Wondering what the latest happenings are in the WMU/Kalamazoo music, movie and theater scenes? Look no further than the Weekend Scene, the Western Herald’s sister publication, focusing on what’s new in the local entertainment world. Here’s a quick look at some of the site’s newest posts!
Michael Reeves wrote a preview on this year’s Free Film Festival, which will take place at downtown Kalamazoo’s Rave Motion Pictures from 7-9 p.m. tonight. The festival will feature six short documentaries, all of which are centered around the subject of inclusive employment for individuals with disabilities. The movies will run back to back, followed by a discussion on the subject led by Luchara Wallace, a professor with the WMU special education department. The event is first of many lined up for this year’s inclusion conference, organized by local outreach group Arc Community Advocates.
Renowned jazz bassist John Clayton speaks with the Weekend Scene after last night’s performance with the WMU Jazz Orchestra
John Campbell got a chance to catch up with Clayton after the latest concert in the The Bullock Performance Institute’s Live and Interactive! series, speaking with about a wide range of subjects, from his inspiration to the musicians he likes working with most. Clayton joined forces with WMU’s Jazz Orchestra and vocalist alumna Kate Reid during the performance, led by director Tom Knific. Below is a sample of Campbell’s interview with the musicians:
Western Herald: What makes jazz so important?
Clayton: The community, the freedom, the…well…music, the emotion, and love, and expression…and swing.
Reid: The musical conversation between players and singers.
Tom Knific: To all of that, I would just add it makes me something to be really proud of American culture.
Finally, Craig Manning, the Western Herald’s A&E editor, brings us the a list of some the more notable artists who have performed here at WMU in the latest update of his The Zoo Mixtape editorial column. Compiling past performance records from websites such as setlist.fm and theconcertdatabase.com, Manning wrote down his thoughts on some of the legendary singers who held concerts within the venerable auditorium. From Ella Fitzgerald to B.B. King, Miller has hosted quite a few famous musicians over its 44 year history. While the recent concert list lacks the same caliber performers of previous, Manning said that he hopes the university can once again snag some legends for the current student population.