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Saying it would be “impractical and implausable to maintain social distancing” due to COVID-19, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair has been cancelled this year, July 2020.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Maureen Riley, the executive director of the Ann Arbor Art Fair-The Original, about all that went into making the very difficult decision to cancel the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair.


Michael Cox
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On the job for nearly two months, Michael Cox says he's taking some time to get to better know the city and the men and women of the police department as he settles in to his new position.  He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about implementing some improvements and focusing on public engagement as the city's top cop. 


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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Heat is typically a factor during the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair.  But this year, strong storms had an impact as well.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Maureen Riley, executive director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, about the just-ended annual event.

Russ Collins
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The Ann Arbor Art Fairs are now officially open!  But, if you ever need to cool down from the outdoor heat, you can always catch a good flick!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new films coming to your local movie house this weekend.


Jon Van Eck
Jon Van Eck

The 2019 Ann Arbor Art Fairs are coming up this weekend, and, each year, an "emerging artist" is featured at the event.  This year, the artist is Jon Van Eck, owner of Van Eck Pottery & Tile Works and an instructor at the Ann Arbor Art Center.  Van Eck talks about his artistic journey leading up to this honor with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact." 

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The Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group recently underwent a change in leadership.  Dan Ezekiel now serves as Group Chair.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," Dan tells WEMU’s David Fair about efforts to create more active participation in meetings, outdoor activities, and dramatically increase the number of advocates heading into the 2020 elections.


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Today is the first day of the four-day art fair in Ann Arbor, and while most artists will be selling their finished products, one local artist will be creating several new works of art as fair goers pass by.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry reports on this unique and somewhat unusual Art Fair event.


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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The 59th Ann Arbor Art Fair opens to the public on Thursday, and the annual event has a mixed impact on the local business community.


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Street closures for the Ann Arbor Art Fair went into effect Wednesday morning and will last through the weekend.  


Townie Street Party
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It's a special week in Ann Arbor.  It's Art Fair week which kicks off tonight with a special gathering for residents with the "Townie Street Party."


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This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by the executive director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affiars Omari Rush, and another guest, the executive producer of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival James Partridge.

The three talk about a special photo exhibit of past festivals which will be on display at the Ann Arbor Art Fair later this month.

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More local events organizers are choosing to utilize the services of "Zero Waste Washtenaw" and move towards a day when absolutely none of the waste generated ends up in a landfill.  In this week’s edition of  "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’S David Fair gets an update on progress in a conversation with Noelle Bowman, a Washtenaw County Solid Waste Program Specialist. 


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Attendance was up at this year’s Ann Arbor Art Fair, according to the event organizers.


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Eight blocks from where the Ann Arbor Art Fair begins its second day today, there's a mini "pop-up" art fair taking place on the front lawn of a home on the old west side.


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The 58th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair opens today.  I visited with some of the artists as they were setting up and says everyone is excited to show and sell their work.


Ann Arbor
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As you start making plans to attend the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair that starts today and runs through Sunday, you may want to keep in mind what your transportation options are.  


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J.T. Abernathy has been a potter for 71 years.  The 94 year-old Ann Arbor man hasn't missed an Ann Arbor Art Fair since it first began in 1960.  I visited him at the Ann Arbor Potters Guild to talk to him about his work and his Art Fair memories.


Ann Arbor Townie Street Party
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Art Fair Week kicks off in Ann Arbor tonight with the Townie Street Party.


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This week's "Art and Soul" is all about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry sits down with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center and with a local artist who's emerging from the local art scene.


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Every summer, there is the nationally known art fair in Ann Arbor, and the area is known for its large number of local artists.  One of those artists is gaining attention for his locally historic creation that was a popular gift for Christmas.


First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor
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For the first time in it 57-year history, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs will include a Sunday.


Michigan Theater
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The Ann Arbor Art Fair kicks off today, but there's always time to catch a flick while you're out there!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the Art Fair, the movie business, and all the films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Sun
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The National Weather Service has issued A heat advisory to be in effect until 10pm Friday night. Heat indexes today and on Friday will exceed 100-degrees. The temperatures are expected to remain in the 90's Saturday and Sunday, too. If you plan on attending the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair during the next few days, you may want to consider some tips.


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It's a rite of summer, the 57th Ann Arbor Art Fair begins today!  Downtown Ann Arbor is ready!


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How does art make you feel?  Does it soothe you?  Does it challenge you?  Maybe both?  I spoke with photographer Harvey Droulliard about his art style, which is taking photographs of nude people in public places. 


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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It's a summer rite of passage: The Ann Arbor Art Fairs!  The big event kicks off Thursday. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair-The Original executive director Maureen Riley has the inside information on what to expect this year.


Michigan Theater
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The weather outside is still hot and rainy, which is perfect for a trip to your local movie house.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the movies hitting the big screen this weekend.


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This week I sit down with Jessica and talk about pizza styles including a new one coming soon to Washtenaw County.

We discuss "Detroit Style" pizza and the new Buddy's restaurant opening soon in Pittsfield Township.


City of Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor needs your help to decide by December 15th what design should be painted on the Manchester Water Tank.  They've narrowed the selection to a few after getting proposals from the public.

  

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The ten-day, outdoor POP X art festival started today at Liberty Plaza Park in downtown Ann Arbor. 

A recording of water streaming is the first thing you hear when you enter the one square foot pavilion sponsored by the Ann Arbor Women Artists.  The pop-up room is decorated with cupcakes, fruit and other goodies you would find at a picnic.  

Artist Mary Murphy helped put the exhibit together out of paper mache, steel and glass.  Murphy says the life of an artist could be lonely while working on pieces so she enjoyed working with other artists on this project.

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