Arts Briefs

Arts Briefs

Tumbao! Rumba Guaguanco! Bembe! Cumbia!

The Latin American studies and the African/African American studies departments welcome musician Josh Dunigan to host a drumming workshop.

Dunigan has used his love of music to teach students of all ages Afro-Cuban and Latin percussion. His interactive performances intertwine Cuban, Brazilian and Andean rhythms with a modern twist.

For his workshop on Nov. 13, students are invited to Area 51 in the Kirkhof Center at 2 p.m. to learn how to use the bongos, bells and claves. All instruments will be provided. The event is LIB 100/201 approved.

Ally Training

The Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center is hosting training on how to be an ally to the LGBT community on Nov. 13 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The training will cover different topic areas having to do with gender, sex and sexuality.

Trainees will learn about the inequality that LGBT people face and learn to look at their privilege in a new way and what they can do to take action to create a powerful community. Students who are interested must register for the training. More details can be found on the resource center’s OrgSync page.

R.A.D. Seminar

The Women’s Center is hosting a R.A.D. seminar, based on the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System, on Nov. 13 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Kirkhof Center Room 0072.

The R.A.D. System is a realistic self-defense program for women that aims to be a comprehensive course beginning with awareness and ending with hands-on training.

Rather than a martial arts program, The R.A.D. System aims to educate rather than teach pure physicality and emphasizes that their physical techniques should be options that may work in different situations rather than all-encompassing responses to an attack.

Global Gala

This Friday at 7 p.m., Delta Phi Lambda will host their annual Global Gala to showcase the different cultures represented at GVSU. The event is free to attend and will have free food and prizes for raffle winners.

Delta Phi Lambda, an Asian interest sorority, hosts the event every year as a way for students to come together and celebrate their respective cultures. There will be dance performances by student groups such as Capoeria Mandinga and a cultural fashion show.

Global Gala will take place in the Grand River Room in the Kirkhof Center and is LIB 100/201 approved.

Vocal Colors

The students of Kathryn Stieler will be performing a night of vocal music on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The group, called Vocal Color, will perform “Vocal Color: A Recital” alongside pianist Robert Byrens in the art gallery in Room 1121 in the Performing Arts Center. The recital will feature all types of music from musical theater to classical music. The event is open to the public.

Raw Beauty Initiative

The Raw Beauty Initiative will host their second meeting on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. until noon in the Thornapple Room in the Kirkhof Center. The second installment of the series will focus on building a culture of love and aims to give women on campus an opportunity to explore what beauty means to them.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page at