Arts briefs 1/15/18

| 1/15/18 4:43am

GVSU presents 'Anton, Himself: First and Last'

Grand Valley State University theater professor Roger Ellis will be performing “Anton, Himself: First and Last” in the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. 

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, followed by a reception. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for alumni, seniors, faculty and staff; and $6 for students. 

GVSU to hold auditions for 'J.B.' and 'No Exit'

Grand Valley State University's theater department will be holding auditions for “J.B." and "No Exit” on Friday, Jan. 19, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. To sign up for an audition, stop by the Box Office in the Haas Center for Performing Arts, call 616-331-2300 or email 

Dance audition day

For students wanting to major or minor in dance or who are interested in taking a dance class, dance auditions will be held Friday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dance Studio Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. Call the Office of Music, Theatre and Dance at 616-331-3484 with any questions.

'Art Talks Back' poetry competition

The Muskegon Museum of Art will be opening its annual “Art Talks Back” poetry competition on Thursday, Jan. 25, and will be accepting submissions through Thursday, Mar. 29. Poetry for this competition must be based on one of 10 selected art pieces in the museum. Winning poets will receive cash prizes, gift certificates and a membership to the museum. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 25, the guidelines for the competition, images of the selected art pieces and required entry forms will be available at the museum shop and at

GVSU to hold talk on US after Civil War 

To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and impact on U.S. history, Grand Valley State University will be hosting Christy Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, to speak about the U.S. after the Civil War: what has changed and what hasn’t, and insight going forward. Coleman’s talk will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium. The event is free, open to the public, and LIB 100- and 201-approved.

Padnos International Center to host study-abroad fair

The Padnos International Center has a study-abroad fair planned for Thursday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students who are thinking about studying abroad or those who are planning to study abroad but need to decide on a program. At the fair, students can browse the study-abroad programs that GVSU offers, talk with students who participated in those programs and meet with program directors. There will also be free food. 

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