An Evening with David Sedaris
Monday, October 26, 2015, 7:30 PM
The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

  With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, NPR regular David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller.

 Be a part of the live audience when Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! comes to Ann Arbor to record this show for broadcast on the followingSaturday. The show is sold out, but you have a chance to win tickets from Michigan Radio.

Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!
Thursday, October 1, 8:00 PM
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

Entry Deadline is Monday, September 21.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
July 29, 7-9:30 p.m.

The Capitol Steps
Saturday, July 4 @ 5 PM
Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor

America’s foremost political satirists make their annual Fourth of July return to Ann Arbor for one show only! Putting the pun in pundit, these former Congressional staffers poke fun at both sides of the aisle with up-to-the-minute song parodies.

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party.

Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

The Audience: a one-night only event showing Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 pm, in select theaters.

Don’t miss the big screen presentation of the original West End production of The Audience, starring Tony Award winning actress Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II,  featuring an exclusive Q&A with director Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats on the Ann Arbor Summer Festival Mainstage.

Saturday and Sunday June 20 (8pm) & June 21 (5pm)
The Power Center for the Performing Arts
Ann Arbor

Cinetopia International Film Festival
June 5-14, 2015
Ann Arbor & Detroit

100+ screenings • 45 films • 10 venues

Created for the people of southeastern Michigan, the Cinetopia International Film Festival features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals (e.g. Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, etc.).

Venues include the Michigan Theater and the State Theater in Ann Arbor, and the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Arab American National Museum, Cinema Detroit, Maple Theater and Redford Theatre in metro Detroit.

Rifftrax LIVE via satellite

Encore Riffing of The Room

Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 PM in select theaters

  The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are coming back to select movie theaters nationwide for a series of Rifftrax events to take on “so-bad-they’re-good” movies that will leave you howling with laughter as the guys give these classic, crazy B-movies the ultimate Rifftrax treatment.

From the overture to Rossini's opera, “William Tell,” we move to the World Premiere of Robert Aldridge’s Variations on a Folk Tune for Piano & Orchestra, performed by pianist Melissa Marse.

David Bazemore

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, is bringing his multimedia show, "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host " to the Wharton Center on the Michigan State University campus.

Sat, April 18, 2015 - 8:00PM

Wharton Center for Performing Arts - Cobb Great Hall
750 E. Shaw LN
East Lansing, MI 48824

Win tickets to see the Stratford Festival's theatrical sensation, Shakespeare's King John, a special event in cinemas nationwide. 

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7pm
Performance to be held at The Whiting

The Whiting
1241 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503

Combining swift action and soaring poetry, this classic tale follows one man’s rash power play for the crown. Upon hearing three witches predict that he will one day be king, ambition infects Macbeth’s brain like a virus. Spurred on by his equally ambitious wife, he murders the good King Duncan.

February 3, 2015
Fisher Theatre, Detroit

Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. 

Michigan International Auto Show
February 5-8, 2015
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

  Where the automotive world comes to you! Car manufacturers from around the world will bring their 300 + new vehicle displays to West Michigan. Presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association. 

  Win a pair of general admission passes to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Focusing on art, design, and creativity, GRAM provides diverse platforms for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that enrich the human spirit and build practical learning skills. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Art Museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status.

Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Learn more about the Grand Rapids Art Museum here. 

Entry deadline is Sunday, Jan 4, 2015

Note: Only one entry per person. 

Contest Rules

Paula Poundstone

Sat, Dec 13, 2014 - 7:30PM
Royal Oak Music Theatre
318 West 4th Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067

25 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.

She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy."

Click here for show info

The Vatican Museums 3D
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, 7:00pm
Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (approximate)
Theaters in Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Livonia, Ypsilanti

Fathom Events brings the world’s greatest art collection to the big screen for the first time when The Vatican Museums 3D comes to select cinemas nationwide for one night on Wednesday, December 10.

The Vatican Museums 3D takes audiences on an extraordinary journey through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to discover some of the world’s most striking works of art collected by the Popes for over 500 years. Admire the paintings of Caravaggio, touch Laocoön and the Belvedere Torso, and revel in the figures in the Sistine Chapel all under the artful guidance of the Director of the Vatican Museums, Professor Antonio Paolucci.

Learn more about this event

Enter to win a pair of tickets for The Vatican Museums 3D. Entry deadline is Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

Note: Only one entry per person. Be sure to include your preferred theater location.

For complete giveaway rules, click here.

 NPR Presents: Water ± - hosted by NPR’s Don Gonyea and Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White
November 19, 2014, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Detroit

 Michigan Radio is excited to welcome NPR Presents: Water± to The Fillmore Detroit, as part of an eight city national tour. This live, journalism-based theatrical event explores the world’s delicate and volatile relationship with water.

Directed by Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon, NPR Presents: Water± combines the excitement of live performance with the substance of NPR journalism — compelling stories from NPR coverage interwoven with imagery, information, music and dramatic storytelling by an award-winning cast.

Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival
November 20-22, 2014
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

  The Grand Rapids Wine Beer and Food Festival is the largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest, measured by 1,200+ wines and 200+ beers, plus ciders and spirits! 

Now in its 7th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier event for the celebration and tasting of the finest foods, wines, beers, ciders and spirits... Visit “The Vineyard,” “The Brewer’s Loft,” and “Michigan BLUE Cider House” to sample libations; or attend food workshops, taste “small plates” cuisine from the area’s leading restaurants, and shop for gourmet food and specialty items in Riverfront Market.

There’s something to please every palate at the Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival!

 SUN, OCT 26, 2014- 7:00 PM
Wharton Center - Cobb Great Hall
750 E. Shaw Ln
East Lansing, MI 48824

David Sedaris, the celebrated NPR humorist and bestselling author of Naked, invites you to an evening of captivating conversation and social satire.

Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. Join David Sedaris for an evening of hilarious brilliance!

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 from 6-8pm

"Where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

UPDATE: Congratulations to our Viewing Party contest winners: Jeff Andert, John Baker, Patrick Coyle, Adrienne Eckel and Audrianne Hill.    

The special A Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary viewing/listening party will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 from 6-8pm ET. You can watch a live video stream of this broadcast here. 

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will be celebrating 40 years on the air this fall. On September 20th, Garrison Keillor, Sue Scott, Tim Russell and the rest of the A Prairie Home Companion gang will converge on the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul for the annual Season Opener and Meatloaf Supper.

We’re inviting you to join in on the fun by hosting your own local listening/viewing party to coincide with the APHC season opener.

Organize a get together with your friends or family to watch this special live broadcast and turn your home or favorite gathering place into Lake Wobegon for the evening.

Tommy Emmanuel Live

Thurs, Sept. 11, 7:30pm
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide.

Guitar players of all levels come to his shows to watch him work his magic, but his appeal goes far beyond musicians. His live shows are known for their humor, performance, passion and infectious joy.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 East Beltline Avenue NE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences. Meijer Gardens includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; five indoor theme gardens; outdoor gardens, nature trails and boardwalk, sculpture galleries; library; cafe and gift shop.

The permanent sculpture collection features more than 180 works, including important works from Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, to Henry Moore and Alexander Calder, to Mark di Suvero and Andy Goldsworthy. Works are sited in both interior settings such as the conservatories as well as featured outdoors across the gardens and grounds. The greatest concentration of work is featured in a 30-acre sculpture park, which hosts both colossal and more traditional scale works sensitively sited in a natural environment. 

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Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton from NPR’s Ask Me Another, took over Stateside, pitting Cynthia Canty against Jack Lessenberry.

Ask Me Another is an hour-long program where puzzles, word games, and trivia are played in front of and with live audiences at the Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ask Me Another will be playing at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival Thursday, June 26 at 8 p.m. at the Power Center. Ticket information is at

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NPR’s “Ask Me Another”| part of Ann Arbor Summer Festival

June 26, 8 pm
Power Center, Ann Arbor

121 Fletcher Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Ann Arbor word nerds, unite! Rambunctious and hilarious, NPR’s Ask Me Another blends your local pub’s trivia night with brainteasers, sketch comedy, and live music. Flex your intellect and laugh out loud as host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton question puzzle gurus, audience members, and special mystery guests with personalized trivia during a live recording session at the Power Center. The program airs locally on Michigan Radio, Saturdays at 4pm.

Win a pair of tickets to: MOMIX: Botanica

Jun 9, 2014

MOMIX: Botanica | part of Ann Arbor Summer Festival
June 21, 8 pm
Power Center, Ann Arbor

121 Fletcher Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

For 20 years, MOMIX has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up surrealistic worlds through breathtaking imagery, athletic dance, elaborate costumes, puppetry, projections, and riveting musical scores. These spectacular dancer-illusionists return to the festival to dazzle audiences in Botanica, a seamless celebration of nature’s changing forms set to a score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi.

This is dance at its most organic and inventive. Returning for the company’s third Ann Arbor Summer Festival appearance, experiencing Botanica, the seasons will never be the same.

Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America
Now through August 24
Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

When Michigan’s industry and design intertwined, Michigan became an epicenter of modern design, with visionaries statewide turning from the simple generation of products to design that rippled throughout the country.

Detroit’s automobile manufacturers styled automobiles synonymous with the American dream. The state’s furniture designers revolutionized the look of the American office and home. Michigan architects Albert Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and Minoru Yamasaki defined an era. Michigan’s industry, prosperity, and educational institutions attracted the design talent that formed the foundation for modern American design.

Update: May 28, 2014

The one-minute story-writing contest will be featured on Stateside. Listen to the audio by clicking the link above. 

Michigan Radio has selected the winners of the station’s Great Michigan Read “One Minute” story-writing contest. The theme for the contest was “Hidden branches of your family tree: Unexpected stories that changed the way you think of yourself or your family.” Listeners were asked to submit a maximum 120-word story on the topic, and more than 175 stories were submitted. 

The winners selected were:

The Cracked Mirror, by Christopher N. Blaker (Click here to read the full story)

Story read by Michael Arnold

The Revelation, by Mary Seelhorst (Click here to read the full story)

Story read by Kathleen Beardmore

Pen Pals, by Jennifer Young (Click here to read the full story)

Story read by Adrienne Pisoni 

The story-writing contest was held in conjunction with the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read program. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect Michigan citizens by exploring our history, our present, and our future as discussed in a single literary title. 

Old Crow Medicine Show
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
At the First Merit Bank Event Park (across from The Dow Event Center), Saginaw

Marrying classical string arrangements and punk attitude, Old Crow Medicine Show have become poster boys for a generation of Americana and roots revival musicians who are setting the bar ever higher with world-class musical ability and sheer love of playing.

The band's live concerts are the thing of legend, treating ticket holders to a true folk and roots experience as the band sails through sets that are 100-plus minutes long.

For more information, click here.