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Posted on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 : 1:11 p.m.

See brand new plays at the Fireside Festival of New Works; hear music

By Ann Dwyer


As part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Arbor Brewing Company will host the "33 1/3 Reading/Listening Series, Mondays through July 2. 7 pm. This reading-and-listening party features local writers, journalists and music aficionados sharing excerpts from Continuum's 33 1/3 series of books about classic rock albums, followed by guest DJs from WCBN mixing from the songbook of that evening’s celebrated artist. This week, Ivan Kral from the Patti Smith Group reads from "Horses," by Philip Shaw about the Patti Smith album. No admission charge; price of purchases. ABC is at 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. 734-213-1393.


The Ann Arbor Civic Band performs a concert in June 2011 at the West Park bandshell.

Melanie Maxwell | file photo


There will be a "Linkin Park One Night Concert Event" at Rave and Quality 16 cinemas. 7:30 p.m. Linkin Park will celebrate the release of their new album, Living Things, by bringing their live show to nearly 500 movie theaters nationwide. Tickets for the event are available at participating theater box offices and online at Rave is at 4100 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti. 734-973-4823. Q16 is at 3686 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 734-623-7469.


The "Fireside Festival of New Works" runs Sunday through Wednesday at the Performance Network Theatre. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. All other days, 7 p.m. This festival of staged readings will feature new works by four playwrights, including Network regulars Joseph Zettelmaier and Kim Carney. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (suggested donation $10) and can be ordered by calling 734-663-0681, online at or by coming to the theatre one hour before a performance. The PNT is at 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor. 734-663-0681.


The "EMU Campus Life Summer Film Series" continues at the Student Center Auditorium on the EMU campus on Tuesday. 6 p.m. This week, see "Jeff Who Lives at Home" (R). Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. Free and open to the public. The SCA is at 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. 734-487-1157.


The Summer Classic Film Series continues at the Michigan Theater with "Bringing Up Baby" on Tuesday. 7 p.m. Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this inspired comedy about a madcap heiress with a pet leopard who meets an absent-minded paleontologist and unwittingly makes a fiasco of both their lives. General admission: $10. Students, seniors: $8. Michigan Theater members: $7.50. For more information visit The theater is at 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8397.


The "Gandy Dancer Courtyard Jazz Series" returns on Wednesday. 6-9 p.m. This week see Ramona Collins. Along with the regular menu, there will have a Courtyard Menu, which features mid-priced sandwiches and appetizers. No cover. The Gandy Dancer is at 401 Depot St., Ann Arbor. 734-769-0592.


The Ann Arbor Civic Band will start its "Summer Concert Season" at the West Park Band Shell on Wednesday. 8 p.m. Enjoy great music in the great outdoors. This week's theme will be "At the Movies," so bring your popcorn. William Gourley conducts. Free. West Park is at 215 Chapin St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-2780.



Sun, Jun 24, 2012 : 8:34 p.m.

If you want to go to the band concert, but can't walk to the band shell, the Civic Band has arranged a golf cart shuttle. Park along Seventh Ave and they'll give you a ride down the hill to the concert.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sun, Jun 24, 2012 : 7:41 p.m.

8 o'clock seems kind of late for an outdoor band concert. Maybe this timing could be reconsidered. Bringing the kids and grandkids to a latish concert is hard. Sunday afternoon might even be better.


Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 1:50 p.m.

IF they start earlier, the bugs won't be as fierce!


Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 1:21 p.m.

Agreed. Was really excited to go to this with my daughter, but her bedtime is 8:30. Maybe next time.


Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 1:41 a.m.

Agreed. Same with WCCB (washtenaw community band). Why do these bands need to start so late? Whats wrong with a 6:30pm concert???


Sun, Jun 24, 2012 : 8:32 p.m.

Maybe you should send your comment to the Band directly: