Out + About: January 2020

January events – A few great things to do this month!
Winter Bridal Show of West Michigan bride in wedding dress holiding flowers
One-stop shopping for brides- and grooms-to-be at the Winter Bridal Show of West Michigan. Courtesy Kohler Expos

­­­To list your event, send calendar information to Grand Rapids Magazine, c/o Calendar Editor, 401 Hall St. SW, Suite 331, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, email caleditor@geminipub.com, fax (616) 459-4800. High-resolution photos welcomed. To meet publishing deadlines, information must be received two months prior to monthly magazine issue by the first of the month.

Jan. 25 – Winter Bridal Show of West Michigan:
Wedding expo includes professionals and vendors to facilitate wedding planning. Bridal vendors include gowns, limos, caterers, florists, reception facilities, photographers, DJs and more. The show is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with a fashion show at 1 p.m. and a live dance demonstration by Arthur Murray Dance Studio. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Tickets are $10. kohlerexpo.com/winter-bridal-show.

Special Events
Stage & Film
Lectures & Workshops

Special Events

Through Jan. 4 – Christmas Lites Show: Driving route with 2 miles of seasonal lights and 50 animated displays. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 5:30-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W. River Drive NE, Comstock Park. $18/car. christmasliteshow.com.

Through Feb. 23 – Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle: Outdoor ice skating in downtown Grand Rapids. Open daily, weather permitting; see website for times. 135 Monroe Center NW. $3 adults, $1 age 17 and younger; skate rental free. facebook.com/rosaparksskating.

Jan. 3 – First Friday Gallery Hop: Participating galleries, shops and eateries stay open 6-9 p.m., presented by Avenue for the Arts. South Division Avenue between Fulton and Cherry streets. avenueforthearts.com.

Jan. 3-4 – Grand Rapids Bridal Show: 50th annual show with wedding vendors and fashion show. 5-9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $5, registered brides free. grbridalshow.com.

Jan. 4 – Jenison Museum Open House: Jenison Historical Association hosts open house. 2-4 p.m. 28 Port Sheldon, Jenison. jenisonhistory.org.

Jan. 9-12 – Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show: A dozen West Michigan RV dealers showcase 100 RV lines. 3-9:30 p.m. Thu., noon-9:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $12 adults, $4 ages 6-14. showspan.com/grv.

Jan. 17 – Grand Rapids Wedding Affair: Grand Rapids Bride presents bridal show with vendors, live jazz, food and cocktails. 5-9 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW. $10. grandrapidsweddingaffair.com.

Jan. 17-19 – Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Homes Show: Hundreds of builders, remodelers, home improvement services, designers and home-furnishings stores. Noon-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $10 adults, $4 ages 6-14. showspan.com/grr.

Jan. 18 – History Detectives: Six 45-minute programs showcasing Grand Rapids’ heritage. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE. Free. subjectguides.grcc.edu/historydetectives.

Jan. 20 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Communitywide program organized by GRCC, GVSU and Davenport University with keynote speaker Yusef A. Salaam. 6 p.m. Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. Free. grcc.edu/mlk.

Jan. 23-26 – Grand Haven Winterfest: Activities for all ages include Human Sled Race, Bonfire Bash, Snow Volleyball, Cardboard Sled Race, Polar Plunge, Winterfest Photo Contest and more. winterfestmi.org.

Jan. 24-26 – Huntin’ Time Expo: More than 350 exhibitors and educational presentations. 1-9 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. $12 adults, $5 kids 6-12, kids 12 and younger free Sun. deltaplex.com.

Jan. 25 – Kids & Family Expo: Indoor zipline, Ga-Ga pit, inflatables, petting zoo, magician, Curiosity Dome, rock wall, toddler zone. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $8 adults, $4 kids 3-15. kohlerexpo.com.

Jan. 27 – Soup’s On For All: Catholic Charities West Michigan’s 21st annual benefit for God’s Kitchen includes soups, breads, desserts and live entertainment. 6:30-9:30 p.m. The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW. $50-$60. soupsonforall.org.

Jan. 30-Feb. 2 – Michigan International Auto Show: Hundreds of sedans, trucks, vans, hybrids, SUVs and sport cars. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $12 adults, $5 ages 6-14. showspan.com/MAS.


Jan. – Grand Rapids Drive: National Basketball Association G League team, primary affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. Home games: Jan. 4 vs. Raptors 905. Jan. 8 vs. Long Island Nets. Jan. 17 vs. Delaware Blue Coats. 7 p.m. DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. $5-$30. grandrapids.gleague.nba.com.

Jan. – Grand Rapids Griffins: Grand Rapids’ American Hockey League team, primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Home games: Jan. 10-11 vs. Manitoba Moose. Jan. 15 and 17 vs. Rockford IceHogs. Jan. 18 vs. Belleville Senators. Jan. 22 vs. Iowa Wild. Jan. 24-25 vs. San Diego Gulls. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. $19-$40. griffinshockey.com.

Jan. 4 – Yankee Springs Winter Challenge: Switchback Endurance presents 10K, 25K, 50K and 50-mile races. Start times: 6-10 a.m. Long Lake Outdoor Center, 10370 Gun Lake Road, Middleville. $25-$105. switchbackendurance.com/yankee-springs-winter-challenge.

Jan. 18-19 – Griffins Great Skate Winterfest: Skating, winter sports demonstrations, games and activities, plus 24-hour skating marathon with Griffins players; benefits Griffins Youth Foundation. Winterfest begins noon Sat. Great Skate runs 10 p.m. Sat.-10 p.m. Sun. Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center NW. Free; donations encouraged. griffinshockey.com/greatskate.

Jan. 25 – Michigan Winter Adventure Race: Running, navigating, snowshoeing and fatbiking. 9:30 a.m. Camp Roger, 8356 Belding Road NE, Rockford. $69-$80. miadventurerace.com.

Jan. 26 – Harlem Globetrotters: Basketball entertainment tour. 3 p.m. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. $19-$109. vanandelarena.com.

Stage & Film

Jan. 4, 18, 25 – River City Improv: Comedy improv team performs unscripted skits using audience suggestions. 7:33 p.m. Jan. 4 and 18 at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. $14 adults, $8 students. Jan. 25 at Studio Park, 123 Ionia Ave. SW. $15. rivercityimprov.com.

Jan. 9 – Impractical Jokers: TruTV’s show presents “Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour starring The Tenderloins.” 7:30 p.m. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. $49-$219. vanandelarena.com.

Jan. 9-11 – “Constellations”: Presented by GRCC Players. 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain NE. $12, $5 students. grcc.edu/theater/grccplayers.

Jan. 9-11 – “Struggles: An Evening of One Acts”: Master Arts Theatre’s Youth Acting Class presents “The Struggles,” “Boxes” and “The Monsters Under the Bed.” 7 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. 75 77th St. SW. $8. masterarts.org.

Jan. 10, 31 – Pop Scholars: Four-person comedy team performs improv show. 8 p.m. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. $14. popscholars.com.

Jan. 10-26 – “A Streetcar Named Desire”: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ drama about a woman’s delusion and madness. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. 30 N. Division Ave. $15-$26. grct.org.

Jan. 14 – Shen Yun: Classical Chinese dance company. 7:30 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $68-$120. devosperformancehall.com.

Jan. 17-25 – “Fun Home”: Muskegon Civic Theatre presents a musical about woman analyzing her childhood after her father unexpectedly dies. 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Beardsley Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $26.50. muskegoncivictheatre.org.

Jan. 21-Feb. 9 – “Hamilton”: Broadway Grand Rapids presents the musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton who was George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. Times vary; see website. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. broadwaygrandrapids.com.

Jan. 25 – “Peter and the Wolf”: GR Symphony’s Lollipop Series includes music and performers from Grand Rapids Ballet. 10:30 a.m. Dan Heintzelman Fine Arts Center, 2587 Boulevard Drive SW, Wyoming. $5. grsymphony.org.

Jan. 30-Feb. 8 – “Mary Jane”: Actors’ Theatre presents the story of a single mother caring for her sick child. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 3 p.m. Feb. 2. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. $28 adults, $24 seniors and students. actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

Jan. 30-Feb. 15 – “Sylvia”: Holland Civic Theatre presents the story of a couple and a stray dog. 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Feb. 9. 50 W. Ninth St., Holland. $10-$18. hollandcivictheatre.org.


Jan. 4 – “The Snowman”: GR Symphony accompanies the movie about a magical night for a boy and his snowman friend. 3 p.m. concert, 2 p.m. kids activities and instrument petting zoo. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $5-$15. grsymphony.org.

Jan. 10 – The Will Show: Music by Further Closer, Brother Adams, AS AM I and Casa Blue; supports down syndrome awareness with proceeds benefiting Kaiden Reef. 8 p.m. Park Theatre, 248 S. River Ave., Holland. $10. parktheatreholland.org.

Jan. 10-11 – Shostakovich and Mozart: GR Symphony classical concert with pianist Jeffery Kahane. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $18-$90. grsymphony.org.

Jan. 10, 24 – Alley Door Club: Jazz, blues and folk in downtown Muskegon. Jan. 10, The Vincent Hayes Band. Jan. 24, Root Doctor. 6-10 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $10. frauenthal.org.

Jan. 11 – Winter Wheat Grand Rapids: Wheatland Music Organization presents 11th annual celebration of traditional music and dance. 1 p.m. Sat.-1 a.m. Sun. The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW. $25. wheatlandmusic.org/winterwheat.

Jan. 16 – Kentwood Winter Concert Series: Bello Spark performs light rock/blues/folk concert. 6:30-8 p.m. Kentwood Library, 4950 Breton Road SE. Free. kentwood.us.

Jan. 16 – SCMC Jazz Series: St. Cecilia Music Center hosts The Emmet Cohen Trio with saxophonist Benny Golson. 7:30 p.m. 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $40-$45. scmc-online.org.

Jan. 16-18 – Michigan Music Conference: Workshops and performances for music educators. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, and Amway Grand Plaza, 187 Monroe Ave. NW. michiganmusicconference.org.

Jan. 17-19 – “Hollywood Hits”: GR Symphony performs music from epic movies, such as “Gone With the Wind,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Dr. Zhivago,” “The Pink Panther,” “Rocky” and more. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $18-$90. grsymphony.org.

Jan. 18, 25 – GRFA Acoustic Saturday Night Concerts: Grand River Folk Arts concerts. Jan. 18, Jay Round & Ken Bierschbach, and 13th Hour. Jan. 25, Hawks & Owls and Nobody’s Darlin’. 7 p.m. Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy St. SE. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $10 members, $5 kids under 12.

Jan. 19 – Winter Jam Tour Spectacular: Christian rock tour with multiple artists, including Crowder, Andy Mineo, RED, Austin French and NewSong. 7 p.m. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. Free; $15 suggested donation. vanandelarena.com.

Jan. 20 – Monday Night Jazz Gumbo: Monthly West Michigan Jazz Society concert with Lifeline. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Casino Club, 3260 Salerno Drive NE. $15, $10 members. wmichjazz.org.

Jan. 23 – SCMC Chamber Series: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents “French Enchantment” with music by Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Ravel. 7:30 p.m. 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $40-$45. scmc-online.org.

Jan. 24 – ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble): Classical/pop crossover music concert with cellist Jeremy Crosmer. 7:30 p.m. The Block, 360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $25-$35, $10 students. theblockwestmichigan.org.

Jan. 24 – Hope College’s Great Performance Series: Cuban jazz with Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez. 7:30 p.m. Jack H. Miller Center, Hope College, 221 Columbia Ave., Holland. $23 adults, $17 seniors, $6 kids 18 and under. hope.edu.

Jan. 30 – Korn and Breaking Benjamin: Hard rock concert. 7 p.m. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. $45-$85. vanandelarena.com.

Jan. 31 – Coffee Classics Series: GR Symphony presents “The Glory of the Baroque” music concert with free coffee and doughnuts. 10 a.m. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $16, $5 students. grsymphony.org.

Jan. 31 – Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo: West Michigan Symphony acoustic guitar concert. 7:30 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $25-$62, $12 students. westmichigansymphony.com.

Jan. 31 – “The Glory of the Baroque”: GR Symphony presents music by Rameau, J.S. Bach, Marais and Handel. 8 p.m. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $26 and up, $5 students. grsymphony.org.

Lectures & Workshops

Jan. – Downtown Market Cooking Classes: Jan. 9, Healthy & Hearty Eating. Jan. 11, Slow Your Roll: Beginner Sushi. Jan. 17, Ramen Noodle Workshop. Jan. 25, Mediterranean Made Easy. Jan. 30, Cooking with Craft Beer. 435 Ionia Ave. SW. downtownmarketgr.com.

Jan. – Grand Rapids Public Libraries: Adults: Dia de los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead, book clubs, computer/technology instruction. Kids: Art Attack with the DAAC, LEGO Block Party, Mindstorm Saturdays, book clubs, Pajama Time!, story times. grpl.org.

Jan. – Kent District Libraries: Adults: Mahjongg, Ask Me Anything!, Holocaust Survivor: Martin Lowenberg, Sunday Afternoon Live concerts, Early Childhood Essentials, Apple Users Group, book sales, book discussions, computer/technology instruction. Kids: Open Craft Lab, Tea Time with Friends, Pokémon Club, Teen Zone, book clubs, story times. kdl.org.

Jan. 3 – Contra Dance: Grand River Folk Arts Society hosts instruction and dancing. 7 p.m. 701 Fifth St. NW. $10 adults, $8 members, $6 students, $20 family.

Jan. 8-28 – The January Series: Calvin College’s 32nd annual series offers free lectures on a variety of topics by renowned authors, educators and political commentators. 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Calvin College FAC, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE. Also, more than 50 remote webcast locations in multiple states and live streaming audio. Schedule: calvin.edu/january-series/index.html.

Jan. 10 – Creativity Uncorked: Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts social evening and art workshop “Hand-Building with Paperclay.” Ages 21+. Registration required. 6:45-9 p.m. 101 Monroe Center NW. $40. artmuseumgr.org/learn/creativityuncorked.

Jan. 14 – Home School Information Nights: Information and Q&A about home schooling, including curriculum options, classes and socialization. 6-8 p.m. Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, Wyoming. $15/family. mihsb.org/homeschoolinfonights.

Jan. 14 – Homemade Spaghetti Sauce: Cooking class with Sister Damien Marie Savino. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell. lifeprocesscenter.org.

Jan. 26 – GRAM Adult Workshop: Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts “Introduction to Basket Weaving.” Ages 16+. 12:30-3:30 p.m. 101 Monroe Center NW. $35. artmuseumgr.org.

Jan. 29 – Johnson Center Workshop: “Building Resilience at Work: Skills and Practices for a Mindful Career.” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave. SW. Free. johnsoncenter.org.

Jan. 30-Feb. 1 – Calvin Symposium on Worship: Worship planners, pastors, musicians, artists, scholars and worshipers in dialogue, hosted by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary. $270, $30/students. worship.calvin.edu/symposium.

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