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A Man Among (Tiki) Gods

A Man Among (Tiki) Gods

By Audria Larsen

Anthony Carpenter is a modern man living in yesterday’s modern world. Dwelling among tiki gods, enchanting women swathed in sarongs and fantastical monsters of his own creation, Carpenter is a working artist who has constructed his personal haven to the backdrop sounds of Martin Denny and Les Baxter. Put simply, this man has a penchant for thrift shops, retro album covers, monster movies of yore and all things tiki. And he’s got an impressive way with a pencil.  

“I don’t know exactly how it starts,” says Carpenter. “It was just always there from the earliest of memories. I would lie on the floor in front of the television and just draw from comics and monster magazines. It was just something that I did.” Not much has changed.

Drawing on UICA

Drawing on UICA

All ages & skill levels are invited to Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts at 2 West Fulton in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday, March 24-Saturday, April 7 from 12 to 6pm to draw on UICA’s Gallery walls & sidewalk. March 24/25 weekend drawing theme is anything & everything spring.

Go to www.uica.org or call: (616) 454-7000 for more information.

Bodies of Art Spring Fashion

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) Every year they wow us with their creativity and designs and tonight Kendall College students are doing it again.

Students are hosting the 8th annual Bodies of Art Spring Fashion Show. For one night, dozens of students and their work shine for the community to see.  Designs range from elaborate evening gowns to everyday wear.  This year's theme is "forest floor."

The show starts at 7 tonight at the Goei Center. Tickets are $20. $15 for students and are available at the door.


Diversity in Grand Rapids Entertainment

Eddie T.L. Tadlock, Assistant General Manager (SMG)
DeVos Place Convention Center/Performance Hall and Joe Jones member of the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority's Community Inclusion Group talk about the success of SMG's ventures in Grand Rapids.  They also discuss the continued efforts to build more relationships and offer more to the variety of diverse groups that reside in the Grand Rapids area and how the community can help support these efforts with their participation and attendance.

City High Auction Tonight

City High Auction Tonight

The 16th Annual Fundrasier and Silent Auction for City High/Middle School takes place tonight at San Chez restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids. Doors open at 6pm and tickets are 30 dollars. Prize packages include tickets to the opera, symphony, ballet or Civic Theatre.  Yoga classes, over night hotel accomodations, lunch with the Mayor George Heartwell and many dinner packages at area resturants such as Tre Cugini, Green Well and the Cascade Winery. Dance lessons, a one week cottage stay, movie passes, and GVSU Laker's football tickets are just some of the other fun prizes also up for auction. This event helped raise 14-thousand dollars last year for City High/Middle an International Bacaluarette school for grades 6th through 12. Tickets are still available for tonight's event. Please follow this link to registar now.

Community remembers Cesar Chavez

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) Grand Rapids' Hispanic community paid tribute Thursday to a civil rights leader.

Students and community leaders walked along Grandville Avenue for the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Social Justice March.

 Chavez was a Mexican-American farm worker who fought for hispanic civil and labor rights in the 1960's and 1970's.

Cesar Chavez died in 1993. He would have turned 85 at the end of the month but the march was held "early" because many schools are on spring break next week.

GR Supt. Bernard Taylor finally lands a new job

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) Former Grand Rapids Superintendent Bernard Taylor has landed a new job in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to offer him the position of superintendent.  Taylor was one of two finalists selected during a March 15th meeting.

Taylor has been on academic leave from GRPS since late December. He negotiated a $400,000 exit agreement with the district to depart before the end of the school year. He no longer had the support of several board members, especially those most recently elected.

Teresa Weatherall Neal is acting Superintendent of the school district.