Arts and Entertainment Briefs 10/3


Elizabeth Schanz, Arts and Entertainment Editor

GRAM Jim Henson exhibit 

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is featuring a new exhibit entitled “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited” which highlights Henson’s legacy in many popular projects such as “The Muppets Show,” “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock” and other productions. 

The exhibit contains over 170 objects related to Henson’s career including puppets, costumes, behind-the-scenes footage and documents that give insight into his career. Within the exhibit, there are interactive experiences in which visitors can design original characters and try puppeteering on camera. 

The program is aimed at all ages and admission to the exhibit is an additional cost to the general admission to the museum. This gallery will run from Oct. 1 to Jan. 14. 

Hippo Campus performance

Hippo Campus, an indie rock band, is set to perform at GLC Lie at 20 Monroe in downtown Grand Rapids on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. 

The band’s music blends stylings of garage rock, African-influenced rhythms and synth-pop. Some of Hippo Campus’ well-known songs include “Buttercup,” “Way it Goes” and “Bad Dream Baby.”

The venue requires that attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to the event. Ticket prices begin at $27 and range to about $50. 

GV Shakespeare Festival 

The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is scheduled to perform “The Merry Wives of Windsor” from Oct. 7 through 9 and Oct. 14 through 16. Performances will be held at the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts on the GVSU Allendale Campus. 

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” is a comedy created by William Shakespeare that focuses on Sir John Falstaff and his attempt to court two wealthy Windsor wives. The “Windsor wives,” Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, act ahead of Falstaff’s plan developing the action of the performance. 

This production was directed by guest director Timuchin Aker who wanted to give the original play a “modern twist.”

The performance is open to all individuals. Tickets are $7 to $17 and are available online. 

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre performs “The Revolutionists”

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre will hold the last showings of their production of “The Revolutionists” from Oct. 5 -8 at 7:30 p.m. and on Oct. 9 at 2:30 p.m. 

The production highlights four women in a “girl-powered” comedy that is set in the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. The performance centers on themes of feminism, activism, sisterhood, art and violence. 

The performance is rated R due to adult themes and violence in the play. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.

Additionally, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is presenting many different shows in their 2022-2023 performance season including upcoming shows that include “Marry Poppins” and “Once on This Island.”