Arts & More

James Marcellus Watkins, Victims, ca. 1986, oil on board. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts;  Director's Choice Purchase Award, 1991 Kalamazoo Area Artist Show.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Common Ground is a multi-city exhibit that shows African American art through the ages, stretching all the way back to the 19th century. Kalamazoo is the exhibit’s last stop in the state after showing in Flint and Muskegon.  The opening reception is August 21st at 5:30 p.m.

Earlene McMichael, WMUK

Justin Tomkowiak, 11, of Kalamazoo, can be a little shy. But when the topic turns to what he'll be when he grows up, he perks up. “An Italian-language person and a pilot,” he declares. Justin decided that as soon as he saw the Air Zoo's "Black Wings" exhibit a few weeks ago. The show chronicles the history of blacks in aviation and aerospace. It runs through Oct. 4.


The Smithsonian Institution exhibit about pioneering black aviators and astronauts soon leaves the continental U.S. for good, but people can still see it until Oct. 4th at the Air Zoo in Portage. WMUK's Earlene McMichael finds out why the exhibit was created and what's in it from a Smithsonian official and Air Zoo CEO Troy Thrash. 

Actress Mila Kunis arrives at the European premiere of Oz: The Great And Powerful at a central London cinema, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.
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Last week, Michigan officials announced that the movie “Looking for Alaska,” based on the novel by John Green, was going to be filmed in both Southeast and Western Michigan this fall. It’s an exciting announcement, but it also comes at a tough time for the Michigan Film Office. Just a month ago, the state legislature voted to get rid of the state's film incentives. Michigan Film Office Director Jenell Leonard says that while "Looking for Alaska" was one of the last films to get the incentives, the office has a new, more digital-focused plan for the future.

Courtesy Lucas Jack

Saturday night, singer and pianist Lucas Jack will return home when he takes the stage at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Jack’s musical journey has wound its way from Michigan to Chicago to Texas. But it all started in downtown Kalamazoo, inside a wine bar called Webster’s Prime. Jack was all of 17 years old. And his fans didn’t dance or jump around as much as bob their heads to his piano melodies.