Arts & More

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

Composer Terry Riley
courtesy of Wellspring

If you're a fan of The Who, you probably know the song "Baba O'Riley." What you might not know is that the name comes from two of Pete Townshend's influences - spiritual leader Meher Baba and composer Terry Riley


From left to right: Actors Damien Seperi, Bianca Washington, Mitchell Koory, Kate Thomsen
Katherine Nofs

“It’s intense, it’s psychological, it’s honest, it’s forthright and provocative," says D. Terry Williams, director of Farmers Alley Theatre’s production of Disgraced. The play opens Friday, November 4th at Western Michigan University's Little Theatre.

Williams says it’s the Michigan premiere for the Pulitzer Prize winning play. 


courtesy of the DIO Trio

Syria has been in the news since war broke out there roughly five years ago. While the conflict was once a distant thought in many Americans’ minds, the reality of the war is sinking in as Syrians seek asylum in the United States. Last month, 12 refugee families relocated to Kalamazoo. Unfortunately for some Americans, the war is all they know of Syria, but members of the Syrian-American group the DIO Trio hope to change that.


Michigan fiddler, banjoist, and singer/songwriter Laurel Premo received an email out of the blue, a little over two years ago, which took her in a surprising direction. A Swedish music student named Anna Gustavsson had discovered Premo's banjo playing on YouTube, and acted upon an instinct telling her that together, their instrument combination had great potential. 


"Procession" at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
courtesy of Dave Curl

Marcia Wood’s sculptures don’t look anything like people - but she wanted you to connect with it like a person. There are four of her public art sculptures in Kalamazoo. Chances are you pass by them - maybe even every day. 


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