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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

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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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She's beautiful, smart and talented and she's coming to Ann Arbor. She was once quoted as saying she would retire when she reached the age of 45. Thankfully for us, Anne-Sophie Mutter says she was misquoted. After embarking on a major Mozart project two years ago, she now turns her attention to JS Bach. She will be playing with the Camerata Salzburg which was founded in 1952 and also has a rich tradition of musical excellence. Hill Auditorium, Sunday, October 19, 7pm.

Census Records Explained

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Census records are an invaluable tool in genealogical research but they are a tool that presents challenges for both new and seasoned genies. The Geneaolgical Society of Washtenaw County will host a lecture by genealogical masterwonk Barb Snow on Sunday, Sept. 28, 1:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Merch Education Center Auditorium. AADL has Census records on microfilm, remotely through Heritage Quest and online at the library through AncestryPlus.

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We're feeling hip these days. A little hippy too, but that is another story. So we want to be hip and do hip things. We are thinking of going to see The Wayne Shorter Quartet and the Imani Winds at Hill. Shorter will be here to celebrate his 75th birthday. "Universally regarded as a living legend in jazz, Shorter’s great body of work as a composer for such illustrious groups as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers,Miles Davis’s famous quintet from the 1960s, and the fusion group Weather Report is enough to ensure him a spot in the Jazz Hall of Fame." Opening for him is The Imani Winds, an eclectic African American quintet. The two groups unite at the end of the evening as a nine-piece ensemble, covering a vast range of musical territories. Hill Auditorium, Saturday, September 27, 8 pm.NPR Feature on All Things Considered 3/2/05

Book Finalists Chosen for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009

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The theme of the 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program is The Universe: Yours to Discover. Three books have been chosen as finalists for the community read and are available at AADL. Request the books online or visit the display in the lobby of the Downtown Library.

The three book finalists are available in alternative formats for those who are unable to read or use printed materials due to a physical disability (blindness, macular degeneration, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, dyslexia, etc.). Please contact the Library of Michigan Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at 1-800-992-9012 for more information.

The finalists are:

Timothy Ferris, Seeing In The Dark: How Amateur Astonomers Are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe. New York: Simon & Schuster, c2002.

Homer Hickam, Rocket Boys: A Memoir. New York: Delacorte Pres, 1998.

Dava Sobel, The Planets. New York: Viking, 2005.

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