In brief

Southwestern Michigan College President David Mathews congratulates Evan Robison in front of his painting of a woman. Robison recently won the Presidential Art Award for the spring semester following SMC’s annual juried student art exhibition. He also received a $500 Best of Show scholarship.

‘Deer Camp’ author visits Forever Books

ST. JOSEPH — Author Dean Kuipers will visit Forever Books, 312 State St., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a “Meet the Author” event. There will be a wine-and-cheese reception followed by a talk and signing.

Earlier this month, Kuipers released his new book, “The Deer Camp: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land that Healed Them.”

Kuipers is a journalist and editor with interests in ecology, music and good writing. He is the author of the 2009 nonfiction book “Operation Bite Back,” which is the story of eco-radical Rod Coronado and the use of domestic terrorism charges against U.S. environmental activists.

His book “Burning Rainbow Farm,” about the 2001 FBI shooting of two Libertarian pot activists on a Michigan farm, was selected as a 2007 Michigan Notable Book.

Kuipers grew up in Mattawan, graduated from Kalamazoo College, and now lives in Los Angeles.

Reservations for the free event are requested by calling 982-1110 or emailing

‘Songs of the Sixties’ comes to The Box

ST. JOSEPH — The Riversong Music Society will present “Songs of the Sixties” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St.

Thom Brown, Pamela Chappell, Pete Wehle, Mary Czarnecki, Larry and Sandy Feldman, Joe Foster, Ben Powell and David Veenstra will play the music of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, The Seekers, Tom Paxton and more.

Admission is $10.

For more information, call 983-3688 or visit

Auditions set for TCP’s ‘Mamma Mia!’

ST. JOSEPH — Twin City Players will hold auditions for the musical comedy “Mamma Mia!” next month at the Playhouse, 600 W. Glenlord Road.

Auditions will be at 6 p.m. June 9 and 7 p.m. June 11 with callbacks at 1 p.m. June 15.

Sarah Simmons and Laura Simmons will direct the production.

Auditioners should prepare a song from any musical. They should bring accompaniment – either a track or sheet music. An accompanist will be on hand for the first hour of both auditions. Attendees also should prepare a memorized monologue of approximately one minute. The monologue must show a range of emotion. There will not be cold reads.

Callbacks will include cold readings from the show, and learning parts of songs from the show featuring potential characters. There also will be a dance audition.

“Mamma Mia!” will premiere on Sept. 6.

For questions, or more info, visit or email

Sunset Coast series starts tonight in SJ

ST. JOSEPH — The Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd., will kick off its monthly Sunset Coast Performance Series from 5:30-6:30 p.m. tonight.

The free, family-friendly series, in conjunction with The GhostLight Theatre, will continue June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19.

Each night will feature entertainment and food trucks, and will highlight performances from regional talent centered around different themes.

Use the new bench surrounding the lawn, or bring a lawn chair.

Submissions sought for MC Video Fest

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — The fifth annual Michigan City Video Fest is now accepting submissions.

The festival will be on the first weekend of October in Michigan City, Ind. Exact dates and venues will be announced later.

As in the past, priority will be given to regional video makers and to local subject matter, although the top concern remains to present the highest quality material possible.

All genre will be considered, including, but not limited to, animations, documentaries, commercials and trailers. The preference is for videos shorter than 10 minutes. Invitations may be extended for longer videos.

Videos must be submitted by Sept. 20.

A submission form and updates are available online at

Niles Art Association meets Tuesday night

NILES — The Niles Art Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Niles District Library, 620 E. Main St.

The guest speaker will be Tom Fehlner, who retired as a chemistry professor at the University of Notre Dame after 41 years. He took up painting and drawing after retirement, concentrating primarily on people.

His presentation – “Pre-Raphaelites: Examples For the Impressionists?” – will focus on the art of John Everett Millais and William Morris.

For more info, visit or email