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Haas Center for Performing Arts to host performance of “The Jungle Book”

The Haas Center for Performing Arts, located on GVSU's Allendale campus, will be hosting several performances of "The Jungle Book" throughout November. These performances will be put on by students within the the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.  The performances will be held at the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, located on GVSU’s Allendale Campus at The Haas Center for Performing Arts. 

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Grand Rapids welcomes third annual Comic-Con convention

Celebrities, artists and experts on all things pop-culture flocked to Grand Rapids this during the weekend of Nov. 9 for the third annual Comic-Con. Comic-Con is a national convention that showcases multi-genre entertainment as well as everything from the gaming and comic realms.  Comic-Con returned to the DeVos Place on Friday, Nov. 9 and continued through Sunday, Nov. 11. Fans were lined out the door, bearing Grand Rapids' first snowfall of the season as they waited in anticipation to enter. The guests who attended were fans with a passion for superheroes, anime, collectible merchandise, gaming and comics. 

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Grand Valley art gallery hosts party to celebrate Mars exhibit

Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 31, the exhibit brought together several Martian-themed elements including approximately 40 photographs, movie posters and book covers, as well as drawings and video projections spotlighting Mars. One of the highlighting components of the exhibit included a showcase of Martian-themed toys and collectibles from a private collection based out of Chicago. 

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UICA hosts exhibition of work from Michigan artists

Kendall College’s Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) has consistently been one of Grand Rapids’ most important museums due to its deep connection to Michigan culture, diversity, social issues and cutting edge artistic ideas. One of the Institute’s most recent exhibitions is "Coming Home," a collection of work from four different artists with deep roots in Michigan. 

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Grand Rapids celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) traditions were kept alive through multiple celebrations held throughout the Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids community. GVSU held an event on the Allendale campus at the Frederik Meijer Honors College, as did several businesses around Grand Rapids. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, students gathered around an ofrenda (offering/alter) to learn the history and cultural significance of Dia de los Muertos’ music, food and traditions. This information was presented by the Coordinator for the Latin American Studies Program, David Stark, along with the featured artists of the event. Singer Gabriel Estrada brought the traditional sound of Dia de los Muertos to campus as he explained and performed Mariachi music to the audience. 

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Rolena Adorno speaking about what Columbus day means for us today and why Hispanic heritage month matters.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Celebrating Hispanic and Indigenous culture through the sounds of Detroit

Ojibwe and Chicano artist Sacramento Knoxx provided an interactive storytelling experience for the Grand Valley State University community, though his multimedia performance of music was influenced by his Detroit roots. The concert, held at the Cook-Dewitt Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24, was brought on by the Office of Multicultural Affairs as a part of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration.  

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Top Jazz Pianist in the World to visit Grand Rapids

For all the jazz lovers out there, the St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) in downtown Grand Rapids will be featuring a very special treat on Thursday, Nov. 1.  The 11-time Grammy Award nominated Kenny Barron Quintet will be performing the second of four jazz series concerts for the 2018-19 music season.  Among his several nominations, Barron has several points of success throughout his career. He has been honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 jazz-master and has been inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as being awarded the Living Legacy Award from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and becoming initiated into the American Jazz Hall of Fame. 

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Calling all students: Grand Rapids Symphony offers $5 student-tickets for this year's lineup

To kick off the Grand Rapids Symphony 2018-19 orchestra season this year, the symphony opens with classical blockbusters and world-class soloists as well as Broadway's biggest hits, cinematic special events and salutes to legends such as Paul McCartney and Frank Sinatra.  Established in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony showcases a nine-concert series through a diverse range of music and performance styles resulting in approximately 400 performances per year, attracting Grand Rapids residents, most of which are students. 

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