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The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced the line up for the admission-free Top of the Park series! The festival’s 32nd season runs 6 nights per week, from June 12 – July 5, 2015. 

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Aguankó, the internationally recognized Afro-Cuban jazz group led by Alberto Nacif will share lively Latin melodies at WEMU’s next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show, Friday April 10th.  We will return to Rush Street, and get the music going at 5:01 PM sharp.

Duke Ellington Performing
Jazzistry

As April and Jazz Appreciation Month comes to a close with International Jazz Day this Thursday, April 30th, I would like to share a personal jazz experience and how my musical appreciation continues to grow through my friendship with saxophonist Vincent York of Jazzistry.

The University Musical Society (UMS) announces its 2015-2016 season, which runs from Friday, September 11, 2015 through Saturday, April 23, 2016. The season features 86 performances by 45 different artist/ensemble events.

Don Chisholm’s career has been focused on Ann Arbor’s commercial and residential real estate development, but support for the arts and the development of musical expression - especially jazz - never has been far from his heart.

For his years of generous service and philanthropy for jazz and musical theatre in Ann Arbor, property developer Don Chisholm has been selected to receive a 2015 National Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalist’s Association.

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 Thanks to the generosity of WEMU's community champions and everyone who has given so far, WEMU reached the first $100,000 of our $200,000 pledge drive goal yesterday afternoon.  As promised, today is pledge drive free -- no interruptions, just the wonderful Sunday programs you look forward to every week.  Every program you hear on the weekend is supported 100% by donor contributions.

Patrik Holubik

If you gave $150 or more to WEMU this spring, your admission for two is a bonus premium and your name is on the guest list for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 11th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. outside at the EMU Convocation Center (In the atrium in case of rain). 

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You probably know that we are in the middle of the Spring Pledge Drive as you've been listening to WEMU this week. This morning, there's approximately $25,000 to raise by 7 pm today keep our weekend pledge free and uninterrupted.  Your gift will help us reach the halfway point of our $100,000 goal. 

 

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It's fundraising time at WEMU and we are asking you to rise to the challenge and help shrink WEMU's pledge drive.  Our goal this spring is $200,000 and here's the deal.  As soon as we reach the midpoint of $100,000 we will stop fundraising until Monday morning.   Just stop entirely.

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The Huron River Watershed Council is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. David Fair talks with Executive Director Laura Rubin about the past, present and future of the organization in this week's 'Issues of the Environment.' 


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This week's Cinema Chat is an extended length "special edition" focusing on this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival.  Patrick Campion talks with Russ Collins and Leslie Raymond. 

Celebrate WEMU's 50th anniversary in style with this gorgeous commemorative tile - yours for a contribution of only $50.

Crafted by Ann Arbor's Motawi Tile Works, and designed by local graphic artist, Guillermo Flores, this distinctive tile is a unique reminder of WEMU's service to the community, bringing you the best of NPR, local news, jazz, and blues for 50 years.

We only have 150 of these so don't delay -- make your $50 gift today for this piece of WEMU history.

 

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All the movie news and previews you need to know for the weekend!  Cinema Chat with David Fair and Russ Collins. Listen below. 


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Throughout 2015, The Ark will present many special concerts to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  The first of these is this Sunday at the Power Center, featuring the husband and wife banjo duo of Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.  


Barbara Lucas

To decrease its carbon footprint, the Climate Action Plan of Ann Arbor calls for increasing walking, biking and public transit.  But heavy precipitation events have increased 37% in the Midwest in the last century, and keeping pathways clear can be a challenge.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” we explore local attempts to make sustainable travel viable, year-round.


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The movie awards season is reaching a crescendo. In 'Cinema Chat' this week, David Fair and Russ Collins cover your movie options for the weekend, with a particular eye towards Academy award nominated films. 


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On March 11th, the Ann Arbor Board of Education is expected to approve a three-year contract with a new bussing provider. Get the details in this conversation with AAPS Executive Director of Communications, Liz Nowland-Margolis. 


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Julianne Moore's performance in 'Still Alice' is winning rave reviews. The nation is buzzing about the opening of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Listen  for conversation on those movies and more with David Fair and Russ Collins in this week's edition of 'Cinema Chat.' 


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A few special  event are on tap this weekend at the Michigan Theater! In this week's 'Cinema Chat' David fair and Michigan Theater Director Russ Collins tell you all about it and preview other movies available to you through the weekend. 


The City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County have invested in a unique study along Swift Creek. With the aid of grants from the DEQ and United States' E.P.A. "green infrastructure" will be installed and studied in a target residential neighborhood.

Russ Collins calls in from the Sundance Film Festival for 'Cinema Chat' this week. In addition to providing some breaking news for Ann Arbor's film enthusiasts, Russ and David Fair preview  your film options for the weekend.   


This year’s Ann Arbor Folk Festival lineup includes headliners Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell on Friday night, with emcee Steve Poltz (tickets still available for this show); and Amos Lee and Ani DiFranco on Saturday night, with emcee Cheryl Wheeler.

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More than half of available housing in Ann Arbor is comprised of rentals. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' David Fair talks with Ann Arbor Sustainability Associate Jamie Kidwell-Brix about the importance of making these properties more efficient, and what the city and Washtenaw County are doing to help. 


 89.1 WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman. Join us for a 5:01 celebration of jazz featuring the Brad McNett Quartet (filling in for Bob Mervak & Isabel Nelson due to a family death) Friday, February 6th.

Some 10-acres of property at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport may soon be home to a massive solar array. In this weeks edition of 'Issues of the Environment'  our guest is City of Ann Arbor Environmental Coordinator Matt Naud. Listen below to the conversation on the genesis of the project, what it will mean to the Ann Arbor area and what other projects it may inspire. 


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