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Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival Board of Trustees has announced that Mike Michelon has been appointed as the new Executive Director, effective immediately.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to him about his new position and what lies ahead for the Summer Festival.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the new flicks you can check out this weekend.  Plus, get the latest update on the State Theatre's upcoming grand reopening!


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Ann Arbor Police just wrapped up a special 5-month enforcement of pedestrian crosswalk safety in the city.

Mary Thiefels
Novemberista's Crew / treetownmurals.com

'Tis the season, as they say.  Thanksgiving is around the corner and just a little further down the road we hit the holiday season.  The festive spirit is already growing and you've likely seen that reflected in the windows of a growing number of business is Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and parts of southeast Michigan.  Much of what you see is the work of a group of local artists that call themselves, the Novemberistas.  Mary Thiefels is owner and founder of TreeTown Murals in Ann Arbor and, whether you know it or not, you've driven by her outdoor murals for years!  In this week's edition of WEMU's "creative:impact," Mary shares the story of the Novemberistas, and more. 


Catch a brief wrap-up of the November 7th elections, a look ahead to the release of a public survey on policing and community relations in Ann Arbor and important information on how to safely dispose of your home toxics.   It's all a part of the conversation between WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan on this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


Lisa Barry

The Ann Arbor area is often noted for academia and art, football, and food, but did you know it’s also home to a tortilla factory?

As part of our “Hidden In Plain Sight” series, 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to Pittsfield Township just outside of Ann Arbor where tasty tortillas and chips are made from one simple ingredient.


After a year of construction on US-23, the Flex Route project between Ann Arbor and Brighton is expected to open this week. 

 


Winter Art Tour

On this week’s "Art & Soul," 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to Omari Rush, the executive director of CultureSource, and Cara Rosaen, the lead organizer of the Winter Art Tour, which is happening the weekend of December 8-10 in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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 latest movie news and all of the new films you can catch on the silver screen this weekend.


Lisa Barry

The mayors of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti shared updates on their cities during an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber gathering Wednesday.

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Starting today, Washtenaw and four other counties in Michigan will begin implementing a new pilot program called "Oral Fluid Roadside Analysis."  
 


Ann Arbor
Courtesy Photo / Department of Veterans Affairs

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Investigators say a man died at a VA hospital in Michigan after a nurse mistakenly believed he didn't want to be resuscitated in case of an emergency.

There were no surprises in the Ann Arbor city council races. 


On Tuesday, there were three contested races for Ann Arbor City Council,  city council and a mayoral race in Milan and in Dexter, voters ousted an incumbent. 

Lisa Barry

With Veterans Day coming up Saturday, there will be much focus on military veterans and those who served in the United States Armed Forces.  A special evening is planned November 8th at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, where several veterans will tell their stories combined with other musical elements.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talked to Daniel Patrick and Kathy Hay about the event.


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 movie business and all of the new films you check out on the big screen this weekend.


Lisa Barry

It’s the culinary arts and food that is (almost) too pretty to eat in this week’s "Art and Soul."  Lisa Barry is joined by food expert and host of WEMU’s “The In Crowd,” Jessica Webster, to talk about the 2nd anniversary of Ann Arbor restaurant Spencer with owners Abby Olitzky and Steve Hall.


It's been a long journey for the 16 Hands art gallery in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown District.  It wasn't always located there.  It has gone through temporary closures and relocate twice.  Owner Jill Damon has put much of her life into creating a place that matters to her, to her art and to the community.  WEMU's David Fair and president and CEO of the Arts Alliance, Deb Polich, bring you the story in a conversation with Jill Damon on this week's edition of "creative:impact."  


Are you ready for the November 7th elections? WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan direct you to some resources that can help you make informed decisions. And, that's only part of the conversation in this week's, "Civic Matters." 


Greogory A. Fournier / https://fornology.blogspot.com/

Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive the evening of July 9, 1967.  Her body was found on an abandoned farm in Superior Township just about one month later.  Investigators didn’t know it then, but this was the beginning of a series of murders attributed to John Norman Collins.  These horrific acts of violence held our community in terror until Collins’ arrest in July 1969.  On this week’s "Hidden in Plain Sight," WEMU’s Patrick Campion meets up with “Terror in Ypsilanti” author Gregory Fournier to take us on a tour of some of the sites and sounds associated with the “Michigan Murderer” who preyed on Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti co-eds for two years.


Rebekah Warren
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Due to state-mandated term limits, Rebekah Warren's tenure in the Michigan State Senate is coming to the end.  But, she believes her work in Lansing is far from over.  WEMU's David Fair talks to Warren about her announcement to run for the Michigan House of Representatives.

Women's March
Courtesy Photo / womensconvention.com

Thousands from Southeast Michigan will attend a three-day Women's Convention at Cobo Center that continues the mission began with the national Women's March in Washington D.C. the day after Donald Trump was elected. 


David Wells

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performing arts in the Ann Arbor area.  89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry is joined by arts journalist and blogger Jenn McKee to chat about upcoming events and they talk with playwright David Wells about his new work, “Resisting.”


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 latest movie news and all of the new and returning flicks you can catch at your local movie house this pre-Halloween weekend.  Plus, you'll get an update on the State Theater's grand re-opening.


Mark Clevey
Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

How would a “Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation” tax levy enhance funding for environmental measures?  A countywide ballot initiative will be decided next month and, if passed, could help the city of Ann Arbor move closer to meeting the goals of its Climate Action Plan.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair talks it over with Mark Clevey, Vice Chair of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission.  


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