5:20 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

An Interview with Dave Sharp: Worlds, 5:01 Jazz and More!

Ahead of his new CD release, Dave Sharp sits down with Linda Yohn in the WEMU studio to talk about about  his upcoming 5:01 Jazz performance, the release of his new album Worldslife as a musician, and more on this Halloween morning. 

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3:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Cinema Chat: Halloween 2013 Edition

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Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins paid his weekly visit with David Fair for this week's installment of Cinema Chat:

Halloween Cinema Chat 2013

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3:24 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween From WEMU!

Happy Halloween from all of us at WEMU!

1:11 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival Lineup

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2014 marks the 37th year of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a two-night celebration of roots music, a fundraiser for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music. The 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund.
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Friday, January 31, 2014 Iron and Wine Willie Nile Pearl and the Beard The Appleseed Collective Seth Walker, MC ...and more to come! Saturday, February 1, 2014 Patty Griffin Ingrid Michaelson Jeff Daniels Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Johnnyswim PigPen Theatre Co. The Crane Wives **program subject to change
Cinema Chat
3:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Summit, Nebraska, Nosferatu, NT Live: Macbeth, and more!

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In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend.

Bruce Dern, Will Forte and a sneak peak of an Oscar contender!

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1:20 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Roy Blount, Jr. in conversation

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Roy Blount, Jr., one of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me's most popular panelists, comes to EMU Thursday, November 7, for an onstage conversation with our WEMU's Bob Eccles at Pease Auditorium.
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Author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr. is a frequent guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and "A Prairie Home Companion." His one-man show at the American Place Theatre was described by the New Yorker as "the most humorous and engaging 50 minutes in town."
Live Music
12:16 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz - Rush Street with Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven

David Sharp

Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven plays @ Rush Street, Friday, November 1st - 5:01 pm to 7 pm.

89.1 WEMU-FM and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.
 Join us for a  5:01 celebration of Dave’s new cd, Worlds

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Arts and Culture
10:28 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Cinema Chat: Enough Said, Dumb and Dumber To, Inequity for All, Parkland and More

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After a week away, Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins made his return to Cinema Chat, and sat down with WEMU's David Fair to discuss Hollywood news and new movie offerings. 

Cinema Chat for 10/3/2013

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Arts and Culture
8:25 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Cinema Chat: Don Jon, Enough Said, Plimpton, Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story and More

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There are some quality movie offerings available in the area this week. In This week's edition of Cinema chat, WEMU's David Fair talks with  Michigan Theater Program director Amanda Bynum about the highlights. 

Cinema Chat 9/26/13

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Movies and more
4:08 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Cinema Chat: Salinger, Thanks For Sharing, Prisoners and more

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This week's Cinema Chat with David Fair and Russ Collins:


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Arts and Culture
10:15 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Cinema Chat: Telluride Film Festival, Austenland, The Attack, The Family and More

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Cinema Chat for 9/12/13

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Movies and More
11:28 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Cinema Chat: Europa Report, Prince Avalanche, The Audience, and more!

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In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend.

Cinema Chat 8/26

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10:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Local Foods and the Homegrown Festival


The local foods movement continues to grow throughout the country, and it is becoming particularly prevalent in Washtenaw County. This weekend, Ann Arbor's 6th annual Homegrown Festival will take place at the site of the Farmers market in Kerrytown.

David Fair sits down to talk with the Co-Chair of the Planning Committee of the Homegrown Festival, Jason Frenzel.

Our guest this week is Jason Frenzel. Jason is Co-Chair of the Planning Committee of the Homegrown Festival, and also serves as  stewardship coordinator at the Huron River Watershed Council. 

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2:46 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Live In Studio: Rick Roe

As a pianist, Rick Roe says much with his terrific touch, his surprising song selections and understanding of the importance of the space between the notes.  This morning was truly special as Rick Roe discusses his musical life and his new CD, “Swing Theory” plus, his upcoming CD release concert.

Listen to the full interview here:

Rick Roe in the WEMU Studios 8/15/13

9:21 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Historical Snapshots of Ypsilanti: 190-Years and Counting

Inspecting of landing wheel of the transport planes at Willow Run
Library of Congress

The annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival kicks-off on Friday and the celebration will run through the weekend.  It's a perfect time to take a look back at some of the elements that have helped create the identity of this Washtenaw County community.

WEMU's Wendy Wright delves into the rich history and heritage of the City of Ypsilanti. In this 11-minute audio feature, Wendy provides some historical snapshots of people and places that helped forge the identity on Michigan's 2nd oldest city.

8:13 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Thunder Over Michigan Returns This Weekend

The Thunder Over Michigan air show returns to Willow Run Airport this weekend.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the details in this report:

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport Saturday and Sunday

Vintage war-birds take to the skies above Willow Run Airport this weekend at the 15th annual Thunder Over Michigan air show.  Show organizers had to do some quick re-scheduling after the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jet team was grounded due to sequestration-related budget cuts. 

Show Director Kevin Walsh says it wasn't as big a problem for Thunder Over Michigan as it was for some other air shows.

Among the performers scheduled to participate in Thunder Over Michigan this weekend:

  • A rare gathering of six Vietnam-era Skyraider aircract
  • a North American F-100F Super Sabre jet
  • British de Havilland Vampire T-55. 

Thunder Over Michigan takes place Saturday and Sunday at Willow Run Airport.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.  Kids 15 and under are admitted free

2:12 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Weekend Watch: Bluescasters, DAYfest, McNett Trio, Dexter Daze and More!

Upcoming Events for August 9-11

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Liner Notes
1:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Live In Studio: Seth Walker

Seth Walker in the WEMU Studio
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Before his performance at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Seth Walker stopped by the  WEMU studios to perform a few acoustic blues songs from his new album, Time Can Change.

Seth also discusses  his unique musical background which spans classical music to raucous rock-n-roll.

Listen to the full interview here:

Seth Walker Joins us in the WEMU studios 8/8/13

Movies & More
9:55 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Oscars, Traverse City Film Festival, Elysium, We're the Millers and More

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In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat" WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins explore a lot of the movies available to you this weekend. 

But, the conversation began with talk of movie awards, specifically, The Oscars and those generated at the Traverse City Film Festival.

Cinema Chat for 08/08/2013

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Community Events
3:19 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Take the Shuttle to the Detroit Jazz Festival This Weekend

Saturday, August 31st thru Monday, September 2nd


The 34th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, a Labor Day tradition in Southeastern Michigan, will once again be filled with many different styles of our beloved....Jazz!  Enjoying the weekend in Motown, listening to music by the the Detroit river, is a simple decision as it only gets this good once a year.


Golden Shuttle Service:

Round Trip Shuttles available for all three days.  $15.00 per person.  

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Liner Notes
8:18 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Seth Walker and Corndaddy at the Ark

Two shows of great interest to WEMU listeners are coming up soon at The Ark: blues and roots singer-songwriter Seth Walker on Thursday, August 8th and Ann Arbor’s beloved roots-rock quartet Corndaddy on Friday, August 16th.

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Events Downtown & Around Town
4:27 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Weekend Watch: DAYFest, Local Blues & Local Brews, and More!

Upcoming Events for August 2-4

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Community Events
6:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

4th of July Events

Have fun and stay safe!

  It is Independence Day and, as usual, the occasion will be marked with family and friends get-togethers, barbecues and some local parades!

At 10 a.m. this morning, the 23rd Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July parade gets underway. The parade begins at the corner of South State Street and East William Street. Included in the procession will be a contingent from WEMU, so make sure to look for us, and wave!  The Ann Arbor event also has a bike decorating contest for children. That gets underway at 9:30  this morning. Once decorated, the kids may ride their bikes in the parade.

In Ypsilanti, the 84th Annual Independence day parade gets underway at 11 a.m.. It will begin at the corner of Oakwood and Cross Streets, and the procession will make its way through Depot town before ending at Rice Street. The Ypsilanti event is Michigan's longest running Independence Day parade.

In Whitmore Lake, the parade begins at 10 this morning. The route begins on the corner of Barker Road and Main Street.

And, if you are looking for a good BBQ, but don't want to host it yourself, the Sons of American Legion Post 31 will take care of you! the public is invited to to stop by Post 31 at 1700 Ridge Road beginning at 11 a.m. this morning. The group will put on a feast of grilled chicken, coleslaw and baked beans. Also included in the nine-dollar price tag is a bag of chips and a roll. 

The Capitol Steps, Live at Hill Auditorium , tonight at  5  p.m. and 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor at The Ann Arbor Summer Festival - tickets here

Looking for something else to do today? Check out the WEMU datebook for more information!