Ann Arbor

The time has arrived. The series of four fairs that comprise the Ann Arbor Art Fair officially opens on Thursday. Participants and fair officials wil spend today setting up. As a result, a number of streets in Ann Arbor are now closed to traffic. 

Civic Matters Mary Morgan
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Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged. Today marked the first such conversation, touching on a variety of topics and opportunities. 


Ann Arbor Townie Street Party
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Art Fair Week kicks off in Ann Arbor tonight with the Townie Street Party.


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Ann Arbor's city council will meet tonight, and medical marijuana will be on the agenda.  


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This week's "Art and Soul" is all about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry sits down with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center and with a local artist who's emerging from the local art scene.


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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the new and returning films playing at your local movie house this weekend.  Plus, Russ gives an update on the State Theatre renovation project.


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Call it arson.  That’s the conclusion of an investigation into the fire at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store back in May.  There is now a cash reward for information that helps solve the crime. 


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As people spend more and more time on social media, the lack of true friendship or in-person connections could be harming their health.

I spoke with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Dr. Robert Pasick about the impact this is having on people.

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A Rover Pipeline protest will take place tonight.  Opponents of the planned location of the natural gas pipeline that would be built near a children’s camp are crying foul on how the plan fell into place and are demanding changes. 


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If you plan to vote in the August 8th primary election, you have to be registered by July 10th.  There will a ballot issue in Ypsilanti, primary elections in four of the five Ann Arbor city council wards, and a few other proposals to be decided on the 2nd Tuesday in August. 


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This week's Art and Soul is about the culinary arts in our area.  Lisa Barry is joined by local food expert and writer Jessica Webster, Sunday afternoon on 89.1 WEMU as host of "The In Crowd."

Ann Arbor restaurant owner Sava Farah is this week's special guest as she announces plans for a new restaurant and celebrates ten years in the hospitality business 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 all of the films you can check out at your local theater this weekend.  Plus, Russ shares his first drive-in theater experience in many years.


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The Gallup Park pathway portion of the Border-to-Border trail in Ann Arbor from the Geddes Dam to the parking lot, east of Huron Parkway, temporarily closed today. 
 


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As we informed you in a brief story late last month, Ann Arbor resident and former Miss Washtenaw County Heather Kendrick was named Miss Michigan.  In this longer version, we explore more in-depth her platform of supporting the arts, including right here in Washtenaw County, as well as how the arts changed her life forever. 


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More and more people are opting to cycle rather than drive for at least some of their transportation, whether for personal health, or for the health of the planet.  But safety is an issue, and emotions run high.  Conflicts occur over who has a right to the roadway. Should we encourage bicycles in the street, or should we try to separate bikes from cars?  In this installment of WEMU’s Green Room series, Barbara Lucas explores varying perspectives.


UMS President Ken Fischer retires on Friday after serving as President of UMS for 30 years.  Ken reflects on a storied career with WEMU's David Fair, and then they are joined by incoming UMS President Matthew VanBesien to explore the future of the organization.  But, it all starts with a tribute piece from WEMU's Lisa Barry. 

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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins are back together to talk about the movie business and all of the new movies opening in theaters this Independence Day weekend.


As WEMU gets ready for our TRUEMU trip to Comerica Park to take on the Kansas City Royals, I drew up a baseball-themed playlist to get you fired up.  We enlisted the advice of fellow jazz programmers around the nation for their suggestions yielded many more creative ideas.  Adding pieces with a definite WEMU-Ann Arbor, and Detroit connection gives this list an ultra-special distinction.  I picked one song per inning as well as the seventh-inning stretch and tossed in one more in case our game requires an extra inning for a total of 11 favorites.  

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The new state medical marijuana licensing board met for the first time Monday. 


Ann Arbor In Concert

This week's Art and Soul focuses on the Performing Arts in our area.

89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by local arts writer and blogger Jenn McKee and the Musical Director for the Ann Arbor in Concert show Eric Lofstrom.


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The University of Michigan will launch a driverless shuttle service this fall on campus after testing it for six months at its Mcity research facility.
 


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It is officially summertime, which means longer days, outdoor activities, and air-conditioned movie theaters.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater spokesperson Amanda Bynum about the movie business and all of the films opening in theaters this weekend.


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Classes may be over, but negotiations are continuing for the next Ann Arbor public school teachers' contract.


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This week's Art and Soul is about the art of well-being.  89.1 FM’s Lisa Barry talks with two Ann Arbor men who created a philosophy based blog called Chillpill.  Hien Lam and Matthew Hanson talk about the many choices we make in life and how they impact our happiness and sense of well-being.  Their "Two Minds Philosophy" comes down to a choice whether to have a "game mind" or a "blame mind."


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This year's Cinetopia Festival is in the books, but there's still plenty going on in the world of film.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the films heading to the silver screen this weekend.


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