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


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.

32nd Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival hits town!

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The Folk Festival is a benefit for The Ark and brings the usual festival mix of up and coming artists as well as popular artists in the fields of folk, ethnic and roots music.

Friday night has Jeff Tweedy headlining as well as Old Crow Medicine Show doing their thing. Saturday night will rock the house with Kris Kristofferson and Pete Seeger. Go get your toes tapping and support The Ark! See here for more details, the line-up, and ticket info.

Hill Auditorium | Friday, January 30 & Saturday, January 31 | 6:30pm |

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This year, which marks the 14th Annual Ford Honors Program, celebrates the partnership between the University Musical Society, the University of Michigan and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The company’s three Ann Arbor residencies (2001, 2003, and 2006) have included nine of Shakespeare’s plays as well as the US premiere of a stage adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. This Ford Honors Program is unique in that it honors a theater company and Michael Boyd, its artistic director alongside a U-M faculty member, Professor Ralph Williams who is retiring. This year's event will be an exciting multi-media extravaganza. Saturday, January 24th 6pm. Rackham Auditorium

The Thrill Isn't Gone Yet

Eight films from director Alfred Hitchcock are featured this month as part of Michigan Theater's Great Directors series, and although most of the films were shown earlier this month, you can still catch three of his best on the big screen. Watch Tippi Hedren duck and cover in The Birds this Friday, January 16 at midnight, or see if Jimmy Stewart can snare his suspicious neighbor in Rear Window next Monday, January 19 at 7p.m. If dark comedy is your style, then watch Barbara Harris swindle the gullible in Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot, playing the following Monday, January 26 at 7p.m. The AADL also owns Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and The 39 Steps if you missed them at the Michigan Theater this month.

To delve into the director's psyche and his unconventional relationships with the actresses in his films, try the 2008 book, Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies.

Transition Towns

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Last year Boulder, Colorodo was named the first Transition Town in the United States. The movement asks an entire community to address the concern, “how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?” in the deepest way possible. At the end of this month Ann Arbor will host the first Transition Town Training session in the Midwest, which will be lead by Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn of Transition Boulder County. For information on the training, registration and fees, see here. To understand the ins and outs of Transitioning, check out The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local self-reliance by Rob Hopkins. (Crazy Wisdom Bookstore is offering a 10% discount on this title for the month of January.) To see how a large community is handling things, check out the wonderful film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. (Film’s website here.)

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