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WMU's President Montgomery responds to a no-confidence vote

Western Michigan University’s president on Thursday told the school’s trustees that he’s taking steps to listen more to members of the campus community. But Edward Montgomery defended his leadership of the school in the wake of a faculty no-confidence vote.

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Kalamazoo Film Society announces a Campion film discussion and a State Theatre screening

Dhera Strauss and Madeline Cimini join Cara Lieurance to catch up on the activities of the Kalamazoo Film Society , starting with a Virtual Lobby Discussion at 7 pm Thursday, Jan 20. The topic is Jane Campion's first film in 12 years, The Power of the Dog . Moderated by Mike Milchak and Chad Campbell, the virtual discussion will be held over Zoom. Access to the discussion is available by emailing kalfilmsociety (at) yahoo.com. Then on Feb 11, the KFS will sponsor a showing of the 2001...

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Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

In 1985, the musical comedy Nunsense began a ten year off-Broadway run. Several sequels later the Christmas musical Nuncrackers was born. A local production of the spoof opens Friday at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

There are plenty of moviegoers who complain that originality is an endangered species at the multiplex. They need to spend some time with director Ang Lee

Albion history professor Geoffrey Cocks is going to be in a documentary about director Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. The Shining is about a family staying in a haunted hotel, where evil spirits convince the father to murder his wife and son. I know what you’re thinking, what does a history professor have to do with a horror flick?

In case you think Congressional gridlock is some sort of 21st century invention, director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln should convince you otherwise. The recent battles over health care and debt ceilings are not all that different than the sort of storms President Abraham Lincoln faced in 1865 when he was trying to drum up support for the 13th amendment to the Constitution, which formally abolished slavery.

Swing State Stories: Final Thoughts

Nov 14, 2012
Chris Killian

For the two months before last week’s election, Kalamazoo journalist Chris Killian crossed the nation to ask people what they thought about the issues at stake. His Swing State Stories project included a major article for the Christian Science Monitor and reports for WMUK. Now he reflects on a desire that was expressed in town after town along the way for less partisanship and more cooperation.

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem helps Janet Clawson try out a few styles
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The exhibit Beautifully Wrapped: the Fashion Tradition and Culture of Head Wrapping is on display at the Black Arts and Cultural Center until the end of this month. The exhibit has pictures of women from all over the world wearing head wraps. 

In the fall of 2009, Kalamazoo writer Margaret von Steinen started a Combat Veterans Writing Group that meets twice a month at the Portage District Library. The group will read from their work at the library Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

For 20 years, Chad Pastotnik has printed handmade books in Mancelona, Michigan. Pastotnik’s exhibit 20 Years of Deep Wood Press will be at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center through the end of this month. He uses a lot of natural fibers in his work, but one common ingredient is missing.

WMU students Tina Pinson, Marrisa Harrington and Eddie Coleman.
WMU Theatre Dept.

Western Michigan University theater students will perform the Pulitzer prize winning drama, Ruined Thursday night.

“The play takes place in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo," says Director Awoye Timpo. "And it’s all about the lives of the men and women who have been affected by the war that’s been going on there.”