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  Listen to Amanda Bynum and David Fair on 89.1 WEMU’s Cinema Chat:

Each week, Cinema Chat host David Fair, sits down with Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for a most entertaining conversation on movies, culture and live events to be experienced downtown and around town. However, this week, The Michigan Theater's Program Director, Amanda Bynum fills in for Russ while they are away for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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Upcoming Events for  this weekend, January 17 - 20

Upcoming Events for January 10th-12th

Friday, January 10th

 Over 100,000 hockey fans are expected for the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on New Year's Day when the Detroit Red Wings take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Plenty of excitement is also scheduled in Ann Arbor leading up to the New Year and the big game. 

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While Ann Arbor is often a sleepy town New Year's Day, the Winter Classic game at Michigan Stadium is bringing thousands to the city.  This has many restaurants and businesses that would typically remain closed planning to be open January 1st.

There also are some extra events scheduled on New Year's Eve.

Main Street will be closed all day December 31st, from Huron to William in preparation for the Puck Drops Here event.  The event starts at 8pm  when a 10 foot wide metal Hockey puck that will be dropped at midnight is lit.  There will also be live music from eight until two, including former Ann Arbor resident, Michelle Chamuel who appeared on The Voice.

Earlier in the day Noon Year's Eve events are planned at the Farmers Market and Briarwood Mall so kids can celebrate the New Year's without staying up until midnight.

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 In this week's installment of Cinema Chat,WEMU's Bob Eccles and Michigan Theater Director Russ Collins look into what's playing downtown and around town.


Cinema Chat is a regular feature heard each Thursday during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

Mittenfest VIII to Benefit 826Michigan

Dec 18, 2013

Mittenfest, a massive three-day music festival featuring 40 state and local bands, benefits 826Michigan.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with 826Michigan Executive Director Amanda Uhle about her organization and what the December 27th-31st event means to it.


The Michigan Theater at Night

Every Thursday is movie day on WEMU's Morning Edition. David Fair is  joined by The Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for the weekly feature, Cinema Chat.

The Michigan Theater at Night

In a special Wednesday, holiday edition, Cinema Chat covered a lot of ground this week! WEMU's David Fair spoke with Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum about the Independent Spirit Awards, the movies "Frozen",  "Homefront", "A Christmas Story" and the Sing-a-long version of "White Christmas."

The Michigan Theater at Night

Every Thursday is movie day on WEMU's Morning Edition. David Fair is typically joined by Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for the weekly feature, Cinema Chat. Russ is away this week, so instead, David spoke with Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum! 

David and Amanda cover a lot of ground, including a movie shooting on the Eastern Michigan University Campus, the political ramifications of screening movies in the White House, and of course, discussion of the movies available to you over the coming weekend.  You can listen to the entire conversation below.

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Click below to listen to "Cinema Chat" with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins.

The Michigan Theater Book -- goes on sale Tuesday, November 19 at Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater has been featured in commercials, billboards, films, and even a music LP from the 1960s, but has never had its own book – until now. Dr. Henry Aldridge, an Eastern Michigan University film professor emeritus and theater scholar, has written a new full-color, photo-illustrated book that explores the first 80 years of the theater’s life and how it ties into the histories of Ann Arbor and film. He also includes key local figures from along the way: manager Gerry Hoag, organist Paul Tompkins, Ann Arbor mayor Lou Belcher, philanthropist Margaret Towsley and her daughter Judy Rumelhart, and the theater’s staff and volunteers.  Aldridge has a deep connection to the Michigan Theater. In 1979, he and a group of other concerned citizens helped rescue the theater and its rare Barton organ from the wrecking ball. He continues to lead the theater’s organ program, give visitor tours, and teach a film appreciation course. Despite his extensive knowledge of the theater, Aldridge still spent three years immersed in the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library archives, Michigan Theater Foundation meeting minutes, Ann Arbor News articles, and interviews with past and present staff members. “Unlike most histories of individual theaters,” Aldridge says, “this book is thoroughly researched, carefully documented, lavishly illustrated, but written in a style that general readers will find interesting and colorful.”  A paperback edition of the book will be available for purchase starting the week of November 19 at the Michigan Theater, Nicola’s Books, Literati Bookstore, Bookbound Bookstore, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tearoom, and Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles. The Michigan Theater will also carry a limited edition hardcover and provide a discounted price to Michigan Theater members for both versions.

Jeff Haas of the New Jazz Archive stops by the WEMU studios ahead of the 100th anniversary of  his father, broadcasting legend,  Karl Haas' birth.  And to talk about a few new programs spearheaded by Jeff to advance the legacy of jazz to new generations. 

Listen to the full interview here: 


The Michigan Theater at Night

It's a busy weekend in Washtenaw County. Among other things, both Eastern Michigan and Michigan have home football games. And, of course, there are new and returning movies available to you. 

In this week's installment of WEMU's "Cinema Chat", David Fair and Russ Collins cover your options. First, the conversation begins with the possibility the State Theater will soon morph into a different kind of business. For details, listen below, and say "good morning" to Russ Collins!

Eastern Michigan University

This press release comes from Eastern Michigan University:

Eastern Michigan University to host Graduate Open House for prospective students on Nov. 16 Great chance to learn about graduate school programs and opportunities for advancement at Eastern


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." 

Don't miss the man "known to the critics as the next Mark Twain" on stage with WEMU's own Bob Eccles!


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. 

Listen to the full-length interview from 89.1 WEMU:

Cinema Chat: Halloween 2013 Edition

Oct 31, 2013
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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:

Happy Halloween From WEMU!

Oct 30, 2013

Happy Halloween from all of us at WEMU!

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.

The Michigan Theater

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!

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.

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

The Michigan Theater

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. 

The Michigan Theater

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. 

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

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