Arts & More

Back in the early 1970s, the “Planet of the Apes” films were far more popular with moviegoers than they were with critics. Looking back, it’s not difficult to see why. The original “Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston, at least had novelty value, a certain kind of eeriness and a satiric edge, qualities that quickly disappeared as Twentieth Century Fox cranked out sequel after sequel. 


If you’re one of the dozen or so people in the world that has been eagerly hoping for a mash-up of a superhero movie and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” the benevolent genies of Hollywood have made your dream come true. 


Retired graphic designers Barbara Loveland (left) and Linda Powell (right) hold up a banner Western Michigan University students made for an art festival in Kalamazoo in 1971.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Do you know who designed your chair? How about the utensils in your kitchen? Or the ads in your favorite magazine? We rarely think about the people behind the everyday things we use or view. So you might not know that - before computers became popular - West Michigan was something of a graphic design hub. 


Andy Christopher as rock and roll legend Buddy Holly
The Barn Theatre

You know you have a good juke-box musical when there’s an exceptional presentation of songs that mean something to the audience, and an engaging storyline that drives the music forward. Judging by the enthusiastic audience on Wednesday evening, The Barn Theatre’s production of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" fulfills all of the above criteria. 


The Barn Theatre

The Barn Theatre’s run of the Hunchback of Notre Dame is in its second week. It continues through Sunday. Retired WMUK General Manager Gordon Bolar has a review. 


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