2022 Gilmore International Piano Festival

2022 Gilmore International Piano Festival — A festival celebrating diversity of the piano repertoire and featuring world-class musicians, April 8–May 15, various area locations, 342-1166; see thegilmore.org for full schedule.

Young Artists of Kalamazoo County & High School Area Show

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

Young Artists of Kalamazoo County & High School Area Show — Works by youth from Kalamazoo County schools and works by high school students from Southwest Michigan, April 9–May 22.

Memoir

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Ste 103A, Kalamazoo

Memoir — Exhibition of two book-art projects by Mary Proenza: Truth Comes Slowly and her memoir in progress, through May 27, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Suite 103A, 373-4938, kalbookarts.org.

Westminster Art Festival: A Certain Slant of Light

Westminster Presbyterian Church 1515 Helen Ave., Portage, MI

Westminster Art Festival: A Certain Slant of Light — Annual exhibition combining visual arts and poetry, April 30–June 15, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1515 Helen Ave., Portage, westminsterartfestival.org.

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Camp

Portage Senior Center 320 Library Ln., Portage, MI

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Camp — A training program for beginners and those desiring to get back into the sport, for ages 12 and up, May 5–21, Portage Senior Center, 320 Library Lane; register at kalamazoobicycleclub.org/events/bike-camp.

Parchment Book Group

Parchment Community Library 401 S. Riverview Dr., Parchment, MI

Parchment Book Group — Discussion of The Impossible Mile, by Johnny & Becki Agar, 6 p.m. May 9.

The Forgotten Fights of the Kalamazoo Boxing Academy

Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI

Traces the history of the academy while focusing on fighters who recount their personal experiences, Feb. 5–Sept. 18.

Broken into 12 “rounds” in tribute to the structure of a boxing match, the exhibit will trace the history of the Kalamazoo Boxing Academy while focusing on fighters who recount their personal experiences there. Details about the gym and the communal living space at the house will be uncovered, along with stories about the fighting techniques and philosophies of the trainers that made the gym in Kalamazoo unique and successful.

Unveiling American Genius

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

This reimagining of the KIA permanent collection will illuminate the ingenuity and innovation that arise from all corners of American society. Unveiling American Genius demonstrates our commitment to an increasingly more inclusive and diverse representation of American artists within our holdings. The exhibition will explore key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx and other artists have told about our culture, art, and history.

Within this unique long-term presentation, viewers will see abstract and contemporary works, and reflections on traditional genres of painting, such as landscapes, still-lifes, and portraiture.

ARTbreak: Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part 3

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its sixth year. The nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance. At each of these ARTbreaks, KIA guests will hear from the KNAS residents about their experiences and artistic pursuits.

GLAMA Acoustic Slow Jam

Kalamazoo Public Library: Central 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI

GLAMA Acoustic Slow Jam — Join the members of the Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association for a jam based on simple chords and varying tempos, with all acoustic stringed instruments welcomed, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Van Deusen Room, Central Library, 315 S. Rose St.

Michigan Notable Author John Wemlinger

Parchment Community Library 401 S. Riverview Dr., Parchment, MI

Michigan Notable Author John Wemlinger — Author of The Cut, a novel about two people who fall in love in Manistee in 1870, 6–7:30 p.m. May 10.

Reading Race Group

Kalamazoo Public Library: Central 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI

Reading Race Group — Zoom discussion of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee, 6:30 p.m. May 10; registration required.

This book club, co-sponsored by the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE) and KPL’s Antiracism Transformation Team, focuses on race and racism in American society. Join us virtually for a discussion of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee in May.

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