The Play Ground

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Oscar Wilde famously said, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." The stars are out now at the Michigan Classical Repertory Theater for Lady Windermere's Fan, Oscar Wilde's sharp-edged 1891 comedy about a Victorian archmoralist. Like many of his comedies, it is a biting satire on the morals of Victorian society, particularly marriage. When a woman with a shady past makes a play for Lady Windermere's husband, how is she supposed to respond? Oscar Wilde explores the hypocrisy of public morality compared with genuine, private kindness.
Through May 20th, 2007. Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. 214-6600.

The Play Ground

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The Play Ground has seen outstanding films at the Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival for five years and we are thrilled that the new season is beginning on Sunday, May 6 and continuing through Thursday at the Michigan Theater, showing a whopping 19 films The event is one of five (the others are in Commerce Township, Flint, Birmingham and Windsor) that constitute the Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival. One goal of Ann Arbor's Jewish Community Center is to transmit Jewish education and Jewish identity and Jewish learning through film. Another goal should be to deliver great entertainment. Mission accomplished.

The Play Ground

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Cynthia Rylant has written more than 60 children's books since her first book was published in 1982. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including a Newbery Medal. She writes both picture books and novels for older readers but her most popular characters of all are Henry and Mudge. Lucky us-they are coming in "in person" to the Michigan Theater. In this production Henry has just moved and can't find a playmate. Luckily, he's got Mudge - a big, slobbery, 180-pound, canine buddy, with whom he can explore the neighborhood in this musical adventure.

Michigan Theater, NOT JUST FOR KIDS SERIES, Sunday, May 20. Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

New Joan Blos Book to be Celebrated

A book release party for the new young adult novel Letters from the Corrugated Castle: A Novel of Gold Rush California, 1850-1852, by Ann Arborite Joan Blos is coming up 7 p.m. Wednesday May 16 at Shaman Drum Bookshop. The book completes a geographical trilogy started with A Gathering of Days, which won a Newbery Medal, and continued with Brothers of the Heart.

New Lodi Township Historical Group Forming

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A new group is working to preserve the history of Lodi Township. An offshoot of the Saline Area Historical Society, the group has two current projects: Preserving the Old Lodi Township Hall and cleaning up the Lodi Township Cemetery. The old hall, located on Pleasant Lake Road, dates back to 1867 and has been closed for 30 years, according to the spring/summer Lodi Connection newsletter. The cemetery, located at Textile and Ann Arbor-Saline roads, dates back to the late 1820s. A spring clean-up of the cemetery is planned for Saturday May 19 with a rain date of Sunday May 20. Anyone interested in helping with this clean-up should meet at the cemetery at 9 a.m. May 19 with rakes and yard clippers. For more information call Margaret O’Connor, 663-1327, or Peg Canham, 944-2922.

Wild Swan Performs Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

I’m personally wild about Ann Arbor’s Wild Swan Theater so I’m hoping to take my 10-year-old son to their performance of Twelfth Night this Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday (May 3-6) at WCC Towsley Auditorium. You’ll be glad to know AADL has plenty of good Shakespeare books for young people, such as The Riverside Shakespeare, which includes the play Twelfth Night.

9th Annual Garlic Mustard Weed-Out Day!

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Looking for something to do this beautiful Saturday (May 5th)? Spend your day from 10-1 PM in the sun removing garlic mustard from Ann Arbor’s nature areas: Argo Park, Bird Hills, and Cedar Bend. A BBQ will follow at Island Park Pavilion after all that hard work from 1:30-5 PM, where the person who bags the most garlic mustard will win a prize! Bring a dish to pass or anything to grill. Burgers, buns, condiments and beverage provided.

Call 996-3266 or check the website for more information and where to meet.

Photo taken by Dr. John Meade, Rutgers

May Day at Gallup Park

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No May Poles but plenty of other activities await seniors May 1st, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Gallup Park. Nature walks, fresh-brewed coffee and sweets, and outdoor fun guaranteed to shake off those winter blues. $5 per person. Meet at the Gallup Park Canoe Livery and get energized!

National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day

Need inspiration to participate in getDowntown's Commuter Challenge beginning May 1? May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Awareness Month. It's also National Bike Month and May 18 is Bike to Work Day. Get ready by reading The Bicycle Commuting Book or any of our many books on bicycle maintenance and repair, such as last year's Bicycle! A Repair and Maintenance Manifesto. For additional inspiration, watch The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels, Breaking Away or Curious George Rides a Bike.

Disturbing Images of Darfur

The urgent humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s western region of Darfur is the subject of a photo exhibit opening Friday at AADL’s Mallet’s Creek branch. Sponsored by a number of church and temple groups, the exhibit showcases the photographs of native Michigander Ryan Spencer Reed and is called Hands of a Displaced Sudan: The Cost of Silence. The grand opening of the exhibit is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 4, when people will be able to meet the photographer and view the photographs he shot and smuggled out of Darfur. At AADL there are a number of good books about the Darfur crisis, including the new book The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing witness to the genocide in Darfur by Brian Steidle.

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