Saturday. December 5, 2020

Culture

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RADFest

The Midwest RAD Fest is hosted and supported by southwest Michigan’s oldest professional dance company, Wellspring Cory Terry & Dancers. RAD stands for Regional Alternative Dance. It’s a juried event at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo featuring the best in modern, post-modern, and contemporary dance. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the RAD Fest. It includes performances, master classes, lectures, discussion panels, workshops, and networking events. More than 50 dancers from around the world will perform. Eight live performances will include site- specific works, and there will also be a program for longer dance works, four short works programs, a youth performance, and “Becoming Mary,” a family-friendly performance. An opening night celebration will take place at the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts on March 6.

Published: March 04, 2019

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The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre has something for everyone in its upcoming season, from Andre Lloyd Webber, to Disney and everything in between. The theater announced its coming season lineup at a gathering in the Civic Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 26. This season, the Civic is taking on a “Theatre for All” initiative, Executive Director Stephen Carver said in a news release. “During our 91st season, we will be furthering our commitment for the Civic to be the place where everyone is truly welcomed and celebrated,” he said. See what they have planned at the link.

Published: March 01, 2019

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It won't be snowing and it won't be too cold, so pretend it's Spring, and join the crowds downtown and elsewhere tonight. Art Hop gets bigger and bigger, spreading into new neighborhoods. Download a brochure of the night's art stops and events or check out the online calendar at the links below. 

Published: March 01, 2019

Brochure Calendar
https://www.kalamazooarts.org/event/keith-kirchoff-guest-artist-recital/
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The WMU School of Music presents another surprising contemporary music/avant-classical performance, with composer, performer, and lecturer Keith Kirchoff. Described as a “virtuosic tour de force” whose playing is “energetic, precise, (and) sensitive,” Kirchoff will explore the oft assumed diametrically opposed worlds of tonal beauty and discordant noise with six works for piano and interactive electronics.

Published: February 18, 2019

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Students from WMU's highly-regarded jazz music program take over downtown's Union Caberet and Grill and put their improvisational skills on the line, every Wednesday, from 7 to 10 pm. Mixing players, instruments, and styles in unpredictable ways, Wednesday Night Jazz Jams offers an ever-changing band with an ever-changing repetoire. And while they're playing, well drinks are half price. 

Published: February 14, 2019

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2NDWAVE: More than 1,200 people have responded online to indicate interest in AfroFest, a community-wide celebration of African culture. The event includes a full buffet, DJ, and a night of dancing. Organizer Daniel J. May said, “We were shocked to find out… how empowered people feel by the idea of a place to embrace the beauty of Black culture. We are excited to recreate the family reunion vibe, a huge event amongst African American families.” 

Published: February 14, 2019

2nd Wave Event
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Tickets are still available for a Kalamazoo Civic Theatre production that will feature award-winning television and Broadway stars. Edie Falco and Stephen Wallem - who worked together on "Nurse Jackie" – will entertain Kalamazoo audiences in a production of A.R. Gurney’s romantic play, "Love Letters," on the Civic Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. shows on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15. "Love Letters" is the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.

Published: February 13, 2019

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WMUK: The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new president. It announced on Tuesday, February 12, that CEO Peter Gistelinck is no longer there but didn’t give a reason for his departure. The KSO says it will pick an interim president by the end of the month and launch a national search for a permanent replacement. Gistelinck joined the KSO in March 2014. He attracted criticism from the union representing its musicians during contentious contract negotiations in 2016.

Published: February 13, 2019

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https://blackartskalamazoo.org/event/mahalia-1/
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As part of its fifth season, Kalamazoo’s Face Off Theatre Company presents the story of Mahalia Jackson, the gospel singer who became the musical voice of the civil rights movement. If you’re unfamiliar with her, watch her blow Dr. Martin Luther King’s mind on YouTube. Then take in her story and the gospel songs she made famous with Face Off’s “Mahalia,” at the Joliffe Theater, in The Epic Center, downtown.

Published: February 12, 2019

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Film Society

KNM: Kalamazoo Film Society and Celebration! Cinema, Crossroads, continue to put notable international, independent films on the big screen, with four features for the February Indie Film Fest. They are: “The Favorite” (d. Yargos Lanthemos), “Free Solo” (d. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi), “Shoplifters” (d. Hirokazu Koreeta), and “At Eternity’s Gate,” featuring Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh (d. Julian Schnabel).

Published: February 10, 2019

Film Society
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Arts Council

KNM: Eight short plays, written by eight local playwrights, produced by eight Kalamazoo theater organizations, will each be performed twice, over two days. Admission is zero dollars. Individual performances are four short plays each. All performances will be held in the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre, inside the Epic Center on the Kalamazoo Mall. Come out and see the many, committed moving parts of Kalamazoo's theater scene working together to make truly local art happen.

Published: February 03, 2019

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KNM: Two fun specialty events are happening mid-month at the Kalamazoo Expo Center – one involving exotic pets and the other involving exotic vinyl. Both feature many vendors, and event entry tickets prices are low – just enough to make the events possible. Hold a snake, and maybe adopt it. Hold a rare Miles Davis LP, and maybe buy it. The County provides a calendar of all Expo Center events, with handy links . (Photo: jazzfm.com)

Published: February 03, 2019

Calendar
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Event

KNM: Established in 2017, Aether Eos set out to explore what was possible with just a violin and a piano. The project inspired a range of notable composers to provide answers to that question. Kalamazoo has an early opportunity to hear the results on Wednesday, Feb 6, at 7:30 pm, in WMU’s Dalton Center Lecture Hall. For event info and a taste of what to expect, click below. The event is free.

Published: February 02, 2019

YouTube Event
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GR|Mag
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Soul Artistry LLC at The Union Cabaret & Grille present celebrated local singer Yolonda Lavender for a Saturday night concert at The Union on Kalamazoo's downtown mall. Starting at 9 pm, Lavender and The Rufus Ferguson Band will mix originals and covers of soul, R&B, blues, and jazz music. Check out Lavender's music on her Bandcamp page, and a 2018 profile from GR|Mag.

Published: January 31, 2019

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Cancelled due to weather, this event has been rescheduled for March 28. Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young will take his Kalamazoo audience through a rogue’s gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers and fakers― from the 19th Century to Donald J. Trump. Young says he started out writing about “why we deceive, and I ended up thinking about why we believe.” He says there are many reasons, “but a lot of it is because we want to.”

Published: January 29, 2019

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