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 creators are invited to the brewery’s back room to work on their own projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creatives. 25 percent 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


Open Skate Ice Skating. Experience the charming tradition of ice skating downtown, surrounded by festive holiday decorations and music. Rosa Parks Circle. 10 am-9:45 pm. Rink hours and rates at www.grcity.us.

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.

Through January 8

Inspired Style exhibit. GRPM partners with KCAD’s school of fashion to reveal a stylish exhibit that follows fashion spanning from the 1850s to the 1950s. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at www.grpm.org.

Coming Home exhibit. Celebrate our inspiring mitten state with a series of works by emerging and established Michigan artists. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Hours at www.uica.org.

Christmas Traditions Around the World. Don’t miss your chance to see the Gardens glow with over 400,000 lights illuminating trees and displays representing various holiday traditions practiced around the world. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Hours and activities at www.meijergardens.org.

Through January 15

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. The art museum composes a major exhibit featuring stunning works by the Dutch fashion designer, oftentimes using unusual materials like umbrella ribs and synthetic boat rigging. Don’t miss your chance to view these impressive pieces at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. More information and museum hours at www.artmuseumgr.org.

Through January 28

Walk of Life and Hearts and Bones exhibit. The featured artists use an eccentric collection of materials and art forms to express relationships between ideas and showcase interactive artwork. Fed Galleries @KCAD. Gallery hours at www.kcad.edu/galleries.

January 1

Happy New Year!

January 3

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

January 4

Avenue for the Arts Open Studio Night. All artists and creators are invited to bring their current projects and discuss, explore and participate in craftsmanship among fellow makers. Avenue for the Arts. 6-7 pm. www.avenueforthearts.com

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Westchester Knicks. DeltaPlex Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

January 5

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

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. 6-7 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

Fitness Foods class. Whether you’re an athlete or trying to live a healthy lifestyle, this class teaches you how to get creative with healthy foods. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl.

January 6

Romantic Coffee Concert. Perk up your Friday morning with coffee and a concert focusing on the romantic era in music. St. Cecilia Music Center. 9 am (coffee) 10 am (concert). www.grsymphony.org

Blood Drive. Begin the New Year by donating blood and making a stranger’s 2017 a little healthier. BSI Healthcare. 11 am-4:45 pm. www.redcrossblood.org

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

The Romantic Concert: Schumann & Brahms. St. Cecilia Music Center. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

January 6 & 7

Grand Rapids Bridal Show. Brides, grooms, families and wedding guests will find a gathering of nuptial-planning resources at this annual bridal show that brings the finest wedding professionals and trends to Grand Rapids. DeVos Place. 5-9 pm (Fri) 11 am-5 pm (Sat). www.grbridalshow.com

January 7

Community Training Run. Rise and shine to train for Grand Rapids’ biggest road race with a free group run followed by snacks and camaraderie with fellow runners and goal-setters. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8-10 am. Full schedule at www.53riverbankrun.com.

Video Games Live. Immerse yourself in a concert of music from the most popular video games during a performance featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony and synchronized lighting effects. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

January 8

Sunday Classical Concert Series presents Jeremy Crosmer and Friends. Warm up with beautiful music performed live among GRAM’s stunning architecture and galleries. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. The multi-artist extravaganza is back to fill the concert hall with music from 10 of Christian music’s most talented artists. Van Andel Arena. 5 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

January 9

Read So Hard Book Club. Book-lovers gather over a pint to discuss this month’s selection So You’ve Been Publically Shamed by Jon Ronson. Harmony Hall. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

January 9 – February 24

Kendall College of Art and Design’s Continuining Studies winter session. www.kcad.edu.

January 10

Sicilian Wine Dinner. Jenna’s looking forward to showing off what she learned in Sicilia. Enjoy recipes and wines at Amore Trattoria. 6:30-9:30 pm. RSVP at (616) 785-5344.

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: Marketing 101. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register for the class cluster at www.growbusiness.org.

iPhone Photography Part I and II. A professional photographer teaches students how to take incredible photos using their smartphones and provides insightful information on apps that upgrade your photos from nice to awe-inspiring. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 4-5:30 pm (part I) and 6-7:30 pm (part II). Register at www.meijergardens.org.

CMC Movie: Blue Velvet. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

January 10, 17 & 24

Understanding Alzheimer’s: Secondary Caregiver class. Learn the best ways to support your loved one experiencing Alzheimer’s and other dementia issues in this informative class. Mercy Health Wege Institute. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.alz.org

January 11

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

Teen Council Meet-Up. Grades 8-12 are invited to join the library’s new Teen Advisory Board to help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection and make new friends. Pizza served. Grand Rapids Public Library. 3 pm. www.grpl.org

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

KD aLe: Kitzingen Brewery Tour. Learn about the brewery while touring the facility and tasting some great beer and German food. Kitzingen Brewery. 7-8 pm. www.kdl.org

January 12

Beer Explorers: Beer Pairings. Explore what makes certain beers work together during this delicious tasting experience. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 6 pm. Full class schedule at www.grpm.org.

Artist’s Reception: Kelsey Wierenga. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 6-7 pm. www.fhfineartscenter.com

New Urbanism Film Festival. ICCF brings GR a taste of this popular event that happens annually in Los Angeles, featuring short films on the topic of a built environment. Wealthy Theatre. 7-9 pm. www.grcmc.org

Iris van Herpen Lecture Series presents Dutch Design: Culture in Context. Dutch Design expert, Ken Krayer, shares his knowledge in relation to GRAM’s Iris van Herpen exhibit. 7-8 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

January 12-15

Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show. The biggest RV show in the state returns with a dozen West Michigan RV dealers showing the best RV’s to drive you through your next adventure. DeVos Place. Showtimes at www.devosplace.org.

January 13

Pop Scholars: Improv Comedy. Indulge in a night of smart, risk-taking improv comedy performed by Grand Rapids’ four-man improvisational experts. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

January 13 & 14

The Brew Ha Ha. Over 40 breweries from around the country dish out their best samples while a variety of stand-up comedians serve up their best acts, combining beer and comedy for the 9th annual festival. DeltaPlex. 5-10 pm (Fri) and 1-10 pm (Sat). Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

Sibelius Symphony No. 5. The great Finnish composer shares the bill with Copland’s film score to Our Town in this highlighted installment of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

January 13-29

The Philadelphia Story. This witty, sophisticated classic tells the tale of heiress Tracy Lord and her wedding’s disruption when her ex-husband shows up on her doorstep. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at www.grct.org.

January 14

Breton Travel Expo. Make your dream vacation a reality at this expo giving you access to top travel experts, deals, giveaways and information towards your next trip. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am-3 pm. www.bretontravel.com

Friends of the Library Book Sale. Find all genres of books for a great price during this seasonal sale. Kent District Library (Cascade Township Branch). 10 am-4 pm. www.kdl.org

Iris van Herpen Drop-in Tour. Explore innovative fashion in the company of GRAM’s knowledgeable docents to learn more about the exhibit beyond the caption cards. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-2 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org.

January 14 & 15

Amsoil Arenacross. Fearless and highly talented athletes compete on dirt battlegrounds during the most intense motorcycle racing on the planet. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm (Fri) and noon (Sat). Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

The Chiaroscuro International Film Series begins January 15 with a screening of Mustang.

January 15

Film Screening: Mustang. Chiaroscuro International Film Festival invites the community to attend free screenings of flicks 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 Follas Duo. A tour of GRAM’s newest exhibit follows the performance. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

January 16

Monday Night Jazz Gumbo presents Tony Reynolds, Mark Weymouth and Greg Miller. The Guest House. 6-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

January 17

Postpartum Depression Prevention Group. Attendees of this support group learn how to reduce the risk of postpartum depression by making a plan and learning to recognize warning signs. Pine Rest (Northwest Clinic). 5:30-7:30 pm. Full class schedule at www.pinerest.org.

Charity Dinner and Conversation with Detroit Tigers’ Al Avila, Red Wings’ Ken Holland and Pistons’ Jeff Bower. Celebrate the arena’s 20th anniversary with a delicious dinner followed by talk with these sports experts. Van Andel Arena. 6 pm. www.vanandelarena.com

GROW Small Business Class: Branding and Personal Selling. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register for the class cluster at www.growbusiness.org.

CMC Movie: Wild at Heart. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

January 19

Intro to GROW. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm. www.growbusiness.org

Women in Healthcare Leadership Conference. Enjoy a night of connecting with women involved in all genres of healthcare with lively group activities and inspiring stories from keynote speaker, Anna P. Selbold. GVSU Eberhard Center. 3:30-7 pm. www.wmi-hfma.squarespace.com

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

Music in the Stacks: Tom Hymn. Enjoy a performance by Tom Hymn as you peruse the library’s collection. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

Concerts Under the Stars presents Joshua Tree with visuals by Nate Eizenga. Experience irresistible electronic music choreographed with the dazzling lights of the Chaffee Planetarium. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7:30 pm. www.grpm.org

Polydora Ensemble: Through the Romantic Lieder concert. A combination of vocal quartet and piano brings audience members a romantically unforgettable performance from talented singers. Betty Van Andel Opera Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.operagr.org.

Open Life Drawing Session. Join Avenue for the Arts and practice your hand at drawing clothed male and female models, who are present during the session so artists can seize the opportunity to draw from life. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm. www.avenueforthearts.com

January 19-21

Michigan Music Conference. Featuring an abundance of school ensemble concerts and performances, this event gives audience members of all ages a chance to experience prime orchestra performed by talented musicians. DeVos Performance Hall. Performance times and details at www.devosperformancehall.com.

January 20

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

Master Class at the Opera with Tenor Nils Neubert. Those interested in sharpening their vocal skills are invited to engage in this fun learning experience, led by prominent and entertaining opera scholars. Betty Van Andel Opera Center. 2-4 pm. www.operagr.org

January 20-21

Anne of Green Gables performance. LowellArts! youth theater presents a dramatization of this classic novel, following the story of orphan Anne Shirley and her growth from adolescence to early adulthood. Lowell Performing Arts Center. 7 pm (Fri) and 2:30 pm (Sat). www.lowellartsmi.org

Ann Callaway lends her divine voice to perform Barbara Streisand’s famous hits with the Grand Rapids Symphony, January 21-22.

January 20-22

Hits of Barbra Streisand. Exquisite jazz singer, Ann Callaway, lends her divine voice to perform Streisand’s famous hits as part of Fox Motors Pops. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm (Fri & Sat) and 3 pm (Sun). Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

January 21

Kids & Family Expo. Unleash the pent-up effects of Cabin Fever and bring the family to an expo that fills the hall with fun, energizing activities that challenge mind and stealth while bringing the family closer together. DeVos Place. 10 am-5 pm. www.kidsandfamilyexpo.com

Winter Bridal Show. This expo aims to relieve pre-wedding stress by bringing the area’s best bridal vendors to Grand Rapids. DeVos Place. 11 am-4 pm. www.kohlerexpo.com

Catfish & The Man concert. Wealthy Theatre. 8-10 pm. www.grcmc.org

January 22

Sunday Classical Concert Series presents Spektral Quartet. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

The Harlem Globetrotters featuring The Washington Admirals. Van Andel Arena. 2-5 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

January 24

Cooking with Tots class. Introduce your kid to the kitchen as you create a scrumptious breakfast together. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 9:30-11 am. www.downtownmarketgr.com.

GROW Small Business Class: Marketing Your Business Online. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register for the class cluster at www.growbusiness.org.

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

KD aLe presents The Perfect Pair: Craft Beer and Cheese. Wine isn’t the only drink compatible with cheese; join KDL and experience savory cheese pairings with Founders beer. Kent District Library (East Grand Rapids branch). 6-7:30 pm. www.kdl.org

January 24-25

Shen Yun Performing Arts. Watch ancient Chinese culture come to life through classical Chinese dance, costumes, art and epic storytelling. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

January 25

Annual Meeting and LocalMotion Awards. Gather with Local First staff and the community to celebrate those who have made an impact in the local economy. Goei Center. 5-9 pm. Tickets at www.localfirst.com

Italian Drinks and Desserts class. This dessert and cocktail class hits on classic Italian flavors and expands your kitchen menu to international levels. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 6-8 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

KD aLe: Cedar Springs Brewery Tour. Enjoy a discounted tasting flight of the breweries beers while touring the facility with an expert guide. Cedar Springs Brewery. 6:30-7:30 pm. www.kdl.org

Learn Small Business Research Essentials. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7-8:30 pm. www.grpl.org

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Fauré and Brahms. St. Cecilia Music Center January 26.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Fauré and Brahms. St. Cecilia Music Center January 26.

January 26

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

Body & Breast seminar. Learn about surgical and non-surgical procedures along with the innovative technology Bengtson Center uses to help you look and feel your best. Bengtson Center. 5-7 pm. RSVP at www.bengtsoncenter.com.

The Lumineers concert. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

Author Visit: Joel Goldstein. Goldstein visits the museum to discuss his book The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Pump Boys and Dinettes. The comedic filling attendants and waitresses return for this country/pop musical where the actors perform on guitar, piano, bass and kitchen utensils. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.vsfac.com.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Fauré and Brahms. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30-9:45 pm. www.scmc-online.org.

January 27

Opening of Us Is Them and Here + Now exhibits. Enjoy light refreshments and comments by UICA Exhibitions Curator, Heather Duffy, as she talks about the gallery’s newest exhibit, featuring work from 42 international artists confronting the issues of politics, religion and racism. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6-9 pm (5:30 pm for members). www.uica.org

January 27-29

Studio Launch and Grand Rapids Film Festival 36-Hour Challenge. Movie-makers are challenged to script, shoot, edit and submit a six-minute masterpiece in just 36 hours to celebrate the opening of the new film studio. Snow Monster Studios. 8 pm (Fri) to 9 am (Sun). Register and find more information at www.grfilmfestival.com.

January 27-August 20

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.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in concert January 27 and 28.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert January 27 and 28.

January 27 & 28

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert. Relive the magic and discover a bit more as you watch the full film, projected on the concert hall’s giant screen, as the orchestra beautifully performs the iconic score. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm (Fri) 3 and 8 pm (Sat). Tickets at www.grsymphony.org

January 28

Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition. Stay motivated this winter on this course made up of trail and non-trail terrain, finishing with a pizza lunch. Camp Roger. 9 am-12:30 pm. Register at www.michiganadventurerace.com.

Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Double Header. Rivertown Sports. 5-9:30 pm. www.grandraggidy.com

January 28 & 29

Orchid Show at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, January 28 and 29.

Weller Auto: Huntin’ Time Expo. DeltaPlex Arena. 9 am-7 pm (Sat) and 9 am-5 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

Orchid Show. Beautiful, tropical orchids fill the Grand Room, marveling guests as they walk among the blooms. Members of the Grand Valley Orchid Society are on-hand to answer questions about your own orchids. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am-5 pm (Fri) and 11 am-5 pm (Sat). www.meijergardens.org

January 29

Film Screening: Güeros. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 2 pm (panel discussion and social reception post-screening). Full film schedule at www.chiaroscurogr.org.

January 30

Grand Opening of Soul Food City. Get a taste at Grand Rapids’ new addition to the foodie scene. The Ballroom at McKay. 8 am-3 pm. www.soulfood.city

January 31

Healthy Habits, Healthy Recipes class. Invest in yourself with knowledge on a nutritious and delicious diet by joining a food expert to gain ideas and inspiration to turn the new regime into habit. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6-8 pm. Register at www.meijergardens.org.




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