Snap Judgment Friday, December 9 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak
SNAP JUDGMENT LIVE! See the hit storytelling show from WNYC hosted by Glynn Washington. Featuring amazing performances by the nation's top storytellers -- backed by the Snap Playaz. Snap Judgment mixes dramatic tales, killer beats and the edgiest new talent in storytelling to deliver a raw, intimate, musical brand of narrative.
Paula Poundstone Saturday, December 17 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak
In the course of her long career, Paula has appeared on Saturday Night Live and late-night talk shows, had several stand-up comedy specials on HBO, hosted her own show on ABC, written a book, won an Emmy, and, of course, joined NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! as a regular panelist. Paula Poundstone will bring her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity to Royal Oak in December. Entry deadline: December 1, 2016
Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival Thursday – Saturday, November 17-19, 2016 DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Wine Beer and Food Festival is the largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest. Now in its 9th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier tasting event, measured by 1,600 wines, beers, ciders and spirits.
The Book of Mormon Tuesday, November 1 at 8:00 PM – Opening Night! Fisher Theatre, Detroit
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
This contest has ended. Winners were notified on August 31, 2016.
John Ford Coley Friday, September 9 at 8:00 PM Green Wood Coffee House 1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
John Ford Coley, a Dallas native, is best known as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan & John Ford Coley. Active throughout the 1970s, they released 11 albums and nine singles in their career and are best known for their 1976 single, "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight", a No. 2 pop hit and No. 1 Adult Contemporary hit.
This contest has ended. Winners were notified on August 30, 2016.
Tour de Troit Bike Ride Saturday, September 17, 9:00 AM Downtown Detroit
The 15th Annual Tour de Troit is a bike ride that explores some of the city's historic areas, takes in many of its most breathtaking sights, and provides bicyclists a unique opportunity to legally “take over” the streets of Motown.
This contest has ended. Winners were notified on August 15 2016.
One-Man Circus (L’homme Cirque) Wednesday, August 24, 2016 or Friday, August 26, 2016 Burns Park, Ann Arbor
Just imagine an entire circus show performed by one man only!
Creating what he calls "a unique magic" in the intimate setting of a tent in Burns Park, David Dimitri’s “L'homme Cirque” balances dramatic feats like high wire flips and a human cannon launch with humor, poetry, and serenades on the accordion. “L’HOMME CIRQUE” is an innovative combination of acrobatics, music and dance.
This contest has ended. Winners were notified on August 1, 2016.
Moth StorySLAM Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM (doors open at 6 PM) Circus Bar, Ann Arbor
The Moth’s wildly popular, local, open-mic storytelling competition. Open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme. Come tell a story, or just enjoy the show!
The evening’s theme is BEG BORROW STEAL: Stories about need, desire, and greed. Extraordinary measures. Swindles, heists and deals with the devil, Robin Hood or hood-winked. Making “it” happen by any means necessary.
Perfectly timed for an election year, America’s foremost political satirists make their annual Fourth of July appearance at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival!
These former Congressional staffers “mock the vote,” poking fun at both sides of the aisle with up-to-the-minute song parodies like “Deleter of the Facts” and “All About the Base.” If you are sick of hearing about the candidates, Bill Cosby, and Brian Williams, you’ve come to the wrong place.
This contest has ended. Winners were selected on June 15, 2016.
Billy Elliot June 11 – 26 Croswell Opera House 129 E. Maumee St. Adrian, MI 49221
Set during the British coal miners’ strike in the 1980s, Billy Elliot is the inspiring story of a boy who defies all odds to fulfill his dream of becoming a ballet dancer. See why reviewers called Billy Elliot “electrifying,” “triumphant,” and “as good as it gets”!
With a powerful story, catchy tunes by Elton John, and spectacular show-stopping dance numbers, this is a musical that simply must be seen to be believed!
This contest has ended. Winners were drawn May 2, 2016.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Valid through September 30, 2016
Experience masterpieces of art and nature that will delight your senses at one of the nation's premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The 158-acre main campus may take up to two, four, or eight hours to walk through depending on what you choose to explore. With a large variety of art and plants, Meijer Gardens has something to pique any interest.
This contest has ended. Winners were selected on April 27, 2016
The Moth GrandSLAM Championship Tuesday, May 3, 8 pm (doors at 7 pm) The Ark, Ann Arbor
Michigan Radio and The Moth are hosting the next Michigan GrandSLAM Championship on Tuesday, May 3rd at The Ark in Ann Arbor. The event features the winners of the past year’s Ann Arbor Moth StorySLAMs. Tickets go on sale April 7 at TheMoth.org.
This contest has ended. Winners were selected on April 18, 2016
An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor Thursday, April 28 – 7:30 PM Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Clinton Township
Join master storyteller and award-winning radio host of A Prairie Home Companion, as he shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.” With a wonderful, dry sense of humor (and sometimes with music), Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of comedy, class, charisma, and wisdom.
For more information about the show, please click here. Michigan Radio Contest Rules are here.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.
Diane Rehm: "This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 9."
Diane Rehm in conversation with Cynthia Canty Thursday, March, 17, 2016 – 7:00 pm Rackham Auditorium 915 E Washington St Ann Arbor, 48109
Literati Bookstore and Michigan Radio are thrilled to welcome NPR host Diane Rehm to Ann Arbor for a reading and conversation in support of her latest book, On My Own. Joining Diane for a post-reading conversation will be Cynthia Canty, host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 7.
An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson March 21, 2016 - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI March 22, 2016 - Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI March 23, 2016 - Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI March 24, 2016 - Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 2.
The Odd Couple Thursday, March 17 – 8:00 PM Purple Rose Theatre – Chelsea, Michigan
Two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a neat freak news writer — strain their friendship by turning roommates, but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reappear with hilarious results.
This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Jan. 11
Ira Glass Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM Miller Auditorium
The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do.
On November 19th at 8 p.m., Michigan Radio will welcome NPR Presents: Water± to the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit. 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.
"NPR Presents Water± brings together NPR's journalistic rigor with the artistic and poetic nature of theatrical storytelling, amplifying local stories about water issues that are significant to each region and have a global resonance," said Indira Etwaroo, executive producer and director of NPR Presents.
The show will start an eight-city tour on October 25 in New Orleans. The tour will also visit New York, Washington, Atlanta, San Francisco, Cleveland and other cities before coming to Detroit on November 19.