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Art & Soul: The Performing Arts - Ghost Stories And Other Theater, Music, And Comedy

Roustabout Theatre Troupe

This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the many local performance arts activities taking place.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk to local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier about his latest production of locally gathered ghost stories.

About "Haunted: The Great Lakes Ghost Project"

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Joseph Zettelmaier

In 2016, playwright Joseph Zettelmaier began a journey across his home state.  He set about to collect a wide variety of ghost stories, true otherworldly encounters by Michiganders from Milan to Marquette.  From these stories came a devised theatrical piece, weaving tales of the supernatural with one person’s journey to answer the question that has haunted so many of us throughout our lives…Do you believe in ghosts?

Written by Joseph Zettelmaier.  Directed by Anna Simmons.

Starring Julia Garlotte, Dan Johnson, Alysia Kolascz, and Allison Megroet.Set and Props Design by Jennifer Maiseloff.  Lighting Design by Dustin D. Miller.  Sound and Projections by Will Myers.  Costume Design by Josie Eli Lapczynski.



The Parliament of Poets

by Frederick Glaysher

Apollo’s Troupe

Theatre Nova

September 29th and October 6th – 7PM

Apollo calls all the poets of the nations, ancient and modern, East and West, to assemble on the moon to consult on the meaning of modern life.

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé

By David McGregor – World Premiere
The Purple Rose Theatre Company – Chelsea thru December 21st

The playboy Prince of Wales, arrives at Baker Street pursued by anarchist assassins.  Coincidentally, the greatest chef in the world, Auguste Escoffier, also arrives, his career about to be shattered by blackmail and scandal.  Can Holmes, Watson, and Irene Adler save the life of the heir to the British crown and the reputation of the master chef?


Isango Ensemble

The Power Center

A South African theater company that draws its artists from the townships surrounding Cape Town. The company reimagines classics from the Western theater canon while finding new context for the stories within a South African township setting.

The Magic Flute – Wed, Thur, & Sat - October 16, 17 & 19

A Man of Good Hope – Fri & Sun – October 18 & 20

Chick Corea Trilogy w/ Christian McBride and Brian Blade

Hill Auditorium

Saturday, October 19th – 8PM

Their first outing as a trio, in 2014, resulted in a three-CD set, Trilogy, which earned two Grammy Awards.


Kevin James

The Michigan Theater

Sunday, October 6th 8PM

Began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene but is best known for The King of Queens on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

The Sklar Brothers

Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

Saturday, September 28th – 7:30PM & 10PM

The most famous brother act in comedy today and graduates of U of M, are known for their work in a wide variety of media: stand-up comedy; TV shows like Cheap Seats on ESPN and Better Call Saul; as well as their podcasts.


Made in America

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

The Michigan Theater

Saturday, October 12th – 8PM

The orchestra is joined by multiple award-winning 19-year-old NYC-based cellist Zlatomir Fung in a program highlighted by Joan Tower's 2005 work Made in America. Also, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak.

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin

The Michigan Theater

Tuesday, October 15th – 8PM

Longtime friends for over 30 years, they will appear on stage together as an intimate acoustic duo, swapping songs and sharing stories.

Luke Winslow-King

Stoney Lake Brewing – Saline

Saturday, October 19th – 8PM

This Michigan-bred, New Orleans-based Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist specializes in pre-WWII pop music steeped in blues and jazz.

The Blue Llama Jazz Club

Antonio Sanchez & Migration

Fri & Sat, October 4-5, 7 & 9:30 P.M.

The Mexico City-born artist has always been outspoken about immigration.  For Sanchez, a five-time Grammy award-winning drummer and composer, his calling as a crusader for human rights is indelibly linked to a story in his family, which took place before he was born.

Sammy Figueroa Latin Explosion

Saturday, October 12th, 7 & 9:30 P.M.

When Sammy plays percussion he tells a story, creating a playful conversation with other musicians and taking the listener on a musical journey.  As one of the world's greatest congueros he is currently considered to be the most likely candidate to inherit the mantles of Mongo Santamaria and Ray Barretto.

The Ark

The Verve Pipe

Saturday, October 12th – 8:00 PM

The Verve Pipe has had a reputation for great, fan-friendly live shows from the start, and now they're back, up close and personal.

Arlo Guthrie

Tues. & Wed, October 22nd-23rd – 8:00 PM

Alice's Restaurant Back By Popular Demand Tour w/ Sarah Lee Guthrie

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu

Wendy Wright has been on the radio at WEMU since April 2000. She served as host of 89.1 Jazz, Sunday mornings from 5-8 a.m. for seven years, when she was asked to host From Memphis to Motown. She was then asked to create the Soul Break which airs Wednesday afternoons.
Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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