Arts & More

Hobbies
12:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Willie Nelson memorabilia collector says he's been to about 225 concerts

Just a small part of the Willie Nelson collection in Chris Nelsen's home.
Credit Karen VandenBos

Kalamazoo resident Chris Nelsen is one of singer/songwriter Willie Nelson’s biggest fans. After following him and his music for over 30 years, the local man has an extensive collection of Willie Nelson memorabilia and stories of the times they’ve met. 

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Poetry
12:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Detroit-born poet laureate Philip Levine to read at WMU

What Work Is by Philip Levine

Philip Levine, the most recent poet laureate, is coming to Western Michigan University Friday. Levine was born in Detroit. Some of his most famous poems are about his time working for General Motors, a job he says he didn't like very much. 

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Author
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Local mystery novel takes place at Eloise Psychiatric Hospital in the early 1900s

Southwest Michigan author D.E. Johnson just released his third novel with St. Martin’s Publishing. It’s a follow up to The Detroit Electric Scheme and Motor City Shakedown. Detroit Breakdown follows protagonists Will Anderson and his girlfriend Elizabeth Hume into a mental institution of one hundred years ago. 

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Theatre
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Solve the mystery of Claire's past in WMU's comedy play Fuddy Meers

Credit WMU Theatre

Western Michigan University students will perform the play Fuddy Meers starting Thursday. Fuddy Meers is about a middle aged woman named Claire who has a type of amnesia where she forgets everything that happened the night before.

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Book Arts
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Lost in Venice: Students study book arts in the printmaking capitol of the world

Credit Aaron Cooper

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center director Jeff Abshear has spent part of the past decade teaching book arts in Venice to Italian children, but this summer’s trip with was the first time he taught Americans there. Eleven students from the Frostic School of Art and Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University went with Abshear to Venice this summer to study book arts. They attended a printmaking school and studied at a letterpress museum.

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