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Culture Vulture Update December 19- 30, 2013

 

The holidays are fast approaching…so here are a few things to get you out of the nest and away from your relatives.
No Cabin Fever Here! Things to Do in Winter in Grand Rapids.
It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay cooped up! Here are a few local favorite things to do in the winter with kids.

Go Sledding. Many Grand Rapids parks offer great sledding hills. A few local favorites are hills at Manhattan Park in East Grand Rapids (3180 Cascade Road) and Belknap Park, which is located near Division and Coldbrook.

Ice Skate at Rosa Parks Circle: Experience pure magic when you skate under the stars at the Rosa Parks Circle downtown ice rink. It’s open through March 9, 2014, weather permitting and is only $2 to skate (skate rental is free with an ID.) Open skating is daily from noon-10 pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 135 Monroe Center St SW, Grand Rapids MI 49503. Rink Closure Information: Call 616-456-3699

Go Tubing! Not only does Pando Winter Sports Park offer downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding, but they also have an excellent setup for tubing. They are open Monday-Friday from 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays from 10am-10pm, and Sundays from 10am-8pm. Tubing rates range from $11-$20 for three hours of tubing and vary by day of the week and age. 8076 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341. (616) 874-8343.

Explore Blandford Nature Center. This local nature center is home to several heritage buildings. There’s a one-room school house, a log cabin, a homestead barn, blacksmith shop, carriage barn and more (buildings are open during select events.) Hiking trails are open every day from dawn to dusk. Admission is $3 and includes use of the interpretive center, which is open from Monday-Friday from 9 am -5 pm and Saturday from noon-5 pm. 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504. (616) 735-6240

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Drop-In for Art at the GRAM. Every Saturday from 1-4pm, the Grand Rapids Art Museum education center offers hands-on art-making activities for children and families, as well as kid-friendly tours and sketching in the galleries. Stop at the Guest Services desk on your way in to get a free Family Activity Guide and clipboard to sketch with. You’ll use clues to solve riddles, puzzles and haikus to find works of art throughout the museum and get a prize when completed. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under. 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503. (616) 831-2927.

 

Thursday, December 19, 2013
7:30 PM Grand Rapids Symphony Presents “Fifth Third Cirque de Noël” Experience the magic of Christmas and the wonder of Cirque. This hit holiday production features fresh new acts and music, plus the return of audience favorites! Watch with awe as aerialists fly overhead and stunning acrobatic feats are performed to classical and seasonal favorites. A spectacular, high-energy show.

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Jim Shaneberger Band at Louis Benton Steakhouse

9:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.: Chris Lawrence plays Jazz at Winchester A real nice session for this week’s hit at the Winchester, Chris Lawrence is blowing his horn!

Friday, December 20, 2013
7:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without the magical sights and sounds of this timeless classic. Share the joy as the Grand Rapids Ballet and the Grand Rapids Symphony present this holiday favorite i leading right up to the Christmas holiday. Continue your family’s tradition or start a new one!
Sugar Plum Parades – December 21, 22, 2013 following each matinee performance. Make this year’s trip to The Nutcracker one your family won’t soon forget. Journey through the Sugar Plum Parade after each matinee performance. You will have the chance to go on stage, meet some of the characters, take photos and get autographs! Tickets just $5 per person (available in the lobby at the performance).

8:00 p.m. One Trick Pony Annual Christmas Show with: The Lazy Blue Tunas

9:00 PM to 2:00 AM Holiday Pachanga with Grupo Aye! @ JW Marriott Grand Rapids
Admission: $15 at the door, CASH ONLY

7:00 p.m. Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey – The Griffins host the Rockford Ice Hogs at Van Andel Arena. The 2 Dollar Beer, 2 Dollar Dogs promotion continues.
Noon to 10 p.m. Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle – It looks like winter weather is finally on the way! The rink hours for the weekend are noon to 10 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and noon to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $1 and skate rental is free with ID.

Saturday, December 21 is the First day of winter
1:00 pm and 4:00 pm GRAM: Drop in the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Education Center on Louis Street anytime between 1:00pm and 4:00pm for family activities. Children and their adult chaperones are welcome to join the fun and participate in exciting art exploration activities in the Education Studio. Family guides are available at Guest Services. Free with general Museum admission.

8:00 pm Venus in Fur by David Ives Spectrum Theater 143 Bostwick Avenue NE
Director Thomas is desperate to find a female lead for his new adaptation of the classic 19th century erotic novel, Venus in Furs, when at the last minute, a young actress named Vanda, barges in and requests an audition. What begins as a normal audition quickly turns into a seductive battle for power. Vanda’s masterful performance flips the script on Thomas’ expectations and turns the session into a tango for dominance between actress and director, woman and man. Dubbed by the New York Times as “90 minutes of good, kinky fun” this smash Broadway hit is both an intellectual adventure and laugh-out-loud study of the politics of sex and power.

2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. The Nutcracker at DeVos Performance Hall – For more than 3 decades, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company has brought the Christmas classic to life with dazzling choreography, sets and costumes, along with 100 dancers, including children and celebrities from the community. The Ballet returns to DeVos Performance Hall accompanied by the Grand Rapids Symphony Tickets: $20+.

8:00 p.m. One Trick Pony: Special Saturday Night with The Lazy Blue Tunas

Sunday, December 22
2:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Art Museum Fall Classical Concert Series Enjoy live classical music in the unique surroundings of the Grand Rapids Art Museum., Andrew Le, piano (Free for members otherwise general admission)

2:00 p.m. The Nutcracker at DeVos Performance Hall – For more than 3 decades, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company has brought the Christmas classic to life with dazzling choreography, sets and costumes, along with 100 dancers, including children and celebrities from the community. The Ballet returns to DeVos Performance Hall accompanied by the Grand Rapids Symphony Tickets: $20+.
8:30 p.m.Sunday Night Funnies @ The Landing Lounge is located inside Riverfront Hotel. Event is hosted by Brian B. and features “The Best of Mid-West & National Stand-up Comedians”. Come early to get a seat they fill up fast. The Landing Lounge is located inside Riverfront Hotel. 270 Ann St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 NO COVER

Monday, December 23
8:00 -11 p.m. John Shea plays Jazz at Republic. Fred “Classy Traps” Knapp will be swinging it. Warren Jones on the upright bass.

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December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
The culture vulture rests for the holiday…but if there is snow, the vulture will be on snow shoes somewhere…
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Thursday, December 26
Broadway Grand Rapids Presents “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” (Through 29th)
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News and “stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face” proclaims the Erie Times News about this “Broadway-worthy spectacle”. Renowned director Neil Goldberg, creator of the groundbreaking Broadway hit CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, re-imagines the holiday season with CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE. An international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. An original music score and some seasonal favorites accompany hundreds of spectacular costumes and holiday dreams in a setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering soldiers. The perfect way to come in from the cold, forget the holiday stresses and rediscover the magic of the season.

Friday, December 27
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Nite Lites Drive-Thru Christmas Lights Display
Fifth Third Ballpark – Admission:Cost per vehicle: Car $15.00, Limo $22.00, Mini Bus $40.00,

 

Saturday, December 28
10:00 am to 3:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Skate & Create:
After ice-skating at Rosa Parks Circle, come in from the cold and warm up with some family fun at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Pick up a GRAM coupon in the warming shelter (located in the Education Center) to receive $2 admission for each person in your group (kids 5 and under are always free). Enjoy hands on art making activities, family tours, drop in demonstrations, and free hot cocoa! Get your art on….

8:00 p.m. One Trick Pony: Special Saturday Night with Blue Molly

Sunday, December 29
1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Broadway Grand Rapids Presents “Cirque Dreams Holidaze”
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News and “stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face” proclaims the Erie Times News about this “Broadway-worthy spectacle”.Renowned director Neil Goldberg, creator of the groundbreaking Broadway hit CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, re-imagines the holiday season with CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE.
An international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. An original music score and some seasonal favorites accompany hundreds of spectacular costumes and holiday dreams in a setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering soldiers. The perfect way to come in from the cold, forget the holiday stresses and rediscover the magic of the season.

7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday Night Jazz Series at the Speak EZ. The SpeakEZ Lounge opened its doors to the public in February, 2012. With subtle hints of the prohibition-era “speakeasy” pubs, SpeakEZ Lounge boasts classic cocktails, some tasty infusions, and plenty of fine craft beers. Oh yeah, live music too!

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Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys

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8:00 p.m. Rockabilly Rumble with Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys Christmas Show!!

 

Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill- 760 Butterworth, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

No Cover

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8:00 pm DAVE BIXBY – Grand Rapids loner folk legend + Justin Majetich

Mexicains Sans Frontieres, 120 S. Division Ave., #226 Grand Rapids.

In a mini, solo tour, legendary 1960s loner folk musician Dave Bixby (http://davebixby.bandcamp.com/) returns to his home state for three performances. His shows, travels and interactions, as well as his fans’ reactions and remembrances of his past work, will be filmed for a two-part Far Off Sounds series. wsg. Justin Majetich (solo, dude from CARE: http://care.bandcamp.com/)

$5 suggested donation.

 

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 6-9 pm           Robin Connell on piano at the Lumber Baron Bar, Amway Grand Plaza, 

7-10 pm         Steve Talaga at Mangiamo, 

 

 

Live Music tonight in Grand Rapids…

Tuesday, December 3

Tonight’s live music:

Mary R

 

7 pm – Mary Rademacher Reed at Bar Divani, Tuesday Night Diva series. 

Every Tuesday starting around 7 PM, Bar Divani features some of the finest female jazz singers in the area. Come in, relax and enjoy the cool sound of these Divas.   Mary is a true Entertainer in every sense of the word, weaving humor, dance and charm to create a warm rapport with her audience. Appearing with Mary will be Mark Kahny.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:30 pm-12:30 am – Chris Lawrence and Friends Jazz Jam at the Winchester,

At The Winchester Chris will be featuring the mind blowing guitarist Bryan Blowers, bassist Warren Jones and drummer Andy Szumowski. They will be playing mostly original music tonight, and promise to take things to new, fun, exciting places!