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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JazzSet
11:08 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Juan-Carlos Formell On JazzSet

Juan-Carlos Formell and Johnny's Dream Club at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.
Cole Thompson Monterey Jazz Festival

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:12 pm

Juan-Carlos Formell participated in a multi-artist showcase at SOB's — home to Brazilian and Latin music in New York — a few years ago. Between a couple of amped-up bands, he took the stage alone (as I recall) and sang in Spanish, accompanying himself on guitar. His voice had urgency to it, and there was an irresistible engine inside that guitar. Ever since, I've wanted to hear and know more.

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Local Music
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

City Lights Music Festival to show off diversity of electronic music

On Friday and Saturday, Grand Rapids will host the second annual City Lights Music Festival. The festival will bring in a few electronic dance musicians from across the country and a ton of Grand Rapids talent.

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Dance
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Kalamazoo hosts the 50th Square and Round Dance Convention this weekend

Credit Michigan Square and Round Dance Clubs

Vickie Stewart talks about the square and round dance convention

The 50th Michigan Square and Round Dance Convention will be held this weekend at the Kalamazoo Radisson.

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Theatre
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

I Pagliacci: A comedic opera about a clown who murders his wife

The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks will stage the comedic opera I Pagliacci later this week. I Pagliacci is about a troupe of clowns in Italy. One of the clowns attacks his wife when he discovers she’s cheating on him with another man. 

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Local Music
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Songs Against Slavery benefit concert raises awareness about human trafficking

Grace Theisen (left) and Hannah Doan (right) in the WMUK studio.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This Thursday night, singer/songwriters Grace Theisen and Hannah Doan will use their music to help victims of human trafficking through Songs Against Slavery. The event’s goal is to raise awareness about human trafficking in the U.S. and fundraise for The Daughter Project, a safe house for victims.

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JazzSet
4:10 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Gabriel Alegria And Gerald Clayton On JazzSet

The Litchfield Jazz Festival leads off with a weeks-long camp for high-school students and New York's finest musicians on the faculty, then climaxes with a two-day festival. This year it's August 11-12 in Goshen, Conn., but here we have two sets from the 2010 festival, featuring two groups with young leaders.

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Local Music
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Shelagh Brown to perform at Kindelberger Park concert series

Shelaugh Brown with an accompaniment in the WMUK studio

The Kindleberger Park concert series attracts diverse artists to entertain hundreds of spectators every year in Parchment. Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Shelagh Brown will perform at Kindleberger. Brown says she's been surrounded by music her entire life.

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Film
1:13 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Hope Springs: An honest movie about a couple trying to revitalize their marriage

For Kay and Arnold Soames, happily ever after has turned into something that feels a lot more like humdrum forever more. As the Omaha couple celebrates their thirty-first anniversary, Kay, played by Meryl Streep, and Arnold, played by Tommy Lee Jones, are beginning to realize that somehow during the decades they have spent together, they have drifted very far apart.

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Local History
1:13 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Liberty Hyde Bailey: The famous Michigander you might not know about

Horticulture is defined as the science or art of growing fruit, vegetables, and other plants. Even though horticulture is smaller scale farming than agriculture, it helps feed people around the world. Liberty Hyde Bailey, considered the Father of Horticulture, was born in South Haven, Michigan. 

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Music
1:13 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The Kane Sisters will perform at the Kalamazoo Nature Center Sunday

Credit The Kane Sisters

Liz Kane and her sister Yvonne grew up in the Connemara region of County Galway. Renowned for their exquisite mirror-image playing, the sisters learned to play fiddle from their grandfather and several East Galway musicians steeped in the special flowing style of the region. During the school year they teach and perform throughout the west of Ireland, and in summers travel to North America to tour and give workshops. 

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Fine Art
1:13 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Artist uses abstract under-painting to symbolize God in everyday things

Painter Bette Dickinson’s work is all about layers. When I came in to her studio at her home in Kalamazoo, she added a few more layers to a familiar Michigan scene. Underneath the oil paint there are waxy layers that give Dickinson’s art this spacey, other-worldly look. Most of her art is more abstract, with colorful splashes and splattered paint. 

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Local History
11:46 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Ladies Library Association boasts oldest women's club in Michigan

The Ladies Library Association in Kalamazoo has recently broken ground on a $2.1 million project to make their historic 130-year-old building more accessible and useful for the community. The Ladies Library Association building in downtown Kalamazoo, finished in 1879 is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Local Music
12:58 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Leilapalooza hopes to revitalize Battle Creek music scene

On Saturday, Battle Creek will host the second annual music festival Leilapalooza at Leila Arboretum. WMUK's Rebecca Thiele spoke with executive director for the Leila Arboretum Society, Brett Myers, to find out how the festival is working to revitalize the Battle Creek music scene.


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Arts & More
11:39 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Everything you ever wanted to know about tea

Kelly Zajac at Tudor House Tea & Spice in Kalamazoo
Credit Nancy Camden

Even on hot days like these, many of us still drink our morning coffee to get a daily dose of caffeine. But more people are starting to wake themselves up with a cup of tea. Nancy Camden went to Tudor House Tea in Spice in Kalamazoo to learn everything she could about coffee’s old nemesis.

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World of Opera
9:34 am
Tue November 8, 2011

'La Boheme': 19th-Century 'Reality Opera'

  • Placido Domingo Talks About 'La Boheme'
  • Hear An Introduction To 'La Boheme'

Giacomo Puccini once said that the secret to his success was putting "great sorrow in little souls" — and he did it with a formula that has fueled a spate of modern network television hits.

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World of Opera
9:32 am
Tue November 8, 2011

A View From The Bridge: Great Sorrows In Little Souls, American-Style

  • Domingo On 'A View From The Bridge'
  • Hear An Introduction To 'A View From The Bridge'

When William Bolcom's opera A View from the Bridge premiered in Chicago in 1999, one critic described it as "Brooklyn verismo," invoking the emotive style popularized by Italian composers such as Puccini. And that pretty much hits the nail on the head.

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World of Opera
9:31 am
Tue November 8, 2011

The Bloodiest Opera Ever? Maybe Strauss' 'Elektra'

It's a story that would seem excessive for even the most lurid of "real life" dramas, or blood-soaked slasher movies. But it's always been right at home in the opera house — Richard Strauss' intense, one-act opera, Elektra.

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World of Opera
9:27 am
Tue November 8, 2011

An All-Consuming Parental Love: Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

  • Hear An Introduction To 'Rigoletto'

It's easy to wonder whether actual events in the lives of great composers are directly reflected in their music. Sometimes people even argue about it. But in the case of personal tragedies early in Giuseppe Verdi's life, the case seems like a slam dunk.

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World of Opera
9:32 am
Fri November 4, 2011

History With A Toxic Twist: 'Lucrezia Borgia'

When we think of opera's biggest stars and greatest hits, we tend to think of solo arias. But that overlooks another operatic goldmine: duets.

Over the years, there have been plenty of classic duet collaborations, resulting in legendary recordings and performances. Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti come to mind, singing the "Cherry Duet" from Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz. Going back a little further, there's Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill with "Au fond du temple saint," the famous duet from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.

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Piano Jazz
12:33 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz

Dianne Reeves.
Courtesy of the artist

This Piano Jazz episode from 1999 features one of today's preeminent jazz singers. Dianne Reeves brings her rhythmic virtuosity to a sparkling set of standards, including duets with host Marian McPartland on "Close Enough for Love" and "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise."

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