Encore Magazine

Encore Magazine

A profile of the long-running support program for the mentally and physically disabled. Link
Kalamazoo's young adults are excited about the sport of pool, and how it can help them get ready for the future. Link
Throwing shoes isn't just a way to pass a summertime evening for these guys; it's a major-league sport. Link
Kalamazoo's folk music organization, for anyone who doesn't plug in to play. Link
Calling all role players and board gamers: Western Michigan University's Marmalade Dog Game Convention returns. Link
For more than 50 years, hobbyists have been building tracks and racing road-accurate slot cars in Kalamazoo. Link
At conventions and comic shops, cosplayers bring the costumes of movie and video game heroes to life, just for fun. Cover Story. Link
A companion piece to the larger cosplay story: Pretty Princess HQ turns the joy of cosplay into a successful business. Link
Coexist Cafe isn't just a place for a cup of coffee and a sandwich; it's a place where people of all backgrounds can feel welcome. Link
Meet Last Gasp Collective, a hip hop/jazz combo with a big sound and even bigger (some would say, nationwide) goals. Link

Podcasting (November 2017): From business to music and radio-controlled airplanes, podcasters talk about their shows done for fun. There are also marketers using the podcast model to promote their companies.

Artist SinGh (November 2017): The inventor of Latro Art and no shortage of controversy talks about his past, his future plans and his ban from the Grand Rapids ArtPrize.

Presenting Pawpaws (September 2017): Pawpaw fruit is native to our part of Michigan, but it's not on store shelves. Why not? What does it taste like, anyway?

Surviving But Not Thriving (June 2017): More than one-third of all families in Kalamazoo County have jobs - but not enough money to pay for basic needs like food and housing.

Frankie Goes To Kalamazoo (January 2017): The cable access/comic book/web series "Frankie" readies for a new season of horror films and music.

Hip-Hop In Kalamazoo (November 2016): Dezert Eez, Skitzo, Synergy Productions are all west Michigan-based rappers in an area not known for its hip-hop sound.

Inter-racial Adoption (August 2016): We’re famous for being us! From Encore’s FYI magazine. Cover story.

Klassic Arcade (July 2016): Pinball and old-time video games (are any video games really “old-time”?) in Gobles.

Asian Fusion Food (July 2016): Andrew Lum offers a variety of Asian food in Kalamazoo, from sushi to the traditional delicacy, the Philly cheesesteak eggroll.

Foraging (June 2016): How to live like a caveman in today’s world, and eat safely at the same time.

Video Game Makers (March 2016): Online game design houses based in Kalamazoo and Portage — there are three far from Silicon Valley. Cover Story.

House Call Doctors (March 2016): Medical professionals who come to you.

Downtown Kalamazoo Business (December 2015): The future of living and working in downtown Kalamazoo. Cover Story.

Face Off Theatre (November 2015): A profile of the new live performance group through the city’s Black Arts and Cultural Center.

Kombucha (November 2015): A popular drink being brewed in west Michigan… that isn’t beer? Believe it or not.

Kalamazoo Theater (October 2015): A profile of the many theater troupes in the area.

Taiko Drumming (October 2015): A style of music that mixes martial arts and drum sounds.

Comic Artists (September 2015): Comic book writers and illustrators in Kalamazoo and beyond. Cover Story.

Building Church 2.0 (July 2015): A new style church, Common Ground, opens its doors. Cover Story.

Tuesday Toolmen (July 2015): A profile of the local volunteer senior construction crew.

Crybaby Concerts (July 2015): Music for the youngest listeners.

Expanding Access to Art (May 2015): Kalamazoo’s signature event, the Art Hop. “Borrowed” by the Kalamazoo Gazette and used as a press release.

Building a Big Family (May 2015): Big Brothers Big Sisters, and their expansion plans for the next year.

Stulberg’s String of Success (April 2015): The Stulberg Competition, known in classical music circles and known much better now thanks to this article. This led to a position as communications with the Stulberg.

Fretboard Festival (March 2015): Another music fest, this one for guitar, violin and all string instruments.

Family Center for the Arts (February 2015): A profile of a little-known but very exciting youth theater company.