Preview: Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 11/17

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Poetry Night

Featured guest poets will step up to the mic at Rackham Auditorium on Nov. 17.

The [http://neutral-zone.org/|Neutral Zone] in conjunction with the [http://lsa.umich.edu/writers|Helen Zell Writers Program] at The University of Michigan will present [http://neutral-zone.org/event/poetry-night-ann-arbor-happening-november…|Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 2016] at the Rackham Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

This annual event celebrates words and ideas and features Ann Arbor’s spectacular youth poets sharing the stage with nationally renowned writers. This year's guest poets include:

Fatimah Asghar is a student in the Hell Zell Writer’s Program, nationally touring poet, performer, photographer, writer and thinker. Her literary work hovers between prose and poetry, examining fact through a lyrical lens. Her work has appeared in POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, The Paris-American, The Margins, The Offing, Word Riot, and many others. Her chapbook After was released a year ago on Yes Yes Books.

Chace “Mic Write” Morris is a poet, emcee, educator from Detroit. He is a 2013 Kresge Literary Fellow, 2-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam champion, writer-in-residence with the InsideOut Literary Arts Program & 1/4 of the Hip-Hop collective Cold Men Young. Mic has been featured on Mother Jones & The Grio, and his poetry published or forthcoming in Freezeray Press, Radius, and Muzzle Poetry Journal.

José Guadalupé Olivarez is a Chicano poet and educator. Born on the south side of Chicago, he is a graduate of Harvard University and a teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors. Jose has taught writing workshops and performed at schools, universities, and poetry slams across the country. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Specter Magazine, The Acentos Review, The Harvard Voice, and Chicago Public Radio.


Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library.


The Neutral Zone and the Helen Zell Writers Program at U-M present [http://neutral-zone.org/event/poetry-night-ann-arbor-happening-november…|Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 2016] at Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St, Ann Arbor on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 for students/$10 general public in advance; and $7 students/$12 general public at the door. To reserve tickets, contact Jeff Kass at eyelev21@aol.com.

Midwestern Gothic Seeking Entries for the 2016 Lake Prize

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Midwestern Gothic

Midwestern Gothic

The literary journal [http://midwestgothic.com|Midwestern Gothic] is accepting submissions for the 2016 [http://midwestgothic.com/lakeprize|Lake Prize]. It's an annual literary prize for fiction and poetry that best represents the Midwest. The goal of the prize is to further the Midwestern Gothic mission of showcasing Midwestern writers and their work.

Submissions will be open from July 1 to August 31, 2016. There is a $5 flat rate entry fee - one entry per person (one short story or a group of up to 3 poems.) One winner will be selected for each category, and they will receive $300 and publication in Midwestern Gothic's Winter 2017 issue. One runner-up will be selected for both categories, and they will each receive $100 as well as publication in the Winter 2017 issue. Writers and their respective submissions should demonstrate a strong connection to the Midwest.


Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library.

More details about the [http://midwestgothic.com/lakeprize/|Lake Prize] can be found at the [http://midwestgothic.com|Midwestern Gothic website].

Preview: The Westside Art Hop

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Preview: Westside Art Hop on May 14.

Art by Lisse Williams (top left), Lee Vanderwalker (top right), Kim Ensch (bottom left), and Tim Marsh (bottom right) will be only a hop, skip, and a jump away in May.

It's almost time for the May edition of the [https://westsidearthop.wordpress.com|Westside Art Hop], a one-day day art walk around the Old West Side of Ann Arbor! This is the 8th iteration of this event, a neighborhood sale of art in homes, studios, porches, and yards, held in May and December.

It's an opportunity to find interesting handmade arts and crafts, while enjoying the [https://westsidearthop.wordpress.com/art-hop-map/|neighborhood] bordered by Liberty S., 7th St., Pauline St., and Eberwhite Woods. Participating artists specialize in painting, photography, glass, metal and wood sculpture, jewelry, cards, mosaics, and fiber arts.


Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library.


The [https://www.facebook.com/WestsideNeighborhoodArtHop|8th Westside Art Hop] takes place Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 11-5 pm in the Old West Side of Ann Arbor. Free parking is available on the street and at Eberwhite School. Keep an eye out for Art Hop lawn signs to direct you to participating locations.

Team Laith Al-Saadi!

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Ann Arbor favorite [http://www.laithmusic.com|Laith Al-Saadi] appeared in a blind audition episode of NBC's [http://www.nbc.com/the-voice|The Voice] on March 1st, earning interest from two of the show's four judges. His powerful rendition of Joe Cocker's own blues-rock cover of "The Letter," complete with a Pharrell-wowing guitar solo, grabbed the interest of judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Al-Saadi noted his near-constant [http://www.laithmusic.com/events.html|performance schedule], which is already well-known here in his hometown.

In fact, you can catch him performing at [http://www.webersinn.com/the-habitat|Weber's Habitat Lounge] or the Arena Sports Bar a few nights this week and next, and probably beyond! Go Team Laith!


Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at AADL and thinks Team Adam was probably the right call.


[http://www.nbc.com/the-voice|The Voice] airs on NBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 pm.

Time Travel Meets Indie Rock in Mo Daviau's Fiction Debut

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Mo Daviau's fiction debut travels through time to celebrate great indie rock performances.

Mo Daviau's fiction debut travels through time to celebrate great indie rock performances.

When author Mo Daviau approached the podium at [http://www.literatibookstore.com|Literati Bookstore] to read from her debut novel, [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1484180|Every Anxious Wave] on Monday, February 15, she was friendly, enthusiastic, and eager to bring the audience in on the joke.

Her demeanor seemed well-matched to her subject matter - [http://www.npr.org/2016/02/10/463861906/-every-anxious-wave-is-a-wise-w…|NPR describes] her book as "a bittersweet, century-hopping odyssey of love, laced with weird science, music geekery, and heart-wrenching laughs." In it, 40-ish indie music fanatic Karl discovers a wormhole in his closet that enables time travel, and he uses it to send mega-fans back to experience concerts they missed - until a friend gets misplaced in time and Karl must connect with a prickly astrophysicist to untangle the problem.

Daviau started her talk with the confession that she'd recently heard from a reader who took issue with a character's trip to see the Traveling Wilburys perform live in 1990. The reader indignantly pointed out that the Traveling Wilburys never performed live, not in 1990, or ever. Daviau laughingly told the audience she'd come up with an explanation about the character technically crashing a recording session, but she good-naturedly thanked her concerned reader for pointing out her failure to properly research the performance history of the band.

Daviau's [http://www.aadl.org/node/329588|fiction debut] was released February 9, but before that, it was a work in progress during Daviau's time in the University of Michigan's [http://lsa.umich.edu/writers/news-events/all-news/student-news/first-no…|Helen Zell Writers' Program], where it won a [https://lsa.umich.edu/content/dam/hopwood-assets/Hopwinnyearall.pdf|Hopwood Award]. The book carries a very sweet dedication to Daviau's father, who was 65 when the author was born, and who passed away when she was a young teenager. This is part of her inspiration for this story: because she had so little time with her father, Daviau says she thinks about time travel every day.

In her Q&A, Daviau said the discovery of a college radio station at age 11 started her on her love affair with indie rock. She came full circle with her early love of college radio by becoming a college radio DJ herself while attending Smith in the 1990s. She explained that main character Karl is some version of herself - but that she "found it easier to project feelings of regret on a schlubby bar owner" than on a woman like herself. But did she nail the male voice? "I just went for it," she admitted. "I'm interested to hear from real men how I fared with this." Reversing the question and answer portion, an obliging dude in the audience shouted, "Sounds authentic to me!" to the amusement of all.


Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at AADL and might time travel back to see the Monkees Reunion Tour at Pine Knob in 1995, if only to get a t-shirt that's the right size this time.


Preview: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Author Visit on 2/23

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Christina Henriquez will discuss this year's AA/Ypsi Reads title, her own The Book of Unknown Americans

Christina Henriquez will discuss this year's AA/Ypsi Reads title, her own The Book of Unknown Americans.

This year's [http://aareads.aadl.org|Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads] selection is [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/title/The%20Book%20of%20Unknown%20Am…|The Book of Unknown Americans] by [http://www.cristinahenriquez.com/bio|Cristina Henriquez].

The Book of Unknown Americans is the story of a family who leave their lives and business in Mexico to come to the United States seeking better health care options for their teenage daughter, Maribel, who has suffered a traumatic brain injury. When Mayor, a young immigrant from Panama, falls for Maribel after a chance meeting, their families become entwined by a web of relationships, love, and responsibility. It is a refreshing perspective on the immigrant experience and an eye-opening examination of the hopes and priorities of parents of disabled children.

The author, Cristina Henriquez, will speak about the book at a special [http://www.aadl.org/node/324630|Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads event] on Tuesday, February 23, at 7 pm at Washtenaw Community College's Towsley Auditorium. She will discuss her approach to the subject matter and her process of writing The Book of Unknown Americans. After her talk, books will be available for sale and signing.

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is coordinated by several area organizations, including the [http://aadl.org|Ann Arbor District Library], the [https://www.ypsilibrary.org/|Ypsilanti District Library], [http://washtenawisd.org/|Washtenaw Intermediate School District], [http://www.nicolasbooks.com/|Nicola’s Books], [http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2107|Barnes & Noble], [http://www.literatibookstore.com/|Literati Bookstore], [http://www.emich.edu/|Eastern Michigan University], [https://www.umich.edu/|the University of Michigan], [http://www.wccnet.edu/|Washtenaw Community College], and many others.


Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library.


This event will take place Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 7-9 pm at the Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. More information about the Read can be found at [http://aareads.aadl.org|aareads.aadl.org].

Great Profile on the Ann Arbor Comics Scene

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Ann Arbor Comics Scene

Ann Arbor artist Jeremy Wheeler shows off his artwork and his Wolverine impersonation skills.

Natalie Burg had an excellent piece in [http://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/|Concentrate] earlier this month about the [http://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/features/AnnArborYpsilantiCo…| Ann Arbor comics scene].

From the [http://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/features/AnnArborYpsilantiCo…|article]:
"With so much local talent making waves from the internet to Hollywood, Ann Arbor's comics and graphic novels scene—no matter how well connected the artists are with one another—is having a big impact on comics fans, both locally and around the world."

Many of the artists who appear in the article are represented in the [http://www.aadl.org/catalog|AADL catalog], including:
[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Cook%252C%2BKatie%252C%2B1981-|- Katie Cook]
[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Drozd%252C%2BJerzy.|- Jerzy Drozd]
[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Jim%2BOttaviani|- Jim Ottaviani]
[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Pete%20Sickman-Garner|- Pete Sickman-Garner]
[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/%2522Worden%252C%2BBruce.%2522|- Bruce Worden]

AADL has been happy to work with some of the artists on projects like making [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/ottaviani?search_format=z%7C… titles] available in our Downloads collection, or Drozd's Nerd Nite talk on [http://www.aadl.org/aadl_events_20150319-jerzy_drozd|1980s cartoons] or his [http://www.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/41560|Comics Are Great!] video podcast series.

So check out the article, and discover a new appreciation for your local comics artists!

I'm Dreaming of a Non-Holiday Holiday Movie Fest

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Hans Gruber falling

The holiday season means different things to different people. To my sister and I growing up, it meant it was time to pull out the Christmas special VHS, which contained [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CX-X_O6bh4|A Chipmunk Christmas], [http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x172ncq_the-smurfs-christmas-special-t…|The Smurfs' Christmas Special], and, my personal favorite, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh4kIiH3Sm8|He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special]. We didn't love them for their holiday messages, because frankly, they all fail to have a cohesive or believable plot. I think we loved them just because they were part of the season and also because my mom forgot to pause recording on the commercials, which meant re-watching holiday ads that got weirder and more dated with each viewing. Anybody else remember [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUaRt637Nfk|ice-skating Ronald McDonald]? It just goes to show that movies made for Christmas can sometimes, you know, suck.

As more and more people each year identify [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1295597|Die Hard] as their favorite holiday movie, I asked my fellow co-workers and Pulp contributors to share their favorite non-holiday holiday movies. Please enjoy this list of movies in which Christmas happens but isn't why the film exists in the first place.

Evelyn recommends [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS-ErOKpO4E&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.yout… Offerman's Yule Log], the lowest-key of seasonal viewing experiences, featuring no action, no dialogue, and just the crackle of a fire and the enjoyment of a fine Scotch to admire.

Sara suggests [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1199658|The Thin Man] - come for the martinis and mystery, stay for Nick shooting balloons off the Christmas tree with his new airgun and Nora's Christmas threat:

Amy, our classic film buff, suggests [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1194536|The Apartment], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1223420|Meet Me in St. Louis], and [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1194651|The Lemon Drop Kid], in which a small time crook played by Bob Hope attempts to pay off an angry mobster with a bell-ringing Santa donation racket. This film also featured the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoekfgmbe-o|debut of the holiday standard "Silver Bells."]

Anne has some recommendations that celebrate the 80s and early 90s at their cinematic best. First up is [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1306758|Gremlins,] which you should definitely watch if you are tired of Christmas carols:

And then there's [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1363556|Batman Returns,] featuring this [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLnPWTQ8lSs|moment,] which has Christmas lights, Santa references, and gifts being hurled through the air. Tim Burton must have had a thing for incorporating Christmas settings ([http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1205640|Edward Scissorhands] and [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1317788|The Nightmare Before Christmas]) into his movies.

Eli voted for [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1218760|The Ref], which is probably the second-most popular home invasion-themed holiday movie in which a burglar is a main character. Because the first has to be [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1348485|Home Alone], right?

Oh wait, I almost forgot about this guy:

Erin came up with a whole mess of movies in which Christmas makes a passing appearance, including [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1312830|In Bruges], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1241427|Go], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1259181|Little Women], and [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1251403|Bridget Jones's Diary] - mmm, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbv_hz3WzhU|turkey curry], my favorite.

But my favorite of her suggestions has to be [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1368584|Trading Places], complete with Dan Ackroyd's filthy Santa suit.

Andrew's picks included [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1322218|L.A. Confidential], because what says "holiday spirit" better than a [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVTCmaAw2Gw|prison beatdown scene], and [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1338317|Holiday Inn], because Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby singing and dancing to Christmas tunes to impress a girl really does say "holiday spirit".

So from all of us on the Pulp team here at AADL, we wish you very happy movie-watching, from our couches to yours!


Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at AADL and would like to note that [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1265416|Auntie Mame] also features a very sweet and touching Christmas scene amid the zaniness and camp that makes up the rest of the film.


I'm Dreaming of a Sing-Along Christmas

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Busters and weirdsmobiles packed Michigan Theatre to sing along with White Christmas

Busters and weirdsmobiles packed Michigan Theatre to sing along with White Christmas

The Friday after Thanksgiving, there was no more festive place for a musical lover to be than the [http://www.michtheater.org|Michigan Theater] for their annual [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1348524|White Christmas] Sing-Along.

If you're not familiar with one of my favorite movies, that's ok--I'll tell you all the best things about it:
- The oddball phrases that Bing Crosby used in real life were added into the script, which is how his character comes to call a holiday celebration a "yuletide clambake" and refer to Danny Kaye's character as a "weirdsmobile."
- Vera Ellen's character only wears turtlenecks. Whether she's clad in an evening gown, a bathrobe, or anything in between, it's a turtleneck. She has about 30 costume changes. All turtlenecks.
- That indoor fireplace at the Columbia Inn
- Danny Kaye
- There's no bad guy. The film's primary antagonist is the lack of snow in Vermont.

The sing-along is a happy, silly, and friendly event, where people in the next row up offer to take a photo of you and your friends before the show starts. The jolly atmosphere is fueled in part by singing along with a selection of Christmas carols accompanied by the theater's prized Barton organ, and in part by the goodie bag given to each attendee, which includes an extremely stylish Santa hat that almost every audience member wears throughout the whole movie.

The emcee of the event wears a Mrs. Claus dress that looks like an update of the Haynes sisters' dresses from the Christmas tree finale scene. She sings along with the carols and the movie, and this year, conducted impromptu "fabulous holiday sweater" and "White Christmas costume" parades. After spotting many festively-dressed folks in the crowd, she invited holiday sweater-wearers up to the stage to show off their fashionable knitwear. But the crowd was most appreciative of the dozen or so White Christmas cosplayers. There was a gentleman wearing Danny Kaye's costume from the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-cXP1uDFpA|"Choreography"] number, two very clever costumers dressed as the butcher and the cobbler from the civilian clothes finale of [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_fMFHpf-ME|"Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army,"] and a couple who dressed in approximations of the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zplgmh8ga78|"Sisters"] wardrobe, one in the Haynes sisters style and the other inspired by [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDyybi7t634|Bob and Phil's famous lip-sync reprise].

The watching of the movie is punctuated with enthusiastic singing from the audience, with help from the lyrics captioning each musical number, and also with props from the goodie bags. They contained the following items:

-The aforementioned Santa hat - for establishing that this event is as cheerful as it is positively goofy
-A candy cane - for eating
-A snowflake sticker - for wearing
-Bubbles - to blow during the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH2KGboA35c|"Snow"] song and at the finale
-Plastic horse - to trot out each time Betty mentions her knight-on-a-white-horse expectations of romance
-Blue feather - to garnish your personal rendition of "Sisters," which is played no fewer than three times
-Hand clappers - this plastic toy came in super-handy to chime in whenever there is on-screen audience applause, or an energetic bout of tap-dancing.
-Glow sticks - these red or green glow sticks were for swaying along with the ballads, most notably "White Christmas" but also "Count Your Blessings" and "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me"
-Popper - these tiny firecrackers accompany General Waverly in blowing out the candles on the cake celebrating the reunion of his admiring Army division
-A tissue - to pull out and emote along with Emma the busybody housekeeper. Pro tip: keep this tissue handy for whenever the General tells his men how much they mean to him

This is the kind of event best enjoyed with a group of friends, or your mom, or a group of friends and your mom, and what the hell, a group of your mom's friends too. It's a great time with a great crowd, and a great way to appreciate a classic holiday movie.


Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at AADL and she likes the song/dance number "Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army" best.

Vulfpeck on the Late Show!

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Vulfpeck on The Late Show

Vulfpeck on The Late Show

Did you catch the Ann Arbor funk band takeover on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last Friday? [http://vulfpeck.com|Vulfpeck], a self-described "half-Jewish post-geographic rhythm section formed in Southeast Michigan," appeared alongside Colbert's regular house band Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Check out the band's performance of "1612" of their 2014 album with Antwaun Stanley's killer vocals:


Sara Wedell is a Production Librarian at AADL and fell asleep too early but watched it later on YouTube.