Graphic Design Opens Tonight at GRAM!

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This ambitious exhibition features cutting edge ideas in the world of graphic design. Exploring looking and learning in a whole new way, Graphic Design— Now in Production spans two related but distinct locations in downtown Grand Rapids.

The largest of the design professions, graphic design is the art of visual communication that gives shape to the thousands of messages we encounter each day—from the printed page to the computer screen and beyond. Graphic designers use color, typography, images, symbols, and systems to make the surfaces around us come alive with meaning.

GRAM + Kendall partner to present innovative design from around the world.

This exhibition marks the first collaborative exhibition presentation between GRAM and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. The Fed at Kendall building was renovated in 2012 for use by the College; GRAM was housed at the location until 2007, before moving to the new facility adjacent to Maya Lin’s Ecliptic at Rosa Parks Circle.

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Classical Revolution at SpeakEZ Lounge tonight!

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Classical Revolution began in San Fransisco in 2006, inspiring over 35 chapters worldwide with performances, readings and wild crossover in bars, cafes and other non-traditional spaces. This is not your father’s classical music. Come see how a little “anything goes” connects YOU to the beauty and power of art music!
Grand Rapids Symphony musicians will read music LIVE at the SpeakEZ Lounge to kick off the latest chapter, led by composer/bassist Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime), whose own CR series in Detroit has earned him praise as a great innovator in classical music.
Join the revolutionary party and soak up great beer, food, chamber music standards as well as Mr. CutTime’s own funky compositions and lively symphonic transcriptions!
Beer-thoven anyone?

The Revolution will not be televised…be there.  The fun starts at 7:00 p.m.

NO COVER

 

Grand Rapids – the Auto Show Charity Spectacular!

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Follow the searchlights to what has become an annual “must attend” Black-Tie event in Grand Rapids – the Auto Show Charity Spectacular! 

Be a part of the live WOOD TV and WOTV television and media coverage of the 2013 Auto Show Charity Spectacular, and enjoy the company of guests who share a love of cars and a heart for the children of West Michigan. The Charity Spectacular provides guests the exclusive opportunity to preview the latest automobiles, trucks, vans, sedans, hybrids and sports cars. Strolling dinner, Wine and craft beer tasting with Cascade Winery, Chateau Grand Traverse, Tabor Hill Winery, Arcadia, Jaden James and Perrin!

SCHEDULE
6:00 p.m. – Opening program begins in the Grand Gallery

7:00-8:00 p.m. – Live television broadcast on WOOD TV & WOTV

7:00-9:30 p.m. – Exquisite strolling dinner, cocktails, complimentary Michigan wine and craft beer tasting, silent & live auctions

New This Year…
You won’t want to miss FASHION OVERDRIVE – A high energy, unique runway fashion experience featuring sleek automotive concepts and red carpet worthy fashions. Watch the models take shape on the exhibit floor from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Fashions provided by Leigh’s – a local Grand Rapids boutique. Participating salons include Salon Re, Bang Blowdry Bar, Design 1, Cheeky Strut, Ecouter, Hotel Venus, A Davis Brown Salon, Reflections Salon, Serendipity, Salon Solstice, and Tanaz Hair Boutique & Day Spa.

Your Charity Spectacular ticket purchase will help support the life-saving work of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Tickets for this Black Tie event are $150 per person.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: 
http://www.spectrumhealth.org/autoshowgala/

February updates on arts and culture in West Michigan

Feb. 1

GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations

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Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Unwind during Friday Nights at GRAM with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations feature a rotation of guest speakers, gallery talks, demonstrations, and collaborations with local cultural organizations and artists.

Auto Show

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DeVos Place

Friday, 11am – 10pm
Sat. 10am – 10pm
Sunday, 10am – 6pm This is the greatest annual opportunity for the public to view their “next new car” with some 300 new vehicles on display – sedans, vans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids and sports cars – and factory representatives from nearly 40 different manufacturers. The Million $ Motorway is expected to be bigger and better than ever before – with a variety of high end cars including Bentley, Rolls Royce, Fisker, Aston Martin, Maserati and Lamborghini, among others.
http://showspan.com/MIA/Home.aspx

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children aged 6 to 14. Kids 5 and under are admitted free

First Friday at LINC

LINC Development Center –

1167 Madison Ave SE , Grand Rapids, MI 49507

5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of live jazz from the Isaac Norris Project, cuisine form local vendors, and spoken word from Azizi Jasper & friends. It will also be a great opportunity to connect and network, and get ideas on how to LINC up with other to transform our communities.

Nikki Hill with Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys
Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill
760 Butterworth, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

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Hill draws on vintage female rhythm and blues influences such as LaVern Baker, Etta James and Ruth Brown, as well as some of her favorite male singers Otis Redding and Solomon Burke, without being stuck or pigeonholed strictly as a ‘retro’ artist. Her tough vocal style fits with contemporary sensibilities yet evokes all the great female blues shouters of previous decades. With the success of similar artists such as Amy Winehouse or Imelda May, Hill is poised to blaze her own trail in their wake.
$10 advance $12 at The Door

Harmony Brewing Company Birthday Party Harmony Brewing Company at 1551 Lake Drive in Eastown All day Harmony Brewing Company will celebrate its year anniversary by throwing a birthday party. As part of the festivities they will release the commemorative beer: Birthday Barley wine.

2 Saturday
Steve Hilger Jazz Guitar Trio

J.W. Marriott, 235 Louis St., Grand Rapids.

7 to 10 p.m.

The Steve Hilger Jazz Guitar Trio plays in mixology at the J.W. Marriott.

John SheaTrio

Notos Old World Italian Dining,

6600 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids.

7 to 10 p.m.

pianist John Shea swings and sings at Notos .

Special Saturday Night with: The Trace

One Trick Pony-

Show starts at 8:00 pm.

Reservations accepted  NO COVER

3 Sunday
Sunday Classical Series Grand Rapids Art Museum

2:00 p.m.

Suzanna Dennis Bratton, Gene Hahn, & Kelly Karamazov; clarinet, violin, & piano

Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra

Founders Brewing Co,

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235 Grandville Ave. SW.

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Free. http://www.foundersbrewing.com.

Weekly Jazz jam Speak EZ

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600 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

7:00– 10:00 p.m. NO COVER

Jazz brunch with Greg Miller

J.W. Marriott,

235 Louis St., Grand Rapids.

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guitarist Greg Miller plays for brunch..
http://www.jwgr.com.

4 Monday

John Shea Trio (Jazz)

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Republic

8:00– 11:00 p.m.  40% off bottles of wine)

 the hardest working jazz musician in west Michigan, pianist/vocalist John Shea, swings The Republic with Arizona transplant Warren Jones on bass and the great Tim Fronceck on drums. http://www.republicgrandrapids.com.

5 Tuesday
The WMEAC Film Series

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Grand Rapids Public Museum

18:00 until 21:00

Urban Roots follows the recent urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. This film focuses on the post-industry collapse in the city with an inspirational look at the progress being made to build a sustainable future for Detroit. Watch these ground-up innovations and inspirations spark from Detroit’s urban farming community. WMEAC focuses on Diversity with a screening of Urban Roots followed by a panel discussion on community revitalization.

6 Wednesday
Wheelhouse Talks: Troy Evans

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UICA Theatre |

12:30 p.m.

Transformational pastor, guiding at-risk youth from gangs to faith. Former dropout, gang founder and crime leader, who fled to change his life. Founder of The Edge Urban Fellowship, reaching the “Hip-Hop Culture for the Kingdom of God,” and author of The Edge of Redemption, telling the story of his own transformation.

Free admission
http://uica.org/event/wheelhouse-talks-troy-evans/

7 Thursday
The Red Party

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Cygnus 27, located on the 27th floor of the Tower in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

8 pm

ONCE AGAIN…Wear your red threads. Get your dancing shoes on. Prep your palate for a cocktail from Valentine Vodka. And bring a few bucks for the Grand Rapids Red Project. It’s time for the Cygnus 27 Red Party. Inspired by Valentine Vodka’s iconic pin-up logo and the signature rockabilly style of musical guest Delilah DeWylde.

Check out their music here: http://www.delilahdewylde.com/music.html
Dress code is Your Best Red Threads, and pin-up inspired looks for the ladies (Need inspiration? Go here: http://www.facebook.com/MoxieBeautyParlor/photos_stream)

“Grand Statements”
New York comes to Grand Rapids with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series

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St. Cecilia Music Center, Royce Auditorium

7:30 p.m. Program includes:
Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18 by Strauss
“Aftermath” A Song Cycle for Voice, Piano, Violin and Cello by Rorem
Quintet in F minor for Piano, Two Violins and Cello by Franck
The Lincoln Center musicians include:
Randall Scarlata, baritone, Gil Kalish, piano
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano, Ani Kavafian, violin
Ida Kavafian, violin, Richard O’Neill, viola , Mihai Marica, cello
Price Range: $35 / $30 / $10 student

Acoustic Stew with: Josh Rose

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8:00 p.m. 
Genre: Acoustic / Folk / Progressive
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ADEg0lkVOgs

No cover

8 Friday
Orpheum Bell & Lac La Belle
(By Hugo Claudin) Mexicains Sans Frontieres
120 S Division Ave #226, Grand Rapids, Michigan

An American band for sure, but with members originally from Ukraine, Holland and Armenia as well as the States they throw in influences from all those places’ musical styles as well as roaming up and down the years to encompass early jazz, tango and ragtime, not to mention folk and contemporary rock’n’roll.

Lac La Belle is an acoustic duo from Detroit, Michigan that juxtaposes the early decades of recorded rural American music with decaying Rustbelt aesthetic. A tradition is re-imagined- or maybe just resumed- in the ‘future-rustic’ swirl of accordion, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and resonator guitar. The instrumentation echoes another era, but is employed for a music of now. http://www.laclabelle.com

GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations

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Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Unwind during Friday Nights at GRAM with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations feature a rotation of guest speakers, gallery talks, demonstrations, and collaborations with local cultural organizations and artists.

9 Saturday
Opera Grand Rapids Presents Don Giovanni

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DeVos Performance Hall

Fri, 7:30 PM
Sat 7:30 PM

Across the globe there is not a woman who is safe from his charms. Beautiful arias, mischief, romance, and vengeance craft this tale of the unrepentant seducer Don Juan. Join Opera Grand Rapids for Mozart’s darkly comedic and sexually charged masterpiece, featuring an acclaimed national cast, the Opera Grand Rapids Chorus, and the music of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at $21
http://www.operagr.com/

Special Saturday Night with: Dave Molinari Band

One Trick Pony

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Show starts at 8:00 pm. Reservations accepted 
NO COVER

Cabin Fever Blues Series WSG  Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys

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Billy’s Lounge

Show start at 8 pm. 

Joshua Davis CD Release Show

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Peter Wege Auditorium
1130 Wealthy St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Starts 7:00 pm
Doors at 6:00 pm
‘A Miracle of Birds’ Release at the beautiful Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids with a showing of ‘The People and the Olive’, the documentary based on the Run Across Palestine as well! Film starts at 7pm with the Joshua Davis Band playing afterward. Featuring Laura Bates, Jen Sygit, Mike Lynch, Geoff Lewis and Zak Bunce.
TICKETS
Advance: $10.00
General admission:$12.00
CMC Member: $8.00

10 Sunday
Sunday Classical Series

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Grand Rapids Art Museum

2:00 p.m.

Folias and friends; flute and guitar with Chamber Ensemble

Weekly Jazz jam Speak EZ

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600 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

7:00– 10:00 p.m. NO COVER
Randy Marsh’s Sunday Night Jazz Hang at The Speak EZ Lounge. Student musicians under 21 with a parent or legal guardian will have a chance to play with Marsh from 7 to 9; the host trio plays from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

http://www.speakezlounge.com.

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John Shea Trio (Jazz)

Republic

8:00– 11:00 p.m. 

 

SPECK MOUNTAIN ∆TIGER WAVES ∆FIONA DICKINSON ∆

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Pyramid Scheme

7:30 p.m.

SPECK MOUNTAIN ∆
“Do you like The Chromatics? Well you might like Speck Mountain more if you like Bobbie Gentry, Nico, or My Bloody Valentine.” -Wesley Stokes

TIGER WAVES ∆
Tiger Waves are James and Reid, two cross-country pen-pals who make their music by exchanging sounds via email – then cut and mixes them together into awesome bits of cosmic beach-pop. For proof of their music-making-by-MacBook’s approach look no further than their album from earlier this year – ‘Only Good Bands Have Animal Names’

FIONA DICKINSON ∆
Fiona Dickinson is a British singer/songwriter currently residing in Michigan. Taking a cue from Bjork-esque vocalists, as well as adding elements of shoe gaze, old time folk, and lush string arrangements, Fiona creates a beguiling dark sound.

 

 

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

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Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.929.1700
616.456.3977 Daily Exhibit Hours:
9:00AM – 5:00PM Monday
9:00AM – 9:00PM Tuesday (last tour at 8 p.m.)
9:00AM – 5:00PM Wednesday – Saturday
12:00PM – 5:00PM Sunday

On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg claiming more than 1,500 lives and subsequently altering the world’s confidence in modern technology. In Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, more than 150 legendary artifacts conserved from the Ship’s debris field are showcased offering a poignant look at this iconic Ship and its passengers. The exhibition will be open from February 9, 2013 through July 7, 2013.

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Big River Brass Band @ Mardi Gras

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Grand Rapids Arena District

6 – 9 p.m.

Andy Szumowski & the boys are forming up for a raucous cakewalk & parade through the downtown Grand Rapids Arena District. Come join the second line, drink local booze, eat some gumbo, and dance!

WYCE 88.1FM and The Pyramid Scheme welcome Erin McKeown back to Grand Rapids.

The Pyramid Scheme

Starts 7:00 pm 
“When assessing music, words like “independent” — and especially “indie” — get tossed around like so much confetti, often to describe works that aren’t independent of anything. Particularly at this point in her many-hyphened career, Erin McKeown is a genuine independent: East coast nightingale songstress Jenn Grant opens the show.

 

13 Wednesday
Diversity Lecture Series
LZ Granderson- “Dare You to Move”

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Fountain Street Church,

24 Fountain Street NE
Lecture at 7:00 p.m.

LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine andESPN.com. He is a contributor to ESPN’s Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University. LZ’s commentary, reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Grand Rapids Press.

14 Thursday
Red-Lining and Auburn Hills: Developing an African-American Neighborhood in 1960’s

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Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl Street NW

7:00 pm

Red-Lining and Auburn Hills: Developing an African-American Neighborhood in 1960s Grand Rapids Jennifer Moelling Metz – Past Perfect, Inc. The story of Auburn Hills is the story of African-American professionals unwelcome in Grand Rapids neighborhoods. So they created their own. People fought them at every turn, but eventually they won the battle, built their homes, and created the diverse neighborhood still in northeast Grand Rapids today. Many of the original families still live in Auburn Hills, which is also an interesting example of late 1960’s/early, 1970’s architectural development.

 

The Pimps of Joy time with Lucas Wilson

Founders Brewing Co,

235 Grandville Ave. SW.

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9:30 p.m. 
FREE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1h91q-xUGdY

 

Acoustic Stew with: MacRaven

One Trick Pony

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Show starts at 6:00 pm
 No cover

 

The Steve Hilger Jazz Guitar Trio

Notos

6600 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids.

7:00 p.m.

 

The Steve Hilger Jazz Guitar Trio presents their Student Jam Session at Notos Old World Italia Dining, Grand Rapids. High school and college age musicians wanting bandstand experience are encouraged to sit in. (no cover)


15 Friday
Grand Rapids Ballet Company
Program 3

Peter Martin Wege Theatre

Friday at 7:30 pm
Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sunday at 2:00 pm 

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Featuring the works of George Balanchine, Kirk Peterson, and Olivier Wevers! Amazed in Burning Dreams is an action-packed abstract ballet choreographed by Kirk Peterson, to the music of Philip Glass’ score for the 1985 film Mishima. Who Cares? George Balanchine’s exuberant hit comes to the Peter Martin Wege Theatre – featuring fabulous Gershwin music performed live on stage by the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra! The Sofa, choreographed by Olivier Wevers and premiered on last season’s MOVEMEDIA program, is an enchanting work of humor, passion, whimsy and more.
http://www.grballet.com/program-3/

 

 

GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations

Grand Rapids Art Museum

5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Unwind during Friday Nights at GRAM with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations feature a rotation of guest speakers, gallery talks, demonstrations, and collaborations with local cultural organizations and artists.


16 Saturday
UICA Live Coverage 2013

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6–11 PM

Celebrate the creative talents of over 50 West Michigan artists. Experience the thrill of great art being made in front of you. This unforgettable evening combines live and silent auctions, music, and an array of fine food and a cash bar. This event is a must for collectors, designers, and anyone with a passion for original artwork. All proceeds from Live Coverage further the innovative artistic, educational, and youth programs of UICA – Michigan’s largest contemporary art center.
$65 for UICA Members (Cash Bar)
$75 for Non-Members (Cash Bar)
http://uica.org/event/live-coverage-2013/

 

Special Saturday Night with: We Know Jack

One Trick Pony

Show starts at 8:00 pm

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12th Annual Symphony with Soul Concert featuring Grammy- award nominated soloist: Marvin Sapp DeVos Performance Hall 8:00 pm 12th Annual Symphony with Soul Concert featuring Grammy- award nominated soloist: Marvin Sapp

10:00 pm Post-Concert Reception
For more information please visit website:
http://www.grsymphony.org/events/celebration-soul-2013

 

WYCE and The West Michigan Blues Society welcome the return of the Cabin Fever Blues with Damon Fowler 

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Billy’s Lounge

Starts 9:00 pm
Doors at 8:00 pm

$10 cover (All or part of the proceeds benefit West Michigan Blues Society)

17 Sunday
Sunday Classical Series

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Grand Rapids Art Museum

2:00 p.m.

Ensemble Montage

 

Eighth annual Taste of Soul Sunday

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Main Library

1:00 – 4:30 pm

We invite you to listen, learn, play, and eat with us as we celebrate African American history and culture at the eighth annual Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American art, music, literature, history, and food. This popular event is free and open to the public .Parking is always free on Sunday in the library lot. The parking ramp at GRCC (north of the building) is also open on Sundays.

http://www.grpl.org/tasteofsoul/

Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra

Founders Brewing Co,

235 Grandville Ave. SW.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 www.foundersbrewing.com.

Weekly Jazz jam Speak EZ

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600 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

7:00– 10:00 p.m. NO COVER
Randy Marsh’s Sunday Night Jazz Hang

 

18 Monday
John Shea Trio (Jazz)

The Republic,

45 South Division,

 8:00– 11:00 p.m.

Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m. 

West Michigan Jazz Society Presents Kathy Lamar and Bob VanStee

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The B.O.B.

20 Monroe NW,

 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Las Vegas vocalist Kathy Lamar will be the featured performer on the February 18th installment of the WMJS’s Monday night Jazz series. Her lively performances and powerful voice never fail to engage the audience. “Singing is where I feel the most comfortable and I’m the happiest, especially when I see other people digging it too…that’s the real gift.” she says. That clearly shows as she interacts with the audience. Her trio consists of pianist Bob “Gus” VanStee, Scott Veenstra on drums and Robert Pace playing the bass. They will perform a mesmerizing mix of jazz standards and rock classics.

$5 Jazz society members $10 non-members

19 Tuesday
Torch Light Tuesday at Bar Divani

5:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Las Vegas vocalist Kathy Lamar will be the featured performer on the first installment of the Torch light Tuesday night music series.

20 Wednesday

21 Thursday
Local Spins Live II

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The Crane Wives and Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys

St. Cecilia’s perfect listening room — Royce Auditorium.

7:30 p.m.

THE CRANE WIVES – This indie-folk outfit from our own Grand Rapids defies musical stereotypes. Formed in late August of 2010, they just finished recording their debut album, Safe Ship, Harbored.DELILAH DEWYLDE and the LOST BOYS – A long time ago, at the dawn of the Atomic Age, a succession of no-good punks and ill-mannered teenagers took the best of American roots music —Price Range: $15
http://scmc-online.org/concerts-events/detail/2013-february-lsl/

 


22 Friday

The Super Happy Fun time Burlesque Love Show!

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Pyramid Scheme

VIP (early 8:30pm entry, front rows seating and free SHFB Road Movie DVD and signed poster) SHFB loves you. That is why they want to put on a burlesque show for you during the shittiest month in Michigan!! What better way to get a break from the winter blahs than by seeing a fantastic live band and burlesque show!? Guaranteed to find your line and cross it, come out to see fantastic live music, bawdy comedy, and beautiful girls in the most awesome striptease show in the Midwest!!

18+ $10 general admission, $25 VIP 

 

GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations

Grand Rapids Art Museum

5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Unwind during Friday Nights at GRAM with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations feature a rotation of guest speakers, gallery talks, demonstrations, and collaborations with local cultural organizations and artists.

WYCE JAMMIE AWARDS XIV

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The Intersection Lounge

Doors at 5:30 p.m.

The 14th annual WYCE Jammie awards show returns to The Intersection. What you need to know: It’s FREE! All ages are welcome! Doors at 5:30pm, music begins shortly after so get there early! Please bring a non-perishable food item or gently used clothing donation! Wear your Jammies!

23 Saturday

Dragon Wagon

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Founders Brewing company

9:30 p.m.

Dragon Wagon is Michigan Roots music at its finest! Each performance is built on originality, fun, and expert musicianship, quickly making the band one of Michigan’s premier bluegrass outfits. Dragon Wagon’s honest sound and genuine crowd connection never disappoint, and appeal to all audiences. The combination of mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and drums guarantees an infectious energy that gets every crowd dancing! The band formed in 2008, and is now based in Ann Arbor, MI. $5 bucks

http://www.dragonwagonband.com/#!__videos

WYCE and The West Michigan Blues Society welcome the return of the Cabin Fever Blues with Sena Ehrhardt

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 Billy’s Lounge.

Starts 9:00 pm
Doors at 8:00pm

$10 cover (All or part of the proceeds benefit West Michigan Blues Society)

24 Sunday
Sunday Classical Series

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Grand Rapids Art Museum

2:00 p.m.

Gregory Maytan & Mei-Husan Huang; violin and piano

 

Weekly Jazz jam Speak EZ

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600 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

7:00– 10:00 p.m. NO COVER

Randy Marsh’s Sunday Night Jazz Hang at The Speak EZ Lounge, Student musicians under 21 with a parent or legal guardian will have a chance to play with Marsh from 7 to 9; the host trio plays from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

http://www.speakezlounge.com.

25 Monday
John Shea Trio (Jazz)

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Republic

8:00– 11:00 p.m.

 NO COVER
The hardest working jazz musician in west Michigan, pianist/vocalist John Shea, swings The Republic, with Arizona transplant Warren Jones on bass and the great Tim Fronceck on drums. http://www.republicgrandrapids.com.

26 Tuesday
Torch Light Tuesday at Bar Divani

 5:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Torch light Tuesday night music series.

27 Wednesday
Freedom, Slavery and the Underground Railroad in Michigan

Richard M. DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Pew Grand Rapids Campus

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4:30-6 p.m.

A small but dedicated group of Michigan settlers—both blacks and whites—objected to the US Constitution’s endorsement of slavery and to territorial Michigan’s blind eye to it. In spite of the Constitution’s mandate to enforce slavery, Michigan abolitionists organized a small but powerful army—a secret network to assist people held in slavery in Michigan and those escaping slavery in the South find freedom. Abolitionists’ refusal to obey the laws protecting slavery ultimately led the US to Civil War. Presenter: Veta Tucker GVSU associate professor of English
http://www.gvsu.edu/oma/module-event-index.htm
FREE

28 Thursday

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GRSO Rising Stars

St. Cecilia’s perfect listening room — Royce Auditorium.

7:00 p.m.

Handel, Bach and Respighi
Price Range: $18.00-$34.00

The Arena District presents Asian Culture Club!

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Today!

Come on down to six.one.six at the JW Marriott from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29 for our first Culture Club event of the new year, featuring:

– FREE Asian cuisine
– Speaker from the Laotian Association of Holland
– Japanese tea ceremony presentation
– Karate and tai chi demonstrations provided by Rick Mirandette of Mirandette Martial Arts Center
– Laotian dance performance
– Live performance on the traditional Chinese Gu-Zheng instrument
– Origami “live art” demonstration

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Live Jazz Updates in West Michigan

Live Jazz Updates in West Michigan

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp serves the West Michigan Community with its Public Radio Stations, WBLV-FM 90.3 in the Muskegon area and WBLU-FM 88.9 in Grand Rapids. Thousands of listeners tune in for Classical Music and Jazz, along with National Public Radio’s award winning news programs.

Thursday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m., Western Michigan University’s Distinguished Alumni Series presents a 20th anniversary concert by The Groov’tet, originally a Western Michigan University student band, with drummer Keith Hall, saxophonist John Wojciechowski, pianist Xavier Davis and bassist Matt Hughes. The free concert takes place at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 7:30 and 9:30 jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Quartet presents performances in the Wellspring Theater of the Epic Center, Kalamazoo, as part of the Fontana Chamber Arts Jazz Series. Information from www.fontanachamberarts.org or (269)382-7774.

Saturday, February 16th at 6 p.m. drummer/vocalist Fred Knapp’s trio plays a Jazz Vespers service in the historic sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church, 227 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids. See www.grandrapidsfumc.org or (616) 451 – 2879.

Sunday, February 17th, a benefit for saxophonist Dayna Stephens who’s incurred huge medical bills: http://jazzfoundation.org/DaynaStephens.

Sneak peek at February Kultural Events

A PEEK AT FEBRUARY
the first day…
GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations Grand Rapids Art Museum 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Unwind during Friday Nights at GRAM with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. GRAM’s Friday Night Conversations feature a rotation of guest speakers, gallery talks, demonstrations, and collaborations with local cultural organizations and artists.

Auto Show
DeVos Place Friday, 11am – 10pm
Sat. 10am – 10pm
Sunday, 10am – 6pm

This is the greatest annual opportunity for the public to view their “next new car” with some 300 new vehicles on display – sedans, vans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids and sports cars – and factory representatives from nearly 40 different manufacturers. The Million $ Motorway is expected to be bigger and better than ever before – with a variety of high end cars including Bentley, Rolls Royce, Fisker, Aston Martin, Maserati and Lamborghini, among others.
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Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children aged 6 to 14. Kids 5 and under are admitted free

First Friday at LINC Development Center – 1167 Madison Ave SE , Grand Rapids, MI 49507 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of live jazz from the Isaac Norris Project, cuisine form local vendors, and spoken word from Azizi Jasper & friends. It will also be a great opportunity to connect and network, and get ideas on how to LINC up with other to transform our communities.

Nikki Hill with Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys
Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill 760 Butterworth, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

Hill draws on vintage female rhythm and blues influences such as LaVern Baker, Etta James and Ruth Brown, as well as some of her favorite male singers Otis Redding and Solomon Burke, without being stuck or pigeonholed strictly as a ‘retro’ artist. Her tough vocal style fits with contemporary sensibilities yet evokes all the great female blues shouters of previous decades. With the success of similar artists such as Amy Winehouse or Imelda May, Hill is poised to blaze her own trail in their wake.
$10 advance $12 at The Door