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:

Exhibits, Attractions and Theatre

  • What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria. Photographer Jim Lommasson created a project that showcases the significant personal items that Iraqi and Syrian refugees brought with them when they immigrated to the United States. Along with their mementos, these refugees share their stories, telling us what it really means to have to leave one's homeland forever. In their search for a better future for themselves and their families, these small objects, images, and memories represent what they left behind. The more than 85 images and stories represent what brings all of us together: our love for family, friends, and home. All of the pieces in this exhibition will be presented in both English and Arabic. Kalamazoo Valley Museum Mon. – Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & Holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.

  • January 11 - January 27: Tenderly. From a humble Midwestern childhood in Northern Kentucky to topping the charts for nearly five decades, the story of Rosemary Clooney's remarkable journey offers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. In Tenderly, Rosemary Clooney's journey starts with her simple Maysville, Kentucky childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life - with a career fading during the advent of rock-and-roll, and her battles with addiction and depression. Tenderly includes classic standards by Irving Berlin, Jerry Ross, Harold Arlen, and many others - with songs such as "Tenderly," "Mambo Italiano," "Sisters" and more. The Civic is thrilled to bring audiences this new production by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, who also wrote our Civic Youth Theatre productions Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel and Sleepy Hollow, a Musical Tale.

  • Jan 23 - Feb 9: The Compleat Wrks Of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) Five performers, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in under two hours! An irreverent fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, this fast-firing comedy parodies all of the Shakespeare plays (plus the sonnets!) with only five performers in two acts. This play is full of energy as the characters run across the stage and keep you guessing how they will pull off the next play. The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 and later played at the Criterion Theatre in London, where it ran for nine years. It has become one of the world's most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages and is notable for holding the world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards - at 42 seconds!

  • Feb 8-17th: The Father. Now 80 years old, André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? Then Anne, a scheming woman who worries too much, tries to take his flat away - the beautiful flat he's had for over thirty years, in which he is still quite capable of living, thank you very much! His daughter Elise, the one he actually loves... where is she? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can't find his watch. Is he losing control? But André knows that he is a powerful man, a man of authority, and he will find some way to affirm it. After all, he still has all his faculties.... Doesn't he? Darkly humorous and deeply poignant, The Father is a tragi-comic mystery, a sobering and realistic family story, and an unsentimental, emotionally intense look at the world through the eyes of a man experiencing dementia.

  • Feb 22-March 10: Once on This Island. Currently enjoying a "ravishing revival" on Broadway at the intimate Circle in the Square Theatre Once On This Island is the captivating legend of romance. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy, Daniel, from the other side of the island and falls in love with him. Unknown to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with each other over which is stronger, love or death, and the stakes are Ti Moune's life. When Ti Moune pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, she is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love is not enough to win Daniel's love, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price. Once On This Island earned eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Celebrate storytelling with this joyous Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

  • March 8-15th: Madagascar. Alex the Lion is the king of the urban jungle and the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends - Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo
    - have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape - with the help of some exceptional penguins - to explore the world. Join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins, as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to "Move It, Move It!"