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No Copland, no Gershwin, no Bernstein. Instead, music director Andrew Koehler programmed Florence Price, Lou Harrison, and Roberto Sierra for the Kalamazoo Philharmonia's concert at 4 pm on Sunday, Mar 8 in the Light Fine Arts Center at Kalamazoo College. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Koehler says he put these unknown composers upfront to highlight their music and acknowledge the orchestra's tradition of musical discovery in its 30th season. 

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Silent Sky is the story of real-life astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, who worked at the Harvard College Observatory from 1898 until her death in 1921. In Lauren Gunderson's play, we learn about her work, the work of  her fellow female astronomers (called "computers"), and the significant discoveries she made. Leavitt was not the first woman to join the observatory staff - that was Willamena Fleming, the Scottish-born housekeeper of the observatory's director. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, actors Aly Homminga (Henrietta Leavitt) and Milan Levy (Willamena Fleming) talk about their roles in the upcoming production at Kalamazoo College, along with director Ren Berthel. 

Silent Sky runs Feb 27 - Mar 1 at the Kalamazoo College Festival Playhouse. Tickets and more information available at the playhouse website

C. Lieurance

Dr.Steve Feffer is a professor of English at Western Michigan University, and is a founding organizer of Theatre Kalamazoo's New PlayFest. He and playwright Bethany Gibson, whose Dreamgirl will be performed twice during the two-day festival, join Cara Lieurance to expand on the events of the festival and the importance of showcasing Kalamazoo's playwrights.    ​

The free festival, now in its 10th year, is Saturday and Sunday, Feb 15 and 16 at the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo. Eight new 10-minute plays will be performed, under the direction of eight theatre organizations.

For a full schedule and more information, visit the New Playfest site.

"Theatre is not dead!" is Gordon Bolar's emphatic answer to the question posed by Paul Simon in the Simon & Garfunkle song, "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme." The WMUK theater reviewer and Cara Lieurance highlight some of the upcoming productions, Jan - Jun 2020, offered by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Farmers Alley Theatre, WMU Theatre, Kalamazoo College, Queer Theatre Kalamazoo, and Miller Auditorium.

Defensive back Malik Rucker catches a pass during the Western Michigan University NFL Pro Day football drills, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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An expert on sports and social justice says it’s likely that college athletes will eventually be able to make money off their name and likeness. Richard Lapchick is president of the Institute for Sports and Social Justice at the University of Central Florida. He will speak Monday night at Kalamazoo College.