Arts & More

On Thursday, March 31st, Bell’s Eccentric Café is hosting a night of hip-hop with some major Michigan rappers, like Passalacqua and Rick Chyme. But for Kalamazoo rapper DeLaZoo, the show represents more. For him, it's a rebirth and reintroduction into a Kalamazoo rap scene after years away.


Courtesy KIA

About five years ago, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts took on an ambitious goal: to create a tour within the museum that was accessible to those who are visually impaired. This was tricky for a number of reasons. The most pressing issue was that the KIA specializes in visual art. So how do you take an visual medium, and bring it alive for someone who can’t see it? KIA docents Frank Wolf and Tracy Klinesteker will give a talk on March 22nd explaining how the museum did it.


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.


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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.


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