Tyler Perry’s “Madea On The Run”

Yes! Tyler Perry will be starring in these performances as Madea and… Madea is outrageously funny!

In trouble with local authorities, Mabel Simmons, notoriously known as Madea, is on the run from the law. With no place to turn, she volunteers to move in with her friend, Bam, who is recovering from hip replacement surgery. Bam is so grateful that her faithful friend, Mabel, is putting her life on hold in order to nurse her back to health. Unknown to Bam however, Madea is only using the concerned friend gag as a way to hide out from the police. But as they say… all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. Madea’s presence at Bam’s house is just what the doctor ordered. Bam’s family is in desperate need of some home improvement, and it is the only kind of family makeover that Madea could deliver.

Tyler Perry stars as Madea and Cassi Davis plays Aunt Bam. “Madea On The Run” delivers a couple of hours of pure joy and laughter. With brand new music written by Tyler Perry, the show delivers a finger snapping and inspirational evening of theater. Madea’s life lessons on friendship, marriage, personal reflection and overcoming leave audiences with some great food for the soul. Don’t miss Tyler Perry’s “Madea On The Run.”

Tickets are available at the DeVos Place® and Van Andel Arena® box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, online atTicketmaster.com, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. A purchase limit of eight (8) tickets will apply to each order, and prices are subject to change.



Event Times:
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

3:30 PM
$47.50, $57.50 and $67.50
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

7:30 PM
$47.50, $57.50 and $67.50

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


“Asthma Mapping Project: A West Michigan Collaborative.”


April 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aquinas College Economicology Forum titled “Asthma Mapping Project: A West Michigan Collaborative.” 
In the State of Michigan, nearly 1 in 10 children have asthma. Childhood asthma has broad health and economic implications. This presentation will relate the outcome of the recent Asthma Mapping Project conducted by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.

The mapping project assessed the distribution of asthma among children in Kent County. The speakers will explain why asthma is public health problem that has wide-reaching effects on the health and economy in Kent County due, at times, to environmental variables from indoor and outdoor air quality.

Speakers: Karen L. Meyerson, MSN, RN, FNP-C, AE-C and Anne Marie Hertl.

Event is free and open to the public.


Location: Aquinas College Donnelly Center >Campus Map. Parking is available in lot T.


Happenings in GR…

March 31 Thursday
One Trick Pony

one trick

David Molinari with Michael Van Houten  8:00 p.m.

Equity Drinks we will be back at Billy’s.


Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will join Equity Drinks to discuss diversification of city governance and current open positions. We will also hear from the Community Police Relations Committee formed during the last Equity Drinks. Finally, we will also have an exciting opportunity for how you can shape local policy and get more involved.

Equity Drinks is a growing network for those already in equity work, those who would like to be more involved in equity work, and to introduce those who can make an impact in this work. Equity Drinks works to nurture and deepen this network by encouraging intentional interaction and creating a more powerful network by growing and involving traditional forms of community power. Those who attend will be asked to connect with others outside of their normal, daily network.

Equity Drinks is focused on thickening networks around equity – not simply diversity and inclusion. Though diversity and inclusion are vital aspects, equity encompasses a broader social justice definition:

Thursday at 17:00– 19:00

Billy’s Lounge

1437 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506



Celebrate the opening of UNLOADED, a traveling group exhibition that explores the historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use and impact of guns on culture and public health. UNLOADED features a variety of work by both nationally and internationally recognized artists with a diverse range of perspectives.

Enjoy small bites, a cash bar, and remarks by Heather Duffy, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts’ Exhibitions Curator.

UNLOADED Opening Reception

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Member Preview: 6 pm, Public: 7pm

UICA Members: Free, Non-Members: $5


1 Friday
Join us for First Friday! Yolonda Yogi lavender will bring you an amazing night of live music, with PJ DA DJ and much more!

LIVE MUSIC: Yolonda “Yogi” Lavender

DJ: PJ DA DJ Sound & Entertainment

GALLERY ARTIST: Rachel Murray – Life In Pastel

“There’s something immensely meaningful about the intimacy portraiture can create. When I do my job, the viewer gets the opportunity to see someone through another person’s eyes. They see a snapshot of the subject suspended in time. That’s the kind of connection that made me want to be an artist in the first place.

Most of the works I make are realistic depictions of families and individual pets and people. My primary medium are oil paint and pastels, watercolor, charcoal and pencil. Since each has its own tone and warmth, the choice of medium is usually as simple as knowing the subject. I hope you enjoy my work and see something that connects with you.”


> FOOD & BEVERAGES: Cash bar with drink specials!

LINC Gallery from 6-11 pm on April 1

Madison and Hall Street in Grand Rapids, MI

·        new 002 John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

·         Robin Connell at The Melting Pot, Beltline & Knapp, 6 – 9 pm

·         Randy Marsh & Marshland Express with Steve Talaga, Warren Jones, & Caleb Elzinga at

Waldron Public House (formerly Mc Fadden’s), 6-8 pm


In partnership with ArtPrize and Second Ave Arts, NYC artist Tyler Loftis presents a two-night juried event, designed to forge artist-collector relationships that inform the geographically diverse, emerging markets of the contemporary art world. 50 artists from around the globe from emerging to famous.

6-9 p            gallery reception

9-midnight     DJ AJ Paschka and drinks

The three-day event, ‘Collectors Show / SPRING’, will celebrate the artwork of fifty artists including thirty past ArtPrize artists, with 20% of proceeds directly supporting arts education programming at ArtPrize 2016.


41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

2 Saturday
Faux Grass

One Trick Pony

Grill & Taproom

136 E. Fulton

Grand Rapids, MI

616-235-PONY (7669)

All One Trick Pony shows run from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. Reservations are accepted. (NO COVER)


An annual celebration of women will be back for its fifth year on Saturday at various locations throughout Grand Rapids.  Ladyfest GR is a daylong festival that consists of workshops and performances. It runs from noon until midnight. Though the workshops are free, live performances cost $10. The headlining acts are TEEN, Moving Panoramas and Yolonda Lavender & DC.

The workshops include discussions of the transgender community, race in feminism and much more. Follow this link for a schedule. All proceeds from the event benefit Girls Rock! Grand Rapids, a week long summer program that empowers girls through music.



THE CRANE WIVES wsg Olivia Mainville & The Aquatic Troupe

The Crane Wives are a home grown indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and a passion for song-craft to create organic music that is both accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves.

April 2nd 2016

9:30 pm     $6    21+ only

Founders Brewing Company


235 Grandville Ave. SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

·         John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm

·         Entourage at Garden Court Lounge at Amway Grand, 7-11 pm

3 Sunday
GR Jazz Orchestra at Founder’s, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Weekly Jazz jam

Sunday Jazz at EZ

Speak EZ

600 Monroe Ave NW

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

7:00– 10:00 p.m

Randy Marsh’s Sunday Night Jazz Hang at The Speak EZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids..  Student musicians under 21 with a parent or legal guardian will have a chance to play with Marsh from 7 to 9; the host trio plays from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. www.speakezlounge.com

Creating Impact Through Design at IDEO

Creating Impact Through Design at IDEO



Thomas Overthun, Associate Partner and Design Director at IDEO in the Bay Area and Elger Overwelz, Design Director at IDEO Palo Alto

About Thomas Overthun
Thomas is Associate Partner and Design Director at IDEO in the Bay Area and has been with the company since 1993. Thomas directs design programs at IDEO. His leadership style is based on his broad experience in many industry areas, and he makes a point of never leaving active and hands-on design work behind. He believes that getting the whole story right, refining the details meticulously and bringing great products to market is key.

Thomas has developed strong expertise in the areas of contract furniture and ergonomic seating, office and consumer electronics, kitchen tools and appliances, personal care and sports products. Clients include Audible, Balanced Body, Brooks England, Cisco, Eastman, fizi:k, Microsoft, National Panasonic, Oral B, OXO, Proctor & Gamble, Selle Royal, Steelcase, Western Digital and Zyliss.

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About Elger Overwelz


As a Design Director at IDEO Palo Alto, Elger Oberwelz leads by getting his hands dirty, working side-by-side with his group of world-class industrial designers.

Elger believes in elevating the human experience through the power of beauty and relentlessly pursuing craft excellence. Driven by this passion to leverage design to improve just about anything, his mission is to push all teams—and clients—to their creative edge.

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Wednesday, March 30th
7:00pm | Woodbridge N Ferris Building, Room 217

17 Pearl St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Matt Ulery Presents an All Star Edition of Loom


Where: LaFontsee Gallery

833 Lake Drive SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

What: Matt Ulery Presents “Loom”
When: Sunday, March 20th at 3pm
Who: Matt Ulery, Rob Clearfield, Jon Deitemyer, Russ Johnson, Geof Bradfield

Grand Rapids Location – Sunday March 20th, 2016 at 3pm | Matt Ulery’s Loom

The edition performing Sunday, March 20th at 3 p.m. includes a who’s who of Chicago’s music community: Rob Clearfield on keyboards; Jon Deitemyer playing drums; the return of trumpeter Russ Johnson; Geof Bradfield blowing bass clarinet and Matt Ulery offering double bass, tuba and compositions.