Upcoming Events

Story & Craft Time: 'Fly Guy' and Other Stories

It’s storytelling and a craft, featuring the book series Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold!

This event corresponds with the Michigan Theater’s “Not Just for Kids” May 9th performance of 'Fly Guy and Other Stories.'

Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2015 Kids' Art Fair

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is calling young artists from Washtenaw County in 3rd – 8th grades to submit their artwork to be juried for the 2015 Kids’ Art Fair to be held at the Townie Street Party on the evening of Monday, July 13.

Drop-In Jury Sessions will take place at the Pittsfield Branch - You need to attend only one of these three sessions. Interested young artists should arrive with 4 – 6 samples of their original artwork and be prepared to show and discuss their art work with Jurors. Artists will have ample opportunity to show and discuss their art work with Jurors.

Sessions are:
• Saturday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
• Wednesday, April 29 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
• Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Kids’ Art Fair is a unique opportunity for young artists to interact with the community and sell their original artwork at the Townie Street Party. In addition, this is a great chance for young artists to see the jury process at work and to interact with arts educators on a one-on-one basis. The young artists receive individual attention by the Jurors and the positive feedback is often very empowering.

Young artists invited to exhibit at the Kids’ Art Fair will be notified by email in mid-May. The selected artists will be able to sell their work under tents at the July 13th Townie Street Party, which takes place on N. University between Thayer and Fletcher. (One year relocation due to construction) Additional information may be found at artfair.org.

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Racer

Learn to design and program your own video games! This workshop will take beginners through the basics of Roblox. This workshop will focus on designing terrain and importing vehicles for a racing game, like Mario Kart or Need for Speed.

Tabla 101: An Introduction to the Drums of North Indian Classical Music

Learn the rhythms in North Indian (or Hindustani) classical music through interactive exercises and visual media with drummer, percussionist, and composer Dan Piccolo.

Demonstrations on the tabla drums will accompany group participation using hand gestures and idiomatic syllables in simple rhythmic compositions. The focus will be on the 16-beat cycle known as tintaal, the most common beat cycle in Hindustani music.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

Ngoma with Haruna Walusimbi and Mark Stone

World-renowned, Grammy Award winning artist Haruna Walusimbi is one of Uganda’s most celebrated artists. In his work as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, dancer, actor, and educator, he embodies the holistic nature of Uganda’s Ngoma repertoire.

As in other African countries, the music, dance, and theatre of Uganda are not viewed separately, but rather as a single art form. This holistic approach to the performing arts is embodied in Bantu languages by the term Ngoma.

For this musical performance, Haruna will share his deep knowledge of East African culture, leaving the audience with a heightened understanding and appreciation of the art form known as Ngoma.

Joining him will be his close friend and former classmate at Makerere University, Mark Stone, Associate Professor of World Music, Percussion, and International Studies at Oakland University.

El Dia de Los Ninos y Libros Cultural Celebration

The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti District Libraries join together to celebrate children and books with music, dancing, and traditional treats and crafts at the Ypsilanti District Library!

For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design with Unity

Build your own custom items, levels, and characters using the same tools and content used to build thousands of independently and commercially developed video games! Explore the Unity game development engine.

Local Historian Dale Leslie Discusses Where Notables Lived in A2

Where Notables Lived in A2 is a fascinating photo-lecture where Dale Leslie shares the residences and backgrounds of several well-known writers and poets who lived in Ann Arbor.

Dale R. Leslie is a life-long Ann Arbor resident, former local businessman and U-M alumnus who recalls his mother telling him, "Famous people like visiting Ann Arbor because they can blend with the town's citizens without being noticed."

And Dale adds, "Yes, and some chose to reside here for an extended period."

Included in his talk are:
Harriet Arnow, author of The Dollmaker (lived on a farm on Nixon Road);
W.H. Auden, one of the great poets of the 20th Century (lived at 504 Brooklyn);
Joseph Brodsky, Nobel prize-winning Russian poet and essayist (lived on 308 Wesley);
Robert Frost, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (lived on 1223 Pontiac Trail);
Robert Hayden, the first U.S. Congress African American Poet Laureate (lived at 1201 Gardner);
Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (lived at 411 N. State);
Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (lived on 1314 Broadway).

Dale will also share interesting facts about each of their careers and lives.

Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2015 Kids' Art Fair

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is calling young artists from Washtenaw County in 3rd – 8th grades to submit their artwork to be juried for the 2015 Kids’ Art Fair to be held at the Townie Street Party on the evening of Monday, July 13.

Drop-In Jury Sessions will take place at the Pittsfield Branch - You need to attend only one of these three sessions. Interested young artists should arrive with 4 – 6 samples of their original artwork and be prepared to show and discuss their art work with Jurors. Artists will have ample opportunity to show and discuss their art work with Jurors.

Sessions are:
• Saturday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
• Wednesday, April 29 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
• Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Kids’ Art Fair is a unique opportunity for young artists to interact with the community and sell their original artwork at the Townie Street Party. In addition, this is a great chance for young artists to see the jury process at work and to interact with arts educators on a one-on-one basis. The young artists receive individual attention by the Jurors and the positive feedback is often very empowering.

Young artists invited to exhibit at the Kids’ Art Fair will be notified by email in mid-May. The selected artists will be able to sell their work under tents at the July 13th Townie Street Party, which takes place onN. University between Thayer and Fletcher. (One year relocation due to construction) Additional information may be found at artfair.org.

Boogie Woogie Pianist Matthew Ball

Ragtime, Boogie-woogie, and Blues pianist Matthew Ball brings his rollickin’ program of piano fun from the 20’s 30’s & 40’s with arrangements of classic American songs like Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, In the Mood, The Entertainer, Waltzing Matilda, Sheik of Araby, Chopsticks Boogie, Bumble Boogie, and so many more! Don’t miss this toe-tappin’ performance of swinging piano favorites!

With a performance history spanning jazz fests to symphony appearances throughout the Midwest and Canada, as well as recent appearances on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition, “ Matthew has been described as a "rising giant in the field."

Today declared as "a nationally emerging boogie-woogie master,” Matthew is helping to define a new generation's contribution to this treasured American tradition. With more than 3 million YouTube views of past performance footage, see why he is described as a Michigan best!