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
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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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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

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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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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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DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

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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