Mira Hughes

Art Beat: Stiff And Stupor

Steve Hughes has an unusual way of collecting stories. The Detroit-area writer gathers them at local watering holes, talking to people he meets sitting at the bar, video camera in hand.

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WMU Opera Presents Puccini and Ravel One-Acts, Dubbed 'Saints & Sinners"

Austin McWilliams, a candidate for a master's degree in choral conducting from Western Michigan University, joins Cara Lieurance to talk about the two one-act operas he'll conduct on Feb 16 at 7 pm and Feb 17 at 5 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. A production of WMU Opera Theatre, with stage direction by WMU Director of Opera Carl Ratner, the stories range from baudy and farcical to tragic, with a hint of heavenly grace at the end. The performances feature two casts of over 25 students, accompanied by an ensemble of piano, harp and percussion. McWilliams explains how detail-oriented the singers were in preparing their parts over months of rehearsals, and how the music has taken up so much of his time, he carries the scores with him everywhere.

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Expanded News Coverage in 2019

WMUK 102.1 FM is excited to expand our national and international news programs during the Monday – Thursday schedule starting Monday, January 7, 2019. The goal of this change is to offer local news and information at more convenient listening times throughout our national and global news broadcasts.

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State of the Union

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State Of The Union 2019

President Trump is delivering a State of the Union address after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

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Books gone 'meta' and the Chicon 7 Science Fiction Convention

Aug 27, 2012

Science Fiction convention Chicon 7, or "Worldcon," will be at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chicago this weekend. At the convention, hosts will announce the winners of the 2012 Hugo awards. WMUK’s science fiction and fantasy experts John Wenger and Andrea Johnson talked about a few of the nominee’s latest reads as well as a few others.

South Haven Center for the Arts is celebrating Diane Lynn Cheeseman’s art with an exhibit called Water Works. Diane Lynne Cheeseman is a long time resident of South Haven and has lived by at least one of the Great Lakes for almost her entire life. She says she is interested in how the water is ever changing with the daily differences in color and texture on the surface, but also in what goes on down below.

Deborah Gang reading from one of her poems in WMUK's Studio B.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Bell’s Brewery will host the New Issues Annual Poetry Celebration this Sunday. The event will feature local poetry readings, a performance by Whiskey Before Breakfast, and an auction—all part of an effort to keep New Issues Press afloat through the Herbert Scott Legacy Fund. Deborah Gang is one of about ten poets who will read at the celebration. Here’s her poem “Life Before Google”:

We never settled any argument

because the unabridged dictionary

Richland Park

This weekend 500 horses and riders will compete in the 11th annual Richland Park Horse Trials. Bob and Kay Willmarth started dreaming about hosting a horse trial more than 20 years ago. After the Willmarth's finished acquiring some 400 acres of farm land in Richland, they worked with a top designer to create their cross country course.

George Dila says he loves his characters, even though they may be hard to love sometimes. 

Juan-Carlos Formell On JazzSet

Aug 16, 2012

Juan-Carlos Formell participated in a multi-artist showcase at SOB's — home to Brazilian and Latin music in New York — a few years ago. Between a couple of amped-up bands, he took the stage alone (as I recall) and sang in Spanish, accompanying himself on guitar. His voice had urgency to it, and there was an irresistible engine inside that guitar. Ever since, I've wanted to hear and know more.

Michigan Square and Round Dance Clubs

The 50th Michigan Square and Round Dance Convention will be held this weekend at the Kalamazoo Radisson.

On Friday and Saturday, Grand Rapids will host the second annual City Lights Music Festival. The festival will bring in a few electronic dance musicians from across the country and a ton of Grand Rapids talent.

Grace Theisen (left) and Hannah Doan (right) in the WMUK studio.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This Thursday night, singer/songwriters Grace Theisen and Hannah Doan will use their music to help victims of human trafficking through Songs Against Slavery. The event’s goal is to raise awareness about human trafficking in the U.S. and fundraise for The Daughter Project, a safe house for victims.

The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks will stage the comedic opera I Pagliacci later this week. I Pagliacci is about a troupe of clowns in Italy. One of the clowns attacks his wife when he discovers she’s cheating on him with another man. 

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