Arts & More

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Theme music: "Like A Beginner Again" by Dan Barry of Seas of Jupiter

Dick Valentine of Electric Six
Cortney Armitage

It’s been 16 years since Detroit rock and disco band Electric Six released the hit single “Danger! High Voltage.” The band’s front man, who goes by the stage name of Dick Valentine, attributes the band’s early success to Jack White of The White Stripes — who sang on the single. But while White may have opened the door, Valentine says the band has kept it open. 

From left to right: Will Benoit, Matthew Milowe, Andrew Saliba, and Jarad Selner aka 'Saxsquatch'
courtesy of Saxsquatch & Bridge Band

Kalamazoo’s eclectic musical group Saxsquatch & Bridge Band is coming out with a new album called “Apogee.” They’ll have a release show on Saturday, March 3 at 9 p.m. at Bell’s Brewery. Their sound is a mix of jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, and more. 

Saxophone player Jarad Selner — nicknamed Saxsquatch for his height and bushy beard — officially started the band with his brothers in 2011. Selner is also the owner of Selner Bros. Music.

Jennifer Davis on Mount Democrat in Colorado, a 14,000-foot climb
courtesy of Jennifer Davis

A Kalamazoo woman with an incurable blood cancer is hiking to the base of Mount Everest. Even before you get to the mountain, altitudes on the trek can reach more than 18,000 feet. That’s about as high as the summit of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. 

Art made for the theatre performance
Face Off Theatre

If you distilled the experiences of African Americans into an hour and 45 minutes, it might look something like “Ships, Shells, and Chains.” The play by Kalamazoo’s Kendra Ann Flournoy is a series of vignettes that follows a fictional family tree from a village in Africa all the way up to the present day in the United States.

Brandon Burnett and Janai Travis rehearse "Flood Gates" for the Kalamazoo Black Lives, Black Words event
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

“Do black lives matter?” That’s the prompt that award-winning playwright and activist Reginald Edmund uses in the Black Lives, Black Words project. It’s a multi-city performance with theatre, poetry, and music about the black experience. On Sunday, February 18th, Western Michigan University and Face Off Theatre will put on Kalamazoo’s show.