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3:58 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Arab museum holds 8th annual film fest

Image from the Palestinian film, Habibi Rasak Kharban (Darling, Something’s Wrong with Your Head)

An annual festival of movies from the Middle East is screening films rarely seen in the United States.

The Arab American National Museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn is hosting the 2013 festival that runs from Jan 24-26.

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Arts & Culture
12:39 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

That's What They Say: Dialect Society chooses its words of the year

For this week’s edition of “That’s What They Say,” University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan spoke with us from Boston, where she was attending the American Dialect Society’s annual meeting, whose 200 members voted on their “Word of the Year.”

Rina Miller:         So the winner is?

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Arts & Culture
8:20 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Detroit retired Bishop Moses Anderson dead at 84

Retired auxiliary Bishop Moses B. Anderson
Archdiocese of Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - Retired auxiliary Bishop Moses B. Anderson has died. The first black bishop to serve in the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit was 84.

The archdiocese says Anderson died Tuesday of cardiac arrest.

Anderson was born in Selma, Ala., and attended Edmundite College of St. Michael's in Winooski, Vt., and St. Edmund Seminary in Burlington, Vt. He was ordained a priest in 1958.

In 1983, Detroit Cardinal Edmund Szoka ordained Anderson an auxiliary bishop.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Stateside: Choreographer Adesola Akinleye on vogue dancing in the LGBTQ community

Adesola Akinleye

Adesola Akinleye speaks with Kyle Norris about why she wanted to teach dance classes at the Ruth Ellis Center

Among the many voices at the Ruth Ellis Center is Adesola Akinleye, a professional dancer and choreographer. She contacted the center  to be of service to the LGBTQ young adults who come there.

She teaches them ballet.

But the youth have also been teaching her about the world of vogue dancing.

Listen to Michigan Radio’s Kyle Norris audio postcard above.

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Arts & Culture
12:41 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Granholm set to leave job as cable talk show host

Current TV

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will soon be leaving her position as host of Current TV’s “The War Room.”

Her announcement came Wednesday after news that Current was being sold to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network. Al Jazeera hopes the reported $500 million acquisition will increase the media company’s profile in the United States.

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Arts & Culture
11:55 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Oakland County's developmentally disabled adults celebrate the new year early

The "Almost New Year's" dance
Sandy Dorey Oakland County Parks

The new year will come early for some people in Southeast Michigan. Tonight, Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host its annual "Almost New Year's" party.

The two-hour dance is specially created for the county's developmentally disabled adults. The party not only occurs before the year change, but the year-end countdown happens at 8:30 p.m. instead of midnight.

Sandy Dorey created the event. She says older parents and caregivers often don't want to stay out late on New Year's. She says it's also difficult to make reservations for Dec. 31.

"We just thought, 'It's a celebration.' We'd have the hats and everything else, so we just kick it off a few days early," she said.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Detroit Library to catalog Coleman A. Young's papers

1989: Coleman Young stands atop the Riverfront Apartments
Wayne State University/(Free Press photo by Tony Spina)

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Public Library is preparing to organize and catalog the papers of late-Mayor Coleman A. Young.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the project will begin next month and take about two years to complete.

An $87,400 Council on Library and Information Resources grant will pay for the work. Young's communications with Detroit residents, departments, local, state and federal officials is held in 1,175 boxes.

Part-time archivists on the project plan to report interesting findings on online blogs.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

University of Michigan project to explore role of race in US

American Anthropological Association

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan is embarking on an effort to explore the role of race in U.S. society.

The Ann Arbor school's "Understanding Race Project" is an ongoing initiative during the January to April semester. It's dedicated to public and academic discussion about scientific, historical, cultural and individual perspectives on race as a social construct.

There are nearly two-dozen exhibits and nearly 90 events planned. They will look at race from both national and global perspectives.

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Arts & Culture
12:07 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Michigan man transforms vacant fire station into homeless shelter

Fire stations across the state are being left abandoned as fire departments shrink and consolidate. Now a man hopes to transform one of those vacant stations in Flint into a homeless shelter.

John Bone says he's transforming an eye sore into a place where up to 100 people in need can find a bed and a shower.

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Arts & Culture
11:54 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Michigan museum fighting feds to keep lighthouse lens

The Pointe Aux Barques lighthouse on Lake Huron
Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse Society

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) - The operator of a museum in Michigan's Thumb wants to keep a rare 19th century lighthouse lens.

The federal government is suing Huron City Museums, saying it lacks approval to store and display an old lens that was used in the Pointe Aux Barques lighthouse on Lake Huron. The U.S. Coast Guard gave it to the city of Harbor Beach in 1970s under certain conditions.

Arts & Culture
4:58 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

A Michigan memorial procession for Sandy Hook

The memorial procession is scheduled for January 5th
kfjmiller Morgue File

Steve Major doesn’t have a lot of time for breakfast these days.

“I actually had two Reese’s Peanut cups and um, a Mountain Dew,” he laughs, a little bashfully. “I had to meet for an interview at 8 o’clock and I’ve pretty much been up and running around since 6:30 this morning.”

A former law enforcement official and firefighter, Major now runs an emergency vehicle company. Lately though, he’s busy organizing a Michigan memorial procession for the victims of the Connecticut school shooting.

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Arts & Culture
5:27 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Stateside: Gifts For 20 recognizes those lost in Sandy Hook tragedy

This week's local hero, 11-year-old Noah Hudson-Peralta, started Gifts for 20 to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

11-year-old Noah Hudson-Peralta wants to remember the young boys and girls who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook tragedy. 

He came up with the idea of Gifts For 20 in honor of the twenty children who passed away.

On Saturday, December 22nd, "Sandy Hook Day", Noah encourages everyone to give presents to disadvantaged children by donating to the Toys for Tots drive in their local area.

Listen to our interview with Noah and his father Ryan Hudson-Peralta above. 

6:17 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Songs From Studio East: A classical revolution

Rick Robinson with CutTime and Classical Revolution Detroit.

Listen to the full interview above.

Rick Robinson is a bassist, arranger, composer and artistic director of Cut Time. John McLaughlin Williams is a violinist and Grammy award winning conductor.

Both musicians are part of Classical Revolution Detroit. Their mission is to take classical music to the people, whether in bars, clubs, or cafes, to demystify classical. The group will celebrate its second anniversary at The Majestic in Detroit Sunday December 16, from 7 to 10 pm. Go here for more information.

Here's a video of Rick and John performing a Beethoven Duo, in Studio East. Check back for more videos of the performance soon.

Arts & Culture
9:19 am
Thu December 13, 2012

From Gang Member To Hip-Hop Church Leader

Pastor Troy Evans of Edge Urban Fellowship in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Edge Urban Fellowship

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 9:03 am

Troy Evans preaches at Edge Urban Fellowship in a rundown Grand Rapids, Mich., neighborhood known for prostitution. Inside what looks like an abandoned office building are walls covered by graffiti. There are tattooed people wearing baseball caps and jeans. Three 20-year-old men holding mics get ready to bust out some elaborate dance moves.

It may seem like a hip-hop show, but it's actually church.

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2:00 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

“Priceless items” that belonged to former President Ford, Betty Ford, head to auction

A signed, color photo of Gerald Ford with George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Richard Nixon
Courtesy photo Heritage Auctions

This week the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation is auctioning off a bunch of memorabilia and personal items that once belonged to the former president.

“This is a rare opportunity for people that want to have part of President Ford or Mrs. Ford’s legacy,” Joe Calvaruso said. He’s President of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation.

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Arts & Culture
6:01 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Stateside: Detroit's Tashmoo Biergarten offers European take on beer drinking

Tashmoo in Detroit is an open-air beer garden

There is beer to be consumed outdoors in Detroit.

Michigan Radio's Ellen Kortesoja provided a sonic document of Detroit's Tashmoo Biergarten.

Listen to Kortesoja's piece in the podcast above.

Arts & Culture
4:35 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Stateside: Detroit firefighters documented in "BURN"

"BURN" opens in the Detroit area tomorrow at the AMC20 in Livonia and Forum30 in Sterling Heights

Firefighter Walter Harris was killed in 2008 while attempting to put out a blazing abandoned building.

The headlines surrounding Harris’s death caught the attention of Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez.

Both filmmakers agreed a story deserved to be told about Harris and other Detroit firefighters.  

“Tom and I knew there was a story here that hadn’t been told about firefighters,” said Sanchez.

The story manifested into the new film, "BURN."

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Efforts for Freeing Son Inspired Music at Mott

Photo of Amir Hekmati
(courtesy of

Musical inspiration comes in a variety of ways.  For Dr. Mathew Packer, it came from the imprisoned son of a colleague at Mott Community College.

Amir Hekmati was taken prisoner in Iran – accused of being a spy after travelling there to visit his ailing grandmother.  His family is now working to get him freed.

Packer, a music professor at Mott, heard about the family’s efforts to free him and created a song called “I WILL FLY” which is being performed and recorded for sale to benefit the Hekmati family on Friday afternoon.

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Arts & Culture
4:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Jazz great Dave Brubeck dies at age 91

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck at a concert in 1972.
Heinrich Klaffs flickr

In 1954, jazz went to college.

That's thanks to music legend Dave Brubeck.

He was looking for a way to bring jazz to a wider audience, and decided on a North American tour of colleges and universities.

One of those schools was the University of Michigan.

The tour resulted in the album Jazz Goes to College, with five of its seven tracks recorded in Ann Arbor. Here's one of the tracks recorded on the campus of the University of Michgian, The Song is You:

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Arts & Culture
10:07 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The past and present of Detroit's Packard Plant

The location of the Packard Plant in Detroit.

In the roaring 1920s, workers at the sprawling Packard Plant churned out luxury cars for Americans willing to spend.

Today, the plant is the poster child for urban blight. This shell of America's industrial past is a haven for urban explorers, graffiti artists, metal scrappers, vandals... the list goes on.

This morning, the Detroit Free Press released a special report, The Packard Plant: Why It Has to Go.

As one resident who lives next to the plant puts it...

"Because right now, the building as it is, it represents the future. And it's nothing. So we need somebody to turn our nothing into something."

Check out this stunning video on the Packard Plant from the Freep.