Trick or Treat? Dracula tonight at the Ballet

Staged by Wes Chapman
Original Score by Thomas Helms

Dracula, a tale of hypnotic power, boundless love, and mesmerizing horror returns just in time for Halloween. With a newly orchestrated score, dramatic lights, ghoulish props, and haunting projections – this Halloween ballet promises to entertain and impress. Treat yourself on Halloween and spend the night with GRB!

Thursday, Oct 31 – 7:30 pm HALLOWEEN!

Tickets may be purchased at the Ballet Box Office, or through Ticketmaster at 1.800.982.2787 or


A Streetcar Named Desire,

Modern Opera will come to life this weekend at DeVos Performance Hall with the Michigan premier of Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Illustration by Edel Rodriguez

A classic of American theater and cinema is now presented as a powerful work of music theater!

7:30 pm, Nov. 1 & 2, 2013 DeVos Performance Hall Presented in English with English titles.

A Streetcar Named Desire by Andre Previn was written in 1998 for the San Francisco Opera Company. It has played for audiences in major cities throughout the United States. Full of familiar characters, and sung in English, A Streetcar Named Desire elevates Tennessee Williams’ iconic play, pairing it with a jazz-infused New Orleans Score. It’s a classic of American theater and cinema, now presented as a powerful work of music theater!

Witness the familiar story of Blanche, Stanley, and Stella in this Michigan premier, sung in English, with English titles. Lyric and sensual, infused with New Orleans jazz, it is “Stella!” like you have never heard it before.


Beverly O’Regan Thiele as Blanche DuBois  

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Free Radical

What is Free Radical?
Before there was ArtPrize, before there was Site:LAB, or ArtPeers, there was Free Radical. The Free Radical Gallery started in 2002 by local artist Mark Rumsey. On November 1st and November 8th, Free Radical Gallery returns to the Avenue for the Arts for its 11th anniversary. Vacant storefront spaces will be transformed into temporary galleries to feature an eclectic mix of local artists. Additionally, many of the galleries and businesses on the Avenue such as Have Company, Sanctuary Folk Art and Vertigo Music will have extended hours, gallery openings and host local artists. The artist live/work spaces will also open their doors to show and sell original pieces of artwork.

• Friday, November 1, 6pm-10 pm 
Exhibitions at 20 + locations along South Division 

• Friday, November 8th, 6pm- 10pm UICA, 2 West Fulton
A night of dialogue, discussion, documentation and critique 


Live Music Tuesdays

  Libby York performs on Tuesday, October 29

at Bar Divani as part of their Tuesday Night Diva series. 




Vocalist Libby York, a native Chicagoan, lived in New York City for many years performing and recording 3 award winning CD releases. Her “Sunday in New York” album garnered a rare 4 stars from Downbeat. ” stylish and cosmopolitan, York has a sound that recalls Anita O’Day, Rosemary Clooney and Sarah Vaughn.” John McDonough Downbeat. The New York Times calls York “..a jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety, as she demonstrates on her fine CD “Here with You”. She is known nationally and internationally for her “cool school” renderings of Great American Songbook classics and her recordings are featured on jazz radio around the country including Sirius Radio and Blue Lake public Radio. “With a voice like amber, York proves that simple beauty is often the most stunning. “JazzTimes. York has performed at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan, The Green Mill and Jazz Showcase Chicago , The Vic in LA, Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia and Cafe Laurent Paris. She has recently recorded a new CD in New York with world famous jazz guitarist Russell Malone and cornetist Warren Vache, due for release late 2013.

Appearing along with Libby is Mark Kahny. Mark  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. His current performance schedule can be viewed at

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

Friday Nights at GRAM

Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion

October 25, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Designer Joey Ruiter pushes the limits of what is required for an object to function, searching for new ways of thinking about materials, scale, manufacturing processes, and function. His design meets everyday needs in surprising ways, such as a motorcycle with no visible mechanical parts, or a powerboat that makes no noise. The prototypes he creates challenge established expectations and help people start imagining what is possible.

Founder and design lead of jruiter + studio, Ruiter sold his first office chair design before he earned his diploma from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2000. He won his first Best of NeoCon® Gold award just two years later.


Artist Talk: Joey Ruiter
Friday, October 25
7:00 PM
Cook Auditorium and Gallery I

To celebrate the opening of his Michigan Artist Series exhibition, Joey Ruiter will premiere his short documentary film Reboot Buggy, followed by a gallery Q&A in Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion.
Admission to Friday Nights at GRAM is only $5 after 5pm, and free for GRAM Members.


After several months of preparation and discussion, Sanborn and James recorded Quartette Humaine in mid-December (2012). On their second go-round, the old masters eschew the pop and R&B production values that mark large chunks of their respective discographies, and offer instead an all-acoustic quartet recital consisting of six new compositions by James, three pieces by Sanborn, and a James-arranged standard. Propelled by legendary drummer Steve Gadd and 21st century bass giant James Genus, the proceedings are reflective, swinging, chock-a-block with unfailingly melodic improvising and beautiful tonalities.

“We felt it’s far more exciting and adventurous to move forward,” James says. “Times have changed. The music business has changed. We have changed.”

“At this stage of my life, I wanted more than anything to play music that’s challenging and fun, outside the style we’ve been associated with,” Sanborn says. “For various reasons, a lot of my records only reflected one side of the many kinds of music I was doing.” Over the past decade, Sanborn adds, his records “reflect a side of my sensibility that I hadn’t been expressing as much, paying respects to guys like Hank Crawford and David ‘Fathead’ Newman, who inspired me to start when I was a teenager in St. Louis.”

Interestingly, James wasn’t fully sold on the notion of an all-acoustic environment for Quartette Humaine until the project was well underway. “I thought some of the songs might want to be produced, or have overdubs, or maybe strings, or other things associated with our earlier music,” he recalls. “But as it developed, the quartet vibe we created was so strong that it became more interesting to keep it that way.”