Arts & More

John Lacko

It can be hard enough to portray real animals on stage. But how do you bring a creature to life that doesn’t exist? This weekend is the world premiere of Western Michigan University’s original play Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. The play runs for two weekends, March 10-19.


Lou Ann Morgan weaving on her antique loom
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Mennonites are a religious group known for living simply. They’re also famous for their colorful, handmade quilts - usually made with patterns that have been around for generations. But less well-known is another craft Mennonites make out of fabric scraps - throw rugs. 


Courtesy of the North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival

If you’re a local film buff, this is the weekend for you. The North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival (NxMW) and the Teen Filmmaker Festival have combined forces this year for one big film extravaganza in Kalamazoo. 


Kalamazoo Public Library

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, is well-known for his feats on the court. But did you know that, as a high-school reporter, he covered the late Martin Luther King Jr. at a press conference? And he's been writing ever since. Abdul-Jabbar shares this story and more in his new book, "Writings on the Wall: Searching for A New Equality Beyond Black and White," which is the Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together selection this year.

Mitchell Anderson

If the Kalamazoo band True F.O. had a catchphrase, it would be “pass the instrument.” After almost every song, members of the band switch between guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. 


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