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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.

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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.

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It started in the spring. My dill disappeared. Then the parsley. Then he began hanging around, driving the canine crazy: garden variety rabbit. This weekend however, anything but will be featured at the 24th Annual Rabbit Show sponsored by Ann Arbor Rabbit Breeders. Breeders from throughout the Midwest and Canada will appear at this American Rabbit Association-sanctioned event. Sale of bunny-related merchandise. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. 9:30 a.m.-afternoon.

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The Play Ground loves all/most things Parisian. Hence, we are ooh-la-la-ing over the "12th Annual Parisian Soiree" at the Kerrytown Concert House. September 14 & 15. This concert features a program of music with "various sorts of Parisian connections, from works by French-speaking composers like Poulenc and Jacques Brel to works by enthusiastic visitors to Paris like Cole Porter, Sondheim, and even some Italians." This year also includes the Hot Club of Detroit, a popular jazz quartet that plays in the style of the great Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Champagne and wine reception at intermission. 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20 & $30 assigned seating, $15 general admission. Reservations suggested. 769-2999. 8 p.m.

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The Play Ground, being partial to stories about librarians, is mad for "The Music Man" now featured at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. Meredith Willson called this play his "valentine to a bygone era." A traveling salesman cons the townsfolk into buying musical instruments by posing as an instructor who wants to start a band. His plans to skip town with the cash change when he meets the town librarian. Of course! Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. 971-2228 September 7-9 & 13-16 8 p.m.

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The pineapple is the most well known of the plant family known as Bromeliads. The family contains a wide range of plants including some very un-pineapple like members such as Spanish Moss and aloes, yuccas and some green, leafy grasses. Bromeliads entered recorded history some 500 years ago when Columbus introduced the pineapple (Ananas comosus) to Spain upon return from his second voyage to the New World in 1493. Within 50 years this tropical fruit was being cultivated in India and other Old World countries. Today, they are inexpensive and easy to grow.

To learn more, head over to the annual show of the Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society. Show and sale of over 200 exotic bromeliad houseplants, including some hybrids from a Hawaii breeder rarely seen in Michigan. U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free admission. 998-7061, (248) 380-7359. August 18 & 19. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Woof! It must be told. The Play Ground prefers dogs to plays, movies and concerts. We head up to N. Territorial often for the All Breed Agility Trials and watch the many dog breeds run and compete and smile. Yes, smile.
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club. Dog trainers from throughout the Midwest and Canada lead their animals through a variety of competitive obedience exercises, such as heeling, retrieving, directed jumping, and 3-speed walking and running. Spectators welcome. August 11 & 12. 1575 E. North Territorial Rd. 426-9120. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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"Love is a banquet on which we feed....because the night belongs to lovers..."
The Play Ground loves that song. It was written by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith. Unbelievably, Patti Smith will playing The Ark on Thursday. Smith, "punk rock's poet laureate," came to prominence during the punk movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. She has regained prominence recently with her induction earlier this year into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the recent release of Twelve, a collection of renovative covers of songs by everyone from Dylan and Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana.
Thursday, August 2, 7:30 p.m. 763-TKTS

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Local perennial favorites, the RFD Boys, are back at The Ark this Friday. The boys have been the house bluegrass band at the Ark for twenty years.
They have appeared in numerous festivals and even made the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. So, sit back and enjoy such classics as "Rocky Top," "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "I'm My Own Grandpa" and the show closer, "Orange Blossom Special,"
They always bring along their own Rural Free Delivery mailbox for you to submit your own suggestions. Friday, August 27, 8pm.

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