Arts & More

Film
3:53 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

One Direction movie tells narrow view of pop band's story

For almost as long as there have been teenagers, there have been teen idols. In the 1940s, you had Frank Sinatra making the bobbysoxers swoon. In the 1950s, it was Elvis and Ricky Nelson and Pat Boone and Fabian. When I was a kid, my classmates were crazy about John Travolta and Shaun Cassidy -- and some of them even believed the hype about the Bay City Rollers being the new Beatles.

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Art Fundraisers
9:53 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Two girls sell art to buy defibrillators, Christmas gifts for needy

Maggie Hartman (left) and Hannah Gooding (right) hold the gifts they made for eachother.
Credit Elizabeth Geese

Hannah Gooding and Maggie Hartman are two little girls who have made a big difference through their art. 

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Sports & Hobbies
9:51 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Family invents sport to help kids stay active

Cheryl and Donald Benson playing a net-less version of Eclipse Ball at their home in Newaygo County
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

“We think everybody should be able to be active, whether they’re athletically inclined or not. Cause when you’re having fun, you jump at it,” says Donald Benson, co-creator of Eclipse Ball.

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Theatre/Film
9:54 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Theatre recreates original Little Rascals shorts

The cast of 'Little Pants' on their character walk
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Our Gang also known as The Little Rascals started as a series of short silent comedies starring everyday kids in the 1920s. Though the original series ended twenty years later, the idea of The Little Rascals soldiered on, following television into the first talkies and color pictures. The last adaptation was well into the ‘90s.

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Animals
6:21 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Dog park provides social atmosphere for dogs and humans

Matt Newton and pets at Fairmount Dog Park in Kalamazoo
Credit Nancy Camden

The muscles in Elliott’s body tighten with anticipation as he spots some dogs pulling on their leaches, heading to the gate at the Fairmount Dog Park in Kalamazoo. The dog park is Elliott’s reason for living, according to Will Matthews, his human.

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