What's Happening in Ann Arbor This Summer?

If you've lived in Ann Arbor for at least one summer, then you're probably aware of the annual Summer Festival that starts on Friday, June 15, as well as the Art Fair that starts July 18. Additionally, Ann Arbor is host to dozens of other festivals and events throughout the summer, including the stacked lineup of events at the AADL. Here are some other highlights around Ann Arbor.

Shakespeare in the Arb is presented by the U-M Residential College and Matthaei-Nichols, performing an outdoor production of Shakespeare's comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor that moves through various settings in the Arb. Show dates: June 10, 14, 15, 16, 17; June 21, 22, 23, 24.

At Minifest, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents concerts featuring internationally known artists and new chamber ensembles at the Kerrytown Concert House. Concert dates: June 15, 22, 24, 30.

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show features more than 400 antique, classic, and concept cars on display downtown for one day only, July 13, 2012.

Join the fun on Huron River Day, with river exhibits, discounted canoe and kayak rentals, 1-mile run, a 5K walk and run, live music, food vendors, and a children's activity tent on July 15, 2012.

One more gem, the Riverfolk Jam Camp takes place in Manchester from August 1-3, but its finale is in Ann Arbor, at The Ark on August 4.

Music Expert Richard LeSueur Discusses Puccini's Famous Opera "La Bohème"

Sunday June 10, 2012: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace

Richard LeSueur, opera lover extraordinaire, will discuss the reasons that Puccini's La Bohème is one of the world's most popular operas. Listen to recordings of performance highlights and learn more about this epic love story.

This event is held in conjunction with Arbor Opera Theater's production of La Bohème at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, June 14-17

The Science Behind The Magic: A Doctor And Director Discuss 3D

Saturday June 2, 2012: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Have you ever gone to the theater and watched a movie in 3D? Ever wonder how 3D actually works in your eyes or on the screen? This fun, informative lecture reveals the science behind 3D big screen magic.

Optometrist Dr. Jon Wieringa (Bennett Optometry) and filmmaker Jacob Mendel (a recent UM graduate with a 3D technology focus) present an afternoon of 3D zaniness with the hard science to prove it. 3D glasses will be provided!

This event is co-sponsored by the Michigan Theater as part of the Cinetopia International Film Festival

Children's Book Week: Magic Carpet Theatre

Thursday May 10, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Celebrate Children's Book Week with a theatrical performance featuring humor and audience participation with Michigan's Magic Carpet Theatre. They encourage children to use their imaginations to become better readers by combining literature and performance.

Magic Carpet Theatre brings top-quality literature to life and engages children in a live theatre experience that is interactive, creative, and educational. Their performance includes favorites like "Where the Wild Things Are," "The Fisherman and His Wife," and the "Sneetches." This event is for grades K - 5.

Magic Carpet Theatre

Celebrate Children's Book Week by watching the Magic Carpet Theatre bring some classic children's stories to life. They will be performing at the Downtown Library, in the downstairs multi-purpose room on Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. Featured stories include Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.

This is for children in grades K - 5 and their grown-ups.

Mark Rothko & "Red" At The Performance Network Theatre

Tuesday May 8, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Love art? Enjoy the theater?

Performance Network Theatre and the AADL present an enlightening evening focusing on Mark Rothko, the famous abstract expressionist painter and the subject of the Tony Award-Winning play "Red" (now showing through May 27 at the Performance Network). UM History of Art Department PhD student Grant W. Mandarino leads the discussion on Rothko's life and work. Gain insight into the artist's life before attending one of the theater's performances.

The Performance Network Theatre is located at 120 East Huron St in Ann Arbor. There is no charge for this lecture, however there is limited seating - so please arrive early.

Purple Rose Theatre Presents A Concert Reading Of Jeff Daniels' New Play "The Meaning of Almost Everything"

Tuesday May 1, 2012: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join Purple Rose Theatre Company for a concert reading of Jeff Daniels' new play, "The Meaning of Almost Everything," which is scheduled for its World Premiere at the Purple Rose Theatre for the 2012-2013 season. Artistic Director Guy Sanville will lead an audience feedback session after the reading. Purple Rose wants to know what YOU have to say about this new play.

Two men exist in nothingness. One wants to remain. The other is isn't so sure. Jeff Daniels' newest play explores the questions, the fear and the joy of being alive in a thought-provoking and theatrical way.

National Library Week Event: Wild Swan Theater Presents 'Shipwrecked!'

Monday April 9, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

It is the 100th anniversary of one of the most incredible shipwrecks of all time - the sinking of the Titanic. With this in mind, AADL invites you to a special National Library Week presentation of Wild Swan Theater's new play - "Shipwrecked!"

Set in 1893, "Shipwrecked!" is about a Detroit family of three: mom, dad, and 12 year old son--who carry cargo on the Great Lakes for their livelihood. They set sail on Lake Huron through "Shipwreck Alley" with a load of Christmas trees from the Upper Peninsula only to be battered by one of the fierce November storms that have over the years imperiled thousands of ships on the Great Lakes.

This event is for grade 3 and up, as well as adults and teens.

National Library Week Pre-Event! Wild Swan Navigates "Shipwreck Alley" In Their Newest, Original Play

Thursday April 5, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Go behind the scenes as playwright Jeff Duncan, director Hilary Cohen, and Wild Swan actors discuss the making of Shipwrecked! - the newest play by Ann Arbor's award-winning Wild Swan Theater. Discover the process and the people behind this exciting play about Michigan's maritime heritage and greatest natural resource -the Great Lakes!

Shipwrecked! is the story of an 1893 Detroit family who set sail on Lake Huron through Shipwreck Alley with a load of Christmas trees from the Upper Peninsula only to be battered by one of the fierce November storms that have imperiled thousands of ships on the Great Lakes.

Wild Swan will also present a special showing of Shipwrecked! for youth (grades 3 and up), teens and adults, on Monday, April 9 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

UMS Night School: Explore Pure Michigan Renegade - Session 6: The San Francisco Symphony

Monday March 26, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Session 6 of the UMS Night School classes include include a discussion the sixth and final event in the series will feature discussion of the March performances of the San Francisco Symphony as well as a graduation celebration for this lecture series. The San Francisco Symphony performs a series of four concerts at Hill Auditorium from March 22 – 24.

Each session includes a presentation by a genre expert, an interactive exercise to draw you into the themes behind the performance, and a takeaway reading to enjoy on your own. Sessions are designed to engage you both with the UMS Pure Michigan Renegade series performances and with other audience members. These classes are hosted by Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

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