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Something Stringed Fretboard Festival returns

Stringed instruments, their makers and players are featured in the annual Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival March 3–4 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St. Performances by 15 artists will pepper stages in the museum and in Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Anna Whitten Hall next door, with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys kicking off the tunes from 6-8:30 p.m. March 3. In addition to music, this free event allows the public to meet instrument designers and learn about their trade, as well as attend workshops on specific stringed instruments, including banjos, ukuleles, guitars and violins. For more information, visit kvcc.edu/fretboard. Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

Something Engaging

Basketball legend visits Kalamazoo Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made plenty of statements with his basketball playing, but it is what he has to say in his bestselling book, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White that brings him to Kalamazoo March 14. Abdul-Jabbar will discuss American culture from 7–9 p.m. at Miller Auditorium, dissecting what issues most affect Americans today. His visit is the crowning event in the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Reading Together program, which encourages members of the community to read the same book and participate in discussions and events on the book’s topics. Abdul-Jabbar’s presentation is free to attend and no tickets are required, but those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP via the event’s website, kpl.gov/reading-together/2017. If you plan to attend in a group larger than 10, call (269) 553-7895 to make arrangements. For more information, including a full list of Reading Together events, visit the website. w w w.encorekalamazoo.com | 9

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