Arts & More

Arts & More
6:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Punk Rock Legends Take Their Music To New Levels in "Punk Goes Acoustic"

Matlock, left, and Sylvain bring their hits to the stage in acoustic form as part of their tour, 'Punk Goes Acoustic.'
Credit Courtesy of Jo Murray

Punk rock is a genre of music known for its authority-bucking attitude, aggressive lyrics and energetic sound.

But when you unplug the amp and slow things down, you’ll find that there’s a new appreciation for how things are done. Just ask Glen Matlock, bass guitarist and founder of British punk rock group the Sex Pistols. 

"All the best songs are about the lyrics, and you can hear the lyrics clearer. We still give it 100%, if not more," he says. 

Matlock has teamed up with fellow bass player and founding member of the New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain to present ‘Punk Goes Acoustic,’ an evening of music from each of their bands focused primarily on the stripped down sound.  

“You gotta remember that we’re both writers and we’re both basically playing the songs that we wrote in our careers in the bands that we were in, and we wrote those songs basically on acoustic guitars," says Sylvain.

"The performance turns out to be like the way you would have heard it [as if] I just wrote the song and I recorded it on my little cassette recorder or nowadays on a smart phone. And that’s really how it translate, and it’s really good.” 

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Arts & More
4:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Laughter Yoga Delivers Stretches For The Soul

Angēla Essick Dykes leads a laughter yoga class at Gilda's Club in Grand Rapids.
Erin Williams

The goal of traditional yoga is to make you feel stretched, calm, and grounded. Put the world "laughter" in front of it, and you get an hour of fun that will leave you feeling stretched and less stressed. 

"Laughter is the best medicine," says instructor Angēla Essick Dykes "So medicine is supposed to make us feel better and heal, and so the ultimate outcome in my opinion is that laughter brings healing."

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Arts & More
4:42 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Reverend Robert Jones Brings Storytelling and Soul as a 'Holy Blues' Performer

Credit Peggy Brisbane

When an employee finds themselves with idle hands and time to fill while at work, they might read a book, break out a crossword puzzle, or fall prey to Facebook scrolling. But Reverend Robert Jones found a different way to kill time.

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Festivals, Food, & Nature
2:28 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

How This Winter Affects Your Pancakes, Maple Sugar Fest

Kalamazoo Nature Center Exhibits Coordinator Dave Brown shows the tour group that there's only a small amount of sap in the bucket.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

As you’re shoveling your driveway this weekend, you might fancy a hot plate of pancakes at a local diner. But if the winter cold keeps up, you might have to fight your neighbor for that last drop of maple syrup.

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Dance
10:30 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alternative Dance Festival Lets Dancers Speak Their Minds

Wellspring: Cori Terry & Dancers perform "Give and Take Away"
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Last week, Michael Miller of Wellspring: Cori Terry & Dancers did a run through of his choreography called “Crackers in Bed.” The dancers posed to recreate familiar Norman Rockwell paintings and then transitioned to the next scene to the tune of a modern DJ.

Miller will premiere the dance at this year’s Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival also known as RAD Fest.

The festival will take place Thursday through Saturday at the Wellspring Theatre in Kalamazoo's Epic Center.

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