Arts & More

Arts & More
5:00 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Kalamazoo Collective Arts Center Focused On Including Young (and old) Culture Enthusiasts

Guitarists perform at a fundraiser for the KCAC in January 2013. The Kalamazoo Collective Arts Center is hosting a series of how-to workshops in June.
Credit Kasey Chaos

There are a few things that every great artist needs - tools, a place to work, and, most importantly, a place to show their work. But this list can come at a cost for those who are still working their way up the artistic ladder - both literally and figuratively.

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Arts & More
4:07 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Harmonicist Peter "Madcat" Ruth on loving his instrument, Dave Brubeck, and winning a Grammy

Peter "Madcat" Ruth, left, with guitarist Dave Boutette. Ruth will perform with Boutette on May 17th in Kalamazoo.
Credit Courtesy of the Artist

Harmonicist Peter "Madcat" Ruth has spent five decades blowing all the right notes. His career has  taken him around the world and into blues, rock, jazz - and even classical music. 

The Ann Arbor-based musician is performing at Mangia Mangia in Kalamazoo on Saturday, and talked with us about his work with legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, his surprise Grammy win, and how the harmonica has continued to remain distinct from its electronic counterparts in the 21st century:

"The harmonica has just a sound that's unlike any other instrument. When they came out with synthesizers they could never get a synthesizer to sound like a harmonica cause so much of the sound of the harmonica is the harmonica player's lungs and throat and hands. In some ways I don't think it's as popular as it was a few decades ago, but still people like to hear it."

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Local Music & Business
12:08 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Musicians Juggle Lives as Small Business Owners

Dave Cleveland of Seventh Son

 At night, Curt Tramel is the backing guitarist for the Celtic band, Fonn Mor. But during the day, he's the owner of the ice-cream and local produce shop Station 66 in Battle Creek.

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Hobbies & Farming
6:48 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Beekeepers Mourn But Remain Fascinated With Nature's Pollinators

Patricia Grupp inspecting her bee hive after the long, cold winter
Credit Nancy Camden

The honey bee in the United States is suffering stress from pesticides, mites and what is termed Colony Collapse Disorder. Adding to that stress was this year’s long, cold winter which was fatal to many local bee colonies.

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Astronomy/Space
6:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Desert Telescope To Let Kalamazoo Astronomers Stargaze Year Round

Kalamazoo Astronomical Society President Richard Bell shows some of the photos taken from the Arizona Sky Village during a presentation in April.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

UPDATE: Thanks to an Irving S. Gilmore Foundation grant, the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society has now funded 88 percent of the project.

The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society is raising money for a robotic telescope that will broadcast images of the night sky from one of the best star gazing sites in the country. 

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