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The Arts

Andrew Rathbun
January 2024
Jan. 28
Kalamazoo College

This documentary looks at a time near the end of the 19th century when 25 people from four indigenous Chilean groups were kidnapped, kept in cages and exhibited as attractions in cities throughout Europe.

The film pays particular attention to the story of Calafate, a 9-year-old Selk’nam boy who was among those exhibited.

The movie will be shown with English subtitles at 4 p.m. in 103 Dewing Hall as part of Kalamazoo College’s Spanish language and literature department’s fourth annual Latin American Film Series.

Jan. 6
Kalamazoo Valley Museum

A live band will accompany the 1910 silent movie A Christmas Carol when it is screened in the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Stryker Theater.

The movie is based on the classic Charles Dickens tale. Show times are 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and free tickets are available at the museum’s front desk. For more information, call 373-7990 or visit

Civic Theatre

There’s a definite feline bent in the titles of two productions being staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre this month, but that’s where the similarities end.

Rivalries abound as the Plantagenet siblings compete to inherit the kingdom of their father, Henry II, in The Lion in Winter, to be staged Jan. 12–21 in the Civic’s Carver Center Studio. The show sat 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12–13 will be ASL-interpreted for those with hearing impairments and audio-described for those with visual impairments. Other show times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19–20 and 2 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21. Tickets are $17–$30.

Toward the end of the month, the Civic Youth Theatre’s Penguin Project, which offers the opportunity for children with disabilities to participate, will present the musical Cats in the Civic Auditorium. This musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber is based on the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, by T. S. Eliot. It occurs on a magical night when a tribe of cats gather for an annual ball. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 2 p.m. Jan. 27–28 and Feb. 3–4, and 10 a.m. Jan. 31–Feb. 1. Tickets are $15.

Tickets for the shows are available at the Civic box office, 343-1313, or at

Jan. 25–Feb 4
Farmers Alley Theatre

How good intentions turn into an all-out border dispute between neighbors is the focus of this comedic production.

The play exposes two couples’ notions of race, class, privilege and taste. It is directed by Christopher Llewyn Ramirez, an actor and director from Dallas who now lives in Chicago.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25–27 and Feb. 1–3 and 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. Tickets are $25–$44 and available by calling 343-2727 or online at

Jan. 20
All Ears Theatre

This new radio play written by local actor and playwright Tim Eschelbach, who also directs the production, will be performed at 6 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition building (First Baptist Church), 315 W. Michigan Ave.

Admission to see the all-audio murder-mystery production is free. For more information, visit

Throughout the month
Various venues

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra has a busy month ahead, with three programs planned.

On Jan. 17, the KSO artists in residence will perform Craft Music: Folk Songs at 7 p.m. at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Tickets are $5–$25.

On Jan. 21, the full KSO will join with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra and choirs from Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix high schools to present a concert titled Symphony of Brotherhood: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 3 p.m. at Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $5–$22.

Finally, saxophonist Andrew Rathbun, a professor at Western Michigan University, will play one of his own compositions when he performs with KSO chamber musicians at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at WMU’s Dalton Center Recital Hall. The concert, titled Saxy, & We Know It, will also include works by Georges Bizet and Daniel Schyder. Tickets are $5–$35.

To purchase tickets, visit

Online or in-person
Kalamazoo Public Library

The library is sponsoring four talks by authors this month, including a local author will who discuss her young-adult fiction at an in-person event. The scheduled authors are:

  • Christine Webb, a Kalamazoo author who will discuss her young-adult novel, The Art of Insanity, in person at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the library’s Oshtemo Branch, 7265 W. Main St.
  • Rebecca Serle, the author of Embrace Love in the New Year: A Heartfelt Conversation, who will give an online talk at 8 p.m. Jan. 10.
  • Rajiv Nagaich, the author of Your Retirement: Dream or Disaster, who will give an online talk at 2 p.m. Jan. 23.
  • Robert Lustig, the author of Metabolical: The Lure & the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition & Modern Medicine, who will give an online talk at 2 p.m. Jan. 30.

Registration is required for all online talks and can be done at

Vincent Paints July 4th Fireworks over Manhattan, 1972, Gregory J. Constantine, lithograph.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

Erica Spitzer Rasmussen: Books Abound — through Jan. 12.

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