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Grand Rapids' solar-powered nightlife

Published August 16, 2014

One of Grand Rapids' many music venues The Pyramid Scheme joined the green initiative by installing rooftop solar panels to power their facility.We always planned on trying to take a big step on decreasing our carbon foot print said Carolyn Schaut office manager of The Pyramid Scheme and The Meanwhile a popular watering hole in Grand Rapids East Town.



A comical start to the semester

Published August 16, 2014

With the ability to talk too much to crack a joke and because she had no other talents Jen Kober concurred that making people laugh as a comedian was the perfect profession.I was always that kid in class that talked too much Kober said.



OMG Music Festival to hit Grand Rapids

Published July 6, 2014

Since thecreation of YouTube Facebook Twitter and other social media sites more andmore musicians have sparked their own big breaks by uploading videos andrecordings of themselves.The OMG MusicFestival is a festival that highlights some musicians that began their careerthrough these means.



Jazzing down our carbon footprint

Published July 6, 2014

The DTE Energy Foundation after years of supporting Michiganfestivals has expanded its reach into Grand Rapids by sponsoring the GRandJazzFestthis year.



A musical summer in the mitten state

Published May 30, 2014

Each year Michigan is home to a variety of music festivalsfeaturing artists from all genres on the musical spectrum.



Film festival transports students to Latin and Hispanic cultures

Published April 2, 2014

Foreign Film is the cheapest way to travel at least that8217s how Melba Hoffer views it.



Concert gives female artists a chance to 'rock the mic'

Published March 26, 2014

With male artists consistently dominating today8217s music charts rarely are musical events devoted to all-female talent.



Student comedian performs in LaughFest for the second time

Published March 19, 2014

The comedy career for Grand Valley State University student Jacob Guajardo began on an impulse.



LaughFest brings MTV's Girl and Guy Code to GVSU

Published March 12, 2014

Since its inception in 2011 Grand Rapids comedy festival LaughFest has featured comedians such as Bill Cosby Kevin Hart Gabriel Iglesias Margaret Cho and Betty White. This year the festival is bringing in comedians to whom young people can relate a little more easily.



Local Environmental Groups Unite to Present “Chasing Ice”

Published February 26, 2014

After being caught in the polar vortex for months now the idea of global warming may seem inconceivable to students braving frigid temperatures to walk class.



Mid-Day String Strike

Published February 19, 2014

The audience chatted away prior to the performance of the Perugino String Quartet on Feb. 19. With the first strike of the violin though the auditorium of Grand Valley State University8217s Cook-DeWitt Center fell silent.



Local musicians serenades until love is equal

Published February 12, 2014

On June 15 2011 an anti-discrimination ordinance failed to pass in Holland Mich. The 5-4 vote made it legal to fire or evict someone who is homosexual. Following the decision individuals from the Grand Rapids and Holland communities such as Wealthy Theatre artistic director Erin Wilson came together to form Until Love is Equal. The organization fights against homosexual discrimination in Holland.



Film students combat project funding shortage with Kickstarted program

Published February 5, 2014

A student film faces a multitude of difficulties. Lack of funding for instance can tarnish the films overall quality. So when Grand Valley State University students Shae Spencer and Jeffrey Butler conceived the idea for Tattered Canvas which serves to fulfill Butlers senior thesis and Spencers honors senior project they knew what they were in for.



Opening Weekend of “Urinetown” Disperses a Pleasant Stench

Published February 3, 2014

Urinetown. One can only imagine the fowl attributes of a town with such a name.Urinetown The Musical acknowledges this less-than-flattering name but the production is anything but unsettling.



A colorful journey

Published November 20, 2013

For some graduating seniors finals aren8217t the only hurtle to overcome. Seniors in the photography department must also prepare senior exhibitions.



Writers Series presents playwright Jenni Lamb

Published November 13, 2013

Each year Grand Valley State University invites a variety of professionals from artists and authors to musicians and playwrights to speak with students and faculty as part of the Visiting Writers Series. This year the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrates its 10th anniversary of bringing these professionals to campus.



A bond that can't be broken

Published October 30, 2013

After countless hours of practice and late night rehearsals the Grand Valley State University Pompon Team turned into a sisterhood. On Nov. 3 the team will head to Saginaw Valley State University for the Mid-American High Kick and Dance Championship.



Horror turned humorous

Published October 23, 2013

Of Stephen King8217s Night Shifta compilation of 20 horror stories Children of the Corn became a fan favorite and later a feature-length film.Joel Schindlbeck has taken the twisted tale and adapted it to the stage for this years Stark Turn Players8217 Halloween Horror Musical Parody. Children of the Corny The Musical will premiere at The Dog Story Theater on Oct. 24.



Into the spotlight

Published October 16, 2013

A cello plays an important role in keeping the beat and sound of a band but it tends to fly under the radar in the background. Cello Fest 2013 will bring the overlooked instrument center stage.



GV music department hosts master class with guest listener

Published October 9, 2013

Grand Valley State University music professor Min Jin once studied under Eastman School of Music professor Robert McIver who specializes in Germanic music French melodies and Italian love songs.