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Shelby Pendowski


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Experience through production

Twenty years ago a Grand Valley State University professor by the name of Barbara Roos constructed a new type of learning environment by creating the Summer Film Project. The program is a hands-on practicum for students to work one on one with professors and actors while learning about the film industry. “It is a great way to bring in professionals and it is a chance for students to learn from professionals,” said Brian Gotberg, student crew leader.

Grand Rapids' solar-powered nightlife

One of Grand Rapids' many music venues, The Pyramid Scheme, joined the green initiative by installing rooftop solar panels to power their facility. “We always planned on trying to take a big step on decreasing our carbon foot print,” said Carolyn Schaut, office manager of The Pyramid Scheme and The Meanwhile, a popular watering hole in Grand Rapid’s East Town.

A comical start to the semester

With the ability to talk too much, to crack a joke and because she had no other talents, Jen Kober concurred that making people laugh as a comedian was the perfect profession. “I was always that kid in class that talked too much,” Kober said.

OMG Music Festival to hit Grand Rapids

Since the creation of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, more and more musicians have sparked their own big breaks by uploading videos and recordings of themselves. The OMG Music Festival is a festival that highlights some musicians that began their career through these means.

Jazzing down our carbon footprint

The DTE Energy Foundation after years of supporting Michigan festivals has expanded its reach into Grand Rapids by sponsoring the GRandJazzFest this year.

A musical summer in the mitten state

Each year Michigan is home to a variety of music festivals featuring artists from all genres on the musical spectrum.

Collaboration over competition: Local bands gather to spread new music

Breaking into the music industry takes hard work and determination to face fierce competition. Although there tends to be a contention amongst musicians, local Grand Rapids bands The Dockside Fever and West & Run have found that collaboration is key to success.

Art Buddies program creates hands-on teaching experience for art education majors

According to the National Center of Learning Disabilities, students with learning disabilities retain information better by incorporating the arts with academics.

Concert shows that GVSU is a little bit country

“Are there any country music fans in the house tonight?” An eruption of ear-piercing screams from Grand Valley State University students, community members and B-93.7 listeners answered the question posed by country musician Sam Hunt. Yes, there were country music fans in the GVSU Fieldhouse.

Spotlight Productions ushers in summer with Spring Concert

As the frigid wind chills have faded to a brisk breeze, the thoughts of warm summer days emerge in the minds of Grand Valley State University students each time the sun makes an appearance.

Film festival transports students to Latin and Hispanic cultures

Foreign Film is the cheapest way to travel — at least that’s how Melba Hoffer views it.

Concert gives female artists a chance to 'rock the mic'

With male artists consistently dominating today’s music charts, rarely are musical events devoted to all-female talent.

Student comedian performs in LaughFest for the second time

The comedy career for Grand Valley State University student Jacob Guajardo began on an impulse.

LaughFest brings MTV's Girl and Guy Code to GVSU

Since its inception in 2011, Grand Rapids comedy festival LaughFest has featured comedians such as Bill Cosby, Kevin Hart, Gabriel Iglesias, Margaret Cho and Betty White. This year, the festival is bringing in comedians to whom young people can relate a little more easily.

Local Environmental Groups Unite to Present “Chasing Ice”

After being caught in the polar vortex for months now, the idea of global warming may seem inconceivable to students braving frigid temperatures to walk class.

Mid-Day String Strike

The audience chatted away prior to the performance of the Perugino String Quartet on Feb. 19. With the first strike of the violin, though, the auditorium of Grand Valley State University’s Cook-DeWitt Center fell silent.

Local musicians serenades until love is equal

On June 15, 2011, an anti-discrimination ordinance failed to pass in Holland, Mich. The 5-4 vote made it legal to fire or evict someone who is homosexual. Following the decision, individuals from the Grand Rapids and Holland communities, such as Wealthy Theatre artistic director Erin Wilson, came together to form Until Love is Equal. The organization fights against homosexual discrimination in Holland.

Film students combat project funding shortage with Kickstarted program

A student film faces a multitude of difficulties. Lack of funding, for instance, can tarnish the film’s overall quality. So when Grand Valley State University students Shae Spencer and Jeffrey Butler conceived the idea for “Tattered Canvas,” which serves to fulfill Butler’s senior thesis and Spencer’s honors senior project, they knew what they were in for.

Opening Weekend of “Urinetown” Disperses a Pleasant Stench

Urinetown. One can only imagine the fowl attributes of a town with such a name.“Urinetown: The Musical” acknowledges this less-than-flattering name, but the production is anything but unsettling.

Before the Curtain Opens: GVSU Theater Presents 'Urinetown: The Musical'

It begins with a barren stage, a blank canvas ready for transformation. The addition of props, costuming, staging and actors blend together to create the Grand Valley State University production of “Urinetown: The Musical.”

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