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Culture and Happenings from the WMUK Listening area! 

Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival/Kalamazoo Valley Museum

At 6 pm on Sunday, September 19, the first of up to 12 aspiring songwriters will take the stage at Liquid Note Brewing in Otsego to play up to three original songs in a round of 4 songwriters per hour between 6 - 9 pm. 


Irène Zandel

The new season of Rising Stars presented by the Gilmore Piano Festival begins this Sunday with a performance by a German pianist of Iranian heritage who has played Bach from childhood. She released a recording of The Art Of The Fugue in 2015 and next month she'll release the complete Bach Partitas. Cara Lieurance spoke with Schagajegh Nosrati about her Kalamazoo appearance.

Mark Bugnaski / WMU Theater

Joan Herrington, the chair of the WMU Theater Department, talks with Cara Lieurance about the eight upcoming productions by living playwrights in the 2021-22 season, and how the department changed its decision-making process to prioritize diverse viewpoints and student input.


Kalamazoo Scottish Festival

The Kalamazoo Scottish Festival returns after a 2-year hiatus on Saturday, Sep 11 at a new location: Kindleberger Park in Parchment. It's been a chance to re-organize and re-think the annual event, says Kalamazoo Scottish Festival Association Vice-President Lou Ann Schafer. She tells Cara Lieurance about what to expect on Saturday at the free festival, like Highland games, children's games, music, dance, demonstrations, food, and unique items sold by vendors. Tickets are still available for an end-of-day Ceilidh Dance at The Fountains in Parchment. Wearing a mask at the indoor venue is requested and recommended.


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.


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