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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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A pair of bills that are supposed to make Michigan’s roads safer for bicyclists are waiting for the Senate’s consideration.

One would require students in driver’s education classes to spend at least an hour learning to drive safely around “vulnerable” road users. The other would require drivers to pass cyclists with three feet of clearance when possible, and to pass them safely in any case.

Courtesy photo | City of Kalamazoo

Are you headed to downtown Kalamazoo today? You will need to take an alternate route if you planned to use the following streets:

Kalamazoo County has to submit a new plan for criminal defendants who can't afford a lawyer. A Kalamazoo County attorney says she was fired because she planned to file a civil rights complaint. Former Kalamazoo Gazette Managing Editor Jim Borden passes away. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) A coolant spill in the Straits of Mackinac did not harm the Great Lakes. That’s according to the Coast Guard and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 


(MPRN-Lansing)  Activists from across the state shut down streets in Lansing Monday. The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign launched at the state Capitol. 

"Invisible Need" Students at WMU - Part 2

May 14, 2018
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Many college students are enjoying their summer break. But a few are just looking for something to eat. A recent survey found that more than a third of university students are “food insecure,” or lack steady access to healthy, affordable food. And Western Michigan University is not an exception.

Kalamazoo Male Chorus

Founded 90 years ago as an industry-sponsored activity for workers, the Kalamazoo Male Chorus has built a lot of history, and friendships, over the decades. On Sunday at 4 pm at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, the chorus, special guests, and a wide-ranging selection of music will celebrate the 90th anniversary of one of the longest-running artistic groups in west Michigan.

The festivities will include the all-women Kalamazoo Community Chorale, local bands Whiskey Before Breakfast and The Duffield/Caron Project, the former KMC director Jan Berghorst, Kalamazoo Ringers alumni, and some fun bits of KMC history never told before. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Michael Palmer reflects on the last 15 years of directing the chorus, and choristers Pedro Hogan and Boyd Bronson share their experiences of being part of the group.

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Harold Beu says the Middle East is in a continuing conflict that never gets resolved and makes the world less safe. As the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel is observed, he says it will take several generations to come to a resolution.

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Rich Eichholz says after the 2016 election he did what many people did – asked if “I was doing everything I can.” Eichholz says he has been concerned for years about growing income disparity, and its impact on economic growth. 

Bike week begins in Kalamazoo with an emphasis on safety. A legal battle is expected over whether a petition initiative to end prevailing wage requirements should go to the Legislature. WMU baseball wins two out of three games in its weekend series with Ohio.