Paul Marc Mitchell

  Pianist Joseph Moog, a native of Ludwigschafen, Germany and a two-time winner of the International Classical Music Awards, is the next pianist to appear on The Gilmore's Rising Stars Series.  In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Mr. Moog relates how his musician parents first introduced a piano to the home. For a couple of years before formal training began, the toddler used it as a musical playground for his own melodies and improvisations.

When Spanish rock band Lalo Cura lost the bid for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest two months ago, it didn’t look good. But that loss turned into publicity gold for the Goshen, Indiana group when they were picked up by another NPR show, Alt. Latino

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- The student who was robbed at gunpoint inside a Western Michigan University dorm Thursday was targeted, according to WMU's police chief. "It was not random. He was specifically targeted. The individual was targeted because of a legal business he was involved in." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI - A Kalamazoo County assistant prosecutor who was fired earlier this month amid a drunk-driving investigation has been charged with a felony, according to court records. Paige L. Timmer, 27, is charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury, according to Kalamazoo County District Court records." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

A protest that featured police and protesters smashing into tables and wrestling on the ground is not the best way to get the University of Michigan to address diversity issues, university regents said. "It does a great disservice to this important cause," Regent Mark Bernstein, a Democrat who has chaired the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, said. "It's essential that students engage in this vital issue in a way that is civil and productive. These types of tactics don't do that." (Detroit Free Press)