Gazelle Sports Dirty Herd. For those who love trail running and free weekly events, join a herd of runners as they navigate through dynamic terrain and the orchard’s woods. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 4 pm. www.gazellesports.com/thedirtyherd
Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Work on your art projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creators. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm. www.grbrewingcompany.com
Comedy Outlet Mondays. Laugh Monday off as you watch a variety of improv, sketch, puppet and musical performances. Dog Story Theater. 7 pm. www.dogstorytheater.com
Meijer Free Tuesdays means free admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10 am-5 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org
Meijer Free Thursday Nights means free admission and an evening of art pieces. The Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org
Drop-In Family Saturdays welcome families to join the fun and participate in exciting art activities in the museum’s Education Studio. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 11 am-5 pm. www.artmuseum.org
Wine & Cheese Saturdays. Sample wine from around the world complemented with the perfect cheese pairing. The Cheese Lady Grand Rapids. 1-3 pm. www.thecheeselady.net
GRPM and GRCM Reciprocal Membership. During the month, members of either museum receive free general admission to both buildings along with participation in the programs. Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. www.grpm.org
GRAM Selects ArtPrize Eight: Encore. Take a second glance at some of the strongest works exhibited during last year’s ArtPrize Eight festival. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Hours at www.artmuseumgr.org.
US IS THEM and Here + Now exhibit. Featuring works from 42 international artists, issues of politics, religion and racism are confronted through a diverse range of mediums. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6-9 pm. www.uica.org
Natural State by Ai Weiwei. The internationally renowned artist and activist displays his work during this first of its kind exhibit at the Gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Exhibit hours at www.meijergardens.org.
Future Machines exhibit. Artist Joey Ruiter displays his collection of cutting-edge designs that show his unique way of re-imagining everyday things in new ways. Design Quest. Gallery hours at www.designquest.biz.
Avenue for the Arts Open Studio Night. All artists and creators are invited to bring their current project and discuss, explore and participate in art-making among fellow makers. Avenue for the Arts. 6-7 pm. www.avenueforthearts.com
Michigan International Auto Show Charity Spectacular. Get a first look at the hot rides on display at this year’s auto show before it opens to the public while enjoying cocktails, a strolling dinner, musical entertainment and benefiting Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. 6-11 pm. Tickets at www.devosplace.org.
Beer City Saxes. The saxophone group visits GR to serenade audience members with smooth jazz and a top-notch performance. The B.O.B. 7-10 pm. www.wmichjazz.org
The mParks Convention and Trade Show. Members of park and recreation agencies, professionals, vendors and advocates gather to receive education, resources and learn how they can develop professionally within the parks. DeVos Place. Show hours and off-site sessions at www.devosplace.org.
Intro to GROW. An excellent opportunity for those thinking of starting their own business with discussions of the programs and services GROW offers. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm. www.growbusiness.org
Knowing the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s. Learn the facts and separate the myths of the disease from the reality during this interactive class. Grand Rapids Public Library. 1-3 pm. www.alz.org/gmc
Prospective Literacy Tutor Orientation. Those interested in being a literacy tutor can learn more about the literacy center’s programs at this information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org
KD aLe: Home Draught Dispense Class with Leaders Beverage. The Leaders show attendees how to build, maintain and troubleshoot a home draught beer system with demonstrations and the necessary tools. Kent District Library (Grandville Branch). 6:30-7:30 pm. www.kdl.org
Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl.
Michigan International Auto Show. Discover the newest car models on the market (and maybe even find your next ride) at this expo that brings car manufactures from around the globe to show off their finest traveling displays of dream vehicles and accessories. DeVos Place. Expo times at www.devosplace.org.
National Wear Red Day. Show that your part of the fight against heart disease by sporting your favorite red attire with the rest of the community. Everywhere. www.heart.org
Grand Re-Opening of Parliament the Boutique + Studio. Join the boutique in celebrating their new location which allows customers to see artists in action and participate in community workshops. Parliament the Boutique + Studio. 5-9 pm. www.parliamenttheboutique.com
First Fridays Gallery Hop. Avenue for the Arts welcomes you to a night of gallery going as artwork and handmade goods by local artists take over gallery and building spaces along the corridor. Exclusive food and drink specials, offered by local businesses, make for an exciting evening of culture and libations. South Division. 6-9 pm. www.avenueforthearts.com
Super Bowl Appetizers cooking class. Mix up your pre-game spread with The Market Chefs and learn to make tasty snacks that score winning touchdowns every time. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.
February 3 & 4
Mozart, Mahler & Marcelo. Grand Rapids Symphony dazzles audiences with Mahler’s sentimental Fifth Symphony and Mozart’s Piano Concert No. 17. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.
The Vagina Monologues. This well-known show comes to Grand Rapids for the first time and invites you to hear varying monologues about the feminine experience read by local artists. The Fuse Box. 8-10 pm. Find event page at www.facebook.com/thefuseboxgr.
Groundhog Day Marathon and Half Marathon. Embrace winter by dashing through a snowy course that loops either 3 or 6 times around to make you feel like you’re repeating the same course over and over again, not unlike the well-loved movie. Kent Trails Trailhead. 8 am. Register at www.groundhogmarathon.com.
Grand Rapids Beer Tours: East Side. Hop onto the tour bus and visit Brewery Vivant, Elk Brewing and Harmony Brewing Company during this popular brewery tour experience that provides transportation, a lunch opportunity, education about the breweries and beer samples. Meet across the street from Founders = Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. Book tour at www.grbeertours.com.
Kids Super Bowl Pre-game cooking class. Kids learn to create fun Super Bowl snacks that rival edible opponents across the field. The Downtown Market. 3-4:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketfr.com.
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Raptors 905 along with Jerry Stackhouse Meet & Greet. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.
February 4 & 18
Outdoor Winter Farmer’s Market. Vendors line the street offering irresistible baked goods and foods during this seasonal farmers market. Eight Street Market Place. 9 am-noon. www.hollandfarmersmarket.com
Animal Adventures: Surviving the Wild. You and the kids can have fun learning how animals like the owl, ball python and silkie chickens survive in the wild through different art projects and games. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10-11:30 am. Enroll at www.meijergardens.org
Sunday Classical Concert Series presents Genadi Zagor. Get warm with beautiful music performed live among GRAMS stunning architecture and galleries. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org
February 5-April 30
Finders Keepers: West Michigan Collects. Learn what drives our impulse to collect during this exhibit displaying relics from art to sneakers and appliances. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Exhibition hours and correlating events at www.artmuseumgr.org.
Etsy Luncheon with the Econ Club. Local First members are invited to this special luncheon featuring Matt Stinchcomb, co-founder of Etsy.com and executive director of Etsy.org. JW Marriott. Noon-1:30 pm. www.localfirst.com
Etsy and the Art of Social Impact. Learn how co-founder, Matt Stinchcomb, uses his business as a source for good by maintaining social responsibility and supporting local economy. LaFontsee Galleries. 5:30-7:30 pm. Register at www.localfirst.com.
February 6, 13 & 20
Living with Alzheimer’s: Middle Stage. This three-part series features caregivers and other professionals discussing helpful strategies to provide care during the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. Plainfield Senior Center. 2-4 pm. www.alz.org/gmc
Intro to Michigan Bike Trails & Hikes. Join She Rides Her Own Way to learn about the gems Grand Rapids has to offer when it comes to trails that let you experience the great outdoors. Founders Brewing Company. 5:30-8:30 pm. RSVP at facebook.com/sheridesherownway.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. This fun production warms the hearts of all ages as Daniel Tiger and his friends share an adventure of friendship, helping others and new experiences as they explore the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. DeVos Performance Hall. 6 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.
GROW Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Strategies. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. www.growbusiness.org
February 7 & 14
Seeds of a Love Song. Singer and musician Josh Rose shares his knowledge of songwriting, focusing on love songs and the process through which they emerge from emotion and experience. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-9 pm. Register at www.meijergardens.org.
Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org
Salting a Corporation with Gloria S. Nelund. Join Family Capital Management for lunch, dinner or a special women’s only event featuring Nelund and her fascinating and inspirational career journey. Cascade Country Club. Noon-4 pm. Detailed schedule at eventbrite.com/e/salting-a-corporation
Established Division: Leadership Style & Team Building. Explore a variety of leadership styles and identify how you are personally gifted to lead in this skill-building workshop. Kent Country Club. 5-6:30 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org.
GROW Start Smart Business Readiness Course. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. www.growbusiness.org
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Greensboro Swarm. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.
KD aLe Beer Release Party and Brewery Tour. Taste a new brew exclusive to KDL and get a tour of Railtown’s facility along with insight on how they concoct their wide selection of craft beer. Railtown Brewing Company. 7-8 pm. www.kdl.org
Anat Cohen and the Rockford and Northview High School Jazz Band concert. The clarinetist and saxophonist joins the youthful jazz bands along with the Michigan State Jazz Octets I & II to bring audience members a prime musical performance. Northview High School Performing Arts Center. 7-10:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org
February 8 & 22
Hand Lettering Basics class. Learn the basics of hand lettering and complete a project to take home along with materials you need to continue your new hobby. Two Dutch Hens. 1-2 pm (Feb. 8) and 6-7 pm (Feb. 22). RSVP by calling (616) 878-1641. www.facebook.com/twodutchhens
Girls Night Out. Bengtson Center joins Leigh’s in hosting a night out for you and your girlfriends where you can shop the latest fashion and discover what’s new in aesthetics and plastic surgery with a board-certified plastic surgeon on-hand. Leigh’s. 5-8 pm. RSVP at www.bengtsoncenter.com.
Teen Night at UICA. Teens are invited to confront social issues inspired by UICA’s current exhibition followed by art-making activities in The Studio. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 5:30-7:30 pm. www.uica.org
Make Your Own Chalkboard class. Learn tips and techniques to make neat, professional chalkboards of any size during this informative class that provides you with the materials you need to make a great chalkboard to take home. Two Dutch Hens. 6-8 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 878-1641. www.facebook.com/twodutchhens
KD aLe Founders Brewery Tour. Get a behind the scenes tour of the brewery, enjoy a few samples of your favorite brews and go home with a logo pint glass souvenir. Founders Brewing Company. 6:30-7:30 pm. Register at www.kdl.org.
Concerts Under the Stars presents Jenga. Experience eclectic funk music choreographed with the visually dazzling lights of the Chaffee Planetarium. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7:30 pm. www.grpm.org
Acoustic Café Series presents Pokey LaFarge. LaFarge incorporates elements of jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing and more to bring Grand Rapids an enjoyably dynamic performance. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.scmc-online.org.
Christopher Titus comedy show. Wealthy Theatre. 8-10 pm. www.grcmc.org
Valent-ICE Winter Festival. Take a winter gallery walk throughout downtown to see the 50+ ice sculptures on display as part of this year’s annual winter ice festival, featuring even more ice activities and special showcases by local businesses, including the giant Ice Bar at The Downtown Market. Downtown Grand Rapids. www.downtowngr.org
All You Need is LOVE. Celebrate all the things you love with mimosas, sweet treats and a complimentary makeup touchup with Jane Iredale Makeup to give you ideas for Valentine’s Day date night. Bengtson Center. 8 am-noon. RSVP at www.bengtsoncenter.com.
The 18th annual Jammie Awards. Get your fill of live performances by over 20 dynamic bands during West Michigan’s biggest night of music! Stick around for the after party hosted by Seth Bernard. The Intersection. 5:30-11 pm. www.grcmc.org
Single Valentine’s Day Kick-off cooking class. Enjoy a drink at The Market’s Ice Lounge before heading to the kitchen to socialize and partake in group cooking activities that have you creating bites that are delicious all year long. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Erie BayHawks. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.
Pop Scholars: Improv Comedy. Laugh with a night of smart, risk-taking improv comedy performed by Grand Rapids’ 4-man improvisational experts. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org
West Michigan Golf Show. Tee off for golf season at this popular expo featuring the area’s top equipment dealers, information on courses and resorts and resources to plan your summer of golf. DeVos Place. Expo times at www.devosplace.org.
Black & White: Swan Lake. Witness the classic tale with a contemporary twist as the well-known characters touch on the deep emotions within the human spirit. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. 7:30 pm (Fri and Sat) and 2 pm (Sat and Sun). Tickets at www.grballet.com.
God of Carnage. The University of Wits takes this dark comedy about two schoolboys who get in a fight and turns the post-family discussion into a dialogue of hilarious mayhem. Dog Story Theater. 8 pm (Fri and Sat) and 3 pm (Sun). Tickets at www.dogstorytheater.com.
Be My Family Valentine cooking class. Bring your entire family and learn to make red and white parfaits, red velvet cheesecake brownies, heart-shaped cookies and more. The Downtown Market. 10 am-12:30 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com.
Discarded Worlds: Astronomical Ideas that were Almost Correct. During this special presentation, learn about past astronomical discoveries that were hilariously–and sometimes heartbreakingly¬–wrong as previous astronomers tried to make sense of the skies above. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 11 am. More events and details at www.grpm.org.
Grand Rapids Beer Tours: Beer City Experience. Tour Founders Brewing Company, The Mitten Brewing Company and Harmony Hall during this beer tour that provides everything from transportation to beer samples. Meet across the street from Founders Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. Book tour at www.grbeertours.com.
Winter Family Day. Bring the kids to experience an outdoor adventure in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, where they provide wintery fun for all ages and plenty of hot chocolate. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-4 pm. www.meijergardens.org
Fashion and Tea at the museum. Learn about fashion, customs and culture while exploring the museum’s collection of vintage clothing and enjoying tea with sweet treats. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 2-4 pm. Tickets at www. grpm.org.
Film Screening: Of Horses and Men. Chiaroscuro International Film Festival invites the community to free screenings of films celebrated worldwide followed by an insightful panel discussion and an after-film reception. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 2 pm. Full film schedule at www.chiaroscurogr.org
Sunday Classical Concert Series presents Castalia. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org
Love 2 Laugh Comedy Festival. Spend Valentine’s weekend in side-splitting laughter as a hilarious line-up of comedians tickle funny bones throughout the auditorium with stand-up performances. DeVos Performance Hall. 7 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.
Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org
Read So Hard Book Club: The New Jim Crow. Book-lovers gather over a pint to discuss this month’s selection by Michelle Alexander. Harmony Hall. 7 pm. www.grpl.org
Stephen Lynch comedy show. Wealthy Theatre. 8-9:30 pm. www.grcmc.org
Grab a glass of wine and experience a lively and unforgettable night at the museum! Discover the tribal designs of Michigan tattoo artist Leo Zulueta, then create and print your own wearable temporary tattoos. Learn about modern and traditional tattooing methods and experiment with temporary and henna. No experience necessary, just an open mind and a willingness to try something new. Due to the intoxicating nature of this event. Participants must be 21+. Registration is required. www.artmuseumgr.org
Valentine’s Couples cooking class. Spend Valentine’s Day in the kitchen as you learn how to make and enhance delicious dishes using wine as an ingredient. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.
No Problems Training Run. Running is better when you know there is beer afterwards. Join fellow runners at the brewery for a casual group run followed by a pint, treats and good conversation. Perrin Brewing Company. 6-8 pm. Full schedule at www.53riverbankrun.com.
GROW Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Reporting and Analysis. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. www.growbusiness.org
Creating a City of Inclusion: Modern Immigration, Local Impact. Learn how immigration has impacted our city and aided in building a better community during this panel discussion in partnership with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org
Grand Rapids Boat Show. It’s a-boat time the annual show returned, featuring an array of motor yachts, cruisers, runabouts and fishing boats along with ski and wakeboard inboards. DeVos Place. Schedule at www.devosplace.org.
Author Paul Brandus discusses his book Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency. 7 pm. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov.
Open Projector Night 17. You’re invited to enjoy a diverse range of short films made by local and regional filmmakers followed by a Q&A panel and voting for your favorite piece. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 8-9 pm. www.uica.org
February 15-March 15
Beer Month GR/Cool Brews. Hot Eats. What was once one week has expanded into a full month of celebrating Grand Rapids’ exceptional craft breweries and restaurants, challenging local chefs and brew masters to create beer-infused dishes and meals with complimentary beer pairings to add to their menu. Grand Rapids. Schedule of events and specials at www.beermonthgr.com.
Intro to GROW. Get information on programs and services GROW offers for business starters. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm. www.growbusiness.org
Beer Explorers: Barrel Aging. Learn about the process of Barrel Aging and how different factors affect beer’s taste and quality. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 6 pm. Full class schedule at www.grpm.org.
Winter Comfort Foods cooking class. Warm the winter blues with butternut squash soup, braised short rib ragu and a sticky toffee pudding topped with a pile of whipped cream. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.
Yes, There is a Michigan Accent. Learn more about an accent you didn’t even know you had and how other areas distinguish your intriguing drawl. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org
KD aLe Book Club. Gather at the brewery to discuss your love for books with fellow readers over a pint and some good food. Osgood Brewing Company. 7-8 pm. www.kdl.org
February 16-March 4
Actors Theatre GR presents Hand to God. Witness the twisted events that take place when grieving Jason seeks solace at the Christian Puppet Ministry only to have his puppet develop a personality of its own. Spectrum Theater. Tickets and showtimes at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org.
Family Matters Playwright Festival. Those who love theater and original plays by local talent are invited to experience performed submissions to this year’s festival, consisting of eight 10-minute plays that are judged by a panel and enjoyed by audiences of all ages. LowellArts! Theater. 7 pm (Fri and Sat) and 2 pm (Sun). www.lowellartsmi.org
Astronomy as a Hobby: Resources for Stargazing. Experts Jim Foerch and Greg Comegys recommend telescopes, guidebooks, star charts and other online resources for those interested in stargazing. Schuler Books & Music. 10 am-12:30 pm. www.grpm.org
Grand Rapids Beer Tours: East Side. Visit Brewery Vivant, Elk Brewing and Harmony Brewing Company while tasting some delicious beer samples. Meet across the street from Founders Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. Book tour at www.grbeertours.com.
Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Double Header. Rivertown Sports. 5-9:30 pm. www.grandraggidy.com
GRFAS Concert Series presents the Mickeys. Wealthy Theatre. 8-10 pm. www.grcmc.org
Los Tucanes de Tijuana concert. DeltaPlex. 8 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.
Symphony With Soul featuring Lalah Hathaway. Celebrate the unmatchable sound of African-American musical expression during this annual concert that brings cultures together through the shared language of music. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.
Taste of Soul. Join the library for an afternoon of celebrating African American history and culture with art, music, literature, food and live performances. Grand Rapids Public Library. 1-4:30 pm. www.grpl.org
Sunday Classical Concert Series presents Ralph Votapek. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org
Mediterranean Vegetarian cooking class. Journey through the Mediterranean with the chef’s expert vegetarian dishes that make the area a favorite of palates everywhere. The Downtown Market. 5-7:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.
Bill Engvall Stand-Up Show. The blue collar comedian brings his adored humor to GR for two performances that will keep people laughing throughout the rest of winter. DeVos Performance Hall. 4 and 7 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.
KD aLe Tap Takeover. Celebrate the first day of Michigan Beer Week with KDL and special taps of area breweries’ submissions of beer inspired by their favorite book. Horrocks Market. 4-6:30 pm. www.kdl.org
KD aLe Craft Beer and Cheese Pairings. Kent District Library (East Grand Rapids branch). 6-7:30 pm. www.kdl.org
Monday Night Jazz Gumbo presents The River Rogues Jazz Band. West Michigan Jazz Society crew dishes out their delicious gumbo while you enjoy music from top jazz performers. The Guest House. 6:30-7:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org
GROW Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Navigating Business Banking. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. www.growbusiness.org
Corks, Pucks and Brews. Raise a glass and raise funds with the Grand Rapids Griffins at the 6th annual event, featuring over 100 varieties of Michigan wines and craft beer to sample with proceeds benefiting Easterseals Michigan. Goei Center. 6:30-9 pm. Tickets at www.easterseals.com/michigan.
February 21 & 28
Geek Chic: The Evolution of Comics. Join comic expert Charley Tucker for a fascinating look at how comic books grew into a billion-dollar industry. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 808-3600. www.meijergardens.org
The Sound of Music. This beloved musical takes the stage in a brand new production, filled with its award-winning music that audience members of all ages enjoy. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets and showtimes at www.broadwaygrandrapids.com.
Blood Drive. Thornapple Community Church. 2-7:45 pm. www.redcrossblood.org
Hills and Hops Training Run. Get ready for the River Bank Run by clocking in some hill miles with fellow runners followed by drinks and eats at a nearby restaurant. John Ball Park (meet at northwest parking lot near Butterworth Street). 6-8 pm. More training events at www.53riverbankrun.com.
All of This is the Blues. Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. discusses the seminal figures in blues and music with live demonstrations. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6:30 pm. www.grpl.org
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Rio Grande Valley. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.
Member Mornings: Us is Them, Here + Now. Perk up your morning with coffee, pastries and art during this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of UICA’s newest exhibit, led by Exhibition Curator Heather Duffy. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 9-11 am. www.uica.org
Winter Nights in Thailand cooking class. Experience hands-on Thai roll instruction and other traditional dishes including undeniable lemongrass custard. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com.
Winterfest Celebration. Join VAI during their 12th annual celebration featuring culinary delights from West Michigan’s acclaimed chefs along cocktails, live entertainment, raffle prizes and the chance to bid on gourmet meals with all proceeds going towards disease research and education. Goei Center. 6-10 pm. Tickets at www.vai.org.
Women & the Environment: Stand Up & Raise a Glass. Celebrate green drinks while networking with others and discussing topics relating to the connection between women’s issues and the environment. Harmony Hall. 5-7 pm. www.wmeac.org/we
Music in the Stacks: Wu Zee. Explore the library’s collection while enjoying a musical performance by Wu Zee. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org
Baroque Coffee Concert. Perk up your Friday mornings with coffee and a concert, featuring selections from the Baroque concert happening later in the evening. St. Cecilia Music Center. 9 am (coffee) 10 am (concert). www.grsymphony.org
Go Red for Women Luncheon. Come to this annual fundraising luncheon dressed in red fitness apparel to encourage an active lifestyle during the fight against heart disease. Enjoy a tasty lunch while learning about ways you can help in the fight and celebrate the progress the American Heart Association has made so far. DeVos Place. 10 am-1:30 pm. www.goredforwomen.org
Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org
The Baroque Concert: Respighi, Handel & Fireworks. St. Cecilia Music Center. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.
February 24-March 19
Ragtime. Feast on the story of how our country and those who immigrated here share the same hopes and dreams while struggling with class and racial divides in this beautifully sung story. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at www.grct.org.
February 24 & 25
Winter Beer Festival. Nothing warms a Beer City local up like a collection of over 100 Michigan breweries and brewpubs serving samples of their best and newest beer. Local band performances, ice sculpture demonstrations and a selection of tasty food available for purchase add to the fun. Fifth Third Ballpark. 5-9 pm (Fri) and 1-6 pm (Sat). Tickets at www.mibeer.com/winter-festival.
Break it Down. Make it Better. Part of a series of educational events, this workshop features discussions and professional development opportunities for artists of all types. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 9 am-5 pm. Register at www.avenueforthearts.com.
Women & the Environment: Women Stand With Service & Self Care. Learn more about local nonprofits in the area along with learning ways to manage stress and practice relaxation. Pyramid Scheme. 10 am-1 pm. RSVP at www.wmeac.org/we
Grand Rapids Beer Tours: Specialty Tour. Experience GR’s newest players on the list by visiting Atwater Brewery GR, Creston Brewery and Harmony Hall during this tour that covers everything from transportation to samples. Meet across the street from Founders Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. Book tour at www.grbeertours.com.
February 25 & 26
InspiredLifeGR Conference. This two-day event gathers resources, practitioners and the community to help you begin living the life you want to live; physically, mentally and spiritually. Aquinas College (Wege Ballroom). 8 am-4:30 pm (Sat) and 8 am-2:30 pm (Sun). Tickets and info at www.inspiredlifegr.com.
Film Screening: Timbuktu. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 2 pm (panel discussion and social reception post-screening). Full film schedule at www.chiaroscurogr.org
Grand Rapids Bridal Show. The West Michigan Wedding Association fills the arena with everything you need to plan for that special day, from catering vendors to fashion resources. DeltaPlex. Noon-4 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.
Women & the Environment: Women Stand for Advocacy workshop. Trinity United Methodist Church. 7-9 pm. RSVP at www.wmeac.org/we.
Women & the Environment Action Day. Meet the WMEAC staff and discuss the first steps to taking action on issues in our community. West Michigan Environmental Action Council. Advocacy opportunities at www.wmeac.org/we.
Blood Drive. West Michigan Aviation Academy. 9:45 am-3:30 pm. www.redcrossblood.org
Big Easy Cooking and Cocktails class. Make your Mardi Gras menu better than ever during this class that teaches you how to create delicious New Orleans dishes just in time for Fat Tuesday. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com
KD aLe Book Club. Gather at the brewery to discuss what you’re currently reading with fellow readers over a pint. Cedar Springs Brewing Company. 6:30-8 pm. www.kdl.org