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On April 22nd, a new, ambitious event will officially launch in Kalamazoo: The Music Hop. The event is billed as similar to the city's Art Hop, but with musicians instead of artists. The event’s organizers say that one night every month, local musicians will perform in restaurants, museums and venues across the city, from the Old Peninsula to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.


Blue Flower Arts

Jamaal May is one of the guest poets at this year’s Kalamazoo Poetry Festival along with Natalie Diaz. Both poets will read at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m.


Face Off Theatre

Next week, FaceOff Theatre will present a play by an all children’s cast that deals with two very serious subjects - the Holocaust and the Underground Railroad. Home On The Mornin’ Train by Kim Hines puts you in the shoes of kids facing some of the most difficult periods in history. 


Courtesy of Catriena Kauffman

Local musicians will hold a second tribute concert for the late Cris Kauffman, Friday night at 9 p.m. at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo. Proceeds will benefit the Michigan Epilepsy Foundation.


Back in the 1940s, when men headed off to fight in World War II, Chicago Cubs owner Philip Wrigley created something totally new: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Teams stretched across the Midwest, from Racine, Wis., to Kalamazoo. At its peak, the league brought in almost one million fans per year. It also inspired the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own”, best-known for the now-famous line, "There's no crying in baseball!"


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