I spent another one of my days off in Ann Arbor exploring some of my favorite haunts around State Street, beginning with seeing two movies (The Tree of Life and The Trip) at the gorgeous Michigan Theater on Liberty.
In addition to appreciating the fact that they show independent and art films I also LOVE that they still have an operational organ that is played before each movie. I arrived at one show just in time to catch the last vestiges of one such performance.
Though the news is a couple of weeks old, when I first got back the news broke that Borders Bookstore was being liquidated. Ann Arbor is the corporate headquarters and home to store #1 so I felt it only fitting to stop by and check out the sale. It was still in its infancy then (only up to 40% at that point [lame]) but I did make my final Borders purchase in the form of Jane Austen’s Persuasion… because I know you care and all.
Also in the nearby vicinity is one of my absolute favorite Ann Arbor spots: Encore Records. I used to go there about once a week and troll through the immense selection of records in hopes of adding to my own. Luck was with me this time as I found yet another Martin Katz collaboration with Frederica von Stade!!
All in all I’d say it was quite a perfect day by Ann Arbor entertainment standards!
Artist: Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz / Album: The Bandwagon