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Film
4:36 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Francophone Film Festival Seeks To Educate And Entertain Audiences On Ever-Evolving French Language

Credit Designed by Aaron Cooper

The Francophone Film Festival is more than just films from France - a LOT more, actually. This year's festival has US premiers of films both long and short from around the world, including Algeria, Madagascar, and Tunisia.

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Local History
1:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Federal Center Housed Famous Americans as Army Hospital, Sanitarium

The Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in Battle Creek
Credit Nancy Camden

The Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center building in Battle Creek is mainly serves as offices for the Defense Logistics Agency which provides supplies and services to U.S. military forces. 

The building has a colorful history and is on the National and State Register of Historic Places.

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Dance & Culture
6:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Party with the Scots at the Celtic Ceilidh: 'Cause If It's Not Scottish...

Apprentice students doing Highland dances at the Bullard School of Dance
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

...Well, you remember the famous Saturday Night Live skit with Mike Meyers.  

This weekend you can celebrate what it means to be Scottish at the Celtic Ceilidh in Kalamazoo. The Ceilidh will take place Saturday at 4:30 at the Kalamazoo Ballet’s Bullard School of Dance on South Street.

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Arts & More
6:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Punk Rock Legends Take Their Music To New Levels in "Punk Goes Acoustic"

Matlock, left, and Sylvain bring their hits to the stage in acoustic form as part of their tour, 'Punk Goes Acoustic.'
Credit Courtesy of Jo Murray

Punk rock is a genre of music known for its authority-bucking attitude, aggressive lyrics and energetic sound.

But when you unplug the amp and slow things down, you’ll find that there’s a new appreciation for how things are done. Just ask Glen Matlock, bass guitarist and founder of British punk rock group the Sex Pistols. 

"All the best songs are about the lyrics, and you can hear the lyrics clearer. We still give it 100%, if not more," he says. 

Matlock has teamed up with fellow bass player and founding member of the New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain to present ‘Punk Goes Acoustic,’ an evening of music from each of their bands focused primarily on the stripped down sound.  

“You gotta remember that we’re both writers and we’re both basically playing the songs that we wrote in our careers in the bands that we were in, and we wrote those songs basically on acoustic guitars," says Sylvain.

"The performance turns out to be like the way you would have heard it [as if] I just wrote the song and I recorded it on my little cassette recorder or nowadays on a smart phone. And that’s really how it translate, and it’s really good.” 

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Arts & More
4:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Laughter Yoga Delivers Stretches For The Soul

Angēla Essick Dykes leads a laughter yoga class at Gilda's Club in Grand Rapids.
Erin Williams

The goal of traditional yoga is to make you feel stretched, calm, and grounded. Put the world "laughter" in front of it, and you get an hour of fun that will leave you feeling stretched and less stressed. 

"Laughter is the best medicine," says instructor Angēla Essick Dykes "So medicine is supposed to make us feel better and heal, and so the ultimate outcome in my opinion is that laughter brings healing."

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