Ann Arbor

As WEMU gets ready for this Wednesday’s trip to Comerica Park to see the Tigers take on the Seattle Mariners, I drew up a baseball-themed playlist to get you fired up.  If you do a google search for baseball tunes, you’ll find many that are on this list.  However, enlisting 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.  

Phone Scams
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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new phone scam. In this latest one, a person calls claiming they're a lawyer trying to collect on a defaulted loan.

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Parking is always at premium in Ann Arbor. It can be near impossible to find during the Art Fair. The four day Ann Arbor Art Fair begins at 10 this morning and there are options for getting to and from without having to spend a portion of your day looking for a place to park. 

Ann Arbor Art Fair

 It's Art Fair time in Ann Arbor!  This is the 56th year for the annual event, which is actually four different art shows spread out over 30 city blocks. 89.1 WEMU'S  Lisa Barry spoke with the marketing director for the fair Karen Delhey and you can hear the interview here:    

Dear WEMU Friends: We are halfway through our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.  Thanks to everyone who has attended one of our events, pledged for our commemorative 50th anniversary tile, and otherwise helped us to mark this historic year.

We are delighted to announce the signature event of WEMU’s 50th anniversary celebration, the return of NPR’s wacky and irreverent news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! to Ann Arbor on October 1 in Hill Auditorium.  Big thanks to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for co-presenting this incredible night with us.

Michigan Theater / www.michtheater.org

Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum fills in for Russ Collins to discuss all of your movie option for holiday weekend. 


Dr. Max Wicha
University of Michigan

Almost everyone  has been touched by cancer either themselves or through a friend or family member.  A renowned University of Michigan cancer researcher, Dr. Max Wicha was just appointed to the National Cancer Advisory board by President Barack Obama.  

Cinetopia / www.cinetopiafestival.org

Festival officals are calling the start of the Cinetopia International Film Festival a "big hit!"   In Cinema Chat David Fair and Russ Collins discuss the festival and preview other movies that will open this weekend.


It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said "the earth laughs in flowers," which means there should be plenty of smiles and laughter next weekend when the 25th annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk is held.

Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

Cinetopia is here! David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins discuss the Detroit and Ann Arbor film festival and the other movie options in the area.


Patrick Bolger

One way to build community and create connections is with storytelling.  The award winning "Kitchen Sisters" are sharing their experience and expertise in this area at a Zing Train speaker series appearance in Ann Arbor. 

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'Cinema Chat' wraps up the Cannes Film Festival, looks ahead to the Cinetopia Film Festival and covers the movies opening this weekend. 

  

Shari Kane and Dave Steele
courtesy of the artist

Warm and delicious as hot buttered cinnamon toast, as easy and relaxed as a rewarding after-dinner talk and as soothing as Sunday morning.  That’s my immediate reaction to Feels Like Home, the new album by Shari Kane and Dave Steele.  It’s a perfect complement to the couple’s first recording, Four Hands Blues.  They continue their loving exploration of classic American music including Piedmont and Delta blues along with mountain gospel, Appalachian ballads and ragtime swing guitar.  What differentiates Feels Like Home from Four Hands Blues is the home setting.  Shari and Dave actually built a home studio and took their good sweet time working through each song as we eavesdrop on their intimate conversation involving call and response from acoustic guitar to mandolin to voice.  

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). 

courtesy AAPS / Ann Arbor Public Schools

The US News and World Report has placed several area schools on its 2015 list of Best High Schools.

Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

 

Michigan House Democrats

If you look at a map of the pipelines that run through the state of Michigan, it resembles a spider-web. They are everywhere, and more on planned and more are being constructed as we speak.  As we learned in 2010 when a pipeline burst and polluted portions of the Kalamazoo River system, protection of our waterways may be lacking in some areas.   

On Earth Day last month, A group of state lawmakers and the heads of some leading environmental groups publicly announced a package of legislation that aims to address pipeline safety and natural resource protections.  This week, we are talking with Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin about the Pipeline Safety Legislation that he helped introduce.

A "Positive Business Conference" is happening this week at the Ross School of business on the University of Michigan campus.  I spoke to the "Chief Happiness Officer," Jenn Lim & Co-Founder of Delivering Happiness that will be involved in the event. 

photo by Myra Klarman

 Ann Arbor Summer Festival Executive and Artistic Director Amy Nesbitt joined me Friday for a preview of the 2015 Top Of The Park schedule. The free Top Of The Park offerings and activities have grown remarkably over the years. 

What began as little experiment with one band and free film screenings on top of a parking structure now encompasses a city block with two stages, a full variety of food vendors, family activities, exercise and wellness classes, Michigan craft beer tastings, family favorite films and state-of-the art acrobatic performances. 

 

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Alberto Nacif, the former and founding host of the program Cuban Fantasy has every reason in the world to be proud of Invisible, the new CD by his Latin jazz ensemble, Aguankó. He joined me in studio to discuss his partnership with fellow percussionist Jose Pepe Espinosa and his deep admiration for Michigan's great musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Rick Roe, Robert Hurst, Russ Miller, Chris Smith and Anthony Stanco. 

Chief of Police John Seto has announced his intention to retire.

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Patrick Campion and Russ Collins on what's playing downtown and around town:


Wendy Lawrence, nationally-published freelance author from Ann Arbor, discusses how to make a home eco-friendly, green and safe for kids, and what resources are available to parents in Washtenaw County.


Local, live theater is one of the many benefits of living in Washtenaw County. One local theater production infuses old time music with a classic story designed to make theater goers laugh with their production of "The Philadelphia Story."

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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