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The Arts

July 2024
Throughout the month
Barn Theatre

A little nostalgia and airborne comedy are offered this month at the Barn Theatre, in Augusta.

Three women who work in a small-town pizza joint navigate life and love to the backdrop of music from the 1980s and ’90s in Mystic Pizza, based on the 1988 movie of the same name. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. July 9–13 and 16–20 and 5 p.m. July 14 and 21.

The Barn’s second July production, Boeing Boeing, will focus on what occurs after journalist Bernard’s three fiancées — all flight attendants who know nothing about each other — converge on his apartment at the same time. Show times are 8 p.m. July 23–27, July 30–Aug. 3 and 5 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4.

Tickets for each show are $43–$51 and available at barntheatreschool.org or by calling 731-4121.

July 10-14
Kindleberger Festival

The opportunity for an adolescent do-over is the premise of this free musical that will be presented at Parchment’s Kindleberger Park as part of the annual Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts.

Dan Lafferty plays the role of Mike, a 35-year-old who is magically transformed into his 17-year-old self, played by Colin Wesseldyk. Show times are 7 p.m. July 10–12 and 5 p.m. July 13 and 14. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

For more information, visit kindlebergerarts.org/festival.

July 12
Dormouse Theatre

This musical comedy-drama about Hedwig Robinson, a gender-queer East German singer who trails a former lover and bandmate who stole her music, will be performed at 7 p.m. at Dormouse Theatre, 1030 Portage Road.

For ticket prices, visit dormousetheatre.com.

July 12–20
Center Stage Theatre

The timeless tale of orphan Oliver Twist will come to life on the stage of the Comstock Community Auditorium, 2107 N. 26th St.

Trevor Schuster has the title role of the young boy who falls in with a group of street-urchin pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger (A.J. Brow) and overseen by the evil Fagin (Lou Price).

Show times are 7 p.m. July 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. July 14, 20 and 21. Ticket prices are $12–$15. For information or to purchase tickets, visit kzoocst.com.

July 17–28
Farmers Alley Theatre

This musical about washed-up rocker Dewey Finn turning a class of private school students into a guitar-shredding rock band will be performed at Kalamazoo College by Farmers Alley.

The show is based on the hit movie and has music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The local production will feature David B. Friedman as Dewey and Broadway actress Hannah Elless as Headmistress Rosalie Mullins.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. July 17–20 and 25–27 and 2 p.m. July 21 and 28 at the Balch Playhouse, in the Light Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $25–$52 and available at farmersalleytheatre.com or by calling 343-2727.

July 3 & 17
Different venues

There will be two chances to hear very different kinds of music performed by the KSO this month.

On July 3, the symphony, under the direction of conductor Julian Kuerti, will give a concert called Patriotic Pops at 7:30 p.m. in Bronson Park. The free concert will include works by John Philip Sousa and Aaron Copland as well as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

On July 17, KSO musicians will perform jazz, pop and show tunes in a concert titled Craft Music: Songs in the Summer. The event is at Bell’s Beer Garden, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., and tickets are $5–$25 and available at kalamazoosymphony.com.

Throughout the month
Various venues

Free outdoor concerts offering a variety of musical genres can be heard this month. The scheduled performances are:

  • Allie Garland & Sean Gibson, 5 p.m. July 3, Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners.
  • Tony Fields & Doug Decker, 5:30 p.m. July 3, Bates Alley, between Edwards Street and Portage Road, downtown Kalamazoo.
  • Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Patriotic Pops, 7:30 p.m. July 3, Bronson Park.
  • The Dirty Rain Revelers, 11:30 p.m. July 5, Bronson Park.
  • The Iconix, 5 p.m. July 10, Gilmore Car Museum.
  • Out of Favor Boys and Three of a Kind, 5:15 p.m. July 10, by Vicksburg Municipal Building, 126 N. Kalamazoo Ave., Vicksburg.
  • The Grace Theisen Band, 5:30 p.m. July 10, Bates Alley.
  • Kait Rose & Co. Presents a Fleetwood Mac Tribute, 7 p.m. July 11, Overlander Bandshell, 7810 Shaver Road, Portage.
  • Pinter Whitnick,11:30 p.m. July 12, Bronson Park.
  • The Bootstrap Boys, 6 p.m. July 12, outside the State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St.
  • The Iconix, 6 p.m. July 14, Flesher Field, 3664 S. Ninth St., Oshtemo Township.
  • Kalamazoo Concert Band, 6:30 p.m. July 15, Kindleberger Park,122 N. Riverview Drive, Parchment.
  • The Funny Dumplings, 4 p.m. July 17, Richland Area Community Center, 9400 East CD Ave., Richland.
  • Mama’s Hot Sauce, 5 p.m. July 17, Gilmore Car Museum.
  • Special Guest and Hurricaine, 5:15 p.m. July 17, Vicksburg.
  • Matthew Fries, 5:30 p.m. July 17, Bates Alley.
  • Kanola Band, 11:30 p.m. July 19, Bronson Park.
  • Skeletones, 8 p.m. July 19, Arcadia Creek Festival Place, 145 E. Water St.
  • Kalamazoo Concert Band, 6 p.m. July 21, Texas Drive Park, 6603 Texas Drive, Texas Township.
  • Kanola Band, 6:30 p.m. July 21, Kindleberger Park.
  • Grayson Barton, 3 p.m. July 24, Richland Area Community Center.
  • Glad All Over, 5 p.m. July 24, Gilmore Car Museum.
  • Tom Askey and Serita’s Black Rose Duo, 5:15 p.m. July 24, Vicksburg.
  • Yogi Lavender & DJ Chuck, 5:30 p.m. July 24, Bates Alley.
  • Shelagh Brown Band, 11:30 a.m. July 26, Bronson Park.
  • McKinney Brown Band and The Iconix, 4:30 p.m. July 26, Celery Flats Pavilion, 7335 Garden Lane, Portage.
  • Kalamazoo Academy of Rock, 4 p.m. July 28, Bronson Park.
  • Crossroads Resurrection, 6:30 p.m. July 28, Kindleberger Park.
  • Zion Lion, 5 p.m. July 31, Gilmore Car Museum.
  • Michael & Sophie McIntosh and Chick & The Boomers, 5:30 July 31, Vicksburg.
  • Out of Favor Boys, 5:30 p.m. July 31, Bates Alley.
  • The Concert Truck, 5:30 p.m. July 31, Richland Area Community Center.

For more information, visit kalamazooarts.org/summertime-live.

Throughout the month
Various venues
Michael Delaware

Several Michigan authors will present in-person talks at local libraries this month:

  • Sarah Steele, a poet and writer of children’s books, will give a spoken-word performance from her new book, a poetry memoir titled An Ocean Without: Learning to Embrace Boundaries, from 6:30–8 p.m. July 9 at the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Oshtemo Branch, 7265 W. Main St.
  • Michael Delaware, a nonfiction author and host of the podcast Tales of Southwest Michigan’s Past, will speak about his new book, Victorian Southwest Michigan True Crime, at 6 p.m. July 10 at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St.
  • Tobin Buhk, crime historian and author of 17 true-crime books, will give a presentation on Serial Killers of Michigan at 6 p.m. July 23 at the Portage District Library, 300 Library Lane.
July 10–15
Parchment

Theater, live music, and arts and crafts are part of the lineup for this annual festival, with the most active day of the festival being July 13.

That Saturday features a parade, a book and plant sale, an arts and crafts show, vendors, a car cruise-in and a community breakfast. The theater production this year is 17 Again (see the brief under Theater).

The Kalamazoo Concert Band performs July 15 as part of the festival and the park’s concert series.
For a complete festival schedule, visit kindlebergerarts.org.

July 12 & 13
Different venues

Two days of celebrating Black culture, artistry and businesses are planned for this annual festival.
The free event kicks off with a Youth Day from noon to 4 p.m. at a location to be determined. It aims to highlight the talents of youth through live performances and vendors. Representatives of youth-focused organizations will be on hand, and there will be games, face painting and food.

The next day in Bronson Park, artisans, entrepreneurs, musicians and representatives of local Black businesses will spotlight the talents of the Black community from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

For more information, visit blackartskalamazoo.org/baf.

July 12
Various venues

July’s Art Hop will serve as a launch for the Black Arts Festival (see the brief under Festivals), with a theme of celebrating Black arts and culture.

This free event, organized by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, runs from 5–8 p.m. More information can be found at kalamazooarthop.org.

July 20
Gull Meadow Farms

More than 100 artists are expected to participate in the Richland Art Fair, set for 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Gull Meadow Farms, 8544 Gull Road.

The outdoor fair, presented by the Gull Lake Area Community Volunteers, will feature artwork and handicrafts as well as live music and food vendors. There will also be children’s events available for a fee.

For more information, visit glacv.org/events.

July 13
Edison neighborhood

This family-friendly event, running from 2–6 p.m., will highlight the art and culture of Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood. The event will include live performances, art exhibits and activities at more than 20 venues. For more information, visit edisonneighborhood.com/waacc.

  • West Michigan Area Show, through Aug. 18.
  • Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined, through Aug. 25.
  • The Anniversary Gift: Promised Gifts from the Collection of Joy & Timothy Light, through Sept. 1.

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