Quality music for free

The The University of Michigan School of Music offers a rich array of student and faculty performances that are open to the general public. These often free events are all on the University of Michigan campus including the Duderstadt Center, on North Campus, formerly called the Media Union. This Friday, October 26, the Symphony Band performs the premiere of New York City opera composer Daron Hagen's "Banner of My Purpose", an operatic scena based on a letter from a Civil War soldier to his wife written just before a battle in which he dies. Familiar tunes from West Side Story as well baroque and neo-classical pieces fill the evening. The performance will be at Hill Auditorium at 8 p.m. Check out other events on their calendar.

Alexander's No Good, Very Bad Return Home, Turned Out Quite Good, and Not So Bad After All

The author of the famous children's book Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, Judith Viorst, has written a new book about her son's return home with his wife and three children. The book is titled Alexander and the wonderful, marvelous, excellent, terrific ninety days : an almost completely honest account of what happened to our family when our youngest son, his wife, their baby, their toddler, and their five year old came to live with us for three months, which gives you a sense of the humorous slant she plans to take. Check out this article in the NY Times to learn more about the book and Ms. Viorst's real life as the grandmother who banned Play-Doh, painting supplies and even glue from her house.

It's all Happenin' on Halloween

Find T Rex and other outrageous costumed creatures when the AADL and the Main Street Area Association partner with a silly storytime and parade on Wednesday, October 31. Come to the Downtown Library at 10:00 am for tales and a costume march around the library. Then head to Main Street at 11:00 a.m. for trick-or-treating. This is a perfect way for the stroller crowd to celebrate.

DDR, Guitar Hero, Super Smash, Wii Tennis and More: Another Tournament Weekend!

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It's GT time again! This weekend, we've got some great events lined up for you at the Downtown library, starting with our first-ever All -Ages Rhythm Master Tourney, Friday Night 10/19 from 6-8:30 PM. Come work your way through 8 different Rhythm and Music games to earn a top score and a trip to the finals. Some of these games you've played, but probably not all of them, so come check it out and see if you've got what it takes! Then, our Super Smash Double Dash Championship Series continues Saturday, 10/20, from Noon - 5 PM, with Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart tournaments for Singles and Teams. Finally, come back for a Wii Sports Tennis Doubles Tournament for All Ages Teams, Sunday, 10/21, from 1-4 PM.

It'll be a great weekend of tournaments at the Downtown Library! Hope to see you all there.

Even if you don't like to dance....

...check out Los Gatos at the the Firefly Club where they play every Thursday night. The quintet headed by local drummer Pete Siers draws on more traditional Latin beats like in the music of Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente. PKO Records who distributes their new cd, "Insight" describes it as "a brilliant compilation of elegant boleros, delightful pachangas, firery mambos, relaxed cha cha chas, and exotic, 6/8 Afro/Cuban dance music." Dancing instruction for beginners starts at 7:15 p.m.

Explorers on the Moon

You thought Neil and Buzz were the first Explorers on the Moon? Actually, Tintin, his dog Snowy, Captain Haddock, and Professor Calculus made it there first. They're up to their same antics as they explore the moon and save the secrets of Syldavia's state of the art technology from espionage. Rumor has it that Steven Spielberg is teaming up with Peter Jackson for a Tintin movie to be released in 2009.

Want more moon exploration info? Apollo Mission documentary In the Shadow of the Moon, with never before seen footage, is now playing at the State Theater!

"Double Tenth Day"

It may not be so important except for those who enjoy cool numerical configurations that today is the tenth day of the tenth month, but in Taiwan, there are many festivities celebrating Double Tenth National Day. On October 10, 1911, there was an uprising against the Imperial Manchu Dynasty which led to the birth of the Republic of China. The day begins with a ceremony in front of the Presidential Office Building and ends with an impressive fireworks display. To find out more about Chinese festivals and holidays, check out the many books in our collection.

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.

Equadoran musician and friends perform

Canterbury House, an Episcopal campus ministry offers a concert series open to all. This Tuesday, the Winona Taxo University for Cultural Exchange, a unique educational initiative between North and South America will be holding its first concert at Canterbury House. Ecuadorian musician, Oscar Santillian, Ann Arbor folk musicians Laz and Helen Slomovits and students from The University of Michigan School of Music Jazz Department will play music that features a blend of both cultures. Canterbury House offers a great mix of innovative musical performers from jazz, electronic and folk genres.

Kid Bit 740s - Discover Dewey addresses

Think of the Dewey Decimal system as addresses in a neighborhood.
Have you ever had a rainy day with nothing to do? Do you like to make stuff? When you browse "The 740s" in the non-fiction collection, you find art and craft books. You can find Cartooning Basics; Crafts For Kids Who Are Wild About Dinosaurs; The Rainy Day Book. If you keep on going you may pass "knitting and "stitchery" and discover books about "Famous Artists" like Leonardo da Vinci For Kids: His Life And Ideas including 21 activities that help learn about him.
AND one more thing! Craft DVDs (and Craft books for Teens and Adults), have the same addresses. They are in "The 740s" too !! You can find a video on Origami with Leonor featuring "1 and 2 minute learning vignettes for children"!

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