Arts at a glance

David Specht

Aerospace Allocation

If you’re interested in human space flight, or just looking for insight on leadership, crisis management and the role of liberal arts, be sure to free up your evening on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Norman R. Augustine, an aerospace expert who serves as chair of the U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, will give a presentation on leading change as part of the Frederik Meijer Lecture Series. Held at the L. William Seidman Center, the series of presentations focuses on issues of entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership from a variety of perspectives. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, but it requires an RSVP which can be found at

Shocking Spectacle

If an award for most bizarre live music lineup was handed out each year, The Orbit Room would no doubt have the 2014 plaque in their trophy case. On Thursday, Sept. 25, the southeast Grand Rapids venue will host Shockfest, which showcases an amalgamation of musicians, including rap duo the Insane Clown Posse, nine-piece avant-garde metal band Mushroomhead, Memphis-based rap group Da Mafia 6ix (formerly known as Three 6 Mafia) and rapper Jellyroll hailing from Nashville. While the musical quality of these artists is questionable, one thing is certain: this looks to be an odd, energetic evening that should make for a great tale. The show is all ages and opens up at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 in advance and $35 the day of the event. To find out more, visit 

Lights, Camera, ArtPrize! 

The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s new 50-minute interactive Shakespearean college touring production, Bard to Go, is a bit different than the festival’s works from previous years, as it actually, for the first time, doubles as an ArtPrize entry. The performances will be held on Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m. and Sept. 28 at noon at the L.V. Eberhard Center on the Pew Campus near the blue pedestrian bridge. Like all ArtPrize entries, the performances are free and open to the public. After viewing the show, use the voting code 57604 to vote for the entry. For more information, go to

With Women We Win

In 2010, 58 percent of women did not vote in the presidential election. Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District Democratic Committee along with a handful of Grand Rapids-based DJs are looking to change that by raising awareness through their Sept. 28 gathering at The Pyramid Scheme. The event is open to those ages 18 and older and begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. To find out more about the evening, visit