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Singer/Songwriter Kaitlin Rose Talks Motherhood, Goes Solo In New EP

What’s that saying - “You can’t rush art.” A few months ago, Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Kaitlin Rose was getting antsy. It had been two years since she released an album and the pressure was on. But instead of putting out an incomplete album, Rose decided to make a short, four-song EP. She'll have a release show for the work Sunday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Rootead dance studio in Kalamazoo.

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WSW: Vaccination And Waiver Debate Continues In Michigan

Opera's Stars Preview Don Giovanni Performance By Kalamazoo Symphony

Baritone Mark Walters (Don Giovanni) and soprano Nicole Heaston (Donna Elvira) bring a wealth of experience to the Kalamazoo Symphony's production of Don Giovanni, which began rehearsals May 18 for the May 26 performance. In an energetic conversation with Cara Lieurance, they talk about the dark and light aspects of Mozart's famous work, and how their characters interact within the drama.

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On today's WestSouthwest, we bring you an extended version of WMUK's Earlene McMichael's January interview with Cheree Thomas. She’s the new director of the Douglass Community Association, a 97-year-old outreach center in Kalamazoo that keeps keeping on thanks to public support. Thomas has been on the job now for five months.

Bills introduced in the state House and Senate would keep nurses from working overtime. According to the Gongwer News Service, the legislation would require hospitals to make staffing plans that insure there are enough nurses per patient and to record those ratios. Nurses would have to take at least an eight hour break after working more than 12 hours, and hospitals could not penalize nurses for refusing to work overtime. 


A blind Michigan man wants to go to law school, but says he can’t because the admissions test is discriminatory. Now he’s asking the US Supreme Court to accept his lawsuit against the makers of the test. 

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Governor Rick Snyder says he will roll out a plan this coming fall to boost recycling in the state. Michigan’s statewide residential recycling rate of 15 percent is among the lowest in the country. 


Some state officials might be getting a raise for the first time in years. That’s if the legislature adopts recommendations made by the State Officers Compensation Commission Friday. 

"PORTAGE, MI -- The young Portage woman killed Thursday when a car plowed into pedestrians in New York's Times Square is being described here as a terrific young lady who had a bright future." (MLive)

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Both top-notch soloists in their own right, Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin enjoy coming up with musical duo arrangements that test their abilities and span many styles, from Italian classical to bluegrass and beyond. On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra will present the duo in a 7 pm concert at First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo. They'll feature selections from their new CD, Twin Mandolin Slingers.

In a session with Cara Lieurance, recorded by sound engineer Martin Klemm, Oberlin and Marshall tell stories about their experiences as musicians who bridge genres, and they play a variety of tunes, original and adapted, for two mandolins.

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This Saturday, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia concludes its season with a program of two works: Debussy's 1899 Nocturnes,  and the 1911 one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle by Bela Bartok, featuring soprano Rhea Olivacce as Judith and David Govertson as Bluebeard. Conductor Andrew Koehler sets the scene in an preview with Cara Lieurance.

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Established as a quintet, the Arcadia Winds will expand to 17 players to perform the Serenade No. 2 in A by Johannes Brahms on Friday night at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo. Horn player Ron Chase, pianist Barbara Hong, and Ladies Library Association member Paula Jamison talk about the concert and the historic building which houses the Arcadia Winds series.

How many times can you ride the same roller coaster before those initial feelings of terror disappear? Oh, it can be so surprising the first time around, when you don’t know exactly how fast you will go, how deep the drops will be, how loudly you’ll scream when you go into that hairpin turn.