Erin Williams http://wmuk.org en Poet Darius Gardner Keeps His Poems Front And Center, No Paper Necessary http://wmuk.org/post/poet-darius-gardner-keeps-his-poems-front-and-center-no-paper-necessary <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight, poet Darius Gardner will be performing spoken word in conjunction with the<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Arts-Cultural-Center/57610443538"> Black Arts Festival</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It's one of three performances he's got scheduled this weekend.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>But when we met&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a week ago</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he was still deciding what to write and perform. It’s all part of his process.</span></p><p></p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Erin Williams 16027 at http://wmuk.org Poet Darius Gardner Keeps His Poems Front And Center, No Paper Necessary 2014 Black Arts Fest Promises Cultural Fun http://wmuk.org/post/2014-black-arts-fest-promises-cultural-fun <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://the%20black%20arts%20and%20cultural%20center%20is%20presenting%20their%20most%20fun%20event%20of%20the%20summer%20-%20the%20black%20arts%20festival.%20it%27s%20four%20days%20of%20fun%20both%20indoors%20and%20out%20-%20from%20poetry%20and%20film%20to%20comedy%20and%20fun%20for%20kids.%20wmuk%27s%20erin%20williams%20talked%20with%20the%20bacc%27s%20interim%20director%20yolonda%20lavender%20about%20the%20festival%20weekend%20ahead/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Black Arts and Cultural Center</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;i Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:13:33 +0000 Erin Williams 15961 at http://wmuk.org 2014 Black Arts Fest Promises Cultural Fun 'American Idol' Alum Matt Giraud Still In The Spotlight Five Years Later http://wmuk.org/post/american-idol-alum-matt-giraud-still-spotlight-five-years-later <p></p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nzjz3yh42Y</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When <a href="http://www.mattgiraudmusic.com/contact.html">Matt </a></span><a href="http://www.mattgiraudmusic.com/contact.html">Giraud</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> returned home to Kalamazoo in 2009 after finishing in the top five of American Idol Season 8, he was expecting a celebration of music and a few speeches. But for some reason, the last thing he expected to do was perform at his own party.</span></p><p></p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Erin Williams 15913 at http://wmuk.org 'American Idol' Alum Matt Giraud Still In The Spotlight Five Years Later "Zombie Prom" Brings Healing To High School Heartbreak http://wmuk.org/post/zombie-prom-brings-healing-high-school-heartbreak <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of all the high school rites of passage, none is more symbolic than finding a date for the prom. It's an event that is frozen in time, one night where you get to dress up, dance the night away - and take out the date of your dreams. But when your date night plans don't work out - alternative measures might have to come in to play.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:34:22 +0000 Erin Williams 15788 at http://wmuk.org "Zombie Prom" Brings Healing To High School Heartbreak Artist Alyssa Prince Takes Chalk Art To The Next Level http://wmuk.org/post/artist-alyssa-prince-takes-chalk-art-next-level-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's just after Noon on a weekday at Central City Tap House. The lunchtime crowd is eating and drinking, servers are sashaying past chairs, and the speakers are playing rock tunes from the 70's and 80's. No one's really paying attention to the young woman in the center, holding a piece of chalk in one hand, and a copy of the logo for Alaskan Brewing Company in the other hand.</span></p><p>"A lot of people come to the Tap House and a lot of people know the chalkboards, and so when I start drawing them they go 'Oh, it's you that does this! I get in a conversation - usually we'll have a table of six sitting here just chatting with me the whole time," says the woman.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Erin Williams 15700 at http://wmuk.org Artist Alyssa Prince Takes Chalk Art To The Next Level