Courtesy / Marcel Price

The Grand Showcase hosts spoken word poets, supports local nonprofit

The Grand Showcase, organized by The Diatribe, will bring award-winning poets to Grand Rapids to join the community’s talented youth in performing spoken word poems. The event is a fundraiser for the grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting the youth through art, and will take place on Saturday, October 6 at the Fountain Street Church from 1 to 3 p.m.   

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Spotlight Productions hosts River City Improv, promotes stress-free environment

While tramp stamp coupons, handling a crocodile in a box and debating against resurrecting salty moths may seem peculiar to some, it fits perfectly into another day of randomness for Grand Rapid’s River City Improv group. The group brought their live improv show to Grand Valley State University Thursday through the efforts of Spotlight Productions, GVSU’s student-run programing organization. 

Alumna Emma Hoekstra sits in her studio. Hoekstra placed top five in the Halstead Grant competition because of the successes of her jewelry business. Courtesy  /  Emma Hoekstra

GV alumna places top five in national jewelry competition

Over the years, Grand Valley State University has educated a variety of gifted and successful groups of alumni who attempt to flourish in their respective fields and succeed in their careers. Jeweler, metalsmith and GVSU alumna Emma Hoekstra is an example of this, as she recently placed top 5 in the Halstead Grant competition, a prestigious competition for artists in Hoekstra’s field.  

Courtesy / Karen Lipman

King Lear takes mainstage at 25th Anniversary Shakespeare Festival

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Grand Valley State University Shakespeare Festival, GVSU students and guest actors will perform King Lear at the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. The series of events titled, “A Silver Coronation: The Grand Valley Shakespeare Effect”, will take place between Sept. 28 and Nov. 3. 

Courtesy / Matthew Makowski

The Tesla Quartet joins faculty members on a musical journey through Italy

The Tesla Quartet will bring a taste of Italy to the Cook-DeWitt Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. as they perform Tchaikovsky’s “String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 ‘Souvenir de Florence,’” following their performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1.” The program is part of the university’s 16th annual Fall Arts Celebration, which is free and open to the public.   

Performers taking a bow at French and Friends.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GV presents collaborative performance of French chamber music

Grand Valley State University is considered a haven for the fine arts - especially music - and consistently presents a wide variety of concerts and performances for the public to enjoy. The most recent of the university’s offerings was Sunday’s collaborative performance of French chamber music, featuring a number of musicians from other schools in the area.

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GVSU dance and marching band prepare for ArtPrize opening ceremony

Grand Valley’s very own marching band and dance department will be performing at the opening ceremonies for this year’s ArtPrize on Wednesday. They will be performing two pieces: “Hernando’s Hideaway,” from the musical The Pajama Game, and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”  The groups will begin their performance at 6:30 p.m. at the Eberhard Center before marching over to Rosa Parks Circle at 7 p.m. to perform the rest of the opening ceremonies. This marks the tenth year for ArtPrize, and the eighth year Grand Valley will perform at the opening ceremonies.