AADL-produced Podcasts

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AADL Productions Podcast: Madcat Ruth

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Peter "Madcat" Ruth, a world-class harmonica player who's lived and played in Ann Arbor for over 30 years, celebrated his 60th birthday last April. We had the privilege of talking with Madcat about his varied career, which included lessons from Chicago blues harmonica legend Big Walter Horton; touring with Dave Brubeck; inventing the Madcat harmonica microphone; and winning a Grammy for his solo performance in Songs of Innocence and Experience. Madcat also reminisces about playing the many lost music venues in Ann Arbor and treats us with his signature harmonica rendition of "Take Five".

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AADL Productions Podcast: Shary Brown

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This year's art fairs have come and gone, but you can still contribute your memories to 50 Years of Originality: A History of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. Artists, performers, attendees and fair organizers recall visiting, working; and, in some cases, growing up with the fair over the past half century. If you'd like to contribute your memories, email us at productions@aadl.org. We recently spoke with the outgoing Ann Arbor Street Art Fair executive director, Shary Brown. Shary talks about the challenges of pulling off the Fair during difficult times, some of the innovations and changes that occurred under her guidance, and her personal memories of attending the art fairs while growing up in Ann Arbor.

AADL Productions Podcast: JT Abernathy & Stan Baker

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In celebration of the 50th Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, AADL brings you an interview with the only artist whose art has appeared in every fair, JT Abernathy. Fresh off a recent successful show at the Clay Gallery, JT sat down with us and Stan Baker, another Ann Arbor pottery great and former student of JT's, to talk about his career and how pottery is different from half a century ago. Stan and JT gives us a good look at how they think about their work and how their 30-year relationship has shaped them as artists.

To learn more about the history of the event that defines Ann Arbor in the summertime, visit the new online exhibit 50 Years of Originality: A History of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

AADL Productions Podcast: Mr. B

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Local musician Mark Lincoln Braun, aka Mr. B, is celebrating his 30th year playing street boogie-woogie piano as part of the original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. We talked recently with Mr. B about his memories of art fairs past; his musical influences; and his most recent venture, Mr. B's Joybox Express, a 125-mile bike ride he began July 13 for charity, riding a special bike designed to haul his piano. You'll find Mr. B playing every day during the art fair, Wednesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 18, on North University near Ingalls Mall.

AADL is also happy to help the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair celebrate another milestone with 50 Years of Originality: A History of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, a website of images, text, audio and video from the past half century of Ann Arbor's first fair.

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AADL Productions Podcast: Grace Shackman

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Last week we had the opportunity to talk with local historian, author and teacher, Grace Shackman, about how Ann Arbor has changed over the years. Throughout the discussion, Grace looks back at articles she's written; how she got her start writing about Ann Arbor history; the importance of preserving local landmarks; and her memories of early Ann Arbor art fairs. Over 130 of Grace's articles are featured in Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now, a new website with full text searching and browsing access to articles on local history from the Ann Arbor Observer.

AADL Productions Podcast: John Hilton, editor of The Ann Arbor Observer

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Last month, we had the privilege of talking with Ann Arbor Observer editor, John Hilton, about the origins and development of the Observer, how Ann Arbor has changed over the past three decades, and the current state of the newspaper industry. John also recently joined us along with local historian and author Grace Shackman to talk about Ann Arbor history and help us launch an online collection of local history articles from the Observer dating back to 1982. You can read all of Grace's articles from the Observer online now in Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now.

(Due to technical difficulties, the quality of the audio isn't quite what it should be, but please listen in as John has many interesting things to say about Ann Arbor!)

Top Chef Steph Video and Interview!

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Whether you were lucky enough to attend the cooking demo and talk by Bravo TV's Top Chef Season 4 Stephanie Izard last month - or if you missed it - take a listen to our exclusive podcast interview with Top Chef Steph. Fans of Top Chef will enjoy hearing about what it's really like to be on the show (is Padma really that gorgeous in person?). Stephanie shares her memories of Ann Arbor during her time at the University of Michigan (the ONE thing she craved was a chipati from Pizza House!) and of course we talked about food and cooking! Listen up!

You can see the video of her talk and demo in our AADL video on demand collection.

AADL Productions Podcast: Festifools

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A festival of fools will descend on Main Street for the third annual Festifools event next Sunday, April 5, from 4-5 p.m. Last week, we had the opportunity to interview Mark Tucker, the creative force behind Festifools, at his studio. Mark talks about his background in float building, this year's Festifools theme, and he takes us on tour of the studio and the various stages of creating a papier-mâché puppet.

AADL Productions Podcast: Donald Harrison, Ann Arbor Film Festival

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The 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival is right around the corner, so we asked the festival's Executive Director, Donald Harrison, to give us a preview of this year's offerings. He let us in on some of the interesting events planned for this year as well as talking about some of the filmmakers who will be showing their work and giving talks. Aside from this year's highlights, we also discussed how the festival has changed over the last few years and how they go about whittling down over 2600 submissions to just 200 films.

What's next for the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Project?

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Listen in as local historians Ray Detter, Louisa Pieper and Grace Shackman talk about the origins, challenges and rewards of putting together the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibits Program. You'll hear about what's coming up (hint: books and corsets) and how our schools are planning to work the exhibit into the AAPS curriculum.

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