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Kalamazoo Arts Council grant takes WMU dancer to Panama

Kalamazoo Arts Council grant takes WMU dancer to Panama

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A passion for dance, a commitment to serve and an idea that began as a class assignment have taken one Western Michigan University dance major to Panama to explore the joy of movement with children in that nation's orphanages and centers for at-risk youth.

 

Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

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Some 3,000 of the world's leading scholars on all aspects of the Middle Ages are on the campus of Western Michigan University starting today to attend the 50th gathering of the International Congress on Medieval Studies.

        The medieval roots of modern culture, from law and climate change to ISIS and veterinary medicine, will be the topics of more than 500 presentations, panels, workshops, fine arts performances and living history demonstrations. Activities for the May 14-17 congress begin each day at 8 a.m. and run late into each evening to accommodate more than 100 meetings of professional organizations, programs and publishers.

Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Ticket sales for the Erykah Badu performance at Miller Auditorium go on sale Wednesday, May 13, 2015 on line at www.millerauditorium.com or by phone at 269-387-2300/800-228-9858 or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office. Group discounts are available at 269-387-2312.

Grammy Award-winning neo-soul musician, Erykah Badu will grace the Miller Auditorium stage for a one night only performance. Performance time is Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8:30pm.

This artist is best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music. She is a soul singer and songwriter. Her first album, Baduizm, released on February 11, 1997, was certified triple platinum and spawned the singles “On & On,” “Next Lifetime” and “Other Side of the Game.”

Additional information on Erykah Badu can be obtained at her website, http://www.erykah-badu.com/.

"Taste of Kalamazoo" to celebrate 30th Anniversary this year

"Taste of Kalamazoo" to celebrate 30th Anniversary this year

Townsquare Media announced today that it has acquired “The Taste of Kalamazoo” from Events, Inc. and Wayne Deering. Taste of Kalamazoo is one of the downtown areas’ most successful events each year.

2015 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the “Taste of Kalamazoo.” The event will take place at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place on July 23 – 25. Townsquare is intent on keeping this popular event downtown with the most delicious food from a wide variety of vendors along with great entertainment.

Last year Townsquare Media along with Arc Community Advocates, produced the annual Kalamazoo Ribfest, a partnership that was the most successful Ribfest since it began. This year they are hoping it will grow even more.

My Town Kalamazoo: Attractions offer free admission deal during May

My Town Kalamazoo: Attractions offer free admission deal during May

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Enjoy some of Kalamazoo’s top attractions for free next month, as the Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange returns. 

The program is open to members of The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center or Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.  Throughout the month of May, these five organizations will team up to welcome each others’ members. Each attraction will also be offering additional activities, however there may be additional costs for special activities and programs.

Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange was created last year as a way to celebrate the region’s cultural richness while introducing community members to new experiences. 

My Town Kalamazoo: Library to offer lab passes to non-residents

My Town Kalamazoo: Library to offer lab passes to non-residents

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—It’s no joke; on April Fool’s Day, Kalamazoo Public Library will begin offering non-residents $10 monthly passes to its digital lab.

The library decided to open up its lab to outsiders based on demand.  The lab, dubbed The Hub, features hardware and software to digitize and edit photos and videos; preserve old LPs, cassettes or VHS tapes; produce podcasts, videos, music and animations. A complete list of services provided by The Hub is available on the library’s website.

Kalamazoo Public Library opened The Hub in May 2014.  The lab is free to resident patrons.

My Town Kalamazoo: Celebrating a promise kept for a decade

My Town Kalamazoo: Celebrating a promise kept for a decade

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— A decade ago, Kalamazoo made a promise, which has now sent thousands of teenagers to college.

The Kalamazoo Promise is marking its ten-year milestone this year. Officials with the program say it is responsible for 4,000 scholarships totaling more than $60 million. 

The Kalamazoo Promise, which sparked a national movement, pays the full tuition of Kalamazoo Public School graduates who attend any college or university in Michigan.  Nearly 50 communities across the country have since adopted the free tuition model.

“In our city, that has meant changing our culture, knocking down barriers and raising expectations. We’ve really just begun, but we’ve accomplished so much already that the 10-year anniversary is a milestone we need to mark and leverage as we set the stage for the next 10 years,” said Von Washington Jr., The Kalamazoo Promise executive director for community relations.