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Arts & More
3:47 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Neo-Soul Singer Yolonda Lavender Seeks To Color The World With More Than Music

Credit Courtesy of the Artist

As colorful and fragrant as her name, Yolonda Lavender's music background is influenced by everything from gospel to hip hop.

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Theatre
4:26 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

See Theater in 10 Minutes at the Lake Effect Fringe Festival

Alistair J Watt and Beth Schaub in rehearsal for the play "Remember Me." They are performing this weekend as part of the Lake Effect Fringe Festival
Credit Erin Williams

Do you love theater, but find that your attention span wanes about ten minutes in to the first act? Then Stark Turn Players has got the solution for you. 

The group will present a selection of ten-minute plays this weekend as part of the second annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival in Grand Rapids. The plays being presented are all finalists from the company's annual playwriting contest held last fall.

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Arts & More
4:20 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

"The Miracle Worker" Is A Timeless Classic Of Teaching Others And Overcoming Obstacles

Photograph of Helen Keller at age 8 with her tutor Anne Sullivan on vacation in Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Sullivan moved in with the Kellers in 1887, and began a teacher-pupil relationship that would last five decades.
Credit New England Historical Society

Before she was known as an author, a humanitarian, a champion for women's rights, and advocate for the deaf and blind, Helen Keller was a bit of a tyrant.

She lost her vision and hearing she was two. This left her parents unable to effectively communicate with her and handle her constant outbursts. Following tip of telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, the Kellers visited the Perkins Institute of the Blind, where they found Anne Sullivan.  

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Arts & More
10:09 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Author Rachel Kushner Discusses Being Called "Doctor" And Her "Shared Destiny" with Kalamazoo

Rachel Kushner
Credit Courtesy of Simon and Schuster.

Hear an interview with Rachel Kushner

Writer Rachel Kushner can call any number of places home - Oregon, where she was born, San Francisco, where she was raised, New York, where she attended grad school and was a magazine editor - but it's Kalamazoo where she feels a special kinship.

"Maybe there's something about that," Kushner muses. Me and Kalamazoo have some kind of shared destiny."

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Music
4:55 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Pat Donohue to Play Cooper's Glen Music Festival

Credit courtesy of Pat Donohue

Hear a fuller interview with Pat Donohue

Songwriter Pat Donohue is best known as the guitarist for The Guys All Star Shoe Band which plays on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion

About nine years ago, he took home a Grammy for his work on Pink Guitar—a compilation album of music by Henry Mancini. And among his numerous other awards, Donohue was named National Finger Picking Guitar Champion. 

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