Arts Briefs

Grand Rapids and Activism

In the last five years, society has experienced a surge in social activism.

Dr. Louis Moore, associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University will present a lecture Wednesday, Feb. 1 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale Campus.

This event, sponsored by the Kutsche Office of Local History, aims to examine how the national movement and actions toward social justice impacts the quality of life in West Michigan. Moore intends to highlight the origins, evolution and deeper meaning of activism in today’s political climate.

Musicians and Citizens
The music department at Grand Valley State University will host “Musicians and Citizens” Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Room 1200 on the Allendale Campus.
The program will feature a panel discussion on the experience of music-making and music-listening and the roles it plays in today’s society. The panelists include current GVSU music faculty and staff members as well as guests artists, Jia Kim and Miki-Sophia Cloud. The event will also include a three-minute musical introduction.

President’s Ball 2017
Break out the formal wear and dancing shoes–President’s Ball is right around the corner.
Laker Traditions at Grand Valley State University will host the annual President’s Ball Friday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. in the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.
The event includes a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dance from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Doors will officially close at 11 p.m.
Dinner and dance tickets are available to purchase for $30 and dance tickets are $15. Tickets are held at the 20/20 Desk in the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus.

GVSU Opera Presents Sweeny Todd
The Opera Theater department at Grand Valley State University will present this year’s production “Sweeny Todd” Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Louis Armstrong Theater at the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus.
The infamous 19th century tale features an exile barber seeking vengeance, a failing pie shop and one stomach-churning, mysterious ingredient.
Tickets are available to purchase at the box office inside the Performing Arts Center.