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Green Living
1:12 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Will your death be green? Environmentalists choose natural burial

Ronald Zartman beside the first natural burial at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.
Credit Nancy Camden

There are three certified green burial sites in Michigan. Bobbi Parmer and her husband have chosen to be buried at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens, a non-profit site near Grand Rapids.

“My husband and I, we make very conscious choices about our food purchases, our clothing purchases,” Parmer says. “So with end of life planning, we took as much consideration for environmental, social aspects.” 

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Local Music
4:35 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

What it's like to be a young opera singer

Giles Simmer stands between two other characters from the production 'The Red Mill' with the Comic Opera Guild in 2012.
Credit Comic Opera Guild

Giles Simmer has been singing opera professionally for almost a decade. Simmer describes opera as a great, but bizarre experience:

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Film
3:11 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Pacific Rim puts the fun back in thrillers

I’ve got to make a confession. When I was 10, 11, 12, my friends and I spent many a Saturday afternoon sitting through matinee shows of such classics like Yongary, Monster from the Deep or Godzilla versus the Smog Monster We could never get enough, even though the special effects were often laughably tacky, the plots were painfully predictable and the dialogue was unspeakably awful. 

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Festivals
6:26 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

20 years of the Kalamazoo Blues Festival

This is the 20th year for the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association event. The festival began because some local blues musicians wanted to make both music and money. The Kalamazoo Blues Festival starts on July 11 and runs through July 13 in downtown Kalamazoo.

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Museums
5:38 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Jail turned into museum, used in Andy Warhol movie

Cells at the Allegan County Jail Museum
Credit Nancy Camden

The old Allegan County jail was built in 1906. It’s now a museum that houses the Historical Society’s collection from several periods of life in Michigan. The museum also uniquely tells the story of life in a county jail.

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