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Paul Vornhagen
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On May 5th – Cinco de Mayo – WEMU wraps up the 2017 winter/spring Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz shows with a real showstopper – the magnificent Latin jazz group, Tumbao Bravo.  While Paul Vornhagen continues to head up Tumbao Bravo on saxophone, flute, piccolo and percussion, he has added new members and new repertoire while retaining tunes of years past and some veteran players.  Joining Paul for “5:01 Jazz” are Olman Piedra – timbales, Brian DiBlassio – keyboards, Gregory (Greco) Freeman – congas and, Joe Fee – bass.  

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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the new movies hitting the area this weekend.  Additionally, they pay tribute to the late, great film director,  Jonathan Demme.


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Whether you realize it or not, science plays a big part in our everyday lives.  To help raise awareness and ensure scientific research continues to be publicly-funded, communities across the country, including several in Washtenaw County, are holding “Marches for Science” on April 22nd.

Lisa Barry spoke with two Eastern Michigan University professors, Dr. Amy Flanagan-Johnson who teaches chemistry, and Dr. Katherine Ryker who teaches Earth Science, about the need to march.

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Remember when people use to turn to their record player to enjoy music?  Holding the sleeve and looking through booklets as the record played is an experience that slowly started to fade for some as technology improved.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports, records are becoming more and more popular again these days, especially with events like National Record Store Day that will be celebrated April 22 in areas like Washtenaw County.


One of April’s musical highlights is Mr. B’s Boogie and Blues Piano Celebration.  20 years ago, beloved blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mr. B teamed up with his mentor, pianist Bob Seeley and two more pianists for an evening of different piano combinations at a house concert.  The event sparked a dream that Mr. B made come true one year later.  Starting in 1998, the celebration expanded to The Ark for a big concert.  Over the years, the boogie-woogie, jazz and blues piano bash has grown beyond Ann Arbor to include venues in Detroit and Monroe.  The 20th Anniversary festivities start Friday, April 21st at The Detroit Institute of Arts, continue Saturday at The Ark and conclude on the 23rd at The Monroe County Public Library. 

On this week’s Art & Soul: The Art of Better Living, Lisa Barry talks to Claire Weiner and Dr. Libby Robinson from the Ann Arbor Center For Mindfulness about the benefits of mindfulness and what exactly that means.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movies available to you over the weekend. Additionally, they look back at Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns's return to Ann Arbor. 


Leslie Science & Nature Center

This Saturday, April 22nd is officially "Earth Day."  But the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival is taking place on Sunday, April 23rd at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry recently visited Leslie and learned about the plans for the festival and spoke to a number of kid day campers who shared great knowledge about the environment and the benefits of Earth Day.


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Washtenaw County administrator Greg Dill is going head-to-head with the city of Ann Arbor's administrator, Howard Lazarus.  


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As the tax filing deadline approaches, hundreds of protests will take place around the country. 


Biggest Rubiks Cube
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Have you ever been able to solve a Rubik’s cube?  You can now give it a try with one of the world’s largest versions of the cube-puzzle in Ann Arbor.

Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about some new and returning films available to you over the holiday weekend.


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A reward is now being offered for the return of an external computer hard drive stolen from a family in Washtenaw County.  Reports say it contained pictures of a five year-old boy who died recently from cancer.


Allen Elementary School
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It was like the first day of school for 400 Ann Arbor Public Schools students Wednesday morning.  


Allen Elementary School
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With just two months before the end of the school year, Allen Elementary in Ann Arbor will finally open its doors on April 12th.


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The Ann Arbor Police Department has a policy that prevents them from asking residents about their immigration status.  Now, city council wants to add a new measure.  


Amy Nesbitt, Artistic and Executive Director of The Ann Arbor Summer Festival made her annual stop at the WEMU studio to discuss the 2017 Mainstage Series.  She and I reminisced about Diana Krall’s early career including the significant impact Ann Arbor had on her rise in popularity.  Amy filled us in on shows for the entire family and hipped us to a big party with Ira Glass, host of This American Life prior to his show.  The 2017 Ann Arbor Summer Festival Mainstage Series brings Ann Arbor favorites together with fresh surprises.

Lisa Barry

On this week's Art & Soul, the new owner of the old Jefferson Market on the west side of Ann Arbor joins Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster to share what will be new at the restaurant when it reopens soon.  We also discuss the recent opening of a new Guatemalan bakery on Cross Street in Ypsilanti, "Panadería La Bendición."


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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the flicks heading to your local movie house this weekend.


University of Michigan
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If you're interested in a way to feed your brain and your stomach at the same time, there is a special event going on tonight in Ann Arbor.


Lisa Barry

The 11th annual "Fool-Moon" and "FestiFools" events are coming up this weekend.

89. 1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the original creator of the annual Ann Arbor public art event...


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Four Washtenaw County police agencies are working together this month to increase education, compliance, and knowledge about driving through one of the county's 18 roundabouts.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Sergeant William Clock of the Ann Arbor Police Department's Special Services division about the "roundabout enforcement project" underway now through the first of May.


The Dispute Resolution Center

A single freeway stands between two Washtenaw County communities. but some aspects of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti can seem much farther apart.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw County, Belinda Dulin, about a special community conversation they are organizing to give people a safe space to talk about their perceptions and expectations for the two cities.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Carbon taxes are a seemingly simple way to deal with the climate crisis. As the price of fossil fuels goes up, consumption goes down.   But fears of negative economic impacts have kept the idea from moving forward in the U.S.  Now, a group of leading Republican elders has a proposal that goes a step further.  They call it “Carbon Dividends,” because the taxes collected are returned to the public.  What is the local reaction?  In this installment of WEMU’s “Green Room” series, Barbara Lucas sets out to find out.


Lisa Barry

Ernestine Ruben, or "Ernie" as she prefers to be called, toured the Willow Run Industrial Complex a few years ago in Ypsilanti Township and took a series of pictures.  The plant was designed and built by her grandfather, famed architect Albert Kahn.  Those pictures are now on display at the University of Michigan Art Museum in an exhibit called "Mobilizing Memory."

Lisa Barry recently had a chance to tour the exhibit with the 86 year-old artist, and she explains what she was trying to capture.


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