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Book Arts
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Lost in Venice: Students study book arts in the printmaking capitol of the world

Credit Aaron Cooper

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center director Jeff Abshear has spent part of the past decade teaching book arts in Venice to Italian children, but this summer’s trip with was the first time he taught Americans there. Eleven students from the Frostic School of Art and Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University went with Abshear to Venice this summer to study book arts. They attended a printmaking school and studied at a letterpress museum.

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Film
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Toronto International Film Festival gives a sneak peek of what's coming up in theaters

James Sanford's review of some of the festival films

One thing you can count on each year with the Toronto International Film Festival: It will be a treasure trove of cinema from around the world. Approximately 300 movies from all corners of the globe are screened each September over the course of a week and a half, including everything from this year’s big Oscar hopefuls to documentaries to comedies that show the lighter side of life in North Korea. 

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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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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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