Freeing John Sinclair Concert with Commander Cody Band and John Sinclair

December 10, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena, held to protest the ten-year prison term given John Sinclair for the possession of two marijuana cigarettes (he was released soon after the Rally). On the evening before the anniversary, we'll celebrate the launch of our Freeing John Sinclair website (coming December 9!) with a FREE concert at The Ark featuring the Commander Cody Band (Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen played at the original Rally), with special guest John Sinclair & Beatnik Youth.

Admission is FREE, and first-come, first-served, so get there early!

Friday, December 9, 2011 | 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30) | The Ark | Ann Arbor

Author Becky Thacker Discusses Her New Book "Faithful Unto Death" Based On A True Family Murder

Friday August 5, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Enjoy a good page-turning mystery novel? Learn about Becky Thacker's own family mystery that inspired her new novel, "Faithful Unto Death."

Thacker's novel provides a window into the daily lives of small-town Michiganders at the turn of the century, wrapped up in a riveting whodunit. Why was the pious daughter of missionaries suddenly stricken with a mysterious and fatal ailment -- was it an illness -- or suicide -- or murder?!

Join us and hear more about the real murder; this engrossing book; and why the University of Michigan Press decided to make this mystery novel available for free on their Facebook page as a special serialized summer read! This event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golf champion, has died

Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golf champion, has diedSeve Ballesteros, Spanish golf champion, has died

Seve Ballesteros, a phenomenal golf champion for decades, died early this morning in Spain.

Ballesteros was born in Spain in 1957 into a golfing family. He dropped out of school at 14, turned pro by 16, and at 19, tied for 2nd place with Jack Nicklaus at the British Open. Three years later, at the British Open, he deliberately hit a golf ball into the parking lot to take advantage of the prevailing winds, and ended up winning -- it was his first major tournament. The next year, in Atlanta, he became the first European and the youngest player ever to win the Masters. He was only 21 and held that record until 23 year old Tiger Woods won the Masters in 1997.

The height of Ballesteros' brilliant career lasted 20 season, from 1976 to 1995, in which he won more than 90 tournaments. Chronic back problems plagued him until he officially retired in 2007.

Ballesteros, who was 54, had battled brain cancer for 2 1/2 years.

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