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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

Jazz Piano Christmas 1pm-2pm

Dec 19, 2014

NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and The "Master" Harold Mabern take the stage to perform their favorite holiday songs on Christmas Day 12/25 from 1pm-2pm. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

  An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations on Christmas Day 12/25 from 6pm to 7pm. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW.

Tinsel Tales from NPR 7pm

Dec 19, 2014
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Listeners tune to NPR for holiday stories of all kinds; funny, touching, insightful, and surprising. Hear the latest version of evergreen delights while driving to the mall, entertaining friends, or relaxing in front of a crackling fire. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

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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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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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.

TOPHER FORHECZ, BYLINE: When I decided to see a movie at an AMC Theatre in upper Manhattan, the first change I noticed was I had to reserve my seat when I bought my ticket beforehand. So I just walked in and there are about nine rows of leather seats and I am in D6, so I've got to go find it.

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.

Cinema Chat

Nov 15, 2012

Sleznick Award; Star Wars news; new releases; new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Nov 8, 2012

More on the Disney purchase of Lucas Films;  Skyfall and other cineplex openings, plus new openings downtown, all on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Nov 1, 2012

Join us in celebrating Russ Collins' 30 year anniversary as Executive Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

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