Arts and Entertainment Briefs 8/1

Elizabeth Schanz, Arts and Entertainment Editor

GRAM hosts free summer concerts

The Grand Rapids Arts Museum is hosting “GRAM on the Green” an outdoor concert series free to the public. The next performances will be held on Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m at the museum’s outdoor terrace. The lineup includes music from The Music That Raised Us, The Rachel Brooke Band and The Reverend Jesse Ray. Additionally, attendees can participate in hands-on art projects and stay for the museum’s extended hours.

Glimpse of Africa Festival

Glimpse of Africa Festival is the largest African Cultural Festival in West Michigan that celebrates the diverse cultures of Africa through food, dance, music and fashion. The event will take place on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event is free and there will be vendors with food and merchandise for purchase. 

Grand Rapids Ballet to perform at Listening Lawn

Grand Rapids Ballet will have outdoor performances at Listening Lawn in Grand Rapids from Aug. 19 and 20 and will start at 7 p.m. on both days. This performance will consist of both contemporary and classical ballet pieces. The event is an unofficial start to the company’s 2022-23 performance season. Tickets are $25 per person. 

GRAM event adds “color” to artwork

The GRAM is hosting a gallery chat event on Aug. 6 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. where museum docents will guide visitors through the gallery, teaching them more about the artists and their artwork. The docents will talk about the techniques in the art, use of color and symbolism to help give a deeper meaning to what the viewers see. This event is free with admission to the museum. 

Breakaway Music Festival returns to Grand Rapids for 5th year

Breakaway Music Festival is set to return to Grand Rapids from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20 at downtown Belknap Park. The festival highlights musical genres such as pop, EDM and hip-hop. The lineup has a total of 14 acts with headliners Two Friends, The Chainsmokers, Yung Gravy and DJ Snake. The event also will have a silent disco, food trucks and other activities. Tickets start at $104. 

Grand Rapids Public Library to host movie event

The Grand Rapids Public Library is set to hold their last outdoor movie event of the summer on Aug. 5. This family friendly event will consist of free refreshments and crafts starting at 8 p.m. and the movie shown, Disney Pixar’s “Moana” will begin at dusk.