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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

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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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Film
7:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Room 237: Symbolism of the Holocaust in horror movie "The Shining"

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Listen to Dr. Jeffrey Cocks' analysis of "The Shining"

Albion history professor Geoffrey Cocks is going to be in a documentary about director Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. The Shining is about a family staying in a haunted hotel, where evil spirits convince the father to murder his wife and son. I know what you’re thinking, what does a history professor have to do with a horror flick?

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Film
2:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Lincoln: A theatrical tribute to an important figure in U.S. history

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Listen to James Sanford's review of "Lincoln"

In case you think Congressional gridlock is some sort of 21st century invention, director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln should convince you otherwise. The recent battles over health care and debt ceilings are not all that different than the sort of storms President Abraham Lincoln faced in 1865 when he was trying to drum up support for the 13th amendment to the Constitution, which formally abolished slavery.

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