Arts & More

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

Here Comes Treble practicing in one member's kitchen. There are 13 women in the group.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Men in striped suits and straw hats, singing romantic, old-timey lyrics. This is a traditional barbershop quartet - what a Capella singing used to be like. A Capella has come to mean “without instrumentation," though it originally meant "choral style" in Italian.

It was a style that became popular in the 1930s and 40s. Though it’s gone through its ups and downs, a Capella is back in vogue today - more than 80 years later. 


Art student Aoi Fukuyama (right) collects a sample onto a SPME fiber. Also pictured are music student Tony Mitchell (far left) and chemistry students Emily Passmore (middle left) and Taylor Grace (middle right).
Andre Venter

Can you turn science into art? For the past few months, Western Michigan University students have been doing just that. They’ve taken chemical data from drinks like coffee, tea, and beer and translated it into music compositions and visual art. 


If I say the phrase “folk tales” you might think of "The Three Little Pigs" or "Hansel and Gretel." Those are great stories from Western cultures - countries like England and Germany - but there are so many more folk tales that you haven’t heard. 


Blue Veins playing at Shakespeare's Pub during their weekly blues jam
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The blues has always been a staple in Kalamazoo. But when the 411 Club closed three years ago, its blues jam - that predated the club - ended too.

“Once it closed down there wasn’t really a regular hangout for that genre of music," says Marissa Aguirre of the band Blue Veins - also known as Little Mo.


courtesy of Yolonda Lavender

In the past four years, Kalamazoo musician Yolonda Lavender has been busy. She became the executive director of the Black Arts & Cultural Center. That’s in addition to being a poet, an activist, and involved in countless organizations in Kalamazoo. But Lavender is finally getting back into the recording studio.


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