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Local Music
4:35 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

What it's like to be a young opera singer

Giles Simmer stands between two other characters from the production 'The Red Mill' with the Comic Opera Guild in 2012.
Credit Comic Opera Guild

Giles Simmer has been singing opera professionally for almost a decade. Simmer describes opera as a great, but bizarre experience:

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Film
3:11 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Pacific Rim puts the fun back in thrillers

I’ve got to make a confession. When I was 10, 11, 12, my friends and I spent many a Saturday afternoon sitting through matinee shows of such classics like Yongary, Monster from the Deep or Godzilla versus the Smog Monster We could never get enough, even though the special effects were often laughably tacky, the plots were painfully predictable and the dialogue was unspeakably awful. 

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Festivals
6:26 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

20 years of the Kalamazoo Blues Festival

This is the 20th year for the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association event. The festival began because some local blues musicians wanted to make both music and money. The Kalamazoo Blues Festival starts on July 11 and runs through July 13 in downtown Kalamazoo.

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Museums
5:38 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Jail turned into museum, used in Andy Warhol movie

Cells at the Allegan County Jail Museum
Credit Nancy Camden

The old Allegan County jail was built in 1906. It’s now a museum that houses the Historical Society’s collection from several periods of life in Michigan. The museum also uniquely tells the story of life in a county jail.

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Fun for Kids
5:08 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Learn how to make a fairy house

The inside of a Fat Blossom Farm fairy house

Fat Blossom Farm is a family farm run by Jacob and Liz Quincy. They grow certified organic food and flowers in Allegan on green space that includes agricultural land and over 20 acres of woodlot. They teach workshops on gardening and harvesting wild food and Liz teaches children how to build houses for fairies.

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