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The Arts

June 2024
June 1
Academy Street Winds

This ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion musicians will give a musical sendoff to Tom Evans, who is retiring after nearly 30 years as director of bands and music professor at Kalamazoo College.

Evans, a trombonist, is also the conductor of the Kalamazoo Concert Band.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Theatre, in the college’s Light Fine Arts Building, and is free. For more information, visit music.kzoo.edu/events. 

June 1
Early Music Michigan

Allison Monroe will be a guest performer in this concert by Early Music Michigan, which performs music written and performed before the 19th century.

Monroe is the co-founder of the Cleveland-based early music ensemble Trobár, a lecturer at Mount Holyoke College, in Massachusetts, and director of the Five College Consortium’s Early Music Program.

This concert, to be presented at St. Augustine Cathedral, 542 W. Michigan Ave., will feature works collected from pilgrims visiting the shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat and chants composed for the choir of nuns at the monastery of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is free. For more information, visit earlymusicmichigan.org.

June 2
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Guitar, harp and other plucked stringed instruments are in the spotlight in this performance by KSO chamber musicians.

Among the selections to be played are works by Luigi Boccherini, Niccolò Paganini, Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Ravel.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. at Dalton Center Recital Hall, on the Western Michigan University campus. Tickets are $5–$35 and available online at kalamazoosymphony.com.

Throughout the month
Various venues

From Vicksburg to Oshtemo and downtown Kalamazoo to Richland, the Arts Council of Greater Council has a very full slate of free outdoor concerts this month. The scheduled performances are:

  • Blue Water Ramblers, 6 p.m. June 2, Flesher Field, 3664 S. Ninth St., Oshtemo Township.
  • Trapped on Mars, 5 p.m. June 5, Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners.
  • The Kzoo Kittens, 5:30 p.m. June 5, Bates Alley, located between Edwards and Portage streets, downtown Kalamazoo.
  • Nathan Walton & The Remedy Trio, 6 p.m. June 7, State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St.
  • Kalamazoo Concert Band, 4 p.m. June 9, Bronson Park, downtown Kalamazoo
  • Bob Wallis Trio, 5 p.m. June 12, Gilmore Car Museum.
  • Old Hank’s Son and Tony Fields & Doug Decker, 5:15 p.m. June 12, 126 N. Kalamazoo Ave., Vicksburg.
  • Sophia McIntosh & The Sages, 5:30 p.m. June 12,Bates Alley.
  • The Spazmatics, 7 p.m. June 13, Overlander Bandshell,7810 Shaver Road, Portage.
  • Macy Crew, 11:30 p.m. June 14, Bronson Park.
  • BenJammin, 3 p.m. June 19, Richland Area Community Center, 9400 East CD Ave., Richland.
  • The Hi-Views, 5 p.m. June 19, Gilmore Car Museum.
  • J.P. Energy and Greg Cordes, 5:15 p.m. June 19, Vicksburg.
  • DC and The DC Quintet and DJ Boogie & Rootead, 5:30 p.m. June 19, Bates Alley.
  • Abbigale Rose, 11:30 a.m. June 21, Bronson Park.
  • Grace Theisen, 6 p.m. June 23, Texas Drive Park, 6603 Texas Drive, Texas Township.
  • Crescendo Fiddlers, 3 p.m. June 26, Richland Area Community Center.
  • Formal Invitation, 5 p.m. June 26, Gilmore Car Museum.
  • The Mickeys and Wallis/Morale/Beeber/Orr, 5:15 p.m. June 26, Vicksburg.
  • Zion Lion, 5:15 p.m. June 26, Bates Alley.
  • The Iconix, 11:30 a.m. June 28, Bronson Park.
  • Three of a Kind, 4:30 p.m., and Dana Scott, 6:45 p.m. June 28, Celery Flats Pavilion, 7335 Garden Lane, Portage.
  • Kanola Band, 4 p.m. June 30, Bronson Park.

For more information, visit kalamazooarts.org.

Throughout the month
Various venues

Topics from soda pop to racism to psychological thrillers will be featured in author talks this month offered by area libraries.

The following in-person talks are planned:

  • Joe Grimm, the author of The Faygo Book! about Faygo soft drinks, will speak at 6 p.m. June 12 at Comstock Township Library, 6130 King Highway. Registration is required. To register, go to comstocklibrary.org.
  • R.S. Deeren, the author of Enough to Lose, a collection of short stories about rural Michigan, will speak at 6 p.m. June 20 at Vicksburg District Library, 215 S. Michigan Ave.
  • Erin Bartels, the author of seven novels, including her latest, The Lady with the Dark Hair, will speak at 4 p.m. June 27 at Portage District Library, 300 Library Lane.

In addition, these online talks are scheduled through the Kalamazoo Public Library:

  • Matt Shindell, author of For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet, 2 p.m. June 3.
  • Freida McFadden, author of the psychological thrillers The Housemaid Series, 8 p.m. June 13.
  • Tiffany Jewell, author of Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School, 2 p.m. June 20.

Registration is required for the online talks. To register, go to kpl.gov.

June 7–Aug. 16
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Works in various media featuring letterforms will be highlighted in this group exhibition by the artists/scribes of Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild.

The exhibit will combine lettering with a variety of handmade structures, from broadsides to decorative art books and other books.

A reception for the artists will be held at 5 p.m. July 12 at the KBAC, at 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Suite 103A. The KBAC is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday. For more information, visit kalbookarts.org.

June 21–Sept. 11
Carnegie Center for the Arts

Artists’ responses to Beyond Cornfields, a new book of poetry by Texas Township resident Elaine Seaman, will be featured in this exhibition.

Curator Maryellen Haines asked artists to respond to poems from the book, which will be released in July. Works by 19 artists will be featured, including quilts by Seaman.

The Carnegie Center is located at 107 N. Main St., in Three Rivers. A reception for Seaman and the other artists is scheduled for 6–8 p.m. June 21.

The center is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday, and admission is free.

Throughout the month
Various venues

Summer arrives this month, so that means there are many opportunities to enjoy seeing and shopping for art at local events.

On June 7 and 8, you can head to downtown Kalamazoo for the annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair, in Bronson Park, and Art on the Mall, on the Kalamazoo Mall. More than 100 artists in a variety of mediums will exhibit in the Arts Fair, which will run 3–8 p.m. June 7 and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. June 8. Art on the Mall will feature works by about 60 artists, plus art demonstrations and live entertainment. It runs from noon–8 p.m. June 7 and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. June 8.

Later in the month, local makers and artists will be the focus of the Summer Jerico Faire at Jerico, a three-building complex at 1415 Fulford St. The event runs from 2–8 p.m. June 22. For more information, visit hellojerico.com.

Abstract Works from the University Art Collection, through June 21, Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University.

June 7–29
The New Vic Theatre

Anna Kuhn will share the hilarious insights of humorist and author Erma Bombeck in this one-woman show at the New Vic, located at 134 E. Vine St.

Show times are 8 p.m. June 7–8, 14–15, 21–22 and 28–29. Tickets are $32.80 and available online at
thenewvictheatre.org.

June 12–23
Farmers Alley Theatre

Which of six mid-pubescents will come out as the champion speller is the focus of this musical comedy.

Farmers Alley Theatre will present the production at Kalamazoo College’s Balch Playhouse, 129 Thompson St., at 7 p.m. June 12–15 and 20–22 and 2 p.m. June 16 and 23. Tickets are $25–$52 and available by calling the Famers Alley box office at 343-2727 or online at farmersalleytheatre.com.

June 14-23
Face Off Theatre

The timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller will take audiences on a journey through the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ’30s in this production at the Jolliffe Theatre, in the Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall.

The local production is directed by Ryan Singleton and is being staged in partnership with Uplift Kalamazoo, a local organization dedicated to empowering the Black community.

Show time is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are on a “pay-what-you-wish” basis and available online at faceofftheatre.com.

June 14
Dormouse Theatre

This dark comedy explores the tiny town of Clear Creek and the mysterious disappearance of a young boy through the eyes of four local girls.

The local production is directed by Adrienne Waller, and the cast includes Anna Karpinski, Ashley Saddler, Alex Quayle and Aya Miller.

The show begins at 7 p.m. at Dormouse Theatre, 1030 Portage St., and tickets are $15 and available at dormousetheatre.com.

Throughout the month

The Barn Theatre, 13351 M-96 in Augusta, launches its 78th season with a line up of three shows this month:

  • The Play that Goes Wrong, June 4–9
  • The Woman in Black, June 11–16
  • Fiddler on the Roof, June 18–30.

For ticket prices and program details visit barntheatreschool.org or call 731–4121.

June 14–16
Circle Pines Center

This three-day festival features musical performances, workshops, art, vendors and the chance to enjoy the wooded environs at Circle Pines Center, at 8650 Mullen Road, northwest of Delton.

More than 30 musical artists will grace the festival’s five stages during the weekend, including Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, Funktion, May Erlewine, Dixon’s Violin, and Megan Dooley.

Many attendees camp on the site, but day passes are also available, with discounts for children and for Circle Pines members. The festival, first held in 2011, includes a children’s area with performers and crafts.

For information on pass prices and to reserve weekend passes and RV passes, visit circlepinescenter.org/music-festival.

Throughout the month
Crawlspace Comedy Theatre

There will be plenty of chances to share in the hilarity of improv comedy this month at Crawlspace Comedy Theatre, 315 W. Michigan Ave. The scheduled performers are as follows, with shows at 7:30 p.m. and ticket prices, unless otherwise noted, at $2–$10:

  • Slaptail Nation: Slap Your Tail Comedy, June 1, $25.
  • Blunder Bus, June 7.
  • Baby Steps & Daddy’s Boys, June 8.
  • Riddled with English, June 14.
  • Joyce II Men, June 15.
  • Crawlspace Eviction, June 21 and 22, $2–$15.
  • Pants, June 28, $2–$15.
  • Canned Champagne, June 29.

For more information, visit crawlspacecomedy.com.

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