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Farmers Alley Theatre

The Conviction of Lady Lorraine, written by and starring actor Dwandra Nikole Lampkin, is the opening production of Farmers Alley Theatre's new season. On Thursday, Oct 29, in a partnership with Broadway On Demand, it will premiere as a tele-play. 


Centaur Records

The new release Impressions of Debussy brings together two current and one former faculty members of the Western Michigan University School of Music:  classical pianist Lori Sims, jazz saxophonist/composer Andrew Rathbun, and jazz pianist/composer Jeremy Siskind. 


kalfilmsociety.net

Celebration Cinemas in Portage, which partners with the Kalamazoo Film Society, re-opened on Oct 16. KFS president Dhera Strauss and member Madeline Cimini talked to Cara Lieurance about what it felt like to return to the theater, and to discuss the two films the Society is currently sponsoring: Sophia Coppola's On The Rocks, and Aaron Sorkin's The Trial Of The Chicago Seven.


Battle Creek Symphony

Three top players of the Battle Creek Symphony will run through entertaining and virtuosic bits of Bizet, Bernstein, Poulenc, Handel and even a classic Nintendo theme in Saturday's season-opening concert. It's a free online event, starting at 7:30 pm. Principal horn Jessica Lombardo talks to Cara Lieurance about filming the concert at Battle Creek's First Presbyterian Church, and the fun chemistry she has with her colleagues Michael Gause, trumpet, and Austin Motley, trombone. 


Carrie Phillips

Farmers Alley Theatre will present its season with the streaming platform Broadway On Demand to stay connected to theater-lovers in west Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, deputy director Rob Weiner and artistic director Jeremy Koch offer a behind-the-scenes perspective on how they regrouped after the pandemic began, and they preview this month's event, The Conviction of Lady Lorraine, a one-woman show by Dwandra Nickole Lampkin about a writer who encounters a homeless woman. It has been transformed into a tele-play for its debut on Oct 29. Ticket-holders can stream the play at any time for a 7-day period once it's released.


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