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Hotel Program Houses Homeless, But Challenges Lie Ahead

Hundreds of people in Kalamazoo County do not have a home. Some are couch-surfing, others are staying in shelters, and some have pitched tents by the river on the east side. Fearing the campers could freeze or be swept away by floods, last winter a group of nonprofits tried something new: turning two hotels into temporary homes. In the first of a three-part series, reported in collaboration with MLive and The Kalamazoo Gazette, we report on how the program has also helped some people move on to permanent housing.

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Face Off Theatre

Face Off Theatre Returns To In-Person Shows With Long-Awaited Premiere

"If you know family, especially in the African-American community, you know these people," says Face Off Theatre Artistic Director Marissa Harrington about the new play "I Am Grace," by local playwright Vickie G. Hampton. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Harrington and Hampton preview the world premiere production, which will be staged at the Dormouse Theatre May 21-23. Both in-person seating and online viewing passes are available .

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WMUK Wins Regional Murrow Award

WMUK-FM has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association for the second consecutive year

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COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

COVID-19 vaccination is continuing throughout Michigan , Indiana and the nation. As of April 5th, all adults in Michigan are eligible for the vaccine. Find information from county health departments at the links below. Check back to this page for updates on vaccination clinics in the region and other events.

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Face Off Theatre

"If you know family, especially in the African-American community, you know these people," says Face Off Theatre Artistic Director Marissa Harrington about the new play "I Am Grace," by local playwright Vickie G. Hampton. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Harrington and Hampton preview the world premiere production, which will be staged at the Dormouse Theatre May 21-23. Both in-person seating and online viewing passes are available.


Photo provided by Joel Bissell / Mlive.com

Hundreds of people in Kalamazoo County do not have a home. Some are couch-surfing, others are staying in shelters, and some have pitched tents by the river on the east side. Fearing the campers could freeze or be swept away by floods, last winter a group of nonprofits tried something new: turning two hotels into temporary homes.

In the first of a three-part series, reported in collaboration with MLive and The Kalamazoo Gazette, we report on how the program has also helped some people move on to permanent housing.

Portage Schools OK Large Bond Proposal

19 hours ago
John McNeill / WMUK

Voters in the Portage School District will consider a large bond issue in August. School Board trustees put the $175-million request on the ballot Monday, May 10.

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

Bianca Washington-Ciungan, Director of Programs at the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, says the Arts Council's new Art Hop "app" was created in hopes that it could provide a green alternative to the printed guides. It's actually a website that will function as an app when saved to the home screen of your smartphone (it won't be found in your smartphone's app store).

May 7 is the second month of having the Art Hop in-person after a year of online Art Hops during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's twice as big as April's event. Artists will be stationed on Bates Alley, the Kalamazooo Mall, in front of the State Theatre, and at Kalamazoo Defender, housed in the Comerica Bank building on S. Rose St. That's where 22 year-old Maya James, an artist garnering national attention, will show her work from 6 - 8 pm during Art Hop. Cara Lieurance spoke to Washington-Ciungan and James for a preview.


WMUK-FM has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). For the second consecutive year, an entry from WMUK reporter Sehvilla Mann has won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award. The story Shutdown Produces Two Very Different Musical Projects won Excellence in Sound for small market radio in RTDNA’s Region 7 (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois).

Courtesy of the artist

In Western culture, the topic of death is often avoided as something to fear. But for Elyse-Krista Mische, death has become a topic to embrace and explore.


KNAC

The Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition, formed in 2017, has achieved one of its primary goals: becoming the official owners of First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, an 1853 historical landmark whose expense had become too great for its congregation. It gifted the property to KNAC in April.  KNAC board president Dann Sytsma talked to Cara Lieurance about the work and cooperation that went into this step, and how the 30,000 square foot structure might serve the Kalamazoo community in the future.


Special Education Millage Renewed

May 5, 2021
Voting sign outside polling place - file photo by Andrew Robins, WMUK
Andrew Robins / WMUK-FM

Turn-out was very low Tuesday. But voters renewed a regional special education millage in the Kalamazoo area.

Theater Review: Almost Maine

May 4, 2021
Phillip A. Miller / Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is livestreaming the play “Almost Maine” through May 6th. WMU-’s Gordon Bolar has this review.


Gun Violence Shoots Up In Kalamazoo

May 4, 2021
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

Gun violence is at an all-time high in Kalamazoo. That's the message city commissioners got from Public Safety officials Monday, May 3.

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