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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about all the movies returning and making their debut this weekend.  Plus, they give the latest news on the upcoming Cinetopia Film Festival!


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As the federal government looks into possibly cutting thirty-one percent of the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, a rally will be held on Monday at the EPA's office in Ann Arbor.  That's where the National Motor Vehicle and Fuels Emissions Laboratory is located.
 


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Zingerman’s just reopened their refurbished creamery on Plaza Drive.  Now called "Cream Top Shop," it features an expanded retail space that includes seating.  In addition to eating lunch or a snack, you can sit and watch the employees make fine cheeses and creamy gelato.


Cinetopia
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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 the films hitting the big screen this weekend.  Plus, they have a huge update on what to expect for this year's Cinetopia Film Festival!


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Schools in Ann Arbor may soon be able to raise chickens as part of their curriculum. 
 


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Voters in the Ann Arbor school district will go to the polls tomorrow to decide a tax issue.  The district is asking approval of a measure to replace, extend and increase an existing sinking fund millage.  As 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, district officials have been holding community informational sessions to try and win support.


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. 


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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.

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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.

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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.


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