Arts & More

Arts & More
6:30 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Neighborhood Politics Span Generations in 'Clybourne Park

In act one of Clybourne Park, neighbors try to figure out just why a black family would want to subject themselves to such a different environment. From left: Colin Woodside, Von Washington Jr. and Dwandra Lampkin.
Erin Williams

Is it true, as the saying suggests, that as much as things change they stay the same?

The neighbors of the fictional neighborhood Clybourne Park seem to think so, as they demonstrate in the play of the same name, which is currently in performance at Farmers Alley Theater.

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Arts & More
6:30 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Artist of the Month: Justin David Gustafson Debuts Latest Oil Painting Series At Art Hop

Gustafson at work on his series 'If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now.' The collection is inspired by the unique aspects of houses and residential buildings in the Midwest.
Erin Williams

For some, taking a walk is the perfect remedy to clear your head. But for artist Justin David Gustafson, it's the perfect time to fill his mind with inspiration.

"I just like to get out and move my feet. I take my camera with me and I snap photos of whatever reaches me on any level," says Gustafson. "I have a file cabinet full of the old-timey little 3x5 photographs. I'll either remember something or come up with an idea for a series or just sometimes rifle through my old photos and see what strikes me."

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Theatre
6:12 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

See the Iraq War Through the Eye of the Tiger

Credit courtesy of WMU Theatre

WMU Theatre will perform Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo through Sunday, February 16th. The play is based on a true story about a tiger shot during the Iraq war. It follows the ghostly tiger around as he muses about war, life, and the existence of God.

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Regional History
4:35 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

What Ever Happened To Idlewild?: Find out this week

Credit Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images

Some of the greatest African American musicians of our time performed during racial segregation—artists like Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, and The Supremes. But if you were black, you weren’t allowed in the venue down the street. You had to go to Idlewild resort about thirty minutes northwest of Big Rapids. 

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Local Music
4:13 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Sojourner Truth Children's Choir sings its heart out

Pauline Norris directing the Sojourner Truth Choir at The Music Center in Battle Creek
Credit Nancy Camden

After school on Wednesdays, students stream through the doors at The Music Center in Battle Creek. Students aged seven and up head to the practice room for the Sojourner Truth Choir.

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