• Encore-Magazine-Features-Remembering-the-Struggle-February-2017

    Then and now: A civil rights protest from 1960; A Black Lives Matter rally in Kalamazoo in 2016. Right photo by Olivia Stier

    Remembering the Struggle 50 years later, the march for justice continues
  • Encore-Magazine-Features-Stephen-Carver-January-2017 Home Again Stephen Carver carries on his family's legacy at the Civic Theatre
  • Encore-Magazine-Fetzer-Institute-building-December-2016

    The Fetzer Institute’s building glows on an autumn night. Photo by Brian Powers

    An Illuminating Mission The Fetzer Institute is working toward a more loving world
  • Encore-Magazine-Right-Retreat-GilChrist-Stone-Chapel-November-2016

    The Stone Chapel at GilChrist offers a cozy meditation space. Photo by Brian Powers

    The Right Retreat You don’t have to go far to get away from it all
  • Encore-Magazine-KVCC-Food-Innovation-students-October-2016

    KVCC student Tristin Janson, left, and production manager Ben Bylsma, far right, work a row of plants as Rachel Bair and instructor Lee Arbogast (center left and right, respectively) observe.

    From Seed to Saute KVCC students learn food innovation from the ground up
  • Encore-Magazine-Mitchell-Blueberries-hands-September-2016 Their Blood Runs Blue Four generations cultivate success of Mitchell’s Blueberries
  • Encore-Magazine-Fresh-Food-Fairy-August-2016 The Fresh Food Fairy She spins magic with a healthy food message
  • Encore-Magazine-Quilts-as-Art-Skarritt-quilt-July-2016

    “One Hundred and Ten Degrees: The 2015 Temperature Quilt,” created by Jacqueline Skarritt, won an award in the 2016 West Michigan Area Show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

    Stitched Masterpieces Local quilters' creations are works of art
  • Encore-Magazine-Kalamazoo-Blues-June-2016

    Among the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association members that make the annual blues festival happen are, from left: Ralph Yingling, Colleen Barker, Mike Barker, Doug Beckman, Dennis Massingill and Dave Hunt.

    Kalamazoo's Got the Blues Love for blues music fuels annual festival
  • Encore-Magazine-Going-Native-Jen-Howell-Pierce-Cedar-Creek-May-2016

    Jennifer Howell, stewardship director for Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, looks at blooming black-eyed Susans among the 80 acres of native prairie habitat at the Institute.

    Growing Native Improving the environment one yard at a time
Encore-Magazine-Features-Remembering-the-Struggle-Kalamazoo-February-2017

Blacks boycotted the Van Avery Drugstore in 1963.

Kalamazoo’s own stories of past strugglesLocals talk about their experiences
Encore-Magazine-Arts-Great-Works-Soltis-Fire-Dance-January-2017

Dancer Samantha Soltis rehearses Loïe Fuller’s Fire Dance.

Glimpsing Great Works 20th Anniversary Winter Gala offers daring dance performances

What's Happening in SW Michigan

Up Front

Kalamadoodle draws out nascent artists in all

Good Works

International students find fellowship through weekly luncheons

Enterprise

Watervliet firm sells the special, the rare and the still usable

Arts

Writers and artists contribute to unique collaboration

Back Story

Director, The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo