Ann Arbor Film Festival: Expanding Frames – Making Movies: Remixing Narratives

Tuesday March 15, 2016: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm -- UM North Quad Space 2435

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Make your own documentary film in this hands-on workshop. Explore how filmmakers create meaning using image, voice, and audio.

You’ll edit video clips from public domain films and add music of your choosing. Tie it all together by adding your own narration track. Documentary filmmaker Justin Schell will lead the participants through the process. At the end of the workshop, participants will have completed a 30 second film.

Justin Schell is a filmmaker, writer, and Learning Design Specialist for the U-M Libraries, where he heads the Shapiro Design Lab. His first documentary, Travel in Spirals, tells the powerful story of Hmong hip-hop artist Tou SaiKo Lee's journey back to Thailand, 30 years after he was born in a refugee camp there.

His other video work has been shown in the Walker Art Center, Twin Cities Public Television, and online at the Huffington Post and the Progressive and screened in the Twin Cities Film Fest, Twin Cities Underground Film Festival, and the Qhia Dab Neeg Hmong Film Festival. He regularly teaches courses on documentary production, interviewing, and editing.

UM North Quad is located at the corner of S. State St. and E. Washington St. – enter from S. State St. to find Space 2435.

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo!

Wednesday July 27, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo will provide hands-on fun with musical instruments!

Kids will have the chance to get up close and personal with real orchestral instruments they might see onstage!

Twinkletoes!

Sunday February 7, 2016: 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2-5

We won't stop singing and dancing in three fun and rhythmic stories for tots on the go!

Around the World in 30 Instruments with Four Shillings Short - NEW LOCATION

Monday November 9, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

The Celtic, Folk, and World music duo Four Shillings Short present a world music concert for all ages called "Around the World in 30 Instruments" featuring Traditional & Original music from the Celtic Lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India, and the Americas on a fantastic array of instruments including Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Andean Charango, Medieval Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, and even a Krumhorn.

Celebrating their 20th year together, the husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O'Tuama from Ireland and Christy Martin from California, tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk-artists with 12 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year, and are modern day troubadours traveling from town to town performing at music festivals, theatres and performing arts centers, folk societies, libraries, house concerts, and schools.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Wednesday September 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and teens in grade 6 and up.

Learn electronic music production with Mike Huckaby. Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Mike has done much for electronic music. The man behind the once-legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Currently an in-demand remixer and performer around the world, Mike also serves as an instructor for Native Instruments and Ableton on their digital music tools.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Wednesday September 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and teens in grade 6 and up.

Learn electronic music production with Mike Huckaby. Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Mike has done much for electronic music. The man behind the once legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Currently an in demand remixer and performer around the world, Mike also serves as an instructor for Native Instruments and Ableton on their digital music tools.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Wednesday September 16, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and teens in grade 6 and up.

Learn electronic music production with Mike Huckaby. Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Mike has done much for electronic music. The man behind the once-legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Currently an in-demand remixer and performer around the world, Mike also serves as an instructor for Native Instruments and Ableton on their digital music tools.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Wednesday September 9, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and teens in grade six and up.

Learn electronic music production with Mike Huckaby. Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Mike has done much for electronic music. The man behind the once-legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Currently an in-demand remixer and performer around the world, Mike also serves as an instructor for Native Instruments and Ableton on their digital music tools.

An Afternoon with The Blue Water Ramblers

Saturday November 14, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Blue Water Ramblers' repertoire comes right out of Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region. It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers' paeans, Michigan humor, '60s civil rights and protest music, love songs, gospel music and children's ditties. Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile repertoire to the delight and entertainment of the audience.

Poets & Patriots: A Tuneful History of the United States Through The Tale of Francis Scott Key’s Most Famous Song

Monday August 17, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The story of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the story of the United States itself. The melody was famously set to new words by amateur poet and lawyer Francis Scott Key after the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.

Since the “dawn’s early light” on that now emblemmatic day, the song has grown and changed in ways largely forgotten today. This lecture and discussion by U-M Associate Professor of Musicology and American Culture Mark Clague will explore the history of the U.S. national anthem as a witness to the story of the nation itself.

This event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Library exhibit: Banner Moments: The National Anthem In American Life, which is on display in the Multi-Purpose Room through August. Celebrating the bicentennial of the U.S. National Anthem, this exhibit illustrates through interpretive panels, historical documents and photographs, the cultural 200-year history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814–2014). The tale that emerges demonstrates the power of music and poetry to spark the social imagination and thus create a sense of shared community.

Mark Clague is a native of Ann Arbor and longtime fan of the Ann Arbor District Library. He serves as Associate Professor of Musicology and American Cutlure at the University of Michigan and is editor-in-chief of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition and director of the University’s Gershwin Initiative.

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