Arts & More

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Arts & More
11:49 am
Fri February 28, 2014

After Funding Cuts, Art Hop Still Plans To Keep The Party Going

Lotsa LIttle Things is an art gallery and co-op located on Westnedge Avenue. Proprietor Mary Heynig is a strong supporter of Art Hop, and participates every month.
Erin Williams

Quick - it's 5:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month - what are your plans for the night?

Maybe you're going to have a casual dinner with friends, or catch up on a few errands, or settle in with a good book - but if you are within the Kalamazoo region, there's a strong change you'll be lured out to make an appearance at Art Hop, the monthly showcase where local galleries and business open welcome in the community for a few snacks, great conversation, and, of course, to buy some art.

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Arts & More
5:51 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

The Vicksburg Quilt Trail Forges A Path Of History And Local Color

This barn quilt, titled "Love The Land," is framed on a structure that is over 100 years old.
Erin Williams

Traditionally, quilts can be found draped across beds or chairs, or as historical and artistic markers that are framed and hung in museums.

But in Vicksburg, a small village just south of Kalamazoo, 24 colorful plywood quilts hang proudly on sides of barns and buildings for all to see.

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Local Music
5:48 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

House Concerts: Less Like Speakeasies, More Like Family Gatherings

Away Game playing at Milhouse
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you want to see a local band in Kalamazoo, you might check out venues like Shakespeare’s Pub, Old Dog Tavern, or maybe even the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. But there’s more live music going on in this town than meets the eye—in the private homes of local musicians and their fans.

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Architecture
6:52 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Curvy and Green: K-College's Arcus Center Will Be One of a Kind

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Construction on Kalamazoo College’s new Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership reminds us why it’s important to measure twice and cut once. Masons on the site say it's one of the most complicated jobs they've ever done.

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Storytelling
6:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Von and Fran Washington's Stories Go Beyond Entertainment And Into History

Von (left) and Fran Washington are accomplished performers who share stories on history, race, and culture with schoolkids across the region.
Credit Courtesy of Washington Productions, Incorporated

The art of storytelling in the African American community is one that has dated back centuries. Because this kind of storytelling is so steeped in history, it has become even more important to make sure that stories of civil rights, racial equality, and breaking barriers are made relevant to youngsters - and adults - in the 21st century.

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