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They Might Be Giants may only be two guys named John, a guitarist and an accordioner, but the music that they produce is something else. The lyrics—funny, tragic, weird, poetic, meaningless—are backdropped by consciously bizarre, irresistibly catchy, and off the wall rocking music. After twenty years, they have but two gold albums to their names, a few minor hit singles. They’ve made serious records, kids records, TV themes (Malcolm In The Middle, The Daily Show,) and unique music videos. And I am happy to say (now that I have my ticket) that They Might Be Giants are coming here to the Michigan Theatre, November 14th.

The Play Ground

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CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 drama about a southern family, centers on a young wife trapped in an unfulfilling marriage with a former football star who pines for his dead friend. As the family gathers one hot night in Mississippi, everything unravels. This production, directed by Barton Bund, features an African American cast. Afterwards, you can compare to the famous Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman DVD of 1958. Blackbird Theater, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $18 (seniors $12, students $8). October 5-7, 12-14, 19, & 20. 332-3848, 8 p.m.

Wiard's Orchards Country Fair

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This fun event is happening every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm at Wiard's Orchards in Ypsilanti. The Country Fair is a fun, fall "carnival atmosphere" filled with events for the whole family. Go for a pony ride or hay ride, visit the petting farm, hear live music and get lost in the corn maze, just to name a few. And when you're tired of having fun- relax and enjoy doughnuts, caramel apples and fresh cider! And don't forget to pick out apples and pumpkins to take home!
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merrit Road, Ypsilanti, Admission $10.50, $8 after 4:30, Under 2 get in free.

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Set in the 1840s, Big River is essentially a musical tale of Mark Twain's THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Scored by Roger Miller of KING OF THE ROAD fame, this famous journey down the Mississippi on a raft brings Huck and Jim into contact with the some of Twain’s most colorful characters including the scalawags King and Duke. Big River won 7 Tony Awards and 7 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical and Score. University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, October 11-14. 763-3333.

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Dianne Reeves' voice has been described as cool, smooth, sultry and romantic.
Hmmm. Just what you need after a stressful day. You might know her from her appearance in the George Clooney film GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK. And soon she will be featured in a movie about Billy Strayhorn. Meanwhile, she and her trio will be appearing at Hill Auditorium with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo. Kick back and listen. Jazzy. October 12, 8PM.

Refusing to be Enemies

A screening of the film "Refusing to be Enemies: The Zeitouna Story" is coming up this evening at 7:15 p.m. at the Michigan Theater. Made by local filmmaker Laurie White, the film is about Zeitouna a local group of Arabic and Jewish women. This remarkable group also is the subject of the DVD Working together: the Arab and Jewish women of Ann Arbor's Zeitouna which you can check out at the library.

Ann Arbor Sunday Artisan Market

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This Sunday, September 30 there will some extra vendors at the popular weekly Ann Arbor Artisan Market. There will be 30 Etsy artists/ sellers from Michigan set up at the event selling handmade wares they they normally sell online in their Etsy shop. (Not familiar with Etsy? It’s an online source for buying and selling handmade items. Makers from around the world set up and manage their own shop and buyers can browse through various search engines to find a huge variety of handmade goods.) Etsy at the Market takes place at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market in Kerrytown from 11-4pm. A few stand out artists worth checking out are Oh My Cavalier and Rainy Prints. Get shopping! Buy local! Buy handmade!

Support Needed for Ann Arbor Film Festival

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The Ann Arbor Film Festival has launched its Endangered Campaign to raise $75,000 in three months to support the AAFF. They're also on the lookout for talented individuals who are interested in joining in the actual production of the festival, as well as other events throughout the year. On Wednesday, September 26th, at 7:30 they will be in the basement of Great Wraps, located at 310 S. State Street, to meet with people who are interested in becoming a Festival Volunteer for the 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival. If you can't make it, or have any questions, please send an e-mail to Dave Hashim, our Volunteer Coordinator at dhashim@aafilmfest.org

Feeling Foolish?

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Street Theater Art (START) Project co-creators Shoshana Hurand and Mark Tucker are throwing a big, silly party this Thursday to kick off preparations for Festifools 2008! This year they have a spacious new studio in the UM Campus Security Services Building (room 1309). Festifools 2007 was a huge success—the project combined the efforts of UM students and volunteers from throughout the community to create enormous Mardi Gras-style puppets that were marched through the streets of Ann Arbor on April Fools’ Day. Photos of the event will be on display at the open house, which runs from 5-7pm.

Photo by Myra Klarman, used with permission.

Great Lakes Myth Society playing in town this Friday

Southeastern Michigan’s Great Lakes Myth Society bring their blend of folk, pop and rock music back to Ann Arbor this Friday for a performance at the Blind Pig. A common theme throughout many of GLMS’s songs is Michigan and its natural surroundings. Singer/Songwriter Timothy Monger explains, “to reference our home in song has always been a natural reaction. It was only when we noticed how strong the themes were that the desire to center our project within the Lakes took hold."
Check it out for yourself on their latest album. Side note: In the song “Marquette County, 1959” the singer croons “Jimmy Stewart came to Marquette County in 1959.” This is true and references the film Anatomy of a Murder which Jimmy Stewart did indeed film in Marquette in 1959. (It’s a gem of a film costarring Lee Remick in a sassy roll.)

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