Upcoming Events

Webcomics Lab: Friendly Group Critique

Got an idea for a webcomic but don't know where to start? Having trouble finding the time to put into that comics project? Or maybe you just want a break from creating alone in your studio (or the coffee shop) and wish you could work along side of your fellow comics creators? Come to the monthly Webcomics Lab at AADL, where you can make your comics in the company of other cartoonists.

This month will be an informal gathering to chat about your work and a friendly group critique. We'll provide constructive feedback and give you pointers on plot and technique to help you complete that comic!

The Status of Michigan Education

In order for our students to succeed in the 21st Century, we need to educate them and equip them with new and different skills. In this discussion of the status of education in Michigan, a panel of leading educators and business people will present issues surrounding education in our state. The event will focus on the skills young people will need for successful careers in the age of technology and information.

Panelists include:
• Dr. John Austin, president, Michigan State Board of Education, non-resident senior fellow Brookings Institution, directed Great Lakes Economic Initiative
• Dr. Jim Duderstadt, former president, University of Michigan 1988-96, director National Science Foundation and National Commission of the Future of Higher Education.
• David Schroeter senior vice president sales, Gale/Cengage Learning

The discussion will be moderated by Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future, whose mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world-class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Larry T. Eiler CEO Eiler Communications and founder of the Re:NEW Michigan brand will introduce.

This event is co-sponsored by Re:NEW Michigan.

Clay Cactus Garden

Plant a garden that will survive any drought.

Summer Game Preview @ Taste of Ann Arbor

Visit the AADL booth on Liberty Street at Taste of Ann Arbor for hula-hooping, sidewalk art and other fun stuff for kids!

Hear more about the AADL Summer Game, too!

Votive Candle Holders

Make a candle holder that matches your decor.

GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Battle Wizards

Craft spells and battle 1 on 1 and against monsters with spells you program! Using the language of Python, you will create code to aid you in the world of Minecraft.

Memories of Tubingen

Since 1965 Ann Arbor has established six sister city relationships.

Tubingen, the first community invited to be a sister city, was compared to Ann Arbor by someone who had lived in both places “like twins raised in different countries. There is the university, the students, the river, the mills.”

On December 9, 1965 the official charter of the Tubingen and Ann Arbor partnership was presented to City Council, followed by a concert of Christmas carols sung in German by Ann Arbor High School students. Visits between the two areas started as soon as the decision was made.

Join us as several participants from both countries in this long-standing partnership reminisce about this 50 year relationship and their visits between both cities. A reception for this year’s visiting delegation from Tubingen will follow this presentation.

Speakers include:
• Ute Bechdorf, Director of the Deutsch-Amerikan Institute of Tubingen;
• Carolyn Melchers, local resident who, as a young Pioneer High School German teacher went on an early trip to Tubingen and met the man who would become her husband;
• Josie Parker, Library Director;
• Marianne Rauer, who moved to Ann Arbor from Germany after WWII and who has been very involved in the Sister City Program;
• Grace Shackman, local Ann Arbor historian;
• Ingrid Sheldon, Former Mayor of Ann Arbor

Cinetopia with Russ Collins & Martin Bandyke

Martin Bandyke, movie fanatic and morning drive music D.J. on Ann Arbor's 107one, hosts a look at the Cinetopia International Film Festival with Russ Collins, Cinetopia founder and Executive Director/CEO of the Michigan Theater

The discussion will touch on such topics as: how the Festival began; why it has grown enormously in just four years; and future plans for this Ann Arbor Film Fest.

This year’s festival will screen over 100 films in 10 area venues from June 5 to June 14. Russ will also discuss this year's line-up, with lots of movie previews included to whet your cinematic appetite.

Find out about the history of Cinetopia, learn 'how to festival,' and get ready for the fourth Cinetopia, which will feature the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world's best film festivals.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Memoir Workshop with Phoebe Gloeckner

Phoebe Gloeckner is an Associate Professor, School of Art & Design at U of M and is a graphic novelist. Her book, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), was praised as "one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America." Phoebe will speak about the unique challenge and experience of writing, and publishing, memoir. The Diary of a Teenage Girl was also adapted as a film which debuted to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, in early 2015. It will be released in theaters later this year.

Family Board Game Bash

Play our giant floor games and board games, listen to music, and eat fun snacks with your family and friends!