GRNow Weekend Guide September 30-October 2, 2011 E-mail
It's an ArtPrize weekend with voting for the top ten finalists, the Prospecto Musical Showcase and Critical Discourse. Plus don't miss the opening of The Haunt, Nights Of Fear and the Wealthy Street Theatre Stage Fright Lock-in.


Friday (09/30)

Mid-Life Crisis 10th Anniversary - The popular West Michigan band celebrates ten years with a special all-star benefit concert at DeVos Place to raise money for Kids Food Basket. Local musicians Brian Vander Ark, Troll For Trout, Domestic Problems' Andy & Billy and more will perform. Tickets: $15-$20.

Critical Discourse - It's the annual conversation where experts and the public collide. After the Top Ten are decided, find out what the critics think and give your opinion at a lively night of debate followed by cocktails and music at The Hub. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Prospecto Musical Showcase - The three-day music series returns for a second year to downtown Grand Rapids with headlining act, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member George Clinton, along with dozens of other bands. Weekend all access passes to the Pyramid Scheme, Founders and The Intersection are $70.

Wealthy Street Theatre Lock-in - The Grand Rapids Most Haunted Tour Lock-in series continues with a night inside the Wealthy Theatre. Explore the mystery of this historic building with area paranormal investigators from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Nights of Fear - Having moved to the 80,000 sq ft Big Lots location on Plainfield and 4 Mile Rd, Nights of Fear now offers four haunted houses: Maniac Mansion 3D, Contact...Alien Encounter in 3D, Brainfield Sanitarium and Rusty's Revenge. Opens September 30. Tickets: $20; cash only.

Rust - Actors' Theatre kicks off its 2011/12 season with the world premiere of RUST, a look at those affected by the closing of the 75 year-old General Motors stamping plant on 36th Street in Wyoming. See what happens to the people who make things...when we stop making things. Runs through October 8.

All Friday Events

Saturday (10/01)

Mayor's Grand River Clean-up - Join the mayors of Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Grandville and Walker as they work together to remove trash and debris by hand from the banks of the Grand River. Volunteers can meet at the Sixth Street Bridge at 9 a.m.

The Dirty Hippie Grand Opening - It's part coffee shop, part web reality series, part retail space and part Bartertown and it opens this Saturday on South Division with a kick-off dub step event. Customers will be able to trade something cool for coffee, not always having to pay with currency.

The MP3 Experiment - For the participatory public event created by New York City's Improv Everywhere, download an original MP3 file from, and transfer it to your mobile device. Synchronize your watch with an atomic clock, head to a public location in downtown GR, blend in with others and press play with other participants at the same time. Hilarity ensues as the coordinated instructions are delivered to your headphones via a narrator and passers-by try to figure out what's going on.

Brian Regan - One of the premier comics in the nation takes the stage at DeVos Performance Hall to perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality to a fervent fan base. Tickets are $39.50 each.

Robinette's Hayrides - Belgian draft horses take visitors on an authentic hay wagon through Robinette's apple and fruit orchards on Saturdays (11a-5p) and Sundays (1p-5p) during October. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids under 12. The corn maze returns for a second year and is open daily. Entry to the maze is $6 per person. Combo tickets are available. The jumping pillow is new for 2011.

Be an Explorer of GR Art & History - Be an explorer of Grand Rapids art and history with an interactive scavenger hunt presented by Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge at the recently remodeled Flat Iron Building. Get your photo taken and check out the talking paintings; proceeds from the family-friendly event benefit Kids Food Basket.

All Saturday Events

Sunday (10/02)

Vimeo Off-line - Vimeo will host a screening of creative, inspirational videos from the community that includes the very best in animation, music video, short film, time lapse, and much more at The Hub. Vimeo will also premiere a video using footage YOU take at ArtPrize featuring the artists, their work, and events of ArtPrize 2011.

Kids' ArtFest - The GR Children's Museum will host the free outdoor 'World of Creativity' from noon to 5 p.m. with art stations, jugglers, musicians, dancers, puppeteers and more.

All Sunday Events
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