The Detroit Jazz Festival is this weekend: Aug 31st - Sept 3rd

Spend this Labor Day weekend at the FREE 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Chill out in Detroit's Hart Plaza with big names such as Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and many others. Also, learn about Detroit's jazz history and meet the artists in the jazz talk tent.

An inexpensive shuttle bus service traveling from Ypsilanti to the Hart Plaza area will be offered through Eastern Michigan University all weekend; more information can be found on WEMU's website.

Best-selling author Mitch Albom to visit Ann Arbor, Thurs Sept 6th

Next Thursday, September 6th, well known author, playwright, and Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom will be visiting Ann Arbor to read from his new novel, The Time Keeper, a fable about the 1st man on Earth to count the hours.

Join other local Albom fans at the Ann Arbor Barnes & Noble located at 3235 Washtenaw for this free reading & signing, starting at 7pm.

African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County presents 'Focus on the Arts: Authors'

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, join Washtenaw County in a celebration of African American literature.

Guest speakers include local author Karen Simpson, romance author Beverly Jenkins, and children's author Debbie Taylor.

The event will be hosted from 4-6pm at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $20 each/$5 for students.

Farmers Market turns 93!


Saturday | August 4th | 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 315 Detroit St. in Kerrytown

This Saturday there is an extra special reason why you should attend the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Free ice cream! At noon, while you wait in line for ice cream, be sure to spout off some of the market history you learned while listening to these oral histories.

Farmers getting together is a long-standing tradition. On August 23, 1884, farmers and friends from Washtenaw, Livingston, and Oakland counties gathered in Whitmore Lake for a pinic. How do I know this? I read an Ann Arbor Courier article in old news!

Don't forget that the Ann Arbor Farmers Market accepts Bridge Cards. Click here for instructions.

For more information, call 734.794.6255, or go online.

Purple Rose Theatre: On Golden Pond

If you're looking for a satisfying summer theatrical experience, consider that Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea is showing On Golden Pond through Sept. 1. The play by Ernest Thompson spotlights the Thayer family at their summer home on Golden Pond, where they are moved to renew their bonds of love and to overcome long standing generational divisions. The production is directed by Michelle Mountain. Ticket information is here.

Auto History Night! The World Of Classic Cars

Thursday July 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Celebrate the history of automobiles and the 2012 Rolling Sculpture Car Show! Joseph Jendza (Top Hat John) and Victoria Mobley (of the Society of Automotive Historians) discuss classic cars and popular culture.

This event is also part of the day-long celebration of the DDA's opening of Library Lane (the parking structure next to the Library).

Last day to register to vote in the August 7th primary

Elections matter and yes, your vote DOES count.

Therefore, just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in the primary on Tuesday, August 7th. The City of Ann Arbor has posted all the details here.

Kids Read Comics at AADL July 7-8: A Brief Look at Saturday

Can’t make it to the San Diego Comic Con this summer? No worries.

Join the fun in downtown Ann Arbor at the Ann Arbor District Library the weekend of July 7-8 for the 2012 KIDS READ COMICS convention, a comics convention - offered at NO admission charge - for comics creators and fans of all ages. This convention is for all “kids” whether 5 or 45!

Saturday, July 7 will be jam packed with fun stuff like voice actor Neil Kaplan reading Winnie the Pooh in multiple voices, puppetbending with Kevin Coppa, turning your life into a comic with Eisner Award winner Raina Telgemeir, creating an Ellie McDoodle/Wimpy kid book, making a mini-comic with Matt Feazell, video game creation via playing Underwater Tomato Ninja, live recording of Comics are Great! podcast, and so much more.

Check the schedule to see how you can visit/shop with 60 cartoonists in Artists Alley, attend the many workshops, and take in Quick Draw sessions.

AADL Summer Game Players – you’ll be able to pick up MULTIPLE Game Codes throughout the two days of this convention!

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: Big Bang Boom

Sunday July 8, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park (map)

Dance, listen and sing at TOP! Big Bang Boom is a North Carolina power pop trio that writes and performs parent-friendly kids' music. Their live show is high energy! From getting the kids onstage for the SpongeBob Chorus to the parents vs. kids Hokey Pokey Challenge, there's no sitting down! This event is for all ages.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: Anna Banana Band

Sunday July 1, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park

The Anna Banana Band, from Brooklyn, NY, is the BEST new punky rock band for kids! Sing and dance away the evening at this Kids Rock @ TOP concert, presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. This event is for all ages.

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