Isaac Norris performs at the GRandJazzFest 2018 Lineup Reveal Party at The BOB in Grand Rapids.  Courtesy / GRand Jazz Fest Facebook 

GRandJazzFest reveals 2018 performer lineup

Jazz music is a widely enjoyed form of art, whether the person listening is a die-hard musician or a casual listener. For those interested in enjoying a weekend of jazz, the seventh annual GRandJazzFest will be taking place in downtown Grand Rapids on Aug. 18 and 19. The event is a free music festival for the entire family that includes variety of activities for all ages.  On April 30, festival organizers unveiled the lineup of performers for this year’s festival. The festival will include musicians such as keyboardist Oli Silk, Western Michigan University student band Lushh and headliner Euge Groove, an accomplished saxophonist with a distinct history in the jazz top 40 charts. A total of ten musicians will be performing across the weekend. 

Courtesy / Jeff Kilgour  Andrew W.K. parties hard in the music video for "Music is Worth Living For"

Andrew W.K. returns to Grand Rapids with new album

Riding on a string of shows that included a performance on CONAN, “party rock” artist Andrew W.K. is set to continue his U.S. tour at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on Thursday. The tour follows the release of “You’re Not Alone,” W.K.’s newest album after more than a decade of musical silence.  W.K., an Ann Arbor native, said the upcoming show isn’t his first visit to Grand Rapids nor the Pyramid Scheme. Despite being familiar with the city, the one facet of performing there that always surprises him is the high turnout to his concerts.

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Fishladder unveils annual journal of art, writing

After a year’s worth of work, Grand Valley State University’s student journal of art and writing, Fishladder, released its 15th edition to a crowd of contributors, editors and guests Friday, April 13. The journal, which features fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, art and photography, was formally released to the public during its annual unveiling event. 

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GVSU seniors to showcase photography theses

Grand Valley State University seniors Margaret Shaw and Olivia Karwoski are two of multiple students who will be displaying their photography senior theses this week in the exhibition “Fractal.” The show will be available in the Art Gallery of the Haas Center for Performing Arts from Tuesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 28, with a reception scheduled for Thursday, April 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

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Graphic design students to showcase work in senior exhibition

As the semester comes to a close, seniors at Grand Valley State University are concluding their studies and wrapping up their final academic projects. For graphic design students, this means the completion of their senior projects. This week, a group of these students will be showcasing their work in the “Lorem Ipsum” senior exhibition. “Lorem Ipsum” will be available in the Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Student Art and Design Gallery from Monday, April 16, to Thursday, April 19. A reception will take place Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Arts briefs 4/16/18

The University Arts Chorale and the Cantate Chamber Ensemble will be performing in the Cook-DeWitt Center under the direction of professor Ellen Pool on Monday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. 


Arts briefs 4/9/18

Plans for the 2018 season of the Grand Valley State University Shakespeare Festival are already underway. This year’s performances will be “King Lear” and “Bard to Go.” There are casting opportunities for all students regardless of major or minor. Backstage duties are also available.  


GVSU senior produces one-person play

Singularity: Whether it be through the creative process, the plot or the rarity of a one-person show at Grand Valley State University, Lindsey Normington's play “Figurehead” exhibits just that. There will be one show only Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Linn Maxwell Keller Blackbox Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts.