Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Stateside: Detroit's historic parade of thanks

Santa holds the key to the city of Detroit before the crowds on Woodward Ave. at the conclusion of the parade (c. 1960)
Tony Spina Wayne State University

Cyndy talks with Romie Minor, author of Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

On a glinting Thanksgiving morning with sidewalks stuffed with families, the Detroit Parade floats by in a procession of color and sound.

You know the day- the pre-feast anticipation and relief of a  long weekend- these are among the things combining to make the morning special.

For Detroit, America's Thanksgiving Parade has a long tradition of brilliantly beginning the weekend.

Today we spoke with Romie Minor. He is a librarian and archivist at the Detroit Public Library. He wrote a book about the  Detroit's parade called Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade, co-authored with his wife Laurie Ann Tamborino.

According to Minor, the parade has existed in various forms since 1924.

Although it faced financial collapse at several points throughout its existence, the parade continues to thrive today.

While many of the floats' themes have evolved over the years, the gleeful expressions of children continue to remain consistent.

“When I look at the photos over the years, you see that look of awe on all the children’s faces. It doesn’t matter which decade, the face expression remains the same and it’s just great. It will be that way tomorrow,” said Minor.

-Cameron Stewart

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Arts & Culture
3:58 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Stateside: Keith Taylor's top three winter reads

"Cold" by John Smolens is one of Taylor's three recommended winter reads
johnsmolens.com

Cyndy talks with Keith Taylor about three of his recommended winter reads

As cold weather begins biting our fingers, reveries of fireside reading become common and lingering.

Keith Taylor writes both poetry and fiction; he coordinates the undergraduate program in creative writing at the University of Michigan and is the poetry editor for Michigan Quarterly Review.

Taylor knows Michigan literature-  so we asked him to compile a list of his three recommended winter reads. 

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Arts & Culture
4:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Stateside: Author Mark Binelli's industrious Detroit

Binelli's new book looks at Detroit's past, present and future
markbinelli.com

In his new book “Detroit City is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis,” Mark Binelli addresses the multifaceted city with humor and patience.

The book was born during an assignment for Rolling Stone in 2009.

Binelli, a Detroit native, worked to portray the city with a nuance ignored by many outside voices.

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Arts & Culture
12:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Remembering Sonny Eliot (VIDEO)

Sonny Eliot
DPTV YouTube

Sonny Eliot, Detroit radio and television pioneer, died this morning at his home in Farmington Hills.

He was 91.

For those who don't remember Eliot, he might be best known for his role as Detroit's star weatherman. Eliot had a quick wit and predilection for puns.

Here is a taste:

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Arts & Culture
10:31 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Lincoln movie calls to mind his connections to Michigan

Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad looking at an album of photographs.
Library of Congress

Rick Pluta traces Lincoln's historical connections to Michigan.

"Thank God for Michigan."

It’s supposedly what Abraham Lincoln uttered in May of 1861 as 75,000 Michigan volunteers marched into Washington – the first to answer his call for help from what were then the western states in preserving the union.

But there’s no proof Lincoln said that, according to Bob Garrett.

He’s an archivist who researched Lincoln for the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing.

“Who knows? A lot of things like this get passed around and, you know … I don’t know. I would call that apocryphal. Maybe he said it. He might have. He very well might have, but I have not seen any evidence that he said that,” Garret said.

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Arts & Culture
8:55 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Veteran Detroit broadcaster 'Sonny' Eliot dies

Sonny Eliot delivers a weather forecast in the early days of local TV news in Detroit
storytellermn.com

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Longtime broadcaster Marvin "Sonny" Eliot, whose corny jokes and genial manner endeared him to Detroit audiences for decades, has died. He was 91.

Friend and co-worker Don Swindell says Eliot died Friday morning at home in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills after an illness.

One of the city's most well-known media personalities, Eliot was a throwback to a time when local television established its identity through non-news programming that made up with enthusiasm and creativity.

His longest-lasting gig was as a weathercaster, first on WWJ radio in 1950 - a job he held well into the 21st century - as well as on local television stations.

Eliot retired in 2010 from broadcasting, announcing the end of his career on WWJ.

Survivors include his wife, Annette. Arrangements were pending Friday.

Arts & Culture
4:25 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Stateside: Art exhibit addresses Michigan detainee

"Jailed Humanity" draws artists from across the country to spread awareness of Amir Hekmati
http://www.facebook.com/events/362885770472100/ 555 Gallery

Opening this weekend at the 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios is “Jailed Humanity: In Support of an American's Quest for Freedom from an Iranian Prison."

The exhibit aims to raise awareness of detainee Amir Hekmati’s situation.

Upon visiting family in Iran, Flint resident Hekmati was detained by the Iranian government and accused of being a spy.

In January, Hekmati was sentenced to death. Two months later, Iran’s Supreme Court found the verdict against Hekmati was incomplete and overturned the death sentence.

To this day, Hekmati sits in an Iranian prison, awaiting a new trial.

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Stateside: Veteran receives highest honor from French government

Glenn Dickerson displayed his newly awarded medal for Cyndy
Mercedes Mejia

When Glenn Dickerson shakes hands, he feels he is representing every soldier with whom he once fought.

The World War II veteran shook many hands on Tuesday as he was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal.

“I feel with that medal I represent others’ feats, those who didn’t make it back," said Dickerson.

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Stateside: An author's love letter to the Midwest

Mike Draper's new book revels in the rich cultural history of the Midwest
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To Mike Draper, the Midwest is a mystery.

Draper is the author of “The Midwest: God’s Gift to Planet Earth,” a jovial investigation of the region and the major figures who have come from it.

Deemed by those on the coast as “flyover country,” the states of the Midwest receive the portrayal of a land populated only by farmers and fried food junkies.

But the image is a false one.

Without the Midwest, New Yorkers would have no planes in which they could fly across the country.  

“The Midwest is viewed as the American Gothic farmland, which as a region, is only a minority of it. The Midwest has never been a primarily agriculture economy,” said Draper.

When doing his research for the book, interesting Midwesterners seemed to manifest themselves in every corner of the history books through which Draper flipped.  

The Wright Brothers and Henry Ford reinvented the ways Americans could inhabit the world.

Using their literary prowess, authors like Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain formed new standards for American fiction.

With such rich cultural icons as these, one begins to wonder how anyone could dismiss the Midwest as plain or timid.

It is a question Draper raises throughout “God’s Gift.”  

And with its mysterious beauty, the Midwest provides its answers on every page of his book.

-Cameron Stewart

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Arts & Culture
6:11 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Art world, meet East Lansing: could new museum change downtown?

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Photo Courtesy of MSU News

East Lansing is your classic college town: a laid-back mix of beer, bongs and bookstores.  

But with the opening of a $45 million modern art museum, suddenly the international world is paying attention to "good 'ol Michigan State."

As Michigan Radio's Kate Wells reports, some locals like the attention more than others. 

For something right across from a Taco Bell, the Broad art museum sure smells like money.

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Culture
4:46 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Stateside: Old news put to good use

Old News archives out of print items from around Washtenaw County.
T. Voekler

Retired newspapers are finding a new purpose.

Old News, a project started by the Ann Arbor District Library, archives previously published news items throughout Washtenaw County.

Eli Neiburger works for the AADL, and works primarily on the Old News project.

"Libraries are service industries and we want to help people," said Neiburger.

Old News functions as a resource for anyone curious about past news items and family lineage.

"Our goal is to get people the answers to the questions of their own history," said Neiburger.

For more on Old News, listen to the above podcast.

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Culture
4:37 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Stateside: The men with the bomber planes and the man with the camera

Bill Rosnyai flew a B-17 Bomber in the WWII European Theater.
Brad Ziegler

Flying bomber planes over German and Japanese terrain, Bill Rosnyai and Murray Cotter spent much of World War II in the air.

In observation of Veterans Day, Stateside spoke with Rosnyai, a former navigator on a B-17 in Europe and Cotter, a former bombardier on a B-24 in the Pacific.

Joining them was Brad Ziegler, a freelance photographer who has been photographing Michigan’s World War II veterans, particularly as the vets took special “Honor Flights” to visit the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

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History
3:58 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Michigan men unearth pieces of downed WWII-era plane

CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Four men say they have unearthed pieces of a World War II-era fighter plane in a southeastern Michigan farm field.

Jim Clary, his brother, Ben, and two men from the Michigan Treasure Hunters used metal detectors to make the find earlier this month in St. Clair County's Casco Township just east of Richmond.

Jim Clary tells the Times Herald of Port Huron the recovered fragments are from a P-38D Lightning that was piloted by 2nd Lt. Al Voss, a native of Elgin, Ill., assigned to the 94th Pursuit Squadron stationed at Selfridge air base in Michigan.

Voss died in the October 1941 crash.

The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak reports the men uncovered several shards of the plane about 8 inches down in the dirt.

That's What They Say
8:07 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Lax about the pronunciation of lackadaisical?

Merriam Webster has one pronunciation for the word lackadaisical, but often people pronounce it laxadaisical.

“I would guess that what’s happened here is that speakers have reinterpreted lackadaisical as related to lax. And once they do that they change the pronunciation of lackadaisical to laxadaisical” said Anne Curzan, a professor of English at the University of Michigan.

Curzan says in surveys she’s done, half the people say lackadaisical and half say laxadaisical, but it doesn’t seem to be because of generation differences.

It’s seems that the combination of the letter K and S is what causes the confusion. Another mix-up can be found in words like especially and espresso.

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Arts & Culture
5:57 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

"The Spaceship" lands at MSU: $45 million art museum opens

A view of the planned Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum from the northwest. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.
MSU News

Michigan State University opens its $45 million contemporary art museum this weekend.

But even the building's creators say they're not sure whether the community will like it.

Students already have a nickname for the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum: "the spaceship."

“"It looks pretty spacey,” says student Will Peltier, taking out his ear buds to remark on the building. “Kinda like something that NASA would create. It's like, real sharp looking."

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stateside: Rialto's screen shared by a community

Grayling's Rialto Theater has a history of
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Moviegoers in northern Michigan have a lot to be thankful for.

Though many small-scale theaters across America have closed, the Rialto Theater in Grayling is still a dependable source of relevant film screenings.

Jordan Stancil, a former U.S. diplomat, lectures at the University of Ottawa and runs the theater with his family.

Last year, Jordan and his father George Stancil founded the Rialto Film Club, a program that shows foreign and independent films to subscribing moviegoers.

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Arts & Culture
10:42 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Stateside: Reflection on a voice, singer Bettye LaVette's musical career

Singer Bettye LaVette spoke with Stateside about her life-long career.
Mercedes Mejia

Stateside welcomes singer Bettye Lavette to the studio.

Fifty years ago, singer Bettye LaVette recorded her first single and Top Ten hit, “My Man- He’s a Lovin’ Man.” But the time between “Man’s” release and now has not been one of unscathed fame and stardom.

The Muskegon-born artist delves into the ups and downs of her career in her new autobiography, “A Woman like Me.”

Along with her book, LaVette recently released a new album, “Thankful ‘N Thoughtful.” She will perform material from the record at her show tonight at the Ark.

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Arts & Culture
1:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Stateside: Small shining towns

Micki Maynard addresses the benefits of living in a small city

The things one searches for in a big city may very well exist in one’s hometown.

In a recent article entitled, “In Praise of Smaller Cities,” Micki Maynard discussed the overlooked bounties of small American towns.

For Maynard, the benefits of living in a small town were not immediately apparent. In fact, it took living in numerous big cities to really see the practicality of having a lawn, a garden and a garage.

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Arts & Culture
1:55 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ann Arbor votes down public art tax, new library

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Voters in Ann Arbor rejected taxes for public art and a new downtown library. 

People feel like they already pay a lot of property taxes in Ann Arbor.  And while they’re proud of their reputation as a cultured community, they just weren't willing to tack on a couple new millages.

One would have paid for public art. The city's currently funding art installations out of the budget for capital projects. Even some city officials say it's a weird, inflexible system. 

And voters also turned down a $65 million rebuild of the downtown library.

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That's What They Say
8:36 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Less vs. fewer

“There are people who cringe at the grocery store when they see the sign '10 items or less,'” said Anne Curzan, a professor of English at the University of Michigan.

It seems as though the rule for less vs. fewer is becoming less clear.

She said, “The rule is that with nouns that are countable we should use fewer. And with nouns that we can’t count, such as water, we should use less.

“Ten items, clearly you can count them because there are ten, so it should be fewer. If you have money it would be less money, but fewer dollars.”

The principles are the same with amount vs. number, so amount for an uncountable noun, and number for a countable noun.

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