May 4WALL: Short Films a Student Showcase

West Michigan Film and Video Alliance

As students in our many fine film schools complete their terms, we take a look at the future filmmakers joining our ranks. 

Are you one of those future rising stars? Have a film, music video or reel you are proud of?

Come share it with us on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Wealthy Theatre’s Koning Micro-Cinema.

Network and get professional feedback!

For all those interested in submitting work please reach out to Darius Mathis at

Doors open at 6:30PM. Program starts at 7:00PM


Non-Members $5


Romeo and Juliet at GR Ballet

Drama. Passion. Tragedy. The Grand Rapids Ballet presents Mario Radacovsky’s Romeo & Juliet, a stunning portrayal of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love and loss.

Grand Rapids Ballet in May


Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company presents Peter Pan May 3-5 – All shows sold out!

Attila Mosolygo’s exciting world premiere comes to the Peter Martin Wege Theatre stage!

Celebrate childhood fantasy with the timeless tale of the boy who refused to grow up!


Choreography by Mario Radacovsky 

Music by Sergei Prokofiev

Drama. Passion. Tragedy. The Grand Rapids Ballet presents Mario Radacovsky’s Romeo & Juliet, a stunning portrayal of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love and loss.

“Mario Radacovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, as performed by the Grand Rapids Ballet, was one of the most compelling, moving, and inspiring pieces of work I have seen in a long time. I was mesmerized!” -Gavin Larsen, former principal dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre

Mario Radacovsky’s brilliant career as a dancer, Artistic Director and choreographer has taken him around the world. His choreography has been performed in Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico and Brazil. “With this Romeo & Juliet I would like to show passion and love and hate – many aspects of our lives and emotions,” says Radacovsky. “I am also intrigued by the small details of life that many often overlook. For example, the importance of Juliet’s letter – and of communication in general. How different this tragic ending would have been, had Romeo received the letter and known of Juliet’s intentions. I hope to convey to the audience how this classic story is relevant to all of us. We have all had our Juliets or Romeos, and struggled with barriers. I believe this ballet can be a truly unique experience for all of us – dancers, directors and audience – as we explore with such honesty the passion, love and tragedy of Romeo & Juliet.”

May 10 at 7:30 pm 

May 11 at 7:30 pm 
May 12 at 2:00 pm 
May 17 at 7:30 pm
May 18 at 7:30 pm 
May 19 at 2:00 pm 
Peter Martin Wege Theatre
341 Ellsworth SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | PH: 616.454.4771 | |

Tickets available at the Ballet Box Office (616) 454-4771 or through Ticketmaster. 
$40 adults, $35 seniors, $30 children

Creativity Uncorked @ GRAM



Grab a glass of wine and experience a lively and unforgettable night at the museum! After GRAM shuts the doors to the public, we invite you and your friends to socialize and create at this special new program.

A Series of Programs that lets Your Artistic Side Flow
No experience necessary – just an open mind and a willingness to try something new.
Due to the “intoxicating” nature of the fun, participation is limited to 21+

Improv Chop Shop

Thursday, May 16
7:00 – 9:30 pm

Doors open at 6:15. Arrive early and enjoy a drink or two at the cash bar before the event starts.

into the world of inspiration & color exploding out of The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter. 

how themes of design, inventiveness, form vs. function, and originality are woven into each quilt in the exhibition.

fabrics, fibers, dyes and more in funky ways to create a unique and functional item. Inspired by the popular Food Network show Chopped, each guest will receive a goody bag of “ingredients” to manipulate and transform on the spot.

an iPad sleeve, apron, or tote bag that expresses your personal style and sense of improvisation.

Sign up today by contacting Liz Wilson-Fischer,Guest Services and Group Tour Coordinator at:
616 831-2919 or

Registration can also be processed at the Guest Services Desk or

$25 members, $30 non-members




Saturday, May 4, 2013
6:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm Dinner & Entertainment
Black Tie*
Be a part of the mystery and romance of Moonlight on Morocco as GRAM brings the fun of an international club, the thrill of caravans under the stars, and the aromas of exotic foods to 101 Monroe Center.

Proceeds from this annual event benefit GRAM’s artistic and educational programming.

Sold out!

The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter

Grand Rapids Art Museum

May 10, 2013 – August 25, 2013


Susana Allen Hunter

May 10, 2013 – August 25, 2013

Using her innate flair for abstract design, Susana Allen Hunter (1912–2005) created hundreds of colorful improvisational quilts throughout her lifetime. From the 1930s to the 1970s she lived in Wilcox County, Alabama, and created brightly patterned quilts that reflected her life in that rural community as well as her experiences as an African-American woman. Hunter turned the fabric of everyday life into eye-catching quilts with an abstract, asymmetrical and often modern aesthetic.

Hunter’s quilts were created from the fabric of everyday life—worn clothing, leftover fabric, empty grain sacks, and more.

Hunter and her husband Julius made their living farming, growing crops such as cotton, corn, and potatoes. Wilcox County, also home to the quilting community of Gee’s Bend, was among the poorest counties in the United States. Like everyone else in their community, the Hunters worked hard and resources were few. Hunter’s genius lay in creating beautiful, functional objects from what little material was available.


Though she was working with preexisting formats such as strip and medallion quilts, she was not following a set pattern and made design decisions as she went. Quilts were fashioned from whatever fabrics were at hand, and she incorporated worn clothing, leftover fabric scraps, and empty grain sacks as design elements. While the size and shape of the scraps were one determining factor of the design, it was the overall visual impact and balance that mattered most.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum presents a spectacular selection of Hunter’s colorful quilts, on loan from The Henry Ford.

Susana Allen Hunter

American, 1912–2005
Strip Quilt, 1945–1950
Cotton, wool, acetate, and rayon
The Henry Ford, 2006.79.26.
From the Collections of The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan

Member Preview Night

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Improvisational Quilts
of Susana Allen Hunter: A Curator’s Insight

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jeanine Head Miller,
Curator of Domestic Life, The Henry Ford

Through the lens of Susana Allen Hunter’s quilts and story, this presentation will explore improvisational quilts and the unique design aesthetic that emerges from the fabric of everyday life. Jeanine Miller will share her insight on the process of documenting the quilter and her environment, gained through research, oral histories with family and friends, and a trip to the now-abandoned home where Hunter made the quilts in The Henry Ford’s collection.

Learn More
8:00 – 9:00pm
During the Member Preview Party, learn more about Susana Allen Hunter’s quilts, the materials she used, and her improvisational creative process from GRAM docents (volunteer art educators), stationed throughout the galleries.

The After Party
9:30 pm – 12:00 midnight
Free for GRAM Members, $5 cover for non-members
Everyone is invited! Be among the first to view The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter. Enjoy a cash bar and galleries open until midnight.

After Party information: 616.831.1000

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


Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 5 pm
Friday 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm
Closed Mondays
Made possible by:
Grand Rapids Kent County Convention Area Authority
Bill and Kate Scarbrough
Varnum LLP

Grand Rapids Art Museum…top picks for May



Friday, May 3

5:00 p.m. Friday Nights at GRAM with Piano music

7:00pm Friday Night Conversations


Saturday, May 4

10:00 am Saturday All Day with The Arts

6:30 pm – 11:00 p. m. GRAM Gala 2013: Moonlight on Morocco


Thursday, May 9

4:00pm: Vicki Cook: Local Metal Smith and Jewelry Artist: Trunk Show

7:00 pm:  The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter Member Preview

7:30 pm Member Lecture: The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter:

                                          A Curator’s Insight

9:30 pm: The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter: The After Party


Friday, May 10

5:00 pm Friday Nights at GRAM and Piano music/ Friday Night Conversations