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Culture
11:53 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Spring Festival celebrates Indian culture with food, Bollywood music

Dolly dancing in the WMUK studio
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Imagine a giant snowball fight, only instead of snow, everyone has a handful of a different colored powder. That’s what the Hindu holiday of Holi is like in India. Here in Michigan, the India Association of Kalamazoo will hold its Spring Festival on Saturday to celebrate Holi and other Indian festivals that mark the coming of spring.

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Poetry
5:59 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Poet Jay Baron Nicorvo tackles the tough subject of deadbeat dads

Poet Jay Baron Nicorvo

Severe winter weather prevented poet Jay Baron Nicorvo from reading at WMU as scheduled in late January. The reading was rescheduled for February 28 in the Bernhard Center. Nicorvo teaches writing at Western Michigan University.

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Film
4:56 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Teen Film Festival celebrates 10th anniversary

A still photo from Varúð by Emily Suzor and Maureen Reed

Psst: You wanna see 28 free movies? I’ve got a deal for you. Get a seat for the 10th annual Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre. The movies were made by local directors between the ages of 13 and 18. The selections cover an impressive range of topics, from a soldier’s battle with post-traumatic stress disorder to a doctor with a sick sense of humor to a lonely sock monkey searching for the girl who once adored him. 

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Local Music
12:43 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Identity Cubed: Changing the way we see percussion

Credit Identity Cubed

After watching percussion trio Identity Cubed, you may never see percussion the same way again. The group plays everything from a standard drum set to table tops in their shows.

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History
9:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

How Mary went blind: A 'Little House on the Prairie' investigation

This book of the series contains the shocking news that Mary Ingalls has gone blind.
Credit Little House Books

Hear a longer interview with Sarah Allexan

The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder have entertained kids for almost seventy five years, while teaching them a little about what life was like for pioneers during the late 1800s. While the books were published as fiction, most of the story was taken from Wilder’s own childhood. One of the biggest turning points in the books is when Laura’s older sister Mary goes blind after getting scarlet fever. But an article recently published in the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that scarlet fever did not cause Mary’s blindness at all. 

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