Bar Divani will celebrate its grand re-opening with a special party Thursday evening, October 16, beginning at 5 p.m. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will await visitors as they check out the new decor, furniture, private lounge and new Bar Divani logo, all of which coincide with the theme "Awaken the Senses".
The new concept represents owners Dennis Moosbrugger and Rimple Nayyar's vision of 'Libation Education', an emphasis on teaching restaurant patrons about wine, beer and liquors. In keeping with this theme, Executive Chef Craig Oland will present unique food tastings from the local, handcrafted menu and Bar Divani will supplement the current Wednesday Wine Socials with occasional Scotch and Vodka tastings. “Bar Divani’s desire is to inspire a tasting adventure via the extensive array of wine, beer, spirits and small plates we offer. We are fortunate to have a well-trained and seasoned staff to create a memorable experience of tasting experimentation," said Moosbrugger.
Bar Divani is open Monday-Wednesday from 4 p.m. until midnight and Thursday-Saturday from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The Pistons' pre-season game at Van Andel Arena will kick off this week's big events, which also include GR Ballet's Aladdin, the Civic Theatre's performance of Bunnicula and Zoo Goes Boo at John Ball Park. S Nightclub in Holland will open on Friday night, and on Sunday, the Grand Rapids Marathon will return to Millenium Park and downtown GR.
Sample and taste more than 300 wines Friday evening, when Food, Wine & All That Jazz arrives at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The fundraiser for the local PBS affiliate, WGVU, showcases dozens of vendors and their products either currently, or soon to be, stocked on the shelves at D&W Fresh Market grocery stores. Attendees can choose from pasta, sushi, cheeses and meats, as well as number of different types of beers.
Local jazz groups The Sheila Landis Trio and The Jim Cooper Trio will perform throughout the evening. Tickets are $45 in advance or $55 at the door and include unlimited samples.
Friday evening will feature big concerts around Grand Rapids with Kenny Loggins performing alongside the Grand Rapids Sympony, Emerson Drive visiting The Intersection and Relient K at The Orbit Room. Earlier in the week, Founders will host a John Lennon Birthday fundraiser and the Annual Burton/W3 Party returns to Monte's.
The Polish celebration of food and heritage at halls across Grand Rapids' West Side is back this weekend, October 3-5. Fourteen venues including Sixth Street Hall, Kosciuszko Hall and the Lexicon Club will have kielbasa, kapusta, pierogi and other authentic food, along with live polka music, DJs, dancing, beer and souvenir buttons.
Most halls will open Friday around 11 a.m. or noon and do have a cover charge. The Pulaski Day Parade takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Fall is in full swing this week with nearly every major haunted attraction opening, including The Haunt and Forest of Fear. Plus, the Fall Parade of Homes and Heritage Hill Home Tour return and Pulaski Days takes over Grand Rapids' west side. Frederik Meijer Gardens celebrates a new Jaume Plensa exhibit with a special young professional event.
"The rules are simple, you only need a pillow and a solid colored t-shirt". So starts the description on the Facebook event page for a large-scale downtown pillow fight taking place at Rosa Parks Circle Sunday, September 28. At 2 p.m., an estimated 3,000 participants will seemingly appear out of nowhere, match up with their teammates comprised of friends and strangers wearing the same color shirt, and fight those wearing different colors for five minutes.
The event is part of Heritage Hill resident Rob Bliss's 'Urban Experiments', downtown social experiments that are intended to showcase what can be accomplished by a mass of people in a fun way. With the numerous pillow fight participants only wearing the accepted colors of Black, Brown, White, Green, Orange, Red, Yellow and Blue/Purple, Bliss hopes that Rosa Parks Circle will have the appearance of a living canvas revolting against itself.
The event is free and open to any participant, and only cotton and feather pillows will be allowed. To date, nearly 35,000 invitations to take part have been sent out on Facebook.
Fall begins with a jam-packed week of events around Grand Rapids. Oktoberfest West Michigan returns to John Ball Park Friday and Saturday, and both Rockford and Fallasburg (Lowell) host their annual autumn festivals. Plus, 'Avenue Q' and 'Well' open this week downtown and on Sunday afternoon, Rosa Parks Circle will be the site of a giant pillow fight.