Blue Man Group- Grand Rapids, MI

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Blue Man Group @ DeVos Performance Hall

Blue Man Group is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. The Blue Man Group theatrical tour showcases classic Blue Man favorites, along with brand new content. Now approaching their 25th year of creativity, this artistic group is continually updating and refreshing Blue Man shows with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.

 The trademark of every Blue Man Group show is a combination of visually stunning multi-media, multi-sensory performance. The Blue Men are accompanied by a live band whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its unforgettable climax.

Event Times:
Tue, Feb 2, 2016

7:30 PM
Ticket prices start at $37.50 Purchase Tickets
Wed, Feb 3, 2016

7:30 PM
Ticket prices start at $37.50 Purchase Tickets
DeVos Performance Hall is in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids along the Grand River. This 2,404 seat theater is home to the Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Ballet and Broadway Grand Rapids. DeVos Performance Hall is the only theater in Michigan to be honored with four performing arts tenants!
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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2016 Ethnic Heritage Festival, Grand Rapids, MI

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Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Saturday, February 6, 2016 for the Ethnic Heritage Festival. The city of Grand Rapids and the surrounding region have a long standing history of diversity and various cultural traditions dating back from early explorers and fur traders, to modern day cultural rituals from new residents of the region. The Festival is a day-long celebration of music, dance, crafts and food representing the various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and features a variety of organizations, performances, beer tastings and presentations. The Museum Café will feature ethnic food selections. There will be a special International Beer Tasting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The beer tasting is open to those 21 and above for $5.00. Tickets will be available at the door. Colorful performances by various ethnic groups will take place throughout the day in the Meijer Theater and Galleria.

Visitors will be able to view the Museum’s exhibitions with two specific exhibitions having a primary focus on diversity and culture: Newcomers: The People of This Place which highlights the ethnic groups that have settled the Grand Rapids area, andAnishinabek: The People of this Place which focuses on the Native American culture in the region.

Ethnic Heritage Festival is FREE with general admission to the Museum.

More information at:

2016 Ethnic Heritage Festival

A Societal and Artful Paradigm: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

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A Societal and Artful Paradigm: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

January 30, 2016, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

A Societal and Artful Paradigm: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise
Saturday, January 30, 2016
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us as Sally Main, curator of the exhibition Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, presents insights into the lives of Newcomb’s artists and the difficult economic and social circumstances they experienced in the post-Civil War South. Her lecture will examine the innovative ways Newcomb College advanced women’s education and opened them to the possibility of self-reliance through creativity. The lecture begins at 2:00 pm, with docent-led tours for members afterward.

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6th annual WinterWest rescheduled-

The 6th annual WinterWest event, presented by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, has been rescheduled, from January 29-31, 2016 to February 12-14, 2016 due to unseasonably warm weather conditions forecast for the originally scheduled dates. The WGRD Pond Hockey Classic has also been rescheduled for the weekend of February 12-14.

WinterWest is an event that encourages people and families to get out and enjoy winter in Grand Rapids parks. The full event schedule for the new dates will be posted online on the WinterWest and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks Facebook pages in the coming days. The weekend will still feature the popular Kids’ Crazy Cardboard Sled Race, among other activities.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

For more event information:  http://www.friendsofgrparks.org/event/winter-west-2015/

The Road Through Paris: Where Do We Go from Here?

The Duncan Littlefair Great Speakers andthe Citizens Climate Lobby Present:

 The Road Through Paris: Where Do We Go from Here?

With George Heartwell

 

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7:00 pm February 23, 2016

Fountain Street Church

24 Fountain Street NE,

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

George Heartwell has recently completed twelve years as Grand Rapids’ Mayor.  During his tenure the city made significant advances in environmental protection with special attention to energy efficiency and renewable energy, water quality and both non-motorized transportation and public transit.  Early in his tenure Heartwell saw the threat of climate change for his community and began working both to mitigate climate impacts and to create a city infrastructure that will be resilient to those impacts.

In 2013 he attended COP19 in Warsaw and this past December he was in Paris for COP21.  Heartwell will discuss the agreement reached in Paris and what it means for our future.  The support of US leadership was essential to the achievements in Paris; the support of our country’s citizens is essential to the success of the Agreement’s implementation and improvement.  Absent that support, it is at high risk of failure.

Heartwell will speak of the actions that we citizens can take to help ensure that what has been accomplished there is but the beginning of a worldwide, robust, transformative response to the climate change that puts our very existence at risk.  We all need to be part of the solution.

Jazz at the Harris: Former Las Vegas singer Kathy Lamar and Grupo Aye bandleader Rob Mulligan

This Wednesday (Jan. 27) at Jazz at the Harris will be a night to showcase how strong and diverse the Grand Rapids music scene truly is.  Featuring the Robin Connell Trio with their classic American jazz,the special guests will be Kathy Lamar and Rob Mulligan. Lamar is a pop, soul, R&B and jazz singer who enjoyed a 30 year career in Las Vegas. Mulligan is a world-traveled percussionist who leads the popular West Michigan Afro-Cuban and latin jazz band Grupo Aye. Put these three musical entities together and we have quite the night of eclectic music with endless possibilities!

 

Lamar has one of the more intriguing stories in the Grand Rapids jazz community. At the age of 18 Lamar arrived in Las Vegas for a two-week vacation and ended up staying in Sin City for 30 years. In an interview with Local Spins, Lamar said after performing at venues like Caesar’s Palace and The Mirage, she fell in love with the infectious energy of the music scene. In 2009, Lamar returned to Grand Rapids and has been a staple of the local music community ever since. Her rich experience in pop, soul and R&B has carried into her more recent jazz performances. Lamar knows how to bring in an audience, wow them, and leave them wanting more.

Mulligan is a percussionist and drummer with degrees from Western Michigan University and Indiana University. His skillset is wide and ranging, however his focus has been jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa for over three decades. Mulligan has traveled to Cuba, Latin America, and Spain to enhance his musical, cultural and linguistic knowledge. He has performed with distinguished musicians like Aretha Franklin, Steve Talaga and  Marcos Cavalcante.

Admission $10

Students tickets are only $5

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The Harris Building

111 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids, MI 49503