Arts & More
12:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Break things to promote peace at the Kalamazoo Smash-O-Rama

At the 2011 Smash-O-Rama
Credit Great Lakes Peace Jam

Hear about the Smash-O-Rama

Smash-O-Rama is one of the events taking place this evening during the Kalamazoo Art Hop. It’s presented by Great Lakes Peace Jam as an invitation to “help promote peace by breaking things.” 

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Theatre
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

The New Vic Theatre stages 'The Woman In Black'

Credit The New Vic Theatre

A preview of the play

Before The Woman in Black was made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, it was a play adapted from a novel written by Susan Hill. The New Vic Theatre in Kalamazoo will perform the play starting Friday. The Woman in Black is your classic haunted house story. 

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Film
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

REEL Faith and Sexuality film series starts Tuesday at Kalamazoo College

A preview of REEL Faith and Sexuality

A film series called REEL Faith and Sexuality begins Tuesday night at Kalamazoo College. It’s co-sponsored by The Faith Alliance of the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center. The Faith Alliance is a gathering of religious leaders in the community who seek full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in public and religious life.

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Film
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

REEL Faith and Sexuality film series starts Tuesday at Kalamazoo College

A film series called REEL Faith and Sexuality begins Tuesday night at Kalamazoo College. It’s co-sponsored by The Faith Alliance of the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center. The Faith Alliance is a gathering of religious leaders in the community who seek full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in public and religious life.

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Hobbies
12:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Willie Nelson memorabilia collector says he's been to about 225 concerts

Just a small part of the Willie Nelson collection in Chris Nelsen's home.
Credit Karen VandenBos

Go on an audio tour of Chris Nelsen's Willie Nelson collection

Kalamazoo resident Chris Nelsen is one of singer/songwriter Willie Nelson’s biggest fans. After following him and his music for over 30 years, the local man has an extensive collection of Willie Nelson memorabilia and stories of the times they’ve met. 

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Poetry
12:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Detroit-born poet laureate Philip Levine to read at WMU

What Work Is by Philip Levine

Philip Levine, the most recent poet laureate, is coming to Western Michigan University Friday. Levine was born in Detroit. Some of his most famous poems are about his time working for General Motors, a job he says he didn't like very much. 

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Theatre
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Solve the mystery of Claire's past in WMU's comedy play Fuddy Meers

Credit WMU Theatre

A preview of the play

Western Michigan University students will perform the play Fuddy Meers starting Thursday. Fuddy Meers is about a middle aged woman named Claire who has a type of amnesia where she forgets everything that happened the night before.

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Author
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Local mystery novel takes place at Eloise Psychiatric Hospital in the early 1900s

Hear about Detroit Breakdown

Southwest Michigan author D.E. Johnson just released his third novel with St. Martin’s Publishing. It’s a follow up to The Detroit Electric Scheme and Motor City Shakedown. Detroit Breakdown follows protagonists Will Anderson and his girlfriend Elizabeth Hume into a mental institution of one hundred years ago. 

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Politics
2:32 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Swing States Stories: Nevada

Chris Killian on the road in Nevada
Credit Chris Killian

The contest between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney dominates the news. But amid reports about gaffes and political tactics, is the campaign addressing issues that matter to real people? Kalamazoo independent journalist Chris Killian is on the road to find out during his Swing State Stories project. Over the next few weeks he’ll visit states where the race is close, beginning in Nevada.

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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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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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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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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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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
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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Hobbies
12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Basket weaving at Tillers International

Basket Weaving at Tillers International

Sunday, the Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest will be held at Tillers International farm near Scotts, Michigan. Attendees can explore the rural and sustainable life through speakers, demonstrations, food, crafts and music.

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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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Poetry
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

A Mind Like This: Susan Blackwell Ramsey's poetry book comes with a dash of humor

Susan Blackwell Ramsey reading from one of her poems in WMUK's Studio B.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

An interview with poet Susan Blackwell Ramsey

Susan Blackwell Ramsey will read from her book A Mind Like This Wednesday night at the Portage District Library. In her interview with WMUK’s Zinta Aistars, Ramsey talked about how her mind seems to remember only the most trivial things. This is the basis for her title poem “A Mind Like This.” 

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Theatre
12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The play "8" goes over the trial to overturn the ban on gay marriage

Credit Saugatuck Center for the Arts

A preview of the play

On Sunday, Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck will put on a performance of the play 8, based on a California trial to overturn Proposition 8 which banned gay marriage.

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Fine Art
12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

"An Exercise in Numbness and Other Tales" by Nayda Collazo-Llorens

A view of Nayda Collazo-Llorens's tunnel-like room in her installation

Hear about the art installation

The Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery is two stories high. It’s airy with lots of windows, and you can see the art from several vantage points, which is one of the first things that excited and inspired Puerto Rican artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens. That, and the sheer size of the gallery, which allows for four distinct areas in her exhibition, including a small room, or tunnel that has both audio and visual art. 

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Theatre
12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

The Language of the Birds: Rosa Luxemburg and Me

Donna Blue Lachman
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The one-woman show The Language of the Birds: Rosa Luxemburg and Me will be at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks this weekend. The play is about two political activists separated in time: one is Rosa Luxemburg, a socialist revolutionary, the other is Lillian, a modern political blogger.

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JazzSet
4:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

Regina Carter (right) with Yacouba Sissoko.
Ayano His Newport Jazz Festival

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:12 pm

JazzSet returns to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival for performances from two complementary bandleaders on the main Fort Adams stage: violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Regina Carter started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit, and later played in school and community orchestras. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she chose jazz as her primary direction. JazzSet first presented her from the 1995 Telluride Jazz Festival — on a stage in the mountains, playing into the open air.

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Culture
12:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa Pow Wow celebrates the harvest and the Pokagon way of life

Jason Wesaw
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Musician Jason Wesaw says the Pokagon band of the Potawatomi has gathered around this time of year for generations to celebrate the harvest and all that the land provides to help them maintain their way of life. And for 27 years, the Pokagon have held the Kee Boon Mein Kaa Pow Wow, which takes place this weekend in Dowagiac. 

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Hobbies
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Students come from miles around to cooper piggins at Tiller's International

Instructor Chuck Andrews at Tillers International Coopering Class

Several men and one woman gathered in the woodshop at Tillers International farm near Scott’s Michigan to cooper a piggin. Tillers International is a non-profit organization in rural Scotts, Michigan. At their Cook’s Mill Learning Center they teach classes in cheese, soap and broom making, blacksmithing, stone masonry and natural fiber dying among other things.

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Science Fiction/Fantasy
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Books gone 'meta' and the Chicon 7 Science Fiction Convention

Science Fiction convention Chicon 7, or "Worldcon," will be at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chicago this weekend. At the convention, hosts will announce the winners of the 2012 Hugo awards. WMUK’s science fiction and fantasy experts John Wenger and Andrea Johnson talked about a few of the nominee’s latest reads as well as a few others.

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Arts & More
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

The Children's Garden teaches kids about the natural world through hands-on experience

Some children practice walking like Dinosaurs at Leila Arboretum's Children's Garden in Battle Creek

In Battle Creek’s Leila Arboretum, behind a tall wooden fence, one-acre is devoted exclusively to young children. Katy Avery is the Education Manager at Leila Arboretum Society. The Children’s Garden features many small theme gardens.

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Poetry
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Poet Deborah Gang examines technology and family life in her work

Deborah Gang reading from one of her poems in WMUK's Studio B.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Bell’s Brewery will host the New Issues Annual Poetry Celebration this Sunday. The event will feature local poetry readings, a performance by Whiskey Before Breakfast, and an auction—all part of an effort to keep New Issues Press afloat through the Herbert Scott Legacy Fund. Deborah Gang is one of about ten poets who will read at the celebration. Here’s her poem “Life Before Google”:

We never settled any argument

because the unabridged dictionary

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Fine Art
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Water Works art exhibit celebrates Diane Lynn Cheeseman's work

South Haven Center for the Arts is celebrating Diane Lynn Cheeseman’s art with an exhibit called Water Works. Diane Lynne Cheeseman is a long time resident of South Haven and has lived by at least one of the Great Lakes for almost her entire life. She says she is interested in how the water is ever changing with the daily differences in color and texture on the surface, but also in what goes on down below.

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Local Authors
12:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

George Dila's "Nothing More to Tell" makes human beings out of anti-heroes

An interview with the author

George Dila says he loves his characters, even though they may be hard to love sometimes. 

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Arts & More
12:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Hundreds of horses and riders compete in the Richland Park Horse Trials

Credit Richland Park

This weekend 500 horses and riders will compete in the 11th annual Richland Park Horse Trials. Bob and Kay Willmarth started dreaming about hosting a horse trial more than 20 years ago. After the Willmarth's finished acquiring some 400 acres of farm land in Richland, they worked with a top designer to create their cross country course.

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