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The State Of Kalamazoo: A "Perfectly Imperfect City"

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell gave his final "State of the City" address Thursday, June 13. After 12 years as mayor, Hopewell isn't running for re-election this fall. Inside the still unfinished Exchange building downtown, Hopewell said the city is committed to "shared prosperity."

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Becky Klose / Farmer's Alley Theatre

Theater Review: Fun Home

Craig Freeman

LHI Live: Small Sounds Specializes In Kid-Friendly Music

Kids and their vivid imaginations are no mystery to Paul Bauer, who grew up with young nieces and nephews, watched his mother run a home daycare, and became a pre-school teacher himself before turning to music full-time. An instructor at Kalamazoo Kids in Tune and at the Crescendo Academy , he's also the drummer for the local band The Mainstays . Bauer started another project, Small Sounds , a few years ago with his wife, Katrina Davidson. In the studio with Craig Freeman, Bauer and Davidson talk about how they write songs and engage children with their live shows. Drawing from a variety of music genres - pop, rock, electronic, and more - Small Sounds released its first album, Good Morning, Sun! , in 2016. In the studio, they play a stripped-down version of "Hey, Alligator!" from that release, and two newer songs, "My Pet Possum," and "Life on the Seven Seas."

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Kalamazoo’s historic Mountain Home Cemetery will get some much-needed attention. A group called the Grave Issues Squad plans to clean some of the markers this summer and fall and inventory them next year.

Mountain Home Cemetery on West Main Street in Kalamazoo dates to about 1850. It is the city’s oldest active burial place. With green, rolling hills, intricate monuments and towering trees, Mountain Home is “absolutely beautiful,” said City of Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Coordinator Sharon Ferraro.

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Festival director Kris Jordan previews the 2019 Summer Concert Series and the July 10-14 Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts, touching on popular returning acts, such as Matt Giraud and the Beatles tribute band Shout!, and a Festival Day filled with activities, from a Boy Scout French Toast Breakfast, to a Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, Book Sale, Arts & Crafts Show, a Youth Production of The Skokie Detective Charter School, and the Family Musical, Disney's Freaky Friday. 

Jordan says the free festival, now in its 38th season, was something she appreciated as a parent with young children, when her family moved to Parchment in the early 1990s. In the beginning, her children wanted to act in the youth theatre productions, and she soon found herself helping to organize the festival in various capacities. She credits hard-working volunteers, community support, and a wide range of sponsors with the long-term success of the festival and concert series.


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Michigan’s anti-truancy polices are backfiring, especially for students of color. That’s the message from activists in Kalamazoo who say they’re working with lawmakers on an overhaul.

Craig Freeman

Kids and their vivid imaginations are no mystery to Paul Bauer, who grew up with young nieces and nephews, watched his mother run a home daycare, and became a pre-school teacher himself before turning to music full-time. An instructor at Kalamazoo Kids in Tune and at the Crescendo Academy, he's also the drummer for the  local band The Mainstays. Bauer started another project, Small Sounds, a few years ago with his wife, Katrina Davidson. In the studio with Craig Freeman, Bauer and Davidson talk about how they write songs and engage children with their live shows. 

Drawing from a variety of music genres - pop, rock, electronic, and more - Small Sounds released its first album, Good Morning, Sun!, in 2016. In the studio, they play a stripped-down version of "Hey, Alligator!" from that release, and two newer songs, "My Pet Possum," and "Life on the Seven Seas."


Kalamazoo Public Schools Administration Building - file photo by WMUK
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Kalamazoo Schools have an interim superintendent ready when Michael Rice starts his new job with the state. The Flint water crisis investigation changes gears. Governor Whitmer says Michigan could lose a lot of money and clout without full Census participation. 

Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell gave his final "State of the City" address Thursday, June 13. After 12 years as mayor, Hopewell isn't running for re-election this fall. Inside the still unfinished Exchange building downtown, Hopewell said the city is committed to "shared prosperity."

Andy Robins / WMUK

The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport started repaving its main runway on Monday, June 10. It will be closed until June 26th. But the County says that shouldn’t affect travelers much.

Theater Review: Fun Home

Jun 13, 2019
Becky Klose / Farmer's Alley Theatre

The musical Fun Home continues this weekend and next at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo. WMUK's Gordon Bolar has this review.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

(This story orginially aired in October 2018.)  Mount Ever-Rest is different from Kalamazoo’s other cemeteries, and Jeff Sarnacki wants to know why.


Sniedze Janson Rungis

The fight for women to get the right to vote will soon be remembered in glass in downtown Kalamazoo.


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