Taste of Soul Sunday’

Grand Rapids Public Library Hosts ‘

 
 
The Grand Rapids Public Library is celebrating the 13th Annual Taste of Soul Sunday this Sunday, Feb. 17. The yearly event, held in honor of Black History Month, offers a chance to see, hear and taste the best of African American culture.
 
Taste of Soul Sunday has become a must-attend event during Black History Month and successfully embodies the spirit of inclusion.
 
Listen, Learn, Create, Eat, Preserve. Local artists, musicians, dancers, authors, historians and restaurateurs are showcased during Taste of Soul Sunday in a way that highlights African American heritage.
 
Free food samplings will be provided by local restaurants:
 
TaDow! BBQ
Irie Kitchen
The Candied Yam
Flavorful Pound Cakes & Treats
Musical guests include:
 
Guitarist & songwriter, Tom Cutts
Asamu Johnson and the Associates of Blues
National recording artists, Yolonda Lavender
Local group, The Gospel Believers
There will also be an African American pottery workshop, Kids Crafts, Let’s Move Dance Party, inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, and much more.
 
Taste of Soul Sunday will be from 1 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. at the GRPL main branch located at 111 Library St NE. The event is free to attend
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Black Violin in Concert

The Grand Rapids Symphony brings Black Violin in Concert to DeVos Performance Hall on Saturday, February 16 at 8 P.M.
 
The hip-hop sensation, Black Violin, will join the Grand Rapids Symphony for the 18th annual Symphony with Soul! Additional performances include the Grand Rapids Symphony Community Chorus and the Grand Rapids Symphony Mosaic Scholars.
 
Tickets on sale now! Tickets may be purchases online at Ticketmaster.com, the GRS box office at 300 Ottawa NW. Suite 100 (across the street from Calder Plaza) or charge by phone at 616-454-9451 X 4
 
John Varineau Conductor
Black Violin Guest Artist
Grand Rapids Symphony Community Chorus,
Duane Shields Davis, Director
 

CELEBRATION OF SOUL FEB 16, 2019!

CELEBRATION OF SOUL

FEB 16, 2019!
JW Marriott, International Ballroom | DeVos Performance Hall

Be sure to mark this amazing event on your calendar as the Grand Rapids Symphony honors the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that celebrate the importance of diversity, inclusion and bridge-building in West Michigan with the MaLinda P. Sapp Awards, and entertains guests with a fabulous concert featuring Black Violin!

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2019 Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Award Honorees
♦ Isaac V. Norris + Associates, P.C.
♦ John Varineau
♦ Noel Webley II

Both Celebration of Soul as well as a portion of the Symphony with Soul ticket revenue benefits the Grand Rapids Symphony’s extensive Gateway to Music education and access programs which reaches over 75,000 West Michigan students in urban, rural and suburban school districts.  Among those programs, the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Mosaic Scholarship Program benefits 20 African American and Hispanic students. Each Mosaic scholar receives instrument rental, private instrument lessons from a professional musician and season tickets to the Symphony’s Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series.

2019 Celebration of Soul Itinerary
5 PM | Social Reception
5:30 PM | Dinner & Legacy Awards
8 PM | Symphony with Soul Concert
10 PM | Afterglow Reception

Gala tickets are $150. For more information on the Celebration of Soul Gala, or to purchase tickets over the phone, please call:  616.454.9451 x 165.

To order Symphony with Soul tickets featuring Black Violin only, please call: 616.454.9541 x4

Vietnamese Lunar New Year (TET) February 3, 2019

— Hosted by the Vietnamese-American Community of Grand Rapids, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year is Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Knight Columbus 5830 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509. The Children Tet (new year) Festival is 1:30-3:30 p.m. and the traditional ceremonial is 4:00-6:30 p.m.  The New Year Concert & Dance is 8:00-midnight.

The event is free and open to the public. Authentic Vietnamese food will be available for purchase. Enjoy a spectacular festival that showcases the traditional Vietnamese New Year celebration. The Festival highlights the richness and diversity of Vietnam by featuring a variety of traditional performances Including dragon dance, traditional musical instruments performance, children dances and games, and much, much more.

More information is available online at www.myvietcommunity.org.

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GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM PRESENTS ‘A DECADE AT THE CENTER: RECENT GIFTS AND ACQUISITIONS’

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition opening January 26, A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions. The exhibition  closes out a yearlong celebration of GRAM’s tenth anniversary at its 101 Monroe Center location and features  works of art and design acquired through gift and purchase  from the last five years.  A Decade at the Center  will be on view at the Museum through April 28, 2019.

The exhibition features over 100 new additions to the Museum’s collection, representing all areas in which GRAM collects, from 19th-century  paintings to contemporary art, mid-century modern furniture to vintage photography, and rare Renaissance engravings to historical design objects.  More than half of the works in the exhibition are on public view for the first time.

“The Grand Rapids Art Museum’s collection of more than 6,000 works is the heart of the Museum, and, just like the city it serves, has grown and transformed over the course of its more than 100-year history,” commented GRAM Director and CEO Dana Friis-Hansen. “I invite you to explore the many new works  on view for the first time in  A Decade at the Center,  and  discover our collection year-round as it rotates on all three floors of the Museum.”

The exhibition comprises recent Museum purchases, as well as gifts and promised gifts from numerous generous individuals and institutions. In some cases, these new acquisitions expand the Museum’s holding of works by particular artists, such as Mathias J. Alten, Andy Warhol, Lorna Simpson, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, and Richard Diebenkorn. Important artists new to the collection have also been acquired, including Adrian Esparza, Dawoud Bey, Carrie Mae Weems, and Jane Freilicher.

On view for the first time are several pieces from a major new gift of over 100 design objects from one of the premier American collectors. This generous gift will greatly expand the museum’s design holdings and better tell the story of West Michigan’s rich history as a leading center of design and manufacturing.

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Member Exhibition Opening
A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions
Friday, January 25, 2019, 7 – 9 pm
Join GRAM for an exclusive member opening of  A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions. Members enjoy complimentary  hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and live entertainment.

For GRAM’s hours and admission fees, visit artmuseumgr.org

JAZZ AROUND WEST MICHIGAN

NOVEMBER JAZZ AROUND WEST MICHIGAN

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

River North Jazz at Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 6-9 pm

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

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

JMM Jazz at Noto’s Old World Italian, 6:30-9:30 pm

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

Entourage at Rendezvous, in Amway Hotel, 8 pm-midnight

In The Blue Jazz Ensemble Friday Night Jam at Village Inn Pizza Sports Bar and Grille on 44th Street 8-11pm, Jam session 8-11pm

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm

Steve Hilger Trio at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm

Entourage at Rendezvous, in Amway Hotel, 8 pm-midnight

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Greg Miller with Sunday brunch series at JW Marriott 10 am -1 pm

River North Jazz brunch at Old Goat, 2434 Eastern Ave. SE, 11-2 pm

River Rogues Jazz Band at Harmony Hall, 2-4 pm

Randy Marsh and Friends at SpeakEZ, 7-10 pm (Jazz Jam 8:30-10)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

WMJS Jazz Gumbo with ELGIN VINES QUINTET at the Old Goat 2434 Eastern Ave, SE, members $5, non-members $10, 6:30-8:30 pm

John Shea at Rockwell Republic, 8-11 pm

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

River North Jazz at Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 6-9 pm

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

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

In The Blue Jazz Ensemble Friday Night Jam at Village Inn Pizza Sports Bar and Grille on 44th Street 8-11pm, Jam session 8-11pm

Edye Evans Hyde Trio at Rendezvous, 8pm-midnight

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm

Scott Veenstra Trio at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm

Edye Evans Hyde Trio at Rendezvous, 8 pm-midnight

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Mike Frost and Mike Hyde with Sunday brunch series at JW Marriott 10 am -1 pm

River North Jazz brunch at Old Goat, 2434 Eastern Ave. SE, 11-2 pm

Randy Marsh and Friends at SpeakEZ, 7-10 pm (Jazz Jam 8:30-10 pm

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26

John Shea at Rockwell Republic, 8-11 pm

In the Blue at Long Road Distillers, 8-11 pm

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

River North Jazz at Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 6-9 pm

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

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

JMM Jazz at Noto’s Old World Italian, 6:30-9:30 pm

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

In The Blue Jazz Ensemble Friday Night Jam at Village Inn Pizza Sports Bar and Grille on 44th Street 8-11pm, Jam session 8-11pm

Scott Veenstra Trio at Rendezvous, 8 pm-midnight

 Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem

The Dance Theatre of Harlem brings their 50th Anniversary Tour to DeVos Performance Hall as part one of The Series: Creative Expressions of African-American Culture presented by the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority Community Inclusion Group. Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform live on stage on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM.

Dance Theatre of Harlem | November 12

Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institute of unparalleled global acclaim whose mission is to maintain a world-class school that trains young people in classical ballet and the allied arts. They provide arts education, community outreach programs and serve as positive role models for all. The Dance Theatre of Harlem presents a ballet company of African-American and other racially diverse artists who perform the most demanding repertory at the highest level of quality.

 

Now a singular presence in the ballet world, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company tours nationally and internationally, presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. The 16-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. Through performances, community engagement and arts education, the Company carries forward Dance Theatre of Harlem’s message of empowerment through the arts for all.