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David Specht


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Highlighting the low-pitched

While the tuba is widely recognized as the foundation of any marching band, it isn’t often that the sizeable brass piece receives recognition for its use as a solo instrument. Octubafest aims to change that.

Building something out of nothing

While much of Grand Valley State University’s student body was focused on the comedy show and other homecoming-related happenings taking place this past week, a relatively small group was engaged in what was perhaps a more thought-provoking presentation that took place on Wednesday in the lower level of the Kirkhof Center.

Arts at a Glance

Reading Misreadings

While the Grand Valley Writers Series is known for bringing esteemed and emerging writers from other regions to campus to share their work, up next on the annual series’ roster is none other than one of our own.

Harris' hidden gems of ArtPrize

Boasting an attendance rate of over 300,000, ArtPrize is anything but a secret. Within ArtPrize, however, rest a few venues that could be considered the hidden gems of the festival. One of these often-overlooked locations is the recently renovated Harris Building, which sits just a few blocks south of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

ARTS at a glance

A Play Date with GVSU


While most students frantically cram between classes during midterm week, some Lakers will spend that time playing with Play-Doh.

The University Counseling Center is holding its first ever Play Day on Monday, Oct.

Bringing families back together

While incoming freshmen are likely excited to escape the confines of their parents’ homes and get out on their own, it’s only a matter of time before they’re ready to reunite with their loved ones. Beginning on Friday morning and running through Sunday evening, Family Weekend featured a bevy of Wild West-themed activities for Lakers and their relatives to partake in during the much-needed reuniting.

Arts at a glance: Mustard Plug returning to the Pyramid Scheme

Grand Valley State University’s 12,000-piece art collection will look a tad smaller for the remainder of the year.

Founders' ArtPrize entry

With the boom in the craft beer industry it was only a matter of time before beer was considered art, and that moment came during last year’s ArtPrize.

Arts at a glance

Aerospace Allocation

If you're interested in human space flight, or just looking for insight on leadership, crisis management and the role of liberal arts, be sure to free up your evening on Tuesday, Sept.

Arts at a Glance: GVSU Writer's Series Kicks Off

Mo Lasers Mo Problems
With such a saturated market in today’s world of EDM, a truly unique act is something of a spectacle.

Bringing the funk to West Michigan

After celebrating its two-year anniversary in January, the Grand Rapids Soul Club continues to find unique ways of bringing the funk to West Michigan.


Founded by local DJs Josh Breuer, Andrew Christopoulos and Mike Saunders, the GRSC gathers on the fourth Friday of each month ? typically, at The Pyramid Scheme or Billy’s Lounge ? to highlight rare funk and soul via turntables and crates.

ScHoolboy Q to bring West Coast sounds to a West Michigan stage

While Lakers have likely spent the last few days struggling to stay awake during their fellow classmates’ final presentations, there’s one last schoolboy set to present this week whose subject matter might be a bit more provocative.

Combined ensembles bring jubilant music to GVSU

Chamber music, due to the intimacy experienced among its performers, has been described as “the
music of friends.” This week, that friendship will extend beyond the members of Grand Valley State
University’s chamber groups to include other student musicians.

Raising awareness through riffs and rhymes

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, another American is sexually assaulted every two minutes.

Annual Spring Powwow brings together students and community members

While it might seem that a pow wow is simply a celebration of Native American culture and spirituality, it is actually an opportunity to come together as a people — a celebration of all walks of life.

Founders Open Mic gives platform to rising artists

Compared to a typical Friday night, a Tuesday evening in downtown Grand Rapids can seem quite uneventful.

Visiting Congolese speaker to give presentations in French

The French language is often recognized as one of the most beautiful spoken languages worldwide. Literature-loving Lakers who are fluent in the language of love have the opportunity to attend a series of events that involve both French and poetry. Kama Sywor Kamanda, an award-winning Congolese French language poet and writer, will be visiting Grand Valley State University later this month for a number of events that focus on his life and work.

Competition gives composers 60 seconds to create

In January, the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery unveiled “The History of Space Photography,” which features 50 noteworthy images taken during the last 50 years of space exploration. While this exhibit, located in the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus, provides visitors with an astounding visual experience in itself, a group of students has worked to further enhance the gallery by adding a musical element to the mix.

GVSU students showcase talent at Mulligan's Pub

In 2003, The Intersection relocated from 1520 Wealthy St. to its current location, leaving its old neighbor, Mulligan’s Pub, with a going-away gift: a vacant room that housed a stage outfitted for live performances.

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