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WEMU and the Ark have been cultural partners for many years and now we are teaming up to celebrate our 51st year together with a special grab bag exclusive to WEMU listeners for a pair of tickets* of your choosing to the one of the following shows at the Ark. For a gift of $200 to WEMU, you and your guest can join us at the Ark for:

Black men’s tee shirt with custom David Zinn ‘WEMU Puppysaurus’ chalk art design. Quantities are extremely limited.

Men’s : S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL  Women’s:  S, M, L, XL, XXL

Comic Con

 Ypsilanti will be filled with superheroes this Saturday thanks to the its first Comic Con convention.

Enjoy three outstanding jazz combos from the Eastern Michigan University Jazz Studies program. Director Mark Pappas will bring two quartets and a trio for WEMU's next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show at Rush Street Nightclub

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."

Novelist Günter Grass, the Nobel laureate who is perhaps best known for his novel The Tin Drum and who shocked his country when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen SS in the last months of World War II, has died. Grass was 87.

The news was announced by his publisher, Steidl Verlag, in a statement on its website. The publisher said Grass died at a clinic in the town of Lübeck, Germany. It did not provide a cause of death.

Join Brad McNett for two hours of your jazz holiday favorites on Christmas Day (12/25) from 9am until 11am

Join Michael Jewett for two hours of great, holiday-themed blues on Christmas Day! 2pm-4pm

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert 11am-1pm

Dec 19, 2014

Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's All New 34th Winter Solstice Celebration on Christmas Day (12/25) from . On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer

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Plans are in the works to give one of Michigan's oldest theaters a multimillion-dollar upgrade. 

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The Detroit City Council is looking into whether a recording studio where Berry Gordy cut a record that led the way to the Motown music dynasty meets the criteria for historic designation. 

Councilman Scott Benson says the council on Tuesday will refer the United Sound Systems Recording Studio matter to a historic designation advisory board for study.

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Movie theatres have tried different ways over the years to combat declining ticket sales. In this encore broadcast, Topher Forhecz reports on the latest attempt to bring in audience by recreating the comforts of home.

The documentary explores the rich history of the longest-running live performance radio show on public radio.  Featuring interviews with the show's founders, band members and guest artists (including Tim O'Brien, Kathy Mattea, Jason Isbell, Billy Bragg, Bela Fleck and more), WV Public Broadcasting's Dave Mistich retraces the earliest steps of the show in 1983 all the way to the 30th anniversary in 2013.  In addition, this hour-long special also attempts to identify the multifaceted identity of the program and explores its reach and meaning to listeners all across the world.  

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival marks its 30th Anniversary this year. The annual celebration of music and entertainment is now in its final week for 2013. As this year's event winds down, we thought it a good time to look at the past, present and future of the festival. As WEMU's Wendy Wright discovered, the common thread has been, and will continue to be, a sense of community.

WEMU 89.1 FM and Sesi Motors  present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.

Jake Reichbart at Rush Street.(Map)

Cinema Chat: Off to the Sundance Film Festival

Jan 17, 2013
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Scoring Amanda's Oscar picks;  Sundance Film Festival underway; new openings downtown and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Jan 10, 2013

It's the movie awards season and Michigan Theater Programming Director Amanda Bynum has the likely top picks on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Top Ten Films of 2012

Jan 3, 2013

Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum joins Russ Collins to discuss their picks for top-ten films of 2012 on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

The best and worst films of 2012 on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Dec 20, 2012

It's the holiday season at the theaters, with new releases, more special screenings downtown, and more about Sundance at the Michigan Theater on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Dec 13, 2012

Award nominations; Sundance at the Michigan Theater; new releases, special screenings and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Dec 6, 2012

More Star Wars news; National Board of Review names top films; holiday movies, and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Nov 29, 2012

Russ Collins is back from France and getting ready for the Sundance Film Festival on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Nov 21, 2012

Football at the Michigan Theater;  Russ is off to Paris; new releases,  a White Christmas sing-along, and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.