A&E Briefs 2/27

Sabrina Edwards, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Butterflies bloom at Fredrick Meijer Garden

On Monday, March 1, Fredrick Meijer Garden’s butterfly exhibit will be opening to the public. This will last until April 30. This butterfly exhibit is the largest temporary tropic butterfly exhibit in the nation. The butterflies fly freely around the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. There is no extra fee to see the butterflies, it’s included with the entrance ticket. Every Tuesday there’ll be extended hours until 9 p.m. where spectators can hunt for butterflies with their flashlights.

There are over 7,000 butterflies from 60 different species. As well as butterflies, there will also be caterpillars and an observation station. Those who attend can see the transformation process from caterpillar to butterfly, as well as watching some butterflies hatch before their eyes. Throughout the exhibit there will also be educational resources to learn more about the different butterfly species as well as activities.

GRAM to hold new Visionnaire Series

On Thursday March 3, the Grand Rapids Art Museum is hosting local photographer Alfield Reeves. Reeves is the Founder and Principal CEO of Alfield Reeves Photography. He’s worked for Vogue Greece, Grand Rapids Magazine and The Trace. He’ll be having a conversation about his career and how he’s navigated being a business owner and successful photographer. After this event there will be a question-and-answer section. Registration is required to attend and is available on the GRAM’s website.

Reeves is originally from Liberia but is now located in Grand Rapids. He is a self-taught freelance editorial and portrait photographer, specializing in showcasing Black people. His work is a mix of photojournalism, portraits and fashion. Reeves’ work has been featured in local and statewide exhibits as well as multiple publications.

Studio Park to hold movies on the Plaza

On Sunday March 6 Studio Park will be showing a double feature outside. Those who want to attend need to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothes. Both movies are free to view. There will be fire pits as well a bar offering hot beverages. There will be snacks available for purchase at the concession stand, otherwise attendees can bring their own snacks from home. The first movie that is being shown is “Spies in Disguise,” which is an animated movie, rated PG. This will start at 1 p.m. and has a run time of one hour and 42 minutes. The second movie is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The film is rated PG-13 and has a total run time of two hours and 16 minutes, this movie will start at 4 p.m.