1 Sunday 5 Museums Free General Admission

Sunday, April 26, 2015 | 12 – 5PM

For one day each year, Amway is excited to partner with world-class public institutions in Grand Rapids so that families can come downtown and experience the uniqueness of each museum FREE of charge. So, make it a family-fun day and bring your entire family downtown Grand Rapids on April 26th and have fun exploring five great museums.

Partnering museums include:

In addition to the museum visits, enjoy variety of other fun, family-friendly activities and convienences throughout the day, including:

  • Free shuttle rides to and from all five participating museums.
  • Fun activities at the entrance to each museum

2015 Entertainment Lineup

FREE shuttles will circulate between all five museums from noon to  6 pm





2 Day Figure Drawing Event

AT The Well Being – GRAND RAPIDS

Dates: 30 & 31 May 2015

Times: 9am to 5pm

The Well Being 1118 Front Ave NW – Grand Rapids 49504

The ArtisTTable and artists Royce Deans and Tali Farchi always provide inspiring and intensive drawing events with live models. Now for the fourth time, they are bringing an ArtisTTable figure drawing event to Grand Rapids.

Artists interested in working from the figure in a friendly and vibrant atmosphere are encouraged and invited to be a part of this event both days or may choose one day or the other to attend.

There will be both long and short poses, new models every 2 or 3 hours.

Bring your own supplies, including drop cloths if necessary. Some tables, chairs and easels supplied. If you come for both days, you may leave your materials in place.

Coffee, tea, water and light snacks will be provided.

2 Day Fee: $90.00

1 Day Fee: $50.00

Accepted methods of payment are:
Cash and credit card at the door.

Checks made payable to ArtisTTable may be sent to:

P.O. Box 262
Acme, Michigan 49610

(Do not send cash)

Pre-registration is preferred.

Register online:

Online registrants will receive a free sketchbook upon arrival.

For further information contact the ArtisTTable at:

West Michigan Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz Series- Featuring the Tony Reynolds Trio

West Michigan Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz Series

April 20th, 6:30 pm @ Bobarino’s

Tony Reynolds

Tony Reynolds Trio Tony has “the voice”! His smooth four-octave range, and his classy style adds elegance to his performance. He was on the road for seven years with Sir Tom Jones and had the privilege of singing back up with Sir Elton John at John’s London home. Tony’s gifted speaking voice propelled him to be a popular voice over artist in Las Vegas. He will be joined by Mark Kahny on keyboards and Mark Weymouth on drums.

Cost is $5.00 for members and students & $10.00 for non-members
Bobarino’s Classic Pepperoni Pizza – Only $6.95
B.O.B.’s Burger Special – Only $6.95 Each
House Wine Special – Only $4 Per Glass

Bobarino’s @ The B.O.B.
20 Monroe Ave NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Call • 616.356.2000

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On Friday, April 10th from 6-11pm, ARTISTS TAKE OVER downtown Grand Rapids. Visitors will hop aboard 3 trolleys to explore 38 different locations full of art, culture and ideas. With over 50 shows you won’t want to miss a thing during Art.Downtown. Here are some tips and tricks to plan a great night featuring friends, conversation, and art.

Maps! Maps! Maps!

Digital or print—we have you covered. For the Art.Downtown. attendee on-the-go, check out the Art.Downtown. google map. If you are feeling old school, snag a map from a volunteer or trolley guide. For the pre-planners you can scope both on our website and start planning your evening!

Don’t waste time looking for parking, grab a spot in a city lot! We suggest the Gallery City Parking Ramp (10 Commerce), Commerce Weston City Parking Ramp (38 Commerce) or Cathedral Square (360 South Division)

 Here is a Sneak Peak.

Art Downtown. is helping to celebrate the launch of the DisArt Festival and UICA, GRAM and The Fed Gallery will host Art of the Lived Experiment Exhibitions. Additional locations featuring DisArt exhibitions including: Access is a Civil Right, DisArt Local Show, IceBreaker, and Robert Andy Coombs: New Portraits 

Shows celebrating the year of Arts+Access include: Creative Expressions, Maps and Faces, and Art.Downtown. Live at Heartside,

We hope you make Art.Downtown. a night out by grabbing dinner and a drink while taking in a great art showboth Two Beards Deli, and San Chez provide dinner with a view, while Lantern Coffee and Pyramid Scheme feature shows and tasty beverages. From there some of your favorite venues are just a block away. Don’t miss new shows at Vertigo Music, Grand Rapids Community College and Sanctuary Folk Art!

Want to have some interactive fun? Stop by the Big Block Party outside of Kendall College at 17 Pearl and don’t miss the shows in 17 Fountain Atrium and 104 Gallery!

Art.Downtown. is a great time to check out emerging curators at work. Don’t miss Ladies Night, Weft, Chain & Stitch, Forms of Production, Binary, No Place, Terms of Service, WorkinOnit and Neon BordersThere are great student site-specific shows including GVSU’s Intersecting Spaces and Kendall College’sVisual Data 01.

Art.Downtown. is all about local artists! There are over 567 participating curators, artists and documenters, but only a few solo shows. Check out David Greenwood at the GRAM, Stephanie Mabie’s Process and Output at Crafthouse.

Great handmade goods are just a hop, skip and a jump away, Parliament the Boutique is launching new collections and the AIGA Pop Up Shop won’t last long! Collaboration is key in the Connectionsand Circumference shows both at 235 South Division. Drawing and mixed media collide at Walking the Line at Devos Place.  

Tips for hard to find shows: Go around the back of 120 South Division and up to the top deck to catch some tunes during The BeatSuite at Mexicains Sans Fronteries, Duck into the alley across from the trolley stop at Weston and Division to find Enter Here

Want to get a guided tour and the inside scoop? Grand Rapids Art Museum is hosting docent led tours of their collection and various locations along the Avenue for the Arts route. RSVP Here!

Get on a Trolley and Ride!

There are three trolleys running throughout the night with stops at 10 anchor locations. We will save you a seat!

  • Grand Rapids Art Museum (101 Monroe Center)
  • DeVos Center (303 Monroe Avenue)
  • Kendall College of Art and Design (17 Pearl St)
  • Grand Rapids Community College (Ransom St)
  • DisArt Hub ( 50 Louis)
  • Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge (100 Commerce Ave)
  • The Avenue for the Arts 3 locations (S. Division and Weston, S.Division and Williams, S. Division and Goodrich)
 There are a few gems that didn’t make it on the map and we don’t want you to miss them!

  • Crepes by the Lakes will be serving great eats in the lot at 106 South Division. 
  • Studio Thrift and Vito Art– is an L-Loft “trunk show” and open reception for Studio Thrift featuring artwork by Derrick Hollowell located in 106 South Division.
  • WMCAT Students will have works displayed in various locations along Avenue for the Arts!

Weekly Jazz lineup for West Michigan!

Weekly Jazz lineup!

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Monday, April 6
John Shea at the Republic, 8 – 11 pm


Monday, April 6th; Tuesday, April 7th and Thursday, April 9th the Hope College jazz department presents a series of concerts at the Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music, located in the central Hope campus between College and Columbia avenues, Holland. Monday is the jazz combo concert; Tuesday the vocal ensembles; and Thursday the Jazz Arts Collective. Information from

Tuesday, April 7
Jazz Jam at The Grand, 22 Washington St., Grand Haven, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Wednesday, April 8
Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. The Tom Hagen Trio with vocalist Rick Reuther have been appearing at Notos Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids for more than 13 years. Easily the longest continuous jazz hang in west Michigan. (616) 493 – 6686, or

Wednesdays, House of Music Entertainment at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, 49503, features jazz and blues. April 8th, vocalist Kathy Lamar;


Thursday, April 9
Karen Cameron Trio at the Book Nook in Montague, 7 – 9 pm
Randy Marsh with Jeff Haas Trio at Cambria Suites, Traverse City, 7 – 9:30 pm

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


Friday, April 10
Mark Kahny at Porto Bello in Grand Haven, 7 – 11 pm
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6 – 10 pm

Saturday, April 11
Robin Connell & Paul Brewer at River Stop Café in Newaygo, 7 – 10 pm

Randy Marsh at One Trick Pony, 9 pm – – 12 a.m.

John Shea at Noto’s, 7 – 10 pm
Boogie Woogie Babies w/ Mark Kahny at 63rd Street Productions (former Red Barn), Saugatuck, 7:30 pm

Saturdays at 7:30, pianist John Shea leads his trio at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids. See or call (616) 493 – 6686.

Sunday, April 12
Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. guitarist Greg Miller brings his 6-1-6 guitar concept to the J.W. Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids. (616) 242 – 1448.

Randy Marsh Jazz Jam w/ Jack Dryden at SpeakEZ Lounge, 7 – 10 pm

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Billy’s Lounge -April Shows and Events

April Shows and Events

Billy’s Lounge – 1437 Wealthy St SE Grand Rapids, MI

Friday 04/03
Denise Davis and The Motor City Sensations

$5 Cover at 8 pm; Show 9:30 (21+)

Saturday 04/04
La Famiglia – Mike G’s Bday Bash

$5 Cover at 8 pm; Show 9:30 (21+)

Friday 04/10
Soul’D Out

$5 Cover at 8 pm; Show 9:30 (21+)

Saturday 04/11
—2 Shows—
3:00-8:00pm Battle of the Bands

Presented By: Gorilla Music
Hosted By: Billy’s Lounge
$10 Cover at 2 pm (All Ages)

$5 Cover at 8pm; Show 9:30 (21+)

Friday 04/17
WGVU Local Blues Matters Fundraiser

$5 Cover at 8pm; Show 9:30pm (21+)

Saturday 04/18
Local Blues Matters Fundraiser

8:00-09:00PM ROOT DOCTOR
12:30PM-01:30AM 33RD STREET BAND
$5 Cover at 5 pm; Show 6:30 pm (21+)

Friday 04/24
GR Soul Club

$5 Cover at 8 pm; Show 9:30 pm (21+)

Saturday 04/25
Hip Pocket

$5 Cover at 8 pm; Show 9:30 pm (21+)

DisArts Festival

Photo Courtesy of DisArt 2015


Grand Rapids, MI

April 10-25, 2015

Changing perceptions about disability, one work of art at a time.

April 10, 2015 marks the opening night of the DisArts Festival, an international exhibition of artwork by artists with disabilities taking place throughout Grand Rapids. During the 2-week festival, which runs through April 25, you’ll have the opportunity to view a film festival, a fashion show, several cultural education events, and dance performances as well as more traditional art exhibits.

If you’d like to hear the Curator Talk that kicks off DisArt Festival, head to the GRAM at 6PM on April 10th. Lots of other events are going on throughout the evening, some in conjunction with Art.Downtown.

The U.S. premiere of Art of the Lived Experiment will also take place at the DisArt Festival, and will be on display at three downtown locations: the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Kendall College of Art and Design, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA). Art of the Lived Experiment was curated by artist Aaron Williamson for the U.K’s DaDaFest International 2014 and includes a range of artworks, from sculpture and painting to photography and ceramics, by artists from around the

Location: venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids
Date/Time: April 10 – April 25
More Info: Visit the DisArts Festival website: