January Events


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. Artists, writers, musicians and other creative workers are invited to gather in the back room to work on their own projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creatives and live background music. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm. www.grbrewingcompany.com

Comedy Outlet Mondays. Start the week with laughter at this weekly comedy show involving sketch, music, puppets, improv and hilarity. Dog Story Theater. 8-10 pm. www.dogstorytheater.com


Meijer Free Tuesdays means free general admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 10 am-5 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

Cozy Tales for Chilly Days. Cozy up at the gardens for wintertime stories that guide preschoolers from winter to spring with animal tales in between. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am. Find weekly themes at www.meijergardens.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. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-4 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

Skate & Create. Warm up inside the art museum after a good skate at Rosa Parks Circle with a free cup of hot cocoa and art-making fun in GRAMStudio. $1 museum admission coupon available in the skate rental room. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-4 pm. www.artmuseumgr.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



Warm up at the library with a bounty of winter activities that are fun for the whole family along with special workshops for all ages. Kent District Library (all locations). Find events and locations at www.kdl.org.

Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle. Glide with friends, family and the community at Downtown GR’s wonderful ice-skating rink. Ski rental is free with admission. Rosa Parks Circle. For hours, visit www.grcity.us.

Coming Home: Jerry Gretzinger. The artist brings themes of mapping and making real the imagined to the exhibit, placing a massive map created with a variety of mediums as the centerpiece. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Exhibit hours at www.uica.org.

Through January 3

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibit. The culmination of this beloved holiday exhibition and the gardens’ 20th anniversary brings a seasonal spectacle of 42 displays featuring West Michigan’s most stunning trees and the world’s most cherished traditions illuminated by over 300,000 lights. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. www.meijergardens.org

Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now. The stunning ceramics showcase work by Japan’s most talented artists. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. www.meijergardens.org

Through January 17

Reynold Weidenaar: A Retrospective exhibit opens. The museum will showcase 120 of the acclaimed artist’s prints, drawings and paintings that capture the energy of the 20th century American experience. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at  www.artmuseumgr.org.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit. Step back in time and see America’s story of Prohibition come to life from start to finish. Grand Rapids Public Museum. For exhibit hours, visit www.grpm.org

Through January 29

Fabric Art Dolls and Monoprinted Embroideries exhibit. See artist Jennifer Gould’s artistic, fabric dolls that she makes using her hand printed textiles of quirky characters. Flat River Gallery & Framing. Gallery hours at www.flatrivergalleryandframing.com.

Through January 31

Discovery of King Tut exhibit. Transport back to 1922 and see the tomb of the boy king as archaeologist Howard Carter and his team first saw it. Grand Rapids Public Museum. For more information and exhibit hours, visit www.grpm.org.

January 2

Bend & Brew. Star the New Year with yoga and beer at this morning brewery event that lets you celebrate your detox with a pint and some swag. Perrin Brewing Company. 10 am. www.perrinbrewing.com

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Erie Bayhawks. Delta Plex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

January 3

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. Christian music’s biggest annual tour is coming to Grand Rapids to rock the night away with Grammy Award-winning and nominated artists. Arrive early to join the Jam Nation at the Pre-Jam Party. Van Andel Arena. 6:45 pm. www.2016.jamtour.com

January 4

Winter Bridal Show. A candlelight entrance opens to an eye-opening food display of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, stunning floral arrangements and Grand Rapids’ best wedding resources to help with planning the special day and answer questions. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm. www.kohlerexpo.com

January 5

CMC Movie: Gremlins. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

January 6

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. This session teaches interests tutors about the center and its literacy programs followed by the chance to sign up for tutor training. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

January 7

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

Your Best You in 2016. Join Dr. Brandi and Dr. Mary for a discussion focused on the affects hormones have on your weight and well-being so you can conquer your greatest year yet. Keystone Pharmacy. 5:30 pm. RSVP at www.keystonerx.com

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is The Radioactive Boy Scout by Ken Silverstein. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org.

January 8 & 9

The Brew Ha Ha. Craft beers and comedy combine for this annual festival that serves up brews from over 40 breweries across the country. Delta Plex. 5-10 pm (Fri) 1-10 pm (Sat). Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

Grand Rapids Bridal Show. Lift the guesswork off your bridal shoulders with the one-stop shopping experience where an engaged couple can find everything they need for their wedding. DeVos Place. 5-9 pm (Fri) 11 am-5 pm (Sat). www.grbridalshow.com

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Beethoven’s Pastoral. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. www.devosperformancehall.com

January 8-29

Theresa Bravata art exhibit. Admire pieces that use layers, vivid paint colors and textures to create masterpieces. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. For gallery hours, visit www.fhfineartscenter.com.

January 9

Breton Travel Expo. Learn everything you can to make your dream vacation a reality at this adventurous expo with live presentations and the opportunity to speak directly with travel companies. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am-3 pm. www.bretontravel.com

Learn to skate at Rosa Parks Circle. Classes begin Saturday, January 9 and run for 6 weeks, 9 am to 9:50 am. All ages welcome. $45. To register and for more information call (616) 456-3696.

January 9-February 20

ArtPrize: Second Glance exhibit. Get another look at artwork from ArtPrize Seven, submitted by local artists. LowellArts!. Gallery hours at www.lowellartsmi.org.

January 9-March 6

Mary Seeger Tabletop Teak. The artist shares her collection of beautifully crafted, wooden, tabletop items recognized by the iconic designs of the 1950s and 1960’s. Artist reception on January 14. Design Quest. Gallery hours at www.designquest.biz.

January 11

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

January 12

Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Part I. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. www.growbusiness.org

Pyramids, King Tut and Cleopatra: Recent Discoveries. Join the museum for a fascinating lecture by archaeologist and Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass as he provides new insights on the studied tombs of Egypt’s famous empires. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7 pm. www.grpm.org

CMC Movie: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

January 13

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

Start Smart Business Readiness Course. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. www.growbusiness.org

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Canton Charge. Delta Plex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

January 14

GROW Connects Lunch n’ Learn Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 11:30 am-1 pm. www.growbusiness.org

Mary Seeger ‘Tabletop Teak’ exhibit reception. Design Quest. 6-8 pm. www.designquest.biz

Opening Artist Reception for Theresa Bravata. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 6-7 pm. www.fhfineartscenter.com

Jeff Dunham: Perfectly Unbalanced Tour. Jeff Dunham is joined by popular characters Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, redneck Bubba J., Peanut and Jose Jalapeno to bring audiences a hysterical night with a new form of comedy. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

Christopher Titus: Born with a Defect. Titus reveals the hilarities of his personal life with experiences, observations and anecdotes that send audience members into a laugh riot. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

January 14-17

Grand Rapids Camper, Travel and RV Show. Discover your best mode of transportation for the adventures you take in 2016. DeVos Place. Tickets and times at www.devosplace.org

January 15

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

January 15 & 16

The Bremen Town Musicians: Nothing is Worthless. Lowell Performing Arts Center. 7 pm (Fir) 2:30 pm (Sat). www.lowellartsmi.org

January 15-31

Barefoot in the Park. Witness the result of different personalities when they collide as newlyweds, Paul and Corie, interact with their nosey mother and zany neighbor while living in a disappointing New York apartment. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.grct.org.

January 16

Juice Ball Initiative presents the Hair Band Juice Ball 80’s themed fundraiser. In honor of Juice Ball #7 the celebrating will include Tommy Fitzgerald’s birthday as well as his Kitchen Sage project. 8 pm at JW Marriott. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com

Winter Photography. Learn tips for photographing in cold weather and extreme light conditions to capture winter’s beauty in a photo. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am-noon. Sign up at www.meijergardens.org

Family cooking class. Parents and children work as a team to create meals the whole family will devour. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 10 am-noon. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

Mixology Presentation for American Spirits. Speak EZ shows attendees the skill behind mixing the popular cocktails of the era and creates some interesting kiddie cocktails as well. Grand Rapids Public Museum (Meijer Theater). 3 pm. www.grpm.org

January 16 & 17

Kathy Bartnick of Shape Your Life is hosting a Health and Fitness retreat at Wesley Park UMC, Saturday 9 am to 5pm (dinner 6:15pm) Classroom & fitness; Sunday 9 am to noon Classroom & fitness. $99. Call (616) 318-3503 for more information.

Last Call for American Spirits. The historical and eye-opening exhibition is wrapping up its time at the museum with special features like in depth discussions with historic figures, bringing patrons even closer to the era and culture of the 1920’s. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at www.grpm.org.

Orchid Show. Top Orchid tamers and caretakers display their finest and most unusual flowers in the Grand Room of the gardens and are on-hand to answer questions. Vendors available to help you find the perfect orchid for your home. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Noon-5 pm (Sat) 11 am-5 pm (Sun). www.meijergardens.org

January 17

See Sarah Jean Anderson’s “Oh Girl” standup comedy at Tip Top Deluxe. 9 pm. Mature audiences only.

January 18

Healthy U: Caring for Your Skin. Dr. Douglas Winstanley offers valuable insight on how to keep your skin healthy while you enjoy coffee and refreshments. Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. 10 am. www.covenantgreatlakes.org

West Michigan Jazz Society presents: Jim Cooper Trio. The Guest House. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Maine Red Claws. Delta Plex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

January 19

Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Part II. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. www.growbusiness.org

CMC Movie: Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

January 20

Introduction to Home Cocktail-ing. Make it a New Year’s Resolution to drink better and impress your friends with your cocktail-crafting skills. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 6-7:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

January 21

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

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents: Piano Extravaganza. Four exceptional pianists share the stage (and at times, piano), performing works that range from playful to fiery. Symphonic sonorities and astounding technical skill are sure to guarantee a mesmerizing evening at Saint Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm (pre-concert reception at 6 pm). www.scmc-online.org

January 22

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce. Delta Plex. 4 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

January 22-24

Celebrate the spirit of New Orleans with Byron Stripling’s electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong. Grand Rapids Symphony presents What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong at DeVos Performance Hall. Marva Hicks joins the performance to sing the songs of Ella Fitzgerald. 8 pm (Fri and Sat) 3 pm (Sun). www.devosperformancehall.com


January 23

Get your home papers organized for 2016 with Treva and Judy from “The Organizing Specialists.”  Bring a notebook to capture their terrific organizing ideas at Rylee’s Ace Hardware. The class is free but you must register online at www.ryleesace.com

Kids & Family Expo: Cabin Fever Break. Bring that pent-up energy to this family expo that stuffs the building with crafts, art, labs, a bounce house, face painting and more fun, not to mention a Zipline that flies across the room. DeVos Place. 10 am-5 pm. www.kidsandfamilyexpo.com

Grand Fish, Grand River exhibit opens at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This new exhibit is a thematic extension of the current West Michigan Habitats exhibit, and includes two 10-month-old Lake Sturgeon.www.grpm.org

January 24

Harlem Globetrotters 2016 World Tour. Witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind entertainment by the famous teams as they bring their 90th anniversary celebration to Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena. 2 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Toronto Raptors 905. Delta Plex. 4 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

January 25

Open house and fundraiser for 88.1 fm WYCE community radio at Harmony Hall. 6 pm. www.wyce.org

January 26

Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Part III. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. www.growbusiness.org

CMC Movie: Team America World Police. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

January 27

6th Annual LocalMotion Awards. Connect with other Local First members and celebrate the strides we’ve made in creating a stronger, more sustainable local economy. Cheer for the winners of 2016 LocalMotion Awards for making our community more vibrant and resilient. Goei Center. 5-8 pm. www.localfirst.com

January 28-29

2016 MPA Annual Convention: Mission Possible. Featuring Pulitzer Prize Winner Bill Frakes, this collection of sessions fills the days with hot topics for everyone in Michigan’s newspaper world, covering trends from editorial to advertising and providing attendees with great learning and networking opportunities. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. For itinerary and to register, visit www.michiganpress.org.

January 28-30

Grace. Audiences get a powerful look at inter-faith relationships through the story of Grace, an outspoken atheist, and her son who is on his way to becoming a priest. Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids. Tickets and showtimes at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

January 28-31

Michigan International Auto Show. Car manufacturers from around the world bring their finest traveling displays with new vehicles that drive visitors nuts with opportunities to compare vehicle options and “soon to be released” models. DeVos Place. Times at www.devosplace.org.

January 29 and 30

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Dvorak’s Seventh. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. www.devosperformancehall.com

January 29 to March 20

Coming Home is a series of exhibitions featuring works by emerging and established Michigan artists at UICA. Reception on 1/29 at 6 pm for members, 7 pm general public. www.uica.org

January 29-31

Weller Auto: Huntin’ Time Expo. Over 350 booths bring fun for the whole family at Michigan’s largest all hunting trade expo. Delta Plex. 1 pm (Fri) 9 am (Sat and Sun). www.deltaplex.com

January 30

Animal Adventures: Surviving in the Wild. Learn the survival techniques of the wild’s fittest animals with live presentations and interactive games. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10-11:30 am. www.meijergardens.org

Blue Water Ramblers CD Release Concert. Many of their songs include lyrics about Michigan, so bring your mitten state pride and enjoy this fundraising concert that benefits LowellArts!. Larkin’s Other Place. 7 pm. www.lowellartsmi.org

January 31-April 17

Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. Gaze upon the work stemming from the Newcomb School philosophy that no two handcrafted objects should be alike as over 125 ceramics, tableware, jewelry, textiles and more are displayed in this special exhibit. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at www.artmuseumgr.org.

January 31-April 17

Michigan Artist Series exhibit features New Knots, the work of fiber artist Sally England at Grand Rapids Art Museum. www.artmuseumgr.org.




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