Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience


Our Fires Still Burn is a one-hour documentary about the lives of contemporary Native American role models in the Midwest. The film examines the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society. Their experiences will touch both Natives and non-Natives and help build bridges of understanding, respect and communication. A question and answer session the filmmaker Audrey Geyer will follow the screening.

Grand Rapids Public Library

111 Library St NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Phone: 616.988.5400




Dr. Grins Stand-Up Comedy Show
Jan 2
8pm $10 •
10:30pm $10
Jan 3
5:30pm $10 •
8pm $15 •
10:30pm $15
Kevin has found a career that fit his requirements. “For an hour a night I’m wildly successful”. With a smooth and clever style, a great smile and a contagious laugh Kevin has been entertaining in clubs and colleges across the country. In 2000 he was the winner of the Midwest region of the HBO “Comedy Competition” and flew to Los Angeles to compete as a finalist. He performed on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” in 2003, and finished 2nd in the Boston Comedy Competition in 2005. He was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010.

Dr. Grins Comedy Club

20 Monroe Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-356-2000

A Few New Year’s Eve celebrations in and around Grand Rapids

Dec. 31, 2014


Hot New Year’s Eve Party 2015 with Cobra Starship: Calder Plaza, 315 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 7 pm. www.1053hotfm.com
The Back Forty Saloon New Year’s Eve 2014 Celebration: Back Forty Saloon, 48 West Fulton St, Grand Rapids. 6 pm. www.thebackfortysaloon.com

Dr. Grins New Year’s Shows: Dr. Grins at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. 8 and 10:30 pm. www.thebob.com

The Crane Wives with Possessed by Paul James and Joseph Huber: Founders Brewing Co, 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. 9 pm.www.foundersbrewing.com

Live Music at Gilly’s: Gilly’s, 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. 6 pm.www.thebob.com

New Year’s Eve at GRAM: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids. 6-11 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

New Year’s Eve: Kirby House, 2 Washington Ave., Grand Haven. 9 pm.www.thegilmorecollection.com

Mojo’s New Year’s Eve 2014 Celebration: Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant, 180 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. 6 pm. 616-776-9000
NYE Party with Hired Hands: Salt of the Earth, 114 E Main St, Fennville. 9 pm.

Tony Lucca New Year’s Extravaganza: Seven Steps Up, 116 S Jackson St., Spring Lake. 8:30 pm. pindropconcerts.com

Vintage New Year’s Eve 1964: Speak EZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave., East Grand Rapids. 6 pm. speakezlounge.com

New Year’s Eve: The BOB, 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 6:30 pm-2 am.www.thegilmorecollection.com

New Year’s Eve Rockabilly Rumble: Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill, 760 Butterworth St. SW, Grand Rapids. 9 pm. 616-272-3910

Grand Rapids Griffins 18th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration: Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. 7 pm. 616-744-4585

Lazy Blue Tunas New Year’s Eve Party: Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids. 8:30 pm-12:30 am. www.lazybluetunas.com

A Starlight New Year’s Eve with Seth Bernard and guests: Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids. 9 pm. www.grcmc.org

Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection

Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection

Rife with coyness and wry sensibility, Buying Friends presents the contemporary art collection of Ryan Kortman. Over eighty works by nationally and internationally renowned artists including Adam Scott, Brian Belott, and Sayre Gomez will be seen together for the first time. Within this 36-artist exhibition, elements of humor, horror, and pop culture intertwine with painting, sculpture, and mixed media. These works have such life that they have become the friends who know his closest secrets and furthest dreams. The exhibit ends February 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. UICA members get in for free. Non-members pay $5.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

2 Fulton St W

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Found Footage Festival

The Found Footage Festival

You may have to see it to believe it. Odd and hilarious videos are featured during the Found Footage Festival at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, 2 W. Fulton St.. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett (of The Onion and “Late Show with David Letterman”) take guests on a guided tour of their new collection of found video clips coupled with live comedy.

Among the new group of videos are a Grand Rapids-based Christmas video called “Jingle Cats,” a holiday-themed workout video, a bizarre instructional video from 1997 titled, “How to Have Cybersex on the Internet,” and many more.

Tickets to the Found Footage Festival are $11 at foundfootagefest.com or at the door.

ArtPrize 2014: Encore

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Grand Rapids Art Museum is featuring 11 works from 2014 ArtPrize artists in a curated exhibit called “ArtPrize Encore.”.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) will feature works of art from 11 ArtPrize 2014 artists that were originally featured at seven different venues in the presentation of GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2014: Encore. This curation of select works underscores the significance of Grand Rapids’ annual ArtPrize event by presenting selected highlights from ArtPrize on a year-round basis. The chosen works will rotate on and off view with the museum’s permanent collection through ArtPrize 2015.

This year’s collection features photography, installations, print, film, drawing and sculpture.

The ArtPrize 2014: Encore lineup includes:

— Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections — Grand Rapids Art Museum

— Christopher Capozziello, The Distance Between Us — DeVos Place Convention Center

— Lucy Glendinning, Feather Child 3 — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

— Leslie A. Grossman, Gusts (and lack thereof) — Western Michigan University – Grand Rapids

— Salvador Jiménez-Flores, I Am Not Who You Think I Am/ Yo no soy quien crees que soy — Grand Rapids Art Museum

— Zach Mory, 4 Circles and Diamonds — Cathedral Square

— Shannon Mossing, Based on Things That Happened (Somewhere We’ve Never Been) — Calvin College – (106) Gallery

— Suzanne Opton, Soldier — Grand Rapids Art Museum

— Tanya Ragir, Sandscape — The B.O.B.

— Lora Robertson, Twin Star Event — Grand Rapids Art Museum

— Patricia Villalobos Echeverría, MAREA02 from the Marea Series — Western Michigan University – Grand Rapids

The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students

Meijer Free Thursday Nights

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Grand Rapids Art Museum,

101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503




The Holland Area Arts Council is offering a second look at work from ArtPrize 2014 with an exhibition featuring work by Lakeshore area artists.

The annual RePrize, which opened last week, continues through Feb. 28.

Artists include Cat Boysen, John Leben, Christine Towner and Jeff Tippett collaborators, Elizabeth Brandt, Linda Rizzolo and Jan Weren collaborators, Kellee Kortas, Michele Gort, Gretchen Vinnedge & Deanna Morse collaborators, Hana Sawyer, Alla Dickson, Karen Johnson, Wade Gugino, Michael Diaz-Leal and Lou Rizzolo and Cassidy Stork collaborators.


Alla Dickson, This Enigmatic World

Holland Area Arts Council

What: “RePrize”
When: Now through Feb. 28
Where: Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E 8th St., Holland
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays –Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays
Free admission
More info: 616-396-3278 or hollandarts.org