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5 days ago
A Peek At Connecting Chords Festival Events For October
A new composition that lasts as long as the drive to Lake Michigan from Kalamazoo. A nature walk with musicians along the trail. 16 new music pieces inspired by art works to be exhibited at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. An installation of sculptures that activate sounds , at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. These are some of the creative ways the Connecting Chords Music Festival is moving forward in an era of COVID-19 cancellations. Cara Lieurance spoke with executive director Elizabeth Start about the events.
Mar 2, 2020
Here's What's Coming To The 15th Annual Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival
20 musical acts, nine workshops, and 25 vendors will fill the halls and stages of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Kalamazoo Valley Community College's downtown campus this Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7 for the 15th annual Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival . Museum director Bill McElhone and festival curator Bryan Heany share the details with Cara Lieurance, highlighting the solo and group acts, pop-up concerts, beginner and intermediate workshops, and kid-friendly fun that makes this free festival draw over 4,000 people each year.
Dec 13, 2018
WSW: What We Carried And What We Couldn't Bring Along
An exhibit coming to Kalamazoo features photos of the items refugees brought to the United States. Photographer Jim Lommasson says it’s also a story about what people left behind.
Mar 11, 2016
Three Years Later, the Mysteries Behind "Kalamazoo Gals" Keep Getting Stranger
In 2013, the book Kalamazoo Gals , by professor and music journalist John Thomas, became a hit across the globe. The work told the unique story of women stepping into the Gibson Guitar plant during World War II and building instruments themselves. There were a lot of fascinating details -- of hardship, social justice and industrial cover-up. Now, three years later, some of the Kalamazoo Gals mysteries still remain -- and some are only getting stranger.
Feb 11, 2016
WSW: Changing Views Of Marriage "An Evolution Of The Heart And Mind"
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state laws banning “miscegenation” or bi-racial marriage in 1967. Michigan rescinded its own law that banned mixed-race marriage in 1883. The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will present Bi-racial Marriages: Narratives from Kalamazoo Sunday afternoon at 1:30.
Nov 26, 2015
Was There A Scientific Explanation For The Christmas Star?
If you know the Christmas story, you’ll probably remember a star that appeared in the east and guided three wise men to baby Jesus. But what was this star? Or was it a star at all? A new planetarium program at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum discusses scientific explanations for why this star might have appeared.
Nov 5, 2015
More Than Music: Yale Strom Documents Disappearing Jewish Cultures
For nearly 30 years, artist Yale Strom has made visit after visit to Eastern Europe. He documents life inside tiny Jewish villages, many of which were decimated by the Holocaust. A sampling of Strom’s collection -- including photographs and sheet music -- will be on display at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on November 6th as part of an exhibit called “ Fragments: Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe, 1981-2007 .”
Oct 23, 2015
Hear About Real Kalamazoo Murders At 'Murders Most Foul'
Halloween is a good time to revisit stories like Dracula and Frankenstein . They're scary stories that allow us to escape because the monsters in them aren’t real. But we all know some of the most chilling horror stories are true.
Oct 1, 2015
Dave Menzo Brings His Library-Crafted Songs to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
On October 2nd, singer Dave Menzo will make his way to Kalamazoo and perform at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum as part of Art Hop. Before heading there, though, Menzo performed in the WMUK studios, showing off his guitar melodies that he loops and layers over and over again.
Jan 22, 2015
Transgender, Gender Nondescript Musicians Highlighted In Concert
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will hold a concert Friday night highlighting local transgender and gender non-specific artists called “Unified: A Kalamazoo Music Experience.” The show starts at 7 p.m. at the museum's Stryker Theater. Admission is $5. For years, Davison Nicholas sang and played in the rock band Two Stars Burning Sun, among many other bands. The muscley and sometimes melodic music was driving and intense.
Dec 18, 2014
Bringing Civil War Nurse Clara Barton to Life
In 1861 Clara Barton saw soldiers marching off to the Civil War – and returning with injuries that had barely been treated.
Oct 30, 2014
Let's Talk At The 'Voices for Social Justice' Exhibit
Last month, residents of Kalamazoo met for a discussion about race and equality at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Now the project has turned into an oral history exhibit called “ Voices for Social Justice .” The display will be up through January 19th .
Oct 13, 2014
"Life Went On" in Civil War-Era Kalamazoo
The Civil War changed Kalamazoo. But for many people, daily routines – and favorite entertainments – went on.
Jan 27, 2014
'The Moth' regular to tell tales at local storytelling fest
Allison Downey is a singer-songwriter, an associate professor of elementary education at Western Michigan University, and a renowned storyteller. Downey will be one of about seven storytellers at this year's storytelling festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on Saturday.
Oct 11, 2013
Western swing band premieres new album, new name
If you want to hear Kalamazoo band Chuck Whiting and His Rowdy Friends , Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum might be your last chance. But Whiting says the group isnt going away, just the name.
May 30, 2013
Boogie Woogie Kid keeps uniquely American music alive
Matthew Ball, also known as The Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid , will play Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum . Boogie-woogie is a type of blues that came out in the U.S. during the early 20th century.
Mar 7, 2013
Flaming meteors and comets, oh my!
Shortly after a large meteorite exploded over Russia last month, some people started thinking about a much larger event millions of years ago. Scientists believe that a massive meteorite impact probably doomed the dinosaurs to extinction. That makes many wonder if we could be next. Eric Schreur is the planetarium coordinator at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum . He says large space rocks fly by – and occasionally hit – the earth all the time, although the one that blew up in Russia February 15th was unusually large. Five days later, a bright meteor burned up over Florida. Schreur says the Russian meteorite was an event that occurs about once every hundred years. A somewhat larger object flattened forests in Siberia in 1908. Russia is a very large country and you might think that’s the reason it was struck twice in a little over a century. But Schreur says it’s all subject to chance. As he puts it, “You might think of it as two lottery tickets paying off”. Much, much larger objec…
Jan 21, 2013
Local band blurs the lines between funk, rock, jam and punk
Kalamazoo band Pleasant Drive will play Friday night at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum . Band members Jason Curtis and Evan Kincaid describe their music as dynamic. From song to song, you could hear influences from Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, or The White Stripes.
Dec 6, 2012
Mandolin orchestra hearkens back to Kalamazoo's history of stringed instruments
The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra will play Friday during the Art Hop at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum . I talked with the group’s founding members Jackie Zito and Miles Kusik to find out a little bit more about the mandolin and its ties to Kalamazoo.
Oct 25, 2012
Haunted tales of Kalamazoo: A brief collection of ghost stories from local experts
Friday night at 6 p.m., the Kalamazoo Jaycees will take residents on a ghost tour through downtown Kalamazoo. Although the tour is mostly historical, it reminds us of just how many haunted tales the city holds.