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Culture & Music
9:04 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Native drum helps bring community together

Native American group Southern Straight's performance at the Kalamazoo Public Library in 2009. Southern Straight is an earlier incarnation of Sons of Three Fires.
Credit Kalamazoo Public Library

“You’re singing your best. You’re singing your hardest. You’re not being shy or holding back anything because somebody might look at you,” says John Bush of Sons of Three Fires describing what he tries to achieve as a singer.

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History
8:59 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Outlaws, immigrants, a hymn and a big flood - Albion's history

Historian Frank Passic in Albion
Credit Nancy Camden

Like a lot of small towns in Michigan, Albion has seen better economic times. But their local historian Frank Passic champions Albion’s history as well as today’s downtown.

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Theatre
9:03 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

A Dream Play: A surreal play on why humans suffer

Alexander Ross as The Officer and Emma Franzel as Agnes
Credit Lanny Potts

This week, Kalamazoo College will attempt to stage what’s considered to be an un-stageable play. A Dream Play by August Strindberg is more than 100 years old and takes place almost entirely in a dream.

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Arts & More
4:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Pressing fresh apple cider on a fall afternoon

Joan Donaldson makes sure the cider goes in the jug while her husband John turns the crank of the cider press
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The grinder whirs as it slashes apples into pomace, and the chopped apples fall into a nylon mesh bag that lines the barrel of our small cider press. I drop more fruit into the hopper and already, juice puddles on the wooden platform that holds the barrel.

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Culture
1:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

WMU celebrates El Dia De Los Muertos

An altar honoring Cuban-American novelist Oscar Jerome Hijuelos
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Friday, November 1st is the first day of El Dia De Los Muertos—a Mexican holiday honoring the dead and celebrating their souls yearly visit to Earth. Though it’s called “The Day of the Dead,” the holiday actually lasts two days: the first day honors children and the second day is for adults.

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