Arts & More

Some people seem to have more of a rapport with animals than they have with other humans, and Antonina Zabinska is an excellent case in point. She’s the sensitive, secretive title character in director Niki Caro’s screen adaptation of “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” and she is played with enormous warmth and nuance by Jessica Chastain. 


In The Dance of the Violin, Joshua makes a huge mistake at the beginning of his performance
illustrator Dusan Petricic

About ten years ago, renowned violinist Joshua Bell decided to do an experiment with the help of The Washington Post. Dressed casually, he walked into a busy subway station in Washington D.C. and started playing. Then, he waited. Would the music stop anyone in their tracks? 


Here Comes Treble practicing in one member's kitchen. There are 13 women in the group.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Men in striped suits and straw hats, singing romantic, old-timey lyrics. This is a traditional barbershop quartet - what a Capella singing used to be like. A Capella has come to mean “without instrumentation," though it originally meant "choral style" in Italian.

It was a style that became popular in the 1930s and 40s. Though it’s gone through its ups and downs, a Capella is back in vogue today - more than 80 years later. 


Art student Aoi Fukuyama (right) collects a sample onto a SPME fiber. Also pictured are music student Tony Mitchell (far left) and chemistry students Emily Passmore (middle left) and Taylor Grace (middle right).
Andre Venter

Can you turn science into art? For the past few months, Western Michigan University students have been doing just that. They’ve taken chemical data from drinks like coffee, tea, and beer and translated it into music compositions and visual art. 


If I say the phrase “folk tales” you might think of "The Three Little Pigs" or "Hansel and Gretel." Those are great stories from Western cultures - countries like England and Germany - but there are so many more folk tales that you haven’t heard. 


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