” Texas based Gilmore is not only a singer and songwriter, he is also a record producer and actor. (Including a brief role in The Big Lebowski.) Check out The Ark’s website for more details and ticket information.

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