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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.



Collaboration over competition: Local bands gather to spread new music

Published May 3, 2014

Breaking into the music industry takes hard work and determination to face fierce competition. Although there tends to be a contention amongst musicians local Grand Rapids bands The Dockside Fever and West Run have found that collaboration is key to success.



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.



Before the Curtain Opens: GVSU Theater Presents 'Urinetown: The Musical'

Published January 29, 2014

It begins with a barren stage a blank canvas ready for transformation. The addition of props costuming staging and actors blend together to create the Grand Valley State University production of Urinetown The Musical.



Using humor to highlight issues

Published December 4, 2013

STAGEs Student One Act Plays SOAPs are coming back for another year in a series of theatre acts by the students for the students. On Dec. 5 the club will take the stage in Grand Valley State Universitys Kirkhof Center and from Dec. 6 through 7 the students will perform in the Cook-Dewitt Center.



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.



Midwest Skies releases new album

Published September 25, 2013

The fears of attending college haunt all students. Affording tuition picking a good professor or liking a roommate all come to mind. The members of Midwest Skies quickly received a sense of relief when the trio found themselves as roommates at Grand Valley State University. Since then the rest is history.



Big night for the 'New Kid'

Published September 11, 2013

Can you imagine spending over seventeen hours in a car with little to no sleep only to arrive to three air mattresses with an itsy-not-so-bitsy spider lurking to fulfill its maniacal purpose This experience along with a lobster burn from the Florida sun began the long journey to West Runs new album New Kid.