The Play Ground

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Brilliant is what comes to mind when you put Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart together to create a Broadway hit. Burlesque is what comes to mind when you put Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton and Michael Crawford together on the screen. This community seems to enjoy watching and hearing the music to A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum about the laziest slave in Rome, so how clever it is that the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is presenting this very funny play from June 5-8? Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. 971-2228

Going Solar

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The Who will not be there, but plenty of VIPs local and otherwise will be as the Farmer's Market celebrates Going Solar on Monday, June 2, at 4 p.m. 156 solar panels on the market's roof -- enough to power the entire Market -- are being installed as part of the Market re-do, courtesy of the DDA.

The Play Ground

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It's been 25 years since Mr. B, Steve Nardella, and George Bedard played together as members of the Steve Nardella Band. Since then, each has gone on to make his own mark. They get back together Saturday night for a show that no fan of American jazz should miss. The past six annual concerts have been standing room only so get there early. 8 p.m., Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley. Saturday, May 31, 2008, Tickets $20 at the door only. 665-9090.

Older Michiganians Unite!

If I was headed to the Washtenaw County Older Michiganians Rally, I might want to at least scan the new book Meet the Next President: What you don’t know about the candidates. But that’s just me. Others may want to simply show up, as the flyer says, to learn about and respond to issues affecting seniors, find out what you can do, and maybe talk to some elected officials and local leaders. The rally is June 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the St. Joseph Senior Health Building, Lower Level, 5631 McCauley Drive. It’s intended for seniors, advocates for older adults, state and local elected officials, and “anyone interested in making Michigan a great place to live!” Wait, isn’t that everyone? Presenters of the rally are Area Agency on Aging 1B, Blueprint for Aging and Senior Advocates of Washtenaw.

The Play Ground

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Even The Play Ground has to get out now and then. As soon as spring arrives (though lately we are somewhat dubious that it has) we head to Barton Pond or Gallup Park with our binoculars to see what is flying about and passing through.

Pick a Park, Adopt-A-Park

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You know you've got a favorite park in Ann Arbor. Now's your chance to show the park you care, you really, really care. Wear your scruffies and come to the Adopt-A-Park Kickoff this Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Help plant, mulch, clean and weed and your fav park will be eternally grateful and beautifully green. For more info visit the Adopt-A-Park website.

The Play Ground

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Springtime is a good time to mosey over to Chelsea, take a walk around, check out the art galleries and shops, maybe have a meal at The Common Grill and see a play at The Purple Rose Theatre. "Growing Pretty" by Carey Crim and directed by Michelle Mountain is the world premiere of this coming-of-age tale about a girl who dreams of becoming a supermodel. When her mom steals the love of her life, the girl has to navigate, alone, the difficult path of becoming an artist. Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets in advance and at the door-through May 31. 433-7673.

Know Your Rights

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Having trouble with a landlord or a former spouse and don’t know what to do next? Perhaps you want to start your own business and have a legal question that is holding you back. The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan holds free legal clinics once a month during which you can talk to an experienced lawyer about business or family law. Sessions are twenty minutes in length and advanced registration is required. This month’s clinic is on Monday, May 30th from 11am to 1pm. To register, call 734-973-6779 on Mondays between 3pm and 6pm.

The Play Ground

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“Jimmy had soul way back when people weren't using the word,” observed Ray Charles. Legendary 84-year-old jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott is a male soprano who has influenced Stevie Wonder, Frankie Valli and Lou Reed, to name a few. Scott's singing has a high piercing quality that's the result of a hereditary hormonal deficiency that kept his voice from developing beyond boyhood. "He sings with the melodic concept of an instrument," says Quincy Jones, who was a trumpeter with Lionel Hampton's band when Scott made his debut as a vocalist with Hampton in 1949. "He'd put me on my knees, give me goose bumps." Go get goose bumps yourself. Friday, May 9, 8pm. The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15.

Help support the Women's Center

This Friday, May 2, The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan will be hosting their seventh annual fundraising event, "Opening Doors," an auction and dinner at the Morris Lawrence Building of Washtenaw Community College. The Women's Center is an agency devoted to helping women acheive personal and economic self-sufficiency through personal and financial counseling, job coaching and support groups. They charge minimal fees so that any woman can take advantage of their services. For more information on the event or their services, call 973-6779.

We have a great collection of books at the library on women's issues that may also be helpful to women going through some life transitions.

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