Stryker Theater

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Friday Night Highlights

Friday Night Highlight Series

This fall, we’re mixing it up in our Friday Night Highlights Series. The Mary Jane Stryker Theater is the location for live music, comedy, improv, magic, theatrical performances, films, and more (even zombies!). Plus, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is back for our laser light show in the planetarium every Friday night.

Art Hop events begin at 6 pm
Live events and movies begin at 7 pm
Laser Light shows begin at 8 pm

Advance purchase of tickets for fee-based events can be made in person at the Museum or by phone with a credit/debit card. Call 269/373-7990 or 800/772-3370.

No refunds will be made on advance tickets.

  • Image of the band Dragon Wagon
    Art Hop: Dragon Wagon

    October 3, 2014
    6-8 p.m.
    Free
    Dragon Wagon is Michigan Roots music at its finest! Each performance is built on originality, fun, and expert musicianship, quickly making the band one of Michigan's premier bluegrass outfits. Whether you like Irish-Amercan fiddle, southern pluckin' banjo, or Appalachian mandolin, Dragon Wagon has the Americana medicine to cure whatever may ail you.


    Dragon Wagon - Indian Summer
    on YouTube.

  • Image of the cast of Crawlspace Eviction
    Crawlspace Eviction

    October 10, 2014
    7 p.m.
    $5/ticket
    Crawlspace Eviction is a group of improv performers with a sharp focus on creating interesting characters and relationships on stage, directly from audience suggestions. From the beginning, the team was determined to explore the comedy in human connection. Crawlspace Eviction has been performing since 2003, always pushing the boundaries of what a collection of talented performers can do when they don’t have a script to work from.


    Crawlspace Eviction Presents: The Applebee's Dilemma
    on YouTube.

  • Image of MI Hiryu Daiko
    MI Hiryu Daiko

    October 17, 2014
    7 p.m.
    $5/ticket
    The mission of MI Hiryu Daiko (MI Flying Dragon Drummers) is to educate and entertain children and adults in Michigan by introducing them to the 2000-year-old authentic art of Taiko, from Japan. Performances are dynamic and exciting, with great audience appeal. Director Esther Vandecar learned this tradition in Japan for 7+ years. She studied, performed, and taught Taiko there.


    MI Hiryu Daiko
    on YouTube.

  • Image of The Great Boodini
    The Great Boodini

    October 31, 2014
    7 p.m.
    $5/ticket
    The Great Boodini presents a Halloween Magic Show that combines amazing magic, incredible juggling, special effects, technology, and theater all in one performance. Mr. Boodini has over ten years of experience performing magic and juggling for audiences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The idea behind the Boodini show is to create a fun, spooky character that entertains with a very visual variety show.


    The Great Boodini from The Great Boodini on Vimeo.

  • Image of Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys
    Art Hop: Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys

    November 7, 2014
    6-8 p.m.
    Free
    Mixing their own self-penned songs with vintage country/honky tonk hits, rockabilly favorites, and surf gems by such artists as Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens, Gene Vincent, and Dick Dale, Delilah and the Lost Boys come out on stage looking and sounding like a step back in time. Dressed to the nines in the tradition of pre-color television, the band has thrilled audiences across the Midwest with its spirited performances.


    Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys
    on YouTube.

  • Image of 33rd Street Band
    33rd Street Band

    November 14, 2014
    7 p.m.
    $5/ticket
    Formed in 2003, the 33rd Street Band is a diverse group of seasoned musicians who share a love of the great horn bands of the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Each member brings his unique sound and experience to create rock 'n' roll excitement! Specializing in the timeless classics from Chicago, Van Morrison, Santana, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Blues Brothers, and many more, the smokin' hot 33rd Street Band featuring LIVE horns will make your evening unforgettable!


    33rd Street Band Plays Superstition
    on YouTube.

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    The Moxie Strings

    November 14, 2014
    7 p.m.
    $5/ticket
    The Moxie Strings is the electrifying combination of fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn. With their feel-good melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms, these young women have put a fresh, enticing spin on Celtic and Americana music. Though rooted in tradition, The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best-known instruments and oldest tunes through a young, progressive lens. For this performance, Diana and Alison will join forces with dynamic drummer and world percussionist Fritz McGirr, who lends his spirited expertise of traditional music’s percussion component and a creative rhythmic energy to the show.


    The Moxie Strings- Set of Irish Tunes
    on YouTube.

  • Image from the documentary Love & Valor: One Couple's Intimate Civil War Letters
    Love & Valor: One Couple's Intimate Civil War Letters
    November 28, 2014
    Free
    Based on the acclaimed book, Love & Valor: One Couple's Intimate Civil War Letters is the tremendously moving story of a Union soldier and his wife during the Civil War. Jacob Ritner, a Union captain from Iowa, was a teacher, farmer, and abolitionist before the War. When he was called to duty--participating in a great adventure, seeing new lands--his wife Emeline was left behind to raise four small children and manage the family farm. This film explores the couple's devotion to one another throughout their separation, their patriotism, loneliness, and anguish at the death of loved ones, and changing views on the South and slavery. KVM staff will introduce the film with a few words about Civil War letters in our Collection.

  • Image of the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
    Art Hop: Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra

    December 5, 2014
    6-8 p.m.
    Free
    The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra presents holiday music old and new, along with other traditional audience favorites, at the KVM for the December Art Hop. The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is a plucked string ensemble consisting of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass. The KMGO was founded in 2003 to revive the mandolin orchestra tradition in Kalamazoo. Under the direction of conductor Miles Kusik, the orchestra enjoys performing a wide variety of music, including classical, ethnic, and “golden era” mandolin orchestra music.


    The Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra plays "Cuernavaca"
    on YouTube.

  • Image of The Duffield-Caron Project
    The Duffield-Caron Project

    December 12, 2014
    7 p.m.
    $5/ticket
    Performing together since 2009, Tom Duffield on a boogie-woogie style piano combined with Lorraine Caron's smooth voice will settle you in for some fun! Tom Duffield has never met a piano or keyboard he doesn't like. When placed in an unfamiliar building and asked to find the piano, he can be playing a tune within seconds. Lorraine Caron sings for the sheer joy of it and loves songs written by everyone from Robert Johnson to Willie Nelson.


    The Duffield/Caron Project
    on YouTube.

  • Image of Leslie Goddard as Clara Barton
    Leslie Goddard's Clara Barton - Civil War Nurse

    December 19, 2014
    7 p.m.
    $5/ticket
    Leslie Goddard's living history program introduces Clara Barton during her years as a nurse for soldiers in the American Civil War. Learn how Barton became the first woman appointed to serve on the front lines of a battlefield. Barton recounts stories of her work gathering onions, lemons, bandages, and other key supplies and her determination to help wounded men. Her stories reveal much about medical conditions during the conflict and the courage required for a woman who dared to brave the War's front lines.