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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 Aug 27th, 2017: Impressions: Printmaking in Japan. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Traditional Japanese woodblock prints fascinated Western artist in the late 19th century. The sense of space, color, and pattern and the glimpse of a distant time and place shown in these prints continue to captivate audiences today. Works from the KIA collection demonstrate the shift from traditional processes and imagery through the developments leading to Japanese printmaking today. 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 Sept 4th: Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender, pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America. Many histories have been written about medical care during the Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers has often been overlooked. Through historical images and period documents, the exhibit reveals the life and experiences of surgeons like Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses like Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes, as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians while participating in the fight for freedom. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
- Through Sept 17th: Dinosaurs: Land of the Fire and Ice & Dinosaur Discovery. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Crossing the threshold of these exhibits means traveling back in time to explore the age of the dinosaurs. In "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice," visitors move through the exhibit, encountering unfamiliar landscapes, touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, and opportunities to investigate clues about what the dinosaurs left behind. The exhibit features three distinct sections: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station. Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice was created by Minnesota Children's Museum and nationally sponsored by The David B. Jones Foundation. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
- Young Frankenstein at The Kalamazoo Civic: September 22 - October 8: "It's Alive!" The comedy genius Mel Brooks has adapted his legendary film into a hilariously brilliant stage creation. The grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced ...
- Adiation at The Kalamazoo Civic, October 6-15, 2017: A Month of Sun-Days by Arnie and Debbie Johnston. Carver Center Studio Series Drama. AN EXCITING NEW PROGRAM! The Carver Center Studio Series allows the Civic to expand upon its mission to produce a diverse spectrum of theatre of the highest quality. This series was designed to develop new, innovative, and emotionally compelling works within an intentionally intimate space in hopes of fostering a more thoughtful, empathetic and connected community. This hour-long one-act dramatizes the experience of Barb Brunetti, a woman going through a five-day per week 33-day radiation protocol for breast cancer, and other women she encounters during that time. Almost all of the play takes place in the small room where women wait their turn for radiation treatment. Because the breast is not a vital organ or located in a difficult place to radiate, Barb's treatment may not be as painful or as harrowing as it is for some of the other patients in the waiting room, but it's still scary. During the 33 days covered by the play, the audience encounters both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of these women's lives, and sees the grace, courage, and humor with which they face cancer's insidious challenge.
- Women Warriors: Portraits by Hung Liu. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Female strength in the face of persecution is the thread running through this exhibition of 20 mixed media, painted, and photographic works by Hung Liu. Her imagery shows the power and perseverance of Chinese women throughout history "from imperial concubines to warriors of the Red Army and survivors of the Cultural Revolution (like herself). Her paintings and prints often make use of anonymous Chinese historical photographs, particularly those of women, children, refugees, and soldiers. This exhibition presents visions of determined, strong, beautiful warriors "fragmentary glimpses of unknown women, enveloped within new lives of beauty and dignity. Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
- Gypsy--A Musical Fable, Farmer's Alley Theatre Oct 6-22, 2017.
- Sounds of the 60s (Kalamazoo Civic): October 13 - October 15. It was an age of conflict. It was an age of love. Join us for a trip back in time as our seniors celebrate the 1960's in a new original music revue. This decade was a tumultuous time for our country. ...
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Kalamazoo Civic) October 20-28. Civic Youth Theatre | Civic Shakespeare Festival Comedy. AN EXCITING NEW EVENT! Our Civic Shakespeare Festival will feature a youth theatre and adult production at the same venue. Both Shakespeare productions will be run in repertory, alternating performance nights and both shows in one day on Saturdays. Magic, action, love and humor are the ingredients for the spell A Midsummer Night's Dream will cast on you! Join our Civic Youth Theatre as they journey to mythical Athens and an enchanted forest for a hilarious farce where the action is centered on the adventures of four young star-crossed lovers and their escapades with fairies and sprites in a moonlit forest. Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors rehearse a badly written play in the woods, and soon all find their lives changed by the doings of Oberon and Titania - the warring king of the fairies and his wife. In the end, it's all about love - but as Puck the fairy knows - falling in love can make fools of us all!
- Diarly of Ann Frank, Farmer's Alley Theatre Nov 3-19, 2017.
- Macbeth, Kalamazoo Civic: October 21 - November 5. All hail a surprising new 'Macbeth'! The Scottish play or 'Macbeth' as it is known to the world, will entice audiences with its simple plot, its witches and ghosts, and its clear moral questions about the...
- The Little Mermaid at The Kalamazoo Civic: November 17 - December 3. It's a magical kingdom beneath the sea! Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' is a big splash of a family musical with eye-popping musical numbers and an award-winning score. A beautiful young mermaid named Ariel...
- Honky Tonk Angels, Farmer's Alley Theatre Dec 1-17,2017
- 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