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 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.
  • Through April 15, 2018. Golden Legacy: Original Art from 75 Years of Golden Books. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Golden Legacy: Original Art from 75 Years of Golden Books, celebrates Little Golden Books' 75th Anniversary with an exhibit showcasing 65 of the original illustrations by many of the renowned artists who contributed to these classic children's stories. Little Golden Books originated in 1942, during WWII, and for the first time, children's picture-books were produced that were well illustrated, affordable to parents, and of high quality. Of the many great artists who contributed to the Little Golden Books, some were well-known European artists who were in New York because of the war conditions overseas. Other artists who participated were Walt Disney Studios alumni, as well as some well-known American artists. Included in the 75th Anniversary showing are additional pieces by contemporary artists as well. This exhibition displays the artwork of some famous classics such as The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, The Shy Little Kitten, Tawny Scrawny Lion, I Can Fly, The Great Big Fire Engine Book, and many others. Artists exhibited in the show include Tibor Gergely, Richard Scarry, Mary Blair, Gustaf Tenggren, Feodor Rojankovsky, Leonard Weisgard, A. Birnbaum, Gertrude Elliot, and David Diaz, among others. Mon. – Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & Holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE. 
  • Through 4/29/18 Top Secret: License to Spy. Kalamazoo Valley Museum.  Top Secret: License to Spy is based around a James Bond-style fantasy of exotic locations, high-tech equipment, and, of course, a mystery to solve. Through the task of breaking codes, using spy satellites, and creating elusive disguises, this exhibit explores the science and technology of the undercover world of spying and espionage. Equipped with a Spy File, visitors are presented with a scenario and six suspects. They will be challenged with gathering intelligence from selected exhibits to uncover information on the suspects, leading them on a journey of discovery into the lifelike world of what it is like to be a secret agent. Kids and adults alike will be amazed by the behind-the-scenes glimpse into this world in Top Secret: License to Spy. Mon. – Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & Holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
  • Through 5/13/18: My Hero! Contemporary Art and Superhero Action. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. My Hero presents a sprawling collection of international artworks that explore iconic superhero imagery, along with reimagined interpretations of our classic heroes. The artists in the exhibition both pay homage to these universal characters, and also present critical questions about their popularity and revered stature. Some artists in the exhibition also spin the fantasy further by imagining the hero as a child, as an aging adult, even as an animal. The variety of interpretations in My Hero is vast, challenging, and humorous, familiar yet new. Consider for yourself who is a champion in a wide array of media, including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, mixed media and video. Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
  • 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