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Black Violin plays at Miller Auditorium this month. See more below.
October 2023

Something Funny

Pete Davidson coming to the State

Stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live alumnus Pete Davidson will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the State Theatre.

Davidson has made a name for himself not only through stand-up and sketch comedy, but also through his acting career in movies such as The King of Staten Island and Meet Cute and in the Peacock series Bupkis.

Tickets cost $48–$88 and can be purchased at

Something Buried

Cemetery tours highlight history

Living history at a cemetery may seem like an oxymoron, but that is what will be offered in both Kalamazoo and Paw Paw this month.

Tours of Paw Paw’s Prospect Hill Cemetery will be featured in the Voices From the Past Living History walking tours presented by the Paw Paw District Library from 1–5 p.m. Oct. 14. Participants will learn about the community’s history as they hear from actors portraying notable people from Paw Paw’s past who are buried in the cemetery. The tours will last 60 to 90 minutes and involve a half-mile walk on moderately difficult terrain. The tours begin at the Paw Paw Lions Club, 59050 County Road 665, where participants will board shuttles to take them to the cemetery. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 657-3800 or visiting

Local historian and frequent Encore contributor Lynn Houghton will lead a tour of Kalamazoo’s Mountain Home Cemetery located at 1402 W. Main St. from 8–9:30 a.m. Oct. 20. This free walk is part of the Kalamazoo Historic Walk series sponsored by Gazelle Sports, Discover Kalamazoo and the Zhang Legacy Collections Center. For more information visit

Something Festive

Event celebrates all things Canadian

A festival that celebrates our neighbor across the Great Lakes will be held Oct. 7 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place, in downtown Kalamazoo.

Canadiana Fest will take place from noon to midnight and will feature Canadian-focused food, music, art and more. The event kicks off with a parade through the site led by the Kalamazoo Pipe Band. The music will also include tribute bands playing the music of Rush and Gordon Lightfoot, plus the Henpecked Dawgs performing Celtic tunes and sea shanties.

The Canadian food will include offerings from the winners of a poutine competition. Poutine is a combination of french fries, cheese curds and gravy.

The festival will also feature a curling lane, a chance to play lacrosse with the Kalamazoo United team, a theater company presenting stories of prominent Canadians, and an art car called The Canada Car and its artist, who is from Dundas, Ontario.

Tickets are $12.50–$30, with children under 12 admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Something Michigan

Concert highlights musicians with state ties
The Accidentals

A collection of Michigan musical artists with varying styles will take the stage for the first-ever “Michigan Night” at the State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St.

The event, set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, will feature four acts: folk singer Lindsay Lou, born in Michigan and now living in Nashville; The Accidentals, an indie folk and rock trio originally from Traverse City and now based in Nashville; Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps, a Grand Rapids rock band; and The Jordan Hamilton Trio, a Kalamazoo-based group that fuses hip-hip, soul and classical music.

Tickets are $20–$40 in advance and $35–$45 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Something Instrumental

Black Violin to perform at Miller

The twice Grammy-nominated duo Black Violin will bring its style of hip-hop and jazz fusion to Miller Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Black Violin principal members Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste, who play violin and viola, respectively, will be joined on stage by Nat Stokes on drums, Liston Gregory on keyboard and DJ SPS on turntable. Opening for the group will be R&B musician Son Little.

Tickets are $41–$61 and can be purchased at

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