Posted tagged ‘Performing arts’

GRCC In the News, 1-12-18

January 12, 2018

GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era

Jan. 11, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

The GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era in “This Is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan.

Colleges, Urban League hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in West Michigan

Jan. 11, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – West Michigan colleges and universities will host a series of events Monday, Jan. 15, as the nation pauses to pay tribute to slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Davenport University are collaborating on an annual event in recognition of King’s legacy beginning at 6 p.m. Monday at Fountain Street Church.

Cajun dinner, dance FUNdraiser at LACA Feb. 10

Jan. 11, 2018; Ludington Daily News

Join the Ludington Area Center as it celebrates Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 10 with a Cajun dinner and dance fundraiser. This second annual event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. in LACA’s main gallery, 107 S. Harrison St., in Ludington, and will feature authentic Creole appetizers and buffet dinner, Cajun dance instruction and live Cajun music.

… Chef Barry Sherlock has designed this year’s menu and will be cooking up his great ideas. Sherlock is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Grand Rapids Community College. He has owned and operated a restaurant, catered privately and volunteered his culinary expertise extensively in the local community. Sherlock currently serves as the dietary supervisor at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

The Right Place names board members

Jan. 11, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local economic development agency has named its new board members for 2018.

… New appointments

… Bill Pink, Ph.D., president, Grand Rapids Community College

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Spring Trio Sunday

Jan. 12, 2018; Petoskey News

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestras Sunday Recital Series begins its 2018 season at 4 p.m. Sunday with a String Trio performing at the Harbor Springs Presbyterian Church.

… (Libor) Ondras is currently preparing for the European Tour with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and his residency at the Bay View Music Festival of Petoskey (Summer 2017). Ondras also serves as a director of orchestras, string specialist, and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dominic Dorsey to head SIUE Disability Support Services

Jan. 11, 2018; The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.)

EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple, PhD, has announced Dominic Dorsey as director of Disability Support Services. Dorsey will assume his new responsibilities on Monday, Jan. 29.

… After four years at IUPUI, Dorsey became director of accessibility at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in 2013 before returning to IUPUI in 2014.

 

GRCC In the News, 1-10-18

January 10, 2018

Showtime: Wednesday, January 10

Jan. 9, 2018; WOOD Radio

Your daily cornucopia of live music performances and entertainment in West Michigan, for Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

… Live theatre, community theatre

… GRCC PLAYERS   Spectrum Theatre, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, 616-234-3946

“This Is Our Youth,” January 11 to 13.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with These Events in West Michigan

Jan. 9, 2018; experiencegr.com (Grand Rapids Conventions & Visitors Bureau website)

There are numerous events that honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day  January 15, 2018 and throughout the rest of the month right here in West Michigan. Dr. King was a social activist and led the Civil Rights movement in the United States. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America. This year’s celebration is particularly poignant as it marks the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington and the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.

… The performance will culminate the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration which is hosted in collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University, and Opera Grand Rapids. “We’re excited to collaborate with Opera Grand Rapids for the first time ever this year. ‘I DREAM’ will be a special touch for the West Michigan community,” says Bobby J. Springer, Director of Pathways to College at Grand Valley State University and chair of the events planning team. “Not many people get to go to the opera, so this is a great way to learn how to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’.s message of justice and peace alive while experiencing something unique at no cost.”

GRCC In the News, 1-4-18

January 4, 2018

Grand Rapids documentary shines a spotlight on community theater

Jan. 3, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

From theater assistants to co-founders of their own production company, Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler have been friends and colleagues ever since they first met at Spectrum Theatre while attending Grand Rapids Community College, then Junior College.

‘Key Fit’

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — After 25 years as an officer and sergeant with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Dennis Magirl believes he is ready to step forward as chief.

… Magirl attended Grand Rapids Community College to complete necessary courses and graduate from the police academy within two years.

Coldwater’s Jamie and Jasmine Wellet sign with Grand Rapids Community College

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — It is very rare for a high school athlete to excel at high school sports and then make the transition to the collegiate level.

… Well, that’s exactly what has happened with the dynamic duo of Jamie and Jasmine Wellet, a pair of Coldwater High School seniors who recently signed their letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Christina Arnold: The Next Chapter

Jan. 3, 2018; Women’s LifeStyle

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

These are the words Christina Arnold, founding director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, has centered her personal and professional life around. She chooses to look at the world through an equity and inclusion lens, seizing every opportunity she can to connect and engage with people from all communities. Though her mind churns constantly, there is always one question that surfaces: “How can I continue to make a broader impact?”

 

GRCC In the News, 12-14-17

December 14, 2017

Refugees grateful for construction training, jobs and language skills

Dec. 13, 2017; MLive

GRANDVILLE, MI – Two years ago, the future was uncertain for Tony-Kelly Lubanzadio in his native Democratic Republic of Congo.

… To join the program, the refugees were required to have some basic conversational skills to understand the curriculum. Students began their two days per week at Grand Rapids Community College in March.

College earns $1M grant for low-income STEM students

Dec. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has earned a $1 million grant to support its low-income STEM students.

… Additionally, the project team will enlist area community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, Northwestern Michigan College and Muskegon Community College, to help identify potential RISE scholars at their institutions and provide mentoring for those students before they enroll at GVSU.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents ‘Messiah’

Dec. 14, 2017; The Petoskey News

Once again the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will bring the “Messiah” to Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14 and 15, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey.

… (Katherine) Jannakos, cannot remember a time when she hasn’t been involved in music. She comes from a very musical family, and early on studied music theory and flute. She didn’t start singing until high school, and later began serious voice study at Grand Rapids Community College. After three years she left that college and completed her degree at Oberlin Conservatory. She has appeared as a chorus member and in featured roles with Opera Grand Rapids, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Second Act Opera and the Bay View Music Festival. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Kent Philharmonic, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Bay View Orchestra and Oberlin Orchestra. She is thrilled to be performing with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

Five cool vintage Grand Rapids Christmas gifts you can buy online

Dec. 13, 2017; 100.5 FM

Everything old is new again, and with the continued restoration of old buildings downtown, Grand Rapids has been digging into its past to form its future. Here is some old school vintage Grand Rapids stuff I found online that you can gift to the GR lover in your family.

… 2. Recall the glory days of GRCC football with this mini-football

Grand Rapids Community College (also known as Grand Rapids Junior College used to have an elite junior college football program, one that competed at an elite level on the JC scene back in the day. The Raiders went to such illustrious bowl games such as the Wool Bowl, Valley of the Sun Bowl, and the Dixie Rotary Bowl.

This memento is a steal at $4.99.

GRCC In the News, 12-12-17

December 12, 2017

Showtime: Tuesday, December 12

Dec. 11, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily digest of live music performances and entertainment in West Michigan, for Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

… GRCC PLAYERS    Spectrum Theatre, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, 616-234-3946

  • This Is Our Youth, January 11 to 13, 2018.
  • Dead Man’s Cell Phone, March 29 to 31.

Christmas with Rockapella on Dec. 8

December 7, 2017

Kent Philharmonic presents “Christmas with Rockapella.” The internationally renowned five-man acappella vocal group Rockapella brings its festive, high-energy “Rockapella Christmas” holiday concert to St. Cecilia Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. You can buy tickets online.

GRCC In the News, 12-7-17

December 7, 2017

Showtime: Wednesday, December 6

Dec. 6, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily compendium of live entertainment and music performances in West Michigan for Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

… Grand Rapids Community College Players present “Detroit ’67” in Spectrum Theater. Open dress rehearsal tonight, performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday, curtain at 8 p.m.

#OscarsSoWhite creator speaking at MLK Day event in Grand Rapids

Dec. 6, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In a time of hashtags and tweets, a handful of characters can launch a social movement.

… The Grand Rapids Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is presented by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Opera Grand Rapids.

Mott dominates in OT to win 7th straight game

Dec. 6, 2017; NBC 25

#24 Mott Community College defeated Grand Rapids Community College 109-99 in overtime at home Wednesday night to win their 7th straight game.

Theater group puts 1940s spin on “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Dec. 6, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Heritage Theatre Group is staging the popular holiday film as a radio broadcast, “It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play,” by Joe Landry.

… Heritage Theatre Group was founded in 1990 to bring classic theatre to Grand Rapids. It performs its main stage season in the summer at the Spectrum Theatre at Grand Rapids Community College with additional productions throughout the year staged in a variety of nontraditional spaces.

 

GRCC Players meet author of ‘Detroit ’67’

December 7, 2017

On Monday, members of the GRCC Players, along with director Sammy A. Publes, shared a video call in Google Hangouts with Dominique Morisseau, author of “Detroit ’67.” She advised them to “check in with yourself often and ask yourself: ‘What are you led by?'” She ended the call with: “Now go rock that show out!”

Performances of “Detroit ’67” start at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 through 9 at Spectrum Theater. Tickets cost $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

Panel discussions, with coffee, will follow the Dec. 7 and 8 performances.

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GRCC Players present ‘Detroit ’67’

November 29, 2017

Panel discussions, with coffee, will follow the Dec. 7 and 8 performances!

Detroit '67 by Dominique Morisseau. Dec. 7-9, 2017 at 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater. For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946. www.grcc.edu/theater. GRCC. Grand Rapids Community College. All participants welcome. Those in need of special accommodations, please contact Disability Services at (616) 234-4140.

GRCC In the News, 11-27-17

November 27, 2017

GRCC reports Kent, Ottawa economic impact of $447M, 8,833 jobs

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s economic contribution to Kent and Ottawa counties totaled $447.7 million, according to an economic impact analysis released Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Construction Begun On WMU’s Grand Rapids Manufacturing Lab

Nov. 26, 2017; mitechnews.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction has begun at Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids regional location for a state-of the-art manufacturing laboratory.

AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, will be built in collaboration with West Michigan manufacturers and Grand Rapids Community College to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering employees in the region. The Lab will occupy the first two floors of WMU’s downtown Grand Rapids location, which is located on Cherry and Ionia in the city’s Arena District.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

Nov. 21, 2017; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Juan Marinez of Okemos, Carlos Pava of Grand Rapids, Ivonne Soler of Livonia, and Jesse Venegas of Royal Oak to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

… Pava is the COO and co-founder of Voices for Health, Inc. He is a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter International and a certified healthcare interpreter. Pava holds an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Michigan State University.

Showtime: Sunday, November 26

Nov. 26, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily guide to live music performances and entertainment in West Michigan, for Sunday, November 26, 2017.

… GRCC PLAYERS    Spectrum Theatre, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, 616-234-3946

  • Detroit ’67, December 7 to 9.
  • This Is Our Youth, January 11 to 13, 2018.
  • Dead Man’s Cell Phone, March 29 to 31.

Toys for Tots Drop-Off Locations – 2017

Nov. 22, 2017; WZZM

Full Toys for Tots County-by-County Drop-Off Lists 2017

… Grand Rapids Community College Exercise Science Club    111 Lyon St NE     Grand Rapids

Schubert Male Chorus to perform holiday concert in East Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

The Schubert Male Chorus is inviting the community to enjoy its holiday concert, “A Merry Gentlemen Christmas.”

… A portion of all ticket sales help support the Linda and Alan Doering – Schubert Male Chorus GRCC music scholarship.

Coldwater places four on Interstate 8 All-Conference volleyball team

Nov. 24, 2017; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — The Coldwater Lady Cardinal volleyball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2017, putting together an astonishing record of 43-6-3 for the year.

… Both Jamie and Jasmine (Wellet) will continue their volleyball and academic careers at Grand Rapids Community College next year.

 

GRCC In the News, 11-10-17

November 10, 2017

Daybreak Early Edition

Nov. 10, 2017; WOOD TV

West Michigan is celebrating out country’s veterans this week. … Grand Rapids Community college will host a service and a free lunch.

Michigan’s last surviving WWII fly girl recalls her time in the sky, blazing new paths

Nov. 10, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Jane Doyle held a heavy bronze medal in her creased hands, running her fingers over the engraved surface.

… It wasn’t until she enrolled in what was then Grand Rapids Junior College in 1939 that Doyle considered flying an airplane was something she could do.

Change Ups: Rose & Westra relocates

Nov. 9, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… ARTS

… Grand Rapids Community College named its newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller. The state-of-the-art Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall provides options for acoustic adjustment and includes seating for 104, which can be deployed or retracted to create rehearsal space for large groups. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of GRCC’s music program.

GRCC In the News, 10-31-17

October 31, 2017

Meet the YWCA’s 2017 Tribute Award winners

Oct. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Women who break down societal fences, who initiate change and who advocate for domestic-abuse survivors, Muslims, women of color and women in the workplace are set to be honored.

… ARTS AWARD

Edye Evans Hyde, Ebony Road Players Executive Director

… SPORTS, FITNESS and WELLNESS AWARD

Sara Knoester, President of Mixed Staffing & Recruiting

(Edye Evans Hyde and Sara Knoester are GRCC alumnae.)

Jayhawks volleyball team takes second place at MCCAA state tournament

Oct. 30, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball  team took state runner-up honors at the Michigan  Community College Athletic Association state tournament in Grand Rapids on Saturday.

The Jayhawks battled Grand Rapids Community College in the finals but fell in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-15).

 

Recital hall named for Linn Maxwell Keller

October 19, 2017

GRCC named the newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller during a special ceremony and concert on Oct. 18. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of the music program. The recital hall project was part of the $8.5 million renovation of the Music Center, which was renamed last month for Grand Rapids Junior College Humanities Department Chair Albert P. Smith.

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Jordan Dodson first performer in 2017-18 International Guitar Series

October 4, 2017

GRCC will kick off its 2017-18 International Guitar Series with a performance by classical guitarist Jordan Dodson at 7:30 p.m. October 12 in the Music Center’s Recital Hall. Tickets, which cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, can be purchased online or at the door.

The GRCC International Guitar Series presents classical guitarist Jordan Dodson. Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m. GRCC Albert P. Smith Music Center Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall.

 

GRCC In the News, 9-21-17

September 21, 2017

New Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by GRCC with local agencies

Sept. 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The new Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by Grand Rapids Community in partnership with local sheriff’s departments will graduate its first students on Sept. 29.

G.O.A.T: Marshall Top 10 football players of all time – No. 5 – 6

Sept. 20, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Marshall.

… No. 6: Jamar Wimberly Class of 2010

Wimberly is one of the top running backs ever at Marshall as he helped the Redhawks to a state championship in 2009 with a dominating senior season. Wimberly holds the school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,509 and in a career with 3,899. He is also No. 1 for touchdowns in a season with 32 and in a career with 48. An all-state selection, Wimberly was a standout on both sides of the ball as well as being a shutdown defensive back on defense. Wimberly went on to play defensive back at the next level, helping Grand Rapids Community College to an undefeated regular season with 37 tackles and 12 pass breakups. He later went to star at Ferris State, where he had 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior.

Guitarist Brian Morris in conversation

Sept. 20, 2017; Interlochen Public Radio

Brian Morris is a professor and director of guitar studies at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s also a member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, and that ensemble will be performing this Saturday with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.