Arts & More

Local Music
5:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Electric cello and dancing pears: Listen to The Moxie Strings

The Moxie Strings at the Kalamazoo Irish Festival
Credit The Moxie Strings

About a year ago, the regional band called String Cheese changed their name to avoid confusion with another ensemble called The String Cheese Incident. The name they switched to is The Moxie Strings. The Moxie Strings play at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 24 at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers. 

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Fine Art
12:02 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

What does home feel like? Kalamazoo artist puts it on canvas

Artist Bonnie Pfingst looks over one of her works in progress. It's made from an old printing tray.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

“As an adult, that feeling that I had as a child has escaped me. That comfort and the security and safety of home," says Kalamazoo artist Bonnie Pfingst. "That I’ve just now recently purchased my own home here in Kalamazoo and I’m loving it. Every day I can’t wait to get home and build a fire. And sit on the couch with my son and just enjoy life, just be.”

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Food
8:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Learn to make simple sushi at Krasl Art Center

A sushi roll from Kru, a contemporary Japanese restaurant in Sacramento, California. Please note, this is not a picture of the sushi recipe described in this story.
Credit AP Images

Krasl Art Center in Saint Joseph presents a workshop on making sushi on Saturday, May 25. Foodie Mark Toncray of Coloma will teach the class. He wants to demystify the process of making sushi.

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Memoir
3:34 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

A memoir about murder, surfing, and that complex relationship we have with our parents

Credit Sheryl Johnston Communications

Author and Western Michigan University alum Kelly Daniels will read from his memoir Cloudbreak California on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Michigan News Agency in Kalamazoo. Cloudbreak California begins with Daniels’ father who confesses to murdering a man and then disappears. Then the story follows Daniels as he travels to places like Mexico and Guatemala, living simply, meeting colorful characters, and searching for a story to write.

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Local History
2:25 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'Neither snow nor rain': Museum shows what it took to get your mail

Marshall Post Master Beth Martin in the post office museum
Credit Nancy Camden

Wanted: Young skinny wiry fellows. Not over eighteen. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages were $25 per week.

This is an example of what you might find at the U.S. Post Office Museum in Marshall. It's an ad to hire men for the pony express...and the job sounds less than appealing.

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