DECEMBER 16 LOOK CLOSER

December 16, 2013
Event Calendar
December 20,21,22
Old Dog Tavern
Friday, 5:30-10:30pm

London Grill

Friday, 7-10pm

 

Gingerbread Decorating

The Union Cabaret & Grille

December 20, 21

 

Rumpelstiltskin: The True Hero

Fancy Pants Theatre

December 19-22

 

I love a Piano

Farmers Alley Theatre

December 19-22

 

Gallery Talk

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Thursday, 12:00-1:00pm

Washington Square
Monday, 2:00-3:00pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Sunday, 2-3:00 PM
Upcoming Events
Downtown Locations
December 31
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
December 28
Food Dance
December 31
Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Downtown for the Holidays
For a memorable holiday experience head downtown because the city is full of holiday spirit and fun. Santa’s Workshop is a free program where children can visit with Santa, make crafts, and write letters to Santa. The Holly Jolly Trolley is a free way to get around downtown. Our holiday programming is generously supported by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation.

I love a Piano
Farmer’s Alley Theatre is now playing the musical, “I Love a Piano”, featuring music by Irvin Berlin. Berlin’s classics such as “White Christmas” are performed by an outstanding cast, which includes the estimable Lori Moore. I Love a Piano will be playing at through January 5, but shows are selling out. Click here to buy tickets.

Ugly Sweater Tour  
This Saturday is a perfect time to take out the ugly holiday sweater and head downtown. Take a fun holiday tour of Kalamazoo’s new local breweries while spreading holiday spirit. The crew will be meeting at Old Dog Tavern then heading to Ruppert’s Brew HouseGonzo’s BiggDog Brewing, and Boatyard Brewing. For more information, click here.

New Year’s Fest  skyline fireworks 2011
Whether you are continuing the tradition or starting a new one, mark your calendars for the always fun-filled New Year’s Eve Fest held on December 31. This fest includes events for the whole family including live music, jugglers comedy acts and more. All performances are held indoor at various locations downtown. Click here to read more about the event.

Holiday Video

Our very talented friends at Rhino Media Productions produced this video for us which features our friend Shelagh Brown. This will put you in the mood for a Trolley ride and a visit to Santa, both of which continue every weekend until Christmas. Check out the video here.

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DECEMBER 9 LOOK CLOSER

December 9, 2013
Event Calendar
The Civic
December 12-15
Cakes Boutique
Saturday, 11am-2:00pm

December 13,14,15

 

Sip and Shop

Cakes Boutique

Wednesday, 6-8:00pm

 

Rumpelstiltskin: The True Hero

Fancy Pants Theatre

December 12-15

 

I love a Piano

Farmers Alley Theatre

December 12-15

 

Student Recital

Crescendo Academy of Music

Saturday, 2:00pm

State Theatre
Saturday, 8:00pm
City Hall
Monday, 3 PM
Upcoming Events
The Alamo Drafthouse
December 22
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
December 28
Food Dance
December 31
Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Downtown for the Holidays
For a memorable holiday experience head downtown because the city is full of holiday spirit and fun. Santa’s Workshop is a free program where children can visit with Santa, make crafts, and write letters to Santa. The Holly Jolly Trolley is a free way to get around downtown. Our holiday programming is generously supported by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation.

New Businesses Open Downtown
We’ve had a slate of new businesses open just in time for the holidays. We’ll be featuring each on Facebook and our newsletter, but with limited space, we’ll link to them here so you’re in the know: Tibbs Brewing CompanyHite House CoutureThe Station Shop,Styles for all SeasonsKalamazoo Pilates & Barre Studios.

About Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc.  Luminary Lone
Ever wonder what we do here at DKI? It’s never the same day twice. Newsletters, social media, maintenance programs, management of the Festival Site, events, the parking system…just for a start. Here’s a quick reference page on our website so you have an idea of our responsibilities.

Peter Pan Continues 
The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre presents Peter Pan as an annual holiday tradition. MLive calls director Nicki Poer’s production “a magical dose of fairy dust for families,” saying that you will adore the lively and passionate cast. Peter Pan will runs until December 15.Click here to read the wonderful review from Mlive.

Food Dance Opens New Market

Last week, Food Dance opened their new and updated market. The market is full of house-butchered meats, cheeses, breads and pastries made at the restaurant, and many other delicious items that can be found when dining-in at Food Dance. Click here to read more about what the market has to offer.

Holiday Video

Our very talented friends at Rhino Media Productions produced this video for us which features our friend Shelagh Brown. This will put you in the mood for a Trolley ride and a visit to Santa, both of which continue every weekend until Christmas. Check out the video here.

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Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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DECEMBER 2 LOOK CLOSER

December 2, 2013
Event Calendar
The Civic
December 5,6,7,8
Food Dance
December 4 & 5

December 6,7,8

 

Holiday Art Sale

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

December 5,6,7

 

Art Hop & More

Downtown

Friday, 5:00pm

 

I love a Piano

Farmers Alley Theatre

December 6,7,8

 

Love to Dance

Epic Center

Saturday, 2-4:00pm

Olde Peninula Brewpub
Sunday, 9am-noon
Upcoming Events
The Alamo Drafthouse
December 22
State Theatre
December 14
Food Dance
December 31
Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Art Hop & More
Art Hop & More-May13This Friday is going to be the biggest Art Hop yet! There are 77 sites hosting artwork by local painters, photographers, sculptors, and more. It’s a chance to meet the artists, see their work, and show support. Bring the family down to this free all-ages event.

Holly Jolly Trolley Route
The Holly Jolly Trolley is a wonderful way to take in the holiday decorations and lights downtown. To ride, just wait at one of the stops shown on the map. To help you plan, it leaves Bronson Park at the top and bottom of every hour. Thanks to MLive Media Group and theIrving S. Gilmore Foundation, it’s free!

Artist Spotlight: Jon Reeves
Kalamazoo is populated with many talented individuals, including one of our favorites, Jon Reeves. Come see his works of steel, brass, copper and other materials at the Park Trades Center this Friday during Art Hop. You can see some of his work on our Facebook page or click here to read our latest blog on Jon Reeves.

Santa’s Workshop

Bring your children for a memorable holiday experience. Santa’s workshop is a place to enjoy the holiday spirit while making crafts, writing letters to Santa and other special events. Be sure to bring your camera to capture pictures with Santa and his elves. This is a free program  with support from the Irving S. Gilmore FoundationClick here to find out more information.

Holiday Video

Our very talented friends at Rhino Media Productions produced this video at last Friday’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. You may have missed us switching on the lights, but they’re still lit, the Trolley’s still running, and Santa is downtown every weekend until Christmas.Check out the video here.

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NOVEMBER 25 LOOK CLOSER

November 25, 2013
Event Calendar
The Civic
Begins November 29
Kalamazoo Public Library
Begins November 29

Begin November 30

 

Bizarre Bazaar

Bells Eccentric Cafe

Saturday, 11am-4pm

 

Live Music

Old Dog Tavern

Saturday and Sunday

 

The Last Laugh

Shakespeare’s Pub

Friday, 8:30pm

 

Matisyahu- Festival of Light

State Theatre

Sunday, 8pm

London Grill
Sunday, 4-6:00pm
Upcoming Events
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Begins Dec. 5-7
State Theatre
December 14
Olde Peninsula Brewpub
December 8
Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Theo and Stacy’s 35th Free Thanksgiving Meal
Restaurant owner, Stacy Skartsiaris, along with family members and volunteers have been busy preparing a Thanksgiving meal that is expected to feed 1,200 people this holiday. This will be the 35th year that Theo and Stacy’s have been providing free Thanksgiving meals. Click here to read more about this tradition.

Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday

Holiday events begin with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6pm on Friday. City Commissioners will read The Night Before Christmas, the lights will be lit for the first time this year, and the festivities of the holiday season will begin. Click here to find out about Holiday Events Downtown.

Small Business Saturday, November 30
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a chance to enjoy a more relaxed day of holiday shopping. Park the car downtown and stroll the shops to find the perfect gift. Stop for lunch, maybe a movie, visit Santa, and take a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley. Be sure to pick up an I Shop Local sticker to enjoy some special perks! Click here for more info.

Holly Jolly Trolley Route, Begins Friday
The Holly Jolly Trolley is a wonderful way to take in the holiday decorations and lights while getting around downtown. To ride, just wait at one of the stopsshown on the map. To help you plan, it leaves Bronson Park at the top and bottom of every hour. Thanks to Mlive Media Group and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, it’s free!

Santa’s Workshop, Begins Saturday

Bring your children for a holiday experience that they are sure not to forget. Santa’s workshop is a place to enjoy the holiday spirit while making crafts, writing letters to Santa and other special events. Be sure to bring your camera to capture pictures with Santa and his elves. This is a free program of Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc with support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. Click here to find out more information.

DKI Strategic Review

During 2013, Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc. went through a deep analysis of our structure and programs. As a primarily tax-funded organization, we’ve felt the pinch of the recession, and we need to stay focused on how we continue to improve YOUR downtown. We’ve posted thestrategic review on our website for you to read, and we look to hear from in our upcoming Public Conversations.

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Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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NOVEMBER 11 LOOK CLOSER

November 11, 2013
Event Calendar
Farmers Alley Theatre
November 1-17
Kalamazoo Book Art Center
Saturday, 10am- noon
Central Library
Wednesday, 7-8:30pm
Various Downtown Locations
Begins Nov. 7-17
The Union Cabaret and Grill
Thursday, 6:15-8:00pm

Whisky Before Breakfast

London Grill

Friday, 7-10:00pm

 

Wellspring Theater
Begins Nov. 14,16, & 17
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Saturday, 11:00am-1:00am
West Michigan Glass Art Center

Saturday, 10:00am

Upcoming Events
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Begins Dec. 5-7
The Civic
Begins  November 29
Bells Eccentric Cafe
November 30
Beginning November 30
Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Alamo Drafthouse Grand Opening
The Alamo Drafthouse will have its Grand Opening on Monday, November 18th. But, soft opening begins this weekend on November 15th through the 17th. Reserve seats now, and enjoy 50% off on food and non-alcoholic beverages during the Alamo’s soft opening. Click here to reserve seats for movies.

Festival of Sacred Music
This bi-annual festival continues this week in and around downtown Kalamazoo, including the Library and our beautiful, historic churches surrounding Bronson Park. The diversity of offerings is what makes this a wonderful festival, with a selection from almost every tradition. Check their website for more details.

Downtown for the Holidays

There’s magic in the air downtown during the holidays. The lights, the shop windows, and the food turn every night into a special event. Come downtown for the relaxed shopping and a trolley ride, or a stroll through Candy Cane Lane. Click here to find out about Holiday Events Downtown.

Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Zoo

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. As part of that celebration,Startup Zoo is hosting events all week beginning November 18. Check their website for details!

Public Conversations with DKI
We want to hear what you’re thinking – in person, if possible. Please join us at 9:00 AM on November 20 at the Rio Coffee.News.Gifts in the Radisson for a conversation about downtown Kalamazoo issues. If you’re unable to attend, we always take your thoughts via FacebookTwitter and at dki@dki.org.

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NOVEMBER 4 LOOK CLOSER

November 4, 2013
Event Calendar
Farmers Alley Theatre
November 1-17
Downtown
Saturday, 11am
Civic Auditorium
Thursday, Nov. 7
Various Downtown Locations
Begins Nov. 7th
State Theater
Saturday, Nov.9
8:00pm

Whisky Before Breakfast

London Grill

Friday, Nov. 8

7-10:00pm

 

Parish Theater
Begins Nov. 8
Radison Plaza
Friday, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Saturday, Nov. 9
Noon- 4:00pm
Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Ongoing

Upcoming Events
The Union Cabaret and Grill
November 14
The Civic
Begins  November 29
Bells Eccentric Cafe
November 30

Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Holiday Parade, Saturday
The Holiday Parade will be kicking off at 11:00 am this Saturday, November 9th. The streets will be filled with festive holiday music, floats, balloons & cheer, presented by Maple Hill Auto Group. Rumor has it that Mr. and Mrs. Clause will be on the Mall from 1-2pm! Visit here for more information.

Loaves and Fishes Food Drive
Looking to make this the biggest one-day food drive yet! On November 9th, we will be collecting non-perishable items during the Holiday Parade. Meijer has provided shopping carts that will be pushed by volunteers to collect donated items during the parade. Click here for more information.

Collected Stories 

The thought-provoking drama, “Collected Stories” written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Donald Margulies, will continue running at Farmers Alley Theatre, with the last show scheduled for November 17. MLive.com has reviewed the play as, “Two women who take a funny, bitter-sweet stroll towards a harrowing unresolvable and emotional/intellectual conflict.” Click here to read the review by MLIVE.COM

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
This bi-annual festival takes place in and around downtown Kalamazoo, including the Library and our beautiful, historic churches surrounding Bronson Park. The diversity of offerings is what makes this a wonderful festival, with a selection from almost every tradition. Check their website for more details.

 Blogs to Read

Be sure to check out our blog to read an article from Kathy Jennings on this week’s Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. Our blog also includes a post on Why Alamo Drafthouse is worthy of Kalamazoo. After reading about the Alamo, be sure to view our LOOK INSIDE: Alamo Sneak Peek.

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OCTOBER 28 LOOK CLOSER

October 28, 2013
Event Calendar
Farmers Alley Theatre
November 1-17
Downtown
Friday, 5-9:00pm
Mangia Mangia
Monday, 4pm-9pm
Food Dance
Tuesday, Nov. 5th
6-8:00pm
London Grill
Friday, Nov.1
7-10:00pm

Country Night

Shakespare’s

Wednesday, Nov. 6

9pm-2am

 

Fancy Pants
October 18 – 26
Old Dog Tavern
Wednesday, 5:00pm-2am
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Through Oct. 31
Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Ongoing

Upcoming Events
Downtown and Nearby
Begins November 7
Downtown Kalamazoo November 9
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
November 9

Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Holiday Parade, November 9
The Holiday Parade will be kicking off at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, November 9th. The streets will be filled with festive holiday music, floats, balloons & cheer, presented by Maple Hill Auto Group. Rumor has it that Mr. and Mrs. Clause will be on the Mall from 1-2pm! Visit here for more information.

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, Begins Nov 7
This bi-annual festival takes place in and around downtown Kalamazoo, including the Library and our beautiful, historic churches surrounding Bronson Park. The diversity of offerings is what makes this a wonderful festival, with a selection from almost every tradition. Check their website for more details.

Art Hop, November 1
June Art Hop

There are many downtown Art Hop stops to check out this Friday. Among your visits, be sure to check out the Park Trades Center’s Open Studio night, and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum will be hosting a free performance by Big Boss Blues. Download the complete brochure.

Loaves and Fishes Food Drive
Looking to make this the biggest one-day food drive yet! On November 9th, we will be collecting non-perishable items during the Holiday Parade. Meijer has provided shopping carts that will be pushed by volunteers to collect donated items during the parade. Click here for more information on how to push a cart or to donate items.

Holiday Parade Volunteers 

We need 100 volunteers every year to keep the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade running smoothly, so join us in this fun and easy way to spread the holiday spirit. Most of these jobs are one-day commitments, so come wrangle, carry, distribute or greet. Visit here for more information.

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