Stryker Theater

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Friday Night Highlights

Friday Night Highlight Series

Now, through the June Art Hop, The Friday Night Highlights Series features a variety of live performances in The Mary Jane Stryker Theater. It’s the location for live music, poetry, theatrical performances, lectures and films. Plus, Pink Floyd's The Wall 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.

* Non-refundable tickets may be purchased up to 1 week ahead of a scheduled event. 
* Ticket holders must present their tickets 15 minutes prior their scheduled event start time, or forfeit their seat without refund should there be a wait list for other patrons. 

No refunds will be made on advance tickets.

  • Boheme Tribal Belly Dance and Wisaal

    April 24, 2015
    7 p.m.
    Music and dance come together in this wonderful doubleheader featuring Boheme Tribal Belly Dance and Wisaal.

    Boheme Tribal is known for their acts of joie de vivre! This nationally-recognized performance troupe features husband and wife duo Erik and Sarah Koning as well as students from the Boheme School of Belly Dance.

    Joining Boheme on stage will be Wisaal! Wisaal is a Mediterranean fusion group based in Lansing, MI. The Arabic word wisaal means links, connections, or unities. This reflects an attempt to fuse elements of the Mediterranean musical heritage with Klezmer, Indian, and American influences.

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  • Images of the band Double Strung and the soloist Steve Pesch
    Art Hop: Double Strung and Steve Pesch
    May 1, 2015
    6-8 p.m.
    Double-Strung is an acoustic duo featuring Matt Schwartz on vocals and guitar, and Roxanne Artis on vocals and banjo. The duo features tight vocal harmonies and an all-acoustic mix of country and gospel covers and originals, and they even put their own spin on songs from the alternative rock scene.

    Steve Pesch is a high-octane rock and country musician fueled by the influences of everything from 50's rockabilly, 60's jam bands, 70's classic rock, 80's metal, and blues and soul grooves. Pesch's live shows are always memorable for their twist on the classics and for bringing the crowd on board for the ride. Steve Pesch provides a variety of music that is hard to match and even harder to forget.
  • A collage of speakers
    "Spoken Murals" Poetry Showcase
    May 8, 2015
    7 p.m.
    Marcel "Fable the Poet" Price will host a showcase of spoken word poets from around the state of Michigan. Marcel is the host of two weekly shows in Kalamazoo, uniting the Michigan performing arts scene as a teacher and touring spoken word artist. Spoken word artists Darius Gardner of Kalamazoo, Shawn Moore of Rockford, Azizi Jasper of Detroit, and DC of Kalamazoo will round out the cast for this amazing spoken word showcase.

  • Image of the band Skinny Hodges
    Blues Night with Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association

    May 15, 2015
    7 p.m.
    In collaboration with the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association, enjoy a night of blues featuring Big Trouble and Skinny Hodge at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Big Trouble is made up of experienced and diverse musicians. Their members have played in venues from coast to coast, bringing with them a variety of sounds that will please the most discriminating musical ear. Skinny Hodge is a blues band based out of Kalamazoo, MI. Skinny Hodge consists of their frontman, rockin' both solos on guitar and heart thumping vocals, John Hodgkinson. Steph Slice makes loud, rhythmic noises with sticks on drums. And on the bass is Graham Pretzer, slappin' and slidin' and doin' his thing.

  • Image of Captain Guy D Gruters
    Memorial Day Observance: Capt. Guy D. Gruters, Fighter Pilot, P.O.W. 5 Yrs
    May 22, 2015
    7 p.m.
    Guy D. Gruters, Captain, USAF, a POW in North Vietnam from December 1967 to March 1973, teaches people how to establish outstanding forgiveness, leadership, teamwork, and success in any organization using proven techniques and principles that worked in the toughest conditions imaginable. Guy Gruters was raised in New Jersey, where he spent his childhood trapping muskrat, camping, hunting, and becoming an Eagle Scout. He accepted a bid to the Air Force Academy and graduated with a BS in Engineering Science (summa cum laude). He then went on to Purdue University and completed a Masters Degree in Astronautical Engineering. After Pilot Training and fighter gunnery school, he volunteered for Vietnam and served six years in there, more than five as a POW.
  • Title graphic for the presentation of Ninja Farts: Silent But Deadly
    Fancy Pants Theater Presents! Ninja Farts: Silent But Deadly
    May 29, 2015
    7 p.m.
    Milo Snotrocket was just an ordinary, fart-loving boy, until he got wind of the school bully, Bobby Buttzcratcher's, evil scheme: to use deadly, stinky farts for evil! Now Milo must become the Fart Ninja to stop bad Buttzscratcher. The laughs come as fast as ninja stars...

    Fancy Pants Theater is an independent organization on a mission to provide the Kalamazoo Community with accessible and inexpensive contemporary live entertainment.

    We value an all-inclusive, collaborative approach to theatrical storytelling and artistic expression that will provoke discussion about the human condition and therefore support cultural growth in the Kalamazoo Community.
  • Dixon playing the violin.
    Art Hop: Dixon's Violin
    June 5, 2015
    7 p.m.
    Transformational Journeys via Digital Violin. As the world's premier digital violinist, Dixon's life mission is to inspire people! Dixon was classically trained from the age of 10, grew to become a symphony violinist, then digital master, and now music shaman. Dixon's passionate energy will enchant, transform, and inspire you.