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
6:13 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Author Leslie Jamison Turns Feelings Into Words In 'The Empathy Exams'

Author Leslie Jamison
Credit Colleen Kinder

According to Webster's Dictionary, the definition of "empathy" is "the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions." Author Leslie Jamison has sought to personify what it is to "feel" in her latest book "The Empathy Exams." 

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Arts & More
7:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Fried Egg Nebula Delivers Jam-Rock Sound Sunny Side Up

From L-R: band members David Grummon, Jerry Hoffman, Chris Soderman, and Alan Gulick.
Credit Courtesy of the Artist

Craigslist is great for locating a lot of things - antiques, part-time jobs, your next apartment - and for some, your new bandmates

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Visual Art
5:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

'Inside Steinway' Photo Exhibit Lifts The Lid On Piano Production

"Wally's World." From the exhibition '"Inside Steinway" at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Christopher Payne

While next month’s Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is all about celebrating what pianos can do, it's not often that we examine what they are made of. 

The festival has partnered with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts to present the photography exhibition "Inside Steinway," a series of images of the inside of the storied piano factory, shot by photographer Christopher Payne.

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Film
4:36 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Francophone Film Festival Seeks To Educate And Entertain Audiences On Ever-Evolving French Language

Credit Designed by Aaron Cooper

The Francophone Film Festival is more than just films from France - a LOT more, actually. This year's festival has US premiers of films both long and short from around the world, including Algeria, Madagascar, and Tunisia.

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Arts & More
6:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Punk Rock Legends Take Their Music To New Levels in "Punk Goes Acoustic"

Matlock, left, and Sylvain bring their hits to the stage in acoustic form as part of their tour, 'Punk Goes Acoustic.'
Credit Courtesy of Jo Murray

Punk rock is a genre of music known for its authority-bucking attitude, aggressive lyrics and energetic sound.

But when you unplug the amp and slow things down, you’ll find that there’s a new appreciation for how things are done. Just ask Glen Matlock, bass guitarist and founder of British punk rock group the Sex Pistols. 

"All the best songs are about the lyrics, and you can hear the lyrics clearer. We still give it 100%, if not more," he says. 

Matlock has teamed up with fellow bass player and founding member of the New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain to present ‘Punk Goes Acoustic,’ an evening of music from each of their bands focused primarily on the stripped down sound.  

“You gotta remember that we’re both writers and we’re both basically playing the songs that we wrote in our careers in the bands that we were in, and we wrote those songs basically on acoustic guitars," says Sylvain.

"The performance turns out to be like the way you would have heard it [as if] I just wrote the song and I recorded it on my little cassette recorder or nowadays on a smart phone. And that’s really how it translate, and it’s really good.” 

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