First Friday Gallery Hop

First Fridays Promo designed by Leah Schreiber

Friday May 2nd from 6 pm-9 pm:

South Division Ave becomes the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists, handmade goods, and food and drink specials on the first Friday of every month.

This monthly event is a unique opportunity to check out new events and features at shops, galleries and eateries in the rapidly evolving South Division Corridor. First Friday events include drink specials, exhibition receptions, holiday sales and student artwork on view. This event attracts downtown residents, as well as friends and supporters from surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs into downtown Grand Rapids; creating and strengthening community and commerce.

Participating Venues Include:
The UICA
Craft House
Spiral Gallery
(106) Gallery and Studio
Pub 43
Vertigo Music
Parliament the Boutique
Have Company
Gaspard Gallery
Sanctuary Folk Art

Find more information about each venue’s featured events on the Projects section of this site, here.

First Friday Gallery Hops

Avenue for the Arts

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Night in Tunisia

The Blue Lake Monster, featuring Max Colley III, with “Night In Tunisia” Recorded August 10, 2013 at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Max Colley III Named West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2014 Musician of the Year!

Max Colley III Named West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2014 Musician of the Year

The award of WMJS Musician of the Year recognizes someone who has contributed over a period of time to the West Michigan jazz scene in perpetuating a greater awareness of jazz. “The West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year Award is given annually to a person who has made great contributions to the jazz community,” says Peter Proli, WMJS Board President. “Through music and education, Max Colley III has inspired and encouraged students and musicians of all ages. His passion for music, specifically the genre of jazz is unmatched, and we are so pleased to acknowledge his contributions in this way.”

RUSLAN SIROTA

WMJS proudly presents Josh Groban’s Grammy award winning pianist, RUSLAN SIROTA, in concert for one night only! May 31st. This concert will be held at the Wege Theater at 321 Ellsworth SW at 7 pm. Included in the ticket price – enjoy a “Meet the Artist” reception immediately afterward. Join us at this fund-raiser to help WMJS keep the music playing!

Josh Groban’s Grammy award winning pianist, RUSLAN SIROTA, in concert for one night only!

SPECIAL CONCERT Coming On May 31st!

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WMJS proudly presents Josh Groban’s Grammy award winning pianist, RUSLAN SIROTA, in concert for one night only! Ruslan has toured with Chick Corea, Seal, Eric Benet, and actively tours with both Stanley Clarke and Josh Groban. This busy musical genius has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and performed with Eric Benet for the Dalai Lama.

This concert will be held at the Wege Theater at 321 Ellsworth SW at 7 pm. Included in the ticket price – enjoy a “Meet the Artist” reception immediately afterward. Join us at this fund-raiser to help WMJS keep the music playing!

“Ruslan Sirota in full flight can stop a conversation cold. You’ll just sit there, listening. That kind of brilliance is not heard every day.” – LA Weekly 21/04/2011
purchase online via credit card or Paypal at: http://www.wmichjazz.org/

The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids will celebrate community members who have done extraordinary things at the 8th Annual Hometown Heroes Celebration on May 1, 2014, at DeVos Place.

The Hometown Heroes Celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, silent auction, and strolling dinner in the Steelcase Ballroom at DeVos Place. It will continue with an awards presentation and live auction, with all proceeds benefitting the ongoing work of the American Red Cross of West Michigan. Immediately following the event, there will be an afterglow celebration with live music.

 

The following honorees will be recognized at this year’s event:

  • Jamie R. Mills, Clara Barton Humanitarian of the Year Award
  • Lt. Col. John and Mrs. Nancy Colburn, General George Marshall Patriot Award
  • Kate Cragwall, Dr. Charles Drew Health Advocate Award
  • Dr. Arend Lubbers, Henry Dunant Global Impact Award
  • The Right Place, Caroline Campbell Community Impact Award
  • Spectrum Health Aero Med Team, Jane Delano Lifesaver Award
  • Shelly Loose, Mabel Boardman Spirit of Volunteerism Award

 

To learn more about this year’s recipients and how they’re going above and beyond in their communities and beyond, click here.

 

For more information on how to donate funds or blood, get trained in lifesaving skills or become a volunteer with the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, pleasevisit redcross.orgor visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.

Griffins Hockey Tonight at Van Andel Arena 7:00 p.m.

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The defending Calder Cup Trophy champs, who own a 2-0 lead against Abbotsford in the first round of the best-of-five Western Conference quarterfinals series, host Game 3 Wednesday, April 30 at Van Andel Arena and are already guaranteed of their best playoff home-opening crowd since 2001.

Griffins team officials said early Tuesday presale tickets for the 7 p.m. game have surpassed 5,400 at the 10,834-seat Van Andel Arena. That is the most since 7,144 for the IHL home opener in 2001 against the Cleveland Lumberjacks.

With a win, the Griffins would sweep the series. Games four and five would be at Van Andel on Friday and Saturday, as necessary.