Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall is happening!

Time to catch up on lots of events happening soon!

All Shook Up--an Elvis Presley extravaganza--opens at the Civic Theatre in Kalamazoo this Friday, September 16, and runs through October 2. Gull Lake alumna Lisa Watson will be stage managing, and Stacy Bartell is properties chief. Info and tickets at the Civic's website.

On Saturday, September 17, Doo Wop Meets Barbershop at 7 p.m. at the Dalton Recital Hall at WMU. Gull Lake music teacher David Woolf will perform with the Mall City Harmonizers' Men's Chorus, and the fabulous prize-winning collegiate group Prestige will provide some hot harmonies, too. Tickets are $12.

The Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest always offers great food, fun things to do for every age, and fantastic music. PAC alumna Erica Holcomb will be playing her harp with the traditional Celtic group Whiskey Before Breakfast--which also includes Richlander Dave Marlatt on fiddle. They'll play from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., but the fest continues until 6. It's at Tillers International in Scotts, and admission is $10 a carload.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Festival of the Senses!

Get ready for the biggest art blast of the year! The fourth annual Festival of the Senses will offer the best of the year's student theater, 2-D and 3-D visual art, choir performances, instrumental music, dance, creative writing, and--new this year--film-making. It all happens in one conveniently-located whirl at Gull Lake High School, 7 to 10 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14.

In one wonderful evening, you can enjoy five student-directed one-act plays, a full visual art gallery with cabaret entertainments, vocal and instrumental music ensembles, the return of the GLHS Jazz Band, dance students from the EFA program, student poets, and student film makers sharing their short subjects.

Donations will be accepted at the door to support the Performing Arts Foundation. And your purchase of popcorn and other goodies at the concession stand helps PAF, too.

What a night it will be! If we see you Friday, we bet you'll be back Saturday, with friends!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Open Mic April 30 at RACC

Calling all artistes--musicians, writers, storytellers, comedians! Come celebrate at the April 30 Celebration of the Creative Arts, an open mic night at the Richland Area Community Center. It's free to performers and to the audience. Share your talents or enjoy the talents of others from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 30. Performers, reserve your time at the mic by calling RACC--269-629-9430. Biggby will be there to provide the other necessary ingredient for a real coffee house!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Jazz orchestra swings Stan Kenton

The Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra will feature the music of Stan Kenton tonight, April 18, at the Union Cabaret & Grill in downtown Kalamazoo. 7:30, no cover charge, let's swing!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Middle schooler wins literary award

Check your April 17 Kalamazoo Gazette for the 2011 Community Literary Awards. There you'll read the moving and sophisticated story that won the award for Youth/Teen Story: "Mental Issues in the Family" by Gull Lake Middle School student Chloe Mendez, age 13. Chloe is the daughter of Carole McFee Mendez and Juan Alejos Mendez of Richland. She's also a student in the Academically Talented Youth Program. Congratulations and kudos to Chloe!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Glitter time!

Race to Gull Lake High School at lunchtime or after school to get your tickets for the annual Glitter variety show. The show goes on at 7 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, at the Comstock Community Auditorium and stars the best of local talent. Reserved seats are $10, general admission is $8, all to benefit Gull Lake High School's PTO.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Traditional Irish Music in Richland

The traditional Irish band Bua will be giving a concert at the Richland Community Hall this Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door ($10, students $5, children free). The Richland Community Hall is at 8985 Gull Road, across the street from Harding's.

Dirty Linen magazine says they “raise the rafters with their playing, charm with their singing, and delight with their contemporary energy.” So we think you'll enjoy them!