C. Lieurance

Jazz singer KeJuan Carter recently graduated from Western Michigan University with a master's degree in vocal jazz performance. He and four other WMU jazz musicians - Hugh Little, piano; Bryan Blowers, guitar; bassist Mike Horrigan and drummer Dave Van Haren - put a personal touch on new, old, and overlooked

The Kalamazoo Public Library is using the month of September to show that having a library card has its privileges.

Its cardholders can get discounts at more than 15 local stores and museums during National Library Card Sign-up Month, according to a news release. Participating businesses include bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

The head of the Michigan Department of Community Health has announced that he’ll resign next month. Director Jim Haveman has led the MDCH since 2012.

According to Governor Rick Snyder’s office, Haveman had planned to stay at his post into next year. But he changed his mind after he recently had a “mild stroke.”

The governor praised Haveman’s leadership as he accepted his resignation. That includes the rollout of the Healthy Michigan plan, which expands the state’s Medicaid program per the Affordable Care Act.

The Vivacious Miss Audacious does acrobatics and hula hooping for the show, but you may not see many more of her burlesque acts. Lil Darlins organizers say they're trying to keep true to the vaudeville format.
Curie Jo Photography

Before movies were invented, vaudeville was one of America’s most popular forms of entertainment. Its heyday lasted from the mid-1800s until around 1925.

Kalamazoo horseshoe pitcher Keith Rand
Chris Killian, WMUK

Think of tossing horseshoes and several things probably come to mind, and all of them likely deal with relaxing. Local horseshoeing enthusiasts refer a few of the attributes of this chilled-out pastime as the “Three B’s” – beer, bar-be-cues and backyards. But this Labor Day weekend, a new brand of horseshoeing is coming to town, one that replaces banter over Budweisers with stone-cold concentration.