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Theater Review: Gay Deceivers

A new theatre, the Kalamazoo Craft Theatre Project in association with Skits-n-Giggles Theatre Company , had its inaugural production at First Congregational Church last Friday. Kalamazoo playwright and former WMUK station manager Gordon Bolar has this review of Gay Deceivers .

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Craig Freeman

LHI Live: Violinist Ahmed Tofiq, Bridging Worlds

Violinist Ahmed Tofiq has become, by neccessity, a bridge between Eastern and Western musical traditions, and a bridge between cultures as well. The co-founder of a youth orchestra for children of Syrian refugees, Orchestra Rouh , he speaks Arabic and excels in playing traditional melodies in the styles he learned growing up in Kurdistan. But Tofiq has embraced life in Kalamazoo since moving here to earn his master's degree in music at Western Michigan University in 2014. He knows that music is one way to form connections, and a feeling of home, quickly. In the Takeda studio, with his violin, Ahmed Tofiq tells his story and plays a few of his favorite maqamat as he speaks with Craig Freeman.

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The Food Bank of South Central Michigan is looking for a new executive director. An anonymous tip line is set up to report threats against Kalamazoo schools. The Public Media Network is considering layoffs now that Portage is withdrawing from its agreement. A WMU sophomore long jumps her way into next month's NCAA outdoor track and field championship. 

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Gregory Varnum / Wikimedia Commons

(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder has approved six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac. It’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5. 

WMUK

On WestSouthwest, Kalamazoo Schools Superintendent Michael Rice discusses ways to avoid the "summer slide." And a Fennville educator tells us about genocide education. 


Andrew J. Swan

The Kalamazoo Bach Festival will open its 2018 Bach Fest Week on Saturday, June 2 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium with two visceral, all-hands-on-deck works for voices and orchestra: William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast and Yevhen Stankovych's Requiem For Those Who Died Of Famine. The Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus and Kalamazoo Philharmonia are the first to perform the Requiem outside Europe.

In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Ludwa talks about some of the big attractions of Belshazzar's Feast, and Koehler explains the circumstances that brought his attention to the Requiem, honoring the victims of Holodomor (an artificially engineered famine orchestrated by the Soviet leadership in Ukraine in 1932-33). Koehler learned about the Requiem when he was put in touch with the director of the Ukranian Genocide Famine Foundation. Koehler was "blown away by the raw power, the immediacy of communication" upon hearing it, and agreed to give the Requiem For Those Who Dies Of Famine its first performances in North America.


Theater Review: Gay Deceivers

May 24, 2018
Fred Western / Universal Photo

A new theatre, the Kalamazoo Craft Theatre Project in association with Skits-n-Giggles Theatre Company, had its inaugural production at First Congregational Church last Friday. Kalamazoo playwright and former WMUK station manager Gordon Bolar has this review of Gay Deceivers.


Courtesy photo | Corey Harbaugh

Did you know Michigan schools must teach about genocide? A law passed in 2016 requires it. And that's a good thing, says Corey Harbaugh, an Allegan County-based school administrator who is on the Governor's Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education. He speaks Saturday in Kalamazoo. 


Bills to address sexual assault in Michigan move to the full House. Bills to mandate giving bicyclists room when passing are approved by the state Senate. Alcohol is banned from Calhoun County parks. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK-FM

The Kalamazoo Public Schools and the Kalamazoo Public Library are expanding their efforts to promote reading and head off the so-called "summer slide." That's the drop-off in reading skills among kids who don't read much, if anything, over the long summer break.


Legislation designed to respond to former MSU sports doctor Larry Nasser could get a vote in a state House committee today. Portage approves a new budget with a lower millage and more spent on capital improvements. Amazon plans a fullfillment center south of Grand Rapids. Three WMU players earn spots on post season all MAC baseball teams. 

MPRN

(MPRN-Lansing) The state Department of Civil Rights is now accepting complaints from people who say they’ve faced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s also getting ready to defend its right to do so. 

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