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  • Monday, March 27, 2017
    •  March 5 and 6 marks the beginning of the next round of classes in Crawlspace Theatre Productions’ Improv Training Program. This program offers four levels of improv classes that help people develop the ability to successfully create improvised theatre. Reasons for taking the class range from an interest in comedy to a desire to develop communication skills. Classes are held at the recently unveiled Crawlspace Theatre Training Center, in Kalamazoo’s Park Trades Center. No previous experience is necessary to sign up for Level 1 classes. Each level of classes meets once a week for six weeks. Each week you’ll spend three hours learning techniques used by improvisers to create theatre on the spot. Each level of the class builds on the skills learned in the previous. Level 1, Introduction to improv philosophies and techniques, teaches the basics for creating improvised theatre. Level 2, Essentials for scene creation, lets students further explore scene creation. Level 3, Building Improv That Lasts, focuses on investing fully in the work. Level 4, Advanced Scene Work and Longform Creation, provides the tools to creating longform improv theatre. Here’s what some of the training program students are saying about their experience: "I learned valuable skills that can be put to use immediately." "It was awesome. I'd recommend it to anyone." “I've enjoyed every class. The atmosphere is fun and supportive for students of all ages [over 15], even those like me with no experience in the performing arts. It always feels active, concrete, and practical. I know I'll use what I've learned here in my professional and personal life.” "It was a very non-judgmental environment. I recommend it because it was a lot of fun and very useful for everyday life." "I really enjoyed being pushed, in a good way,

  • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    • The Kalamazoo Body Building Championship returns just in time to keep you motivated on that New Year’s resolution! This competition challenges both men and women in several different categories such as body building, physique, bikini, figure, teen and more! You can choose to participate or you can watch the competition while cheering on your favorite participant.
      For more information on competing, eligibility, sponsorship opportunities, or interviews please contact Hans VanderGronden below.
      Hans VanderGronden
      Email Hans at Vanderee@sbcglobal.net
      Call him direct at 269-501-3226
       
      Ticket Information For Attendees & Visitors:
    • Join four time GRAMMY award winning band, Los Lobos, at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre on April 9th! Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.  Their 24th album “Gates of Gold,” was released recently in 2015. “Gates of Gold” brings their powerhouse mix of Rock, Tex-Mex, Country, Folk, and Blues to life. From start to finish, the lyrics and mood evoke a rich American saga in the tradition of Faulkner and Steinbeck from this truly original multi-Grammy award winning band from East LA on their first studio album in five years.
      Set a reminder for Thursday’s presale for your chance to hear chart topping hits such as “La Bamba,” “Come On, Let’s Go,” and “Will The Wolf Survive” LIVE at Kalamazoo State Theatre this spring!
       
  • Sunday, April 02, 2017
    •  *Both artists will be supported by a live band*

      Platinum-selling recording artists and songwriters Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét will unite this spring at Kalamazoo State Theatre for The M.E. Tour.  Marsha Ambrosius has been at the forefront of soul music since her beginnings in Floetry and continues to reinvent herself as a solo artist as she prepares for two new singles via Human Re Sources Records ahead of the tour’s kick-off.  Nominated for a total of six Grammys and honored as BMI’s Songwriter of the Year, Marsha’s music is a frank and candid glimpse of her life and perspectives as a woman.
      Ambrosius will be joined onstage by contemporary R&B artist Eric Benét, known for his dedicated commitment to crafting authentic music that engages the soul.   Benét, a fellow Grammy nominee, perfects the smooth and crystal clear sound of traditional R&B, with influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, and Queen.   His 2016 single “Sunshine” climbed the radio charts, reaching TOP 5 Urban AC and is featured on his self-titled album that debuted on the Billboard charts at #7 on R&B.  The two have promised a once in a lifetime concert experience, with electrifying collaborations
    •  SARA DANESHPOUR is a 2013 Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. She is the First Prize winner of the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco, 2012), 2nd prize winner of the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition, and First Prize at the 2003 Beethoven Society of America Competition. Ms. Daneshpour has studied under the direction of Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music and is currently a

  • Monday, April 03, 2017
    •  March 5 and 6 marks the beginning of the next round of classes in Crawlspace Theatre Productions’ Improv Training Program. This program offers four levels of improv classes that help people develop the ability to successfully create improvised theatre. Reasons for taking the class range from an interest in comedy to a desire to develop communication skills. Classes are held at the recently unveiled Crawlspace Theatre Training Center, in Kalamazoo’s Park Trades Center. No previous experience is necessary to sign up for Level 1 classes. Each level of classes meets once a week for six weeks. Each week you’ll spend three hours learning techniques used by improvisers to create theatre on the spot. Each level of the class builds on the skills learned in the previous. Level 1, Introduction to improv philosophies and techniques, teaches the basics for creating improvised theatre. Level 2, Essentials for scene creation, lets students further explore scene creation. Level 3, Building Improv That Lasts, focuses on investing fully in the work. Level 4, Advanced Scene Work and Longform Creation, provides the tools to creating longform improv theatre. Here’s what some of the training program students are saying about their experience: "I learned valuable skills that can be put to use immediately." "It was awesome. I'd recommend it to anyone." “I've enjoyed every class. The atmosphere is fun and supportive for students of all ages [over 15], even those like me with no experience in the performing arts. It always feels active, concrete, and practical. I know I'll use what I've learned here in my professional and personal life.” "It was a very non-judgmental environment. I recommend it because it was a lot of fun and very useful for everyday life." "I really enjoyed being pushed, in a good way,

  • Monday, April 10, 2017
    •  March 5 and 6 marks the beginning of the next round of classes in Crawlspace Theatre Productions’ Improv Training Program. This program offers four levels of improv classes that help people develop the ability to successfully create improvised theatre. Reasons for taking the class range from an interest in comedy to a desire to develop communication skills. Classes are held at the recently unveiled Crawlspace Theatre Training Center, in Kalamazoo’s Park Trades Center. No previous experience is necessary to sign up for Level 1 classes. Each level of classes meets once a week for six weeks. Each week you’ll spend three hours learning techniques used by improvisers to create theatre on the spot. Each level of the class builds on the skills learned in the previous. Level 1, Introduction to improv philosophies and techniques, teaches the basics for creating improvised theatre. Level 2, Essentials for scene creation, lets students further explore scene creation. Level 3, Building Improv That Lasts, focuses on investing fully in the work. Level 4, Advanced Scene Work and Longform Creation, provides the tools to creating longform improv theatre. Here’s what some of the training program students are saying about their experience: "I learned valuable skills that can be put to use immediately." "It was awesome. I'd recommend it to anyone." “I've enjoyed every class. The atmosphere is fun and supportive for students of all ages [over 15], even those like me with no experience in the performing arts. It always feels active, concrete, and practical. I know I'll use what I've learned here in my professional and personal life.” "It was a very non-judgmental environment. I recommend it because it was a lot of fun and very useful for everyday life." "I really enjoyed being pushed, in a good way,

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017
    • Check out West Michigan’s premier Modern Dance Company, Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers at this great networking opportunity. Visit the beautiful Wellspring Theater, grab a bite and a drink, and connect with others before enjoying a sneek peek of our amazing spring concert. Ticket price, only $15, includes admission to our Spring Show preview, appetizers, and 1 drink ticket. Cash bar will also be available.

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
    •  Bronson is hosting the annual Women’s Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fetzer Center on Western Michigan University’s campus. Lots of great information, education and activities related to health and fitness are planned. It’s a free, fun and very interactive event! Register today. If you have questions, contact Jill Vroegindewey at (269) 341-8860.

  • Monday, April 17, 2017
    •  March 5 and 6 marks the beginning of the next round of classes in Crawlspace Theatre Productions’ Improv Training Program. This program offers four levels of improv classes that help people develop the ability to successfully create improvised theatre. Reasons for taking the class range from an interest in comedy to a desire to develop communication skills. Classes are held at the recently unveiled Crawlspace Theatre Training Center, in Kalamazoo’s Park Trades Center. No previous experience is necessary to sign up for Level 1 classes. Each level of classes meets once a week for six weeks. Each week you’ll spend three hours learning techniques used by improvisers to create theatre on the spot. Each level of the class builds on the skills learned in the previous. Level 1, Introduction to improv philosophies and techniques, teaches the basics for creating improvised theatre. Level 2, Essentials for scene creation, lets students further explore scene creation. Level 3, Building Improv That Lasts, focuses on investing fully in the work. Level 4, Advanced Scene Work and Longform Creation, provides the tools to creating longform improv theatre. Here’s what some of the training program students are saying about their experience: "I learned valuable skills that can be put to use immediately." "It was awesome. I'd recommend it to anyone." “I've enjoyed every class. The atmosphere is fun and supportive for students of all ages [over 15], even those like me with no experience in the performing arts. It always feels active, concrete, and practical. I know I'll use what I've learned here in my professional and personal life.” "It was a very non-judgmental environment. I recommend it because it was a lot of fun and very useful for everyday life." "I really enjoyed being pushed, in a good way,

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    •  Please join us for Tasting on the Town, a wine-tasting event to benefit Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For questions, please contact us at 269-341-8111 or email office@hhkz.org.

    • Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. The road is where he honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge. It’s where he learned how to captivate an audience with his intensely passionate vocals and his memorable songs, licks and grooves. It’s where he learned to turn his band into a dynamic, high-performance engine, able to bring down the house with a soulful ballad and then bring fans to their feet with a blistering blues rocker. On April 21st 2017, the road leads to Kalamazoo State Theatre.
      Tommy Castro, Mike Zito, and The Painkillers return to the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre for their Six Strings Down Tour on Friday, April 21st 2017! Don’t miss this soulful lineup!
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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      One of the most popular rock bands of the mid-1990’s, Blues Traveler, will be returning to the Kalamazoo State Theatre! If you missed their KST performance in 1992, you can catch their return during our 90th season on April 25th. This Grammy-Award winning blues-rock band led by singer-harmonica player John Popper, is best known for the hit singles “Run-Around,” “Hook,” “But Anyway” and many more.
      Blues Traveler continues to chart new musical directions, and it is evident on their latest record Blow Up The Moon. A clever joint effort between various artists, Blow Up The Moon is an eclectic mix of songwriters influenced by the band’s remarkable 25+ year career. Blow Up The Moon features a range of artists across the spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop. You can catch 3OH!3, JC Chasez, Thompson Square, Plain White T’s, Jewel, Dirty Heads and many more guest artists on this album. TICKETS ONSALE NOW!
       
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • We are pleased to welcome actress & comedian Mo’Nique to the Kalamazoo State Theatre this spring! Her acting career has placed her in notable film roles in movies such as “Blackbird,” “Precious,” “Beerfest,” “Domino,” “Soul Plane,” and “Hair Show.”.
      Mo’Nique will bring her risqué comedy routine to Kalamazoo State Theatre on April 29th. Scoop up tickets early to secure the best seats and to receive $5 off your tickets. Set a reminder for public onsale on March 17th!
       
      Ticket Information:
      This is an 18+ reserved seating event. There’
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017
    • Join folk artists & renowned duo, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre on May 11th! The recipient of multiple Grammy Awards and nominations going back to 1998, Béla Fleck’s total Grammy count is 16 Grammys won, with 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy history. Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. Thanks to their recent albums, the musicians’ palette has never been more vivid or pure.
       
      Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn presented their self-titled debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues. The album Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is so impressive it receiv
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    •  2014 Gilmore Young Artist LLEWELLYN SANCHEZ-WERNER began piano studies at age two in his native California, and by the age of six made his orchestral debut as soloist. He became a full-time student at Ventura College at age five, where he became the youngest person to earn an associate of arts degree.

      He now resides in New York while continuing his studies at The Juilliard School of Music College Division. He studies piano with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ilya Itin, and composition with Lowell Liebermann.

  • Saturday, June 03, 2017
    •  The Do-Dah Parade is a Kalamazoo tradition. The parade is nonprofit, community organizing, and a grab your friends kind of event. It is the opposite of the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade and it opens the doors to groups that want to do something silly, dumb, and poke fun of a person, place, or thing. Most ideas evolve from a bar napkin.  It serves a niche and it is tradition.