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Opening Night Concert at the Bandshell

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 7:51am

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013, marks the opening concert for the [|Ann Arbor Civic Band] summer season! All performances will take place in the West Park bandshell. As you can see from [|this 1943 photograph of the old bandshell], lounging in the grass before this A2 landmark is a summer tradition that goes back many years. [|Read about the history of West Park] in Oldnews, and catch some of the [|recent photographs] we've posted detailing the construction of the original bandshell in 1938.

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Tonight: Townie Trivia Night at LIVE: Show Off Your Weird Ann Arbor Knowledge!

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 8:17pm

[img_assist|nid=226251|title=UFO Sketch|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=78]Thursday, June 13 | 7-9pm | [|Live, 102 S. 1st Street] | Adult

Think you're an expert on all things Ann Arbor? Love trivia, but looking for something that hits a little closer to home than general pop-culture quiz nights? [|Join us at Live], just a few blocks from the library, for our own version of a pub quiz!

Whether you're a history buff or just think you're hot stuff at searching, AADL's Townie Trivia is your chance to show off your deep local knowledge, learn tidbits about the wild and weird parts of A2's past (complete with photos from our Old News archives), and perhaps enjoy a frosty beverage, while leaving the other trivia buffs in the dust.

The set-up for [|Townie Trivia] is a little different than you might be used to at other trivia events. While some pub quizes make you leave your smartphone at the door, we'll actually be providing each team with a dedicated iPad for research and scoring.

Use a combination of old-timer knowledge and tech savvy to show the other teams who's boss. Show up with an already-formed group of 4-5 members, or go solo -- either is OK. Although the event is intended for adults, all ages are welcome, so if you have a sharp teen who's a potential team member, bring them along!

At the end of the night, we'll have prizes for the winning and runner-up teams!

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Celebrate 30 Years Of The Summer Festival: The Premiere Of The Ann Arbor Summer Festival Online Archive

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 10:13am


Tuesday June 4, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Delve into AADL's new [|Online Summer Festival Archive] (available after event) which will include digitized programs from the Festival's history, as well as posters, postcards and brochures. It will also include over 1000 photographs from the Festival's history; as well as articles from the Ann Arbor News.

In addition to a demonstration of the online archive, this event will include reflections on the 30th Anniversary by current and past Summer Festival [|staff and board members].

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Ann Arbor Observed: The Stories Behind the Ann Arbor Observer Covers

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:16pm


[b:1425487|Ann Arbor Observed: The Stories Behind the Ann Arbor Observer Covers] contains a mini collection of paintings that have graced the cover of the [|Ann Arbor Observer] over the years, these ones all done by artist [|Katherine Larson]. The paintings are a glimpse into the town and covers areas such as the parks, neighborhoods, University of Michigan, special events, and daily life in Ann Arbor. Each illustration is also accompanied by a decription of the artist’s motivation for that specific piece, as well as a few insights on her work process for it.

[|Katherine Larson’s] artwork has appeared on the front of the Ann Arbor Observer more than any other artist. She has also painted murals, book covers, magazine covers, and children’s book illustrations.

If you’ve ever taken a look at the cover of the Observer after it arrives in your mailbox and wondered how the artist came up with that specific image, here you go!

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Frederick 'Bud' Stein Dies in Ann Arbor

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 2:46pm


Local Ann Arbor Kiwanis Club and U-M Alumni Association member Frederick "Bud" Stein died Wednesday at age 91 in his Ann Arbor home. He is remembered for his constant community involvement. He grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1939. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, coming back to attend the University of Michigan. He graduated in 1944 with a degree in economics.

He lead the charge for tree-lined widened sidewalks on both sides of the street for downtown Ann Arbor in 1965. That same year, he made a presentation to the National Civic League that won Ann Arbor's first award as an "All American City". He was very involved with the combined YMCA/YWCA.

You can read more about Bud Stein's life and public service works in the [|] website.

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Elizabeth R. Dean Day

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 12:35pm


On March 24, 1981, [|Ann Arbor City Council] declared April 7th being Elizabeth R. Dean Day in memory of the woman who left her estate of nearly $2 million upon her death to the City for the care of her [|trees].

[|Elizabeth Russell Dean] was born in Ann Arbor on Christmas Eve,1884 to [|Sedgwick] and [|Elizabeth Strong Dean]. Sedgwick and his brother [|Henry S.] operated [|Dean & Co.] on Main Street since 1861. Miss Dean died on April 7th, 1964 at the age of 79.

Next time you stroll down Main Street and admire the lovely trees along the [|Elizabeth R. Dean Promenade], know that the [|Elizabeth R. Dean Fund] is still at work keeping our trees healthy and bringing beauty and shade to "[|The City of Trees]".

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Interview with filmmaker David Sherman

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 4:49pm

During the Ann Arbor Film Festival's 50th anniversary last year, filmmaker David Sherman spoke with us about his fourth AAFF entry, “Assassination in Dreamland." He also touches on Ann Arbor's connection with San Francisco area filmmakers and the importance of the creative discourse fostered by Festival communities. Check out additional interviews, posters, photographs, and information about this history of the Ann Arbor Film Festival at our Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive.

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AADL Talks to Kathy Kelley

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 3:45pm

Kathy Kelly moved into the Hill Street houses when she was very young, but she recalls her life there as a member of the White Panther Party as a positive, life-changing personal experience and social experiment. Kathy talks about daily life in the commune with her friends and colleagues, some of the events she participated in, including the John Sinclair Freedom Rally, as well as her apprenticeship as a graphic artist under legendary rock poster artist, Gary Grimshaw. Kathy's experience with the White Panther Party and Rainbow People's Party led to a successful career in art direction for publishing with magazines such as Chicago, Outside, CREEM, and most especially in educational publishing with Weekly Reader Corporation and Scholastic.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Legacy in Ann Arbor

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 5:05pm


[|Frank Lloyd Wright in Ann Arbor], a Then and Now article by local historian [|Grace Shackman] detailed history of the house, and the continued efforts of the architectural community to restore and conserve Ann Arbor's beloved Frank Lloyd Wright home - one he built for Bill and Mary Palmer, just because they asked, known locally as the [|Palmer House].

Though he never built another home in Ann Arbor, his legacy is woven into the fabric of the community. Many of the local architects, among them [|Alden Dow] and [|Lawrence R. Brink] were students of FLW, while others like [|George R. Brigham, Jr.] were known for designs inspired by FLW's philosophy.

This generation of architects in turn passed along the FLW influence to the next generation - well-known architects [|Robert Metcalf] was in fact, [|a protege] of George R. Brigham.

Read up on local [|architects] and browse through [|AADL's Architecture Archive] to discover more of Ann Arbor's architectural history.

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Ann Arbor Goes to the Movies

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 7:31pm


In 1908, 5 cents would get you into a movie at The Casino. The Theatorium on Maynard, built on a former skating rink, showed one-reelers. [|The Majestic], a [|W.S. Butterfield] theater, opened on December 19, 1907, quickly followed by [|the Whitney] on Main Street the next January. The chain also operated [|the Michigan], [|the State], [|the Wuerth], and [|the Orpheum].

On Saturday afternoon September 11, 1915, 2000 Ann Arborites poured into the new [|Rae Theater] (capacity 385) on Huron Street to see Pearl White in the Iron Claw. But the big hoopla occurred on Sunday September 12, when the first legal and public showing of a motion picture took place on a sabbath day in Ann Arbor history, and it took a special election to accomplish that.

The Old News team has digitized many of the news articles on the [|early history] of Ann Arbor's [|movies theaters].