Grand Opening Celebration Day Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 4, 2015

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

GR Trivia – New Questions and Prizes Every Hour

Prize schedule:

11:00 hour: 1 Family Four Pack to John Ball Zoo, 1 Culture Pass Card

12:00 hour: 1 CityFlats Overnight stay, 1 Culture Pass Card

1:00 hour: 1 Pair of Tickets to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 1 Culture Pass Card

2:00 hour: 1 Family Four Pack to John Ball Zoo

3:00 hour: 1 Pair of Tickets to Grand Rapids Art Museum, 1 Culture Pass Card

4:00 hour: 1 Pair of Tickets to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

5:00 hour: 1 Beer City Package (21 and over)

6:00 hour: 4 pack tickets to St. Cecilia’s concert “Passionate Expressions,”1 Culture Pass Card

7:00 hour: $25 Gift Certificate to Applebee’s, 1 Beer City Package (21 and over)

8:00 hour: 1 Courtyard (downtown) Overnight Stay, 1 Pair of Tickets to Grand Rapids Art Museum

GR Riddle Scavenger Hunt – New Clues Released Throughout the Day

Grand Prize Package Drawing at 5:00 pm from all correct answers, need not be present to win

Prize Package includes:

1 CityFlats Overnight stay

1 GR Griffins Hockey Package

1 Family Four Pack to Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops Concert

Free Bites

11:30 am: CityS?n Lounge provides free samples from their delicious menu, while supplies last

Performances and demonstrations

1:00 pm:  Pacific Island Dancers

2:00 pm: Jewelry Making Demonstration by New Era Jewelry

4:00 pm: Walking Tour/Monroe Center History with TourGR

7:00 pm: Spoken Word Artists/Poetry Reading



Spring Debut Hours (Beginning March 31)

Tues/Weds: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Thurs/Fri/Sat: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Sun: 12noon – 5:00pm

Mon: Closed (except Spring Break open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


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There’s drama when Ami Saraiya and her band, The Outcome, take the stage. It’s a dark atmosphere, but it swings baby—a worldly staging of folk punk and jazz cabaret. And amongst the accordion, the violin and the guitars, it’s Ami’s sultry voice that recalls Piaf and Holiday which takes the spotlight. Then, there are the song-stories—often saturnine, often employing magical realism. The seven piece, Chicago, IL based music ensemble Ami Saraiya & the Outcome is described by Jessica Hopper of the Chicago Tribune as “Creative energy with intensity.  Saraiya’s vintage cabaret is drama in bold relief, swinging from playful to maudlin in a single measure.”  Featuring Ami Saraiya on vocals, accordion, guitar, two backing vocalists, violin, upright bass, electric guitar and drums, the ensemble plays a combination of cabaret and Balkan-indie pop that will leave your head spinning.

9:30 pm


21+ only

Founders Brewing Company

235 Grandville Ave. SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Ami Saraiya & The Outcome (Balkan, Chamber Pop from Chicago)

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=130&v=jsBJ8SMmK1E


Jazz Around Town this week in West Michigan


Monday, March 30
John Shea at the Republic, 8 – 11 pm

Tuesday, March 31
Jazz Jam at The Grand, Grand Haven, 22 Washington, 7:30 – 10:30 pm, no cover

Wednesday, April 1
Jim Shaneberger at H.O.M.E. at the B.O.B. 7 – 10 pm
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Thursday, April 2
Robin Connell at the Lumber Baron Bar, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 6 – 9 pm

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Randy Marsh with Jeff Haas Trio at Cambria Suites, Traverse City, 7 – 9:30 pm

Mark Kahny at Mangiamo! 7 – 10 pm

Third Coast Ensemble at the Book Nook in Montague, 7 – 9 pm

Fred Knapp featuring WMU Music Professor, Jeremy Siskind & Dave Rosin at One Trick Pony, 8 – 11 pm

Friday, April 3
Kathy Lamar w/ Paul Lesinski at Grill 111,
Rockford, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6 – 10 pm

Saturday, April 4th at 7 p.m. trumpeter Lin Rountree appears in the series “Jazz on the Lake” at Fricano’s Place Event Center, 1050 West Western Ave., Muskegon, MI 49441. See Lakeshore Jazz Entertainment on Facebook for more information. Tickets in advance from (231) 759 – 2220.

Saturday, April 4
Kathy Lamar w/ Paul Lesinski at Porto Bello, Grand Haven, 7 – 11 pm
Robin Connell & Paul Brewer at Mangiamo! 7 – 10 pm
John Shea at Noto’s, 7 – 10 pm

Sunday, April 5
GRJO at Founder’s Brewery, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Randy Marsh Jazz Jam w/ Tony Viviano at SpeakEZ, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

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See the future of problem solving at the 2015 Wege Prize Awards

Is it possible to solve an unsolvable problem?

Now in its second year, Wege Prize is an undergraduate design competition—organized by The Wege Foundation and Kendall College of Art and Design—that showcases the power of transdisciplinary collaboration and design thinking to help solve complex, “wicked” problems such as poverty or environmental degradation. The challenge: teams of five students representing different colleges and universities and different fields of study must create a product, service, or business model that can function within or contribute towards a circular economy, an economic model in which resources and capital are regenerative.

Join us on March 28 from 10am-3pm at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) for the Wege Prize Awards, where this year’s three finalist teams will lay their innovative ideas on the line and vie for $30,000 in total cash prizes.

There’s no cost to attend, simply RSVP via Eventbrite and you’re good to go.





The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts is dedicated to providing our audiences the highest quality performances to create an  artistic blend of theatre classics, family favorites, and new to our stage productions.    “We have a vast selection of titles we want to bring to life and we are diligent in providing West Michigan a rewarding theatre experience, notes Executive and Artistic Director, Bruce Tinker.”    Tinker explains, “Great time and consideration is taken when setting our season selection.  But all shows are announced ’as rights pending’ because these can change for Community Theatre at any time”.

While the Civic works hard to minimize changes to a season, it does occasionally happen.    Also as one of the leading Community Theatres in the nation, the Theatre is called upon when shows are being released to limited markets, providing us with the honor of being one of the first to produce a piece.    For the 2015/2016 Season, both occurrences happened.  As a result, Peter Pan and My Fair Lady will be replaced with two new to our stage musicals.   In their absence the Theatre presents:

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL:  We are thrilled that Civic Theatre has been selected to this new musical, currently only available in select cities each season. This show features a wonderful, heartwarming score and Ralphie’s fantasies about the evil he will conquer with his trusty Red Ryder are a hoot. A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL is a fabulous celebration of the magic of childhood, especially when you are an adult!

Tinker stated, “When we were asked to produce the show, we were told that this is likely the only opportunity we will have because Michigan was a target for the 2016 tour.  We wanted to bring to be the first Theatre to bring this holiday experience to our West Michigan Community”!

SISTER ACT, Civic was asked to be among the first community theatres to produce this piece as it is being released to limited theatres.  This call came on the heels of learning, MY FAIR LADY, was placed in restriction by the Authors’ agents and is not available at this time.

Perhaps this was divine intervention as SISTER ACT is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by TONY and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (NEWSIS, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 TONY Awards including Best Musical and just completed a very successful Broadway and tour run.

SISTER ACT and Christmas Story- the Musical each bring a delightful sparkle to an outstanding 90th Season.    Also in the line-up, The Great Gatsby, Sleepy Hollow- A Musical Tale, Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, Freckle Face Strawberry, Caroline or Change and Stories from Wayside School and Into the Woods, Jr.


For information on the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre or to purchase tickets, call 616-222-6650 or visit www.GRCT.org.



Back for its sixth year, the Legacy Trust Award Collection is soliciting artwork from adult artists with disabilities for a mini-competition in advance of ArtPrize™ 2015, the radically open art competition that will be held September 23 through October 11 in Grand Rapids. Each year, Legacy Trust and sponsors in the business, arts and disability communities ask Michigan artists with disabilities to submit their best paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, collages and other works of art to a preliminary art competition. The four winners, chosen by popular vote, by a panel of celebrity judges and by the LTAC Advisory Committee, each receive a cash prize of $500 and sponsorship in ArtPrize.

Registration form and details can be found at the link below: