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Pride Movie Night - Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride

Pride Movie Night - Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride

Friday, June 17, 7:00 PM, Wealthy Theatre

Beyond Gay - The Politics of Pride is the most comprehensive look at the role of these events ever undertaken. This feature length documentary follows the Vancouver Pride Society’s (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places where Pride is still steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists. They also travel to Sao Paulo Brazil for the world’s largest gay parade and New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement.

Increasingly the Pride movement is globalizing. Coolen and many Pride organizers in North America and Europe, where celebration has overtaken political action, strive to remind their communities that Pride is at its heart a global fight for human rights.

Local music artist in competition to record song with Dallas Austin

Local music artist in competition to record song with Dallas Austin

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids man is looking for his big break in the R&B music world, but he needs your help. Royce Tyrell is an aspiring music artist from Grand Rapids who is vying for a a chance to win $10,000 and have his original song produced by Hip Hop giant, Dallas Austin.

Tyrell wrote and recorded "Her Song" and entered it in the Metro Lyrics Be Heard online contest. He is one of 40 semi-finalists competing for the top prize.

Lee Meyerhoffer Promotes Local with Lo-kel

Lee Meyerhoffer Promotes Local with Lo-kel

By Lindsay Patton-Carson

Lee Meyerhoffer has had many homes in his 29 years. Born in Philadelphia, Penn., his father's career in the Navy had him moving from state to state. He's resided in Ohio, Nebraska, Minnesota, California, Texas, New York and even Iraq, where he served in the Marines.

"I spent a large portion of my life living in a really small town in Nebraska," he says. "At night, I'd always look at airplanes that would fly past and it was nice to see that life was going on somewhere else. I always wanted to leave, and to me, everything else was fantasy. Life was happening somewhere else and I feel like I was always chasing that."

It's Grand Rapids, Mich., however, where Meyerhoffer wants to stay. It's this modest-sized city that inspired Meyerhoffer to name his company Lo-Kel, which is the phonetic spelling for "local." The name is backed by his "local only" attitude toward art and business in the community.

TONS of Free Outdoor Summer Music Concerts!

TONS of Free Outdoor Summer Music Concerts!

We have great activites you can do with your kids for very little, if any, money. There are a ton opportunities to see live music in a casual, outdoor setting. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and grab the bug spray. Jazz, blues, doo-wop, or rock – we’re jammin! Many of the summer lineups haven’t been announced yet, but stay tuned! I promise there will be music in the air!

May 6 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Jazz at the Zoo.  Fridays through August 15. John Ball Park Band Shell, 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Bring a blanket or chair. Free Admission. Donations accepted.

June 8 6:30 PM Blues On the Mall, Wednesdays through August 3. Rosa Parks Circle.

The Verve Pipe at Madison Square Library

The Verve Pipe at Madison Square Library

Friday, June 24, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Enjoy the energetic collection of guitar-based tunes from one of Michigan's great rock and roll bands of the 1990s. Hear family-friendly songs on such topics as breakfast cereal and getting up in the morning. "A Family Album" was nominated as the best kids' CD of 2010 by Nickelodeon's Parents Connect.

Visit http://www.grpl.org for additional information.

GRPS Presents "The Wiz"

GRPS Presents "The Wiz"

High School students that participate in the Elective Hubs at Ottawa Hills, City and Union High School are working together to put on a performance of The Wiz. Students in the Design Technology and Visual Arts at Union High School are working to build stage sets and props for the performance, while students in the Instrumental and Musical hub at City High School will provide Orchestra pit music for the performance and students in the Center of Theatre Production and Performing Arts at Ottawa Hills High School will act, sing and dance in the performance.

This is the first time students in the Elective Hubs will have the opportunity to work together to put on a citywide production!

Meanwhile Movie: Alien

Meanwhile Movie: Alien

Part of the series Meanwhile Movies

Tuesday, May 24, 8:00 pm

The Meanwhile Bar and Wealthy Theatre team up to present the Meanwhile film series, the only brew-in-view in the greater Grand Rapids area! If you are a member of the Community Media Center, you can order drinks at our bar and enjoy a local Michigan beer, a glass of wine, or a mixed drink while watching your favorite cult classics from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Remember, bar privileges are available only to CMC Members. If you would like to learn more about the many benefits of CMC membership, please click here.

If you have suggestions and/or comments about upcoming film titles, contact the Meanwhile.

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