Arts & More

Arts & More
6:13 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Author Sean Madigan Hoen plays to a familiar beat in 'Songs Only You Know'

  The idea of sex, drugs, and rock and roll is a lot more glamorous than the actual circumstances themselves. 

  Just ask Dearborn native Sean Madigan Hoen, writer of the new post-music memoir Songs Only You Know. Hoen came of age in the punk rock scene of Detroit in the 90's, where he struggled to craft his own identity as a musician while dealing with the realities of having a drug-addicted father. Hoen kept his music life secret and also struggled with his own substance addictions, eventually moving past music and into writing. Hoen is now based in Brooklyn and graduated in 2011 from the MFA program at Columbia University. 

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Arts & More
3:41 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Legacy of WMU Alumni Gwen Frostic Transcends Art, Culture

Students Leah Rutt and Nick Errard screen printing at the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University.
Credit Nancy Camden

Artist and entrepreneur Gwen Frostic was born April 26th in 1906 and died one day before her 95th birthday in 2001. She was a Western Michigan University (WMU) alumnus who gifted the university thirteen million dollars.

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Arts & More
3:35 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Military-Style Workouts, Sled Pushing, and the Trend of Extreme Workouts

A training session at Crossfit 269 in Kalamazoo.
Credit Courtesy of Crossfit 269

At Crossfit 2-6-9 in Kalamazoo, owner Jack Kelly says the technique has “a little bit of everything” – from gymnastics and rowing to cycling and running.

“One day you will be doing some weight lifting, and climbing ropes another day. But the beauty of Crossfit, the coolest thing about it is that it is infinitely scalable," says Kelly. "So no matter where your ability level is, injuries you might have, we can scale down the workout to fit your abilities and fit where you are fitness-wise.”

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Local Authors
4:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Quality Snacks: Short Stories of Relationships and the Lack Thereof

Hear the full interview with Andy Mozina

Kalamazoo writer Andy Mozina will be reading from his short stories called Quality Snacks as part of the Michigan Notable Book tour.

The event takes place tomorrow at 5:30 at the Richland Community Library.

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Choral Music
3:08 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Hospital Choir Uplifts Patients, Healthcare Workers

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

At first, the Borgess Resounding Spirit Choir might seem a little unorganized. Choir members are constantly getting up to answer pagers and phones. There are days when some of them come in late and days when some can’t come at all. Choir director Jeffrey Spenner says it took some getting used to.

“I’m conducting doctors and nurses and they have other things that they can and should be thinking about at times," he says. "So now, it’s to the point where I hardly even notice if someone gets up and leaves because of what they do or a pager going off or a phone going off.”

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