“One World” Exhibit by Paul Collins

Final Days to View the Powerful “One World” Exhibit by Paul Collins, A Reflection of Us!

The exhibits closing reception, open to the public, will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 pm – 7:00pm on the Devos Place Skywalk.

[DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503]

Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad

The exhibition features painting, prints, presidential letters, appointments, honors and awards. The paintings depict monumental moments in history, everyday heroes and nature’s elements, weaving together threads of commonality, carrying the message of our connection to one another and mother earth.

The beautiful imagery is full of life’s lessons exuding with dignity for humanity and mother earth.

“With all of the negativity that surrounds our daily lives, it is important for our psyche that we take time to reflect on positive moments in life.  This exhibit provides that relief with a focus on dignity and unity”. Carol Collins

World acclaimed artist Paul Collins exhibit, showcases his immense talent across decades and continents. This must-see exhibition is compelling, with images that will stir the soul in a rarely seen compilation of Collins’ works, honors and awards.

Collins has been commended by Presidents, world figures and civil rights leaders through his passionate interpretation and humanitarian efforts. His commissions include Presidents, NASA, Coretta Scott King, the NFL Hall of Fame, national and international corporations .

Collins said: “Art is one of the things we have left that brings us all together. I am motivated by the human response to the positive. All too often we forget that our individual lives are part of a bigger picture and we are all affected by one another on some level.” “I use my art to motivate, encourage, inspire, and uplift people from all walks of life. Inspiring the human imagination with threads of commonality through personality, language and the art of Mother Earth.”

Paul Collins with his iconic painting "Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad"


Chiaroscuro International Film Series Returns on January 14 at UICA

The Chiaroscuro International Film Series announces its 12th season with five celebrated films from around the world. The theme for this year’s award-winning roster of films is “Borders.” Using a variety of narrative, cinematic and thematic devices, each film explores the idea of borders – geographical, interpersonal, metaphorical, or otherwise. The programs begin at 2:00pm on scheduled Sundays January through March and include the feature presentation, a panel discussion, and a reception with refreshments. All programs are free and open to the public.

The 2018 films and their screening dates include:

January 14

Mediterranea (Carpignano, 2015) Italy/France/USA/Germany/Qatar

Two men make the dangerous journey from Burkina Faso in Africa to Italy for a better life, only to face hostility and violence once they arrive at their destination in this revealing look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

 January 28

Force Majeure (Östlund 2014) Sweden/France/Norway                           

Original Title: Turist

A Swedish family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche. In more ways than one, the family’s world is shaken to its core.

February 11

House Without Roof  (Yusef, 2016) Germany/Iraq/Qatar                             

Original Title: Haus Ohne Dach

A difficult journey to the homeland of three siblings who were born in the Kurdish area of Iraq and subsequently raised in Germany. They want to fulfill their mother’s dying wish to bury her in her home village beside her husband, who was killed in the war under the Saddam Hussein regime.


February 25

Two Days, One Night (Dardenne, 2014) Belgium/France/Italy                    

Original Title: Deux Jours, Une Nuit

A factory worker discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job. Starring Marion Cotillard.

March 11

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Waititi, 2016) New Zealand

A charmingly offbeat comedy about a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who are targets of a manhunt through the wild New Zealand bush country. Starring Sam Neill.

The panel discussion is organized with consideration of each film selected. Two experts are invited to sit on the panel, one is knowledgeable in film studies and the other deeply connected to the culture represented in the film. Feedback and questions from audience members is greatly encouraged.

The reception that follows the film viewing and panel discussion completes the afternoon immersion in world culture by offering complimentary food and drink and a comfortable space to gather outside the theater. This allows participants a space to mingle with others and build upon the ideas presented earlier in the program, encouraging further dialogue and cultural exchange in a friendly, casual setting.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy Sunday afternoons of film, food, and cultural exchange. The series offers an engaging way to experience the world without leaving town. All films are shown in the state-of-the-art theater at the UICA in downtown Grand Rapids, 2 West Fulton.  A Parking garage is available and the entrance is off Commerce Street.

About the Chiaroscuro International Film Series

The Chiaroscuro International Film Series is a non-profit cultural and educational organization fostering a deeper understanding of world cultures through the medium of film. Chiaroscuro enriches the West Michigan cultural landscape by presenting films in a setting that encourages discussion and enjoyment through a shared social experience. Serving the greater Grand Rapids community, Chiaroscuro provides a forum for award-winning cinema and support of local emerging filmmakers.  www.chiaroscurogr.org



A Drag Queen Christmas


Murray & Peter Present A Drag Queen Christmas “The Naughty Tour” hosted by Trinity Taylor on Sunday, November 19th at 8:00PM at DeVos Performance Hall. The performance will star Sasha Velour, Shea Coulee, Aja, Latrice Royale, Farrah Moan, Chi Chi DeVayne & Eureka O’Hara.

Murray & Peter proudly present a must see holiday spectacular with your favorite contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1). It’s an evening of holiday songs and outstanding drag performances with your favorite queens. All ages welcome.


“Panov’s Dream” a one act opera

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“Panov’s Dream” is a new one act opera that will receive its world premiere on Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Muskegon. The work is a collaboration between librettist Foley Schuler of Blue Lake Public Radio and composer Floyd Farmer. The text is based on a short story by Leo Tolstoy about an old Russian shoemaker, Papa Panov, who dreams on Christmas Eve that Jesus will be coming to visit him on Christmas day. He is told to wait by his window so that he doesn’t miss the visitor when he arrives. Papa watches all of Chrismas Day, with many people passing by, but never sees Jesus. Or does he? The opera calls for six principal singers, a chorus, and small instrumental ensemble. 

Michael Match, a former member of the world acclaimed vocal ensemble “Chanticleer” will sing the title role of Papa Panov and Tom Clark will return to Muskegon to sing the role of Jesus. Other principal singers are contralto Camille DeBoer in the role of Panov’s wife, tenor William Potts as the aging street sweeper, soprano Jessica Coe as the young mother, and tenor Joel Dulyea as the village priest.

This first performance will be presented in its unstaged version and without an intermission. It is approximately one hour in length and is similar in style to “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Menotti. “Panov’s Dream” was conceived when the composer heard the presiding clergyman at London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church deliver the Tolstoy short story as a sermon on the Sunday following Christmas a few years ago. Farmer and Schuler have worked on other projects together, most notably their “Three Summer Sonnets” on original poems by Foley, but this is their first foray into a venture of this length. Over a period of years they have worked on the project intermittently until recently when they decided it was time to complete the opera and breathe life into the characters.

Thanks to the generosity of underwriters for the orchestra and chorus, and to a grant from the Professional Singers Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, there will be no admission charge for this premiere performance. The opera is in English and the complete libretto will be printed in the program so that the audience will more easily be able to follow the story line.

Sunday, November 19, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 pm
First Congregational Church U.C.C.

1201 Jefferson St, Muskegon, Michigan 49441
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ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble)

Sunday, November 12,

2 – 3 pm

ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble)

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Every Sunday during fall and winter, enjoy live classical music performances set amidst GRAM’s beautiful architecture and galleries. Concerts are free with admission and free for members.

About ESME
Based in West Michigan, ESME is an acoustic string band that excels in blending classical music training with popular music to create a live performance experience. Accessible to music lovers of different ages and varied tastes—you’ll hear favorites by Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Beatles, Eminem, and more this Sunday at GRAM.

Grand Rapids Art Museum,
101 Monroe Center St NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Grand Rapids African American Art & Music Festival


Calder Plaza

300 Ottawa Ave NW

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503


A cultural event celebrating African-American culture, art, food and music.  The African American Art and Music Celebration is a three-day festival that will immerse the community in activities reflecting the many aspects of our diverse community in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Friday, September 22, 2017

6:00pm- 6:30 pm               African Drum Tribute: W. Michigan Jewels of Africa

6:30- 7:00 pm                   Spoken Word: Sara Brooks

7:00pm- 8:00 pm               Candy Laprie

8:00pm- 9:00 pm               Ballroom Lessons:  Andre Posey

9:00pm- 10:00 pm             Ol’ Skool Open Dance Party: Dj Dre


Saturday, September 23, 2017

11:00am- 12(noon)           Fitness on the Calder: Soulful Motion with Amber Mayfield

12(noon) – 12:30 pm         Hot Sauce Express-R&B

12:30pm- 1:00 pm             Al Hight & M6 West-R&B

1:00pm- 2:00 pm               AZZ-IZZ-NeoSoul Funk

2:00pm- 3:00 pm               Sean Jackson-Jazz

3:00pm- 4:00 pm               Glenda Williams- Contemporary Soul

4:00pm- 5:00 pm               Lokhead Crux & Jayfro

5:00pm- 6:00 pm               The Mel V’s

6:00pm- 6:30 pm               Jeri Wade- Soul Singer

6:30pm- 7:30 pm               Catlindt Landrum & Friends- Jazz

7:30pm- 8:30 pm               Avalon Cutts-Jones Music

8:30pm- 10:00 pm             ZAPP

Sunday, September 24, 2017

10:00am- 11:00am           Chosen ft. Danny Richardson

11:00am- 12(noon)            Mish Banks- Gospel

12(noon)- 1:00 pm           Fredrick Landy- Gospel

1:00pm- 1:30 pm               Special Touch- Gospel

1:30pm- 2:00 pm               Friends of Sinners- Christian Rap

2:00pm- 3:00 pm               IMANI Singers of Grand Rapids- Gospel

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GRAM on the Green 2017 Lineup

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is pleased to announce the lineup for its ninth annual GRAM on the Green free outdoor summer concert series.
Running for six weeks throughout July and August, the concert series features some of the best local and regional talent Grand Rapids has to offer. Guests of all ages are invited to relax on the Museum’s outdoor terrace and enjoy free live music, dancing, food trucks, art-making activities, and a cash bar.
Visit the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday nights and see the city landscape come to life as a dynamic and inclusive gathering space.
From Latin alternative and Jazz to Hip-hop and Folk rock, GRAM on the Green’s 2017 lineup offers a diverse array of performers.
The festivities don’t stop outside—admission to the Museum is free during GRAM on the Green evenings from 5 pm – 9 pm, as it coincides with Meijer Free Thursday Nights.
Concert guests are invited inside the galleries to explore the exhibitions on view during the summer months: The Art of Rube Goldberg, Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta, Off-Shore and On The Beach, and the Permanent Collection on Level 3 of the Museum.
2017 Lineup:
Cabildo, Latin alternative
July 6, 6 – 9 pm
The Crane Wives, Folk rock
July 13, 6 – 9 pm
The Great Ones (Lady Ace Boogie + JROB) feat. Orlando of BedRock and
DJ Dean Martian, Hip-hop
July 20, 6 – 9 pm
(Ages 21+), Electronic/House
July 27, 9 pm – Midnight
The Accidentals, Indie folk rock
August 3, 6 – 9 pm
Walter White, Jazz
August 10, 6 – 9 pm
Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503