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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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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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Horn player Ron Chase, oboist Wendy Mazer, and pianist Barbara Hong are friends and musicians who enjoy the chance to play music together with their colleagues four times a year at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo. This Friday, they'll close the fifth season of the Arcadia Winds & Ensemble des Amis with a variety of works for winds and piano, including Carl Reinecke's Sextet for winds, Op 271; Mozart's Serenade, K375, and works by James Cohn and Jules Massenet. The concert and following reception are free and open to the public. Chase, Mazer and Hong discuss the works on the program and the pleasure of performing in the historic music hall at the Ladies Library.


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Update: Peace Pizzazz, previously scheduled for Bronson Park, will be held at Winchell Elementary due to expected rain. Efforts to keep kids reading over the long summer break are gearing up in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Public Library's annual Summer Reading Challenge offers kids tangible incentives to keep reading - free books. Library Executive Director Ryan Wieber says they earn them by reading at least 20 minutes each day over the summer.


WMU Names New Provost

May 17, 2018
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Western Michigan University's new provost is coming to Kalamazoo from Indiana. The university announced Thursday, May 17, that Jennifer Bott will become Western's top academic official July 1st.

Kalamazoo City officials say residents should prepare for the Kalamazoo River to peak Thursday or Friday, due to flooding. Kalamazoo County's Sheriff wants more money for future flooding and other disasters. Michigan's unemployment rate was unchanged in April. 

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The 43rd annual Stulberg International String Competition is a less intimidating event than it may sound. Executive director Margaret Hamilton explains that this Kalamazoo-based music competition for string players under the age of 20 is widely considered a friendly experience for both contestants and for audiences.

Between 9am and 4 pm on Friday, anyone can walk into the Dalton Center Recital Hall to hear the 12 semi-finalists play on the half-hour for the three experienced judges. At 7:30 pm, the remaining six finalists will perform again - and this year, they'll talk to From The Top's Christopher O'Riley, host of the popular radio showcase for young performers as they wait for the results at the end of the concert. On Saturday, the public is welcome to observe judges Anthony Ross and Scott St. John teach masterclasses, and judge Aaron Dworkin will give a presentation on entrepreneurship in the arts. In this interview, Margaret Hamilton and Cara Lieurance walk listeners through the event and celebrate past winners.


MSU May Settle Nassar Lawsuits for $500 Million

May 16, 2018
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Michigan State University has reached a possible settlement with more than 300 victims of sexual assault. The lawsuit stems from the university’s handling of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted his patients for years under the guise of treatment.

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A lot of movies have been made about football and baseball. But professional tennis? Not so much. But a new film about the clash of two tennis titans comes to southwest Michigan. WMUK’s James Sanford has this review of Borg vs. McEnroe. It will be shown at the Riviera Theater in Three Rivers on Saturday, May 19.


Princeton University Press

Aaron Burr nearly became President of the United States in the election of 1800. Instead, Thomas Jefferson was elected President and Burr Vice President. Burr only served one term as Vice President, and in 1807 faced trial for Treason. 


Immigrants often face prejudice. As an immigrant from Taiwan, Chien-Juh Gu, an associate professor of sociology at Western Michigan University, knows this first-hand. She's explored the immigrant experience of middle-class, professional Taiwanese women in the U.S. Her latest book is The Resilient Self: Gender, Immigration, and Taiwanese Americans (Rutgers University Press, 2017).


State Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a complaint against physician William Strampel. He’s Larry Nassar’s former boss at MSU. As the Dean of the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Strampel is alleged to have made sexual remarks to students. He’s also accused of storing pornography on his work computer and failing to properly supervise Nassar. The complaint filed by Schuette claims that Strampel violated state health codes. If a state panel agrees with him, it could fine Strampel, suspend his license or revoke it.

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