Arts & More

Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative is putting on a brand new play by WMU masters student Cara Beth Heath, Saturday at 8 p.m. It’s called The Breaking. It’s an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that takes place at a Coast Guard station in Alaska. 


1944 Photo by Margaret Hart

In 2013, the book Kalamazoo Galsby professor and music journalist John Thomas, became a hit across the globe. The work told the unique story of women stepping into the Gibson Guitar plant during World War II and building instruments themselves. There were a lot of fascinating details -- of hardship, social justice and industrial cover-up. Now, three years later, some of the Kalamazoo Gals mysteries still remain -- and some are only getting stranger.


Robbie Feinberg/WMUK

With only 10 years in the business of stringed instruments, Marshall's Northfield Mandolins is relatively new to the new game. But by taking an approach of working internationally, and literally working around the clock -- 24 hours a day -- Northfield is already making a name for itself around the globe. All from a small workshop in a small, Southwest Michigan town.


A photo from rehearsal for this year's Lamb of God performance
Andrew Schwailler

For the third year running, Chenery Auditorium will put on Lamb of God - an oratorio about the final days in the life of Jesus Christ. It mixes choral and orchestral music with passages from the Bible. Last year more than 200 performers filled the stage with members of local orchestras as well as Southwest Michigan churches. 


Alex Johnson

In January, the Michigan band Fauxgrass won the Fretboard Festival’s Play-In Contest for acoustic music. That secured them a spot in Saturday's Fretboard Festival lineup, alongside bands like The Red Sea Pedestrians, The Corn Fed Girls, and artists like Megan Dooley. 


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