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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


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.


Fall is upon us and that means colder weather, cider mills, changing leaves, and Halloween! With the season of spooks nearing I thought it an appropriate time to warn you all about the upcoming invasion. That's right, on October 26th, 2008, Ann Arbor will be overrun by zombies!! No need to worry though as these zombies have better intentions and motives behind their staggering than the typical zombie. 10/26/08 is the 40th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead and World Zombie Day and to help celebrate people are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to the zombie walk. All donations for the Ann Arbor walk will be given to Ann Arbor’s food bank Food Gatherers.

The walk will start at Espresso Royale

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Comic Masters Film Series Playing at the Michigan


The Comic Masters Film Series playing at the Michigan Theater features select comic works by some of Hollywood’s master comedy directors. The series is starting off with films by Woody Allen, and will eventually feature films by Mel Brooks, Blake Edwards and Hal Ashby. The remaining Allen films are Annie Hall, Manhattan, Stardust Memories, Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, and Zelig. Be sure to check the theater’s website for the full schedule of all films playing by all directors between now and mid-December. (Including Young Frankenstein and Harold & Maude!) What a great way to celebrate some of our greatest directors of comedy.

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This year the University Musical Society will be providing a rich season of dance programming. First up is The Mark Morris Dance Group on September 19 and 20. This modern dance ensemble was formed in 1980 and gave its first concert that year in New York City. The company’s touring schedule steadily expanded to include Europe. MMDG is noted for its commitment to live music, a feature of every performance. Power Center, 8pm.

What are you reading?

Watcha reading: Robin Agnew discovers 'The crazy School,' by Cornelia Read: Robin Agnew, with "The Crazy School, by Cornelia Read.Watcha reading: Robin Agnew discovers 'The crazy School,' by Cornelia Read: Robin Agnew, with "The Crazy School, by Cornelia Read.

If you're searching for a good mystery, Robin Agnew would like to make a couple of suggestions.

Robin is the vice president of the Kerrytown BookFest (which takes place this Sunday, Sept. 7). What's more, she and her husband Jamie own Aunt Agatha's, the peculiar book shop at 213 South Fourth Ave. that specializes in mystery and detective books.

They founded the store in 1992, after Jamie, also a bookworm, spent some time working for Borders, another book store that originated in Ann Arbor. The choice to sell mystery and detective fiction was natural, Robin said. She worked her way through Nancy Drew in elementary school, and in middle school she read every one of Agatha Christie's mystery novels. She's remained a mystery reader ever since.

Robin is usually on the lookout for new authors to share with other book lovers, and this year she's telling people about Cornelia Read, after being impressed with her first novel, A Field of Darkness. She emailed us last week that the book was "terrific," and the writing "beautiful."

Now, here's what she has to say about Cornelia Read's latest novel, The Crazy School:

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Can the summer be over already? It must be as we have just received our Calendar of Events from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. We have seen many wonderful student performances over the years--last year's production of Carousel was very professional. The first item we are interested in is on September 19 when the University Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Michael Daugherty's homage to Superman, Metropolis Symphony. There is a great year ahead and we will keep you informed of "not to be missed" events. Hill Auditorium, 8pm.

The Global Jazz Trio Visits The Ark

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Detroit jazz musicians, The Global Jazz Trio, bring their jazz jams to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Monday, September 8 at 8pm. Band member Mark Hershberger describes their music as “a world influenced jazz that combines African, Latin, Asian and European influences with traditional jazz and funk to form a global jazz for all people.” Cool! Check out The Ark’s website for details and ticket information.

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The Kerrytown Concert House was founded in 1984 and has been going strong since then providing an eclectic assortment of about 70 musical offerings a year.
Next week they are hosting Tumbao Bravo which was formed in 2003 but has already won the 2005 and 2007 Detroit Music Awards in the Best Jazz and World Music categories. Tumbao Bravo is a 5-7 piece Cuban Jazz combo consisting of Congas, Timbales, Sax/Flute/Piccolo, Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Piano, Bass Guitar, and Bongos. Sounds like some cool music for a hot summer night. 769-2999, 8/22/2008 at 08:00pm.

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