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.
American Experience: In the White Man's Image (Movie)
November 29, 2013
In the White Man's Image follows Captain Richard Pratt's founding of the Carlisle School in Pennsylvania and his philosophy of "kill the Indian and save the man," which became the basis of the Indian schools across America. In this film, Native Americans tell the story of a humanist experiment gone bad.
Art Hop: Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra in Concert
December 6, 2013
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.
Beyond Sight in Concert
December 13, 2013
Genre: Rock and Funk
Beyond Sight is a Kalamazoo, MI-based group consisting of Steven Scott (Drums/Background Vocals), Rhonda Selby Scott (Keyboards/Lead Vocals), and Danny Ferguson (Bass) with no ties to any specific genre. They've been playing together since February of 2013 and are looking to conquer the music scene with tenacity. Their goal is to tickle the eardrums of all music-lovers-- and to rock the music circuit. Beyond Sight's diverse background makes them a unique brew with a sound that is all their own. Their separate influences range from Rock and Jazz to Progressive and Techno, but they have no fear of going out there.
Craft in America: Family (Movie)
December 20, 2013
Craft in America promotes and advances original handcrafted work and inspires people of all ages to pursue their own creativity. Family explores the creative environments and personal dynamics of four families of craft artists and asks: Is talent inherited? What is it like to live in a household where objects are made by hand?
Younger Next Year: The New Science of Aging (Movie)
December 27, 2013
You can actually become more fit, both physically and mentally, as you grow older. Join Dr. Henry Lodge as he dispels the myths of American aging and explains the new science of aging. Learn how to take charge of your biology to become functionally younger--more vibrant, purposeful, and dynamic--for years to come.
Magician Tom Plunkard and Ventriloquist Richard Paul
January 10, 2014
Funny Puppet Guy Richard Paul has been making people laugh for over twenty-five years. He has dazzled thousands at festivals, fairs, museums, banquets, and corporate and private events with his unprecedented style of ventriloquism and outrageous family-friendly humor. He has performed in Tokyo, Japan, and Harrah's and the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, and has also appeared on Fox News Morning. Along with Richard's ventriloquism is a performance by award-winning Metro Detroit magician and actor Tom Plunkard. Tom will warm your hearts and stretch your cheek muscles with spell-binding performances filled with modern music, fun audience participation, and loads of humor that can be enjoyed by anyone.
Brian Randall Band
February 14, 2014
If you haven't seen the Brian Randall Band yet, you don't know what you've been missing! Starting from nothing less than a year ago, they have been rocking country music to venues across West Michigan. With a mix of modern country like Jason Aldean, classic Lynard Skynard, and original music from their recently-finished 7-song EP titled "Guys Night Out," the Brian Randall Band offers music for everyone.