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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

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

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

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.

Portage Farmers Market

Portage City Hall 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo

Portage Farmers Market — With farmers, vendors and music, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Sundays, May through October, Portage City Hall, 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., 329-4522. The Portage Farmers Market supports and strengthens opportunities for farmers, local specialty food producers and artisan entrepreneurs, that contribute to the overall health of the community. 

Vicksburg Vintage Market

Vicksburg Michigan Pavilion 300 N. Richardson, Vicksburg

We are a Market of Antique & Vintage Items including Books, Glassware, Jewelry, Vintage Clothing, Housewares and Collectibles. All Markets are the 3rd Sunday of the month and the schedule for this year's markets are May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, and September 18. All Markets are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pavilion at the "Vicksburg Historical Village" at 300 N. Richardson in Vicksburg, MI.

Colors! Shapes! Patterns!

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

The Upjohn Mason Grandchildren’s Gallery is awash in vivid colors, fun shapes, and interesting patterns – some of the fundamental building blocks of art. Let’s explore how artists have used these elements in different and unique ways. Do any of these shapes surprise you? Can simple colors make a realistic picture? Can a pattern evoke a feeling? Consider these elements and then see if you can identify them in our other galleries or even outside of the KIA!

Linling Lu: Musical Meditations

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Linling Lu: Musical Meditations is an exhibition of recent and new works that continues the artist’s investigations and responses to sound and color. Inspired by various musical genres, such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s cello suites and Japanese Taiko master Eitetsu Hayashi’s drum piece, Fertility of the Sea, Lu channels these musical encounters, creating circular compositions that become physical manifestations of the music playing in her studio.

Unveiling American Genius

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

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.

Dirt, Ash, Dead Tree

Face Off Theatre Company 1030 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo

Face Off Theatre Company and Queer Theatre Kalamazoo present a story of a young Black boy who drifts into a fantasy world of memories and monsters in search of his home and a will to live, 7:30 p.m. May 13 & 14, 2 p.m. May 14 & 15, Dormouse Theatre, 1030 Portage St., faceofftheatre.com.

Featured Featured Recurring Event Xanadu

Xanadu

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre 329 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Hilarity on wheels, Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980. Her mission is to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first ROLLER DISCO!

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL

Farmers Alley Theatre 221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo

Farmers Alley Theatre is honored to once again partner with the Gilmore Piano Festival for a moving production about the last days of Billie Holiday – LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL, running concurrently with the festival April 29th thru May 15th. The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death.

Kalamazoo Astronomical Society Public Observing Sessions

Kalamazoo Nature Center 7000 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Astronomical Society Public Observing Sessions — “The Moon & Star Clusters of Spring,” 9 p.m.–1 a.m. May 7; “Total Lunar Eclipse Watch,” 8 p.m.–3 a.m. May 15; “Galaxies of the Great Bear,” 9 p.m.–1 a.m. May 21, Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave.; register at kasonline.org; sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast; check the website for updates.

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