Arts & More

Mira Spenner at WMUK
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

A lot has happened for Michigan flutist Mira Spenner in the past few years. She moved to Missouri, got married. She also faced the biggest challenge of her life. Last year, Spenner got into a traumatic car accident and suffered a brain injury. She says wanting to play the flute again helped her to make a miraculous recovery.

Spenner will give a talk Friday, November 17th at 11 a.m. at Kalamazoo College’s Stetson Chapel. It’s called “Recovering from the Unexpected: Using Music to Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Woman Hula Hoops For Health

Nov 13, 2017
Shani Blueford holds up interlaced hula hoops
J. Gabriel Ware/WMUK

You might think that hula hoops are just for kids, but one woman is using hula hoops to promote healthy living and wellness.

Gary Stroutsos with Zuni drummer Florentine Johnson
Jan Nickman

This year’s Michigan Festival of Sacred Music will feature a performance by Gary Stroutsos. He’s a flutist from Seattle possibly best known for playing Native American styles. Stroutsos will play Saturday, November 11th at 11 a.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. 

A scene from "Atrophy"
courtesy of Jason Slingerland

Ever wonder why you don’t see a lot independent films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres? Or set in the future or the past? That’s because it’s hard to make those things look realistic without a whole lot of money. 

Kathy Jennings (left) reads her poem inspired by Michael Dunn's (right) drawing that he's holding
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

“I sit in waiting rooms of doctor’s offices and airports - and whenever normally you’re getting impatient or frustrated, I’m drawing,” says Kalamazoo architect and artist Michael Dunn.

Dunn’s drawings are layered with many images, popping out at you from a fog of scribbles. They’re part of a new exhibit at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center called “Drawing on Words” - which will have its opening reception during Friday's Art Hop.