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Fine Art
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The KIA hosts winners of the 2012 Billboard Art Contest

Paul Marquardt

Hear about contest winner Paul Marquardt

You might have spotted billboards around Southwest Michigan advertising something a little different—local art. On Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30, you can meet the ten artists who won this year’s Billboard Art Contest at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Their work will be on display at the KIA. One of the artists is Paul Marquardt who works out of his home studio.

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Dance
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

So you think you know bellydance?

Joette Sawall teaching a class at West Michigan School of Middle Eastern Dance
Credit Allison Friedman, WMUK

Hear from the three Kalamazoo belly dance studios

There’s only one studio that holds public belly dance classes in Grand Rapids, a city with a population of almost 190,000 people. Less than half as many people live in Kalamazoo, yet there are three belly dancing studios.

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Local Music
12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Kalamashoegazer brings in bands influenced by 90s Shoegaze and Dreampop artists

Hear from the bands in Kalamashoegazer 2012

“An introvert in a very loud and crazy world, ideally that’s what the sound of Shoegaze is to me," says Joshua Garman of the Crash City Saints. "It’s finding beauty, in kind of, the storm.” 

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Events
12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Kazoo Area Foot Chase lets you be a policeman for a day

2011 Kazoo Area Foot Chase
Credit David Ostrem

On Saturday, runners and walkers can imagine they're policemen trying to capture a suspect. The Kazoo Area Foot Chase is being put on by MI-COPS or Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors.

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Local Music
12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Kalamazoo musician creates 'quilt' for community garden, album in memory of friend and gardener

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink
Credit Steven Holmes

“My last name’s Pixley-Fink and a lot of people like to call me Pixie, Pixie Funk, the P-Funk,” says Elisabeth Pixley-Fink. “So it’s pretty funky and pretty playful I’d say.”

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