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WMUK News
11:21 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Coming Home From the War

Disabled American Veterans memorial in downtown Kalamazoo.
Credit WMUK

Chris Killian hears from two veterans living in the Kalamazoo area

Mike Hoss remembers a time when, in a split-second, he jumped from Michigan back into combat in Afghanistan. A bag of trash lay under the Stadium Drive overpass on US 131 as he and his wife drove past.

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Theatre
7:35 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Seedy Night Club Struggles Through Nazi Era Berlin in Musical “Cabaret”

Credit courtesy of Farmers Alley Theatre

Hear the interview with Kathy Mulay, Dirk Lumbard, and Barbara Marineau on WMUK's "Let's Hear It"

Friday is opening night for the musical Cabaret at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo. It takes place in a seedy night club during pre-Nazi era Berlin. 

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Arts & More
7:30 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Artist of the Month: Furniture Designer Jake Blok

Jake Blok shows off his techniques. The furniture designer graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design in 2013.
Erin Williams WMUK

At an age when most kids were still trying to make simple cabins out of Lincoln Logs, carpenter and furniture designer Jake Blok was learning how to measure and cut real wood.

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SW Michigan
3:04 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Confronting Racism in West Michigan

Professor john a. powell
Credit Chris McCarus / Michigan Now

The effects of racism are often, but not always, plain to see. But the causes of racism can be a lot harder to pin down.

A recent program in the City of Holland tried to get at those causes, especially the “unconscious” ones, in a non-confrontational way.

Chris McCarus reports for Michigan Now.

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Local Music
12:43 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Executive director Peter Gistelinck positive on KSO's potential

Peter Gistelinck
Credit Kalamazoo Symphony

The former executive director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Peter Gistelinck draws upon a lifetime of musical experience. 

Raised in an intensely musical family, he fostered relationships with musical luminaries such as Michel Legrand, Jessye Norman, and Marvin Hamlisch, and is himself an active composer and arranger. Peter Gistelinck tells Cara Lieurance he's excited to work with KSO music director Raymond Harvey in the seasons leading up to symphony's 100th anniversary in 2021.

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