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.

NOTE: The museum will be closing at 5 p.m. on December 26, 2014 and on January 2, 2015.

No refunds will be made on advance tickets.

  • 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
    7 p.m.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

  • Image of BenJammin and Analisa
    Storytelling Festival Kick Off Concert featuring Karen Libman and Benjammin Educational Music

    February 6, 2015
    6 - 8 p.m.
    The Storytelling Festival kicks off with a concert by Karen Libman (Story Teller) and Benjammin Educational Music. Karen Libman is a theatre professor, director, actress, wife and mother, and a storyteller. Karen has lived in 17 places since 1980 and told stories at festivals, museums, and schools from the Kansas City Storytelling Festival to The Nebraska Storytelling Festival to the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Michigan StoryFest. BenJammin Educational Music, with BenJammin & Analisa, teaches kids concepts such as health/hygiene, conflict resolution, and core subjects through interactive music. They use hand drums, guitar, ukulele, drum sticks, stories, and a few puppets to teach children life skills through audience participation and song.