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Theatre
5:23 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Play Fest Expands With Guest Playwright, More Seats

Play rehearsal for Theatre Kalamazoo's New Play Festival. All of the plays are staged readings to allow for more revisions.
Credit Sarah West

This weekend Kalamazoo playwrights will share their latest work at the 5th Annual Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival.

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Film
3:15 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

'Black Or White's Far-Fetched Plot Ruins Chance For Serious Race Talks

Don’t let the title fool you: Black or White has nothing to do with Michael Jackson or Macaulay Culkin or those really-cool-in-a-1991-sort-of-way digital tricks used in the duo’s famous music video.

Instead of a pop-song lecture about equality, this Black or White gives Detroit-born Mike Binder an opportunity to tackle a hot-button issue: What is the best environment in which to raise a mixed-race child?

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Arts & More
11:18 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Adapting To Etsy: Artists Struggle With Website's Policy Changes

Tracy Bell holding her bells made out of vintage silverware handles
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The e-commerce website Etsy—which specializes in handmade and vintage goods—has come a long way since it started in 2005. The site now has over one million shops. But not all artists are happy with how the company has grown.

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Local Music
4:39 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Transgender, Gender Nondescript Musicians Highlighted In Concert

Kalamazoo singer-songwriter and piano player Casey Grooten
Credit Chris Killian

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will hold a concert Friday night highlighting local transgender and gender non-specific artists called “Unified: A Kalamazoo Music Experience.” The show starts at 7 p.m. at the museum's Stryker Theater. Admission is $5.

For years, Davison Nicholas sang and played in the rock band Two Stars Burning Sun, among many other bands. The muscley and sometimes melodic music was driving and intense. 

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Theatre
2:46 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

650-Pound Man Seeks Daughter's Forgiveness, Truth In 'The Whale'

Cast photo for 'The Whale'
Credit courtesy of WMU Theatre

It’s safe to say you’ve probably never heard of a protagonist like Charlie in Samuel D. Hunter’s play The Whale. He’s a 650-pound online writing instructor with a tragic past. 

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