Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

For 20 years, Chad Pastotnik has printed handmade books in Mancelona, Michigan. Pastotnik’s exhibit 20 Years of Deep Wood Press will be at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center through the end of this month. He uses a lot of natural fibers in his work, but one common ingredient is missing.

WMU students Tina Pinson, Marrisa Harrington and Eddie Coleman.
WMU Theatre Dept.

Western Michigan University theater students will perform the Pulitzer prize winning drama, Ruined Thursday night.

“The play takes place in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo," says Director Awoye Timpo. "And it’s all about the lives of the men and women who have been affected by the war that’s been going on there.”

Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

Nov 6, 2012

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Kalamazoo writer Mark Nepo is best known for The Book of Awakening, which was on the New York Times best seller list last year. Nepo's new book is called Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

One of the photos from the 'Fear Into Fire' exhibit.
Shasta Bady

An art exhibit called Fear Into Fire: Reclaiming Black Male Identity Through the Art of Tattooing opens Friday at the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo. Fear Into Fire is curated by Nicole Harrison.

Titus Andronicus was Shakespeare’s first tragedy and by far his bloodiest. Ironically enough, the director for Kalamazoo College’s production of the play, Kevin Dodd, is also the director for Great Lakes Peace Jam—a peace promoting organization.

Chanticleer

Renowned male chorus Chanticleer is coming to Kalamazoo’s Chenery Auditorium Friday at 8 p.m. to perform their program The Siren’s Call. Music director Jace Witting says the idea for The Siren’s Call came from the tale of the sirens in Greek mythology, but Chanticleer expanded the theme to include songs that reflect temptation, desire, and journey.

Quinton Mitchell making Truffles at Confections With Convictions.
Nancy Camden

Nearly two years ago, a chocolate shop opened in Kalamazoo, called Confections With Convictions--convictions as in the criminal justice system. Dale Anderson employs at-risk young people, teaching them a craft while helping them to craft a better life. 

Woo-Woo: Becoming a Psychic at Fifty

Oct 26, 2012
Janet Alm

 Janet Alm has written a book about her experience of becoming a psychic at the age of 50. For almost ten years now, the Mattawan resident has been a psychic medium and animal communicator. 

The Gibson Guitar Factory in 1984
Kalamazoo Public Library

Friday night at 6 p.m., the Kalamazoo Jaycees will take residents on a ghost tour through downtown Kalamazoo. Although the tour is mostly historical, it reminds us of just how many haunted tales the city holds. 

Kathryn Lynn Seifert reading 'Hank the Hangar'
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Kathryn Lynn Seifert wrote Hank the Hangar to teach kids who were being bullied how to stop the bullying.

The 2011 Thrill the World event in Kalamazoo
Thrill the World Kalamazoo

Around the world, thousands of people dressed as zombies will dance to Michael Jackson’s song Thriller on Saturday. Kalamazoo is participating in the attempt to set a world record for the most people dancing to the song at the same time. 

Members of the Battle Creek Ukulele Group jam together at Your Local Yarn Shop in Battle Creek.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Your Local Yarn Shop in Battle Creek isn’t usually open on Sundays. But every third Sunday of the month, the shop opens its doors for the Battle Creek Ukulele Group also known as B.U.G.S. 

Barbara Jones pointing out the art kite she made with Cristina Bryant
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

At Friendship Village, the dining hall is a place for seniors to relax and chat with their friends. But for the past few months, a handful of seniors had dinner with unlikely guests—Western Michigan University students. The Resilience Project pairs seniors with WMU Seita Scholars—college students who have aged out of foster care—and Kalamazoo Promise students for a cross-generational experience.

Graphic novel "Swallow Me Whole" by Nate Powell

Oct 16, 2012

Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole won an Eisner award for best graphic novel. Powell’s artwork will be on display at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center until October 26th. WMUK’s graphic novel experts Annie Kelley and Andy Fitzpatrick of the Battle Creek Enquirer talked about Swallow Me Whole in this review:

Swing State Stories: Michigan

Oct 15, 2012
Chris Killian

We hear a lot about issues in the run up to next month’s presidential election. But the issues that the candidates are talking about aren’t necessarily the ones of most concern to everyday people. Independent journalist Chris Killian of Kalamazoo is in the midst of his Swing State Stories cross-country tour to find out what is on the minds of voters. He stopped recently in the Saugatuck-Douglas area on his way through Michigan.

WMU Theatre

In the story of The Three Musketeers, a brash young man named D’Artagnan tries to prove himself worthy of becoming a musketeer. Yesterday was opening night for the Western Michigan University Theatre’s performance of The Three Musketeers.

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

A classic comedy, written by the French playwright Moliere in 1673, is being presented by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. The new adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid opens Friday in the Parish Theatre.

Kalamazoo Film Society

The Kalamazoo Film Society will show Robot and Frank at The Little Theatre through Sunday. 

Portage artist Dave Elhart says, when he was very young, he was diagnosed with having an extreme case of imagination...and he’s glad he never got rid of it. At Full City Café in Portage, Elhart hangs his fantastical paintings.

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

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.” 

The New Vic Theatre

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. 

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.

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.

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

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. 

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. 

WMU Theatre

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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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