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Grand Rapids Heritage Hill Home Tour Is This Weekend!

It's been moved to the Spring and if this is the first you've heard about it, it's happening this weekend! The Heritage Hills 43rd Annual Weekend Tour of Homes happens Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th.

It's a chance to go back in time as families in the Heritage Hills neighborhood open up their beautiful homes to the public.  Hours are 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Noon to 6 pm on Sunday.

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Meijer Gardens Concert Amphitheater
Meijer Gardens Concert Amphitheater
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Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series Tickets On Sale To General Public

Tickets for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture 10th annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series went on sale to the public Saturday at 9 a.m., and are they going fast.

Meijer Gardens members got first crack in April, and bought out several shows, but with an expanded concert series, you still have plenty of shows to see.

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Master Grilling Cook-Off AND Arts and Crafts Fair, Garfield Park

Summer is just around the corner and besides swimming, yard work, and an increase in outside fun and leisure, let's not forget about grilling!

The Popular Master Grilling Cook-Off is back and is going to be held at the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association's annual Arts and Crafts Fair

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Grand Rapids Symphony Presents Season Finale Concert

The Grand Rapids Symphony closes it 82nd Season with a collaborative collage concert.

This weekend, at 8 pm, Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, David Lockington will lead two performances of "Heavens Above, Earth Below," along with combining dances of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, two world premieres - one a tribute to former First Lady Betty Ford - and the epic "Alpine Symphony."

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St. Cecilia Music Center
St. Cecilia Music Center
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St. Cecilia Music Center is Musical ArtPrize Exhibition Center

St. Cecilia Music Center announced that they will continue, and enhance their role of music in ArtPrize 2012.

New this year will be five cash prizes given in five different musical genres. St. Cecilia Music Center will be presenting five $2,000 awards, plus prize packages, in the categories of pop/electronic, rock/blues, folk/country, jazz and classical. The winners will be chosen by the popular vote on the ArtPrize website.

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“Festival” is the First of June and They’re Looking for Art Now

We all just call it "Festival."  A fun, three-day annual Grand Rapids event held downtown.  The streets are full of people, food, music, dance, all forms of performance, and of course, ART!  After all, it is "Festival of the Arts."

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The Addams Family
The Addams Family
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The “Addams Family” Coming to DeVos Performance Hall for Broadway Grand Rapids

May 22nd through May 26th, Grand Rapids welcomes the Addams.  They're moving in for a weeks run at DeVos Performance Hall as Broadway Grand Rapids closes out their season.

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Join Me, Kim Carson, For ARTFEAST3, A Benefit For H.I.S Thursday Night

If you missed my interview with Deidre DeHaan, hear it here...This turned out to be a busy time of year for me.  Last weekend it was the Autism Support of Kent County Walkathon, this Saturday morning I will meet up with all of you at Rosa Parks Circle for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and this Thursday night I will be hosting ArtFeast3 with Steve Groenink, at the Thousand Oaks Golf Club, in the Grand Oaks Ballroom!  It's all to benefit H.I.S, Health Intervention Services, right here in Grand Rapids.

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“La Boheme” May 4 and 5 at DeVos Performance Hall

One of the worlds most beloved Opera's will be May 4th and 5th in DeVos Performance Hall.

Opera Grand Rapids presents Puccini's "La Boheme."  It's an opera starring the original bohemians; the poet, the painter, the musician and the philosopher.  La Boheme is a love story with the expected tragic ending.  In it love blossoms on Christmas Eve when sweet Mimi’s candle goes out as she meets Rodolfo.

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UICA Needs Our Help

No one has to tell me that we have been living through a very tough economy  the past three years or so.  Everyone and everything has been affected.  The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts is no exception. 

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Flickr/Anirudh Koul
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Get Tickets for “Whose Live Anyway”

Sunday, May 20th at 7:30 pm, a passel of people will be laughing their heads off during a wonderful night of comedy at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center.

"Whose Live Anyway," which seems to have become annual event at the Fine Arts Center in GR, will be on stage.

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Broadway Grand Rapids Announces 2012-2012 Season Shows

Broadway Grand Rapids has announced its 2012-13 season line-up of shows. The series includes Blue Man Group, Flashdance, Anything Goes, and Billy Elliot The Musical. They are also planning to bring Beauty And The Beast to Grand Rapids between Christmas and New Years which is an awesome family outing during the holiday season. Cats, which was supposed to be here back in June for the 2011-2012 season has also been rescheduled until October and will be a special event for this season.

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