Arts & More

Arts & More
9:31 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Color Run Adds Fun In Getting To The Finish Line

Pink powder is thrown up as people run through a color station during the Color Run in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. The event is coming to Kalamazoo on April 12.
Rob Griffith AP

When preparing to run a traditional 5k, most runners make sure to don their best pair of shorts, most reliable shoes, and are up early to stretch out, get their race number, and are focused squarely on getting to the finish line.

But for The Color Run, which is also known as 'The Happiest 5k on the planet,' the journey to the end of the race is just the beginning. 

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Poetry
5:25 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

1st Poetry Festival is Large, Local, and Unique to the U.S.

Kalamazoo writer and poet Bonnie Jo Campbell
Credit Kalamazoo Poetry Festival

There must be something in the water that attracts so many writers and poets to Kalamazoo.

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Arts & More
5:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Artist of the Month: Ellen Nelson Turns Shoes, Bugs, Animals into Collage Art

Nelson takes objects such as shoes, bugs, and pig parts and fashions them in to "pile art."
Courtesy of Ellen Nelson

What do platform sandals, moths, grasshoppers, and pig snouts have in common? All of them are prominently featured in the oil painting collages of Ellen Nelson, a local artist who has a flair for clutter - in a good way. 

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Film
4:36 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Get Motivated Not Depressed at Documentary Film Festival

A still shot from 'If You Build It'
Credit Long Shot Factory Release

After several years of showing documentaries at the Rivers of Justice Film Festival, Kirsten Vander Giessen-Reitsma noticed people weren’t getting motivated to solve the world’s problems--they were getting depressed.

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Arts & More
6:13 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Author Leslie Jamison Turns Feelings Into Words In 'The Empathy Exams'

Author Leslie Jamison
Credit Colleen Kinder

According to Webster's Dictionary, the definition of "empathy" is "the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions." Author Leslie Jamison has sought to personify what it is to "feel" in her latest book "The Empathy Exams." 

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