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Celebrate “A Streetcar named Desire” With Opera Grand Rapids

An exciting opera opens Opera Grand Rapids season on Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2 at DeVos Performance Hall.  However, you don't have to wait until then to learn more and celebrate Andre Previn's A Streetcar Names Desire.

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Gabriela Martinez
Gabriela Martinez
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West Michigan Symphony Welcomes Venezuelan Pianist for Next Concert

Rousing, flamboyant and striking pieces will flood the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 1-2 as Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez joins the West Michigan Symphony for the first Masterworks concert of the 2013-14 season.

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Meijer Gardens Welcomes Award Winning Author and Sculptor

As part of The Master Lecture Series, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is welcoming award-winning author Alexandra Fuller and renowned sculptor David Nash.

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Kendall College of Art and Design + UICA Announce New Collaborative Exhibition

Collaboration is a word not lightly tossed around in Grand Rapids.  Collaboration is what has made this community grow and thrive, and become the envy of communities around the country.  Around these parts, collaboration in the Art world is a key success benchmark, as well.

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WZZM/artprize.org
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Bad News/Good News: Ford Museum ArtPrize Top 10 Art is Moving

Are you ready for a Bad News/Good News story?  Of course you are, so, here you go.

The bad news:  The Ford Presidential Museum is shutting down, along with the federal government.

The museum's non-essential employees will have four hours to access their desks Tuesday morning to make arrangements during their absences.

The Ford Museum is currently showing 25 ArtPrize entries, which officials say will remain in full public view. Four of those pieces are among the ArtPrize Top Ten, including "Dancing with Mother Nature" by Paul Baliker, "Polar Expressed" by Anni Crouter, "Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore" by Ann Loveless and "Uplifting" by Andy Sacksteder.

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Shen Yun Performing Arts Revives Chinese Culture at DeVos Performance Hall

Every legend has its history. Every story has its truths. And the best are rarely forgotten.

For the past 5,000 years, China amassed a diverse legacy of heroes, myths, and values that still resonate in the
present. Today, Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the essence of traditional Chinese culture in full color on
stages around the world. On February 11-12, the company will come to DeVos Performance Hall for
performances at 7:30 PM each night.

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Circle Theatre Announces New ‘Circle Presents School & Family Series’

As I always say, theater in Grand Rapids just keeps getting better and better.

Circle Theatre has just announced Circle Presents! (A subsidiary of Community Circle Theatre) that will be presenting six curriculum-based, theatrical performances between October 2013 and April 2014. The performance groups that Circle Theatre has contracted are award winning, national companies that specialize in productions for young and family audiences.

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Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images
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John Mayer at VanAndel Arena Wednesday, November 27

Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer has
announced additional dates for his current U.S. tour after a successful summer run, selling out in Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, and Dallas among other territories. This is the singer’s first tour following a three-year hiatus.

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Emmy Award had Several Suprises

Neil Patrick said it best at last night's 2013 Prime-Time Emmy Awards, "This just in. Nobody in America is winning their Emmy office pool. Surprises galore,"

He wasn't kidding. The Emmys telecast had a number of upsets, defying conventional wisdom in several categories, including some acting wins.

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Dog Story Theater
Dog Story Theater
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Stage Fighting is an Art, and you can Learn it Tonight

The Academy of Combat and Movement Education (ACME) will open tonight, September 9th, 2013, at Dog Story Theater, offering training classes in movement and the execution of violence for the stage.

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Heartside Gallery & Studio Celebrating Successful Book Project in September

I recently wrote a blog regarding the Kickstarter campaign to help the Heartside Gallery & Studio fund a 20th Anniversary book project.  Well, the campaign was successful, and now Heartside Gallery & Studio is celebrating with a book release party on Friday, September 13. People who helped fund the campaign can pick up their books at the party, and extra copies will be available for purchase to the public.

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Cirque de la Symphonie
Cirque de la Symphonie
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Cirque de la Symphonie Opens West Michigan Symphony’s new Season

The incredible aerialists, jugglers and acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie return by popular demand as the West Michigan Symphony opens its 2013-14 season on Sept. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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