Arts & More

Arts and culture for Southwest Michigan. You can hear the show at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays during a break in NPR's Morning Edition, with repeats at 4:29 p.m. and 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.

The FM-2 Wildcat shortly after it was lifted from the depths of Lake Michigan.
The Air Zoo

Three World War II era planes that were once at the bottom of Lake Michigan have found a home at the Air Zoo in Portage. It’s the only museum in the country that has been tasked with restoring planes for the Naval Aviation Museum. The Air Zoo has already restored one submerged plane and is working to revive two more. 

the Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations

Western Michigan University will make ballet history. It will be the first college to dance a ballet so complex - that it’s only been performed by professional dancers. The ballet Lilac Garden was created by English choreographer Anthony Tudor in 1936. 

A photo from the Kalamazoo Gazette on April 18, 1994. Kids from Battle Creek Public Schools were invited to watch a taping of Alma Latina.
Phil Mitchell, Kalamazoo Gazette

Not many all-volunteer programs last 40 years, but WMUK’s Alma Latina is one of them. The station’s Latin music program is coming up on its 40th birthday. Alma Latina was one of the first Spanish-language programs in the area - and one of the few to survive this long. 

Bullies approach Nancy while she waits for her friend at high school
Laura Kay Henderson

Starting this weekend Queer Theatre Kalamazoo and FaceOff Theatre will present a brand new play called SAFE. It’s about a woman named Nancy who misses her chance to help a friend being bullied in high school. Later in life, she finds out that her son is now a bully. 

La Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea

Western Michigan University is finishing up its first international dance residency. The Dominican Republic’s national contemporary dance company - known as La Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea - has been teaching workshops to WMU dance students since Sunday.

On Friday, September 16th they’ll do a free performance for the community. The show starts at 8 p.m. at WMU's Dalton Center in Studio B on the 3rd floor. Best arrive early if you want a seat - space is limited.