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GVL/Katherine Vasile, 4/13/19, Haas Center for Performing Arts - Louis Armstrong Theatre, Spring Dance Concert

GV dance students present senior capstones in spring concert

Among Grand Valley State University’s various artistic programs, dance is a particularly demanding discipline. As students learn and grow as professional dancers at GVSU, they are required to practice rigorously, and there are few better events to see this hard work in action than the annual Spring Dance Concerts. Held on April 13, the Spring Dance Concert featured a broad, diverse display of choreography from students, professors and guests, all performed by talented and dedicated dance students. Two of the pieces of the evening were senior capstone works from dance students Allison Egrin and Domonique Chambers. Both Egrin and Chambers are immensely proud of their capstone pieces, which they have put countless hours of work into.

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Photographed by Benjamin Hunt. Childrening learning environment. Calder. Monday 4/8/19.

Offering: The art of environmental education

Grand Valley State University artist-in-resident Melanie Daniels collaborated with the CA Frost Environmental and Science Academy to guide children in spreading environmental awareness through artistic expression.   Daniels, also a visiting professor, presented the “Offering” exhibit in the Padnos Gallery of the Calder Art Center. Amy Paul’s fourth-grade students were invited to the GVSU Visual Arts building, where they began to take part in the project which combined exploring themes of the environment as they created art for the gallery.  

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GV professor releases album with band Silverstiles

Grand Rapids-based band Silverstiles have released their second studio album, Slow to Burn, led by Grand Valley State University adjunct professor John Bruni. Recorded at Goon Lagoon studio and released March 1, the album captures images of American life through vivid imagery. Bruni teaches communication studies at GVSU, where he has taught for nine years and specializes in communication theory. He is the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Silverstiles. He said that his interest in music began in junior high when he started playing guitar, continuing on to play with different bands. Slow to Burn is Bruni’s first record on vocals, which he said made the songs feel more “emotionally-direct.”

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Students from Grand Valley put on a puppet show at the film festival. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Latin American films highlighted at Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival

The Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival (GRLAFF) created the opportunity for the west Michigan community to observe the different aspects and themes of Latin American culture. Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids hosted the GRLAFF April 5-7. This year's festival, named “Cinema Without Borders,” consisted of a variety of events that represented Latin American culture through film. The festival included feature films as well as a series of short films. After select screenings, the director was present to answer the audience's questions about the film. The event was coordinated by GVSU professors Médar Serrata and Mayra Fortes González. Multiple west Michigan colleges and other community groups also collaborated to produce the ninth annual GRLAFF. 

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Rapper and R&B artist Blackbear performed a sold-out show at Fieldhouse Arena on April 4 for the annual spring concert, arranged by the Campus Activities Board. DJ Andre Power opened the concert by playing popular songs to warm concertgoers up before Blackbear’s performance, which event organizer Kalie Tomlinson said students enjoyed. 

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Spring concert to feature Blackbear

Rapper and R&B artist Matthew Musto, known by his stage name Blackbear, will perform at Grand Valley State University’s Fieldhouse Arena on April 4 as part of this year’s spring concert. Andre Power, DJ and co-creator of music label Soulection, will open for Musto. Two surveys were sent out in fall 2018 by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) to decide on a performer for the event. The first survey intended to gauge student music preferences and the second let students vote on the artist they would most like to see, where Musto received the most votes. Event organizer Kalie Tomlinson said that it is rare to book the campus’ first choice.

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Slam poet wraps up GV's Intercultural Festival

Slam Poet Ebony Stewart combined poetry and activism in her performance for Grand Valley State University students at the Cook-DeWitt Center on March 25. The performance was put on by the GVSU Campus Activity Board (CAB). Opening her hour on stage, Stewart shared that she wanted audience participation. Students remained engaged throughout the entirety of the hour. Encouraging honest reactions from the audience, she spent her time talking directly to the students.  

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GVL / Dan Goubert - GVSU GrooVe hosts a concert inside the Cook-DeWitt on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

GV a cappella group GrooVe celebrates 10 years

In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, one of Grand Valley State University’s a cappella groups, GrooVe, put on their “GrooVy Decade Concert” on March 30 in the Cook-DeWitt Center. The show included performances of popular hits like Paramore’s “Misery Business” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”  Throughout the concert, members took turns soloing and providing backup vocals to both pop and classic songs. The performers danced, gestured and interacted onstage, giving the audience an energetic performance. 

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GV hosts 1950s interpretation of Moliere’s 'The Imaginary Invalid'

Of many other artistic endeavors, Grand Valley State University is host to a vivid and exciting theatre program, with a considerable number of plays, musicals and operas being performed throughout the academic year. A particularly exciting one that students can experience now is a production of Moliere’s 1673 play “The Imaginary Invalid,” re-imagined in a 1950s setting. 

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