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Theatre
5:46 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Musical based on playwright's relationship with maid during the Civil Rights Movement

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A preview of the musical

The musical Caroline or Change by Tony Kushner is being staged in only one theatre in the country this year, the University Theatre at WMU. Caroline or Change is Kushner’s semi-autobiographical look back at his childhood.

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Music
5:42 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Hymn composer to lead 'Big Sing,' spiritual retreat

John Bell at the Clifton Diocese in the United Kingdom
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Hear from Reverend John Bell

John Bell is famous as a Scottish composer of modern-day hymns for worship and as a BBC radio commentator. He is also in demand as a leader of spiritual retreats and community music-making. On February 10th at First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, he'll lead a free, public "Big Sing,” co-sponsored by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. 

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Arts & More
4:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

New Play Festival helps local playwrights examine their work

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Hear about the Third Annual New Play Festival

The New Play Festival January 25 and 26 features ten plays written by Kalamazoo playwrights.

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Culture
4:27 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Jewish holiday Tu B'shvat, 'New Year for the Trees'

Isreali children plant trees in the Gaza Strip before Tu B’shvat in 2005.
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Hear more about Tu B'shvat from Rabbi Harvey Spivak

Holidays change. Halloween wasn’t always about getting candy and the first Thanksgiving probably didn’t involve watching football.  Saturday is Tu B’shvat, or ‘New Year for the Trees,’a minor Jewish holiday that’s changed at least three times.

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Local Music
10:40 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Local band blurs the lines between funk, rock, jam and punk

From left to right: Bassist Evan Kincaid, drummer Matt Curtis, and guitarist Jason Curtis. Keyboard player Chris Kauffman is not pictured.
Credit Pleasant Drive

Hear the on-air cut of Pleasant Drive

Kalamazoo band Pleasant Drive will play Friday night at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Band members Jason Curtis and Evan Kincaid describe their music as dynamic. From song to song, you could hear influences from Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, or The White Stripes.

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