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Fine Art
3:58 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Local artist to make documentary about Japanese woodblock printing

Credit Photo courtesy of Mary Brodbeck

Kalamazoo wood block print artist Mary Brodbeck says she has come to realize that very few people understand how a wood block print is made. A conference for such artists was held in Japan last year and Brodbeck attended, both as an accomplished print maker, and as a novice filmmaker. Brodbeck says learning to make a documentary was and still is a steep learning curve, but she had to tell the story of an art process that she feels few people actually understand. 

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Environment
2:04 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Bringing back ancient landscapes

Joseph MacIntosh clears brush at the Ft. Custer State Recreation area.
Credit Brian Petersen, WMUK

Listen to Brian Petersen's story about habitat restoration in southwest Michigan

Over the past several hundred years, southwest Michigan’s landscape has changed dramatically. But what did it look like before European colonization?

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Fine Art
9:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Large-scale sculptor highlights the beauty and terror of the automobile

"Car Chase" by T.J. Aitken at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy of T.J. Aitken

Listen to hear about sculptor T.J. Aitken

Artist T.J. Aitken will dedicate his sculpture called Renaissance Race to the City of Plainwell. It looks like large spools of paper twisting and turning in the wind, with angelic figures cut into the ends of each roll. The work represents Plainwell’s past as a center for paper manufacturing, and how residents are working to revitalize the city. Aitken says he has always been fascinated by machines.

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Theatre
8:00 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

The play "Nuncrackers" continues the story of "Nunsense"

Credit Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Listen to a preview of "Nuncrackers"

In 1985, the musical comedy Nunsense began a ten year off-Broadway run. Several sequels later the Christmas musical Nuncrackers was born. A local production of the spoof opens Friday at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

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Film
1:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Life of Pi: A visually ravishing film with deep spiritual themes

Movie poster for Life of Pi

Listen to James Sanford's review of "Life of Pi"

There are plenty of moviegoers who complain that originality is an endangered species at the multiplex. They need to spend some time with director Ang Lee

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