Stryker Theater

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Friday Night Highlights

Friday Night Highlight Series

Friday Night Highlights returns with live music and visual art during Art Hop Fridays year-round.  As always, expect to find some of your favorite local musicians, up-and-coming bands, and some evenings with doubleheaders.  Swing by the Museum on Art Hop nights (usually the first Friday of the month) and enjoy good music, a little refreshment, and good company! 


  • Foodways Symposium
    April 6, 2018
    5 p.m.
    The Second Annual Foodways Symposium will be held at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and KVCC’s Culinary and Allied Health building April 6 & 7, 2018. The focus will be food history, culture, and systems, with lectures, demonstrations, community discussion, and food tastings. Participants from the Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi, FireKeepers Casino and Hotel restaurants (Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi), and others will discuss Native American food history, culture, and what food sovereignty means today.

    Larry Plamondon (Grand River Band of Ottawa) will help us kick off the weekend with traditional stories from the Anishinabe. He will be joined by FireKeepers Chef James Thomson (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), who will talk about traditional foodways and the need to return to healthy foods. Chef James will provide tastings at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum during the Friday Night Art Hop, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cooking demonstrations, cooking classes for youth, and several workshops, from collecting food-related stories to seed-saving and bee-keeping, plus food tastings, will be available Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Statewide Astronomy Night
    April 20, 2018
    5-8 p.m.
    Learn about telescopes and make a planisphere. See the planetarium show IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System, along with Dr. Nicolle Zellner's presentation of ANSMET: Space Exploration Way Down Under.

  • Kalamusic (American/Blues/Folk) and Disfigured Reasons, oil paintings by Gabriele Mckenzie
    May 4, 2018
    5 p.m.

Music Light Shows

  • Music Light Show: Led Zeppelin
    February 2, 2018
    7 p.m.
    Experience many Led Zeppelin classics, including Over the Hills and Far Away, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Kashmir, and Stairway to Heaven, in 5.1 surround sound set to immersive and surrealistic computer-generated effects.

  • Music Light Show: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
    April 6, 2018
    May 4, 2018
    June 1, 2018
    7 p.m.
    Pink Floyd’s progressive 8th album is put to stunning visuals that will send you to the moon. The album remained on Billboard charts for an amazing 741 weeks from 1973 until 1988, longer than any other record in history. The music you know is taken to a new level when combined with stunningly crisp laser graphics and shown on the planetarium’s dome.