News

Pages

Arts & More
4:28 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Theo & Stacy's Greek Fest Blends Culture, Entertainment - and Lots of Food

Greek band The Levendes performs at Theo & Stacy's annual Greek Fest. In its 38th year, Greek Fest is a blend of culture, food, and entertainment.
Credit Courtesy of Theo & Stacy's

38 years ago, Theo and Stacy Skartsiaris  decided to host a night of food and entertainment at their fine dining restaurant, Dionysos . The couple emigrated from Greece in the sixties and wanted others to be able to appreciate and understand their culture.

"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 & Stacy's restaurants.  

"We started to have a Greek night in the basement of Dionysos, but the basement was small," says Mrs. Skartsiaris.

"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.

Read more
Poetry
4:25 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

NPR, PBS, WMUK Programs All Subjects of New Poetry Book

“The Liberal Media Made Me Do It” is a collection of poems written about stories and shows on NPR, PBS, and even special programs on WMUK. 

Read more
Local Music
7:15 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Pianist Barbara Lieurance presents unconventional program at Gilmore Fest

Barbara Lieurance
Credit Greg Wong

At the 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, pianist Barbara Lieurance uses hand-made bows to play C. Curtis-Smith's Rhapsodies for piano, and plays with and against herself in Stephan Moore's computer-interactive Moving Target.

An alumna of Western Michigan University and the New England Conservatory, she joins (older sister) Cara Lieurance to preview her program. 

Read more
Local Music
6:52 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Fontana Summer Festival has fresh music, fresh approach

Fontana Summer Festival
Credit fontanachamberarts.org

Cara Lieurance talks to David Baldwin, executive director of Fontana, who shares details and musical selections from the upcoming Fontana Summer Festival, featuring Gene Knific, Ralph and Albertine Votapek, Paul Nitsch, Axiom Brass, the Calidore String Quartet, and the Hot Club of Detroit.

He also spotlights a collaborative Fontana venture with the City of Kalamazoo and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, which will present jazz in Bronson Park on the third Thursdays of June, July and August.

Read more
Arts & More
5:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Girls On The Run Delivers Lessons Beyond The Finish Line

Members of Girls on the Run - Calhoun County show off a motivational poster. The group's 5-K takes place on May 30 at Binder Park Zoo.
Credit Courtesy of Hope Grable

When you are training for a race, you are learning how to pace yourself, how to be calm, and how to deal with roadblocks. The same principles can easily be applied to daily life.

Just ask Emily and Sydney - two fourth graders who are members of the Calhoun County branch of Girls on The Run

Read more

Pages