March 2020 Events

Through May 

Bodies Revealed. 10 full body human specimens and hundreds of organs are respectfully displayed to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us. Grand Rapids Public Museum. grpm.org

Until June 14

A Beautiful Struggle: Black Feminist Futurerism. Interdisciplinary contemporary art exhibition that explores the integration of Black feminist and Afrofuturist ideas. UICA. uica.org

Feb. 28-March 22

Matilda manages to navigate everything from family drama to unifying her classmates against the headmistress Miss Trunchbull’s evil ways. A scrappy story of heart that celebrates how different life can be when you take a stand for your future. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Various showtimes.
grct.org/matilda-the-musical

March 1-April 30

Butterflies are Blooming. This temporary, annual exhibition features thousands of tropical butterflies from Central and South America, Africa and Asia freely flying in the Tropical Conservatory. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. meijergardens.org/calendar/butterflies-are-blooming

March 10-15

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Grand Rapids’ golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.”  DeVos Performance Hall. Various showtimes. devosperformancehall.com/events

March 20-22

Grand Rapids Symphony Presents UP-The Movie with Orchestra. See the Disney Pixar classic like never before – with the music performed LIVE by your GR Pops. This uplifting family favorite is an enchanting tale of a widower who attaches thousands of balloons to his home and floats to South America. Touching and inspiring, “Up” is fun for the children in your life, and the child in all of us. DeVos Performance Hall. Various showtimes. grsymphony.org

Thursdays & Sundays

Rad Women Walking Tours. Led by Grand Rapids Running Tours, the artwork and tours are based on the New York Times bestselling book “Rad American Women A-Z” by Kate Schatz. With a total of 27 works of public art on electrical boxes featuring portraits of historical women from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston, the tour will give you a background on each public figure and the Rad Local Artist behind each artwork. Rosa Parks Circle. Thurs 10 am-12:30 pm, 4- 6pm; Sun 1-3:30 pm. facebook.com/pg/downtowngrandrapidsinc

March 1

Sunday Classical Concert Series: Castalia Quartet—Music by Women Composers. Sundays during fall and winter you can enjoy live classical music performances set amidst GRAM’s beautiful architecture and galleries. Seating is first come, first served in Cook Auditorium. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. artmuseumgr.org

March 5 

WMEAC Book Club: Climate of Hope. Join the West Michigan Environmental Action Council each month as they explore environmentally-themed books covering topics like the urban environment, colonialism and the history of the environmental movement, deforestation, and more. The book this month is Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope, and you can purchase your copy at Books & Mortar for 10% off. Books & Mortar. 6:30 pm-8 pm. booksandmortar.com/events

Jim Gaffigan. Jim Gaffigan is a four-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, two-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. laughfestgr.org/event/jim-gaffigan

March 6

Nature Buds: Sugarbush Edition. Bring your littles out to Blandford Nature Center this March for Nature Buds – Sugarbush Edition! These special, seasonal programs will include guided story time, a visit to a tapped maple tree, and a tour of the Sugarhouse.  Blandford Nature Center. 10:30 am-noon. blandfordnaturecenter.org/events

She Lived: Edye’s Disco Birthday FUNdraise. Celebrate local jazz legend and founder of Ebony Road Players Edye Evans Hyde. Feautring DJ Disobedience, a wine menu curated by GRNoir and a food by Social Arts LLC. Dress in your best disco-wear for a chance to win a prize. Little Space Studio. 7-11 pm. facebook.com/pg/littlespaceGR/events


March 7 

Funny Girls — Grand Rapids, The Musical. Through a satirical musical adventure including song, improv, sketches and “belly” laughs, Funny Girls will show you Grand Rapids like you’ve never seen it before! Funny Girls is an inclusive collective of comedians, writers, musicians, bloggers, YouTubers, and humans. The group collaborates on sketches, music, mixed media and improv to create personal, shocking, funny and trail-blazing live shows. Golden Age at Creston Brewery. 9 pm. laughfestgr.org/event/funny-girls-grand-rapids-the-musical

March 10

The Characters That Lived. The Creative Youth Center (CYC) and Funny Girls is pleased to present The Characters that Lived, a rollicking all-ages improv performance. There’s no show like it in town: Professional adult actors will interpret characters created by CYC students in a hilarious show back on stage by popular demand. The Comedy Project. 6 pm. laughfestgr.org/event/creative-youth-center-and-funny-girls-present-the-characters-that-lived

Ladies of LaughFest. For all the LaughFest ladies out there! A time to celebrate women in comedy and all things female. Grab your gal pals and join us for Ladies Night Out! Though the whole lineup will be women, we’re welcoming – men are invited to attend too (especially if they’re supporting the funny women in their life)! Golden Age at Creston Brewery. 7 pm. laughfestgr.org/event/ladies-of-laughfest-stand-up-showcase-at-golden-age/

March 11

Cinema Lab: Loving Vincent. for a free screening and discussion of the Academy Award nominated film Loving Vincent (2017). Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. grcmc.org/theatre

March 12

Susan B. Anthony and the National American Woman Suffrage Association in Grand Rapids. Melissa Fox will present at the Lowell Area Historical Museum & Friends of the Englehardt Library in Lowell. Susan B. Anthony visited West Michigan many times beginning in 1873. Her last appearance was at the 1899 NAWSA convention held at the St. Cecilia Music Society, the only time it ever met in Michigan. Lowell Township Hall. 1 pm. ggrwhc.org/

March 13

Maria Bamford. Maria Bamford is revered for her deeply personal and experimental comedy about mental illness. She starred in the surreal, semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, about a comedian who suffers a nervous breakdown, and is the star of three unconventional hour-long stand-up specials: Weakness is the Brand, Old Baby and Maria Bamford, the special, special,special! Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm & 9:30 pm. laughfestgr.org/event/maria-bamford

Warm up the Irish Way. Join infor a St. Patrick’s Day celebration like no other! Begin the night by making classic brown butter soda rolls and Irish sausage. Then, experience a traditional Irish colcannon—a delicious medley of softened cabbages, leeks, and potatoes. Finally, finish with a rich Guinness chocolate stout cupcake! Sip on Guinness, available for purchase. Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. downtownmarketgr.com

March 14

Fortune Feimster. Fortune Feimster’s first, one-hour special, SWEET & SALTY, is now streaming on Netflix. A stand-up comedian, writer and actor, Feimster first made a name for herself on CHELSEA LATELY. She is also well known for her role of ‘Nurse Collette’ on THE MINDY PROJECT for Hulu. Recently, Feimster has been frequently recurring on Comedy Central’s LIGHTS OUT WITH DAVID SPADE. In 2018, Netflix released Feimster’s half-hour special as part of THE STANDUPS, which received rave reviews. Fountain Street Church. 7 pm. laughfestgr.org/event/fortune-feimster

March 17

The Price is Right Live! The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. Play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show…from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. devosperformancehall.com/events/2020/the-price-is-right-live

March 19

LunaFest GR 2020. Join Girls on the Run for a free evening of short films created by, for, and about women. Wealthy Theatre. 6 pm. gotrkmc.org/lunafest

March 21

Kathleen Madigan: 8 o’clock Happy Hour Tour. Over Kathleen Madigan’s 25 year career she has performed on nearly every late night show ever made. In 2014, Madigan was nominated for an American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic and her third one hour special, Madigan Again, was named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums. 20 Monroe Life. 7 pm. 20monroelive.com

Spectrum Health Irish Jig. Spectrum Health is proud to provide this event to promote colorectal cancer awareness. Now in its 37th year, the Irish Jig has grown to become one of Michigan’s premier 5K (3.1 mile) road races. East Grand Rapids High School. 8:30 am. spectrumhealth.org/irish-jig

March 23

Artists Creating Together Open House. Join ACT for interactive arts, music and more and learn about their programming. Artist’s Creating Together. 4-8 pm. artistscreatingtogether.org/community

March 25

 Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History CouncilAnnual reception and “Suffrage Sampler: Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment.” Wine & hors d’oeuvres with friends, followed by a Suffrage Sampler program. John F. Donnelly Conference Center at Aquinas College. 5-7 pm. ggrwhc.org/event/ggrwhc-annual-meeting-reception/

March 26

Kutsche Office Roundtable. “Taking Center Stage: Women’s Suffrage in Grand Rapids” presented by Julia Bouwkamp; and “It Took a Family: Domestic Roles and the Civic Engagement of Alde Blake,” Blake descendants Moana Kutsche & Robert McArdle with Jo Ellyn Clarey. Grand River Room, GVSU 8:30–3:45 pm. ggrwhc.org/event/kutsche-office-roundtable/

Women’s History Bus Tour. Presented by the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council sponsored by Athena Council of the GR Chamber of Commerce. 4:30-6:30 pm.

March 28-29

Health & Wellness Weekend at the Downtown Market. This free event includes healthy eating demonstrations in the teaching kitchen, fitness classes in the greenhouse, raffles, giveaways, inspirational speakers, and health and wellness vendors. Downtown Market. 10 am-4 pm. downtownmarketgr.com/classes-events/health-wellness-weekend

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