Jeff Daniels

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.

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."

Jeff Daniels
Purple Rose Theatre Company /

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.

Jenn McKee

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local arts journalist and blogger at A2 Arts Addict Jenn McKee as they look back at some of the performing arts highlights from the past year and talk about upcoming performance events.

Larry LeBlanc /

What do Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Jeff Daniels and the Capitol Steps have in common?  They are all represented by Ann Arbor-based, Fleming Artists.  In this week's "creative:impact," meet Jim Fleming, founder of Fleming Artists.  He'll tell you why he first chose Ann Arbor and why he's still here. 

PBS Newshour shines the spotlight on small-town Chelsea theater and its founder's roots.


The Traverse City Film Festival is getting a little more star power on its board.  The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports festival officials on Wednesday announced five additions to the board. that includes, actor, playwright and Purple rose Theater Founder Jeff Daniels of Chelsea.

Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Lyndon Township’s planning commission isn’t expected to make a decision on a special land use permit for a sand and gravel mining operation until this summer.  About 30 people spoke out against the proposal as a public hearing wrapped up Thursday night.

Jeff Daniels

Chelsea Native Jeff Daniels can scratch another item off the "bucket list."  The star of HBO's "Newsroom"  hit a hole-in-one while golfing at the Polo Fields Golf Country Club in Ann Arbor Wednesday. This is the picture the founder of the Purple Rose Theater posted on Twitter yesterday.  Congratulations, Mr. Daniels!