culture http://wmuk.org en Strum A Balalaika: Listen To Russian Folk Music This Saturday http://wmuk.org/post/strum-balalaika-listen-russian-folk-music-saturday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week musicians from all over the world have been practicing like crazy to prepare for Saturday night's Russian Folk Concert at </span><a href="http://www.cheneryaud.com/News-or-Reviews.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Chenery Auditorium</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:32:26 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 15694 at http://wmuk.org Strum A Balalaika: Listen To Russian Folk Music This Saturday Theo & Stacy's Greek Fest Blends Culture, Entertainment - and Lots of Food http://wmuk.org/post/theo-stacys-greek-fest-blends-culture-entertainment-and-lots-food <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">38 years ago, <a href="http://theoandstacys.com/">Theo and Stacy </a></span><a href="http://theoandstacys.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Skartsiaris</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;decided to host a night of food and entertainment at their fine dining restaurant, </span>Dionysos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The couple emigrated from Greece in the sixties and wanted others to be able to appreciate and understand their culture.</span></p><p>"Kalamazoo is changing very much - but 1973 to 80's, people were not willing to try different foods. We were the first ones to decide to bring our Greek culture to Kalamazoo - with Greek food, Greek music, dancing and everything, and Kalamazoo embraced our Greek culture very well," says Mrs. Skartsiaris, who is the proprietor of the family's Theo &amp; Stacy's restaurants. &nbsp;</p><p>"We started to have a Greek night in the basement of Dionysos, but the basement was small," says Mrs. Skartsiaris.</p><p>"So we decide 'Let's do it outside in the back of the parking lot.' At that time, Kalamazoo didn't have any festivals, not at all-none. A lot of people thought Theo - my husband - was crazy - and he was crazy," she says with a laugh.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:28:17 +0000 Erin Williams 14558 at http://wmuk.org Theo & Stacy's Greek Fest Blends Culture, Entertainment - and Lots of Food What does becoming an American feel like? See Artist of the Month Ally Pye's Work http://wmuk.org/post/what-does-becoming-american-feel-see-artist-month-ally-pyes-work <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you weren’t born in the United States, there are several things you have to do to </span><a href="http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship" style="line-height: 1.5;">become a U.S. citizen</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">—like carry around a green card for five years and take what’s called a “naturalization test.”</span></p><p>That will make you an American on paper, but what does it take to feel like one?</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:01:49 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 14030 at http://wmuk.org What does becoming an American feel like? See Artist of the Month Ally Pye's Work Francophone Film Festival Seeks To Educate And Entertain Audiences On Ever-Evolving French Language http://wmuk.org/post/francophone-film-festival-seeks-educate-and-entertain-audiences-ever-evolving-french-language <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.wmich.edu/fffkazoo/">Francophone Film Festival</a> is more than just films from France - a LOT more, actually. This year's festival has US premiers of films both long and short from around the world, including Algeria, Madagascar, and Tunisia. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:36:51 +0000 Erin Williams 13061 at http://wmuk.org Francophone Film Festival Seeks To Educate And Entertain Audiences On Ever-Evolving French Language Be part of pagan traditions at the Winter Solstice celebration http://wmuk.org/post/be-part-pagan-traditions-winter-solstice-celebration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. To celebrate, </span><a href="http://www.peopleschurch.net/worship/winter-solstice-ritual-6-pm-dec-20/" style="line-height: 1.5;">People’s Church of Kalamazoo</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will do a solstice ritual based on pagan traditions. The event is Friday night at 7 p.m., with a potluck at 6 p.m.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:51:23 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 11194 at http://wmuk.org Be part of pagan traditions at the Winter Solstice celebration