Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Waterfront Film Festival will go on, despite power outage in South Haven

Waterfront Film Festival starts this evening in South Haven

The show will go on tonight in South Haven.

It looked for a while this morning that the start of the 15th annual Waterfront Film Festival might be delayed. Last night’s wind storm knocked out power to more than 95% of South Haven.

Patrick Revere is with the film festival. He says things looked “dicey” this morning, but they have since made arrangements to have the backup power they need to kick off the festival tonight.

“We’ll be able to do everything that we were planning on doing for our opening night party tonight at South Beach,” says Revere.

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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

More on the winners of the downtown Detroit Hudson's site competition

Postcard of the J.L. Hudson Building.

The iconic Hudson department store in Detroit was demolished 15 years ago, leaving a large empty space in the heart of downtown.

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5:37 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Hamtramck is no stranger to hardship, according to a city native

Andrew Jameson Wikimedia commons

An interview with Greg Kowalski, chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission.

One of the cities that has been in the headlines of late is Hamtramck. The 2.1 square mile city within the city of Detroit is facing a financial emergency and the prospect of once again being under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

But facing tough times is nothing new to this tiny but tough enclave. And, starting from its beginning as a home for Polish immigrants, Hamtramck continues to be one of the most diverse communities in the entire state.

We wanted to find out more about the unique history of Hamtramck, and so we turned to someone who was born in Hamtramck.

Greg Kowalski’s family roots in the city go back to when his grandfather first arrived, and he's the chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission. He joined us today to discuss Hamtramck’s unique past.

Listen to the full interview above.

Arts & Culture
9:07 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

New Web series laughs at Detroit's "tragic comedy"

The series sends up pop-up mania, politicos, and more.

Kate Wells talks with filmmaker Oren Goldenberg and voice actor Ari Urban.

It just may be the first honest campaign ad.

A tall, broad-shouldered man in a gray suit speaks directly to camera as he strides through Detroit.

Charlie Brooks is running for mayor.

And he wants to be clear: even with an emergency manager in charge, Brooks still believes the mayor's office plays a crucial role.

“I’ll take long vacations, so I can be well-rested. And each day at 4 p.m., I’ll bring tea to our [emergency manager]. Tea time!”

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6:09 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Michigan filmmakers breathe new life into small-town music venue

Harmony Hill

An interview with Johannah Scarlet, Ray Moran and Aaron Mohr about their upcoming music festival.

It was 2007 when then-Governor Jennifer Granholm launched Michigan's film incentive program.  It led to a burst of big-league movie makers coming here, making films like Ides of March, Real Steel, Red Dawn and OZ-The Great and Powerful. And that led to a growing group of Michigan workers building careers in the film industry, from casting to grips, assistant directing, extras, actors and more.

But Governor Rick Snyder made good on his promise to cap those film incentives, believing they were not a good investment of state dollars. And as many of the movie-makers pulled up stakes, the Michigan workers were forced to either follow them out of state or build new careers here.

Johannah Scarlet, Ray Moran and Aaron Mohr chose to search for a new opportunity and stay in Michigan. They have now switched gears from making movies to hosting live music events in the tiny village of Farwell in Clare County. Their new music venue is called Harmony Hill, and coming up this Saturday there will be a big outdoor music festival called "Oh Hill Yeah," featuring Michigan bands such as Frontier Ruckus.

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Arts & Culture
6:01 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Restaurant Week is back in Ann Arbor

Crab and avocado parfait that Logan offered during Restaurant Week in January 2013
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Facebook

"One price dining, one week, several options."

It may not be the catchiest slogan, but Restaurant Week offers some enticing deals for foodies who frequent downtown Ann Arbor.

From June 9-14, participating restaurants offer lunch specials priced at two meals for $15, or $15 each, depending on the venue. Many lunches include the option of a soup or salad, as well as a main course. 

Dinner deals are $28 for a three-course menu. Similarly, some restaurants offer two dinners for $28.

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Arts & Culture
3:15 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at Cobo Hall in Detroit, June 22, 1963.
Credit 50th Anniversary Freedom Walk Facebook Page

Just as his father did fifty years ago, Martin Luther King III will address an expected march of thousands in Detroit.

This year Detroit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the day Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood before 25,000 people at Cobo Hall in Detroit and declared, "I have a dream this afternoon." This was just two months before the historic March on Washington.

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

West Michigan’s largest planetarium to undergo major technology upgrades

The planetarium at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium is getting a major upgrade.

The planetarium is popular; pulling in about 60,000 visitors a year. But it uses technology that's almost two decades old. GRPM spokeswoman Kate Moore says the upgrade will make a huge difference.

“Right now our shows, not only are they out of date technology wise, but some of the information is not shown in the best way that’s possible. They’re not at maximum capabilities to what, especially students, but also the general public is used to seeing these days,” Moore said.

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Arts & Culture
1:12 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Photos from Orion Music and More - Metalheads commandeer Belle Isle

Orion Music and More's Official Facebook Page

Orion Music + More – Detroit’s newest music festival – took over Belle Isle this past weekend.

Bands blasted metal, rock, electronic dance music – and even gypsy punk –to crowds of tens of thousands.

According to Chris Steffen for the Rolling Stone, the biggest surprise at the festival was a gag by Metallica, the festival’s founders. 

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Arts & Culture
11:25 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

A weekend of Pride in the Motor City

Credit Motor City Pride / via facebook

Michigan’s gay and lesbian community put on their biggest yearly event in Detroit this past weekend.

It was the third year for Motor City Pride in downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza.

The crowd at this year’s Pride was bigger than ever. It was also diverse, ranging from teens to families with young kids to some older folks.

The events were equally wide-ranging, with everything from drag shows to family picnics.

Jackie Stoll was there with the group Dignity Detroit, which represents Catholic members of the LGBT community.

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That's What They Say
8:57 am
Sun June 9, 2013

How many syllables are in the word 'interesting'?

It’s very interesting to consider some people add an extra syllable to certain words when speaking.

On this week’s edition of “That’s What They Say,” host Rina Miller and University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan discuss how this difference in pronunciation is fairly new - linguistically speaking.

The word "interesting" is pronounced today with either three or four syllables. Anne Curzan explains the four syllable pronunciation, which often annoys the three-syllable camp, is actually the more traditional pronunciation.

“If you look in the online Oxford English Dictionary…it only has a four syllable pronunciation. If you look in modern standard dictionaries from the last ten years, they will show multiple pronunciations, three and four syllables," says Curzan.

The process of losing a syllable is not rare  in the English language.

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Detroit's Van Gogh better off in LA? Freep writer says that's crazy

Nancy Kaffer says Detroiters should "keep an eye out for a blonde lady with a chisel near the Diego Rivera murals."

In a recent piece in Bloomberg, Virginia Postrel (a political and cultural writer) argues that the "cause of art would be better served" if the DIA's major works were in other, 'more deserving' cities.

Her argument:

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5:23 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The intergenerational 'Legacies Project' shares stories you'll want to hear

Jimmy Rhoades is one of the cofounders of The Legacies Project

When Jimmy Rhoades was 26-years-old, his father was diagnosed with cancer. Rhoades was told he would have between six months and a year left with his dad. He went home, and really got to know his father.

"I found out more about his biography in the last six months of his life than in the previous 26 years," Rhoades said.

With the loss of another family member after his father passed away, Rhoades realized the therapeutic value in having your story heard. 

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5:21 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Shakespeare in the Arb kicks off its 13th season

Shakespeare in the Arb performs Much Ado About Nothing

An interview with Katherine Mendeloff, a lecturer in the Drama Department of the Residential College.

It’s time to "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" as the Cole Porter song goes. And, while you're brushing up on your Shakespeare, you can get in touch with Mother Nature.

It's pretty common to find outdoor summer productions of Shakespeare. But for 13 years Shakespeare in the Arb has been staging the bard's plays outdoors in a different way.

Shakespeare in the Arb is kicking off its 13th season with "Much Ado About Nothing." It's presented by the University of Michigan Matthei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, and the U of M Residential College.

Katherine Mendeloff, a lecturer in the Drama Department of the Residential College, joined us in the studio today.

Listen to the full interview above.

4:26 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Ann Arbor natives create new social media site

Mark Katakowski, co-founder of Hubski
Daily Dot

An interview with Steve Clausnitzer and Mark Katakowski, co-founders of Hubski.

When you hear the phrase "social media" and think of what that phrase represents--Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr and more--it seems strange to think that not even a decade ago, many of us had never even heard of "social media."

And with so many choices, you can find the social media site that truly reflects your interests and goals for social media networking.

And if you can't find one, you can come up with your own social media site. That is what native Ann Arborites Steve Clausnitzer and Mark Katakowski did with their new site called Hubski.

The two co-founders joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Arts & Culture
2:41 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Jack White is the mysterious donor who saved Detroit's Masonic Temple

Jack White, in April of 2012
Credit Jack White / Facebook

The Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran announced on Tuesday that the musician Jack White donated $142,000 to the Temple and saved it from foreclosure.

"We are proud to announce that Jack White is the anonymous person who paid the outstanding taxes for the Detroit Masonic Temple," the Temple released in a statement on its Facebook page

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6:10 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The future of libraries in a world of technology

Yuba College Public Space / Flickr

An interview with Joseph Janes and David Votta.

Think back to the last time you visited your local library. Did you check out a new best-selling book? Borrow a DVD? Meet your study group? Look something up in the reference section?

Since the early 20th Century, libraries have been a fundamental piece of the services people expect from their cities or counties.

But the library we grew up with is changing. The way we interact with the library and the services it offers is also changing.

With new technologies changing the way we access information, we wondered: what does the future hold for libraries?

Joseph Janes, the Chair of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington and the Founding Director of the Internet Public Library joined us along with David Votta, the Community Engagement Library at Midwest Collaborative for Library Services to discuss the issue.

Listen to the full interview above.

Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

A new public arts ordinance replaces the "Percent for Arts" program in Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor City Council has approved a new public arts ordinance to replace the controversial "Percent for Arts" program. 

Mayor John Hieftje says continuing to find ways to fund public arts is the key to making the city a place where people want to live and businesses want to be. 

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Arts & Culture
3:58 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

U of M grad is one of six singers left on NBC's 'The Voice'

Michelle Chamuel, of Ann Arbor, is one of six remaining contestants on NBC's show, The Voice. Chamuel is originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

This is her most recent performance:

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Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Cinetopia Film Festival will bring world class films to Detroit and Ann Arbor

People in Ann Arbor and Detroit are excitedly preparing for the second annual Cinetopia International Film Festival, taking place this coming weekend.

The festival debuted in Ann Arbor last year. After a successful trial run, it's back this year and it's larger than before. Films will be screened at venues in Ann Arbor and at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.

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