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Nature
10:34 am
Thu September 5, 2013

For the love of trees: Growing hundred year old giants

Blaine Mosher stands in front of an old red oak on his farm
Credit Nancy Camden

When a seed falls from a tree, what are the odds that it will take root and then grow for 300 years or more? Norm Bober in Van Buren County increases the possibility. As a teenager, when his family went to hunt for a Christmas tree, he brought pine cones home and planted the seeds. The next spring, they sprouted into pine trees.

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History
6:41 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

50th Marshall Home Tour celebrates with 'This Old House' star, other events

The Honolulu House in Marshall, Michigan
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The Honolulu House in Marshall was built in 1860 for Supreme Court Justice Abner Pratt who became the former the U.S. Consul to the Sandwich Islands, now called Hawaii. It’s just one of more than 20 sites in the city that will be part of the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Home Tours.

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Theatre
5:58 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Tintypes: A turn-of-the-century musical revue

Credit Marshall Civic Players

If you boiled turn-of-the-century America into one show, it might look something like Tintypes. The Marshall Civic Players will put on Tintypes starting Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Franke Center for the Arts. 

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Fine Art
12:55 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Japanese bamboo art, a more than 600 year old craft

One of Shohaku Yufu's baskets
Credit Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

You might have stopped by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts this summer and seen the exhibit on contemporary Japanese bamboo art. It’ll be at the KIA until September 15th. One of the artists, Shohaku Yufu, gave a demonstration Wednesday.

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Film
3:53 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

One Direction movie tells narrow view of pop band's story

For almost as long as there have been teenagers, there have been teen idols. In the 1940s, you had Frank Sinatra making the bobbysoxers swoon. In the 1950s, it was Elvis and Ricky Nelson and Pat Boone and Fabian. When I was a kid, my classmates were crazy about John Travolta and Shaun Cassidy -- and some of them even believed the hype about the Bay City Rollers being the new Beatles.

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