A&E Briefs 3/22

Mary Dupuis

GV Performance Studio Series virtual production set to take place

Grand Valley State University’s Theatre program will be presenting their virtual production of “Orphan Trains” by Deborah Craig this week.

Taking place on March 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and directed by Marcus Chapman, the play is based on primary records from the Children’s Aid Society of New York and takes place between 1853 and 1929.

The storyline features The Orphan Trains Project that joined adoptive parents with orphans across America and highlights the hardships and victories of the time for a diverse group of children.

Ticket information is forthcoming.

New lighting added to mural-filled alleyway in Downtown Grand Rapids

The “Angeline Kelsey ‘Naw Kay o say’ Yob” Way, a previously nameless, desolate alleyway off of Sheldon Boulevard is now filled with new lighting. 

Painted as part of the larger “Women’s Way” alley activation initiative, the alleyway is named after Angeline Yob, an educator, community activist, and citizen of the Grand River Bands of Ottowa Indians. 

Local artist Alan Compo painted the mural of Yob last year to help honor her legacy and bring life and vibrant colors to a darkened, overlooked area. 

Downtown Grand Rapids celebrates Women’s History Month with “Rad Women” walking tours

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is celebrating women throughout history with public art and free walking tours around downtown Grand Rapids. 

The artwork and tours are based on the New York Times bestselling book, “Rad American Women A-Z” by Kate Schatz, and are led by Grand Rapids Running Tours. All tours meet at the Rosa Parks Circle and last around two and a half hours each. 

The walk features 27 works of public art and is based on electoral boxes featuring portraits of #RadWomen stretching from Angela Davis to Zora Neal Hurston. The tour includes background on each public figure and the local artist behind the artwork. 

The tours are free and no registration is required. More information on dates and times can be found on Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.’s Facebook page. 

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. opens applications for pop-up performers

With activating downtown street spaces in mind, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) is “calling all buskers.”

DGRI plans to create a more enjoyable experience for people on city sidewalks through street performances.

The Pop-Up Performer Program encourages everyone to join in bringing the fun back to public spaces whether they be local or touring, professional or beginners. 

Performances may range in entertainment styles including, but not limited to: music, dance, magicians, live painting, and more. 

DGRI asks interested performers to submit an application (found on DGRI’s website) to Event Coordinator Megan Catcho at [email protected]

All applications are due on March 26, 2021.