Triple Bottom Line Bash – Roast of Mayor George Heartwell

Triple Bottom Line Bash – Roast of Mayor George Heartwell

Thursday, September 11 – 6:30 – 10:30 pm

Bissell Tree House at John Ball Zoo

Cost $100 per person

Learn more and buy tickets at


In 1994 a small group of like-minded companies launched an initiative that would allow local companies, colleges, governments and non-profits to share knowledge and collaborate on initiatives promoting sustainable business practices within their organizations and the region. One of the first organizations of its kind in the world, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has served as a support network for two generations of triple-bottom-line practitioners, playing a critical role in distinguishing West Michigan as the nation’s unofficial capital of sustainable business, helping to popularize green building, sustainable product design, beyond-compliance practices and savings-driven sustainability.


This September the forum will celebrate its 20th Anniversary through a gala event and commemorative campaign designed to increase general awareness of the organization and raise the funds necessary to position it as a community leader for the next two decades.

 The forum’s new flagship fundraising event celebrates sustainability in West Michigan by bringing fun to a serious and at-times overwhelming topic. This year we incorporate the Grand Rapids skyline with a natural environment at the new Bissell Treehouse at John Ball Zoo, add great food and good drinks, while serving up the region’s foremost sustainability spokesperson for a night of laughs and schaudenfreude.

Due to space limitations at the venue, seated attendance will be strictly limited to 220 people. Individual tickets are $100 each.


  • West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
  • Sustainable Business of the Year
  • Sustainable Business Hall of Fame Inductees  
  • And The Roast of Mayor George Heartwell

Frank…@ UICA


Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara. Frank’s uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating and because he wears a giant fake head. After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band, and they retreat to a cabin in the woods to record an album. As his influence waxes, creative tensions mount and the band’s entire raison d’être is called into question.



Date: August 29 2014—September 11 2014
Cost: Members $4 | Non-members $8

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire

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Local creators will showcase their work at Grand Rapids’ first Maker Faire, to be held in the Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31. A Maker Faire combines elements of a science fair, engineering expo and design show. They have been popping up all over the country after debuting in California in 2006 and expanding to Detroit, New York and other cities since 2010.

The family friendly celebration will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, unique handmade crafts, and more. Patrons will see installations from GR Makers and the Geek Group as well as other local West Michigan inventors and innovators. The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is being organized by the GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis Inc. and the Grand Rapids Public Museum and will be a smaller version of the festival that celebrates tinkering and the DIY crowd.

Hours for the event are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children for day passes. Weekend passes are $14 for adults and $5 for kids. Admission is free for museum members. Tickets are available at 616-929-1700, at the museum’s front desk or


Todd Chance is the West Michigan Entertainment Concierge for MLive/Grand Rapids Press.

August Jazz Around Town- Grand Rapids, Michigan


Tuesday, August 26

Torchlight Tuesdays at Bar Divani, 7-10 pm Blake Cross on Sax

Thursday, August 28
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Saugatuck 6-10pm

Jazz at the Book Nook Java Shop, Montague, $5 cover 7 pm

Friday, August 29
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

Libby York at Toulouse in Saugatuck, 7-10 pm

Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Saugatuck 6-10pm

Saturday, August 30
Mark Kahny Trio at What Not Inn, Fennville 7-11 pm

Diana Vandewater at Toulouse in Saugatuck, 7-10 pm

John Shea at Noto’s – 7-10 PM

Sunday, August 31
John Shea at New Holland Brewing Co, Holland, 6-9 pm

River City Jazz, free concert featuring Kathy Gibson, vocals at Reuther Pavilion, Canadian Lakes, 7-9 pm

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Vox Vidorra @ Billy’s August 30th

Billy’s Lounge


1437 Wealthy St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506



Vox Vidorra is a group of multi-instrumentalist fronted by the dynamic Molly Bouwsma-Schultz. Hailing from Grand Rapids Michigan, Vox Vidorra combines elements of Indie Rock and Soul. Their sound is rounded out by three part harmonies, and features every member of the band on a rotation of instruments. Vox Vidorra’s live show brings an intensity and energy that grips audiences’ eyes and ear

Cost: $5 (21+)


Neighborhood Landscape Juried Exhibition

Neighborhood Landscape Juried Exhibition

landscape art

Artworks by selected Michigan artists are showcased in Neighborhood Landscape in the DeVos Place Skywalk. The exhibition will be on display until September 3, 2014.

The exhibition is juried by the DeVos Place Panel, and the curator is MFA Candidate Shannon McDonell of Kendall College of Art and Design. This exhibition reflects the vitality of a culture, community, or neighborhood in Michigan using a wide range of techniques and mediums unique to each artist.

The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on a daily basis.

There are over 30 pieces of work on display throughout the Skywalk from 15 different artists.