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Between the Lines: Meeting Immigrant Neighbors

Few topics today get people as fired up as immigration and refugees. Whatever side of the fence you're on, there’s likely a neighbor on the other side, a neighbor you may or may not know. In the new Immigration & Justice for Our Neighbors Anthology (Celery City Books, 2016), Jennifer Clark and Miriam Downey wanted to make the unknown a little more familiar.

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Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

It's About Love: Members Of Civic Cast Preview 'Sister Act'

The final production of the 2016-17 Kalamazoo Civic Theatre season is Sister Act, the stage adaptation of the 1992 film, with lyrics and music by Glenn Slater and Alan Menken ( The Little Mermaid). Former managing director Jim Carver, at a vigorous 85 years old, is directing the show, which stars Christie Coleman as Deloris Van Cartier, Ron Ware as Curtis Shank, Este' Fan Kizer as Eddie Souther, and includes Janet Gover as Sister Mary Theresa. They joined Cara Lieurance for a preview of the show, which, they agreed, "is about love."

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What Questions Do You Have About Islam?

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Celebrating 40 Years of Grassroots!

Win tickets to see Belá Fleck and Abigail Washburn

One thing you can count on each year with the Toronto International Film Festival: It will be a treasure trove of cinema from around the world. Approximately 300 movies from all corners of the globe are screened each September over the course of a week and a half, including everything from this year’s big Oscar hopefuls to documentaries to comedies that show the lighter side of life in North Korea. 

You might have spotted billboards around Southwest Michigan advertising something a little different—local art. On Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30, you can meet the ten artists who won this year’s Billboard Art Contest at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Their work will be on display at the KIA. One of the artists is Paul Marquardt who works out of his home studio.

So you think you know bellydance?

Sep 18, 2012
Joette Sawall teaching a class at West Michigan School of Middle Eastern Dance
Allison Friedman, WMUK

There’s only one studio that holds public belly dance classes in Grand Rapids, a city with a population of almost 190,000 people. Less than half as many people live in Kalamazoo, yet there are three belly dancing studios.

Kazoo Area Foot Chase lets you be a policeman for a day

Sep 14, 2012
2011 Kazoo Area Foot Chase
David Ostrem

On Saturday, runners and walkers can imagine they're policemen trying to capture a suspect. The Kazoo Area Foot Chase is being put on by MI-COPS or Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors.

“An introvert in a very loud and crazy world, ideally that’s what the sound of Shoegaze is to me," says Joshua Garman of the Crash City Saints. "It’s finding beauty, in kind of, the storm.” 

Steven Holmes

“My last name’s Pixley-Fink and a lot of people like to call me Pixie, Pixie Funk, the P-Funk,” says Elisabeth Pixley-Fink. “So it’s pretty funky and pretty playful I’d say.”

Sunday, the Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest will be held at Tillers International farm near Scotts, Michigan. Attendees can explore the rural and sustainable life through speakers, demonstrations, food, crafts and music.

Susan Blackwell Ramsey reading from one of her poems
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Susan Blackwell Ramsey will read from her book A Mind Like This Wednesday night at the Portage District Library. In her interview with WMUK’s Zinta Aistars, Ramsey talked about how her mind seems to remember only the most trivial things. This is the basis for her title poem “A Mind Like This.” 

The Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery is two stories high. It’s airy with lots of windows, and you can see the art from several vantage points, which is one of the first things that excited and inspired Puerto Rican artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens. That, and the sheer size of the gallery, which allows for four distinct areas in her exhibition, including a small room, or tunnel that has both audio and visual art. 

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

On Sunday, Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck will put on a performance of the play 8, based on a California trial to overturn Proposition 8 which banned gay marriage.

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