Archive for the ‘Performing Arts’ category

GRCC In the News, 2-14-14

February 14, 2014

Saugatuck students explore career choices at Grand Rapids Community College

Feb. 13, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College has again partnered with Saugatuck High School to help students zero in on how their abilities and talents line up with their plans for the future.

‘Condom Drop,’ safe-sex cards to target GRCC, Grand Rapids bars

Feb. 13, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Planned Parenthood volunteers will fan out across Grand Rapids Thursday handing out condoms at bars and Grand Rapids Community College in an effort to promote safe sex on Valentines Day.


Feb. 13, 2014;

‘Jackson’ is the bloody bloody brilliant musical rendition of one of America’s most historically controversial figures.

… Book by Alex Timbers; music and lyrics by Michael Friedman; choreographed and directed by Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz. Presented by Grand Rapids Actors’ Theatre at the GRCC Spectrum Theater; (616) 234-3946. Through February 22nd. For mature audiences. Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

Cheap Eats: Menna’s Joint offers big, toasted wraps for the bar crowd

Feb. 13, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Menna’s Joint serves its own version of a wrap sandwich, dubbed dubs. When a friend and I visited the newly opened location in downtown Grand Rapids, we asked why they’re called dubs, and the friendly counterperson didn’t have an answer. They’re just dubs.

… The new spot on Ionia Street SW is the first not to be located on a university campus, and should serve lunch clientele, GVSU, Kendall College and Grand Rapids Community College students downtown and spillover from neighboring drinking establishments. Menna’s offers online ordering for most locations, and delivery. I stopped by twice recently, once with my buddy, local stand-up comic Stu McCallister, to sample the menu.

GRCC In the News, 2-5-14

February 5, 2014

Obituaries today: Merry Anne Barrows, teacher, counselor and author of operettas

Feb. 4, 2014; MLive

Merry Anne Barrows, a teacher and counselor who loved the theater, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

… Her education included a Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University. She worked as a teacher in the Grand Rapids area and in Wisconsin. She also taught at Grand Rapids Junior College and was active in the development of the Counseling Center.

GRCC intervention program receives national award

Feb. 4, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A national community college organization has recognized Grand Rapids Community College for its efforts to get students back on track after academic probation.

Actors’ Theatre explores the myths and truths of Andrew Jackson all in song

Feb. 4, 2014; MLive

Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz is fully aware of the controversy that surrounds Andrew Jackson and his actions. Her father, Ken, a former history teacher, has a fascination with Jackson, giving Dutkiewicz insight into the seventh president of the United States. It was Dutkiewicz’s father who first discovered and saw the New York production of Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson; and when he couldn’t stop talking about it, she became intrigued with the musical.

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, with musical direction by Scott Bell, is presented by Actors Theatre February 622. All shows are at 8 p.m. at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Tickets $26$20. For tickets, call 234-3946 or visit

GRCC International Guitar Series February Performance

January 30, 2014

The GRCC International Guitar Series


Gideon Whitehead, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:30 PM

Grand Rapids Community College alumnus, guitarist Gideon Whitehead will be the featured GRCC International Guitar Series performer on February 20, 2014. Noted by Cleveland Classical for his ability to “bring out subtle inner details” and to “communicate directly with the listener”, he is quickly establishing himself as an outstanding and captivating artist. In June 2013, he celebrated the release of his debut album Russian Romance featuring rarely-played classical guitar music from Russia. Gideon has performed solo recitals for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Guitar Society of Michigan, the Sturgis Council of the Arts (Sturgis, MI), the Louisville Guitar Society (Louisville, KY) and Hope College (Holland, MI) among others. In 2012, he made his New York City debut in a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a chamber musician, Gideon has had the honor of collaborating on numerous occasions with world-renowned violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim. Since beginning his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012, Gideon has premiered two works for guitar and string quartet, along with works for solo guitar, guitar and violin, and a song cycle for soprano and guitar. In addition, he has appeared in chamber music performances for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Stars in the Classics series in Cleveland, Ohio, and at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. Gideon has earned prizes at the 2011 James Stroud Guitar Competition and the 2010 and 2011 University of Louisville International Guitar Competition.

The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail:


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GRCC In the News, 1-21-14

January 21, 2014

GRCC joins Google Glass Explorer program

Jan. 20, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is adding Google Glass to its teaching resources.

VIDEO: Chuck D talks MLK Jr.’s legacy

Jan. 20, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Chuck D, co-founder of rap group Public Enemy, will be the keynote speaker Monday night at Grand Rapids Community Colleges MLK Day commemoration program.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan. 20, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day is a day to honor the civil rights pioneer. There is an event in West Michigan today to commemorate Dr. King.

(GRCC student Arielle Brown appears on the program.)

Jazz musicians with Grand Rapids ties open St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2013-14 Jazz Series

Jan. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The family that plays together, stays together, so the saying goes.

… Veteran music teachers Duane Davis and Paul Brewer spent most of their careers teaching music. Davis was director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College until his retirement, and Brewer is director of instrumental music at Aquinas College.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Wrestling picks up pair of wins against ranked opponents

Jan. 20, 2014; MLive

… MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Jayhawks (8-9) snapped their five-game losing streak with a 74-55 victory against Kellogg Community College on Jan. 18. Balanced scoring and hot shooting in the first half gave MCC a 16-point lead heading into the locker room and it only grew from there.

… The Jayhawks lost to Grand Rapids Community College, 80-56, on Jan. 15. Anderson led MCC with nine points and 11 rebounds. Turean Conner had 13 points.

Raider Salute for MLK Day participants

January 21, 2014

The Office of Student Life would like to send a salute to all of the employees and Board of Trustee members who came out to participate in the MLK Jr. Day march and daytime program. We appreciate your support!

Specifically, we would like to send special thanks to Chairperson Bert Bleke, Arielle Brown (BSU President), the Music Department, the Media Department, Shelly Urbane, the Police Department, the Diversity Learning Center and the Fieldhouse staff for helping us accomplish such a great event. Everyone played a critical role in the success of the event and we thank you!

Faculty recital has been postponed

January 20, 2014

The Music Department’s faculty recital, featuring Drs. Libor Ondras and Kenneth Bos, originally scheduled for January 24 has been postponed.

Music class for 3-, 4-year-olds starts January 17

January 13, 2014

Arts Outreach music program is offering a music class for 3 and 4 year olds on Fridays at 1:30 pm in the GRCC Music Center starting this Friday, January 17, 2014.

“Tiny Twinklers” is a parent and child music exploration class. The class is designed to provide a joyful musical experience for preschoolers by introducing building blocks of music through singing, movement and rhythmic instruments. Suzuki method repertoire and instrument petting zoo are included.

Class will be held on Fridays 1:30-2:15 pm on January 17-April 4 (12 sessions) in the GRCC Music Center. Cost is $120. Please email or visit website for more info.

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GRCC In the News, 12-20-13

December 20, 2013

GRCC graduate describes how training program helped him land computer technician job

Dec. 19, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As an employee of Personal Business Systems in Grandville, Nico Tipton spends his days doing what he loves — working with computers.

Tipton, a computer technician at the small business, located on Chicago Drive, said he landed the job thanks to a training program he recently completed at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC to showcase career, educational opportunities for high school musicians

Dec. 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is opening its campus to high school students interested in music next month for an event known as High School Music Fiesta.

Young musicians to work with GRCC faculty, students in first High School Music Fiesta

Dec. 19, 2013; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — High school students who are ready to take their music to the next level will learn about exciting career options and get college-level instruction this January at Grand Rapids Community College Music Departments first music honors day.

Tickets available for ‘Venus in Fur’

December 17, 2013

Three more chances to see the Actors’ production of VENUS IN FUR by David Ives. December 19 – 21 at 8pm. Call 234-3946 or visit for tickets.

Here’s what retiree Kathleen Owens said about the play:

I saw Venus in Fur last night at Actors’ Theatre. It was phenomenal and if you get a chance to see it you won’t regret it! Yes, it is an adult story, but full of humor and wonderful actors and direction. As Shelly Urbane says in her director’s notes, “we are also giving weight…to the wonderful power struggles that make us human, that make us dynamic.”


Photos — and thank yous — for Holiday Breakfast

December 13, 2013

A HUGE thank you to Jim Schafer, Kevin Dobreff, the amazing team in Media Technologies, the hard-working Ford Fieldhouse staff and Creative Dining for helping make today’s Holiday Breakfast a wonderful time! And thank you to everyone who brought food for the Food Pantry! We appreciate your generosity in helping us feed our students in need.

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GRCC In the News, 12-10-13

December 10, 2013

LaughFest 2014 ticket packages selling ahead of previous festival

Dec. 9, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda’s LaughFest 2014 ticket packages are selling faster than the year before.

… (Jim) Gaffigan sold out his first LaughFest appearance in March 2012 in the Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.

Kink or comedy? ‘Venus in Fur’ brings both to stage at Actors’ Theatre

Dec. 9, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Who’s in control?

… Shelly Urbane, directing her fourth show for Actors Theatre, says these types of roles are fun for actors as they get to explore more than one character.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Shelly Urbane is GRCC’s theater manager.)

Benefit variety show has been canceled

December 10, 2013

The benefit “Make the Yuletide Gay-er-er” variety show, scheduled for December 15, has been canceled.

GRCC In the News, 12-6-13

December 6, 2013

Why GRCC is training staff how to use, analyze student performance data

Dec. 6, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Instructors at Grand Rapids Community College used to wait weeks to get results from data requests that showed how their students were performing in subsequent classes.

GRCC students, faculty share talent in holiday concerts

Dec. 5, 2013;  News International

Dec. 5, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating the season with a series of holiday concerts showcasing students vocal and instrumental talents.

Four Grand Valley State women’s basketball players reach double digits in loss to Ashland

Dec. 5, 2013; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Valley State women’s basketball team had its eyes set on a second straight upset, but it was not meant to be. The Lakers opened GLIAC play on Thursday (Dec. 5) night with a 76-73 loss to Ashland at Grand Rapids Community College’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

GRCC In the News, 12-2-13

December 2, 2013

GRCC students to compete for service learning award

Nov. 26, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eight service learning projects will compete for Grand Rapids Community College’s Armen Awards, which recognize educational efforts that help the community.

John Cusack, Bruce Willis to star in Grand Rapids director Brian Miller’s ‘The Prince’

Nov. 26, 2013; MLive

Grand Rapids-born filmmaker Brian Miller has landed his biggest Hollywood job yet, directing action-thriller “The Prince,” starring John Cusack, Bruce Willis and Jason Patric.

… Miller is a 1993 East Grand Rapids graduate who attended Grand Rapids Community College and studied film at Grand Valley State University. He moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to pursue a film career. He wrote the screenplay for “Crossfire,” and eventually secured funding for it to film in his hometown in 2009. Miller’s films are released under his Sky Harbor Films production company banner.

High School Students Have Backstage Pass to Learning Technical Side of Theater

Nov. 26, 2013; (KISD newsletter)

Kent ISD, MI — What Josh Hess loves about theater is the backstage magic: working the lights and bringing all the technical parts of the show together just right.

… Students cover everything taught in an introductory level college course. Many are ready for careers in theater and entertainment, said Amber Schrier, Van Singel technical director and class instructor. Students can earn two Grand Rapids Community College credits and up to 12 Davenport University credits by completing two years of the program. Schrier said skills developed also translate to careers as wide-ranging as electronics and makeup.

Grand Rapids schools look at energy audit on buildings for cost-savings, better efficiency

Nov. 29, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids schools is preparing to have a free energy audit done on 10 of the district’s buildings through the Rebuild Michigan program administered by the Michigan Department of Energy.

… (Renae) Hesselink said districts such as Forest Hills and Zeeland, as well as Grand Rapids Community College, have utilized the service. She said GRPS will have to supply 12 months of energy data as a baseline to start the process.

Maplegrove Property establishes itself in downtown market

Nov. 29, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Although it’s not the biggest investment the firm has made, it is the largest single portfolio it has acquired.

… (David) Emdin said students and young professionals are the firm’s primary targets for the apartments. All the structures are near Grand Rapids Community College, the hospitals and the rest of the medical industry that has established itself along Michigan Street.

Grand Valley State women’s basketball upsets No. 12 Lewis in a thriller

Nov. 30, 2013; MLive

Allendale, Mich. – Despite trailing by as many as six points with 14:39 to play in the second half, the Grand Valley State women’s basketball team seized control of a back-and-forth affair to upset No. 12 Lewis, 67-59.

… GVSU improved to 2-1 on the year and is now set to begin GLIAC play next week. The Lakers will face No. 23 Ashland next Thursday at 6:00 p.m. EST. The game will be held at Grand Rapids Community College’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

GRCC In the News, 11-22-13

November 22, 2013

Award-winning science fiction author to speak Thursday night at GRCC library

Nov. 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Saladin Ahmed, an award-winning science fiction-fantasy author, will host a lecture at Grand Rapids Community Colleges library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

Who really wrote Mozart’s Requiem? Good luck answering that question

Nov. 22, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem is one of the greatest works in the history of music not written by its composer.

… Soprano Antonina Chekhovskaya, mezzo soprano Mary Creswell, tenor Issachah Savage and bass Kevin Burdette will be soloists in the work that the Grand Rapids Symphony last performed seven years ago this very week in DeVos Hall.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Antonina Chekhovskaya is a GRCC alumna.)

Career Academy Combines Job Training with Academics

Nov. 22, 2013;

Comstock Park Public Schools, MI — Maddi Saum hopes to become a physician. Jamasen DeKlein wants to get a job in construction or attend Grand Rapids Community College after graduation.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Antonina Chekhovskaya is a GRCC alumna.)

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Nov. 22, 2013; FOX 17

HAMILTON, Mich.- Five years ago, when baby number three was on the way and there was only going to be 13 months apart from her second child, Lauren Ortiz of Hamilton tried to find ways to save money. She quickly learned that there weren’t really any websites that focused on West Michigan savings opportunities, or at least the places that she loved to shop.

“Originally I started out at GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College) doing a nursing course and I started at the same time because our family. We were growing suddenly, with the children we were having and so we really needed to save money.” 27 year-old Ortiz said. Currently, the need is even more as the Ortiz family proudly includes five children.

Vegan holiday cooking class to instill community, health, fun

Nov. 21, 2013;

Thought Design Learning Studio is ringing in the holidays with their first ever vegan cooking class. Grand Rapids chef, Jason McClearen, will instruct a Vegan Holiday cooking class on Saturday, November 23rd. With the use of four new vegan dishes and their open design kitchen, they hope to continue instilling community and learninga common goal in each of their classes.

… Chef Jason McClearen says that he would like vegan skeptics to show up for the class. He hopes to change peoples views the way his once were. At one point vegan food scared him to bits, says McClearen, but he become a vegan supporter after classes and an internship with Chef Kevin Dunn at GRCC. Now McClearen uses his catering, teaching, and personal chefing to show people the health benefits that veganism can create.

Spartans fall in quarterfinals

Nov. 22, 2013; Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa)

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Southwestern’s quest for a national volleyball championship was derailed Thursday evening by a powerful team from Oakland Community College of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

… Defending national champion Grand Rapids (Mich.) was defeated by Parkland in the quarterfinals.

Glen Oaks Vikings eye another successful season

Nov. 21, 2013; Sturgis Journal

“I love it here at Glen Oak’s, over the past fifteen years they have been very good to me, I bleed green and gold.”

… “Grand Rapids CC is the pre-season favorite this year, they are nationally ranked and the team to beat,” said (coach Steve) Proefrock, “Lansing Community College is also looking to be quite tough, so we have our hands full.”

All-GLIAC team: Grand Valley State’s Matt Armstrong named offensive lineman of the year

Nov. 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Valley State center Matt Armstrong was named the GLIAC offensive lineman of the year to highlight the post-season awards for the Lakers.

… For Ferris State, (Carlin) Landingham , a former player at Grand Rapids Community College, anchored the programs most prolific run team of all-time, including springing quarterback Jason Vander Laan to a quarterback rushing record. He started every game, and made 10 starts last season.


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