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
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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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Why Alamo Drafthouse is Worthy of Kalamazoo

Alamo SeatingThere are good reasons why Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas have been named the “Best Theater in America,” and on November 15, Kalamazooans will know why. They were kind enough to give us a sneak peek this week, so we’re giving you a heads up. Pretlzes

The first reason is the food. Items made from scratch, including a tantalizing Queso Blanco which can be served on its own, with pretzels, or as a condiment on their burgers. They make their own pizzas (gluten free crust available), and they offer salads, sandwiches, and wraps as well. It’s a simple menu, done right.

Don’t forget dessert. The shakes are made with real ice cream, and flavor combinations include Salted Caramel and Mexican Vanilla. They make their own cookie dough, and the cookies come from the oven in just 8 minutes. Place your order at the right time, and you’ll be biting into a warm, soft cookie during the denouement. Bonus points if you know what denouement means without googling it.

The beer list is amazing, too. Dozens of craft brew kegs, most of them from Michigan breweries, are already in the coolers and connected to the tap lines. They have a full bar available, and if you’re looking for something special, try the Maker’s Mark Milk Punch Shake.

To keep the ordering unobtrusive, there are nine servers for each of the larger screening rooms (seating 250 each). Servers keep watch over you, and when you fill out an order card, they stop by to pick it up in silence. To keep the audience unobtrusive, they have a no-texting policy that is enforced strictly. They’re actually famous for it.

In the end, however, Alamo Drafthouse is about the films. Movie lovers will appreciate their combination of the latest blockbusters – opening weekend will include Ender’s Game and Thor – along with classics like Singin’ in the Rain, the cultish Clockwork Orange, and Woody Allen’s most recent film, Blue Jasmine. We have our tickets, reserved seats and all.

Worried about prices? New movies will be competitive with other cinemas in the area, and re-releases may come at a special price (Blue Jasmine for $2 during the pre-opening weekend?!?!). And on Saturday and Sunday mornings, they will offer free Kids Camp movies, starting on November 23 and 24 with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good”).

Expect to see special events, like the Totally 80’s Sing-Along on November 22, and curetted movie selections from the macabre to family-friendly features. Expect to see some humor in the halls, some great people assisting you, and a beautiful facility (yes, they kept the orange bathrooms).

In short, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Kalamazoo is a match made in heaven: the best theater in America meets the best downtown in America. Not that we’re biased, of course, but a good thing just got better.

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music 2013

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music announces full lineup for 2013 

KALAMAZOO — From the opening concert — the Sound and Spirit of Kalamazoo — to the festival’s  conclusion — the Earth Music of Paul Winter Consort — the wide range of musical styles, international influences and faiths represented is unmistakable. This is the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.

This year a series of collaborations between the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and groups from across Kalamazoo offers festival-goers a unique opportunity to hear music from across the world and from across town. In a series of both ticketed and free events, the Festival gives its audiences a chance to learn more about the cultures of India, Russia, Turkey and the Middle East.joshua_nelson_1

“We are broadening the understanding of our work this year by asking, ‘What’s sacred to you?’ to help people realize the breadth of our mission,” said Elizabeth Start, Michigan Festival of Sacred Music Executive Director. “Many people’s answers might include ‘the environment’ and ‘human dignity.’ These are the common threads that we find in all faiths and thus are also part of the fabric of our festival.”

The 2013 festival also is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Wen Chao Chen, one of the founders of the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, who died in 2012. The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music was his brainchild and he served as a valuable consultant for the Festival until his death. He was a master at bringing together community in common efforts and today the Festival strives to carry on in that spirit.

The event spans 10 days and multiple events are scheduled on three of those days. Tickets are $25 for the Paul Winter Consort and $5 for students. For the five other ticketed events admission is $20, or $5 for students. Festival passes are $115.

Fringe events include educational opportunities and special fundraising events.

Here is the full 2013 Festival lineup.

It all begins Nov. 7 with the Sound & Spirit of Kalamazoo, a program that samples the work of area musicians representing diverse faiths. Highlights include Bell Book & Canto, organist Robert Jordan, Michigan Hiryu Daiko/Flying Dragon Drummers, Borgess Resounding Spirit Choir, dancer Carmen Chamochumbi, Sikh musicians Rajwinder Kaur (baja and vocalist) and Gaggan Singh (tabla), and a Taize duo with Carolyn Koebel and Elizabeth Patterson. The 7 p.m. performance is at First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, 315 W. Michigan. (Free) Paul_Winter_Crestone2_

A collaboration with St. Augustine’s “Sacred Music at the Cathedral” series presents Scott Montgomery, an acclaimed, prize-winning organist, sought after for organ dedications, national conventions and programs in concert halls and churches across the United States. He performs in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at  St. Augustine’s at 542 W. Michigan Ave. and presents a masterclass there at 10 a.m. Nov. 9. (Free)

The Native American group Sons of the Three Fires will be at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St., the afternoon of Nov. 9. They will present two short, family-friendly performances at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in a program offered in collaboration with the library. Both programs will feature a Grand Entry, with a Welcome Song by Sons of the Three Fires, a Veterans Song in honor of those who have served our nation, Inter-Tribal or friendship dances as well as specialty dances such as the Crow Hop, Buffalo Dance, Two-Step, and more, including the Hoop Dance featuring young award-winning dancer Mary Bush. (Free)

The spotlight turns to India Nov. 9 for Chattur: Sacred Indian Music and Dance Quartet. Meaning “four” in Sanskrit, Chattur is a novel music and dance quartet drawing from the ancient and sacred classical traditions of India. The ensemble blends the two most popular pitched drums from South and North India, the mridangam and tabla, respectively, with the timeless bamboo flute and rich bharatanatyam dance form. The evening features Kalamazoo native and mridangam expert Rohan Krishnamurthy. He appears with renowned tabla virtuoso Samir Chatterjee, flutist Raman, and dancer Mallini Srinivasan. Krishnamurthy, recognized as a percussion prodigy on the South Indian drum, has been touring since age 9. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from Kalamazoo College, two Master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and completed his Ph.D. in musicology at Eastman. He has spearheaded new cross-musical collaborations with eminent symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, dancers and distinguished musicians including Grammy Award-winners. Chatterjee travels widely across the world performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and non-Indian musical traditions. He also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. V.K. Raman, one of the leading flutists in the Carnatic style of music, started learning flute at the age of 9 and at the age of 15 he started giving full-fledged concerts with many prestigious organizations in India and abroad. Malini Srinivasan is a third-generation bharatanatyam  choreographer, dancer and teacher. Chatur: Sacred Indian Music and Dance Quartet makes its MFSM appearance at 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 315 W. Michigan. (Ticketed)

Nov. 10 is a big day for the festival with two major concerts. Illinois-based choral ensemble Cor Cantiamo premieres Daniel Knaggs’ new work commissioned by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and the Briner Lectureship of First Presbyterian Church. “Hear My Voice,” will be presented under the direction of conductor Eric A. Johnson, who thrilled an audience in the off-festival year with a choral group he leads from Northern Illinois University. The group performing this year, Cor Cantiamo, was founded in the spring of 2009 to present contemporary choral music and foster the work of new composers. All of the members of this choir are professional musicians living in the Chicago area and nearly all are alumni of the NIU Choral Program. The performance is at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South St. (Ticketed)

Cor Cantiamo also will present a workshop with composer Daniel Knaggs, in preparation for the premiere of his new work commissioned for the 2013 festival. This workshop at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and Sunday’s premiere concert by Cor Cantiamo are co-sponsored by First Presbyterian Church’s Briner Lectureship, which is celebrating its 20th year. (Free)

Knaggs, a native of southeast Michigan, presently pursuing doctoral work at Rice University, is a concert composer who works in a wide range of media and styles. He has lived in France, Mexico and Nicaragua. Many aspects of these diverse cultures and languages find their way into his music. His music is heard in concert halls, churches and radio broadcasts in both Europe and the Americas. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, and the U.K. This summer Knagg’s “Delusions of Charles the Bold” received its world premiere performance by the Mexico City Philharmonic.

In the second big performance of the day, African American Jewish gospel singer Joshua Nelson appears at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at at the Congregation of Moses, 2501 Stadium Drive. Nelson recently has been named one of Time magazine’s top 10 Jewish music stars. When he was 8, Joshua Nelson discovered an album by Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel, in his grandparents’ record collection, and he fell in love with her singing. During his teens and early 20s, he became widely celebrated as a gospel singer. Born and raised Jewish, he continued his studies of Judaism, including two years on a college and kibbutz program in Israel. There he clarified his understanding that throughout history, Jews have always integrated Jewish law and religious practices with the cultural context in which they lived; for example, as Nelson points out, any ethnic style of cuisine can be Jewish if it is kosher. Upon his return from Israel, Nelson began to apply this understanding to music, beginning what has been called “a revolution in Jewish music” by combining Jewish liturgical lyrics with one of America’s best-known indigenous musical forms; thus kosher gospel music was born. For Nelson, kosher gospel is a way to claim both parts of his identity as a Black Jew. His appearance is co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan with support, in part, from the Ravitz Foundation and the Congregation of Moses. (Ticketed)

Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Joseph and Grace Byrd present Guided Meditations, a mixture of music and reflections, co-sponsored by Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd., where the event will take place. The Byrds, in a program they call “From Words to Wordlessness” lead participants through a mystical terrain, including images from William Blake’s oeuvre, stories from their work with Shakespeare Behind Bars, and meditative exercises on the structure and substance of the music of Vaughan Williams, John Beall, and Arvo Part. (Free)

The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music collaborates with the Turkish American Society of Michigan to present Turkish musicians and whirling dervishes at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth, 3427 Gull Road, Konya Turkish Tasawwuf Music Ensemble was established in 1991 to commemorate Rumi, distribute Rumi’s thoughts on love, his tolerance to the world, and to present the whirling dervish ceremony. The ensemble never changes its traditional style and protects the form of the dance. The group interprets religious music such as divine music and blessing music. The ensemble has given numerous concerts in nearly 50 countries. The evening at Holy Family Chapel ends with Turkish coffee. (Free)

Ugandan musician Samite, a music therapist who has worked with child soldiers, among others, was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute. When he was 12, a music teacher placed a Western flute in his hands, setting him on his way to becoming one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutists. He performed frequently to enthusiastic audiences throughout Uganda until 1982, when he was forced to flee to Kenya as a political refugee. Samite immigrated to the United States in 1987, and now he and his wife Sandra make their home in Ithaca, N.Y. Today his smooth vocals accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes draw audiences throughout the world. Samite has released eight CDs internationally. He appears at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S Rose St. in collaboration with their Wednesday night concert series. (Free)

The Southwest Michigan Taize Collective with guest artist Elden Kelly presents  a multi-faith, nature-themed Taize program at 7 p.m. with a pre-concert instrument petting zoo at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave. The program that also features local favorite Carolyn Koebel will include music, songs, chants, and meditations from a host of the world’s most beloved spiritual traditions, with an underlying theme of the natural world. The Southwest Michigan Taize Collective came together nearly three years ago out of a shared interest in multi-cultural, inter-faith ministry. Group members combine broad interests in traditional musics of the world, as well as a broad palette of instruments, sounds and timbres reflective of diverse cultural traditions. (Free)

Russian Choir Golosa returns to the Festival in a collaboration with Kalamazoo’s Russian Festival at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The group, which is always very well-received in its Kalamazoo appearances, performs music that comes from songs heard in the earliest years of the 20th century in villages throughout Russia, and those songs in turn were the latest incarnation of music many years older still. The group sings sacred and secular Russian folk songs in a mixed-voice a capella ensemble, and performs all year long throughout the Chicago area and beyond. Golosa strives to preserve the music and culture of the Siberian Old Believers and of Russian folksinging in general. (Ticketed)

On Nov. 16, clarinetist James Falzone performs a clarinet meditation program at 3 p.m. at Holy Family Chapel. Falzone last appeared in Kalamazoo as part of the Le Bon Vent program in 2011. “Sighs Too Deep For Words” uses the words of St. Paul as the starting place for an exploration of mindfulness and contemplative practice through sound. It incorporates clarinets, ritual bells, shruti box, and percussion. The work has been performed by Falzone in the United States, Canada and Europe.

James Falzone’s ensemble Allos Musica will present repertoire from the Middle East, Andalusia and Brittany, and Falzone’s original compositions, many newly composed especially for the 2013 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. The concert incorporates wind, string, and percussion instruments from around the globe. The ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth, 3427 Gull Road. (Ticketed)

The Paul Winter Consort performance at Chenery Auditorium brings the festival to a close on a high note. Winter is known for Earth music that celebrates the Grand Canyon, the old-growth forest of the nation’s Northwest, the ocean, the moon and the sun, and annual, well-known solstice celebrations. He brings the songs of the spotted owl, the timber wolf and the humpback whale into his works. His many awards from environmental, animal and humanitarian organizations make him a perfect artist to culminate the 2013 festival. His appearance is possible this year through a collaboration with the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The concert will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Chenery Auditorium. (Ticketed)

About the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, founded in 2000, is a nonprofit corporation supported by individual and business donations and numerous grants, including those from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Arts Midwest, Burdick-Thorne Foundation, Discover Kalamazoo, Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation.

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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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DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

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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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

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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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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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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DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

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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