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9:02 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Tokyo Quartet's Kikuei Ikeda: 'My life changed in 5 seconds'

The Tokyo Quartet in performance
Credit Pete Checchia

Fontana Chamber Arts presents the Tokyo String Quartet on its farewell tour this Saturday in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Violinist Kikuei Ikeda joined the quartet in 1974, five years after it was formed. He says that his acceptance by phone was the most momentous 5 seconds of his life. Along with the opportunity to play at the highest level on world stages, the decision required him to leave Japan to live in the United States for four decades.

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Local Music
2:53 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Battle Creek Symphony presents 'An Evening with the Royals'

Anne Harrigan
Credit anneharrigan.com

The Battle Creek Symphony presents “An Evening with the Royals” this Saturday at 7:30 pm in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, led by music director and conductor Anne Harrigan

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Medical Marijuana
8:38 am
Thu February 21, 2013

State lawmaker discusses bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries

File photo of marijuana plant
Credit The Associated Press

A West Michigan lawmaker has proposed legislation that allow local units of government to approve medical marijuana dispensaries in their city or township. Mike Callton discussed his bill Thursday on WMUK. 

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Film
4:56 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Teen Film Festival celebrates 10th anniversary

A still photo from Varúð by Emily Suzor and Maureen Reed

Psst: You wanna see 28 free movies? I’ve got a deal for you. Get a seat for the 10th annual Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre. The movies were made by local directors between the ages of 13 and 18. The selections cover an impressive range of topics, from a soldier’s battle with post-traumatic stress disorder to a doctor with a sick sense of humor to a lonely sock monkey searching for the girl who once adored him. 

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Local Music
2:09 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Red Sea Pedestrians celebrate WMU connections

The Red Sea Pedestrians
Credit Mazawi and Casey Bernhard

Tonight the Red Sea Pedestrians trek back to Western Michigan University for a performance at the School of Music. All 6 members of the eclectic klezmer-swing-folk band are WMU alumni. Ian Gorman tells Cara Lieurance about the band’s origins, the development of its unique and versatile style, and the influence of regional stories and folklore from Michigan in their music. This is the first performance featuring new drummer/percussionist Ben Lau.

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