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Kasey Chaos

There are a few things that every great artist needs - tools, a place to work, and, most importantly, a place to show their work. But this list can come at a cost for those who are still working their way up the artistic ladder - both literally and figuratively.

Amtrak says it plans to run more trains in Michigan during the summer holiday season. It’ll also temporarily change some regular trains’ schedules while it works on tracks and signals.

The bulk of the shifts affect Blue Water service between Port Huron and Chicago. The Pontiac-to-Chicago Wolverine line will include an extra eastbound train most Sundays and an extra westbound one most Mondays.

The changes start Monday May 19 and end August 31.

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Portage’s Air Zoo invites people of all ages to marvel at its collection of remarkable flying machines.

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Harmonicist Peter "Madcat" Ruth has spent five decades blowing all the right notes. His career has  taken him around the world and into blues, rock, jazz - and even classical music. 

The Ann Arbor-based musician is performing at Mangia Mangia in Kalamazoo on Saturday, and talked with us about his work with legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, his surprise Grammy win, and how the harmonica has continued to remain distinct from its electronic counterparts in the 21st century:

"The harmonica has just a sound that's unlike any other instrument. When they came out with synthesizers they could never get a synthesizer to sound like a harmonica cause so much of the sound of the harmonica is the harmonica player's lungs and throat and hands. In some ways I don't think it's as popular as it was a few decades ago, but still people like to hear it."

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Kids from around the Kalamazoo area are looking forward to the fifth annual Peace Pizzazz at Bronson Park.

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