Brenda Braxton has starred in Broadway productions since she was 20 years old. For her appearance in "Next Stop, Broadway!" she brings that experience to the Western Michigan University Department of Theater where, with the help of dozens of talented students, she will star in a cabaret revue for three consecutive nights in the Williams Theatre, Thurs - Sat at 7:30 pm.

In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, and with director of Theater Arts Management Emily Duguay sitting in, Braxton shares some of the highlights of her career, and offers insights into recent trends and how they affected her career.

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Western Michigan University choirs will fill the upper and lower spaces of a large sanctuary with over 160 singers for its annual presentation of 'A Choral Christmas,' Saturday, Dec 1 at First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo. Kimberly Dunn Adams, Director of Choral Activities at WMU, and Greg Jasperse, director of Gold Company, join Cara Lieurance to talk about the special nature of the concert and how all the parts fit together.


Supporters have been working since to erect a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Bronson Park. The plan to commemorate Lincoln’s only visit to Michigan will kick into high gear in 2019.


For their book on the history of the Kalamazoo River Western Michigan University Geography Professor Lisa DeChano-Cook and the department’s Administrative Assistant Mary Lou Brooks used photos from historical societies and libraries. They also got pictures from people they met along the way who live in towns along the river. 

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State incentives will help large scale projects in downtown Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Former members of the Mackinac Bridge Authority oppose a tunnel for a new pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Theo and Stacy’s Portage Road location closes.