Arts & More

It's been 25 years since Julia Roberts became a certifiable superstar, with two back-to-back Oscar-nominated performances. First, she played the feisty but ill-fated Shelby in Steel Magnolias, then she became the street-wise but soft-hearted hooker, Vivian, in Pretty Woman. The rest, as they say, was history.

Courtesy Queer Theatre Kalamazoo

On November 13th, Queer Theatre Kalamazoo opens its production of Next Fall -- a play that represents a lot of firsts for the local group. It’s the theatre company’s first play that’s not a new work. And it’s QTK's first production that’s a full drama, covering the complex intersection of faith and sexuality. The play is also the first part of a new focus by Queer Theatre Kalamazoo to explore those themes and reach out to more than just the LGBT community.

Bob Psalmond's art at Kellogg Community College's library
Kellogg Community College

Five years ago, Kellogg Community College noticed that a large number of veterans were enrolled in its classes. So it started a writing project to help bring those veterans together.

Megan Dooley in WMUK's Takeda studio
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This past spring, singer/songwriter Megan Dooley thought she had it made. Her band Moxieville was getting gigs left and right. They had written all the song for a new album and just received a grant to produce it from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

Courtesy Yale Strom

For nearly 30 years, artist Yale Strom has made visit after visit to Eastern Europe. He documents life inside tiny Jewish villages, many of which were decimated by the Holocaust. A sampling of Strom’s collection -- including photographs and sheet music -- will be on display at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on November 6th  as part of an exhibit called “Fragments: Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe, 1981-2007.”