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9 First Things
A round–up of happenings in SW Michigan
The Toll of Touring — Niles couple establishes a clinic to aid roadies
Cara Lieurance — The WMUK announcer and Community Arts Award winner has music at her core
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When Maggie was asked to interview a Niles couple who are opening a support clinic for roadies — those who work behind the scenes at concerts or live shows — she was intrigued. "This is an industry I knew almost nothing about,” says the Western Michigan University senior. "Talking with the Klimsons (Courtney and Paul) really opened my eyes to all the work roadies do to make concerts memorable for those who attend and to the sacrifices their families often make to support them." Maggie is an intern at Encore.
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Both Marie and Cara Lieurance, whom she interviews for this month's Back Story, have worked in Kalamazoo media for nearly 30 years, but they only met each other this year. "I have always loved Cara's soothing and warm voice on WMUK," says Marie, "but in interviewing her I learned there's a lot of musical talent and community pride behind that voice." Marie is the editor of Encore.
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Brian grew up in Kalamazoo, and while some people may yearn for their hometown's past, he enjoys watching the community change and grow. "I have photographed people and places in the area for a long time, so when there are new buildings or sights to see, I find it exciting," he says. "And I just keep meeting new people through the work I do for Encore and other clients. It feels like a new community every day." In addition to taking photos for Encore, Brian shoots for clients that include Hour Media, Bronson Healthcare and the University of Michigan. To see more of Brian’s work, visit briankpowers.com.
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R&B artist Will Downing, whose career spans more than 34 years and 24 albums, will bring his sophisticated soul music to the State Theatre at 8 p.m. Dec. 18. Downing is known for interpretations of R&B classics like "I Go Crazy," "Wishing on a Star" and "I Try," original hits "A Million Ways" and "Sorry I," and his duet with Rachelle Ferrell, "Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This." His latest CD, The Song Garden, was released in January. Downing is also the host of a weekly radio show called The Wind Down. Detroit native and jazz saxophonist Yancyy will open for Downing. Tickets are $25–$60 and available at kazoostate.com or the theater's box office, 404 S. Burdick St. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required for entry.
Bestselling author Mark Nepo, whose latest book, Drinking from the River of Light, explores what it means to live the creative, expressive life, will read and discuss his work from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. A poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for more than 35 years, Nepo has published numerous books, including the New York Times No. 1 bestseller The Book of Awakening, recorded multiple audio projects, and had his work translated into 20 languages. His KIA event will be a three-part session. Nepo will read from his work first, then invite the audience to join him in discussion and reflection, and finish the program with another reading. For tickets, visit kiarts.org.
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Carols, ice sculptures and Santa will all be part of the fun at Portage's Traditional Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration, which begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Celery Flats Historical Area, 7828 Garden Lane. The event will start with caroling and a treelighting ceremony, followed by a carol-singing procession down Bicentennial Trail behind a horsedrawn wagon carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children can share their Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Stuart Manor or mail their letters to Santa inside the Celery Flats schoolhouse. There will also be reindeer, ice sculpture demonstrations, live music, and desserts and seasonal beverages. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food and clothing donations to benefit the Portage Community Center. Parking is available at the Celery Flats Historical Area, the Portage Senior Center and Portage City Hall. Please Note: Due to the Covid–19 virus, some of these events may have been cancelled after press time. Please check with the venue and organizations for up-to-date information. w w w.encorekalamazoo.com | 9
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Gilmore Car Museum offers holiday light display If you're looking for a holiday lights tour with a new twist, check out the Winter Wonderland displays and exhibits at the Gilmore Car Museum, in Hickory Corners, from now until Jan. 9. Visitors can drive through more than 25 individual light displays on the museum grounds, including lighted historic barns and decorated vintage-era car dealerships, and then head inside for the museum’s Festival of Trees and Christmas Through the Decades exhibits and a visit with Santa Claus. Winter Wonderland will be open 5–9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 5–10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20 at the museum or $17.50 in advance online for adults; $12 or $9.50 for children ages 5–17; and free for children 4 and younger. For an additional $20, families can ride in one of the Gilmore's vintage cars to tour the display. For tickets or more information, visit gilmorecarmuseum.org.
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The focus will be on the songwriters' side of country music when Kalamazoo native and country singer/songwriter Kyle Jennings hosts a concert titled "Kyle Jennings & Friends — Nashville Storytellers" Dec. 11 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. A lineup of award-winning Nashville songwriters who have penned No. 1 hits for country artists such as Luke Combs, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin and Montgomery Gentry will share the stories behind the songs and then perform their original versions of those hits in an acoustic performance. In addition to Jennings, songwriters Wynn Varble (“Waitin’ on a Woman,” “A Little More Country Than That”), Tony Arata (“The Dance,” “Here I Am”) and Gary Hannan (“Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” “Back When I Knew It All”) will perform. Tickets are $25–$35 and available at kazoostate.com or the theater's box office, at 404 S. Burdick St. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required for entry.
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Add some flavor to your life! The Pantry on Tap is a gourmet store featuring olive oils, balsamic vinegars, dips, spices and unique gifts to bring out your inner chef. To preorder your holiday or corporate gifts, call 269.978.6641.
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Make your holiday shopping easy! We have the latest and greatest and classic titles too. Explore our many rooms or let us order for you. Shop early. Our handy entry to the store is from our back parking area.
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The Toll of Touring
Niles couple establishes clinic to aid roadies by
oadies, the unsung heavy lifters of the music industry, spend grueling months on the road doing the hard work necessary to support musicians on tour. But what happens when they need a little support of their own? “In our community, we're all a bunch of freelancers, so there's no support for us,” says music industry veteran Courtney Klimson, wife of a roadie. “There's no union. There's no health care. Anything that you would expect in a typical work environment, it's not offered in touring.”
Music industry veterans Paul, left, and Courtney Klimson established The Roadie Clinic in Niles to support roadies and their families. Photo credit: Brian Campbell
That's why Courtney and her husband, sound engineer Paul Klimson, developed The Roadie Clinic in Niles. It provides roadies and their families with resources and connections to services, including mental health therapy, insurance plans and financial assistance. The term "roadie" refers to workers who travel on tour with musical artists in support of their shows. Typically, it means the workers who
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set up and maintain equipment, but they can be sound engineers, wardrobe crew members, or anyone else who makes the show happen each night. While many people think that the life of a roadie sounds glamorous — that whole sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll thing — in reality it can be emotionally taxing and mentally and physically harmful, not only for roadies, but for their families as well. Paul and Courtney Klimson have experienced firsthand the joys and the difficulties of the roadie lifestyle. Paul has worked as a traveling sound engineer for more than 20 years, touring with some bigname artists like Drake, Justin Timberlake and John Legend. Courtney has also been a part of the music industry for two decades, working for several record labels. A typical day for a roadie involves constant motion. The team comes to a venue, works all day to set up, then, after the rehearsal and
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From left, Crystal Kuzma, Paul Klimson, Candice Rukes, and Courtney Klimson pause from their construction work on The Roadie Clinic to take a selfie. Photo credit: Candice Rukes
the show, takes everything down and travels all night to the next venue just to do it all over again. The job offers little to no security, as most roadies are freelancers. That means no benefits such as health insurance. Those left behind While Paul knows life on the road, Courtney knows another side of the roadie life, one not often thought of: being a family member at home while a loved one is away on tour. “Every time that the partner leaves, the house blows up or the car breaks or you get into an accident or whatever the case may be. There was never any place that I could go and ask for help, at least a place where people would actually understand what I'm going through," Courtney Klimson explains.
"All my friends were teachers and business people, and while they loved what I did, they didn't really understand the toll that it took.” The Klimsons have lived in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York City, two hubs of the music business. There were times when Paul was gone for most of a year and the couple hardly saw each other. And while both reached successful points in their careers, the immense stress of this life caused them to step back and reevaluate what really mattered, Courtney says. “It was the culmination of 20 years of just witnessing every aspect of the music industry and touring,” she says. “(Paul’s) done everything from the smallest of the small to the big. He’s done the Super Bowl, the Cannes (Film) Festival, the Grammys, and he's done
the Oscars. We asked, 'What else is there you could possibly do with your career? Do we really need to focus on the next biggest and the greatest tour, or do we need to focus our energies on taking care of our people?'” By “our people” she means fellow roadies and their families. In 2019 the Klimsons settled down in Niles to be near family and established The Roadie Clinic there. Courtney says that in the last year, the clinic,which she and paul staffed, helped about 60 individuals or families with everything from therapy recommendations to finding support groups to assisting in locating financial resources. “When I started The Roadie Clinic, it was specifically to become a hub for this part of the industry,” Courtney says. “My goal, my objective, is to reach out to all of these preexisting organizations, get to know who they are, what they do, what they provide, what the stipulations are, and that way I've got a person on the inside. “When people say, ‘What do you do?’ the answer is, ‘What do you need us to do? What's the problem?’ You present us with your problem, and we'll do our best to figure out a solution, one that already exists or one that we need to create. Either way, we're going to stick by you and help you through it.”
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'Saved my mental health' Starlet Burney, who has taken advantage of The Roadie Clinic’s help, has worked in the entertainment industry for almost 40 years, spending most of that time as a photographer touring with musicians. A Nashville, Tennessee, native, she was surrounded by the music industry growing up and says music was ingrained in her from a very young age. She started working as a photographer in 1973 and has worked with artists in nearly every musical genre. On a tour, Burney’s job is to capture every moment of an artist’s day, taking an average of 800 to 1,200 photos on each tour stop. “Anything that remotely has to do with the artist that is on the artist's schedule from their day-to-day routine is what I do,” Burney says. “I even go to the restaurants and eat with them. I'm attached to them like Velcro.” While Burney says she loves her job, she echoes Klimson, saying the road life is grueling.
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“There's a lot that happens, because the road life is very hard,” Burney says. “You're in a different city every day. You have serious demands of you. You have people grabbing at you left and right. You get to a point where you're not real sure what city you're in.” Facing “serious burnout,” Burney put her camera down most of the time for nearly a decade, taking only a few jobs a year. She says
she was experiencing mental and physical health issues, including breast cancer, when she met Courtney at an industry event in December 2019. “I would say that Courtney, in a way, has saved my mental health,” Burney says. “She asked me what my personal needs were at that moment in time. I shared with her that I was going through an awful lot. At that Business Coverage
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particular time I was struggling with paying rent and utilities and things of that nature, and The Roadie Clinic gave me the funds that helped me pay my electric bill.” A space to heal The Klimsons know that even when roadies are off the road, they often need time to recuperate, so they are in the process of constructing a physical building for the clinic that they are calling The Lofts. When it opens late next year, The Lofts will provide a physical space where roadies can come to rest, get therapy, connect with other roadies, and recharge. It will have accommodations that roadies can stay in, therapy rooms, a sound mixing studio, a retail shop, and community spaces for people to connect. Since being a roadie involves a grueling schedule and sometimes hard physical work, some people may wonder why anyone would choose it as a profession. Paul Klimson says that the energy and excitement of the shows keeps him coming back. "It’s kind of cliché, but, much like the circus, the road chooses us,” he says. "It’s a job that gives instant feedback, and when that’s the crowd losing their minds, there is nothing better. The energy from the star, the crowd, the lights, the sound, the video and all the other crafts that go into touring create something bigger than all the singular parts. We are an extension of all of those pieces. I’m not sure where else you can find that type of relationship.” “The perception of who we are and what we do is so much different than the reality of what we do and why we do it,” adds Courtney. “People don't realize that some of the best experiences and best memories of their lives at these shows and festivals are actually some of the hardest and most devastating for our careers at times.” Burney agrees. “There are real issues that have to be resolved,” she says. “The people at The Roadie Clinic are some of the first who want to address them. Paul and Courtney are trying to do all they can to address these problems.”
revealed Unseen Encore photos we just have to share photography by
BRIAN K. POWERS
One of the things Encore has become known for is its beautiful photography
that captures life here in Southwest Michigan. We take so many images for our stories and are often dismayed when we can't share them all with our readers. So, in this, our fifth annual Revealed issue, we share the images that Encore staff loved but that we weren't able to print with the stories. And for good measure, we throw in a few other images from our community captured by photographer Brian K. Powers. We think you’ll agree that these images are just too good not to share.
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Clockwise from top left: A quilt adorns a barn on the Vicksburg Quilt Trail; the antiques and items at The Heritage Company make a great backdrop for owner Rodger Parzyck; kayakers on Sugarloaf Lake near the Gourdneck State Game Area in Portage; ballerina Arianna Moneta rehearses in the Tye Chua studio as Ava Polderman looks on from the hallway; kegs await filling at Final Gravity Brewing; and art on the wall of a building on Church Street in downtown Kalamazoo.
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Clockwise from top left: The sculpture, Between Theorems, on WMU’s Parkview Campus depicts Einstein throwing a Frisbee in front of the College of Engineering; an aerial view of Portage's Sugarloaf Lake on a winter day; bike riders pose for a shot before a group ride in downtown Kalamazoo; aluminum pipe ready for customers at Schupan & Sons; and bronze statues of children created by Kirk Newman get a new location in a renovated Bronson Park.
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Clockwise from top left: Modern-day construction equipment is juxtaposed with the historic Strong School in Vicksburg; comedian and musician Stephen Lynch; Richard Nixon's face can be seen in the detail of The Circular Ruin sculpture at Mayors' Riverfront Park; and square tubing at Schupan & Sons.
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Clockwise from top left: Chocolate molds at Cherri's Chocol'art; grasses growing outside the College of Engineering on WMU's Parkview campus; custom glass mugs created by Avolio Glass for Tantrick Brewing in Allegan; an unusually quiet West Michigan Avenue in downtown Kalamazoo; and Bonnie, a cannabis grower in Van Buren County, sits on a crossbar in a hoop house to tend to her 15-foot plants.
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Left: Lake Odessa-based artist Tony Jackson created this metal sculpture, Godspeed, that adorns the bar at Gull Lake Distilling Co. Above: Emma McCleary, front, and Amanda Vallejera, back, try some unusual positions in their hammocks.
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music educator and two voices familiar to local radio audiences are among the recipients of the 2021 Community Arts Awards from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. The awards, to be given during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Western Michigan University’s Shaw Theatre, recognize artists, arts organizations and arts supporters in the Kalamazoo area whose efforts enhance the arts in the community. Two women with long careers in broadcasting and a music educator will receive the Community Medal of Arts, a lifetime achievement award recognizing individuals for their lifetime of contributions and leadership in the arts. Cara Lieurance, who has been with radio station WMUK since 2001, launched Let’s Hear It, a show featuring local musicians, concerts and other performances. Over two decades, she has welcomed thousands of guests to the studio. In 2004, Lieurance and musician Dave Marlatt created The Pure Drop, WMUK's Celtic music show, and The Pure Drop Concert Series, bringing world-class traditional musicians to the region for live performances at the Richland Community Hall. More recently, Lieurance has become WMUK's host for the NPR flagship show, All Things Considered. Outside of the broadcast studio, Lieurance is a musician and vocalist and has performed with groups including Blue Dahlia, Whiskey Before Breakfast and An Dro. As a radio and television host in the area for more than three decades, Lori Moore is a familiar name to many. A well-respected 30 | ENCORE DECEMBER 2021
broadcaster, Moore brought attention to the arts and community events through interviews with guests on her shows, first as morning host on WKZO-AM/FM and then as host of The Lori Moore Show on CW7. Off the airwaves, Moore is an actress and singer and has performed leading roles in community and professional theaters in the area, including the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Western’s University Theater, Farmers Alley and the Barn Theater. She has received many awards, including having Lori Moore Day declared in 2006 by then-Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm in recognition of Moore's efforts to create positive change during her 25year broadcasting career. As the director of the Education for the Arts (EFA) program of the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA) since 2012, Bryan Zocher has been instrumental in providing Kalamazoo County youth access to arts programs and education. Under Zocher's leadership, EFA's program offerings have grown, as have partnerships he has established among schools, teachers and arts organizations and between students and arts opportunities. As Zocher told Encore in a 2014 interview, “On the one end, EFA is there for those young people who are looking at the arts as a career, but EFA also has many entry points for Kalamazoo County students
the WMU Social Justice Art Competition, the Young Artists of Promise show at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Young Artists of Kalamazoo County shows at the KIA, and Art Hop. Jewel Rodgers, an animation and art instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Center for New Media, will receive the award for the work she does outside the classroom mentoring students, showcasing their work and facilitating their exploration of various art mediums, including video, multimedia and graphic design. • Kerry Hagy, executive director of the South Haven Center for the Arts, who will receive the Gayle Hoogstraten Arts Leadership Award for Arts Administration. Hagy has been on staff at the SHCA since 2016 and was named executive director in June 2018. In this role, she has created opportunities for artists through collaborations with South Haven's Downtown Development Authority and the South Haven Visitors Bureau. In addition, Hagy's leadership was instrumental in the SHCA's successful navigation of the pandemic by guiding the organization's transition to offering its programs online. • Judah Gesmundo, a member of the Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers board of directors for more than 20 years, will receive the Theodore C. Cooper Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service. Gesmundo is Wellspring's longest-serving board member and has served in many of the board's leadership roles. She is a former dancer and dance instructor and is also board secretary of Speak It Forward, a local organization that aims to challenge stereotypes and instill a sense of empowerment and community through spoken-word poetry. • Morgan Brown will receive the Adam F. Carter Young Artist Award for her work with Rootead Youth Dance Company. Brown, now a freshman at Howard University, has been involved with Rootead since seventh grade, becoming a Rootead facilitator, creating and teaching six-week lesson plans for youth ages 2 to 13. She also has held fundraisers for Rootead youth to travel to Chicago to take master classes and see professional dance companies.
to explore, create and develop through the arts and for teachers to facilitate different ways of knowing through using the arts to develop creativity, innovation and critical-thinking skills.” Bell's Brewery's longtime support of the local arts community, from its financial support to its creation of a performance venue, has earned it this year's Business Arts Award, which recognizes businesses committed to creating alliances with the arts and arts organizations in the county. In its 36-year history, Bell's Brewery has provided financial support to numerous arts organizations, including the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Crescendo Academy of Music, the Gilmore Piano Festival, the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony, and Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers. Bell’s support also includes connecting its products with nonprofit organizations, including developing a special beer for the biannual Gilmore Piano Festival. In addition, Bell's Eccentric Cafe's back room and outdoor space not only provide opportunities for local artists to perform, but also bring in national touring performers. The other 2021 Community Arts Awards recipients and the awards they will receive are: • The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, which will receive the Epic Award, given to a nonprofit organization or program of high artistic quality that serves to enhance community life through the arts. In addition to its museum, collection and exhibitions, the KIA, which has existed for nearly a century, provides arts education for all ages through its Kirk Newman Art School, programs and outreach efforts. • Mandy Clearwaters and Aubrey Jewel Rodgers, arts educators who will both receive the Gayle Hoogstraten Arts Leadership Award for Arts Education. Clearwaters, an art teacher with Kalamazoo Public Schools, will receive the award for her efforts to showcase art created by KPS students through participation in the KIA Arts Fair at Bronson Park,
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Dec. 3 Kalamazoo Concert Band Award-winning jazz pianist Terry Lower and vocalist Edye Evans Hyde will join the Kalamazoo Concert Band for its holiday concert from 8–10 p.m. Dec. 3 at Miller Auditorium. The free concert will offer holiday classics and performances by Hyde and Lower, who was named the 2016 Musician of the Year by the West Michigan Jazz Society. Lower and Hyde have performed together for 25 years and bring a swinging jazz style to their work. For more information, visit kalamazooconcertband.org
Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra Dec. 3 Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Enjoy the string talents of local musicians performing holiday music when the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra performs a free concert at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum from 6–7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, during Art Hop. The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra was founded in 2003 and is based on the mandolin orchestras that were extremely popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The group performs a wide variety of musical styles, including classical, ragtime, world-folk, American standards and modern. For more information, visit kalamazooarts.org.
Holidays with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Dec. 5 Stetson Chapel and online
The Kalamazoo Bach Fest continues its more than 50-year tradition of offering an annual holiday choral concert in Kalamazoo College’s Stetson Chapel. The concert will feature favorite holiday music from around the world. The concert will be presented twice, at 2 and 4 p.m., with both shows at 75 percent capacity to allow for a Covid19-safe indoor concert experience. The 4 p.m. concert also will be livestreamed for those who would prefer to see the performance virtually. Tickets are $19. For tickets or more information, call 337-7407 or visit kalamazoobachfestival.org.
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MUSIC Alexei Melnikov Dec. 12 Wellspring Theater
Russian pianist Alexei Melnikov, the bronze medalist at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, in 2019, will perform at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 in downtown Kalamazoo. Melnikov, 31, who is performing in Kalamazoo as part of The Gilmore's 2021 Rising Stars Series, began his formal training at the famed Gnessin School at age 6, ultimately entering the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He has racked up an impressive number of competitive awards, including First Prize, the Audience Choice Award, Critics' Prize and the Prize of The Orchestra at the 2014 San Marino International Piano Competition and the First Great Award in the 2017 Manhattan International Music Competition. He released his first CD, Beethoven, Chopin & Liszt: Piano Works, in 2017. Tickets for his performance are $25, or $7 for students. To purchase tickets, visit thegilmore.org. Patrons ages 12 and older must show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to be admitted, and face masks will be required.
Sounds of the Season Dec. 17 & 18 Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
It's a double treat for the holidays: The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will present its annual holiday performance, Sounds of the Season, twice this month at Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave. In addition to the holiday classics, the symphony will also present the 1982 animated film The Snowman and perform the show's score live. Historically, the KSO has performed its holiday show only once, but in honor of its 100th season celebration and the show's popularity, it has set a second performance. The concerts, conducted by Julian Kuerti, will feature guest performers, including violinist Jun-Chian Lin. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18, and tickets are $5–$67. To purchase tickets, visit boxoffice.kalamazoosymphony. com. Patrons ages 12 and older must show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to be admitted, and face masks will be required.
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Vistas: Visions of China, Japan and Korea Through Feb. 6 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Artistic depictions of landscapes in Asia date back thousands of years, and a new exhibition at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts looks at the unique approaches Asian artists have brought to depicting these landscapes. The exhibition Vistas: Visions of China, Japan and Korea shows the multifaceted lenses of artists creating landscapes through traditional ink painting, contemporary works on paper, ceramics and sculpture. The works on display show multiple cultural perspectives of how people view, interpret and shape their surrounding landscape and how the landscape, in turn, shapes the people who inhabit it. Artists included are ukiyo-e master Hiroshige Andoō, contemporary ceramic artist Hashimoto Tomonari and regional artists BeiBei and LeiLei Chen. KIA hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday and noon–4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, or $2 for students and free for members as well as children through age 12, school groups and active military personnel. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face mask when visiting the KIA. For more information, visit kiarts.org.
Mary Kenney, Hope, 2017, oil pastel with oil pencil on canvas.
Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review Dec. 18-March 13 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
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Dec. 3 Downtown Kalamazoo This free monthly event, which runs from 6-8 p.m., features a variety of artists' work in various locations in downtown Kalamazoo as well as live music and the chance to visit downtown businesses. The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo has an app that provides a guide and map of Art Hop sites, information about participating artists, and walking directions. For more information or to access the app, visit kalamazooarts.org.
Toshikata Mizuni, Modern Beauties No. 5: Girl Cutting Iris, woodblock print
Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination Through Dec. 5 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Todd Gray: Crossing the Waters of Space, Time and History Through Jan. 2 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
For more visual art exhibitions and events, see the Visual Arts section of our Events of Note on page 40.
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Christmas Cabaret Dec. 10-21 Barn Theatre
Next Stop, Broadway Dec. 2-4 Williams Theatre, WMU
When seniors in Western Michigan University's music theatre program showcase their talents this month, they will be doing so in the company of actor, singer and recording artist Darius de Haas. De Haas will work with the WMU students as they prepare for the NYC Showcase, a weeklong round of auditions and workshops in New York City at which students perform before industry professionals. His week of mentoring will culminate in Next Stop, Broadway, three nights of performances by WMU music theatre students and de Haas. De Haas has appeared in a number of Broadway productions, including Rent, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Carousel and Marie Christine. He won an Obie Award for his off-Broadway performance in the title role of the jazz opera Running Man. He also provides the singing voice for the character of Shy Baldwin on the Amazon Prime series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Show times for the local performances are 7:30 p.m. in WMU’s Williams Theatre. For ticket information and pricing, call 387-6222. Per WMU policy, patrons must wear masks and socially distance.
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Offering favorite carols and holiday songs, the Barn Theatre's Christmas Cabaret promises to make audiences feel merry and bright. The show, directed by Penelope Alex, will be staged in The Barn's Rehearsal Shed and feature family-friendly holiday fare as well as complimentary dessert, coffee and hot chocolate. The bar will be open for purchase of cocktails and beverages. Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 10–12, 17–19 and 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11,12, 18 and 19. Tickets are $25 for children and $36 for adults. For tickets, visit barntheatreschool.org.
Other Theater Performances
Murder for Two: Holiday Edition Through Dec. 12 Farmers Alley Theatre
The 1940s Radio Hour Through Dec. 12 Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
For more information on these theater events, see the Theater section of our Events of Note on page 39.
Dec. 4 & 5 Ballet Arts Ensemble
The youth ballet company Ballet Arts Ensemble joins with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus and guest professional dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet to present the holiday favorite The Nutcracker at Chenery Auditorium. This two-act ballet with a score by Tchaikovsky tells the tale of a young girl who falls asleep by her Christmas tree, dreams of her Nutcracker Prince leading a fierce battle to conquer the Mouse King, meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and ends with a beautiful pas de deux. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets are $15–$22 and available by visiting BAEtickets.org, calling 250–6984 or visiting the Epic Center Box Office, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall. Patrons, including those who are vaccinated against Covid-19, are required to wear masks during the performances.
Dec. 4 Wellspring Theater The gifted members of the Young Dancers Initiative will present Interlock, their annual contemporary and modern dance concert, at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in downtown Kalamazoo. The performance will include dancers from the YDI's Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor companies, Jodie Randolph Dance, Western Dance Project and the Youth Performing Ensemble of the Wellspring Dance Academy. It will be followed by a reception. The Young Dancers Initiative provides professional training, performance opportunities, mentorships and educational workshops for middle- and high-school-age dancers. Founded in Ann Arbor in 2013 by Jodie Randolph, YDI expanded to a second location in Kalamazoo in 2020. Tickets are $10–$13 and can be purchased at youngdancersinitiative.org.
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Prairie Crossing, Nov. 30–Dec. 1, 2020 The sky was Colorado blue that morning. Not a snowflake or ice pellet hitting our car or the road or the ditches. Clear sailing. Frost sparkled the manila-folder fields after Ault, left the edges of trees blurry and white. The sun took care of that. With time. In eastern Colorado we intersected with swirling birds., Snow geese in a dozen waves queueing above us. Timing is everything, they say. Lucky us. In Nebraska, black birds hovered over and strutted through the gold sections, looking like polka dots on children’s pajamas. Crows or ravens? Then the ducks in ponds caught our attention. So many they needed to waddle over other backs to get to the other side. Mallards or teals?
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By the time we reached Iowa, it was night. But the moon! It led us to Des Moines, past the blinking red lights of wind turbines, blinking, blinking. New frost in the morning, different fields. Cattle shivering on their thin feet. Haze lifting from rivers. And fewer trucks than we thought. We did not see the bison in Illinois. But eventually lake clouds, thick, yet without snow. A December plus. Then, a quick look at Indiana and on to Michigan. Enough to forget our Western dreams and stay steady. Home was just ahead. Warm rooms in our estate of clover meadow, oaks and pine. Home. Ahead. — Elaine M. Seaman Ordinarily, a visit to Colorado for Seaman and her husband is a 2½-hour, non-stop flight from Grand Rapids to Denver, but during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic they drove for two days to visit their son. The return trip to their home in Texas Township inspired this poem. Seaman is the author of the 2019 chapbook My Mother Sewed Dresses for Five, which included pictures of quilts she made that share titles with the poems. She also had a one-person quilt exhibition, Time to Finish, at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, in Three Rivers, this past summer.
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PERFORMING ARTS THEATER Musicals
Murder for Two: Holiday Edition — A musical comedy in which 10 guests at a surprise birthday party are suspects when the guest of honor is killed, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2–4 & 9–11, 2 p.m. Dec. 5 & 12, Farmers Alley Theatre, 221 Farmers Alley, 343-2727, farmersalleytheatre.com.
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Christmas Cabaret — Featuring favorite carols and holiday songs with complimentary dessert, coffee and hot chocolate, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 17, 20–21; 2 & 7 p.m. Dec. 11–12, 18–19; Barn Theatre, 13351 West M-96, Augusta, 731-4121, barntheatreschool.org.
Western Jazz Collective — Presented by WMU’s School of Music, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU, 7 p.m. pre-concert talk, wmich.edu/music/events.
Nutcracker — Ballet Arts Ensemble joins with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Children's Chorus and dancers from Grand Rapids Ballet to tell this classic Christmas tale, 2 & 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave., BAEtickets.org. Interlock — Members of the Young Dancers Initiative perform, 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Wellspring Theater, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, youngdancersinitiative.org. MUSIC Bands & Solo Artists
Next Stop, Broadway! — Actor/singer Darius de Haas performs with students from Western Michigan University’s music theatre program, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2–4, Williams Theatre, WMU, wmich.edu/theatre.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party with James Reeser & The Backseat Drivers — American swing and jazz music, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St., kazoostate.com.
The 1940s Radio Hour — A broken–down New York radio station prepares its final broadcast, a seasonal treat for the troops overseas in December 1942, featuring songs of the era, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3–4 & 10–11, 2 p.m. Dec. 5 & 12, Civic Theatre, 329 S. Park St., 343-1313, kazoocivic.com.
Kyle Jennings & Friends — Nashville Storytellers — The Kalamazoo native and country music artist performs with a lineup of Nashville songwriters, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, State Theatre, kazoostate.com. Will Downing with Yancyy — R&B and soul, 8 p.m. Dec. 18, State Theatre, kazoostate.com.
Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra — Performing holiday music during Art Hop, 6–7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, kalamazooarts.org. Advanced Jazz Ensemble — With trumpeter Tim Hagens, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU, wmich.edu/music/events.
All Wrapped Up — The Kalamazoo Concert Band performs with guest jazz pianist Terry Lower and vocalist Edye Evans Hyde, 8–10 p.m. Dec. 3, Miller Auditorium, kalamazooconcertband.org. A Choral Christmas — Featuring WMU's Amphion, Anima and University Chorale, 4 & 7 p.m. Dec. 4, First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South St., wmich.edu/music/events. Holidays with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival — Featuring holiday music from around the world, 2 & 4 p.m. Dec. 5, Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College, virtual and in-person tickets available, 337-7407, kalamazoobachfestival.org. Season in Review — The WMU Bronco Marching Band performs, 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Miller Auditorium, WMU, wmich.edu/music/events. Love and Joy Come to You — Concert by Blendings Vocal Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, facebook.com/BlendingsEnsemble. University Concert Band — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Miller Auditorium, wmich.edu/music/events.
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EVENTS ENCORE Storm Large: Holiday Ordeal — A show of music, gags and gifts, with songs ranging from 2000 Miles and Sock it to Me, Santa, adult content, 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Miller Auditorium, millerauditorium.com.
Holiday Concert — Featuring WMU’s university bands, 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Miller Auditorium, WMU, wmich.edu/music/events.
Winter Starts Now — Filmmaker and skiing enthusiast Warren Miller takes viewers to the Rocky Mountains, New England and Alaska, 7 p.m. Dec. 5, State Theatre, kazoostate.com.
Alexei Melnikov — Russian pianist performs as part of the Gilmore Rising Stars Series, 4 p.m. Dec. 12, Wellspring Theater, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, with virtual and in-person tickets available, 342-1166, thegilmore.org. Holiday Concert — Performed by the Brass Band of Battle Creek, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave., bbbc.net.
Sounds of the Season — The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra plays holiday classics and the score to the animated film The Snowman, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 & 3 p.m. Dec. 18, Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave., boxoffice.kalamazoosymphony.com. On a Winter’s Night Christmas Concert — A virtual concert of handbell ensemble music presented by the Kalamazoo Ringers, 4 p.m. Dec. 19, kalamazooringers.org.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Celebrate Christmas with the Griswolds in this screening of the 1989 film, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, State Theatre, kazoostate.com.
VISUAL ARTS Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., 349-7775, kiarts.org Exhibitions
Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination — A reality-bending presentation fusing glass blowing, augmented reality and drawing through an app, through Dec. 5. Todd Gray: Crossing the Waters of Space, Time and History — With found frames and stacked images from Gray’s private archive, this exhibition considers the impacts of colonialism on Black consciousness, through Jan. 2. Vistas: Visions of China, Japan and Korea — Depictions of landscapes in Asia dating
back thousands of years, in a variety of media, through Feb. 6.
Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review — Biannual exhibition showcases more than 40 Southwest Michigan artists, through March 13. Unveiling American Genius — Abstract and contemporary works from the KIA’s permanent collection, emphasizing stories that African American, Latinx and other artists have told about our cultures, art and history, through 2022. Events ARTbreak — Program about art, artists and exhibitions: What Do Asian Americans Smell Like? Biopolitics of Race and Gender in Anicka Yi’s Olfactory Works, online talk by Dr. Eunice Uhm, Dec. 7; ELF (Extremely Low Frequency), visual artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens talks about her on-site research behind ELF in 2016 and Interconexiones in 2021, KIA Auditorium, Dec. 14; sessions begin at noon. ARTful Evening: Drinking from the River of Light — Author and poet Mark Nepo explores how art and authentic expression can help us explore our deepest truths in this three-part program, 6:30–8 p.m. Dec. 9, KIA Auditorium. Book Discussion: Drinking from the River of Light — Online discussion of the book by Mark Nepo, 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Other Venues
Sweet 16 Exhibition — Celebrating the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center’s 16th anniversary with artists and colleagues who have been part of the organization, through Jan. 14, KBAC, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave, Suite 103A, 373-4938, kalbookarts.org. Art Hop — Displays of art at various locations, 6–8 p.m. Dec. 3, downtown Kalamazoo, 342-5059, kalamazooarts.org. LIBRARY & LITERARY EVENTS Comstock Township Library 6130 King Highway, 345-0136, comstocklibrary.org Holiday Open House — With reindeer visiting outside, 1–3 p.m. Dec. 4. Parchment Community Library 401 S. Riverview Drive, 343-7747, parchmentlibrary.org
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Holiday Chocolate & Parchment Wassailing — Homemade hot cocoa and cookies made by the Parchment Garden Club and Friends of the Library, 6–8 p.m. Dec. 1.
ENCORE EVENTS Parchment Book Group – Discussion of The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers, by Bridgett M. Davis, 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Holiday Craft Workshop — Adult craft time, 6–7 p.m. Dec. 9. Mystery Book Club – Discussion of five holiday mysteries, 4 p.m. Dec. 20. Portage District Library 329-4544, portagedistrictlibrary.info
Winter Movie Challenge — Watch one movie per prompt from the challenge card and return the completed card for a chance to win a prize, Dec. 1–Feb. 25; cards are available online or at the library. Richland Area Writer’s Group — 10 a.m.–noon Dec. 11. History Roundtable — Genealogy group, 10 a.m.–noon Dec. 16. Books with Friends Book Club — Zoom discussion of One Long River of Song, by Brian Doyle, 7–8 p.m. Dec. 16; registration required.
NATURE Kalamazoo Nature Center 7000 N. Westnedge Ave., 381-1574, naturecenter.org Buy Local Art & Gift Fair — With offerings from local artisans, 9–11 a.m. Dec. 4; register online for a timed ticket. Winter Wild Things — A hike with discussion of how animals survive and how to identify trees with no leaves, 1–3 p.m. Dec. 11; register online.
Kellogg Bird Sanctuary 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, 671-2510, email@example.com
Muffins and the Market — Discuss recent market trends, 9 a.m. Dec. 2 & 16; attend virtually or in-person, with registration required.
Gilmore Car Museum 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, 671-5089, gilmorecarmuseum.org
Birds and Coffee Chat Online — Learn about a new bird species in Southwest Michigan, 10–11 a.m. Dec. 8; registration required.
International Mystery Book Discussion — Discussion of All the Devils Are Here, by Louise Penny, 7 p.m. Dec. 9; registration required.
Winter Wonderland — An outdoor driving experience through lights, music and decorations 5–9 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 5–10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Jan. 9 (closed on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25).
The library is temporarily offering services at 5528 Portage Road while the building at 300 Library Lane is closed for renovations.
Documentary and Donuts — Watch The Bowmakers and enjoy locally made donuts, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15; registration required. Open for Discussion — Drop-in discussion of The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21; registration required. Richland Community Library 8951 Park St., 629-9085, richlandlibrary.org Adult Winter Reading Challenge — Read one book per continent and return the completed map for a chance to win a prize, Dec. 1–Feb. 25; map is available online or at the library.
Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N. Rose St., 373-7990, kalamazoomuseum.org
All About Buttons! — A special exhibit featuring collections of local Michigan Button Society members, through Dec. 31. Expanding Scott’s World: A Journey of Autism Through Art — Artworks by Michigan artist Scott Yukio Fergus that reflect his personal experiences with autism, through Jan. 2.
Holiday Card and Tree Walk at Celery Flats — Walk through giant holiday cards and decorated trees depicting the winter season, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. through December, Celery Flats, 7335 Garden Lane, portagemi.gov. Ice Rink at Millennium Park — Large outdoor refrigerated rink features skate rentals, sharpening, concessions and restrooms, Dec. 2–March 6; with Grand Opening, Dec. 2; Ugly Sweater Party with favorite holiday tunes, 7–9 p.m. Dec. 17; Santa Skate with holiday tunes and opportunity for photos with Santa, 1–3 p.m. Dec. 18; New Year’s Eve Skate with a local DJ, party lighting and a New Year’s countdown at 7 p.m. to coincide with the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, U.K., 5–9 p.m. Dec. 31, 280 Romence Road, portagemi.gov/calendar.
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Kalamazoo Astronomical Society Online Viewing — Enjoy the wonder of the universe through the “eyes” of the KAS Remote Telescope, located in southeastern Arizona, 8:30–10:30 p.m. Dec. 4, with cloud date Dec. 5; register online at kasonline.org. Ranger Hike: Winter Solstice & Candlelight Vigil — A silent hike allowing the winter night to take over your senses, ending with a candlelight vigil, 6 p.m. Dec. 16, Schrier Park, 850 W. Osterhout Ave., portagemi.gov/calendar. MISCELLANEOUS Parchment Wassailing — Ride a trolley to Parchment businesses for holiday treats, caroling and entertainment, 6–8 p.m. Dec. 1, 650 Riverview Drive, Parchment, 349–3785, facebook.com/ParchmentWassailing. Sip and Shop — Stroll through the Kellogg Manor House and shop for artwork and wares by local artists and vendors, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, 671-2160. Winter Holidays — An exhibit showcasing winter holidays celebrated around the world by
different cultures and countries, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Dec. 3–30, Portage City Hall, 7900 S. Westnedge, portagemi.gov/calendar. Pre-Kwanzaa Bazaar — Featuring food, vendors, music, live performances and activities, 5–8 p.m. Dec. 3, Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 202, kalamazooarts.org. Christmas at Wings Arts & Crafts Show — Explore items at 340 booths, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec. 4 & 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec. 5, Wings Event Center, 3600 Vanrick Drive, wingseventcenter.com/ events. Traditional Holiday & Tree Lighting Celebration — Caroling and tree-lighting ceremony with Santa and Mrs. Claus, ice sculpture demonstrations and live music, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Celery Flats, 7335 Garden Lane, portagemi.gov/calendar. Underwear Party Week — Donate warm winter clothing and underwear to Ministry with Community, donations can be brought to Ministry’s backdoor, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec. 6–10, 500 N. Edwards St., ministrywithcommunity.org.
2021 Community Arts Awards Ceremony — Recognizing exceptional artists, arts organizations and arts supporters in the Kalamazoo area, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Shaw Theatre, WMU, kalamazooarts.org. The Kalamazoo House Christmas Tour 2021 — Take a tour of the historic 1878 Victorian Italianate mansion decorated for Christmas, 6–8 p.m. Dec. 14, The Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast, 447 W. South St., thekalamazoohouse.com. Holiday Market — Handcrafted gifts being sold by local artists and artisans throughout the Kellogg Manor House, noon–5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 18, Kellogg Manor House, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, 671-2160. Christmas Craft Show — 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Dec. 11, Kalamazoo County Expo Center South, 2900 Lake St., 903–5820. Portage Holiday Market — Specialties by local farmers, artisans and crafters, baked goods and hand-crafted items, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Dec. 11, Portage Senior Center, 320 Library Lane, portagemi.gov/calendar. WMU Skate Club Holiday Program — Enjoy a holiday-themed performance by WMU’s nationally competitive figure skating club, noon–1 p.m. Dec. 11, Millennium Park Ice Rink, 280 Romence Road, portagemi.gov/calendar. Mrs. Claus — Visit with her and pose for photos, 12:30–4:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Kellogg Manor House, reservations required, 671-2160. Kalamazoo Record & CD Show — New and used records and CDs, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec. 12, Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Room A, rerunrecords.com. Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo — Reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other exotic pets, plus supplies and food, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Dec. 18, Kalamazoo County Expo Center North, kalamazooreptileexpo.com.
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New Year’s Fest — An all-ages showcase in downtown Kalamazoo with numerous performances rotating through the night at outdoor, indoor and tented venues to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in the new year, 5:30 p.m.–midnight Dec. 31, downtown Kalamazoo, newyearsfest.com.
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"He taught high school music but also formed other groups to keep adults playing and kids playing and ran the Kiwanis band," she explains. "I was about 9 when he bought a farm, and we basically lived in a cabin on it. He fixed up an auxiliary building for me and my sister, which was also a cabin and had wood heat. Rustic living was something I was acquainted with pretty early." That rustic life also introduced Lieurance to public radio. "In that cabin, without television, my sister and I listened to CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) Radio, which covered a lot more than news. It had dramatic comedy, music and was a national reflection of Canadians," she says. "I loved it and volunteered at the community radio station, just filling up a music hour. I didn't know anything about music, but somebody had helpfully put stars next to each song on every album, so I would see four stars and know it was probably pretty good and play it." How did you get to Michigan and WMUK? My parents divorced, my mom was in Michigan, and I had to the chance to go to Interlochen Center for the Arts. After I graduated, I went to Northwestern Michigan College (in Traverse City) to figure out what to do next and decided to come to Western Michigan University's School of Music. Before I came to Western, I wrote to WMUK's general manager (then Floyd Pientka) and said, "I love public radio, and I would be honored to have a student intern or a student operator position at WMUK." Little did I know, that was something he hadn't seen before, and (he) was really impressed that I had reached out before I got to Kalamazoo. I was 19 and started as a student operator at WMUK (102.1 FM), and that is the end of the story, because I never left.
Not quite the end of the story. How did your career progress? In 1992, an on-air announcer left, and I was hired full time as a music host at WMUK. There was a lot of music mixed in then with the anchor programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. I learned a lot from playing all those recordings over the years. I was also able to present local music through a two-hour showcase program called In Concert. Then, in 2001, our program director, Clay Woodworth, said, "I think you should start interviewing people." That's when the show Let's Hear It started, where I interviewed local musicians and artists about their work. It really became a valuable program to the community. A lot of people remember it and still appreciate it. I can't remember why it went away, just that things come and go. Then, in October 2019, the news department lost a reporter and asked if I could fill in doing the news announcing during All Things Considered, and I said, "Sure." Everyone was kind of surprised that I sounded like a newsperson because I don't have journalism training. It's not that weird to me, because it's been in my ear this whole time. I've been listening to other on-air announcers for years. Do you still play music? I am a flutist, which translates to playing a lot of the reed instruments, (including) alto and tenor saxophone. I've played in the pit orchestras for local theaters and with the bands Blue Dahlia and An Dro. In 1999, Dave Marlatt, whose band Whiskey Before Breakfast had lost its flute player, asked me if I wanted to start playing Celtic music, which I knew nothing about. My then-boyfriend said, "If you join a band, I am going to have to rethink this relationship." Three months later he was
gone. I was in the band and having the time of my life. Your affinity for Celtic music has also spilled over into your work. In 2004, WMUK wanted to start some more local music shows, so Dave Marlatt and I created and co-host a Celtic music show called The Pure Drop (which airs Sundays at 3 p.m. on WMUK). It's been on the air for 17 years. Dave and I also put on The Pure Drop Concert Series, where we bring in Celtic musicians to perform at the Richland Community Hall. You've interviewed more than 5,000 people during your time at WMUK. Any favorites? Whoever's in front of me is the most fascinating person in the world at that moment, but my happy zone is interviewing the person who doesn't always get a chance to talk about what they do. Famous people are already bored with having to do interviews, and you think you're making a connection but then read a New York Times article where they said the exact same thing. They're just on repeat. I do love to interview Andrew Koehler, the music director of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia and Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra and the current conductor of the Western Michigan University Orchestra. He's one of the most thoughtful, articulate people. He makes it easy on me. He's one of those people who takes the time to think out a fully explained answer rather than just kind of fiddling for it, grasping for it, as most of us do. He just has this wonderful pause, and then the whole thing comes out in these beautiful paragraphs. That's rare. — Interview by Marie Lee, edited for length and clarity
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Cara Lieurance Announcer and producer, WMUK
o hear WMUK announcer Cara Lieurance's lyrical, soothing voice describing classical music on air, one would never guess her musical and publicradio life began in a rustic log cabin in the woods of northern Canada. The 51-year-old, who will be awarded a Community Medal of Arts this month for her more than 30year career promoting local music and arts in Kalamazoo, grew up in Dawson's Creek, British Columbia. Her father, who taught her to play the flute, was "kind of the music man in town," she says.
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