Art and Soul with Lisa Barry

Second Thursdays 4:35pm every month

Art and Soul is a new feature on 89.1 WEMU that will focus on our vibrant visual arts community. 

Lisa Barry, host of WEMU's All Things Considered, will work with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center to bring you stories about the art and artists that you can see, feel, touch and experience right in your own neighborhood.  Each segment will feature an in depth look at a particular event, installation, artist, etc. along with news and tidbits about what's happening in art around town.  In addition to regular airings on WEMU, Art and Soul will also be a regular web feature with dynamic content with pictures and videos that will help bring the art to life.

Side Biscuit
Eric Okon

Ann Arbor area chef Jordan Balduf has been called the "Wing King of Ann Arbor."  Originally from Buffalo, New York, he says he's been eating chicken wings since he first got teeth!  After operating a successful chicken wing and biscuit pop-up shop for the past 12 weeks, he's now putting together his own takeout restaurant and tells WEMU's Lisa Barry about that in this week's "Art and Soul."


The Ark
Jennifer Patselas

Like all entertainment venues across Washtenaw County, The Ark on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor closed its doors to customers several months ago due to COVID-19.  But they have found new and creative ways to connect with the community and keep the music playing.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Marianne James, the executive director of The Ark, about how they have been able to do that and sustain the live music venue while its doors remain closed to the public.


Paulette Grotrian
Paulette Grotrian

It sometimes feels like we're in a perfect storm or "life quake," right now, according to Paulette Grotrian, certified mindful self-compassion teacher, mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. and founding member of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness.  In this week's "Art and Soul: The Art of Well-Being," she talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about how self-compassion can offer us some helpful coping skills to deal with this difficult situation and time.


Mail Art
Jamie Vander Broek

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Jamie Vander Broek from the University of Michigan Book Arts Studio at the U-M Library.  The University Library is partnering with the Ann Arbor District Library to capture the feelings of these difficult times using "Mail Art."


Marta Perez Photography

The chef and owner of Zingerman's Cornman Farms grew up in England and started his cooking career at age 13.  A few weeks ago, he began offering a Wednesday-only, pop-up fish and chips dinner at the farm that sells out quickly.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Kieron Hales about his journey and what he calls "the perfect British comfort food."


Susan Lawless / Pure Dance Ensemble

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performance arts.  Despite being in a pandemic, Ypsilanti dancer and choreographer and vice chair of the new Ypsilanti Arts Commission Gina Danene Thompson is still looking for ways to keep moving and keep healing with dance.  She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about a recent "driveway dance" she recorded and shared and plans to keep connecting with the community even during a global health crisis.


Vic Strecher
University of Michigan School of Public Health / sph.umich.edu

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being, which is really being challenged in many people by everything going on in our world right now, including the COVID-19 pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with University of Michigan professor and author of several books, including "Life On Purpose," Dr. Vic Stretcher.  Dr. Stretcher talks about how we might all come out better on the other side of this global health crisis by focusing on our sense of purpose. 


Avery Williamson / Instagram

This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the local visual arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk with Avery Williamson, who works with many different types of materials to weave and paint and write blending her love of history, especially the history of Black women in this country.


Peter Glatz
Lynda Covert

For 40 years, Dr. Peter Glatz put dental instruments inside the mouths of patients in Illinois, and now that he's retired, he's providing a different type of "filling."  At the age of 67, Dr. Glatz is staying in his "Bertha Bus" in Ann Arbor while helping out on a local farm and using his passion to cook and create at area restaurants.  He tells WEMU's Lisa Barry about his culinary journey.

Paul Keller

Local bassist, composer, educator, and performer Paul Keller said the current pandemic brought a brief end to his playing and performing to the point he almost forgot how to do it.  Almost.  Now he's back at it in new and creative ways sharing live jazz music with the community, even composing some 40 new songs.

He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about how the joy of jazz has inspired him to keep the music alive and how you might see him performing in your neighborhood as the current global health crisis plays out.


Ryan Molloy

Ryan Molloy is a graphic arts professor at Eastern Michigan University, and his wife Valerie works for Michigan Medicine, and they live in Ann Arbor.  They took some of Val's pictures and added inspirational words and created "positivity posters," which they put outside their house and give them away to the community for free. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the couple about their effort and ideas.


Riverside Arts Center
Riverside Arts Center / riversidearts.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and Chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  They talk with Elisa Guyton, executive director of the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, who has been working hard to keep the center connected to the community during a pandemic which began just a few months after she took over the job.


Micah Bartelme
Micah Bartelme

As Ann Arbor bars and restaurants prepare to reopen after being closed by the pandemic since mid-March, things will definitely be different.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Micah Bartelme, principal and CEO of BarStar Group, which owns and operates several Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants, including Nightcap, LoFi, and Babs Underground in the downtown area.  Also a board member of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, he talks about the far-reaching effects the global health crisis has had on the Ann Arbor restaurant scene.


Blue LLama
Blue LLama Jazz Club / bluellamaclub.com

Just as Ann Arbor's Blue LLama Jazz Club was getting ready to celebrate its first birthday, it was forced to shut down like all other clubs and restaurants in Michigan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the owner of the club, Don Hicks, about how they, like many jazz musicians, have had to improvise to stay connected with the community.


Brian O'Donnell

"Art and Soul" this week is about the art of well being.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Brian O'Donnell, an Ann Arbor psychotherapist and a teacher of "The Pathwork."  He suggests our current global health crisis is an invitation to a greater life and a time for possible reflection on what we might learn from the experience.


University of Michigan Museum of Art / umma.umich.edu

With most museums and public art spaces closed due to the current public health crisis, people are still enjoying art in new ways.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined  by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and the head of education for the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Jim Leija, to talk about how the museum is still connecting to art lovers all over the world.


Ann Arbor
John Reyes / eater.com

Restaurants were one of the first and hardest hit by our current health crisis and looks like they will remain closed for a while.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with John Reyes of Eater.com about how Washtenaw County restaurants are evolving during the current health crisis and what they are doing to try and still serve customers and maintain their bottom line.

 


Jeff Daniels
Purple Rose Theatre Company / purplerosetheatre.org

Award-winning actor and musician Jeff Daniels is home in Chelsea right now quarantined like the rest of us due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Like all other entertainment venues, Daniels had to shut down the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea to curb the spread of the virus.  He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about an idea he has to raise support for the theatre and fills us in on the many other projects he's been working on in film and TV.


Libby Robinson
Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness / aacfm.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being, and we could all really use an enhanced sense of that about now.

 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Libby Robinson, one of the founding members of the Ann Arbor Center For Mindfulness and co-founder of Ann Arbor Open Meditation.  She talks about her many years of teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction and shares somes insight and methods of meditation that could prove useful during this stressed out time dealing with a global health pandemic.


Omari Rush
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, the executive director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Council For The Arts and Cultural Affairs to talk about the impact of the current health pandemic is having on local artists and arts organizations.


Zingerman's
Zingerman's

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts, but due to the current coronavirus pandemic, most restaurants have had to figure out a new way to operate, and some have had to close.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk about what your local dining options are and how you can support local grocery stores and restaurants in new ways, due to rising health concerns.

UMS
University Musical Society / ums.org

Another impact of the current health pandemic is on our cultural life.  In this edition of "Art and Soul," WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Matthew VanBesien, president of the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, about what they’ve had to do in light of COVID-19 and orders to stay home and social distance from each other.


Barbara Newell
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

With everything happening in our world right now, there are ways we can help ourselves better cope. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor mindfulness and meditation teacher Barbara Newell, who has trained and taught with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach.  

Barbara shares how we can soothe ourselves and become more self-aware through mindfulness and meditation.

University of Michigan
University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts / lsa.umich.edu

On this week's "Art & Soul: The Visual Arts," WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Nora Krinitsky, Interim Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan.

They talk about the program, its 25th annual exhibition, and creative expression as a human right.


24th Cheesecakerie
24th Cheesecakerie / Facebook

24th Cheesecakerie in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti is a family-owned and operated business incorporating the concept and culture of family into everything they do.

WEMU's Lisa Barry and John Reyes of Eater.com talk to one of the business's owners, Sean Brezell, who brought several family members with him to the interview about how they strive to bring value--and cheesecake--to the Washtenaw County community.

PTD
PTD Productions / ptdproductions.com

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performance arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk to Joe York from an Ypsilanti theatre group and share information about a number of other performance opportunities in the coming weeks.


Nicklaus Suino
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Nicklaus Suino of Ann Arbor experienced a traumatic event many years ago that has had a lasting impact on how he has lived his life ever since.  He uses that experience to inspire others to give themselves "permission" to bring about positive personal changes in their lives.


Guild of Artists and Artisans / theguild.org

The visual arts scene is a vital part of the Washtenaw County community.  In this edition of "Art and Soul," WEMU’s Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk to Elizabeth Youngs about the new Gutman Gallery opening in Ann Arbor.


Dessous
Dessous / dessousannarbor.com

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by Eater.com writer John Reyes, who talks about some Valentine’s Day dinner options in the Ann Arbor area.


Kevin Shay / Kerrytown Concert House

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performance arts scene.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talked to the creator and director of “Wine, Women & Song,” which is in its 18th year at the Kerrytown Concert House, Monica Swartout-Bebow.

 

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