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Fine Art
10:27 am
Thu November 29, 2012

What do you do with an old billboard? Jewelry artists reuse it as part of green practices

Kara Aubin filing down a metal pendant.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Listen to the story about jewelry artists Kara Aubin and Daniel Juzwiak

What do you do with a 14 by 48 foot, vinyl billboard? That’s what Kara Aubin and her husband Daniel Juzwiak of Kara-Daniel Jewelry had to figure out after the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts selected their art for the 2012 Billboard Art Contest. 

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Theatre
12:54 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Theatre production of "The Christmas Schooner" marks two important anniversaries

The 2011 production of
Credit (Photo courtesy of What A Do Theatre)

Listen to a preview of "The Christmas Schooner"

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Rouse Simmons, also known as “the Christmas Schooner.” Starting Friday, What A Do Theatre in Springfield near Battle Creek will perform a musical based on the famous Michigan ship.

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Fine Art
3:58 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Local artist to make documentary about Japanese woodblock printing

Credit Photo courtesy of Mary Brodbeck

Kalamazoo wood block print artist Mary Brodbeck says she has come to realize that very few people understand how a wood block print is made. A conference for such artists was held in Japan last year and Brodbeck attended, both as an accomplished print maker, and as a novice filmmaker. Brodbeck says learning to make a documentary was and still is a steep learning curve, but she had to tell the story of an art process that she feels few people actually understand. 

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Fine Art
9:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Large-scale sculptor highlights the beauty and terror of the automobile

"Car Chase" by T.J. Aitken at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy of T.J. Aitken

Listen to hear about sculptor T.J. Aitken

Artist T.J. Aitken will dedicate his sculpture called Renaissance Race to the City of Plainwell. It looks like large spools of paper twisting and turning in the wind, with angelic figures cut into the ends of each roll. The work represents Plainwell’s past as a center for paper manufacturing, and how residents are working to revitalize the city. Aitken says he has always been fascinated by machines.

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Theatre
8:00 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

The play "Nuncrackers" continues the story of "Nunsense"

Credit Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Listen to a preview of "Nuncrackers"

In 1985, the musical comedy Nunsense began a ten year off-Broadway run. Several sequels later the Christmas musical Nuncrackers was born. A local production of the spoof opens Friday at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

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