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Laith Al-Saadi

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As we enter mid-November, more movies are coming to your favorite Ann Arbor theaters!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's talks to Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins about all of the upcoming films coming to the Michigan Theater and State Theatre this weekend.

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April 20 is a day recreational users celebrate cannibis culture. Ann Arbor blues guitarist and singer Laith Al-Saadi celebrated with an early morning 4/20 concert, streaming live from his home.  It came shortly after he learned he had been named the 2020 Detroit Music Awards "Best Blues Instrumentalist."  Al-Saadi joined WEMU's David Fair about the life of a musician during a time of pandemic, his thoughts on marijuana culture, and the surprise of winning another award.

For a gift of $200 to WEMU, you and a guest can join the whole WEMU crew with a pair of tickets for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. featuring Laith Al-Saadi.  The concert and picnic will be held outside of the EMU Convocation Center patio (inside in case of rain).  Note: due to the potential for record attendance, tickets will be mailed after pledge is paid instead of the traditional names at the door. Please indicate the barbecue as your premium choice when you make your gift as this is a ticket event, rather than a bonus.

The Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County is have a special ceremony and celebration next Sunday and awarding three medals for Arts, Science and Humanities and two 21st Century Awards. Ann Arbor musician and recent finalist on the TV show "The Voice," Laith Al-Saadi is winning the Spotlight Artist Award, and I spoke to him about that and the importance of the arts in our community as well as what life is like since his TV show experience.  

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Ann Arbor’s own guitar virtuoso Laith Al-Saadi returned to the city to for his first live performance since receiving national acclaim on NBC’s ‘ The Voice’.



 On this week's Art & Soul, I sit down with local arts and journalist blogger Jenn McKee to talk about Shakespeare in the Arb with one of its founders, Kate Mendeloff.

Season 10 of NBC's "The Voice" brought Ann Arbor bluesman, singer, and guitarist, Laith Al-Saadi into the national spotlight over the past few weeks. True to his 2013 record "Real," Laith brought a welcome change to the program as part of Adam Levine's team with his gritty, raw vocals, and guitar that landed him a top spot as a finalist on the show. While he took 4th place in the contest,  he'll still bring home the bragging rights as a top-notch blues artist and instrumentalist.