Arts & More

Blue Veins playing at Shakespeare's Pub during their weekly blues jam
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The blues has always been a staple in Kalamazoo. But when the 411 Club closed three years ago, its blues jam - that predated the club - ended too.

“Once it closed down there wasn’t really a regular hangout for that genre of music," says Marissa Aguirre of the band Blue Veins - also known as Little Mo.


courtesy of Yolonda Lavender

In the past four years, Kalamazoo musician Yolonda Lavender has been busy. She became the executive director of the Black Arts & Cultural Center. That’s in addition to being a poet, an activist, and involved in countless organizations in Kalamazoo. But Lavender is finally getting back into the recording studio.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

With its late-1800s-America-meets-medieval-European style, the old state hospital water tower is one of Kalamazoo’s quirkier landmarks. It’s also one of the tallest. As this reporter discovered in January, it's no easy task to reach the rafters.


John Lacko

It can be hard enough to portray real animals on stage. But how do you bring a creature to life that doesn’t exist? This weekend is the world premiere of Western Michigan University’s original play Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. The play runs for two weekends, March 10-19.


Lou Ann Morgan weaving on her antique loom
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Mennonites are a religious group known for living simply. They’re also famous for their colorful, handmade quilts - usually made with patterns that have been around for generations. But less well-known is another craft Mennonites make out of fabric scraps - throw rugs. 


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