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Fine Art
11:25 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Scientist finds her way to glass art

Gloria Badiner at her glass art studio in Mattawan
Credit Nancy Camden

When Gloria Badiner of Mattawan saw some glass art, she instantly fell in love. She was a working scientist at the time.

“Glass is a material that has a scientific component to it,” Badiner says, “so, it just fit really well for me.” 

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Hobbies
11:18 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Viking horse breed in Marshall turns heads

Anne Crandall of Nottawa Crossing Fjords riding Alena.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The Norwegian Fjord Horse is roughly 5,000 years old. Fjord horse bones have even been found at Viking burial sites. There are only about 20 Fjord herds in Michigan and Nottawa Crossing Fjords in Marshall has one of the largest herds. Anne Crandalll raises them with her mother Bernadine Karns.

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Theatre
12:09 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Could this be the end of Shakespeare in the Park?

The cast of The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare in the Park in Portage
Credit Fred Western, Universal Photographic Services,Inc.

If you haven’t been to Shakespeare in the Park in Portage before, this weekend may be your last chance. The Comedy of Errors will be performed at the Celery Flats Amphitheatre in Portage, Thursday through Sunday. The City of Portage is cutting funding for its entire summer entertainment series, which includes concerts, movie nights, and the all-volunteer Shakespeare troupe.

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Dance
12:01 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Fast feet, curly wigs, and straight arms: Learn more about Irish dance

The Sheila Tully School of Irish Dance at a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago, 2007.
Credit AP Images

The Quinn School of Irish Dance will perform this weekend at the Blackrock Medieval Festival at Olde World Village in Augusta. Erin Quinn opened the studio 12 years ago where Irish step dancing classes are held year-round. She says not many people realize the school is here or that it’s one of only four schools in Michigan that is certified to compete internationally by a dance commission in Ireland.

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Local Music
10:33 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Musicians of The Soil and The Sun rise to new heights

Credit The Soil and The Sun

The Grand Rapids band The Soil and The Sun will finish out their tour Friday night at 9:30 p.m. at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. The band was one of NPR’s top picks at South by Southwest music festival last year in Austin, Texas, and recently played Common Ground Music Fest in Grand Rapids.

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