Arts and Entertainment Briefs 8/29

Elizabeth Schanz, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Pitbull comes to Van Andel Arena

Pitbull and Iggy Azalea are coming to Grand Rapids, Michigan on their “Can’t Stop Us Now Tour” and are set to perform at Van Andel Arena on Aug. 30th at 8 p.m. This performance is one of many and will feature hit songs by the artists. Tickets are on sale online with prices starting at $52. 

GrandCon gaming convention

GrandCon, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the DeVos Place Convention Center, is an event that features tabletop gaming such as board games, role-playing games, family games and card games.

It is a three day event hosted from Sept. 2-4 that aims to appeal to all ages. To register for the event and purchase convention badges, visit GrandCon online. 

GRAM hosts drop-in art studio 

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is hosting an open drop-in studio experience, free with museum admission, on Sept. 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can explore the process of paper embossing by creating their own stamp embossed paper and use watercolors to create an image. The event is inspired by a piece of art on view at the museum by Louise Nevelson entitled “Dawn’s Clouds.”

Art installation at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Currently an exhibition entitled “Yinka Shonibare CBE: Planets in My Head” is on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens until Oct. 23. The art work presents Shonibare’s British-Nigerian heritage through sculptures, paintings, photographs, collages, embroidery and film. The exhibit is included with the price of admission to the gardens. 

Washed Ashore Collection at John Ball Zoo

The John Ball Zoo is presenting an art collection entitled “Washed Ashore” now through Nov. 30. The collection features 16 different sculpture pieces composed of debris found from the Oregon coast.

The presence of the art is meant to spread awareness about environmental conservation and pollution.

Pieces are placed throughout the zoo and are included with the cost of admission. 

Frederik Meijer Garden host Grand Rapids Ballet performance

On Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB) will be performing at the Frederik Meijer Garden Summer series. 

This is the third of GRB’s summer series performances following their performance at Studio Park and the Summer Dance Festival.

Tickets are available online or on the day of the performance and for Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park members tickets are free with membership.

Seating is first come, first serve and chairs of all heights are welcome.