12 Events To Experience Before The New Year

This entry was posted in Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized, on November 7th, 2016 .

Need a reason to plan that weekend stay-cation in Kalamazoo? Looking to switch things up for date night?  Do yourself a favor and mark one (or all) of these 12 events in your calendar.  We’ve got everything from broadway musicals and ballets, to country stars and holiday family favorites!

 

 

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Nov. 11-13

Miller Auditorium
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

 

 

 

The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 13th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra whip up a huge dose of retro holiday cheer with their Christmas Rocks! The acclaimed show also features music from their latest Christmas album, “Rockin’ Rudolph,” their three other best-selling holiday albums, as well as original Brian Setzer hits.

Nov. 16

Kalamazoo State Theatre

404 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

 

 

 

Kick-Off Classic: Synchronized Skating

Competitors from beginning to international levels participate in the event which is sanctioned by US Figure Skating and Skate Canada. Additional features of this competition include the Midwest Sectional Monitoring Session, a Judges School & a Referee School.

Nov. 19-20

Wings Event Center

3600 Vanrick Drive

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

 

 

 

Greensky Bluegrass & Joshua Davis

For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll.

Nov. 25-26

Kalamazoo State Theatre

404 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

 

 

 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.

Nov. 26

Miller Auditorium

1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

 

 

 

Warren Miller’s “Here, There, and Everywhere” Ski Movie

It’s been 67 years since ski-film pioneer Warren Miller picked up a camera to capture the wonder, the adventure, the humor and the beauty that is skiing. Since that time, Warren Miller film crews have traveled the globe — from storied slopes to hidden, snow-covered corners — to celebrate all things snowsports. This year continues that legacy, as Warren Miller himself spins tales as only Warren can do, reminding us that through the years, Warren Miller films have truly taken audiences Here, There & Everywhere.

Dec. 2-3

Kalamazoo State Theatre

404 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

 

 

 

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” raves The New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in Kalamazoo!

Dec. 6

Miller Auditorium

1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

 

 

 

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular 

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR is a fun filled family holiday event featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with all-time favorite holiday songs performed by a live orchestra. Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience where audiences journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer, too! The show blends the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time.

Dec. 9

Wings Event Center

3600 Vanrick Drive

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

 

 

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Spend Christmas with the Griswold family under the twinkling stars at historic Kalamazoo State Theatre! KST is offering a special movie screening of this Christmas tradition Saturday, December 10th!

Dec. 10

Kalamazoo State Theatre

404 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

 

 

 

Wizards of Winter

Featuring former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and some of the mid-Atlantic’s finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter will be performing a holiday rock opera right here in Kalamazoo! This 12 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December’s past!

Dec. 15

Kalamazoo State Theatre

404 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

 

 

 

Frankie Ballard Country Christmas

Spend Christmas under the starry sky with Frankie Ballard at Kalamazoo State Theatre! Due to popular demand Frankie Ballard’s Annual Country Christmas fundraiser concert returns to the atmospheric State Theatre this December. This Michigan born singer & songwriter is known for many Billboard chart topping hits such as; “Sunshine & Whiskey,” “Helluva Life,” “Young & Crazy,” “It All Started With A Beer” and his latest “Cigarette.”

Dec. 16

Kalamazoo State Theatre

404 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

 

 

 

Ultraviolet Hippopotamous 

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is an explosive five-piece progressive improvisational band with a rapidly growing fan base across the U.S. and more recently, Europe. Described as “brightening the future of the jam band scene,” Ultraviolet Hippopotamus mixes tight, funky jams with new dance beats, heartfelt lyrics, compelling composition, eccentric effects and a vibrant light show for an incredible, one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Dec. 31

Kalamazoo State Theatre

404 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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