Arts Briefs

GVSU Theater presents ‘Six Characters in search of an Author’

The Grand Valley State University theater department is putting on the show “Six Characters in search of an Author.” 

The show tells the story of actors and directors interrupted in the preparation of a rehearsal by the arrival of six visitors. The six visitors say they are unfinished characters from a play and are looking for way to have their theater live completed. 

The characters proceed to take over the rehearsal sharing their story through to its tragic conclusion. The show leaves the audience questioning the idea of objective reality and the shifting nature of human identity. 

There will be showings at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. on April 10 in the Louis Armstrong Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. 

Queer and Trans 101: Training for Allies

The Grand Valley State University Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center will host an advocate and ally training to examine concepts of gender, sex and sexuality. On April 8, students and faculty can join to learn about the marginalization of LGBT people, examine heterosexual and cisgender privilege, as well as how allies can take action.

All community members are invited to participate and learn how personal activism can effect the campus as whole, and further encourage others to create positive change.

The event will be at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. located in the LGBT Resource Center. Registration is required.

For more information contact the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center at (616) 331-2530 or [email protected].

Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness

Based on a research project examining how HIV specific criminal laws are enforced in the U.S., this Grand Valley State University event will examine history and how communities are being currently being impacted.

Over the past 30 years, more than 30 states have enacted criminal laws around those who live with HIV. On April 13, “Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness” will be located in Lake Michigan Hall Room 114 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Any questions should be sent to Jeff Rothstein at [email protected].

Phi Sigma Pi to host a puppy play date at GV

The Grand Valley State University Greek fraternity Phi Sigma Pi will host an event that is sure to de-stress those with upcoming final exams. On April 14, a GVSU puppy play date will be hosted in front of the clock tower located on the Allendale Campus. 

The event costs $5 for 10 minutes of play time with the puppies. Space is not unlimited.

The play date will run from noon until 2 p.m. To save a spot, sign up at

GVSU Cancer Warriors community support group

Those at Grand Valley State University who know someone with cancer or who are currently diagnosed are welcome to join the GVSU Cancer Warriors support group on April 15. Attendees will explore ways to heal and to talk to people in similar situations such as patients, survivors, caregivers, friends and family.

From noon to 1 p.m., the talk is facilitated by Ingrid Johnson, a cancer survivor and GVSU movement science faculty member, and Sue Sloop former, a cancer caregiver and GVSU health and wellness work life consultant.

Those who attend are not required to share personal stories, but are welcome to if comfortable. Care packages will be available to take home to those who have cancer with items such as chap stick, socks and candy.

Registration is required to ensure a spot. The support group is located at Zumberge Hall Room 1012, while many dates are offered throughout the year.