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Art Beat: Confections With Convictions

The only crime on your mind when you walk into Confections with Convictions , the handmade gourmet chocolate shop on Crosstown Parkway in Kalamazoo, may be one of indulgence. There are truffles, rose-honey caramels with salted pistachios, and dried strawberries.

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Christopher O'Riley To Perform Ravel Concerto With Battle Creek Symphony

The Battle Creek Symphony will open its 120th season on Saturday, Oct 6 with From Russia to Ravel, featuring soloist Christopher O'Riley , who is known to millions as the long-time host, from 1999-2018, of NPR's From The Top. O'Riley and music director Anne Harrigan share their thoughts on the program, which includes Ravel's Piano Concerto in G and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.

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What Should We Ask Kalamazoo County's State Senate Candidates?

WMU Hosts Annual China Festival

Sep 27, 2018
Lin Jia

The Annual Chinese Moon Festival is a celebration of reunion. And that’s exactly the feeling the fifth annual China Festival at Western Michigan University’s Student Recreation Center wants to convey.

Graeme Shields, a composer and organist who recently completed a master's degree in composition at the Western Michigan University School of Music, tells Cara Lieurance about his upcoming solo recital at Milwood United Methodist Church, at 3 pm on Sunday, Sep 30. 

It's a showcase for two of his current passions: new music written for organ, including the premiere of his work "...And music shall untune the sky", and a recently-developed "kid's organ." The Orgelkids instrument is a build-it-yourself organ that allows children and anyone to gain an understanding of how the "king of instruments" really works.

Shields will feature the Orgelkids instrument in his Milwood recital and on Friday, Oct 5, in an Art Hop event at Sarkozy Bakery.

Theater Review: Hello, Dolly!

Sep 27, 2018
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The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s production of Hello, Dolly! has everything you could want in a big Broadway show: a Jerry Herman score, hummable tunes, a talented supporting cast, strong vocals and a lead actress with the chops to nail one of American musical theatre’s best-loved roles.

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When Tom Holmes offered a class in holistic healing, using a "modality" called Internal Family Systems, he sometimes had trouble getting his students to visualize the many inner voices, or parts, that guide us every day of our lives. But one of his students, artist Sharon Eckstein, had a solution. Their collaborative effort became Eckstein’s InnerActive Cards, a deck of 75 illustrated cards, and Holmes’s book, Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your Inner Life (Winged Heart Press, 2011).

The Folias Duo, flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron, presents the opening concert of the 2018 Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series, next Thursday, October 4th, at 7:30pm, in the Albert P. Smith Music Center, 142 Ransom Ave NE in Grand Rapids.  The program will consist of works composed by Maret and Bergeron, including the world premiere of the recently completed Concerto Garita, co-composed by the Folias Duo members.  Listen to their recent interview with Jack Perlstein. 

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The CEO of Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services says they currently serve about 5,000 people a year. He says a federal grant should help them serve another 1,000. But Jeff Patton says that won’t meet all of the mental health needs in Kalamazoo County.

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Citizens Research Council of Michigan President Eric Lupher says businesses in Michigan will have a “fine line to navigate” if voters approve a proposal to legalize marijuana. That’s in part because pot would remain illegal under federal law.


Workers from Indiana will finish construction on South Westnedge in Portage. A case of West Nile Virus is confirmed in Kalamazoo County. Michigan takes a step toward allowing people to register to vote online. 

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One of the longest-running indie films in recent years is making a few stops in West Michigan September 26 through 28.


An Allegan County man dies of West Nile Virus. Southwest Michigan College’s president denies allegations of sexism in the school’s fundraising. Governor Snyder says there’s no end in sight to a labor dispute causing a stoppage on road work in the state.