Arts & More

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

Filmmaker Tom Ludwig
Tom Ludwig

This summer, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showing movies by local and regional filmmakers. Tom Ludwig will show some of his short films on Thursday, June 9th. Chicago filmmaker Chris Hefner’s movie The Poisoner will screen on July 14th. Both films start at 6:30 p.m.

Historical Association of South Haven

The Historical Association of South Haven is re-opening its popular exhibit Catskills of the Midwest: The Jewish Resort Era in South Haven. It shows how farms run by Jewish immigrants slowly led to large lakeside resorts for Jewish families all over the region. 

The exhibit opens Saturday, May 28th at the Historical Association of South Haven building on Hubbard Street.

courtesy of Alexandria Osborne

A year after her divorce, Alexandria Osborne decided to take a Pfizer fellowship program in Tanzania in 2009. Little did she know that she would meet her second husband, move to his rural hometown, and start her own organization dedicated to the health and education of rural Tanzanians. Osborne has written a book on her journey called The Black Mzungu. She’ll give talks at two local libraries next week. 

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The Kalamazoo Ringers say that it is the oldest continuous community handbell choir in the country. Next week they’ll celebrate their 35th anniversary with their biggest concert ever. The free concert takes place Sunday, May 22nd at Grace Harbor Church at 4p.m.

Portage Northern High School Director of Choirs Robert Jordan (far left) hired music students from Western Michigan Universary to play their cabaret show.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Last weekend, Portage Northern High School put on a contemporary cabaret. The audience sat at candlelit round tables on the lower stage as students sang songs from modern Broadway hits like Wicked and Motown: The Musical. Vocalists were backed by a four-piece band, but no one in the band was a student - at least not from Portage Northern.