Arts & More

The Kalamazoo Male Chorus rehearsing at the Maple Street Magnet School
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The Kalamazoo Male Chorus is celebrating its 90th birthday next month with a concert almost as big as its sound. The group will perform May 20th at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in downtown Kalamazoo.


Instructor Hend Hegab teaching Arabic at the Oshtemo branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

As of 2016, Michigan had the second highest number of Syrian refugees in the country. Many of those refugees are not yet fluent in English. This makes everyday things — like going to the doctor — that much more difficult. So people working with refugee families are trying to close the language gap. 


Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

There’s something captivating about seeing two unlikely art forms together. Like watching a string quartet play Metallica. Next week, Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers will present their spring concert collaboration with Kalamazoo hip-hop fusion band Last Gasp Collective. 


Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Staged in the round in the Kalamazoo Civic’s Parish Theatre, “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods” attempts to tell the story of a refugee’s escape from a bloody African civil war and his adaptation to the ways of America. 


This crying clown is painted on velvet. Weyland Dowd says the colors really pop under an ultraviolet light.
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

“Is it art?” It’s a question you’ve probably heard before, even if you don’t hang around in galleries. As part of Friday's Kalamazoo Art Hop, mysterious kitsch collector known as Weylan Dowd — who looks a lot like local artist Steve Curl — poses this question to viewers at his exhibit at Diekema-Hamann Architecture


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