AUGUST 26 LOOK CLOSER

August 26, 2013
Event Calendar
Union Cabaret & Grille
Wednesday, 9 pm
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Thursday, 9:30 pm
Shakespeare’s Pub
Thursday, 9pm
Bronson Park
Friday, 11 am
Old Dog Tavern
Saturday, 3 pm
Union Cabaret & Grille
Saturday, 9 pm
Kalamazoo Comedy Co.
Saturday, 9 pm
London Grill
Sunday, 4 pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Through August 31
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Sept.1- Oct. 31
Upcoming Events
Throughout Downtown
September 6
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Welcome Students 

Welcome all new and returning students to Downtown Kalamazoo! We are excited to see thousands of new faces, each getting ready start school next week. We wish all Cougars, Hornets and Broncos a great start to the semester! Connect to Downtown Kalamazoo via Twitter and Facebook. 

The Michigan Beer Film, September 14

Rhino Media Productions premiere’s their highly anticipated documentary The Michigan Beer Film on September 14th at the State Theatre. The documentary chronicles the explosive growth of the Michigan craft beer industry and takes a look at the challenges faced by brewers. Tickets are on sale now!

Grooving Grounds Festival, August 31
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate both the music and art scene in Kalamazoo in a festival with 30 different artists on two stages, then you’re in luck. Old Dog Tavern is holding the first Grooving Grounds Art and Music Festival on August 31st, featuring over 30 bands and artists, including some who will create work live. Click here for details. 

Reading Together

The Kalamazoo Public Library Reading Together program will feature two different books, each on the topic of food. The books are, The American Way

of Eating, and Farm City. Both authors have confirmed visits to Kalamazoo this upcoming spring. If you’d like to participate along with thousands of other Kalamazoo County residents, visit kpl.gov/reading-together

Underground Railroad Exhibit

There’s a new exhibit at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. From Sept.1-Oct.31, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the archaeology of the Underground Railroad in southwest Michigan.

The programs were inspired by historical and archaeological investigations conducted in Cass County, MI. Click here for exhibit details. 

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AUGUST 19 LOOK CLOSER

August 19, 2013
 North Kalamazoo Mall
Wednesday, 5pm
Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Thursday-Saturday
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Thursday, 9:30pm
Bronson Park
Friday, 11am
Epic Center
Friday, 6:30pm
Sangha Yoga
Friday, 6pm
Union Cabaret & Grille
Saturday, 9pm
Old Dog Tavern
Saturday, 1pm
London Grill
Sunday, 4pm
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
June 22 – Sept. 8
Western Michigan University
August 27
 LOOK INSIDE: Bell’s Brewery

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Last Mixer on the Mall, August 21
Catch the very last Mixer on the Mall today at 5 PM, with an ice-cold beverage and live music from the Bryan Michael Fischer Band. Sponsored by WVFM, 106.5.  Check the facebook event page for more information.

Click Downtown, August 30
Every fall, we bring WMU’s newest college students downtown to help them discover what Kalamazoo has to offer. The students will participate in a scavenger hunt and vote on which business best displays their W Pride. Next month, we do the same with Kalamazoo College’s largest incoming class. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for photos.

Sangha Yoga 10th Anniversary
Sangha Yoga will celebrate their 10th year of serving the Kalamazoo community as well as 10 years since Sangha Yoga Director, Karina Ayn Mirsky, survived her battle with Cancer. On Friday, August 23rd at 6 PM, a free celebration at the studio that will include dances of universal peace, toasts, reflection and gratitude.Click for details.  

Vintage Bicycle Show, August 24

Dust off that old bike in your garage and bring it out to Old Dog Tavern, Saturday August 24, for the Second Annual Brickyard Vintage Bicycle Show. Enjoy food and drinks while you mingle with other bike owners at the show. New and old bikes are welcome to show, sell, trade or buy. For more details, visit the event page. 

Bike Taxi 

Ryan Barber has made it his business to offer rides through the downtown on the vehicle he sometimes calls the Green Machine. He calls the business Taxi for Tips and riders pay whatever they think is fair. “Every night is different,” Barber says. “So many interesting people get on for a ride.” Read the full article. 

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August 12 LOOK CLOSER

August 12, 2013
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North Kalamazoo Mall
Wednesday, 5pm
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Thursday, 8pm
Bronson Park
Friday, 11:30am
Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Saturday & Sunday
Union Cabaret & Grille
Saturday, 9pm
Old Dog Tavern
Saturday, 9pm
Bronson Park
Sunday, 4pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Sunday, 12pm
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
June 22 – Sept. 8
North Kalamazoo Mall
August 21
Arcadia Creek Festival Place
August 22-24
Bronson Park
August 23
Western Michigan University
August 27
Arcadia Creek Festival Place
August 30-31
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Mixer on the Mall
Only two more Mixers for the summer! Performing at this week’s Mixer is the blue-eyed soul group the Marci Linn Band, and wrapping up the series on Wednesday, August 21st is the Brian Michael Fisher Band. This week’s Mixer is sponsored by Orrin B. Hayes. Check our calendar for more information.

Arcadia Rock Fest, August 16-17
Celebrate rock-and-roll for a good cause at the family-friendly Arcadia Rock Fest. The entertainment includes tributes to Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson. Plus, BBQ from Big Moe’s, Pig Out BBQ and more! Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Arcadia Creek Festival Place. Click here for event details. 

Final Concert in the Park of Summer, August 18
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Bronson Park for the very last Concert in the Park of the season on Sunday, August 18 at 4 p.m. The award-winning jazz group Hot Club of Detroit will wrap up the season with their unique acoustic-electric sound.  Visit the Arts Council’s website for more info.

New Car Show, August 22-24
Seven local car dealers will join together at Arcadia Creek Festival Place August 22-24 to give you a preview of nearly 100 new cars. At this free event, each dealer will offer a chance to win prizes, and sales people will be on site to respond to shopper inquires. Bring the kids on Saturday for face painting and other fun activities. Gates open August 22nd at 11 a.m. Click here for event details.

September National Library Card Sign Up 
Help grow your local award-winning Kalamazoo Public Library by encouraging friends, family, and customers to sign up for their very own library card during National Library Card Sign Up Month in September. Remember: even if you don’t live in KPL’s district, you could still get a card. Read more on the Library’s blog.

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AUGUST 5 LOOK CLOSER

August 5, 2013
Event Calendar
Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Wednesday, 5pm
Michigan News Agency
Wednesday, 6pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Thursday, 12pm
Old Burdick’s/ Webster’s Prime
Thursday, 6pm
Bronson Park
Friday, 11:30am
Gazelle Sports
Friday, 8am
Shakespeare’s Lower Level
Friday, 9pm
Burdick’s for Breakfast
Saturday, 9:30am
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Sunday, 11am
Bronson Park
Sunday, 4pm
Farmers Alley Theatre
July 19- August 11
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
June 22 – Sept. 8
Upcoming Events
Arcadia Creek Festival Place
August 16-17
Western Michigan University
August 27
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Mixer Bike Night with Combat Corduroy
Attention all Motorcycle and Mo-Ped owners: Tonight’s the night to show off your ride at Mixer. Free entry and parking at the Arcadia Creek Festival place beginning at 5pm today. Also, enjoy live music from the four brothers of local band Combat Corduroy. Today’s Mixer is sponsored by Parker Hannifin/Aerospace.

West Michigan Beer Tours Q&A
As Downtown Kalamazoo prepares to welcome five new beer-drinking opportunities to the Kalamazoo craft beer scene, West Michigan Beer Tours will partner with the breweries to offer public and private tours along with other breweries in the region. WMBT caught up with Tibbs Brewing Co. co-owner Kevin Tibbs to get an update on his brewery, due to open this fall. Find out more on the Downtown Kalamazoo Blog. 

Al Fresco Dining Downtown 
We are well into summer in Downtown Kalamazoo, and what better way to continue to soak up the sunshine than by enjoying the outdoors with a little ‘al fresco’ dining? With over 20 downtown restaurants, coffee shops and pubs with outdoor seating options, every corner of downtown has a comfortable spot to enjoy a bite to eat in the fresh air. Find out more on the Downtown Kalamazoo Blog.

Michigan News Agency Author Event
Michigan News Agency is proud to host Rob Haight at today’s author event beginning at 6pm. Haight is a WMU alum and teaches teaches writing, literature and meditation at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He will be reading Feeding Wild Birds, a collection of poems rooted in the Michigan landscape. Find more event details here. 

Burdick’s Character Breakfast

Burdick’s for Breakfast will host a character breakfast on Saturday morning, August 10. Have the kids dress up as their favorite storybook princess and have their picture taken with the princesses herself. Call (269) 226-3155 to make a reservation. Click here for event details. 

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Al Fresco Dining Downtown

Summer is in full swing in downtown Kalamazoo, and what better way to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the breeze than a little ‘al fresco’ dining?

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Old Dog Tavern outdoor seating

More than twenty downtown restaurants, coffee shops and pubs provide outdoor seating options for your dining pleasure.  Whether you are starting the day out with a coffee and pastry at Black Owl Café, taking the crew out for lunch at Old Dog Tavern, or winding down the day with table side guacamole and cocktails at Casa Bolero, there are plenty of options to choose from.

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Skydeck

You can observe Michigan Avenue’s hubbub from Skydeck’s high vantage point, enjoy the peace and quiet of Bell’s beer garden, or choose something right in the middle at Mangia Mangia. Check out the brand new patio seating at the Union Cabaret and Grill, or head back to an old standby like Shakespeare’s Pub.  From Up & Under all the way down to Harvey’s on the Mall, every corner of downtown has a comfortable spot to enjoy a bite to eat in the fresh air.  You can even enjoy Plainwell ice cream for dessert at the Spirit of Kalamazoo’s colorful tables, tucked into a cozy corner on Portage Street.

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Spirit of Kalamazoo outdoor patio

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Q&A with Tibbs Brewing Co. co-owner Kevin Tibbs

By West Michigan Beer Tours

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Downtown Kalamazoo is already home to Bell’s Eccentric Cafe and Olde Peninsula Brewpub, but the city is in the early stages of major craft beer growth.

There are five other brewery projects in various stages with Boatyard Brewing Co., Arcadia Brewing Co., Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co., Rupert’s Brew House and Tibbs Brewing Co.

West Michigan Beer Tours, a new Kalamazoo-based company offering public and private tours to the region’s breweries, as well as craft beer-friendly bars, restaurants and events, is excited to partner with these new breweries as they inch closer to opening. WMBT caught with Tibbs Brewing Co. co-owner Kevin Tibbs to get an update on his brewery, due to open at 402 S. Burdick St., near the Kalamazoo State Theatre.

WMBT: What is your tentative opening date?

Tibbs: We are planning to open in early fall – our goal is October.

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WMBT: How much work is left on the Burdick space?Tours

Tibbs: We’ve started some of the renovations already but there is still a lot that needs to be done.  We need to build the bar, paint, install the brewing system, and decorate.  It’s a smaller space so we think that when we begin work in earnest it will move along rather quickly.

WMBT: Describe some of the beers you plan to offer on the first day?

Tibbs: We are still determining our opening lineup. But tentatively, we are planning on our:

-Porter OG* 1.064, IBU** 27, ABV*** 7%

-Amber Ale OG 1.065, IBU 33, ABV 7.5%

-Stout OG 1.068, IBU 25, ABV 7.5%

-IPA OG 1.078, IBU 88, ABV 8.75%

-Citra Pale Ale OG 1.066, IBU 44, ABV 7.4%

We will also have a fall seasonal beer available along with our in house root beer (and possibly ginger ale and cream soda).

WMBT: Will you be participating in any upcoming events or offer a public tasting?

Tibbs: Until our licensing is completed we are not authorized to brew or sell our product legally.

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WMBT: What do you anticipate your annual production to be upon opening?

Tibbs: We are anticipating producing 75 bbl our first year.

WMBT: What type of food, if any, will Tibbs offer?

Tibbs: We are planning on offering fresh wraps, salads, and sandwiches (Panini’s). We will be open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday so we want to offer food that is quick and can be ordered ahead of time and picked up. We realize that many people working downtown don’t have enough time on their lunch break to sit down, order, wait for their food to arrive and eat so we want to offer good food that can be ready when they arrive or in a matter of minutes.

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Tibb’s Pale Ale and Belgian Tripel Ale

* OG = Original Gravity, measurement of the density of fermentable sugars in a mixture of malt and water.

** IBU = International Bittering Units, system of indicating the hop bitterness in finished beer.

*** ABV = Alcohol By Volume

How to contact Tibbs Brewing Co.:

Kevin@TibbsBrewing.com

Twitter @TibbsBrewing

www.facebook.com/TibbsBrewingCompany

How to contact West Michigan Beer Tours:

269-205-4894

info@westmichiganbeertours.com

aric@westmibeertours.com

@westmibeertours

www.facebook.com/WestMichiganBeerTours

Cheers!

West Michigan Beer Tours

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