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19 minutes | a month ago
Episode 41: The conquering heroines of Title IX, featuring Sara Fitzgerald, BA '73
Conquering Heroines: How Women Fought Sex Bias at Michigan and Paved the Way for Title IX.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 40: Ken Fischer: Ann Arbor's 'Music Man'
University Musical Society
16 minutes | 5 months ago
Episiode 39: Going /aut/ with Keith Orr and Martin Contreras
When Keith Orr and Martin Contreras refashioned their Mexican restaurant La Casita de Lupe into /aut/BAR in 1995, they sought to deliver a radically different gay-positive experience to the people of Ann Arbor. Their club would be the city’s first full-time, gay-owned gay bar. For the more than two decades that followed, Orr and Contreras created a sanctuary in Kerrytown’s Braun Court that sustained and nurtured the local LGBTQ community through myriad social, political, and legislative ups and downs. They bought businesses and buildings over time, served on nonprofit boards and other organizations, and even became friendly with one-time Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean. In March 2019, the married partners sold the business to Ann Arbor-based BarStar Group. The privately held entertainment investment company specializes in the development, design, construction, and operation of hospitality and mixed-use real estate projects. Through the deal, BarStar also acquired the Braun Court buildings that house Spiral Tattoo, the Jim Toy Community Center, and the former Common Language Bookstore. The news was tough to hear for /aut/Bar’s tight-knit community, but that was nothing compared to the announcement on June 6, 2020, that BarStar was closing the venue for good. “Despite the countless hours dedicated to building, strengthening and reimagining the bar’s future, the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis has proved — as it has for so many small businesses across the country — to be simply too much to bear,” read the owners’ statement on Facebook. BarStar also owns the local clubs Nightcap, Lo-Fi, and Babs’ Underground. “I don’t have much to say about the decision to close because we haven’t been part of it,” Orr says. “I understand people’s sadness, anger, and frustration because we need these safe spaces now more than ever.” He remembers the day before /aut/BAR opened, when a friend asked, “So, are you ready to be community leaders?” At that time, gay bars served as places where people gathered not just to meet and party, but to launch fundraisers, find listings of memorial services, and sign up to be a buddy to someone who had HIV or needed support. “In Ann Arbor, we had none of that,” Orr says. “If someone ‘disappeared’ from the scene for a few weeks, you’d wonder, ‘Did he move? Or is he dead?’” All that changed once /aut/BAR opened it doors. Instead of a dark and secret hideway, /aut/BAR was bright and warm. The windows were uncovered, the colors were bright. And the brunch was fantastic. Its “niche” was the whole community, from the shy college student who was just coming out, to the lesbian couple with a young family. “We wanted people to know we were in it for the long haul,” Contreras says. That long haul included countless celebrations, protests, Pride events, election parties, engagements, marriages, and memorials. All the while, Orr and Contreras grew into their roles as advocates and activists for LGBTQ rights. Even now, as the club is closed and the community is dispersed due to coronavirus, Orr continues to encourage what Armistead Maupin would call his “logical family,” reminding them they are part of something bigger than just a building. BarStar turned over the club’s social media accounts to Orr and Contreras so the community could remain connected in the digital space. As Black Lives Matter protests filled the June streets that normally would be rocking Pride parades, Orr took to Facebook to point out the intersections between the groups. He changed the June mantra of “Happy Pride” to “In Pride we stand with you.’” “There are plenty of black leaders in the LGBTQ community, and let’s not forget Pride began as a riot at Stonewall, largely started by people of color and transgender folks,” he says. It’s that kind of empathy and compassion that has informed everything Orr and Contreras have done as business owners and community leaders. Success to them is hearing that /aut/BAR was someone’s first gay club after coming out; that a couple met there and has been married for years; or that a student brought their parents to brunch to introduce them to a community that celebrates the lifestyle, not denigrates it. To honor the club’s historic significance to the LGBTQ community, BarStar is returning the brand name, intellectual property, and vintage signage and décor to Contreras and Orr. They hope someone will emerge to take up the torch they carried for so long. In the meantime, listen in, as the partners reflect on their careers.
17 minutes | 7 months ago
Coffee, COVID, & a course correction with Sweetwaters' Lisa Bee
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
12 minutes | 9 months ago
Prof Andrea Turpin: The first female students at U-M
The Heritage ProjectMadelon's WorldAndrea Turpin"A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917 (American Institutions and Society)."
20 minutes | 9 months ago
The editor and the the giants
Bentley Historical LibraryCollections MagazineEsquire Classic: F. Scott Fitzgerald
16 minutes | 9 months ago
It's a Woman's World, featuring Coach Kim Barnes Arico
Kim Barnes Aricomgoblue.com
13 minutes | 10 months ago
Capturing space at the Michigan Union
This is how you 'capture space' (Michigan Today)Listen in, Michigan, Episode 19 -- Re:UnionConstructing gender: The origins of Michigan's Union and League (Bentley Historical Library.)Renovated, improved, historic Michigan Union offers intriguing features (University Record)Union project revealed surprises, reuse opportunities (University Record)Michigan Union Re:Union website
20 minutes | a year ago
Squirrels on film, feat. Corey Seeman
Corey Seeman FlickrFollow Corey Seeman @cseeman on Twitter Follow Corey at cseeman3 on InstagramRead about the history of U-M's fascination with the campus squirrel: Just Nuts at heritage.umich.eduMore Michigan Today stories about the University of Michigan
24 minutes | a year ago
The band plays on, feat. John Pasquale
Michigan Marching BandMichigan TodayJohn PasqualeHow we went blue Albert Ahronheim, onetime drum major of the Marching Band, deconstructs the iconic "Let's Go Blue" tune, starting with his initial conversation with George Cavender in the early '70s.Strike up the band When he was just a sophomore in the early 1950s, Jerry Bilik (who barely passed the MMB audition as 17th of 18 trombones) discovered a talent for writing and arranging that would transform the Michigan Marching Band forever.
21 minutes | a year ago
There were bells, feat. Tiffany Ng
Music featured in this episode (in order of appearance):Circle of Life from "The Lion King"Nut -- Goddess of the Night Sky by Trevor WestonHypnos -- by Phyllis Chen
22 minutes | a year ago
Woodstock: An acoustic synthesis of the ’60s
Music samples were pulled from the Woodstock film trailer at YouTube.
21 minutes | a year ago
Talk about 'music to your ears'
The artists featured in this episode are (in order of appearance): Snarky Puppy performing "Bad Kid" Tarek Yamani Trio performing "Hala Land" [Emerson String Quartet]() performing "Bartok String Quartet No. 5" Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" recomposed by Max Richter Visit ums.org/playlists
19 minutes | a year ago
Dave Sharp: Getting snazzy and jazzy on Main Street
Bassist and local jazz enthusiast Dave Sharp has found a new groove on Main Street as musical director of the Blue LLama Jazz Club. The elegant new venue already has hosted such artists as Ravi Coltrane, Joey DeFrancesco, and Kurt Elling.
17 minutes | 2 years ago
Being not-rich at U-M
Being not-rich at Michigan has been adapted by college students at other universities nationwide. It's a valuable resource for students and parents of all incomes, with great information about jobs, internships, mentors, community support, and more.
21 minutes | 2 years ago
Locked in at the Bentley
Brian Williams, assistant director and archivist at U-M's Bentley Historical Library, is a font of U-M facts and trivia. History nuts and people who like old stuff, quite literally, should enjoy this episode of “Listen in, Michigan." Here are links to some of the extraordinary items that Williams: Fielding Yost’s 1901 contract to become the first football coach at U-M https://quod.lib.umich.edu/b/bhl/x-bl017701/bl017701 The 1817 draft of the act to establish the Catholepistemiad or University of Michigania https://quod.lib.umich.edu/w/walker/874.0001.002/1#?s=0&cv=0 The original notecards Lyndon B. Johnson used to deliver his “Great Society” speech to U-M graduates in 1964 Bentley Historical Library https://quod.lib.umich.edu/b/bhl/x-hs13927/hs13927 The Bentley Historical Library https://bentley.umich.edu/
15 minutes | 2 years ago
And now for the highlights!
The best of Listen in, Michigan Welcome to the 25th episode of Listen in, Michigan. In celebration of the miracle that I have actually survived making 24 of these podcasts, no small feat for a print journalist working alone in a recording studio, I have cut together some of my favorite snippets from the podcast so far. If you haven’t listened or subscribed yet, I hope you will. As you’ll hear, I have a lot of fun with my subjects. Episode 23: Football's Valhalla Episode 21: I Witness Episode 20: The Best of Bacon Episode 15: Strike Up the Band Episode 13: Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor Episode 6: The Wind is Very Much Up
21 minutes | 2 years ago
We Can Be Heroes
He was brilliant, brave, and curious — and his tale unspools like a thrilling mystery. Architect Raoul Wallenberg, ’35, protected thousands of Jews from the Nazis in World War II. And then he vanished off the face of the earth. Details of his disappearance remain a mystery to this day, but he likely was murdered in a Russian prison shortly after the war ended. And though he is gone, the descendants of those Wallenberg saved continue to walk this earth, thanks to his courage and ingenuity. Each year the University confers its Wallenberg Medal to those individuals who demonstrate the capacity of the human spirit to stand up for the helpless, defend the integrity of the powerless, and speak out on behalf of the voiceless. The 2018 Wallenberg Medal recognized two youth organizations working to end gun violence. Representatives for the Chicago-based youth organization B.R.A.V.E. and the student activists behind March For Our Lives in Parkland, Fla., accepted the honors Nov. 14 in Rackham Auditorium. Read full story at Michigan Today View video of the 2018 medal ceremony and speeches by the youth leaders More on Wallenberg A World War ll hero's lasting legacy Wallenberg legacy
20 minutes | 2 years ago
Dan Chace: Football's Valhalla, The Bob Ufer Story
Filmmaker Dan Chace, BA ’83, shares the labor of love that manifested as a beautiful documentary about beloved Wolverines football announcer Bob Ufer. The film is called "Footballs's Valhalla: The Bob Ufer Story." Read full story at Michigan Today More on Dan Chace 2012 Documentary: Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor Black Point West Films
21 minutes | 2 years ago
Keith Taylor's Ecstatic Destinations
Poet and retired lecturer Keith Taylor delivers a new book that celebrates Ann Arbor and all its charms. In Taylor’s world, the skateboarder is angel, the hickory is holy woman, and the park bench? Nirvana. Read full story at Michigan Today More on Keith Taylor Faculty Contact Ecstatic Destinations Taylor's Website
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