Salvador Calderon prunes blueberry bushes at Leduc Farm in Paw Paw
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Fruit Farmers Worry Migrant Workers Won't Travel To Michigan

Berries, apples, cucumbers - all of these crops are hand-picked by thousands of migrant farm workers every year. They start in southern states like Florida and Georgia and work their way up to Michigan. But this year, farmers aren’t sure they’ll be coming.

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Shervin Lainez

Joshua Bell To Stulberg Competitors: "Be Yourself, And Let It Rip!"

Joshua Bell , a a top concert soloist for over three decades, still finds it hard to believe that the string competition he entered as a twelve-year old is now in its forty-second year. The Stulberg International String Competition will be held in Kalamazoo this Saturday. In the interview, Bell remembers being pessimistic about his chances against the older competitors at the Stulberg, and how his fingers missed the fingerboard in the opening passages of Eduardo Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, prompting him to stop and ask to start over. That episode is now the subject of a children's book, The Dance of the Violin, a follow up to The Man With The Violin, which was based on Bell's hour-long stint as a subway musician. Bell also touches on his meaningful relationship with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, for which he serves as music director.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Grassroots!

Win tickets to see Belá Fleck and Abigail Washburn

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.

Donna Blue Lachman
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The one-woman show The Language of the Birds: Rosa Luxemburg and Me will be at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks this weekend. The play is about two political activists separated in time: one is Rosa Luxemburg, a socialist revolutionary, the other is Lillian, a modern political blogger.

Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

Aug 30, 2012

JazzSet returns to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival for performances from two complementary bandleaders on the main Fort Adams stage: violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Regina Carter started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit, and later played in school and community orchestras. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she chose jazz as her primary direction. JazzSet first presented her from the 1995 Telluride Jazz Festival — on a stage in the mountains, playing into the open air.

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