Yesterday by, W. S. Merwin (Happy Birthday!)


My friend says I was not a good son
you understand
I say yes I understand

he says I did not go
to see my parents very often you know
and I say yes I know

even when I was living in the same city he says
maybe I would go there once
a month or maybe even less
I say oh yes

he says the last time I went to see my father
I say the last time I saw my father

he says the last time I saw my father
he was asking me about my life
how I was making out and he
went into the next room
to get something to give me

oh I say
feeling again the cold
of my father’s hand the last time
he says and my father turned
in the doorway and saw me
look at my wristwatch and he
said you know I would like you to stay
and talk with me

oh yes I say

but if you are busy he said
I don’t want you to feel that you
have to
just because I’m here

I say nothing

he says my father
said maybe
you have important work you are doing
or maybe you should be seeing
somebody I don’t want to keep you

I look out the window
my friend is older than I am
he says and I told my father it was so
and I got up and left him then
you know

though there was nowhere I had to go
and nothing I had to do

by W. S. Merwin

Live Music Tuesday @ Bar Divani

Live Music Tuesdays @ Bar Divani

Bar Divani | 15 Ionia Avenue | Suite 130 | Grand Rapids | MI | 49503

Every Tuesday – 7:00 PM

This week, they are pleased to present Diana VandeWater.



Diane has been singing jazz, rock, and other genre for the past 16 years in Minneapolis, Austin, TX, Europe, and now West Michigan. She most recently played with her jazz combo, La Vie en Rose, in the Austin area and has opened for such acts as Basia, Stanley Jordan, Fourplay, Boney James, Lee Rittenour, and George Winston. She recently put out a CD, “J’Adore”, with bandmate, Greg Jones (found on iTunes and CDBaby).  Diana’s theatrical performances have included the role of Rapunzel in Steven Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” as well as appearances in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” and “The Yeomen of the Guard.”


Also appearing with Diana is Mark Kahny.  

Mark Kahny is one of West Michigan’s most in-demand pianist/vocalists. Equally comfortable in jazz, cabaret, and solo piano settings, he has come to the forefront as a multi-faceted keyboardist, vocalist and musical director. Mark attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and majored in Classical piano performance and Jazz studies. His career as an entertainer has taken him to Europe and across the US, sharing the stage with such legends as Ray Charles, Ann Hampton Calloway, Regis Philbin and Bobby Vinton. His musical talents are showcased on a number of local artists’ recordings as well as his own solo CD “Universe of Two” and “New Orleans Nouveau”. Mark was recently named as West Michigan Jazz Society’s “Musician of the Year 2012”.  Mark can currently be seen performing in any number of piano bars, music festivals and juke joints all across West Michigan. 

Bar Divani 





Classical Revolution Tonight!!! It will not be televised!

They are back! Classical Revolution is one of our monthly favorites! traveling from all over Rick “CutTime” Robinson brings in the very best classical musicians for this incredibly innovative musical movement!

Classical Revolution is a grassroots movement that started in San Francisco in 2006 when SF Conservatory music students began holding readings at the local coffeehouse. People loved it so much they began a regular series which expanded not only to other cafes, bars and restaurants, but also to other cities. It became the way to de-stigmatize classical music for new generations by finally dumping t…he formal trappings of traditional concerts. To date some 35+ chapters have been established across America and Europe, sharing the fun and beauty of classical with curious music lovers.

These events are impromptu and inspirational, with about a dozen local classical players showing up to read lively works unrehearsed. There’s always some style-bending.

Detroit’s chapter is hosted by former-Detroit Symphony bassist Rick Robinson, aka Mr. CutTime. An inspired black composer and a Kresge Artist Fellow, Robinson has adapted symphonic music to a band size with his three CutTime ensembles. His compositions blend classical counterpoint and development with urban pop styles. Blues, rock, jazz, Latin, R&B, gospel and hip-hop are the folk music of our time.

Hear samples at Robinson resets the context for classical, sharing his personal insights.

A recent video and article online at the Detroit News by Donna Terek shows how casual classical in a bar feels right.

Music starts at 7 pm and it’s a Wednesday Night Wells, so well drinks are only $2.00!

This event will not have a cover.

 Members of the Grand Rapids Symphony at CRGR at the SpeakEZ Lounge
600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Great Artist Gala-A benefit for St. Cecilia Music Center featuring DAVID SANBORN & BOB JAMES




Two great contemporary jazz musicians in one hot concert!

St. Cecilia Music Center’s annual fall fundraising event, will begin the 2013-2014 season with world-renowned jazz alto saxophone player David Sanborn and renowned pianist Bob James. They are at it again 27 years after Double Vision, their million-selling Grammy award-winning recording.

Either of these artists would be Great Artist contenders as solo performers but SCMC was able to secure a date with both of them on the same bill performing together as they tour to support a new album they recorded together to be released this summer.

Please consider being a patron sponsor of this special fundraising concert event. A $250 patron sponsor ticket supports St. Cecilia Music Center and its many programs. The  pre-concert portion of the evening, an elegant four-course dinner with special wine pairings by Martha’s Vineyard, has limited seating and is reserved exclusively for sponsors. After what’s sure to be an amazing  performance by David Sanborn and Bob James, you’re invited to complete the evening with a Meet-the-Artists reception. (A portion of each patron ticket is tax deductible.) 


As a patron sponsor your evening begins in the beautiful Dexter Ballroom with cocktails and an elegant sit-down dinner, then on to a once-in-a-lifetime performance in Royce Auditorium followed by a Meet-the-Artists post-concert reception.

Great Artist Auction

This evening includes a brief auction offering musical parties for your entertainment. The talents of John Shea, Roger MacNaughton,  Karisa Wilson — all paired with catering and venues for the perfect ready-made party! Or let the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center save you seats as part of our fabulous NYC trip package!

Information provided the night of the auction. Please consider purchasing one of these special event packages. It’s a wonderful way to make a gift to St. Cecilia and enjoy a great night of music, food and friends!


$75 includes concert performance plus post-concertMeet-the-Artists reception

$250 includes 6 p.m. cocktails and an elegant sit-down four-course dinner with wine pairings, concert performance plus post-concert Meet-the-Artists reception, listing in program


St. Cecilia Music Center

24 Ransom NE.Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Phone 616.459.2224

2013-2014 Season Subscriptions

2013-2014 Diversity Lecture Series XIX-JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS @ GRCC


October 2, 2013

Journalist, Documentarian

Immigration: Not Legal, Not Leaving

A journalist for over a decade writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country, Jose Antonio Vargas’ learned his green card was a fake at age 16.  He knew he must hide this fact to avoid deportation. His journalism career flourished, yet the fear never ceased.  “This deceit never got easier. The more I did it, the more I felt like an impostor, the more guilt I carried — and the more I worried that I would get caught.” Vargas exposed his story in an essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” for the New York Times Magazine. Today Vargas runs Define American, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.

The Diversity Lecture Series is intended to give insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan Community. The series is designed to introduce an essential component of education in helping audiences consider perspectives other than their own, encouraging civil debate, broadening the basis for critical thought and promoting cultural understanding.

All lectures begin at 7:00 pm at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI.  For more information, please call (616) 234-3390.

  • Free and open to all
  • On-campus parking $3.00 (with discount pass)
  • ASL interpreted
  • Book signing will follow authors’ lectures



One year ago, Jose Antonio Vargas publicly revealed he’s an undocumented immigrant. In the latest issue of TIME which will hit newsstands Friday, Vargas reports on life in citizenship limbo, and how others are ‘coming out.’ Read the cover story here. (Photograph by Gian Paul Lozza for TIME)

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Presents: DOWNTOWN SPEAKER SERIES

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Topic: The Economics of Urbanism
September 26, 2013
Kendall College, 17 Pearl Street
Doors open at 5:30 pm

To RSVP for the event, please go to events page

Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, professor, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns.

Mr. Leinberger is:

-President of Locus; Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
-The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business
-Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution in Washington DC
-Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism and transit oriented development firm

His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream. He is the author of Strategic Planning for Real Estate Companies and has contributed chapters to 12 other books. He is an Op-Ed Contributor to the The New York
Times, writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and numerous other magazines. CNN, National  Public Radio, Atlantic Cities Channel, Washington Post, among others, have profiled him.

Leinberger was voted one of the “Top 100 Urban Thinkers” in a 2009 poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning website. He was the 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award winner by Partners for Livable Communities.