Arts Briefs

GVSU New Music Ensemble

GVSU music composition students will be presenting their own taste of musical compositions to showcase the adventurous side of concert music. These one-minute compositions have been inspired by the Art Gallery 2014 ArtPrize installation, River Tattoo and will be played by the New Music Ensemble. With the audience’s help and a guest panel, each composition will be judged for the chance to win cash prizes. The artist and creator of River Tattoo, University of Michigan Professor Jim Cogswell, will appear as a featured guest at the show. The premier of a new work by composer Paul Steinberg will be featured as well. The event is tonight at the Eberhard Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Women’s Expo

Looking for a fun bonding experience with your friend, mom or grandma? The West Michigan Women’s Expo will be coming to the DeVos Place this weekend, bringing along the latest cutting edge advancements in women’s products and services. The focus will be on health and wellness, beauty, food, fitness, travel, lifestyle, home & décor and more. Over 400 exhibits, vendors and seminars with guest speakers will be featured, as well as prize giveaways. The exhibit will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For a list of times and to purchase tickets, visit

Grand Rapids Symphony – The Best of Broadway

The Grand Rapids Symphony will be presenting The Best of Broadway this weekend, featuring Broadway stars from Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserable, Lisa Vroman and Michigan native Doug LaBrecque. Musicals will be representative of favorites such as George Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more. The show pays tribute to some of the most celebrated musicals of all time, including My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Wicked. The show will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday with tickets starting at $18.

Sam Hunt at The Intersection

American country singer-songwriter Sam Hunt will be gracing the stage at The Intersection this weekend, bringing a little taste of the South with him. He’s known for writing singles for country music artists such as Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Billy Currington as well as branding himself as a new up-and-coming country singer with his #1 Country Airplay hit “Leave the Night On.” He’s become one of Nashville’s most anticipated new artists and is no stranger to the country hits charts. The show is slated for Friday with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Stolen Horses at the Twisted Bull

What happens when you mix some good ole country line dancing with a little bit of early St. Patty’s Day celebration? A night of pure fun at the Twisted Bull Saloon. The Stolen Horses Band will hit the stage at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, where the four-man group will rock the place with some of your favorite country songs. Stolen Horses has played at a range of high profile shows, including the Downtown Hoedown and at the Tiger’s Stadium. They’ve also opened for national acts such as Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown Band, Randy Houser and Rodney Adkins. Whether you’re in the mood to dance, ride the bull or learn to line-dance, come on by to the Twisted Bull for a night of free redneck fun.

The Mainstays at Billy’s Lounge

It’s all about the groove for The Mainstays. These Kalamazoo rockers will hit the stage at Billy’s Lounge this weekend, drawing heavily from the groovy elements of funk music. This quintet makes up a funk and soul band who craft insightful, folk-influenced songs using their own personal taste of classic rhythm. Emerging into the local music scene as a band that brings back the sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s, The Mainstays will take over Billy’s Lounge on Saturday. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover for those 21 and older.

LaughFest – Pete Holmes

Bringing his own taste of comedic talent to LaughFest, Pete Holmes will grace the stage of the Wealthy Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. The New York based comedian is known for his podcast “You Made It Weird” as well as for his appearances on Conan, Jimmy Fallon and Comedy Central. His talents also expand to acting, producing, cartoonist and writing, where he’s written for NBC’s “Outsourced” and FOX’s “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.” To purchase tickets for Holmes’ LaughFest comedy show, visit