Friday Night Highlight Series
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Our Friday Night Highlights Series at the Mary Jane Stryker Theater offers something for everyone: there are American and foreign classic films, independent films and documentaries, live music featuring Kalamazoo musicians, singers and songwriters, and a wide array of special events, from lectures for adults to concerts and puppet shows for kids!
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.
The Earthwork Music Collective Earth Day Concert
April 25, 2014
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum presents the Earthwork Music Collective Earth Day Concert featuring Mark Lavengood, Dede and the Dreamers, darlenYa, Joe Reilly and Allison Radell, Seth Bernard, and Red Tail Ring. The Earthwork Music Collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond. Featuring artists from throughout the state, the Collective is committed to building a more just, sustainable, and creative society through the sharing of music.
Art Hop: The Moxie Strings
May 2, 2014
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 offers listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best-known instruments and oldest tunes through a young, progressive lens. Diana and Alison often 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.
May 9, 2014
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, 25-year-old Matt Gabriel has been writing and performing original music for 9 years now. The last 4 of those years have been all over the country, from the noisy jazz bars in the deep south of Louisiana to the singer/songwriter coffee shops of Seattle, Washington. The progression of his ability to blend inspiring lyrics with paralyzing hooks is an honest blend of Folk and Blues with a solid Rock and Roll center. It's the exact quality of music you would expect from an artist who grew up between Chicago and Detroit. Count on Matt to deliver a must-see live show with a very approachable recorded sound. Its music you can trust and believe in.
May 16, 2014
Nobody’s Darlin’, West Michigan’s all-girl, old-time string band, was born out of an idea of two friends with limited experience in the old-time genre and a passion for a musical challenge. The group's roots include rock, blues, Irish, country, rockabilly, women’s chorus, and punk. Over the years, Nobody’s Darlin' has grown to prove themselves confident and capable in their new genre. They have gained the respect of the West Michigan music scene, earning WYCE Jammie nominations for both of their CDs - This World Is Not My Home and Kitchen Girls. Nobody’s Darlin’ can be seen at local concert halls, micro breweries, festivals, and community events. Come check out one of the fun, lively, musical good times that is a Nobody’s Darlin’ show!
KAFI Revisited Part I (Animated Films)
May 23, 2014
KAFI Revisited Part II (Animated Films)
May 30, 2014
From the archives of the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, we've selected a few of the Cartoon Challenge winning entries to show. Come see the short animations on KVM's big screen, and get in the mood for the NEW Gaming and Animation Festival in June. KAFI is transforming itself and will become the Kalamazoo Animation Film Interactive. Prepare for a world of fun!
June 6, 2014
Megan Dooley grew up on the east side of Kalamazoo, and after years of singing in choirs and musicals, she picked up the guitar at age 14 and started adapting some original poetry to music. After attending a few local open mics, she decided to pursue a career in entertainment. You can often catch her busking on the sunny streets of Kalamazoo for the Art Hop, or writing songs at the East Hall campus on warm evenings. A true townie, Megan helps to support and promote community enrichment by providing music that she lives to create, in the town that she loves, for the people that make her world go round. Serving the community for over 12 years, Megan Dooley has become a staple of the Kalamazoo music scene. With her powerfully soulful voice and genre-bending style, her bluesy, folkish rock will catch you when you least expect it. With a candor you won't often find on stage and a sheer love of performing, Megan Dooley is a musician you won't want to miss.
Art Hop: The Red Sea Pedestrians
June 6, 2014
The Red Sea Pedestrians are a one-of-a-kind, full-blown, instrument-swapping fusion between tradition and the here-and-now. We’re talkin’ high-energy world-beat grooves, hypnotic laments from the earth, songs of celebration and wonder: a warped and beautiful blend of Klezmer, Greek, Gypsy, Celtic, Jazz, and American Roots, all filtered through the band’s original vision.