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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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On a recent afternoon, Bronson Park was full of people talking and laughing. Some were passing through. Others were living there. About 20 tents were packed into the northwest corner. This group of fabric living spaces is somewhat-affectionately known by its inhabitants as “Tent City.” 


Street Rods Roll Into Kalamazoo

Sep 10, 2018
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An annual three-day vintage car event rolled into Kalamazoo this past weekend. Over 2,500 vehicles and their owners were present at the 39th Street Rod Nationals North held at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds from September 7-9. It's sponsored by the National Street Rod Association.


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Writer and theater critic Gordon Bolar (and a former general manager of WMUK) finds much to be hopeful and excited about in the rich world of West Michigan live theater. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance about the 2018-19 season, Bolar says we live an unusually supportive theater community that offers opportunities to participate at all age levels. Here are the productions he picked as his most-anticipated shows of the fall.


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When former NFL defensive lineman Bubba Smith passed away in 2011, Maya Washington learned more about the integration of college football in the 1960’s. Part of the story involves her father Gene Washington. That inspired a new documentary film being screened in Grand Rapids on Wednesday.


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Western Michigan University makes U.S. and World Report’s list of the nation’s best universities while Kalamazoo College is among the best liberal arts colleges. Business groups want student improvement to be a bigger factor in teacher evaluations. WMU men’s soccer ends a losing streak. But the Bronco women’s team sees its winning streak end. 

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Ranked in the top five of the 7,000 community theaters in the United States, the Kalamazoo Civic Theater is celebrating its 90th anniversary this season with a series of productions that look to the past and embrace the future. Artistic director Tony Humrichouser, development director Ben Zylman, and marketing director Janet Gover (all of whom have extensive experience performing or directing at the Civic) join Cara Lieurance to outline the 15 productions of 2018-19. They include musicals (Hello, Dolly!; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!; Once On This Island; War Paint) and comedies and dramas, from the classic Harvey to Love, Loss, And What I Wore, by the multi-talented novelist and screenwriter Nora Ephron.


Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Pierre Van Der Westhuizen has an appreciate for pianism born of his own career on the instrument, his familiarity with several generations of top pianists, and his direction of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Van Der Westhuizen introduces the six Rising Stars and two Piano Masters of the 2018-19 season of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, where he is now executive director.

Hailing from the four corners of the globe, the artists appearing on the Rising Stars Series represent some of the brightest young talent of today, from China, Russia, Hungary, Italy, and the United States - all tested under the glare of international competitions. The two piano masters - Gabriela Montero and Murray Perahia - have earned their places in the pantheon of legendary artists due to their unique voices, Van Der Westhuizen says. 


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Kalamazoo County breaks ground on a new animal shelter. High levels of PFAS’es found in a landfill for paper plants in Parchment. Amway founder Richard DeVos is remembered for community leadership and philanthropy. 

Nassar's Eaton County Appeal Denied

Sep 7, 2018
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(MPRN) Attorneys for convicted serial sexual predator Larry Nassar were back in court Thursday. Nassar is the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of treatment for decades. 

WMU Department of Theater

Many factors - from cast size, costume demands, balancing comedies and dramas, to the experience value for a theater student - go into designing a season of shows at Western Michigan University's Department of Theater. Jay Berkow, WMU's Director of Music Theater, says that occasionally, there's room for a professor's passion project as well. Berkow takes listeners through all 10 productions in the 2018-19 season, including his passion project: the regional premiere of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

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