Arts Briefs

Headline: Arts at a Glance

The Aries Trio

The Aries Trio is a musical group that brings together the soul of the trumpet, the melody of the violin and the beauty of the piano to perform worldly tunes. The trio, with GVSU professor Richard Stoelzel on the trumpet, will perform on March 11 for the weekly Arts at Noon concert series. The performance will begin promptly at noon in the GVSU Cook-DeWitt Center and is free to the public. For more information, visit

LaughFest comes to GVSU 

From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to The Late Show with David Letterman to collaborating with Jerry Seinfeld, Orny Adams has made a name for himself in the comedy industry. As part of LaughFest 2015, Adams will perform at GVSU on March 11 at 9:15 p.m. in the Grand River Room in Kirkhof. 

The event is co-hosted by GVSU Spotlight Productions, and tickets are available at the 20/20 Desk. For those with Fast Pass Tickets, the doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and for those with regular tickets, doors will open at 9 p.m. 

Along with members of Spotlight Productions, volunteers involved with LaughFest will accept $5 donations for the High Five Campaign. The money will go to support various children’s centers, grief and in-school emotional health programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. For more information contact [email protected]

The GVSU Tube-Euphonium Ensemble

On March 13, the GVSU Music Department is offering a free night of music for friends, family, the GVSU community and lovers of the arts. The GVSU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, under the direction of professor Paul Carlson, will perform at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit or contact Carlson at (616) 331-3484. 

Sam Hunt at The Intersection

Sam Hunt, the young country musician who is taking the charts by storm, is making a stop at the Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids on March 13. The event is sponsored by local radio station B93. The tour, called Lipstick Graffiti, will feature an array of songs from the beginning to Hunt’s career until his latest releases. Native Run will also take to the stage opening for the country musician. For more information, visit

LaughFest Takeover

The annual comedy event LaughFest is in full swing this week with a tons of activities. There are many different venues involved including the Dog Story Theatre, the Pyramid Scheme, McFadden’s Bar and Saloon and the Knickerbocker Theatre. Along with professional comedians such as Nick Thune & Brody Stevens, Patton Oswalt and Bo Burnham, amateur nights will take place throughout the city. For more information and for a full list of events, visit Tickets are available at the participating vendors and on the websites.