A High School Musical of a Different Sort

There’s something perfect about a person expressing their innermost feelings through spontaneous song and tap dancing. Agreed? I thought so. Then you shouldn’t miss Pioneer High School’s performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie November 3, 4, and 9-11. The dance moves are up to you, but brush up on the lyrics by checking out the soundtrack at AADL. Tickets can be bought at Morgan & York or at the door.

How's Your Smile?

If the cost of dental care is keeping you from visiting a dentist, come to the UM School of Dentistry's free Dental Health Day on Sat., Nov. 10 from 9am to noon. The dental services provided will include oral exams, oral cancer screenings, diagnostic radiographs, and oral hygiene evaluation and education. It takes place at the UM School of Dentistry on 1011 N. University. Parking is available in the Fletcher Street Parking Structure. No appointment is necessary.

Family Dancing at the Firefly Club!

One of the best kept secrets for family fun in Ann Arbor is at the Firefly Club, 637 S. Main, starting around 5:30, running until 8:00 every Friday and Sunday evening. Susan Chastain, owner, singer and organizer of great jazz music 7 nights a week, doesn't advertise Easy Street Dixieland Jazz on Fridays, or Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings on Sundays as being great fare for kids. But, this kind of brassy jazz from the 20s & 30s appeals to all ages and is a lot of fun to dance to. Children can see a variety of instruments played by some of the best jazz musicians in town. It's a great way to introduce kids to one of America's unique musical forms. AADL has a fine collection of jazz cds, dvds and books for readers and listeners of all ages.

Criminalization of the mentally ill

Few people know as much about unfair treatment of the mentally ill as author Pete Earley who will be in town next month to discuss Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. His visit is cosponsored by Avalon Housing and the National Alliance on Mental Health. Earley is a former Washington Post reporter. His book tells the story of his mentally ill son Mike, and also profiles what happens to mentally ill inmates in places including the Miami-Dade County Jail. In addition to his Avalon Housing appearance Nov. 4, Earley will speak at the Mallets Creek branch of the library 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday Nov. 5.

The Play Ground

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The University Musical Society presents the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with a program featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1882 and is Russia 's oldest symphony orchestra. It was initially known as the "Imperial Music Choir" and performed privately for the court of Alexander III of Russia. By the 1900s it had started to give public performances. Richard Strauss conducted the orchestra in 1912. Joining them as soloist in Ann Arbor is the talented German violinist Julia Fischer who has been highly praised by critics. She was named Artist of the Year at the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Awards ceremony.
Hill Auditorium, Sunday, November 4, 7pm.

Cooking Up a Family Cookbook


Learn how to compile a keepsake cookbook when culinary historian Pat Cornett explains the basics of how to produce a keepsake family cookbook, including researching family stories and recipes on Wednesday November 7, 2007: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. Pat says the best cookbooks include recollections about when the food was served, what it was like in the kitchen with Grandma, and family photos. So bring your memories and your notepads and get started saving and sharing your family's recipes.

Why Is The World In Love Again

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


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.

The Play Ground

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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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