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So much to do and see: The Concert and Event calendar we maintain is here. For activities and attracts see the sidebar to the left. Click here for dining, breweries, shopping & entertainment. Brewery Tours are here. Other packages and add-on options (like Kayak adventures/Romance/Gifts) are here. Below are "ongoing" or recurring exhibits, plays, and shows:
Ongoing Exhibits, Attractions and Theatre
- Through March 4th, 2018: Round & Round: The Circle at Center Stage. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The dot is our most basic artistic mark, a point existing in one dimension. Expanded to a circle, the shape is fundamental to human development and now as we categorize what we see around us. Children recognize circles in natural and man-made objects: the sun, their eyes, buttons, coins, and food. This exhibition of works from the KIA collection presents the circle in myriad manifestations, as artists from diverse cultures recognize the circle's power as a line without beginning or end, symbolizing eternity and so much more. From hard-edged Op Art prints to photographs of natural objects, the circular form holds an attraction that cannot be denied, and serves as inspiration for immense artistic versatility. Works on view demonstrate the dramatic range and ubiquitous flexibility of the circular form. Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
- Through 3/25/18: Rhythmic Vitality: Six Principles of Chinese Painting. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The Six Principles have been described as the most influential paragraph ever written on the art of Chinese painting. Xie He, active ca. 500 C.E., was a painter and art critic who methodically outlined these sic principles, sometimes translated as "techniques" or "elements" of painting. They have persisted over 1500 years as criteria for creating, examining, and evaluating art in China. The spare language, utilizing just four characters to express each of Xie He's points, has allowed for broad interpretations and sparked debates over translation even well into the 20th century. The first and foremost important principle has sometimes been poetically translated as "Rhythmic Vitality" or "Spirit Harmony". Without this, the painter said, one need look no further. This exhibition will equip visitors to look further and with greater appreciation using concepts established by one of China's early art critics. Rhythmic Vitality is comprised of works from the collections of the KIA and of Joy and Tim Light. Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
- Through 4/11/18: Dawoud Bey: Harlem U.S.A. and Harlem Redux. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Inspired by James VanDerZee's Harlem Portrait photographs of the early 1900s, Dawoud Bey revisited the historic New York neighborhood in the 1970s and exhibited his own photographs as 'Harlem U.S.A.' This exhibition brings these 20th-century projects together with Bey's 'Harlem Redux' of 2014-16. In these new images, Bey responds to a sense that Harlem's unique character and identity are in flux. He shows a neighborhood in transition: once a vibrant and celebrated community now becoming more gentrified and homogenized. The recent large-format, color photographs seek to answer the question: What does a community look like while undergoing such a dramatic transformation? Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
- Through 4/11/18: Kalamazoo Indoor Flea & Antique Market. Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Come check out the market for some great deals and great merchandise! Choose from new and used items, antiques, handcrafted items, and much more! Held every Tuesday & Wednesday from October 3, 2017 - April 11, 2018. Market is closed Oct 31-Nov 1, Nov 7-8, and Mar 6-7. Admission is free. 269-383-8761.
- Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Kalamazoo Civic) January 12- 27, 2018. Get your deerstalker hat on "the play's afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) faithfully transforms Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1901 classic 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' into a murderously funny adventure and Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being slain - one by one. To find the clever killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the deserted moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Our valiant investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors portray more than 40 characters, dashing madly from rainy London to the famous foggy mire.
- The Christians, Farmer's Alley Theatre, Feb 9-18, 2018
- Rock of Ages (Kalamazoo Civic) Jan 26-Feb 11, 2018: Musical. Leave the kids at home and relive the eighties with the loudest, proudest show of the season! It's the tail end of the big bad 1980's in Hollywood where the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip's legendary venues, a place where heartthrob Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and eager groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amid the madness, aspiring rock star Drew longs to take the stage as the next mega-star, but his rock and roll dreams are about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another strip mall! Can Drew and his gang save the Strip before it s too late? Rock of Ages takes you back to the time of big bands, with big egos, playing big guitar solos. A Broadway musical featuring hits from Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison, Styx, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and others, Rock of Ages has it all.
- Calendar Girls (Kalamazoo Civic), February 9 - February 24. Follow the tale of a group of women and their endeavor to raise money for cancer research - by posing nude for a special charity calendar! When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to convince four other Women's Institute members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from the hospital doorman and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the charitable venture spreads like wildfire and soon the press descends on their small village. The calendar is a huge success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their newfound fame. Based on a true story and the 2003 movie of the same name, Calendar Girls became the fastest selling play in British theatre history and is a hilarious yet touching production, sure to warm your heart!
- No Way Out (Kalamazoo Civic) Feb 16 - 25, 2018: No Way Out is the true story of the author's family which was geographically torn apart during World War II, where their only means of communicating with each other was through their letters. About 500 letters were later found and translated, chronicling the events taking place in Germany starting in the summer of 1938. No Way Out explores the family's struggle to survive the anti-Jewish laws and measures in Nazi Germany, while at the same time struggling to find legal ways to emigrate out of their homeland, which quickly becomes more and more oppressive. The play portrays the family's attempt to understand their circumstances amidst deception, confusion, and decisions made on very little information. Told through the reading of a collection of the letters, along with images projected onstage.
- It's Only a Play, Farmer's Alley Theatre, Mar 9-25, 2018
- RED (Kalamazoo Civic) March 2 - March 17. "What do you see?" "What is art - and who gets to decide?" Famed abstract impressionist painter Mark Rothko asks his new assistant, Ken, these loaded questions. It's 1958, and Rothko has just been offered the...
- Seussical the Musical. March 16 - March 23. "Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and caper in a fantastical musical extravaganza! Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in...
- Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, Kalamazoo Civic, April 6-22nd. In the country of Sudan in the 1990's, after civil war destroyed their villages, an exodus of boys walked 800 miles across Africa, finally making it to refugee camps in Kenya, where they lived on a bowl of grain a day for 10 years. In 2001, the U.S. resettled 3,600 of these "lost boys" in cities across America. Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods tells the story of the recently divorced Christine, who meets Gabriel, a former "lost boy" working in the produce section of Whole Foods. Moved by his story, she offers to help, inviting him to live with her and Alex, her teenage daughter. Gabriel's world becomes enmeshed with his American hosts - leading to an unexpected journey of awareness, struggle and hopefulness - and what can happen when we open ourselves up to help another human being. Disclaimer: This is best enjoyed by teen & adult audiences.
- The Good Doctor, Kalamazoo Civic: April 20 - April 29. Take one part 19th century Russian playwright, add in one part 20th century American playwright and you have a full-length play that exposes the ridiculous, tender, outlandish, ludicrous, innocent and weird...
- Liberace!, Farmer's Alley Theatre, April 27-May 13, 2018
- Billy Elliot, the Musical. May 4 to May 20 at The Kalamazoo Civic. Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his wish come true. Billy comes from a family of coal miners, but dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, even though his father wants him to box. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, and discovers a passion for dance that inspires and changes his family, his community and his life forever. Based on the international hit film, and featuring a score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is the winner of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This spectacular show was also named TIME Magazine's "Best Musical of the Decade!" Billy Elliot is an astonishing experience that will stay with you long after the final curtain.
- The Bridges of Madison County, Farmer's Alley Theatre, June 8-24, 2018
- The Producers, Farmer's Alley Theatre, July 20-Aug 5, 2018