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Latin American Film Festival is underway

Latin American Film Festival is underway

From the Community Media Center:

After the great success of last year’s inaugural Latin American Film Festival, Aquinas College, Calvin College and Grand Valley State University are pleased to announce the second annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival which will take place April 7-9, at Celebration! Cinema  River Town  and Wealthy Theatre. 

The festival's goal is to provide the entire West Michigan community and students with a unique and enriching opportunity to acquaint themselves with the latest and most acclaimed Latin American films.

With that objective in mind, our committee has selected six movies from different geographical areas – México, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Perú, USA / Colombia, and Argentina – focusing on a wide range of contemporary subjects.

Playing with Tragedy: Calvin College Theater Presents Hamlet

Playing with Tragedy: Calvin College Theater Presents Hamlet

From REVUE:

William Shakespeare's Hamlet is the subject of nearly 400 essays, numerous books and countless theatre productions throughout the world each year.

"So, if you are going to be a serious director, eventually you have to deal with it," said Stephanie Sandberg, professor of theater at Calvin College, and director of the production of Hamlet at the school's Calvin Lab Theatre.

Sandberg took on the challenge this year for the final production of the 2010-2011 season of the Calvin College Theater Company.

She approached the play with one question: "What does the play say to me right now?"

Click here to finish reading this story in REVUE.

Talking pop culture with youth leaders

Talking pop culture with youth leaders

News Release:

The Festival of Faith and Music (FFM) is adding a pre-conference in 2011 for youth leaders. The one-day event, which takes place on Thursday, April 7, 2011, is designed to provide youth leaders with a better understanding of how they can help young people reconcile pop culture with their Christian faith.

"Youth pastors play an interesting role in the life of kids when it comes to popular culture," said Eric Kuiper, the young life coordinator for Calvin College who is working with the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship (CICW). "We want to help youth pastors have that conversation as well as they possibly can."

Organizers hope this pre-conference will help get that conversation started.

Canadian pastor John Van Sloten, who will also lead a seminar at FFM, will be keynoting the pre-conference.

Act on Racism

Act on Racism

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Monday, April 4, 6:30 pm, Wealthy Theatre

WHO ARE WE?

Act on Racism is a student-oriented and directed group who bring awareness of racism on campus and in the community through theatrical performances.

WHAT ARE OUR METHODS?

Members of the Gray Area reenact incidents of racism and discrimination that have occurred on our campus and in the wider community.  Additionally, we invite audience members into a discussion about their opinions on, perceptions of, understandings of, and experiences with prejudice and discrimination.  We offer solutions that are inclusive of all members of our campus and community.

WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?

Gilda's Laughfest: The Original Kings of Comedy

Gilda's Laughfest: The Original Kings of Comedy

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Sunday, March 20, 4:00 pm, Wealthy Theater

Gilda's Laughfest comes to Wealthy Theatre with a week of comedy films!

This matinee screening of Spike Lee's "The Original Kings of Comedy" will be introduced by local comedians Dwight "DK" Hamilton and Mr.Lmao aka Vaughan Stevens ll and the Grand Rapids Hip-Hop Coalition.

Admission: General $7.00, Members $5.00

LED Aisle Lights: WT Centennial Sustainability Campaign

LED Aisle Lights: WT Centennial Sustainability Campaign

by Wealthy Theatre in NON-PROFIT

Irwin Seating Company today (March 8, 2011) completed its installation of a key component of Wealthy Theatre's Centennial Sustainability Campaign - they replaced all our old, incadescent aisle lights with cutting edge L.E.D. lamps! These lamps will draw only a tiny fraction of the power the old ones did, and they'll last much longer than standard lighting.

Wealthy Theatre's Centennial Sustainaibilty Campaign is unprecedented among historic venues nationwide (and beyond) - we're still in the early stages of fundraising and we could use your help! Please support Wealthy Theatre's efforts to preserve this historic space - and become part of something unprecedented!

Old Grand Rapids venues get facelifts, new ones being born

Old Grand Rapids venues get facelifts, new ones being born

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen

2010 was rough for the music industry. Bono hurt his back, Christina Aguilera canceled her tour, and unless you wore meat as a dress to an awards show, you really didn't have a fighting chance at selling out venues.

Not only did the bigwigs of the music industry feel the pain, but local artists and venues felt it more intensely. But instead of boo-hooing the losses in 2010, local venue owners are looking forward to a better and more exciting 2011 with big plans in store.

Two years ago, when a company called Blue Cap Promotions (which organized the recent appearance by B.o.B. at Fifth Third Ballpark) hosted a boxing event at the Orbit Room, a seed was planted. Not long after, venue owner Don Dorshimer entered talks with Blue Cap about a partnership.

"We had been approached by a lot of different people who had made similar offers," said General Manager Ted Smith.