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Brian K. Powers, courtesy of Encore Magazine

Stories by John Liberty, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, and Jordan Bradley are at the center of September's issue of Encore Magazine, and editor Marie Lee says she appreciates their unique takes on their subjects.

Farmers Alley Theatre

Season passes are now available to Farmers Alley Theatre's slate of six new productions. Artistic director Jeremy Koch and deputy director Rob Weiner joined Cara Lieurance to share the details.

Amazon Studios

Now streaming on Amazon Prime, Annette has been called "the weirdest movie of the year": an experimental rock opera with music and story by Sparks, a California pop/rock duo of brothers Ron and Russell Mael. Starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, it is directed by French helmer Leos Carax. Could it be the next Rocky Horror Picture Show?

Alain Boucly

The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association is closing in on 30 years of "keeping the blues alive" in the Kalamazoo region, through collaboration, education, and most prominently, an annual festival. After taking a year off during the pandemic, the KVBA is back with a scaled-down day of blues featuring 5 bands in the outdoor garden of Old Dog Tavern in downtown Kalamazoo on Saturday, Aug 21 from 3 - 11 pm. Cara Lieurance talked to board member (and harmonica player) Jeff Bright about the event.


Eric Morris stars as Robbie Heart and Patrick Hunter plays his best friend and bandmate Sammy for The Barn Theatre's production of The Wedding Singer, which runs Aug 17 - 29. Cara Lieurance spoke to Morris and Hunter, good friends in real life, about the musical adaptation of the beloved 1998 movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.