Arts Briefs

GVSU New Music Ensemble

As a celebration of their last campus concert of the
semester, the GVSU New Music Ensemble will feature winners of the student
composition competition along with a world premiere of an iPad ensemble
composition. The ensemble will play under the direction of Professor Bill Ryan
and John Jansen will present the iPad ensemble composition. The performance
will take place in room 1600 of the Performing Arts Center on Friday at 9 p.m.
The event is open and free for the public. For more information, visit

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare’s classic Roman drama will be hitting the stage
of the Dog Story Theatre Tonight through Saturday. For non-history buffs, the
play follows the assassination of Julius Caesar and explores themes of loyalty,
honor, betrayal and ambition. The play will be presented by the Pigeon Creek
Shakespeare Company and poses to the audience a question of consideration; how
worthy of a personal price is it to pay for a public ideal? Julius Caesar will
take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. To order tickets, and for a full list of show
dates, visit

Through the Eyes of Weidenaar

Now open at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is Through the
Eyes of Weidenaar, an exhibit portrayed through the works of local artist and
internationally renowned printmaker, Reynold Weidenaar. The exhibition speaks
to the history of Grand Rapids from the city-native artists’ point of view, and
celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Weidenaar. His
prints include a blend of humor and satire, and contain hidden messages if
visitors look close enough. The exhibit will run through July 5.


LadyfestGR is returning for a fourth year and gracing the
stage of the Pyramid Scheme on Saturday. Performing artists include Syra Chi,
Rose Schlappi, Ana Elle and a special set by the Girls Rock! Grand Rapids
campers. This grassroots event is a celebration of empowering women in the
community, and consists of DIY educational workshops along with diverse
performances. The workshops are free to attend and open to the public (all
genders and ages are welcome to attend). Performance tickets cost $10 and can
be pre-ordered online. For more information, visit

Barry Rothbart at Dr. Grins

Actor, filmmaker and comedian Barry Rothbart will be gracing
the stage of Dr. Grins inside The B.O.B. this weekend. Named one of Variety
Magazine’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2013, Rothbart originally made his stand up
television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with other appearances on
Conan, Punk’d and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He’s known for his
hysterical comedy as well as his creative mindset, which he showcases in his
performances. He’s one of the young rising stars in comedy today, and can be
seen Thursday through Saturday. For a list of show times and ticket prices,