OCTOBER 21 LOOK CLOSER

October 21, 2013
Event Calendar
Black Arts & Cultural Center
Friday-Sunday, 8pm
Gilmore Keyboard Festival
Sunday, 4:00pm
Mangia Mangia
Monday, 4pm-9pm
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Saturday, 11am – 4pm
State Theatre
Saturday, 8pm

Haunted History of Kalamazoo Tours

Bronson Park

Friday & Saturday, 6 – 8:45pm

Civic Theatre
October 18 – 26
Civic Theatre
Through Oct.27
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Through Oct. 31
Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Ongoing

Upcoming Events
Downtown Kalamazoo
 November 9
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
 November 9
Food Dance
November 13
Farmers Alley Theatre
November 1-17

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Theo & Stacy’s 40th Anniversary
The downtown location of Theo & Stacy’s will be celebrating 40 years of happily serving Kalamazoo great food. In celebration of this milestone, Theo & Stacy’s will be offering a dine-in throw back special during the whole month of November. Check out the specials on the Theo & Stacy’s facebook page.

Classes at the Civic Theatre

Civic Theatre’s Academy of Theatre Arts is offering many different opportunities  for people of all ages to grow their skill on and off the stage. Read here for more about the classes and workshops that are offered at the Civic this fall.

Safe Halloween, October 26th 
The city’s annual Safe Halloween offers families a free and safe way to enjoy Halloween. It is a day time event with three different locations; The Kalamazoo MallBronson Park and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum each hosting loads of fun including arts and crafts, entertainment, a costume parade, and of course plenty of candy! Kick off starts at 11 and ends at 4 pm.

Fancy Pants Theater Presents a New Show
Kiss of the Spider Woman will be presented at the Fancy Pants Theater on October 25th. The show will be running for seven days, Oct. 25, 26, 27, 31, and Nov. 1, 2, & 3, so be sure not to miss out! For more information about Kiss of the Spider Woman, visit the Fancy Pants Theater website.

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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SEPTEMBER 23 LOOK CLOSER

September 23, 2013
Event Calendar
Wine Loft
Wednesday
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Thursday, 9:30pm
Union Cabaret & Grille
Friday & Saturday, 9pm
Entertainment District
Friday, 9pm
West Michigan Glass
Art Center  Friday, 7pm

20th Anniversary Celebration  Water Street Coffee Joint Saturday, all day

Point1K  Kalamazoo Mall     Saturday, 11:30am

Walk & Run  Bronson Methodist Hospital  Sunday, 1pm

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Sunday, 2pm
Civic Theatre
Sept.27-Oct.20
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Sept.1- Oct. 31
Farmers Alley Theatre
Sept.20-Oct. 12
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Ongoing
Upcoming Events
Throughout Downtown
Oct. 4
Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Oct. 12
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Ultimate Extreme Ultra .1k Hospice, September 28

Join your fellow athletes on the Kalamazoo Mall to test your limits and run the distance of a full city block! Your participation will generate funding for important hospice programs in Southwest Michigan. Come early for food and games for kids, and stay late for great lunches and drink specials all day. Register at point1k.com

Water Street Coffee Joint Roasts to 20 YearsWe congratulate Water Street Coffee Joint, who has been serving up some of Kalamazoo’s best coffee for a generation now. To celebrate, they’re throwing a party this Saturday, September 28 at the downtown location. Live music, drink specials, and brewing demos. Check out their website for specifics.

WMU Med School Topping Off, October 2
WMU Logo

A great deal of ceremony – and even some superstition – surrounds the moment in construction when the last beam is put into place. It involves a crane, a United States flag, and a Christmas Tree. You’re invited to see it all 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 2, as the Medical School places the last piece of structure. Click here for the invitation.

Bronson Children’s Hospital Walk & RunBronson Children’s Hospital Walk & Run, formerly known as the Walk Across Kalamazoo, is picking up speed this year. Due to popular demand, a competitive, certified 5k run has been added to this year’s event. Register to participate this Sunday, September 29 at 1 PM.  Click here for more info. 

Donate Halloween Costumes

Make Halloween a special day for a local child by donating your new or gently used Halloween costume for this year’s Safe Halloween event, October 26. Safe Halloween is a day-time and free alternative to trick-or-treating which offers families a safe way to celebrate Halloween in downtown Kalamazoo. Click here for more info.

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SEPTEMBER 16 LOOK CLOSER

September 16, 2013
Event Calendar
Old Dog Tavern
Wednesday, 5pm
Union Cabaret & Grille
Thursday, 8pm
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Thursday, 9:30pm
Bronson Park
Friday, 11am
Tempo Vino WInery
Friday, 4pm
Shakespeare’s Pub
Friday, 9pm

Freaks N Geeks

Entertainment District
Sept.20-22

C&P Birthday Party

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Saturday, 1pm

 

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Sunday, 2pm
London Grill
Sunday, 4pm
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Sept.1- Oct. 31
Farmers Alley Theatre
Sept.20-Oct. 12
Upcoming Events
Michigan News Agency
Sept. 24
Civic Theatre
Sept.27-Oct.13
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Ultimate Extreme Ultra .1k Hospice, September 28

Join your fellow athletes on the Kalamazoo Mall to test your limits and run the distance of a full city block! Your participation will generate funding for important hospice programs in Southwest Michigan. Come early for food and games for kids, and stay late for great lunches and drink specials all day. Register at point1k.com

Family Movie Night in the Park, Spetember 20

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for a for a free movie night in Bronson Park. Enjoy “The Amazing Spider-Man,” under the stars, made possible by City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation. The movie will begin at dusk and activities and games will begin at 7pm. For more info, visit the facebook event page. 

Donate Halloween Costumes

Make Halloween a special day for a local child by donating your new or gently used Halloween costume for this year’s Safe Halloween event, October 26. Safe Halloween is a day-time and free alternative to trick-or-treating which offers families a safe way to celebrate Halloween in downtown Kalamazoo. Click here for more info.

Craft Brewery Update

They’re installing the fermenters, and filling the kegs just in time to warm you up for winter. With several new downtown breweries still under construction, you may be wondering when each one is scheduled to open. For the most recent update on the new breweries and their grand openings, read the full Mlive article.

Crawlspace Eviction Kicks Off 11th Season

Crawlspace Eviction is kicking off their 11th season with great pride and “rock n’ roll” level enthusiasm by pushing their comedy over the cliff in their show: “These Go To 11.” Shows are Friday and Saturday,
October 18 & 19, 8pm, at Farmers Alley Theatre. VisitCrawlspace Theatre Production website for more info.

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SEPTEMBER 9 LOOK CLOSER

September 9, 2013
Event Calendar
2nd Floor Radisson Hotel
Thursday, 6pm
Union Cabaret & Grille
Thursday, 8pm
Bronson Park
Friday, 11am
Homebrew Expo

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Saturday 11am
State Theatre
Saturday 7pm
Connect Kzoo

Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Saturday, 4pm
Shakespeare’s Pub
Saturday, 9pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Sunday, 2pm
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Sept.1- Oct. 31
Upcoming Events
Tempo Vino Winery
Sept. 20
Farmers Alley Theatre
Sept.20-Oct. 12
Civic Theatre
Sept.27-Oct.13
LOOK INSIDE: Ouzo’s European Grill

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Michigan Beer Film Premier, September 14

Don’t miss the premier of the Michigan Beer Film, crafted by downtown’s very talented Rhino Media Productions. The film, funded in large part through a successful Kickstarter campaign, documents the trials and triumphs of Michigan’s brewers…arguably among the most talented in their industry. Get tickets at theState Theatre website.

Kzoo Uncaged
There There are some amazing people in Kalamazoo doing really awesome things, and Kzoo Uncaged is highlighting a few of those who are making this a cool place to fall in love with (not surprisingly, there are numerous downtown connections in their stories already). Check out the people they’ve featured so far on their website.

Gilmore Rising Stars, September 15
Macau-born pianist, Kuok-Wai Lio, will perform as part of The Gilmore’s Rising Stars series at 4 PM this Sunday at the Wellspring Theatre. Not sure about a piano recital? You won’t find a more approachable venue, and you can always test the waters by listening to a recent performance at The Gilmore’s website. This is a highly-recommended performance.

Hayes to Reinvest Downtown

The Hayes family has been selling cars in downtown Kalamazoo since 1938, and now they are building a brand-new Mercedes showroom. The result will be a reinvigorated west end, including their new neighborsPedal Bicycles and Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewery, opening this fall. See more about their investment in this MLive article. Our thanks for the reinvestment in downtown!

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SEPTEMBER 2 LOOK CLOSER

September 2, 2013
Event Calendar
 
Sydney Fashions
Sept.5-7
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Thursday, 6pm
Shakespeare’s Pub
Thursday, 9pm
Bronson Park
Friday, 11am
Throughout Downtown
Friday, 5pm
Spirit of Kalamazoo
Friday, 5pm
Union Cabaret & Grille
Friday, 9pm

Big Boss Blues

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Saturday 9:30pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Saturday, 10am
London Grill
Sunday, 4pm
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Sept.1- Oct. 31
Upcoming Events
State Theatre
Sept 14. 7pm
Connect Kzoo

Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Sept. 14
Tempo Vino WInery
Sept. 20
Farmers Alley Theatre
Sept.20-Oct. 12
Civic Theatre
Sept.27-Oct.13
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Art Hop, September 6
Kick off the opening of the Arts Season in Kalamazoo with a packed Art Hop! Each stop is unique, featuring various art forms such as glass blowing demonstrations, singer-songwriters, photography and much more. See the complete brochure. 

Fall Fun at the Kalamazoo Public Library

Fall back to school, back to football, bonfires, cozy fireside gatherings and fall back to fund at the Library! September is jam-packed full of programs and events for the whole family, so mark those calendars with your favorite fall picks. Don’t have a library card? Sign up today and take advantage of what will be the most powerful card in your wallet. Read the full blog.

Anniversary Celebrations
September marks the 8th anniversary of Tempo Vino Winery and the two-year anniversary of The Spirit of Kalamazoo! Join the Spirit of Kalamazoo celebration on Friday, with free popcorn, beverages and sales! On Spetember 20, sample the latest wines paired with hors d’oeuvres from Irving’s Market at the Tempo Vino Anniversary Open House. 

Back to School for Grownups

Grownups can go back to school, too by taking advantage of the many classes offered throughout downtown, from yoga classes at Sangha Yoga, to glass blowing classes at the Kalamazoo Glass Art Center. You’re never too young or too old to learn new

skills and continue down a path of lifelong learning.

Read the full blog entry here. 

Box Office

The Civic Theatre will open up its 85th season with the award-winning musical, Les Miserables  on September 27. It’s not too early or too late to get your tickets to Les Mes or to the Farmers Alley sixth season opener on September 20, Ring of Fire, featuring all of Johnny Cash’s greatest hits! Visit the Civic Theatre andFarmers Alley website for prices and details.

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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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