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First Things – January 2023

Something Funny
Nikki Glaser to perform

Nikki Glaser will bring her shockingly honest, no-holds-barred style of comedy to the State Theatre Jan. 20.

Glaser, whose humor often focuses on her most humiliating moments as a woman, is the host of The Nikki Glaser Podcast and a new HBO Max reality dating series, Fboy Island. She was also the host of the show You Up with Nikki Glaser for Sirius XM and starred in her own 2019 Netflix comedy special, Bangin’.

The show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $43.50–$53.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 345-6500 or visit

Something Musical
Lake Street Dive to play at Miller

When the band Lake Street Dive performs Jan. 31 at Miller Auditorium, you can expect a revue of its 18-year catalog of music.

The eclectic jazz-pop group will present a semi-acoustic evening as part of its Gather Round Sounds Tour supporting its new EP, Fun Machine: The Sequel, and 2021’s critically acclaimed album, obviously.

The band, which has been together since 2004, has recorded eight albums and two EPs. Singer Monica Martin will open for the group.

The show will begin at 7 p.m., and tickets are $39–$64. For more information or to buy tickets, call 387-2300 or visit

Something Small
Community-created tiny art on display

In December, the Kalamazoo Public Library gave out free Tiny Art kits to aspiring artists to paint mini-masterpieces. This month those creations will be on display from Jan. 3–15 at the Central Library and all of the library branches.

The art kits contained a 4-inch-by-4-inch canvas, acrylic paints and paintbrushes, but artists can use other supplies as long as what they made still fits on the canvas. All participants in the Tiny Art Show will be entered in a contest offering a package of art supplies as a prize.

For the hours of each library branch, visit

Something Good
Events to observe MLK Jr. Day

People can observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day through events being held throughout the month in the Kalamazoo area.

There will be a Martin Luther King Jr. Exhibition on the life and legacy of MLK, at the Portage City Hall lobby, 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., from Jan. 3–31. The exhibition was created in partnership with the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE), Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Portage District Library and will be available to view from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays.

In honor of the 60th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a celebration and discussion of the speech will be held from 6–7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Eastwood Branch, 1112 Gayle Ave.

Visualizing and Executing the Dream, a community-wide celebration of King will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson St. The celebration is presented by the Northside Ministerial Alliance in partnership with the city of Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and contributing businesses.

Performances and speakers will be part of the National Day of Racial Healing event from 5–8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St. The event is presented by TRHT Kalamazoo (Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation).

Something Crafty
Enjoy local libations during Craft Beverage Week

You can learn all about local wines, craft brews and spirits during Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week, Jan. 13–21.

This is the 13th year of the weeklong celebration of the area’s thriving craft beverage industry. Through self-guided tours and events within Kalamazoo County, participants can meet brewers, distillers and winemakers and learn about what it takes to develop these products.

For more information, including a schedule of events and participating breweries, wineries and distilleries, visit

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