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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performance arts. WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor artist and University of Michigan lecturer Mark Tucker and one of his students, Nia Rae' Echols.

They've been creating light-up, performance-type visual art for a "pop-up" art event Friday night, October 28th in Ann Arbor.

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This weekend, the movie theaters will provide thrills and chills. WEMU's Michael Jewett joins Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins to discuss all of the new films and special screenings at your local theaters for this Halloween weekend.

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Director of Night Terrors Brandon Wiard stops by to take "creative:impact" listeners on a behind-the-scenes tour of Wiard Orchards Haunted Thrill Park. Discover what it takes to create a frightfully scary experience along with "creative:impact" host Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw.

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WEMU's Michael Jewett steps in for David Fair once again to chat about the world of cinema with Russ Collins, president and CEO of the Michigan Theater Foundation. Plus, they celebrate this weekend's University of Michigan football game honoring Michael's great grandfather, George Jewett!

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Just in time for Halloween, we meet one of several horror fiction writers who live in the Ypsilanti area. In this week’s "On the Ground Ypsi," WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media’s Sarah Rigg talk to Ypsilanti horror fiction writer Ken MacGregor about his scary stories and writing career. 

University of MIchigan
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With Halloween happening and a big football game rivalry being played that same day, as well as Election Day approaching, the desire to socialize and get together is going to be strong.

A number of Washtenaw County health and government leaders signed an open letter to the community reminding them of ways to avoid spreading the coronavirus during these busy times.  Lisa Barry spoke to Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about the letter and its intent.


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Things are getting a little spooky in the world of movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Mat Hopson talks to Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins about the movies opening in Ann Arbor and online for the upcoming Halloween weekend.

EMU Police To Host COVID-19 Friendly Event This Friday

Oct 27, 2020
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To make it easier for parents to help their kids celebrate Halloween this year during the pandemic, Eastern Michigan University’s Police Department will hold a drive-thru candy event on Friday, October 30th.  

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Whether you prefer heading downtown or staying at home, plenty of movies are heading your way, just in time for Halloween!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Michael Jewett talks to Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins about all of the movies landing at the Michigan Theater, the State Theatre, and the Michigan Theater's Virtual Movie Palace this weekend.

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The movie world is starting to reopen.  The Michigan Theater and State Theatre in Ann Arbor are both up and running again, albeit on a limited basis.  In this week's edition of "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair gets in touch with Michigan Theater Foundation president and executive director Russ Collins to discuss the latest in-person and online films available to you. 

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With the continuing pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus, the upcoming holiday season is likely to look different this year.  Halloween is about three weeks away, and the CDC has already said that in-person trick-or-treating is considered a "high-risk" activity, due to the presence of the virus in the community.

And now, Main Street Ann Arbor has announced the cancellation of the traditional, downtown business trick-or-treating event this year.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the organization's executive director, Sandra Andrade, about that and other community activities that will still be taking place, mostly online.

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council will begin discussing Tuesday night how the city wants to plan for trick or treating this year during COVID-19. 

Leslie Science and Nature Center

Outdoor programming at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor will resume this fall after a $535,000 soil remediation project was completed this summer.  


Activating and engaging the creative talents of the community, the 4th annual ypsiGLOW is taking place October 25th.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with one of the originators of the light-up community event, Jeri Rosenberg, and event producer Jennifer Goulet.

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There's one more weekend until Halloween, so be sure to squeeze in a scary movie...if you dare!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movies you can check out at your local movie house this weekend.

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There's plenty going on in the movie world, especially if you're looking for a good, pre-Halloween scare!  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 flicks opening in theaters this weekend.

Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about all of the new flicks coming to your local movie house this weekend.  Plus, the Michigan and State Theaters will have some spooky, special screenings for the days leading up to Halloween!

Wiard's 'Night Terrors' Offers Many Scares

Oct 28, 2014

If you're looking for a haunted attraction to get you in the Halloween spirit, you don't have to look far to find one of the best, anywhere.


By day families flock to Wiard's Orchards and Country Fair to pick apples and pumpkins, check out the cider mill and buy delicious baked goods.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Bob Eccles found out, when the sun goes down, Night Terrors begins.

A little rain might be the least of your worries during trick-or-treating this evening.

DTE Energy warns of the potential for high winds, and suggests people who will be out trick-or-treating this evening get their goodie-grabbing done earlier rather than later, when winds will pick up.

High winds can lead to downed power lines. 

DTE spokesperson Erica Donerson  says if you come across a downed power line, stay away from it.

She says if the winds become strong in your area, it may be better to stay inside rather than risk coming across a downed power line.

Trick-or-Treat Hours for Local Communities

Oct 30, 2013
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It's Halloween, and while many communities in the area are holding trick-or-treat hours from six 'til eight tonight, there are a few exceptions. 

  • In Chelsea and Dexter, trick-or-treating takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Manchester's trick-or-treat hours are 5 p.m.  to 7 p.m.. 
  • Kids in Ann Arbor get an hour more than ghosts and goblins in most other communities to gather treats: five 'til eight. 
  • In Ypsilanti, trick-or-treating starts at dusk, with no specific end time.

Special events planned tonight include:

Happy Halloween From WEMU!

Oct 30, 2013

Happy Halloween from all of us at WEMU!

Halloween can be Dangerous for Pets

Oct 29, 2013

Halloween is a time for candy treats and fun costumes, but as WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, it can be a frightening and potentially deadly time for pets.