Girls Read!

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The film The Diary of Anne Frank will be showing at the Michigan Theater April 26th at noon. This is in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Huron Valley Council. This is the last in their series called "Girls Read! A Celebration of Literacy and Film". A discussion will follow the film. All girls are welcome to attend, and you get free popcorn and a soft drink with your ticket!

The Second City visits The Ark

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The improvisational comedy troupe known as The Second City will bring their shenanigans to The Ark in Ann Arbor on April 10 & 11. Second City was founded in Chicago in the late 50s and has been a springboard for much comedic talent, including Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Alan Arkin and many others. Join the troupe for “One Nation, Under Blog,” an evening of improvised and scripted sketch comedy that is current, interactive and gosh darn funny. Feel like reading too? Check out The Second City almanac of improvisation.
Thursday April 10, 8pm & Friday April 11, 7:30pm. Visit The Ark’s website for more info and ticket information.

Passionate about St. Matthew Passion

A friend said Bach's St. Matthew Passion is very dramatic, so I’ll be there Friday at 7:30 p.m. to hear the UMS performance of this great composition depicting the last days of Christ. You can read more about the piece in books including J.S. Bach: a Life in Music.

Mitch Ryder is around town this week!

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Local author and reporter James A. Mitchell will be discussing his new (soon-to-be-released) book, It was All Right: Mitch Ryder’s Life in Music, on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00pm at the Downtown Library. Mitchell will be discussing the life and times of the music legend as presented in the biography. Mitch Ryder has been in the music business most of his life and has had many hit songs, most notably the ones from the 1960s, such as “Devil With a Blue Dress On.”

The music doesn’t stop there! On Saturday, March 22 Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels will be performing live at the Michigan Theater at 8:00pm as part of the Legends of Rock & Roll Series. In lieu of an opening act Ryder will be interviewed by rock journalist Gary Graff. Visit the theater’s website for stats and ticket info. Mitchell's book will be available for purchse at the show.

Transformation Celebration

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Looking for a good excuse to dress up and go dancing? A gala fundraiser will be held for the Ann Arbor Community Center on April 11th at the Community Center. This formal evening includes dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Donations will go towards the Center's summer camp and programs. Call 662-31-3128 for tickets.

Vinx performance at The Ark

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The powerful one-man band known as Vinx lands at The Ark on Thursday, March 13 for another masterful drum performance. Vinx is one interesting man. He was an Olympic track hopeful sidelined by a boycott and then a personal injury. He then became a personal trainer to a few celebrities before focusing on his music career, which began in the late 70s. He’s toured and played with world-class musicians around the world for the past thirty years. "Imagine a classic R&B voice like those of Sam Cooke or Al Jarreau singing a capella over a boisterous percussion troupe and you might get a hold on Vinx's magic...It's his yearning voice, alternately full of both anguish and joy, that makes you listen," says Modern Drummer magazine.
March 13, The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 8pm. Check the website for ticket information.

Find out what it's like to run for President . . . of the Czech Republic!

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We nearly had yet another president in our midst right here in Ann Arbor. Unlike Michigan native son Gerald Ford, however, Jan Svejnar was running for president of the Czech Republic. Svejnar is an economist and professor at UM's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He was narrowly defeated in his bid for the Czech presidency. Svejnar will be chatting about his experiences in an upcoming event at the Ford School.

Running for the Czech Presidency
March 12, 2008, 5-6p
Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weill Hall
735 South State Street, Ann Arbor

P.S. Weill Hall is the shiny new building on the southwest corner of UM's central campus.

Klezmer music at the Neutral Zone

Ann Arbor's TeenCenter, The Neutral Zone, is kicking off their concert series, Weapons of Musical Diversity, with klezmer group, Shtreiml. The all-ages show will be Thursday, March 7th, at 7 pm.

A new take on traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish folk music, the group will be performing free of charge at the Neutral Zone. If you like Shtreiml, check out the Klezmatics and The Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Poetry out loud

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If you didn't already know, there's a great monthly poetry reading at Sweetwater's Cafe on west Washington St. called "Writers Reading at Sweetwaters". On the third Tuesday of each month, there's a featured reader and then an open mike period when anyone who has ever wanted to read their work can do so. Past readers have included Ed Morin, Rick Solomon and Alison Swan. On Tuesday, February 19, Kristin Stelter and Michael Moriarty will be the featured readers. Chris Lord and Esther Hurwitz, esteemed co-creators of these soirees, promise a piece of cookie to each brave soul who ventures forth. It's a casual, friendly evening even if you only want to listen and have a cup of Joe.

The Play Ground

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"Well look a-yonder comin', Comin' on down the track. Well look a-yonder comin', Comin' on down the track. It's the Orange Blossom Special, Bringin' my baby back." Classic depression era rail & fiddle music written by Ervin T Rouse and Chubby Wise. This weekend you can hum the song as you stroll around the Midwest's largest model railroad flea market at the 38th Annual Show, Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club. Also, display of model train operating layouts. Proceeds used to restore and maintain Dexter's railroad depot. Feb. 16 & 17, Saline Middle School gymnasium, 426-0829. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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