Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:28 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Tapping at Tapology

Tapology is based in Flint, MI.
Credit tapology.org

Tapology feature story featuring Chester Whitmore and P. J. Pinket.

This is a story about 2 men…

One young – the other - young at heart…and the love they share for the art of Tap Dancing.

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Culture
12:18 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Michigan's Christmas tree comes down in Jackson (PHOTOS)

The 2012 Michigan Christmas tree is removed from its jackson home
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

In Jackson, hundreds of people braved near freezing temperatures this morning to watch a 75 foot tall tree be chopped down.

Tomorrow, the tree will take its place on the state capitol lawn to serve as this year’s official state Christmas tree.

A crowd of school children and curious neighbors watched as professional timbermen chainsawed through the thick trunk of the Concolor Fir, before gingerly guiding the huge tree between two homes with the help of a large crane.

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Arts & Culture
1:07 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Stateside: Hip hop church uses music, religion and dance as a tool for gang prevention

Steven Malcolm performs one of his own songs at the Edge Urban Fellowship in Grand Rapids.
Credit Emily Fox / flickr

West Michigan is known as the bible belt of the state. There are countless churches in the area but there is only one hip-hop church. It’s called the EDGE Urban Fellowship. It’s fusing religion, music and dance as a gang prevention tool for youth in Grand Rapids, a city home to nearly 60 organized gangs.

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Arts & Culture
8:45 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Seeking Change: Former gang member creates family in a hip hop church

Steven Malcolm performs a song he wrote and produced at the EDGE urban fellowship in Grand Rapids.
Credit Emily Fox / Michigan Radio

Seeking change interview

For this week's Seeking Change Christina Shockley talked to Michigan Radio producer Emily Fox about a hip hop church in Grand Rapids she reported on.

The EDGE urban fellowship was started by Troy Evans, a former gang member.

He's using religion, music and dance to get young people to steer clear of gang activity.
 

That's What They Say
7:33 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Um, yeah, no, hmm...

Discourse markers are the little words at the beginning and ends of sentences that help people organize conversation and relate to listeners.

“I noticed ‘yeah, no,’ ‘no, yeah’ and ‘no, I know,’ where no seems to mean yes,” said Anne Curzan, an English Professor at the University of Michigan.

‘Yeah, no’ does a few things. It helps people agree with another person who has made a negative statement.

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Arts & Culture
11:54 am
Fri October 26, 2012

'The Living Room' explores stories of migration

Allison Downey

The Living Room is a one hour exploration of a theme through stories, song, and writing.

In this episode, host, storyteller, and songwriter Allison Downey takes a look at how stories of migrations are interwoven into the lives of Michigan residents.

This one hour pilot features stories from Downey, Zilka Joseph, a look at the history of Covert Michigan, music from Joshua Davis, and more.

We'd like to hear your feedback on the program!

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Arts & Culture
9:07 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Stateside: Another side of Detroit

Carlisle's book "313: Life in the Motor City"
thedetroiter.com

Few are the photos taken of Detroit that are not of ruins. Scenes of deterioration and decay overpopulate the pages of magazines and journals.

So when someone like John Carlisle emerges, it is a welcome thing.

Carlisle, a Metro Times contributor, writes about and photographs a different side of Detroit and its residents.

He spoke with Cyndy about his book “313: Life in the Motor City,” and the joy he gets from the city.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside: Watkins' critique of Michigan's film plan

On the Detroit set of Paramount Pictures’ "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon."
Robert Zuckerman Michigan Film Office

Stateside continues its look at Michigan's film industry.

Yesterday, we spoke with a Michigan actor who found that film producers, by and large, headed to other states when Michigan's film subsidies were dramatically cut.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Stateside: A State with Coming Days of Fame

Tax incentives aim to bring film production back to Michigan.
Lloydpictures.com

Michigan’s days of filling films’ frames are far from over. Carrie Jones, executive director of the Michigan Film Office, foresees a steady increase in the state’s film production.

Cyndy spoke with Jones in what was a continuation of Stateside’s look at Michigan’s film industry.

Once the top film incentive program in the country, Michigan now ranks within the top 10.

With a budget increase to $58 million for the 2013 fiscal year, Michigan expects to enjoy an increase in film production.

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Arts & Culture
2:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Stateside: Clearing the tumbleweeds out of Michigan's film studios

Judy van der Velden Flickr

Not long ago stars like Mila Kunis, Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman were spotted in Michigan. For a brief moment the streets of Ann Arbor resembled those of New York or Los Angeles.

That was when Michigan offered the nation’s best subsidies for film and television production.

But to Governor Rick Snyder, these generous production tax incentives were not viable for our struggling state.

The incentives program was given a $25-milion dollar cap for the 2012 fiscal year.

Michigan’s tidal wave of film and TV production has slowed to a trickle.

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That's What They Say
7:00 am
Sun October 21, 2012

At the end of the day, everyone loves a good cliché, right?

It is what is, says Anne Curzan, professor of English at the University of Michigan.

She spoke with Michigan Radio’s Rina Miller about the clichés she has been hearing lately and how they came into being.

“'To throw something,' or 'to throw someone under the bus,' it looks like that is first cited reliably about 1991 and has taken off since then,” said Curzan.

She finds clichés to be much like fashion--usage depends on repeated exposure to the phrases and often they develop momentum all on their own.  

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Films
4:47 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Indie film Middle of Nowhere, now showing in Michigan

Actors Omari Hardwick and Emayatzy Corinealdi star in the film "Middle of Nowhere."
Screen shot from Sundance Film video.

The film, Middle of Nowhere tells the story of a young woman caught between loyalty to her incarcerated husband, and possibilities she finds outside the walls of the prison. Jennifer White interviews actor Omari Hardwick who portrays Derek, the incarcerated husband. Hardwick has also appeared in the films Sparkle and For Colored Girls, to name a few. Ava DuVernay won the Best Director Award for the film at the 2012 Sundance film festival, the first time that award has been won by an African American woman. The film is showing in Southfield.

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People
12:03 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Scientist, inventor Stanford R. Ovshinsky dies at 89

Stan Ovshinsky
courtesy of the Ovshinsky family

An obituary from the Ovshinsky family:

Stanford R. Ovshinsky died peacefully at his home just 39 days short of his 90th birthday.  The cause of death was prostate cancer. 

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Culture
3:42 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Cheers for beer! Grand Rapids offers a toast, celebrates “BeerCity USA” title

These rare, green and amber glass Fehsenfeld beer bottles are from before 1900.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

A new You Tube video features a tour of 15 breweries with loads of people giving a toast to the “BeerCity USA” title bestowed upon Grand Rapids earlier this year. Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell joined in, although he and city council celebrated with their own press conference a few months ago.

Ashville, North Carolina and Portland, Oregon; those are the cities known for their microbreweries. But Grand Rapids?

“We’ve in the industry put in a lot of time and a lot of effort. We deserve it for sure, yeah,” Steve Smith assured me. You’ve got to love Smith’s title; chief beer geek at HopCat. The bar was named the third “Beer Bar on Planet Earth” by Beer Advocate magazine this year.  

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Arts & Culture
1:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Detroit's art scene gets a $4 million boost

The Detroit Children's Choir is one of 60 city arts organizations that will share the funding.
Photo Courtesy of the Detroit Children's Choir

From potters to puppeteers, there are some very relieved artists in Detroit this week.  More than 60 of the city's cultural groups are splitting a $4 million grant from the Kresge Foundation.

While four million bucks spread across 60 groups may not sound like a lot, it could actually be what keeps the lights on for some of them. Especially teeny groups, like the Detroit Children’s Choir.

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That's What They Say
9:00 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Dictionary notes suggest grammar usage, acceptability

Open The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language and you will inevitably find Usage Notes under certain words. These notes warn readers there might be problems or controversies involving grammar, diction, or writing style.

Anne Curzan, a professor of English at the University of Michigan, who specializes in linguistics is 1 of 200 panelists asked to comment on the acceptability of particular usages and grammatical constructions.

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Arts & Culture
11:08 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Armed with a sock, a pencil, and an eraser, Adonna Khare wins 2012 ArtPrize (VIDEO)

'Elephants' by Adonna Khare - 2012 ArtPrize winner.
ArtPrize

Adonna Khare won the big $200,000 prize for the 2012 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids for her pencil drawing 'Elephants.'

From her ArtPrize profile page:

Raised in a small town in Iowa, I've been drawing my family and animals since I was three. I create using the pencil, the eraser and a sock as my tools. The drawings are not pre-planned rather they evolve through my experiences with people and the absurdities of life.

Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith reported on the announcement last night.

Here's a video of her installing her entry at the Grand Rapids Art Museum:

Arts & Culture
12:11 am
Sat October 6, 2012

California art teacher and Detroit duo win top awards in ArtPrize 2012

ArtPrize 2012 winner Adonna Khare does live TV interviews following her win Friday night in Grand Rapids.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio
  • Popular vote winner Adonna Khare speaks to reporters after her win in Grand Rapids Friday night for her piece, Elephants.
  • Detroit artists Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope take questions from the media following thier win Friday night for their 3-D piece, Displacement. Kendall College of Art and Design President David Rosen can also be heard.

A part-time art teacher from Burbank, California won ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Friday night.

This was the first time Adonna Khare entered the art competition.

“I’m beyond grateful. I’m excited and completely surprised. But words cannot describe how happy I’m feeling right now,” Khare said.

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Arts & Culture
5:18 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Tonight's the night! ArtPrize winners to be announced

Some 15,000 lanterns were set off for "Lights in Night"
artprize.org

Start practicing your drum rolls, people. 

It's ArtPrize's big night, with some $560,ooo ready to be handed out to the winners in downtown Grand Rapids this evening.  

With voting closed as of midnight today, let's go over the rules one last time: the public votes for one set of winners, and a jury selects their own favorites. Organizers are hoping there'll be some overlap, as they're trying to keep the more avant-garde artists involved in ArtPrize, and not just the big crowd-pleasers. 

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Stateside: Dlectricity

Dlectricity.com

Mark Schwartz is illuminating Detroit. An organizer of Dlectricity, a contemporary light art festival running Oct. 5-6 in Detroit, Schwartz helped create an event he hopes will engage and stimulate his audience.

Cynthia Canty recently spoke with Schwartz about Dlectricity’s function in both the City of Detroit and the art world at large.

“Part of it is art; part of it is the regeneration of Detroit,” said Schwartz. “I think this will be a way for people to really enjoy Detroit at night and start thinking of this city as a pedestrian village.”

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