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Carnival of the Animals

Tye Chua Dance 315 West Michigan Ave, 4th Floor, Kalamazoo, MI

Tye Chua Dance presents this ballet set to the music of Camille Saint-Saens, 2:30 and 5 p.m. May 21, KNAC Building, 315 W. Michigan Ave., tyechuadance.com.

Adults and children alike will delight in this lively ballet set to the well loved music of Camille Saint-Saëns. Kicking kangaroos, clucking chickens, flipping fish and more are sure to leave audiences giggling. This ballet is under 60 minutes and is perfect for even the youngest children. A perfect introduction to the performing arts!

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Witch

Gilmore Theatre Complex 1351 Theater Dr., Kalamazoo, MI

Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise—as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil’s bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground—Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch.

Stulberg International String Competition Finals

Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College 1200 Academy St, Kalamazoo, MI

This is the final event for the 47th Stulberg International String Competition! The six finalists will perform for a panel of judges who will determine who this years three medalists will be. An exciting event that features incredible young string musicians under the age of 20.

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Unbound: Spring Concert of Dance

Presented by Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, May 20–22, Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, wellspringdance.org, 342-4354. Combining old and new repertoire, Wellspring presents stunning performances of works ranging from 1992 to 2020, featuring the premiere of Planets, a cosmic journey based on celestial imagery, to the music of Urmas Sisask and David Lang, played by the piano duo ZOFO. Also included is the revival of Ms. Terry’s 1992 duet Infolding, danced with great reverence and precision by Alexis Harris and Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers, and the revival of one of Ms. Terry’s most treasured and iconic works, Only In Passing, a rousing piece for the whole company danced with tremendous dynamic range and fresh energy

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Kalamazoo Astronomical Society Public Observing Sessions

Kalamazoo Nature Center 7000 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI

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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Portage Farmers Market

Portage City Hall 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI

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. 

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Colors! Shapes! Patterns!

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

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!

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Linling Lu: Musical Meditations

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

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.

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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.

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Unbound: Spring Concert of Dance

Presented by Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, May 20–22, Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, wellspringdance.org, 342-4354. Combining old and new repertoire, Wellspring presents stunning performances of works ranging from 1992 to 2020, featuring the premiere of Planets, a cosmic journey based on celestial imagery, to the music of Urmas Sisask and David Lang, played by the piano duo ZOFO. Also included is the revival of Ms. Terry’s 1992 duet Infolding, danced with great reverence and precision by Alexis Harris and Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers, and the revival of one of Ms. Terry’s most treasured and iconic works, Only In Passing, a rousing piece for the whole company danced with tremendous dynamic range and fresh energy

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