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Election Law
9:13 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

WSW: How Could Michigan Elections be Improved?

Voters standing in line in Miami for early voting in 2012 - file photo
Credit The Associated Press

WestSouthwest with Jocelyn Benson

Jocelyn Benson is the Dean of Wayne State University's Law School and has written a book on the role of state Secretaries of State. 

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Dance & Culture
6:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Party with the Scots at the Celtic Ceilidh: 'Cause If It's Not Scottish...

Apprentice students doing Highland dances at the Bullard School of Dance
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

...Well, you remember the famous Saturday Night Live skit with Mike Meyers.  

This weekend you can celebrate what it means to be Scottish at the Celtic Ceilidh in Kalamazoo. The Ceilidh will take place Saturday at 4:30 at the Kalamazoo Ballet’s Bullard School of Dance on South Street.

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Arts & More
6:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Punk Rock Legends Take Their Music To New Levels in "Punk Goes Acoustic"

Matlock, left, and Sylvain bring their hits to the stage in acoustic form as part of their tour, 'Punk Goes Acoustic.'
Credit Courtesy of Jo Murray

Punk rock is a genre of music known for its authority-bucking attitude, aggressive lyrics and energetic sound.

But when you unplug the amp and slow things down, you’ll find that there’s a new appreciation for how things are done. Just ask Glen Matlock, bass guitarist and founder of British punk rock group the Sex Pistols. 

"All the best songs are about the lyrics, and you can hear the lyrics clearer. We still give it 100%, if not more," he says. 

Matlock has teamed up with fellow bass player and founding member of the New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain to present ‘Punk Goes Acoustic,’ an evening of music from each of their bands focused primarily on the stripped down sound.  

“You gotta remember that we’re both writers and we’re both basically playing the songs that we wrote in our careers in the bands that we were in, and we wrote those songs basically on acoustic guitars," says Sylvain.

"The performance turns out to be like the way you would have heard it [as if] I just wrote the song and I recorded it on my little cassette recorder or nowadays on a smart phone. And that’s really how it translate, and it’s really good.” 

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Local Music
5:02 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

LHI Live: Jazz pianist Edward Simon with Keith Hall

Edward Simon
Credit John Kelman

Venezuelan jazz pianist Edward Simon, who got his start with bandleaders Paquito D'Rivera, Herbie Mann and others, recently signed on with the all-star lineup of the SFJAZZ Collective.

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Arts & More
4:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Laughter Yoga Delivers Stretches For The Soul

Angēla Essick Dykes leads a laughter yoga class at Gilda's Club in Grand Rapids.
Erin Williams

The goal of traditional yoga is to make you feel stretched, calm, and grounded. Put the world "laughter" in front of it, and you get an hour of fun that will leave you feeling stretched and less stressed. 

"Laughter is the best medicine," says instructor Angēla Essick Dykes "So medicine is supposed to make us feel better and heal, and so the ultimate outcome in my opinion is that laughter brings healing."

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