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Meijer Gardens Announces Spectacular Line-up for Summer Series

This summer will be the busiest and biggest summer concert season ever at the Fredrik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

There will be 25 concerts between June and August, highlighted by one of Grand Rapids’ favorite sons, soul and gospel star Al Green, who will return to his longtime home for his first concert in 12 years.

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Big Jazz Festival Coming to Grand Rapids

Jazz is about to get bigger and better in Grand Rapids.  A new jazz festival in on the horizon.

On Saturday, August 18th, GRandJazz Fest will take over Rosa Parks Circle all day, beginning at noon

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Kendall College Will Open Old Federal Building for a “Sneak Peak”

For many years my wife Kathy and I loved spending time in the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  That's the "old" art museum, the Old Federal Building.  In it's past lives it had served as a court house, post office, government office building and, lastly, for years, the home of the Grand Rapids Art Museum before it moved to it's beautiful new building on Monroe at Rosa Parks Circle. 

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KDL is Looking for All Teen Poets

If you're a student in grades 6 through 12, and a budding writer, better yet, a poet, this is your time to shine.

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It’s Spring Break and There are Plenty of Things to Do Here at Home

Spring Break is here!  Something everyone looks forward to, no school, hopefully, no work.  But, wait, you're not going anywhere.  Some of your friends have gone on break to warmer climates, but not you, and you're bored.

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Dog Story Theater Presenting an Eclectic Brand of Theater

Are you looking for some good theater in Grand Rapids?

You don't have far to go.  Civic, Spectrum, Jewish and Heritage Theaters all produce excellent entertainment.

But, hey...let's not forget Dog Story Theater.  They're downtown at 7 Jefferson, and showcase some excellent theater as well.

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Join The “Lego Family Block Party” Inside The Grand Rapids Plainfield Township Library

When I was growing up, traditionally, Lego's were always given to boys.  Never mind the fact that girls may like to build things too.  Thank goodness, those stereotypes are no longer in play.  What kid doesn't enjoy playing with those multicolored, interlocking bricks, building houses, and skyscrapers, and cars, and well, just about anything your mind can imagine

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West Michigan Symphony Announces 2012-13 Season

All of us here in Grand Rapids, and West Michigan, are very proud of our nationally acclaimed, and Grammy nominated, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. The GRSO is rated one of the "very best" regional symphony orchestras in the country.

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ArtPrize 2012 Planning Well Under Way

It's only March, but planning for ArtPrize 2012 is well under way.

ArtPrize opens September 19th and runs through October 7th.  The community "art spectacular" will award a grand total of $560,000 in prizes this year.

As in the past, the public gets to vote through social media separately, and will select 10 works by artists including the top $200,000 first prize, $75,000 second prize, and $50,000 third prize.

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St. Cecilia Music Center and Lincoln Center Present Jupiter String Quartet

April 12, 2012, will be an exciting day in Grand Rapids.  St. Cecilia Music Center and Lincoln Center begin their collaboration by presenting the highly acclaimed and award winning Jupiter String Quartet.  The Jupiter String Quartet has been the quartet-in-residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for the past three years and their musical program for St. Cecilia Music Center’s concert will include works by Haydn, Ravel and Schubert.

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St. Cecilia Music Center Takes Music To Kids

Budget cuts in schools are a terrible thing.  Whether it's teachers or programs that are cut in order to balance a budget, the kids are the losers.

It always seems that the "arts" are the first cuts made in school curriculum since music, art, etc., aren't seen as essential classes.  Too bad, too, because the "arts" have the opportunity to greatly broaden a students education.

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Does Your Art Belong On A Billboard In Michigan? Win, And It Will Be!

Imagine big, beautiful, billboards all over town with images of jewelry, paintings, glass, photography and more.  Your works!  What you do as an artist!  The Kalamazoo Institute for Art and Adams Outdoor Advertising want you to know about their 2012 Billboard Art

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