Kalamazoo Rock & Gem Show

Kalamazoo County Expo Center 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo Rock & Gem Show — Rocks, gems, jewelry, fossils, beads and more, presentations, Petoskey polishing, gold panning and demonstrations, 4–8 p.m. April 29, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. April 30, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 1, Main and South rooms, Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 665-4300.

Adult Book Group

Comstock Township Library 6130 King Highway, Comstock, MI

Adult Book Group — Discussion of The Women of Copper Country, by Mary Doria Russell, 6–7 p.m. April 27 & 10:30 a.m.–noon April 30; registration required. All events are for Comstock Township Library card holders, although most area residents qualify for a reciprocal library card.

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.

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!

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.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL

Farmers Alley Theatre 221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, MI

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.

Bound for the Promised Land

The New Vic Theatre 134 E Vine St., Kalamazoo, MI

Conceived by Managing Director and resident actor Jennifer Furney, Bound for the Promised Land: Women on the Westward Journey explores the trials, tribulations, expectations and joys experienced by women on the Oregon and California trails.

Over eight hundred diaries and journals written by the men and women on the trails west have been published.  Meet six of the women who kept a written account of their time in this play with music.

The North 41

Bell's Eccentric Café 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, MI

The North 41 exploded onto the Chicago music scene in 2018 when their Funked Up cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” went viral on Facebook, racking up over 8 million views to date.

The band spent years cutting their teeth releasing original music and supporting some of the nations top touring acts in Chicago; In 2018 the band began selling out all of their Chicago shows headline plays and packing out clubs all over the Midwest and in Colorado.

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