A group called the Coalition for Common Ground will hold a public forum on gun violence in Kalamazoo on Monday, July 24. It will feature Sandy Phillips, the founder of Jessi's Message . It's named for Phillips' daughter, who was killed during a mass shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012.
Drew Le, pianist and co-director of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, says that for the 30th season of the festival, they stuck to their successful combination of concerts featuring west Michigan musicians, with two exceptions - the New York-based Claremont Trio and Chicago-based Kontras Quartet. Some quaint traditions, such as cash-only admission, linger as well. Free admission for students with ID on Fridays is a new feature.