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Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year

Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year

My friend Pat & I went downtown for Artprize on opening day, Wednesday, September 23rd. Lots to see but we did not see anything that actually jumped out at us, like WOW! Have our expectations become too high because of all the awesome and unusual art displays we have seen in the past 6 years?

One picture did take us by surprise in the walkway from DeVos Place over to the Grand Plaza. It is a picture of a bridge, done in a brushed aluminum affect and it looks like you can actually step on it and cross over. So realistic that I actually got dizzy and a little on the nausea side, like it draws you in. Very unusual.

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.

Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Ticket sales for the Erykah Badu performance at Miller Auditorium go on sale Wednesday, May 13, 2015 on line at www.millerauditorium.com or by phone at 269-387-2300/800-228-9858 or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office. Group discounts are available at 269-387-2312.

Grammy Award-winning neo-soul musician, Erykah Badu will grace the Miller Auditorium stage for a one night only performance. Performance time is Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8:30pm.

This artist is best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music. She is a soul singer and songwriter. Her first album, Baduizm, released on February 11, 1997, was certified triple platinum and spawned the singles “On & On,” “Next Lifetime” and “Other Side of the Game.”

Additional information on Erykah Badu can be obtained at her website, http://www.erykah-badu.com/.

Annual Springfest Show & Sale Returns on April 25

Annual Springfest Show & Sale Returns on April 25

For the 25th year, the West Michigan Potters Guild invite the public to check out handmade pottery & sculpture created by 40 of Southwest Michigan’s most recognized ceramic artists. The Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild of GR will also be exhibiting for the fourth year with hand-made fiber works alongside the pottery booths.

2nd Annual Organists Competition on April 20

2nd Annual Organists Competition on April 20

There are 8 highly accomplished young organists, all 23 years of age or younger competing in the 2nd annual Annamae Rotman Young Organist Competition & Quimby Competition.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Grand Rapids Ballet Honors Beloved Ballet Dancer in Final Curtain Call: Stephen Sanford

Grand Rapids Ballet Honors Beloved Ballet Dancer in Final Curtain Call: Stephen Sanford

News Release:

This May, after 14 years with Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB), company dancer Stephen Sanford will take his final bow. Stephen will dance his final performance as the leading role in the World Premiere of Beethoven, a riveting ballet by Mario Radacovsky (Black Swan/White Swan, Romeo & Juliet, Bolero). Join GRB for Final Curtain Call: Stephen Sanford on Sunday, May 17 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. following his final performance as a member of GRB. Tickets to this special event are $35. Do not miss his epic finale.

Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) announced today that Kentwood Community Church (KCC) has agreed to an exclusive Title Sponsorship agreement for the 2015 Concerts in the Park Series. In recognition of their support, the series will be renamed to "Concerts in the Park, presented by Kentwood Community Church" for the 2015 season.

Kentwood Community Church is the first full-season sponsor for the Concerts in the Park series.  In addition to renaming the series, the church will also provide activities and entertainment during all 11 concerts scheduled for this year.  Each concert night will have various events, such as family games, kids inflatable equipment, face painting, temporary tattoos, and lots of giveaways, all at no charge.  Follow the series on Facebook (Facebook.com/WyomingCEC) to get up-to-date information on events for each concert night.