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WSW: Matt Longjohn Says He Wants To Be Part Of "New Generation" In Congress

Matt Longjohn says as a doctor who has worked on public health policy he became convinced that you can’t live your healthiest life with Representative Fred Upton in Congress.

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Dolly Says "Hello!" to Kalamazoo: The Civic Opens 90th Season With Classic Musical

"Oh, helloooo, Dolly, well hellooo, Dolly, It's so nice to have you back where you belong..." The song itself may never leave our mental playlist, but the show it originated from sometimes does, for years and even decades. The Kalamazoo Civic Theater will mount the Jerry Herman classic for the first time since the 1970s, in a fresh production that opens Friday, Sep 21. Three stars of the cast - Lori Moore as Dolly Gallagher Levi, Hal Hobson as Horace Vandergelder, and Ken Holda as Cornelius Hackl - plus director Tony Humrichouser and Civic marketing director Janet Gover join Cara Lieurance in the studio for a refresher on this classic.

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The deadline arrives for protestors to leave Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park. A tax abatement will help pay for redevelopment project for Battle Creek’s Heritage Tower. Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard won’t bring “national popular vote” Legislation up for a vote. 

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Ashley and Benje Daneman, founders of the Jazz and Creative Institute, started the Kalamazoo Youth Jazz Orchestra last fall. Since then, they have seen a spike of interest in learning jazz in the Kalamazoo region. They're now able to offer jazz lessons to people of all ages with Jazz Academy, which offers weekly 30- or 60-minute lessons, plus group sessions and public concerts.  On Sunday, they and other faculty members will host an open house to give anyone a chance to ask questions, see the teaching studios, and witness a jazz session hosted by the faculty members of the Academy. The open house is Sunday, Sep 23 from 3 - 6 pm at 310 N. Rose Street. The Danemans gave Cara Lieurance a preview.

 


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A new, large battery is now at Western Michigan University’s Parkview Campus. Bronson plans new facilities in South Haven while Borgess gets a name change. 

Kalamazoo Removes Bronson Park Homeless Camp

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UPDATE: The Kalamazoo Gazette says 14 people were arrested as Kalamazoo Public Safety officers swept the park on Wednesday morning, September 19. Those arrested include Kalamazoo City Commissioner Shannon Sykes Nehring. A 7 p.m. deadline the previous evening passed without police action to remove the camp. It was set up August 19 to protest what camp residents and advocates say is a lack of action by the city on homelessness.

Carrie Phillips

"Oh, helloooo, Dolly, well hellooo, Dolly, It's so nice to have you back where you belong..."  The song itself may never leave our mental playlist, but the show it originated from sometimes does, for years and even decades. The Kalamazoo Civic Theater will mount the Jerry Herman classic for the first time since the 1970s, in a fresh production that opens Friday, Sep 21. Three stars of the cast - Lori Moore as Dolly Gallagher Levi, Hal Hobson as Horace Vandergelder, and Ken Holda as Cornelius Hackl - plus director Tony Humrichouser and Civic marketing director Janet Gover join Cara Lieurance in the studio for a refresher on this classic.


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Will the lack of straight party voting cause confusion in the November election? The Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo issues a “plan to protect.” Governor Snyder seeks more trade with China amid threats of more tariffs. 

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The Executive Director of the Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan says recovery is possible. Sean Harris says the 4th annual Recovery and Wellness Fair can show people what resources are available.


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Journalist Anna Clark says she’s written many stories about urban policy in Detroit and Flint. As the water crisis in Flint unfolded she said it was more than could be said even in a long form article.


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Western Michigan University’s president says it's launched or expanded several programs to help students thrive.


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The "Rob Clearfield sound" is hard to pin down. A natural improviser, he's able to create music with ideas like, "I think I'll start in D major." At the piano in WMUK's Takeda Studio, he tells Keith Hall about his musical development, which began at home with his mother, a classically-trained pianist/church organist. Another step forward came when she brought home a battered guitar, inspiring him to get the hang of popular music styles, which he then transferred back to the keyboard. Jazz became his dominant pursuit when his teacher randomly grabbed an album to play at the end of class. It was Wayne Shorter's "Witch Hunt," from Speak No Evil.

In the studio with Keith Hall, Clearfield begins with a piece he makes up on the spot. Then, he and Hall talk about his process of writing and improvising, centered around his newest collection of tunes, newly recorded on the album Wherever You're Starting From.


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