Arts & More

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

Courtesy of Catriena Kauffman

Local musicians will hold a second tribute concert for the late Cris Kauffman, Friday night at 9 p.m. at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo. Proceeds will benefit the Michigan Epilepsy Foundation.


Back in the 1940s, when men headed off to fight in World War II, Chicago Cubs owner Philip Wrigley created something totally new: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Teams stretched across the Midwest, from Racine, Wis., to Kalamazoo. At its peak, the league brought in almost one million fans per year. It also inspired the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own”, best-known for the now-famous line, "There's no crying in baseball!"


Rob Bradford (middle) plays George Banks in the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre's production of Mary Poppins
Fred Western

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is making big strides to try to diversify its audience and get more people of color in the seats. For a place like the Civic that pays the bills through popular, well-known shows - that's a challenge.


Courtesy Aurore Munyabera

On April 1st, artist and poet Aurore Uwase Munyabera will present a large exhibition of her work called "Iwacu," meaning "home", at Kalamazoo's Black Arts & Cultural Center. The work reflects Munyabera's childhood as a survivor of horrific genocide in her native Rwanda. But now, through her art, Munyabera displays the beauty and nature of the country that she left more than two decades ago.


West Michigan Mayhem players don't let the rain ruin their first practice for their big game against Chicago on April 2nd.
Rebecca Thiele

You’ve probably heard about Kalamazoo’s roller derby team, but you might not know about Southwest Michigan’s other full-contact women’s sport. The West Michigan Mayhem women’s football team has been around for 15 years - and it's doing pretty well. The team won all but two games last season.


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