Arts & More

Arts & More
7:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

St. Joseph: Beach Town and 1920's Gangster's Paradise

Credit Courtesy of the Author

Gangsters in Southwest Michigan? It's not as shocking as you think. Back in the 1920's, members of the Chicago crime scene treated the area as an oasis where they dined, played golf - and did their best to keep their business affairs to a minimum.

That all changed in 1929, when gangster Frank 'Killer' Burke murdered a St. Joseph police officer, leading authorities to discover that he had weapons used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, where seven men from an opposing crime gang were killed in Chicago.

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Visual Art
7:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Could Art Help Us Understand Autism?

From the All For One exhibit at the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo
Credit courtesy of Bill Davis

Last year, Western Michigan University art students took a class that examined art made by kids with autism to better understand how they communicate.

Now the Autism & Visual Art Project has blossomed to a global program that includes workshop materials for educators, an exhibit, and even a documentary film.

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

"The Last of the Red-Hot Lovers" Brings Comedic Morality in New Vic Production

Timothy J. Smith as Barney and Marin Heinritz as Elaine in The New Vic Theatre's producition of the Neil Simon play "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers."
Courtesy of The New Vic Theatre

Meet Barney Cashman. He's a family man who has achieve a fair amount of success in owning his own business, but feels like he's missing out.

So he decides to find a lover, which leads him to another lover, and yet another lover.

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Visual Art
3:15 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Detail, Detail, Detail: What It's Like To Be A Science Illustrator

Paul Krieger sketching a red-tailed hawk from his iPad in his office at Grand Rapids Community College
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Most reference books aren’t the most exciting reads. After all, you don’t open up a textbook or encyclopedia to find riveting prose. But next time you have to look something up, take a minute to look at the artwork.

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Arts & More
3:09 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Artist of the Month: Paige Harrison's Recycled Paper Collage Portraits

Artist Paige Harrison with one of her collage portraits.
Credit Erin Williams / WMUK

The next time you stop in to Water Street Coffee's downtown location for a quick pick-me-up, take a 

moment to walk into the sitting area and admire the paper college portraits of 15 year-old Paige Harrison. In her artwork, she's crafted beach scenes, animals and insects, and words of inspiration.

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