Ongoing Exhibits, Attractions and Theatre

To see a list of special shows, events, concerts, and more please check out our detailed community events calendar here. For activities and attracts see the sidebar to the left. The following are "ongoing" or recurring exhibits, plays, and shows:

  • Feb 10th-Feb 19th: Water by the Spoonful. Gilmore Theatre Complex. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a deeply lyrical piece about everyday people trying to cleanse themselves from the constant struggle of substance abuse. Call for times. 269-387-6222. $.
  • Through February 12th: The Kalamazoo Civic Presents, "Side Show". Based on the true story of conjoined twins and famed early 20th century entertainers Violet and Daisy Hilton. Side Show is a remarkable musical about acceptance, love, and embracing one's uniqueness. Though they are conjoined, they yearn for very different lives. One twin loves the limelight, the other longs for a simpler life. Starting out as a circus side show act, they soon become stars on the Orpheum Circuit. Violet and Daisy seem to have everything they have ever wanted. But the one thing they don't have, is the fulfillment of their hearts' desires. Side Show features soulful music, stunningly beautiful lyrics and powerhouse show stopping numbers. Side Show is a true story that will touch audience's hearts. "Goes right to the heart of every emotion without ever becoming sentimental." - Chicago Sun-Times
  • Through Feb 12th: Women of Lockerbie. Gilmore Theatre Complex. In this poetic drama inspired by the tragic Pan Am 103 plane crash, the women of Lockerbie look to convert an act of hatred into an act of love that has no borders. Call for times. 269-387-6222. $.
  • Through Feb 19th: Poetry of Content: Five Contemporary Representational Artists. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Work by five painters rebuts the idea that representational imagery has gone into hiding. According to exhibition curator Jerome Witkin, Bill Murphy, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Joel Sheesley, Tim Lowly, and Robert Birmelin continue to "hone to perfection a body of work that I feel will last beyond our time. With more than 40 years as a painter and art professor at Syracuse University, Jerome Witkin has been a champion of representation. Poetry of Content is his examination and celebration of artists who share his interest. He writes, "With a few exceptions, there appears to be little interest in recognizable pictures that incorporate a realistic visual space, modeled figures and natural surroundings. The exhibition title, Poetry and Content describes what I think the public and student artists will discover when they examine the works by these mature creators. Unlike the great majority of the art world's 'favorites,' these five share their poetry with us. They continue, regardless of the neglect of museums and critics, to persevere." Tue. & Wed. 11 am - 5 pm; Thur. & Fri. 11 am - 8 pm; Sat. 11 am - 5 pm; Sun. 12 - 5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
  • Through March 12, 2017: Out of the Fire: Masterworks of Ceramics. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Although we may think of ceramics as a material used to create functional objects like vases, bowls, plate, and mugs, in the mid-20th century, ceramics moved from a traditional craft form to a material used to create unique sculptural works of art. This exhibition features work by some of the finest ceramics artists in the U.S. - Peter Voulkos, Ruth Duckworth, Rudy Autio, Paul Soldner, Don Reitz, Otto and Vivica Heino, and others - who marked the emergency of the American Studio Ceramics Movement. Tue. & Wed. 11 am - 5 pm; Thur. & Fri. 11 am - 8 pm; Sat. 11 am - 5 pm; Sun. 12 - 5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
  • Through March 19, 2017: Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape, Sculpture by Sayaka Ganz. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Guided by sensitivity to the environment and human habits of discarding objects, Ganz rescues and repurposes plastic utensils and household items as the material for her sculptural creations. Slotted spoons and colanders gain a second life as luminescent sea creatures that invite us to reexamine their relationship to the natural world, perhaps with special attention to the problem of plastics washing into our oceans. Tue. Wed. & Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
  • Ongoing through April 2017: The Golden Age of the Sports Car. Gilmore Car Museum. The Gilmore Car Museum will take guests back in time in this limited engagement exhibition, "The Golden Age of the Sports Car," featuring some of the most sought after sports cars of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, including a 1949 MG TD Roadster, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1961 Maserati 3500 GT, a 1967 Porsche 911, and many more. 269-670-5089 $.
  • Through April 13th, 2017: 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, handcrafted items, antiques, and much more!  Market will be closed Nov 1-2, Nov 8-9 & March 7-8. (Tue. & Wed.) 8 am-2 pm. 269-383-8761. FREE.
  • Through June 4, 2017: And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Curated by artist, historian, and national lecturer Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations features works of superb artistry that draw on the enduring American tradition of narrative storytelling through the textile art of quilting. The beautifully handcrafted quilts featured in And Still We Rise were created by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network and narrate the history of the African American experience, capturing the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Frederick Douglass to Mae Jemison to the first African American President. Through the accessibility of their colors, patterns, and symbols, these quilts can relate stories that enable conversations about sensitive topics from our history, furthering the conversation of racial reconciliation in America. As the founder of the nonprofit, 1,700-member Women of Color Quilters Network, Mazloomi is in a unique position to bring together quilts from more than 50 contemporary artists that reflect on moments in history that have contributed to transformations of social justice in America and across the globe. Comprising 67 unique story quilts, this is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that makes a spectacular collective visual impact and showcases the diversity, creativity, and power of a texture-rich, color-saturated folk art form. The quilts of And Still We Rise represent their artists’ mastery of a diverse range of fiber art techniques, among them free-motion quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, appliqué, fiber collage, fusing, and hand beading. Reflecting each artist’s unique story, training, and style, the materials incorporated into the textile narratives include cotton, batik, organdy, metal, newsprint, beads, found objects, photo transfers, buttons, shell, wood, and vintage fabrics. The works of And Still We Rise engage visitors to reflect on and respond to significant national events from the 17th century into the 21st century. The exhibition’s resonant theme is the triumph of the human spirit within African American culture. By exploring and unpacking events of four centuries through a female-dominated art medium, the quilts of this exhibition bear witness to and relate perspectives that written history has often neglected. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.