Weekly Jazz Line up for West Michigan…

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Sylvia Taylor at Bar Divani- 7:00 p.m.

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


Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30 – 9:30 pm


Brad Fritcher + Trois at the Book Nook,
in Montague, 7:30- 9:30 pm

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

Tony Reynolds & Wally Michaels at Sandy Point Beach House, Port Sheldon, 7-10 pm


John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

Mark Kahny at the Melting Pot, Celebration Village, GR, 5-8 pm


John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm


Robin Connell & Paul Brewer at Mangiamo! 7-10pm



Randissimo & Bob Van Stee “Birthday Jazz Jam” at SpeakEZ, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Broadway Grand Rapids Presents “Kinky Boots”- June 2 – 7, 2015

KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Inspired by a true story, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony-winning score by CYNDI LAUPER, direction and Tony-winning choreography by JERRY MITCHELL and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner HARVEY FIERSTEIN. Come join the sold-out audiences who’ve discovered why – sometimes – the best way to fit in is to stand out!


June 2 – 7, 2015 | Tickets From: $30.00

DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Local Spins Live: Nathan Kalish & The Lastcallers

May 20 @ 8:00 pm11:00 pm

SpeakEZ Lounge

600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

This week we are absolutely thrilled to welcome Nathan Kalish & The Lastcallers to our stage!  These guys play modern and classic country and folk roots rock at the highest level and we are very proud to welcome them to SpeakEZ!  If you’re a fan of artists like The Avett Brothers, Sturgill Simpson, Tom Petty, Wilco and Steve Earle then this show is guaranteed to satisfy!


West Michigan Jazz Round up…May 19th – May 24th


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

Truth in Jazz Orchestra at Watermark 920, Muskegon, 7:30-9:30 pm

Robin Connell at St Cecilia Music Center Youth Jazz Concert, 7pm


Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30 – 9:30 pm


Checkers Morton at the Book Nook, Montague, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

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

Steve Hilger at One Trick Pony w/ Steve Talaga, Tom Lockwood, & Eddie Eicher, 8-11 pm

Tony Reynolds & Wally Michaels at Sandy Point Beach House, Port Sheldon, 7-10 pm


John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

Music for Meds, Mark Kahny trio, fundraiser for Mission for Area People, Watermark 920, Muskegon, 8-11 pm, call for tickets, 231-733-9672


John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm

Memorial Weekend Celebration

Members Celebration (NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!) Terry Lower Quartet, featuring Edye Evans Hyde at the GR Ballet Center, 341 Ellsworth. Lifetime members cost $15, reserved seating champagne reception with appetizers 5:30- 6:30 pm. All other members $20, general public $25, includes an afterglow party with beer, wine & appetizers, concert at 7- 8:30 pm. Tickets on the web at http://www.wmichjazz.org



Randissimo and Jazz Jam at SpeakEZ, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

WMCSP Ignite event on May 18


The Community Sustainability Partnerships of West Michigan, which include Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Spring
Lake/Grand Haven, Holland, Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor/St. Joseph invite you to their IGNITE event on May
18th. The event will start at 1:18 p.m. and end at 5:18 p.m. and will be held at GVSU Eberhard Center. There
will be twelve presentations that will inspire the audience to ignite and amplify the environmental, social and
economic nexus of sustainability. We will showcase some of West Michigan’s best practices and ideas. We are
pleased to announce our complete line-up of speakers and entertainment:

  • Mayor George Heartwell: Now serving his third and final term, Mayor George Heartwell took office on
    January 1, 2004. During his tenure, City government has implemented a variety of environmental
    measures, including purchase of renewable resource energy, use of alternative fuels in city vehicles,
    continued attention to water quality in the Grand River, and widespread implementation of energy
    conservation measures. In January 2007 the United Nations recognized Grand Rapids as a “Regional
    Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.” Grand Rapids is widely recognized as
    one of the most sustainable cities in America. In 2010 the US Chamber of Commerce gave Grand
    Rapids the “Nation’s Most Sustainable City” award, and in 2012 Mayor Heartwell was given the first
    place “Climate Protection Award” by the US Conference of Mayors.
  • Bob Willard: Bob is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of sustainability
    strategies. He has given hundreds of keynote presentations, has authored four books, and provides
    extensive resources for sustainability champions. He served on the board of The Natural Step Canada
    for 12 years; has been named a “Best for the World Overall” B Corp for the last three years; and has a
    PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto.
  • Matt VanSweden: Proficient in restorative design and active in the local sustainability movement,
    Matt’s holistic approach includes a commitment to durable food systems, collaboration, and thriving
    communities. His work at Integrated Architecture strives to transform the social boundaries of place
    and community to create environments where every person can feel and be whole.
  • Anne Marie Hertl: Anne is the Community Activism Manager at the West Michigan Environmental
    Action Council to connect the communities, individuals, and businesses of West Michigan with
    resources to support their environmental journey through behavior, advocacy, education, and
    engagement. Hertl most values her contribution to WMEAC’s IDEAL (Inclusion and Development of
    Environmental Allies and Leaders) Initiative to facilitate inclusion and promote diversity in the
    environmental movement and within the organization. Hertl joined the WMEAC team in 2011 after
    graduating from Aquinas College with a BA in Political Science and Community Leadership and a minor
    in Urban Studies.
  • Kris Spaulding: Kris manages the people and planet aspects of Brewery Vivant’s triple bottom line
    focus. She was the driving force in the pursuit of Vivant’s LEED and B Corporation certifications and is
    an advocate for businesses engaging with their community in a meaningful and impactful way.
  • Brian Wolters: Brian’s background includes a MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University in
    Seattle, WA and over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, and project management. He has
    been involved in a wide variety of projects, including a 10,000 square-foot facility expansion at Impact
    HUB Seattle.
  • Hannah Fernando: Hannah is passionate about seeing communities flourish and fostering a culture of
    genuine hospitality, diversity, and wellbeing. She is a junior at GVSU studying Community Food
    Systems and entrepreneurship, driven by the idea that a healthy food system can bring vitality to
    communities. Currently, she works for the Community Engagement department of the City of Grand
    Rapids learning about how a city is structured, and what it takes to make one thrive.
  • Norman Christopher: Norman is the Executive Director for the Office of Sustainability Practices at
    Grand Valley State University. He currently serves on several boards and advisory groups including the:
    City of Grand Rapids Sustainability Advisory Team, Seeds of Promise, the Michigan Chemistry Council,
    the Grand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership, the NSF Joint Committee on Sustainable
    Business and Industrial Furniture, and Valley City Sign. He was also appointed to serve on Governor
    Granholm’s Michigan Climate Action Council and the United States Department of Commerce’s
    Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee. Mr. Christopher has contributed articles and
    papers to various journals and books including Sustaining Michigan: Metropolitan Policies and
    Strategies and is the author of the book Sustainability Demystified!- A Practical Guide for Business
    Leaders and Managers.
    Carlos Daniels: Carlos is the aquaponics (fish farming and hydroponic agriculture) project manager at
    the Western Michigan University Office for Sustainability. His team designed the Local Loop Farm, an
    urban agriculture system which won first place in Wege Prize 2015. The team plans to establish Local
    Loop Farms as a Kalamazoo business.
    Robert Teasley: Bob is the Director of New Product Development, Supply Management at Herman
    Miller. While at Herman Miller in the Supply Management Group he has worked with the Safety and
    Sustainability team to improve our supplier engagement within our Earthright Strategy. He is a
    graduate from Michigan Tech and has held various positions from engineering to operations leadership
    in the office furniture Industry for 28 years.
  • Karen Warner: Karen is CEO of Big Head Farm, a Certified Organic farm in Benton Harbor, Michigan
    founded in 2009. Karen is working on changing the face of our food system one farm at a time with an
    innovative approach to small and mid-sized, sustainable and diverse agricultural systems.
     Ruth Bloomquist: Ruth is a life-long resident of Muskegon, MI. She has been performing music for a
    few decades now. The songs she has written and the songs she has chosen by other writers, represent
    the road taken and the dreams yet to be realized. Once again in 2015 Ruth and her husband Max will
    be performing in Michigan, the U.S. and Europe. For more information, and a sample of their music
    visit thier website, http://www.ruthbloomquist.com
     Brett Kosmicki: Brett began his career at Founders in 2009 in the delicatessen. After finishing college in
    2011, he joined the production team and learned the science and art of making beer. Through four
    years in the cellar, he has focused on quality and efficiency improvements. He values sustainable
    brewing and serves as an advocate within Founders and the community.
  • Scott Pellegrom and Kevin Kozel: Scott is considered to be one of the most exciting, innovating and
    forward-thinking drummers in the new generation of today’s drumming. A world-renowned rhythmist,
    Scott has toured all over the globe as a drum clinician/educator/solo artist and motivational speaker.
    Some of the past tours include China, Europe, Australia, Canada, UK, and the United States. Currently
    Scott is touring as a clinician for DW drums and Dream Cymbals. He is also out touring with his very
    own trio featuring Kevin Kozel on guitar and John Supplee on Bass. When not on tour you can find
    Scott teaching, fishing, drinking coffee or working in the studio with producer/engineer Bill Chrysler.
    Kristopher Larson : An award-winning planner by trade and an economist at heart, Kristopher Larson
    has spent the last decade helping good cities become great. Career stops as an urban designer and an
    economic developer enable him to speak with an enlightened enthusiasm about how the confluence
    marketplace dynamics, architecture, and the public realm translate into defining, place-making
    Kinetic Affect – Kirk Latimer and Gabriel Giron: Kinetic Affect is a dynamic spoken word duo based in
    Kalamazoo composed of two very different men; Kirk Latimer, a survivor of his own destructive past,
    and Gabriel Giron, a survivor of cancer, combine their voices to give life to their difficult past
    experiences. Together they are able to show audiences the common humanity we all share. Having
    been featured on television shows, such as the hit show America’s Got Talent and on the Apollo stage,
    Kinetic Affect’s international reach combines entertainment with deeply moving and emotional
    personal struggles and triumphs. This work has driven them to co-found a non-profit organization
    called Speak It Forward Inc. which brings the power of their work and personal experiences to those
    individuals, vulnerable children and organizations that need it the most.
  • Tickets for the event are $18 and can be purchased at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-michigancommunity-sustainable-partnerships-ignite-tickets-16048311933?aff=eac2

Celebrate history at the Heritage Hill Home Tour May 16th and 17th Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Since 1969, the annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes welcomes the world to the historic Heritage Hill neighborhood, one of the country’s largest urban historic districts recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. More than 1,300 homes stand within the boundaries of Heritage Hill and date from 1843. Nearly every style of American architecture, from Greek Revival to Prairie, is represented in the district. At the turn of the century, this was the city’s most prestigious residential area. Today the neighborhood is an array of lifestyles and passions.

Each year, a different line-up of 7-8 private homes and 2 to 3 historic buildings are open; each with a unique story. During Tour, guides stationed at each house will share information and highlight special features. An array of architecture, decorating styles and urban gardens await you.

Sneak Peek….

230 Fountain NE – this Italianate home was built in 1873 with beautiful details like a floating staircase, 11 foot ceilings, mosaic tile floors, and wood pocket doors. The home was the first to have a garage specifically made for an automobile.

Exterior of home at 230 Fountain NE

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545 Madison SE – this 1913 is a take on the Prairie Style that was popular at the time. A century after it was built, this home still has almost all of its original features, all the way down to the light fixtures.

Exterior of home at 545 Madison SE

See all the unique homes on the Heritage Hill Home Tour May 16 and 17. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the Heritage Hill Association office at 126 College SE. Advance tickets are also available at Grand Rapids area Family Fare and D&W Food Stores, Lake Michigan Credit Union branches, Martha’s Vineyard, Art of the Table, and Wealthy Street Bakery.

Tickets on the weekend of the tour are $20 and are sold only at the ticket booth at GRCC DeVos Campus at 445 East Fulton.