Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Stateside: Beer, microbreweries and brew pubs in Michigan

Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

The 8th Winter Beer Fest is happening in Grand Rapids this weekend.

Tickets sold out in only about 13 hours. That  got us wondering about the craft beer industry in Michigan.

After some research, we discovered that Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in number of breweries, microbreweries and brew pubs.

We had President and CEO of Founders Brewing Company, Mike Stevens join us and speak on the subject of beer.

That's What They Say
9:04 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Politeness conventions

We've all experienced it: we're out at a restaurant, or a grocery store, and after we're done with our meal or our shopping we give the clerk a cordial "thank you," only to receive a response of "no problem." On this edition of "That's What They Say," host Rina Miller talks politeness conventions with Professor Anne Curzan of the University of Michigan.

"'No problem' as a response to 'thank you' seems to start in the mid-twentieth century," explains Curzan.

"There are people who think that's rude...I think what we're seeing here is a change in politeness conventions, where people are trying to indicate that 'You weren't imposing on me, it was no problem.' Whereas if you say 'You're welcome,' there's actually an indication that 'It was an imposition, but I was happy to do it.'"

In addition to the evolvement of politeness conventions, there have also been developments in what host Rina Miller calls "the language of courtesy," such as introductions like "Pleased to meet you," and "How do you do?"

Arts & Culture
10:50 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Author Charlie LeDuff talks about returning to his hometown of Detroit

An image from "Detroit Disassembled," an exhibit on display at the National Building Museum that focuses on the decay of buildings in Detroit rather than the city's residents.
Andrew Moore, The Aurora, Brush Park neighborhood, 2008

Detroit native, Charlie LeDuff is an author, journalist, and filmmaker, as well as a reporter for Fox News Detroit and The Detroit News .

He is also a former journalist for the New York Times and a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his work on the New York Times piece "How Race is Lived in America."

Currently LeDuff has been gaining press for his newly published autobiography titled Detroit: an American Autopsy.

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Arts & Culture
5:45 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Stateside: Stories for Valentine's Day

Mark Gstohl Flickr

We now bring you stories for Valentine's Day from Michigan storyteller, Allison Downey.

Allison Downey is an associate Professor at Western Michigan University.

Jo Feldman and Mike Marunowski wrote and performed our fictional bar scene.

The young children you heard at the beginning of the segment are students from the Learning Village Preschool in Kalamazoo.

Zak Rosen produced our segment.

Special thanks to Kyle Norris and Peggy Watson for their production help.

Arts & Culture
5:18 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Stateside: Marvin Gaye's little sister talks about 'My Brother Marvin'

Paul Papadimitriou Flickr

We talked with Marvin Gaye's little sister about a stage performance ("My Brother Marvin") on his life.

Take a listen to our conversation above.

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Get a letter from your great-great (etc) Grandpa: New, online MSU Civil War archive

Romance, tragedy, and hatchets: Michigan's Civil War letters are not dull. Click here to listen.

This story includes historically racist language that some readers may find offensive.

We're in the midst of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

So your great uncle, the war re-enactor, is probably having the time of his life.

But for those who have trouble sitting through all nine episodes of the Ken Burns “Civil War” documentary, now there’s something for us, a new online archive is bringing Michigan’s Civil War letters into the Google Age.

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Detroit's Jack White causes stir during last night's Grammy Awards

Jack White performing during last night's Grammy Awards.

Detroit's Jack White put on a memorable performance during last night's 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

The former member of the rock duo White Stripes, released  his  solo album Blunderbuss in early 2012, which was up for three awards.

He didn't take any awards home, but he did attract some attention.

On the broadcast, White played "Love Interruption" and "Freedom at 21."

After "Freedom at 21," he killed his guitar.... left it humming on the stage.

But prior to that, during "Love Interruption" White caused a bit of a stir on Twitter:

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That's What They Say
8:44 am
Sun February 10, 2013

If you 'fizzle,' at least be smooth about it

On this week's "That's What They Say," host Rina Miller speaks with Professor Anne Curzan from the University of Michigan about the "adorkable" slang of today's college students.

One can surmise the meaning of "adorkable" as a combination of "adorable" and "dork." Curzan says that this process of blending words to fill another undefined meaning is fairly common.

"It describes something that we didn't know we needed to describe until we had this word, and then suddenly it fills this need. This process of blending, where we take two words and "smush" them together, is pretty common in slang," says Curzan.

Suddenly with this process of blending, any action suddenly has a definitive word to go with it, as Curzan explains.

"This week, students taught me the word 'hangry' which they said is when you're so hungry that you get really cranky and angry."

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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Throw your hands up Ann Arbor! Rapper produces tribute to his town

Ann Arbor rapper Prol'e.

In a new single, young Ann Arbor rapper Prol'e declares that Ann Arbor is "the land of the talented," and he'd like you to put your hands up if you live in 'AceDeuce.'

(warning: explicit lyrics)

From Prol'e's Facebook page:

im a 19 year old rapper , started rapping in elementary school then started recording in middle school. learning from trial error , ive perfected my craft with the tools that i have to create and post great music .

Arts & Culture
11:11 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Detroit's 'Winter Blast' blasts off this weekend

Dogsledding in Detroit at the Motown Winter Blast.

The Motown Winter Blast is back this weekend in downtown Detroit.

The festival first began as part of the 2005 Super Bowl festivities.

This year organizers have three music stages with more than 50 entertainment acts.

(You can see a list of scheduled performers are here.)

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Arts & Culture
6:21 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stateside: A conversation with Bill Ryan, a leading light on the new music scene

Music educator Bill Ryan.

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Bill Ryan is one of the leading lights on the new music scene.

Ryan leads 'Billband' and is also a music educator at Grand Valley State University.

It has been nine years since the last CD release from Billband, but Ryan continues to make his mark on contemporary music with his teaching at GVSU, and with the GVSU New Music Ensemble.

He's put Grand Valley on the map for those who follow and love contemporary music.

And now, after nine years, Billband has a new release. It's called Towards Daybreak with emotive, postminimalist  new music.
Bill Ryan joined us from Allendale and Grand Valley State.

Arts & Culture
1:44 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

ArtPrize seeking pitches from Minnesota, documentary planned

Families take pictures in front of "Rusty" near the Grand Rapids Public Museum during ArtPrize 2011. Voters picked Rusty as number 5 in the top ten.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

The organizers behind the annual international ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan are going to Minnesota to seek pitches from the arts community there.

The person or group with the winning pitch will receive $5,000 to install their work at the Gillett Bridge in Grand Rapids for this year's ArtPrize event, according to the Associated Press.

ArtPrize organizers say they will hold an "ArtPrize Pitch Night" in Minneapolis. They say the process will be modeled on "5x5" events in Grand Rapids in which entrepreneurs have five minutes to pitch their idea to five judges.

Here's more from their website:

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Attack of the ArtPod!

Much like Godzilla, ArtPod is big, it's bad, and it's coming to a city/iPhone near you

From film festivals to folk-rock, this week's ArtPod has it all.

It’s baaaaaack. After a brief hiatus (we missed you, too!) ArtPod is bigger and better than ever, bringing you all the Michigan artists and thinkers we’re following now.

This week, we’re hashing out the best of the Arab American film festival in Dearborn. Every festival has its inside-baseball politics about which films get in and which don’t. But Sundance just might be a cakewalk compared with trying to tackle the Arab spring and the Syrian conflict in just one week of screenings.

We hear from the guy who’s got that job, and we get the rundown on his favorite picks of the year.  

We’re also heading to a Detroit shelter for LGBT teens. Michigan Radio’s Kyle Norris tells us how these young men (and a handful of women) are making their own kind of families, with a little help from Madonna: it’s called vogue dancing, and for gay youth in Detroit, it’s brave stuff. You’ve gotta hear this story, and then you need to check out this video:

Then, we cut the baby boomers some slack for a change: sure, they’re notoriously self-obsessed and nostalgic for those groovy gone-by years of their youth. But guess what? So are Millenials! (Hint: young adults born after 1981.)

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Culture & History
5:42 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: The life and legacy of Rosa Parks

Ebony Magazine

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks.

She was small in stature, quiet, humble, and yet a woman who made a giant mark on the pages of American history. A woman hailed as a true icon of the civil rights movement.

Her deliberate, well-thought-out act of civil disobedience galvanized the struggle for civil rights, not only here in America, but around the world.

A year later, in 1956, Rosa Parks and her husband Raymond moved to Detroit where she lived until her death in 2005.

We take a closer look at the life and legacy of Rosa Parks with Wayne State University Professor of History, Danielle McGuire.

Her book is entitled "At The Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power."

She joined us now from the Rosa Parks celebration, the National Day of Courage, at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

Culture & History
1:12 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Celebrating Rosa Parks today, and a few things to know about that day in 1955

Rosa Parks in 1955 with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the background.
Ebony Magazine

She would have been 100 today, and as is customary on birthdays like these, tributes are being made to the iconic civil rights activist.

The U.S. Post Office issued a stamp in her honor, which goes on sale today. The USPS says it's one of several recent stamps that honor civil rights.

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Stand by your gooma

On this week's "That's What They Say," Michigan Radio's Rina Miller and English Professor Anne Curzan discuss how the misinterpretation of older words and their meanings led to the modern pronunciations and definitions of words such as "woodchuck" and "bridegroom."

"Linguists call that 'folk etymology,'" says Curzan. "Where speakers come up with an etymology on their own, and then what they think the etymology is affects the shape of the word."

One such example is the word "bridegroom."

"It was not always 'groom', it was actually in Old English a 'bridegoom', and 'goom', or 'gooma', was an Old English word for 'man.' So it was the 'bride's man,'" says Curzan.

Curzan also discusses the mystery of the origin of popular sayings, such as "the whole nine yards" and "rule of thumb."

Arts & Culture
7:05 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Detroit art museum to display van Gogh painting

"Bedroom in Arles" by Vincent van Gogh
Detroit Institute of Arts

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Institute of Arts will display a famous Vincent van Gogh work later this month.

"Bedroom in Arles" is on loan from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. It'll be on view at the DIA from Feb. 19 to May 28.

The painting will be installed along with three other van Gogh paintings owned by the Detroit museum.

Van Gogh produced three almost identical paintings on the theme of his bedroom. The first, in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, was created in 1888 but damaged in a flood while the artist was in a hospital in Arles, France.

Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Hill Auditorium 100th anniversary

AndrewHorne Wikimedia Commons

This Saturday, the University Musical Society at the U of M is celebrating a hundred years since the opening of Hill Auditorium.

The celebration will feature a premiere screening of a documentary about 100 Years of UMS Performances in Hill Auditorium that will teach visitors about history of Hill as a performance hall and as a landmark building in Ann Arbor.

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Arts & Culture
5:38 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Stateside: Sandra Bernhard and growing up in Michigan

Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard talks about life in Michigan and her career.

Sandra Bernhard is appearing at The Ark in Ann Arbor this Friday and Saturday. We spoke with Bernhard about growing up in Michigan and her overall career.

She talks about Flint, a city she grew up in and how she plans to visit the city this weekend with a friend she met through Twitter.

Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Albert Kahn: The architect of Detroit

Over the course of a 50 year career, architect Albert Kahn designed over 2,000 buildings, including The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Building (1917) and all of the notable structures in this slide show.
Goldnpuppy Wikimedia Commons

Last week we heard the news that The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News were leaving behind a nearly 100 year-old building designed by famed architect Albert Kahn.

Now, it would be easy to continue this story, having glossed over the part about “famed architect Albert Kahn," but you really should know who this guy is.

You might not have heard of Kahn, but you’ve definitely seen his work or the work of his firm.

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