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.

Green–A–Thon 2022

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

Green–A–Thon 2022 — A community event celebrating Earth Day, with games, a mini-farmers market and education about environmental sustainability, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. May 1, Portage City Hall parking lot and front lawn, 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., 329–4511, portagemi.gov/441/events.

Green-A-Thon 2022

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

Green-A-Thon 2022 — A community event celebrating Earth Day, with games, a small farmers market and education about environmental sustainability, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. May 1, Portage City Hall parking lot and front lawn, 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., 329-4511, portagemi.gov/441/events.

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.

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.

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.

The Long Road Home: A Pianist’s American Journey

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

Lara Downes guides us through her professional trajectory as a classical American pianist. Learn how she defines her career, chooses her repertoire, and keeps her work mission-focused. Ms Downes is a trailblazing performer, Billboard Chart-topping recording artist, and sought-after producer, curator, activist, and arts advocate. She is also the creator and curator of Rising Sun Music, a recording series that sheds light on the music and stories of Black composers, and is the host of AMPLIFY with Lara Downes, a video series from NPR Music that engages visionary Black musicians and artists in discussions about important contemporary topics. This lecture will be interactive.

Mama’s Family: Finding Your Female Ancestors

Kalamazoo Public Library: Eastwood 1112 Gayle Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Mama’s Family: Finding Your Female Ancestors — A workshop exploring common roadblocks and resources for locating female ancestors, 6:30–7:30 p.m. May 2, Community Room, Eastwood Branch, 1112 Gayle Ave.; registration recommended.

Letterkenny

Miller Auditorium 1341 Theatre Dr., Kalamazoo, MI

The stars of the wildly popular award-winning Crave Original Series Letterkenny have announced their return to the stage for the first time since March 2020. Following an unprecedented year that profoundly affected people worldwide and brought live entertainment as we know it to a halt, will return in 2022 bringing the all-new, acclaimed 90-minute comedy experience first launched in 2020, back to cities across North America. Featuring nine of the beloved cast members along with never-before-seen sketches and more, the tour marks its return with the announcement of new shows in New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Kalamazoo and more!

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