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

  • Through 4/14: 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.

  • Through 3/17/19: Yew Jumped too Deep, Yew Buried the Land. Richmond Center of Visual Arts. Merging formal dexterity with nuanced approaches to race and gender and the experience of “living in the body,” Los-Angeles based artist Christina Quarles’ intimate drawings and lush canvases present worlds brimming with desire and discomfort, as well as profound suggestions about the psychological reach and physical limitations of mark-making. Drawn from two private collections, this unique exhibition at the Richmond Center features a pair of iconic paintings from the body of work that launched Christina’s career, as well as a suite of fifty drawings that create an unmistakable through-line from the artist’s earliest work to her present-day paintings. 269-387-2455. FREE.

  • Through 3/17/19: Second Thoughts. Richmond Center for Visual Arts. Second Thoughts refers to the artist's process of erasure and layering as well as cycles of ongoing change, the process of discovery, entrances and exits. 269-387-2455. FREE.

  • Through 3/17/19: Only the shallow know themselves. Richmond Center for Visual Arts. Working in sculpture and ceramics, painting, and video installation respectively, Kaylon Khorsheed, Sophie Lane Dennis, and Audrey Mills investigate the search for self and how objects, images, and spaces merge, fall apart, or splinter unexpectedly. 269-387-2455. FREE.

  • 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. https://www.kazoocivic.com/once-on-this-island-2018-2019

  • 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!" https://www.kazoocivic.com/madagascar-jr-2018-2019

  • Through 6/2/19: Math Moves! Experiencing Ratio and Proporation. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. In Math Moves! Experiencing Ratio and Proportion, visitors will explore key math concepts with activities that use their brains, senses, and entire bodies. Through the more than 20 interactive stations, Math Moves! invites visitors to work together to experience ratio, proportion, fractions, geometry, and much more in a physical, cooperative, exciting, and memorable way. Visitors will explore, play, and investigate math concepts as they move through the exhibit! Movie Ratios: Create a stop-motion movie and experiment with changing its speed and length. Comparing Forms: Visitors use their body and other measuring tools to explore how three proportional chairs differ in size. Scaling Shapes: Practice doubling the size of objects in three dimensions—height, length, and width—with varying levels of difficulty. Partner Motion: Compare your rate of motion to a friend's and create patterns as your movements are tracked on the screen. Math Moves! was created by the Science Museum of Minnesota. Mon. – Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & Holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.