Midday West Michigan

Paul Vornhagen is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from the Ann Arbor area who has been recording and performing for decades.  He has a new CD out Only Trust Your Heart on the PKO Records label.  He's also a co-leader of Tumbao Bravo! who are appearing at GRandJazzFest this Saturday afternoon at 3pm in downtown Grand Rapids.  WGVU spoke with Vornhagen about his new CD and the weekend's performance.

Donald Trump campaign photo; Cheyna Roth / donaldjtrump.com; Michigan Public Radio Network

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton were both in Michigan this month to deliver speeches on their plans for the economy.

But they both presented different pictures of the state of things here in Michigan, where the auto industry and manufacturing tanked during the Great Recession. 

So, what’s the state of the recovery here in Michigan? Michigan Public Radio’s Lansing bureau chief, Rick Pluta, asked an expert – Michigan State University economics professor Charlie Ballard.

There's several new movies opening in theaters this weekend, including the raunchy animated comedy Sausage Party, the Disney remake of its 1978 classic Pete's Dragon, the WWII true story Anthropoid, and the comedic drama Florence Foster Jenkins, a biography.  Meryl Streep stars in the title role of an heiress who dreams of becoming an opera star, despite having a terrible singing voice.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.  But first this clip from Florence Foster Jenkins.


Grand Rapids is getting ready to host thousands of quilters and quilt enthusiasts.  This is part of an American Quilter’s Society gathering.  WGVU talked with a local member of the West Michigan Quilters Guild who say this is the biggest multi-year convention draw for the city.


I will not play at tug o’ war.

I’d rather play at hug o’war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses,

And everyone grins,

And everyone cuddles,

And everyone wins.

Jason Bourne returns to the big screen, starring Matt Damon in the title role, with original director Paul Greengrass also on board.  Bad Moms brings the raunchy comedy and there's a new Woody Allen movie Cafe Society and the drama Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen as a dad raising six kids in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.  WGVU hashes it all out with Jenny Garone from Celebration Cinema in our weekly movie talk.

Mark Sanchez
Courtesy photo / LinkedIn.com

  Investors are looking for Grand Rapids housing deals, upsetting longtime residents, and a proposed $100 million public-private partnership would seed new Michigan venture capital funds.    

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A three-state fair housing complaint against a property management company filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has its roots in west Michigan.

WGVU speaks with Elizabeth Stoddard and Nancy Haynes at the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan to learn more about the complaint, and what housing issues they see locally.

film reels
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The summer blockbuster season continues with Star Trek Beyond, the third installment in the Trek reboot that began in 2009, and Ice Age: Collision Course, plus there are several limited releases.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about this week's movies.

Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan WGVU’s Patrick Center takes a trip to Alto where the Kent Special Riding Program offers therapeutic horseback instruction for physically, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals.