Erin Williams

Producer

Erin Williams joined WMUK as a producer with Arts & More, after spending a year with St. Louis Public Radio. She served as their inaugural Fellow, and produced stories on race, diversity, and culture. Her background also includes time spent as a producer with WPFW-FM in Washington, and as an editorial aide and staff writer focused on arts and culture at The Washington Post. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Telecommunication and Film, and interned at Alabama Public Radio.

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Arts & More
5:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

2014 Black Arts Fest Promises Cultural Fun

Credit Courtesy of the Black Arts & Cultural Center

The Black Arts and Cultural Center is turning the last weekend of July into four days of fun both indoors and out.

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

'American Idol' Alum Matt Giraud Still In The Spotlight Five Years Later

Five year after 'Idol,' Matt Giraud is working harder than ever.
Credit Courtesy of Capri Nashville

When Matt Giraud returned home to Kalamazoo in 2009 after finishing in the top five of American Idol Season 8, he was expecting a celebration of music and a few speeches. But for some reason, the last thing he expected to do was perform at his own party.

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Arts & More
8:34 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

"Zombie Prom" Brings Healing To High School Heartbreak

Actors in the Marshall Civic Players production of "Zombie Prom" practice their dance moves. The show opens July 17.
Credit Erin Williams / WMUK

Of all the high school rites of passage, none is more symbolic than finding a date for the prom. It's an event that is frozen in time, one night where you get to dress up, dance the night away - and take out the date of your dreams. But when your date night plans don't work out - alternative measures might have to come in to play.

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Artist Alyssa Prince Takes Chalk Art To The Next Level

The completed board, illustrated by artist Alyssa Prince for Central City Tap House.
Erin Williams WMUK

It's just after Noon on a weekday at Central City Tap House. The lunchtime crowd is eating and drinking, servers are sashaying past chairs, and the speakers are playing rock tunes from the 70's and 80's. No one's really paying attention to the young woman in the center, holding a piece of chalk in one hand, and a copy of the logo for Alaskan Brewing Company in the other hand.

"A lot of people come to the Tap House and a lot of people know the chalkboards, and so when I start drawing them they go 'Oh, it's you that does this! I get in a conversation - usually we'll have a table of six sitting here just chatting with me the whole time," says the woman.

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Arts & More
7:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

St. Joseph: Beach Town and 1920's Gangster's Paradise

Credit Courtesy of the Author

Gangsters in Southwest Michigan? It's not as shocking as you think. Back in the 1920's, members of the Chicago crime scene treated the area as an oasis where they dined, played golf - and did their best to keep their business affairs to a minimum.

That all changed in 1929, when gangster Frank 'Killer' Burke murdered a St. Joseph police officer, leading authorities to discover that he had weapons used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, where seven men from an opposing crime gang were killed in Chicago.

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