Calendar of Events

25 March 9 a.m. Residence Halls and Living Learning Houses Re-open for Spring Term
27 March Spring Term Classes Begin
27 March – 1 June 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attic Treasures: Ancient Athens Through Vase Paintings and Architecture. The A.M. Todd Rare Book Room at Kalamazoo College.
28 March 2 p.m. Baseball v. Albion College (Double Header), Woodworth Field
29 March 11 a.m. Preview and Lecture for BEST THING EVER. Join Adam Schumaker, Jessica Louise Coe, and What Is Noise as they discuss the creation and rehearsals of The BEST THING EVER. Previews of the March 30 performance will be performed. Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building
30 March 12 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Blood Drive. To schedule an appointment, log onto redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: kzoocollege) or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  Walk-ins welcome. Hicks Center Banquet Room
5 p.m. Black Lives Matter Syllabus,  a Leadership Training Series workshop sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Registration required, Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building
 7 p.m. Performance by guitarist and composer Giorgio Mirto, artistic director of the prestigious international guitar festival Six Ways (Turin, Italy), First Congregational Church, 345 West Michigan Avenue.
7 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse v. North Central College (Minnesota), MacKenzie Field
7:30 p.m. BEST THING EVER, a new song cycle of electronic and classical music by Adam Schumaker, featuring poems by Laura Theobald, performed by What is Noise and Jessica Louise Coe. Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
31 March 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Fresh Start. Gather to celebrate the Persian New Year, Naw Ruz, the beginning of spring quarter, and the eventual return of warm weather.  What does it mean to make a fresh start?  In what areas do you need a fresh start?  What lessons from the past will you carry into the future?  Sponsored by the Interfaith Student Leaders. Stetson Chapel
2 April 12 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse v. North Central College (Minnesota), MacKenzie Field
1 p.m. Baseball v. Adrian College (Double Header), Woodworth Field
1 p.m. Women’s Tennis v. Olivet College, Stowe Stadium
4 April 4 p.m. Women’s Tennis v. Hope College, Stowe Stadium
5 April 4 p.m. Men’s Tennis v. Olivet College, Stowe Stadium
7 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse v. Trine University, MacKenzie Field
6 April 8 p.m. “A New Look at the Arab-Israeli War of 1948,” lecture by Benny Morris, Ph.D., Professor of Middle East History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Since 2015, Dr. Morris has been a visiting professor of history at Georgetown University. He has published nine books on the history of the Arab-Zionist conflict, and has spoken widely on the subject. He also worked as a journalist at The Jerusalem Post where he was a diplomatic correspondent, night news editor, and features writer. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Kalamazoo College. Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room
7 April 11 a.m. Community Reflection–La Luz de Nuestrx Camino: Hope in our Communities. The logo for the Latino Student Organization is a sun with the letters ‘LSO’ in it.  Join us for a reflection on what allows us to shine and bring life and light to ourselves and to those around us. Sponsored by LSO. Stetson Chapel
5 p.m. Attic Treasures: Ancient Athens as Seen Through Vase Paintings and Architecture, a stop on April’s Kalamazoo Art Hop, the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room, Kalamazoo College Library
8 April 1 p.m. Softball v. Trine University (Double Header), Softball Field
10 April 4 p.m. Retirement reception for David Barclay, the Margaret and Roger Scholten Professor of International Studies, Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room
11 April 2 p.m. Baseball v. Hope College (Double Header), Woodworth Field
5 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse v. Trine University, MacKenzie Field
7 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse v. Albion College, MacKenzie Field
7 p.m. Chanticleer–An Orchestra of Voices. Chanticleer is a choral group whose 12 male voices range from soprano to bass. The group is known for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and from gospel to venturesome new music.
Tickets: $29-$15 adult; $5 student. Chenery Auditorium (714 S. Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo)
12 April 3:30 p.m. Softball v. Hope College (Double Header), Softball Field
4 p.m. Women’s Tennis v. Trine University, Stowe Stadium
4:15 p.m. SIP Fest! Senior Individualized Project presentations by majors in the departments of mathematics, computer science, physics and complex systems studies. Various rooms throughout Olds/Upton Hall.
5:30 p.m. Intersex is Beautiful: Deconstructing the Binary, a Leadership Training Series workshop sponsored the the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Part intersex 101, part storytelling, and part film screening, this presentation explores what’s at the root of intersex oppression–fear of the unknown. Registration required. ACSJL, 205 Monroe Street.
13 April 2 p.m. Baseball v. Trine University (Double Header), Woodworth Field
5 p.m. Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community. Sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Women of Color Alliance, Latino Student Organizaton, M.E.Ch.A, Intercultural Center. Dinner is included, RSVP for dinner by April 10. ACSJL, 205 Monroe Street.
14 April 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Good Friday to Easter Service. Join us for a service retelling the gospel story of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, the crucifixion and resurrection.  All are welcome to this service, which will be both faithful to the Christian experience and open to those who are unfamiliar with this central holiday in the Christian tradition. Stetson Chapel
15 April 9 a.m. Stenciling Workshop with For The People Artist Collective, sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. ACSJL, 205 Monroe Street.
12 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse v. Hope College, MacKenzie Field
1 p.m. Men’s Tennis v. Calvin College, Stowe Stadium
2 p.m. Piano Recital, the Senior Individualized Project of Hannah Kim ’17, Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
2 p.m. Softball v. Adrian College (Double Header), Softball Field
18 April 4 p.m. Women’s Tennis v. St. Mary’s College, Stowe Stadium
5 p.m. Crisis in the Press, workshop sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, ACSJL, 205 Monroe Street
5:30 p.m. National Bird, Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening. National Bird follows whistle-blowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. Sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building.
19 April 4 p.m. Men’s Tennis v. Adrian College, Stowe Stadium
21 April 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Founders Day. Celebrating 184 years of community at Kalamazoo College. Stetson Chapel
6 p.m. Men’s Tennis v. Aquinas College, Stowe Stadium
22 April 1 p.m. Men’s Tennis v. Albion College, Stowe Stadium
1 p.m. Softball v. Calvin College (Double Header), Softball Field
3 p.m. Young Vocalists Concert. Winners of the Young Vocalists Competition in both the high school and college divisions will be featured in this recital.  Winners include Kalamazoo College senior Gabrielle Holme-Miller. Reception will follow the concert. Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building.
23 April 1 p.m. Baseball v. Olivet College (Double Header), Woodworth Field
4 p.m. Piano Performance by Guest Artist Amina Figarova. Figarova is a jazz pianist originally from Azerbaijan. She has toured world wide performing her original compostions. Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building.
25 April 7 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse v. Alma College, MacKenzie Field
26 April 7 p.m. “Writing European History in Today’s United States,” the 2017 Moritz Lecture delivered by Jeremy D. Popkin, the William T. Bryan Chair in History at the University of Kentucky. Sponsored by the Department of History. Dewing Hall Room 103
27 – 29 April The 34th Annual Diebold Symposium. The Diebold Symposium is a three-day event during which senior biology majors present their Senior Individualized Projects in a scientific meeting setting. This symposium is the capstone event, giving majors a forum to showcase their impressive work. The Dow Science Building
27 April 4 p.m. “Plant Environmental Response: A Weedy Answer to Three Big Questions,” the 34th Annual Diebold Symposium keynote lecture, Dr. Sonia Sultan, professor of biology and environmental studies at Wesleyan University, Dow Science Building Room 226
7 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse v. Adrian College, MacKenzie Field
28 April 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Memorial Service. Hear students speak about what remembering the Holocaust means to them on a personal or communal level.  Sponsored by Hillel of Kalamazoo College. Stetson Chapel
2 p.m. Baseball v. Alma College (Double Header), Woodworth Field
4 p.m. Student Presentations of the 34th Annual Diebold Symposium, Dow Science Building Room 226
7 p.m. Student Poster Session of the 34th Annual Diebold Symposium, Dow Science Building Third Floor
29 April 9:30 a.m. Student Presentations of the 34th Annual Diebold Symposium, Dow Science Building Room 226
1 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse v. Calvin College, MacKenzie Field
2 May 7:30 p.m. Little White Lie, screening of the acclaimed documentary, presented by the filmmaker, Lacey Schwartz, and followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Kalamazoo College with participation of the Critical Ethnic Studies Program. Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building
3 May 4:30 p.m. “Did a Gun Society Exist in Precolonial and Colonial Africa?” lecture by Saheed Aderinto, Associate Professor at Western Carolina University. Sponsored by the Department of African Studies. Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room
8 p.m. Musical Performance by the Academy Street Winds, directed by Professor of Music Tom Evans. Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
4 May 4 p.m. Men’s Tennis v. Adrian College (MIAA Tournament Semifinal Match), Stowe Stadium
7 p.m. Screening of the Documentary Film, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, the 2017 Annual Thompson Lecture, followed by a discussion and Q&A with Visiting Professor Jeremy Sabella, author of the companion book to the film, and Gary Dorrien, the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminar (and a former professor of religion at Kalamazoo College). Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
5 May 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Loving Earth Day. Join the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) for a reflection educate us about being more sustainable and environmentally friendly.  ECO believes that humans are rooted in nature and have a spiritual connection to the outdoors that is essential for our physical and mental health. Stetson Chapel
4 p.m. MIAA Men’s Tennis Tournament Championship, Stowe Stadium
5 p.m. Photographs of the major works of award-winning Professor Emeritus of Art Marcia Wood (Kalamazoo College, 1965-1997). Several early paintings and small sculptures will also be on exhibit, and for sale by silent auction. This will be a rare opportunity to add a unique artifact of art history to your personal collection, with all proceeds to the Marcia J. Wood scholarship fund at Kalamazoo College. Items can be seen (and bids entered) at MarciaWoodArtAuction.com. Downtown Kalamazoo EPIC Center Gallery.
7:30 p.m. Bach and Beyond–Arcato Chamber Ensemble, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Joined by the extraordinary countertenor Terry Barber, and under the baton of music director Andrew Koehler, the Arcato Chamber Ensemble presents arias of Bach, Popora, and Giomelli, as well as Baroque-inspired instrumental works by Mendelssohn (String Symphony No. 7), Elgar (Introduction and Allegro), and Bloch (Concerto Grosso No. 1). Tickets: $19 adult; free for students. First Baptist Church (315 W. Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo)
8 p.m. Concert by the Kalamazoo College Jazz Band, directed by Professor of Music Tom Evans, Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
6 May 1 p.m. Baseball v. Calvin College (Double Header), Woodworth Field
7:30 p.m. Bach Rocks, with The Red Sea Pedestrians and Cirque du K, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Creating world music with classical, rock, eastern, jazz and folk influences, the Red Sea Pedestrians are a melting pot of six distinct singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentals. Cirque du K is Kalamazoo College’s circus arts performing group. Tickets: $15; $5 students. Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
7 May Times vary by church. The City Sings Bach, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Area church choirs and organists honor the life and legacy of J.S. Bach by presenting a work by Bach and/or his contemporaries during their regular Sunday services. Locations vary by church.
3 p.m. The Goldberg Variations, Carl Witt, pianist, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Witt’s performances are infused with an understanding of historically informed performance practices, the quest for a luminous singing line, and his own imagination as a composer and improviser. Tickets: $15; $5 students. Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
8 May 6 p.m. (reception) 7:30 p.m. (lecture) “Lessons Learned After the 1995 ‘Discernible Human Influence’ Finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” the 2017 Tourtellotte Lecture, Benjamin David Santer, atmospheric scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. About his lecture Santer writes: “In November 1995, after three days of deliberations in Madrid’s Palacio de Congresas, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reached the historic finding that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate”. This sentence changed the world. While other individuals and national scientific organizations had reached similar conclusions before Madrid, the “discernible human influence” statement marked the first time that the international climate science community had spoken so clearly and forcefully. The reaction was swift. The ‘discernible human influence’ conclusion led to Congressional investigations, charges of “scientific cleansing”, allegations of corruption of the peer-review process and professional misconduct, and claims of political tampering. I spent several years addressing such criticism. My lecture is a reflection on the top ten scientific and personal lessons I learned after publication of the IPCC’s 1995 Report. Many of these lessons still have relevance in today’s world.” Dewing Commons (reception) and Dewing Hall Room 103 (Lecture)
6:30 p.m. Bach and Jammies Family Event, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Soprano Jessica Louise Coe and pianist Carl Witt will send you to the moon and back with this lovely all-ages family evening event.  Your favorite bed-time stories will be paired with beautiful music and lullabies.  Come in your jammies and snuggle down to an evening of awe and wonder. Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch.
7 p.m. “A Few Fugues for the Festival,” the 30th Annual Bach-Around-the-Block Organ Crawl, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Discover the music of J.S. Bach and the sounds of the beautiful pipe organs at First Congregational Church, First United Methodist Church, and St. Augustine’s Cathedral. Event begins at First Congregational Church (345 W. Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo)
9 May 12 p.m. Bach Legacy Lecture: B Minor Mass, presented by Dr. Zaide Pixley and Jim Turner, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Discover why the Bach B Minor Mass was Bach’s most monumental crowning achievement at the end of his career. Tickets: $15; Free for students. Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building.
6:30 p.m. Bach and Jammies Family Event, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Soprano Jessica Louise Coe and pianist Carl Witt will send you to the moon and back with this lovely all-ages family evening event.  Your favorite bed-time stories will be paired with beautiful music and lullabies.  Come in your jammies and snuggle down to an evening of awe and wonder. Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch.
7 p.m. Tibetan Buddhism for Modern Life: How Can We Apply This Ancient Wisdom to our Lives Today, presentation by Supa Gregory Corner. Corner has been practicing and teaching Buddhism and meditation since 1979. He is currently a senior teacher and community chaplain at the Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Call 734-994-3387 or 734-368-8701 for more information (www.jewelheart.org). People’s Church, Room 19, 1758 N. Tenth Street in Kalamazoo.
10 May 12 p.m. Passion With Purpose: Cultivating Support for Your Project Proposal, a Leadership Training Series workshop sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership and co-facilitated by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Lunch provided; registration required. ACSJL, 205 Monroe Street.
4 p.m. Baseball v. Hope College, MIAA Tournament Game. Adults–$7/game; Non-MIAA students, seniors 65+ and all faculty/staff with ID–$5/game; MIAA students with ID–free. Woodworth Field
4 p.m. “Frank Lloyd Wright, Wes Peters, and Usonian Architecture,” lecture by Heidi Strobel ’90, Ph.D., associate dean, associate professor of art history, and curator of the Peters-Margedent House (University of Evansville). Connable Recital Hall.
5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Inside the Pipe Organ, three one-hour tours of two organs (a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event). The pipe organ, the granddaddy of all musical instruments, is a complex system of pipes, blowers, and connections.  Take a look inside two of Kalamazoo’s greatest pipe organs and learn how they work from the people who play them and know them best. Capacity for each tour is 16 people, with eight starting at each organ and then walking to the other after 30 minutes. Tickets: $19. First Congregational Church and First United Methodist Church (tickets will designate the starting point for each tour)
11 May 12 p.m. Bach’s Lunch Recital, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Lunchtime concert featuring Zachary Brandon, 2017 semi-finalist and 2016 Stulberg International String Competition Bach Award winner, and  outstanding vocal students of Kalamazoo College. Bring your own lunch for this delightful one-hour recital. Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building.
7:30 p.m. Festival Playhouse Production of In the Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home. Tickets are $15(adults), $10 (seniors 65 and older), $5 (students with ID). Nelda K. Balch Playhouse. (For reservations call 269.337.7333 or get your tickets online)
7:30 p.m. Breaking Barriers With Bach, concert featuring folk duo Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and classical guitarist Dan Mervak (a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event). Experience the likenesses and differences between two very beautiful genres of music side by side as one living and breathing creation. This concert will feature breaking the barriers between classical and indie-folk music. Creating an atmosphere to question, explore, and enjoy the beauty of classical era guitar pieces by composers such as Bach and Mozart, paired with pieces by Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, who engage audiences with original compositions featuring finger-style guitar and close harmony vocals. Tickets: $15 adult; $5 students. Stetson Chapel
12 May 10:30 a.m. Vocal Masterclass with Ian Greenlaw, baritone, and Phyllis Pancella, mezzo-soprano, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Kalamazoo College voice students will have the opportunity to perform for and be coached by world class singers.  Open to the public. Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building
11 a.m. Community Reflection–Memories for the Study Abroad/Study Away Journal. Whether you are just getting back from study away/abroad or preparing to leave campus next fall, join us as we think through the ways cultural awareness impacts our identities at home and abroad.  Sponsored by the Center for International Programs. Stetson Chapel
2 p.m. Vocal Masterclass with Ian Greenlaw, baritone, and Phyllis Pancella, mezzo-soprano, a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event. Kalamazoo College voice students will have the opportunity to perform for and be coached by world class singers.  Open to the public. Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building
7:30 p.m. Festival Playhouse Production of In the Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home. Tickets are $15(adults), $10 (seniors 65 and older), $5 (students with ID). Nelda K. Balch Playhouse. (For reservations call 269.337.7333 or get your tickets online)
7:30 p.m. Guest Artist Recital, featuring Ian Greenlaw, baritone; Phyllis Pancella, mezzo-soprano; Katelyn Spencer, soprano; Thomas Cilluffo, tenor; Carl Witt, piano (a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event). Our featured guest soloists for the Bach B minor Mass will share their beautiful voices with the community at this special event. Repertoire will be a selection of your favorite arias and chamber pieces. Tickets: $19 adult; free for students. Stetson Chapel
13 May 10 a.m. Understanding Trans Identity, a Leadership Training Series workshop sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. This interactive training provides participants with an introduction to the social construct of gender and sex, the multiplicity of trans identities, and how to work in solidarity. This workshop is designed for non-trans people and includes group discussion, community building exercises, and guest speakers.Co-facilitated by Sojn Boothroyd and Jen Hsu-Bishop. Breakfast and lunch provided; registration required. ACSJL. 205 Monroe Street.
2 p.m. Vocal Performance, the Senior Individualized Project of Gabrielle Holme-Miller ’17, Stetson Chapel
7:30 p.m. Festival Playhouse Production of In the Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home. Tickets are $15(adults), $10 (seniors 65 and older), $5 (students with ID). Nelda K. Balch Playhouse. (For reservations call 269.337.7333 or get your tickets online)
7:30 p.m. Breaking Barriers With Bach, concert featuring folk duo Red Tail Ring, cellist David Peshlakai and violist Arturo Ziraldo (a 2017 Bach Festival Week Event). Experience the likenesses and differences between two very beautiful genres of music side by side as one living and breathing creation. This concert will feature breaking the barriers between classical and old-time folk music. Creating an atmosphere to question, explore, and enjoy the beauty of Bach’s cello Suites paired with pieces by Red Tail Ring, who engage audiences with original compositions on fiddle, guitar, banjo, and vocal melodies and harmonies rooted from the oldest traditions in folk music. Tickets: $15 adult; $5 students. Stetson Chapel
14 May 2 p.m. Festival Playhouse Production of In the Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home. Tickets are $15(adults), $10 (seniors 65 and older), $5 (students with ID). Nelda K. Balch Playhouse. (For reservations call 269.337.7333 or get your tickets online)
3 p.m. Bach Festival Finale Concert: Bach’s B Minor Mass, the 2017 Bach Festival Week Culminating Event featuring the Bach Festival Chorus; the Arcato Chamber Ensemble; Katelin Spencer, soprano; Phyllis Pancella, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Cilluffo, tenor; Ian Greenlaw, baritone; and James Turner, conductor. The B Minor Mass, J.S. Bach’s exhilarating and monumental crowning achievement, will be the gala performance of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society’s 70th season and Maestro James Turner’s final appearance as music director.  Join us as Maestro Turner takes his last bow, and experience the summation of Bach’s lifelong musical and spiritual journey. Tickets: $29, $23, $15 adult; $5 students. Chenery Auditorium (714 S. Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo)
15 May 4 p.m. Retirement reception for Madeline Chu, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, and Jan Solberg, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature, Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room
16 May 4:30 p.m. Social Justice Senior Individualized Projects Symposium, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, 205 Monroe Street
17 May 8 p.m. “Pebbling on Graphs: Demonic Graphs and Troop Deployment,” the 19th Annual George Kitchen Memorial Lecture, by Aparna Higgins, University of Dayton. Many mathematicians enjoy thinking about mathematics without concerning themselves about what, if any, applications those ideas may have.  As more people work with these ideas, variations of the original ideas are defined, and occasionally, those variations lead to “real-world applications.” Dr. Higgins will discuss some pebbling results by one of her undergraduate students, and then will consider a variation of pebbling that was applied to troop deployment and used by other mathematicians in an attempt to explain the fall of the Roman Empire. Dr. Higgins grew up in Bombay, India, where she did her undergraduate work in mathematics.  She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 1983.  Her dissertation was in universal algebra, but her current interests are in graph theory. Stetson Chapel
19 May 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Failure. Faculty, staff and students talk about their experiences of failure and what they learned from those experiences.  We all fail at something, and it is time to bring those experiences out into the open! Sponsored by the Interfaith Student Leaders. Stetson Chapel
4 p.m. Lucasse Award Ceremony, honoring Writer-in-Residence Di Seuss, the 2016-17 recipient of the Lucasse Fellowship for Excellence in Scholarship. The Lucasse Fellowship award recognizes outstanding achievement in creative work, research or publication by a member of the Kalamazoo College faculty. Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room
20 May 2 p.m. Vocal Performance, the Senior Individualized Project of Thania Stavropoulos ’17, Stetson Chapel
8 p.m. Concert by the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
21 May 3 p.m. Concert by the College Singers and Women’s Chorus, Stetson Chapel
4 p.m. Retirement Reception for James Turner, Professor of Music, Bach Festival Music Diretor and Conductor and Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at Kalamazoo College. Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room. (NOTE: The reception will immediately follow the College Singers/Women’s Ensemble Concert at 3 pm in Stetson Chapel.)
23 May 7 p.m. Concert by the Kalamazoo College International Percussion Band, Light Fine Arts Building Portico
24 May 5:30 p.m. ELF, a multimedia performance that includes a screening of ELF (Extremely Low Frequency), a video by Nayda Collazo-Llorens in collaboration with Ander Monson. Accompanied by a live performance of ELFSONG, an electroacoustic composition by Ashlee Busch, for piano, violin and stereo playback. Event includes a reception, live performance (Violinist Kathryn Martin and Pianist Hannah Kim), and a Q&A with Collazo-Llorens, Monson and Busch. Connable Recital Hall
25 May 12 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Blood Drive. To schedule an appointment, log onto redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: kzoocollege) or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  Walk-ins welcome. Hicks Center Banquet Room
4:30 p.m. “Innovation and Excitation: The History of the Guitar in Rock and Roll,” lecture and musical presentation by ’70s rock guitar legend Bill Kirchen (formerly of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen). Presented by the American Studies program. Connable Recital Hall
5:30 p.m. Real Boy, Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening. Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens. Dinner provided. Registration for dinner required by May 22. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, 205 Monroe Street.
26 May 11 a.m. Community Reflection–The Cauldron. Join us for the unveiling of the 2017 edition of The Cauldron and the announcements of the winners of this year’s Divine Crow Award and Stephanie Vibbert Award. The authors/artists of these distinguished works will present their award-winning pieces. Sponsored by The Cauldron. Stetson Chapel
2 June 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Sacred Music Celebration. Celebrate the diversity of students’ religious, cultural and spiritual traditions through the medium of music.  Sponsored by the Interfaith Student Leaders. Stetson Chapel
Spring Term classes end
5-7 June Final Exams
10 June 8 p.m. Baccalaureate Service, Stetson Chapel
11 June 1 p.m. Commencement of the Class of 2017, Campus Quadrangle
26 June 10 a.m. The 2017 Hornet Golf Jamboree. Shotgun start. Boxed lunch and beverages on the course. Dinner and awards program after golf. $175 per person. Registration is open. Proceeds support the Hornet Athletic Association. Kalamazoo Country Club