Robbie Feinberg | WMUK

Robbie Feinberg

Business/Arts Reporter

Robbie was a reproter for WMUK, covering business and the economy as well as local arts and culture as a producer for "Arts & More." He worked at WMUK from 2015 to 2016. 

Courtesy KIA

About five years ago, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts took on an ambitious goal: to create a tour within the museum that was accessible to those who are visually impaired. This was tricky for a number of reasons. The most pressing issue was that the KIA specializes in visual art. So how do you take an visual medium, and bring it alive for someone who can’t see it? KIA docents Frank Wolf and Tracy Klinesteker will give a talk on March 22nd explaining how the museum did it.

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Multi-instrumentalist John Mock has spent the better part of three decades performing the stories of coastal communities,  from Massachusetts to Ireland. On March 19th, Mock will head to a different kind of coastal community -- St. Joseph -- to play a multi-media concert with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra featuring music, stories and photographs, as a way to honor the renovation of the city's historic lighthouse.

"KALAMAZOO, MI – In the early hours of Feb. 21, Jason Brian Dalton told detectives his explanation for a mass shooting in Kalamazoo that left six dead would blow their minds. The Uber driver then proceeded to tell the detectives that the Uber app on his iPhone had taken over his mind and led to the carnage and bloodshed that took place between 5:40 p.m. and 10:26 p.m. on Feb. 20." (Kalamazoo Gazette"

1944 Photo by Margaret Hart

In 2013, the book Kalamazoo Galsby professor and music journalist John Thomas, became a hit across the globe. The work told the unique story of women stepping into the Gibson Guitar plant during World War II and building instruments themselves. There were a lot of fascinating details -- of hardship, social justice and industrial cover-up. Now, three years later, some of the Kalamazoo Gals mysteries still remain -- and some are only getting stranger.

"ST. JOSEPH — The number of Southwest Michigan houses sold increased 30 percent compared to January of last year. Comparing January sales going back to 2006, January 2016 had the second-highest number of houses sold." (St. Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)