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My Town GR Central: Movies in the Park announces summer lineup

My Town GR Central: Movies in the Park announces summer lineup

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The lineup is out for this year’s Movies in The Park series.

This is the second season for the free summer-long event by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.  Last year, the series attracted 10,000 people downtown.  The films were selected with this year’s theme in mind- “Films Through Time”.  The schedule is as follows:

  • June 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1940s)
  • June 20: Grease (1950s)
  • July 11: Dreamgirls (1960s)
  • July 25: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1970s)
  • Aug. 8: Top Gun (1980s)
  • Aug. 22: DOUBLE FEATURE: Voters’ Choice and Jurassic Park (1990s)

The Voter’s Choice film will be selected by public vote between June 6 and July 11. Each movie will air on a giant blow-up screen set up in Ah-Nab-Awen Park.  Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and refreshments for each viewing. Each film night will also include pre-movie activities.

My Town: Grand Rapids area brewers begin Thank You Tour May 6

My Town: Grand Rapids area brewers begin Thank You Tour May 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of Grand Rapids area breweries is thanking patrons for putting the city on the craft beer map by winning it the title of Beer City USA.

Grand Rapids won the title outright last year, with more than 27,000 of the 50,000 votes cast I the now defunct online poll.  The vote was organized by Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association, the Great American Beer Festival and a beer writer for Examiner.com.

To celebrate the final Beer City win, the founders of MIBeers and Momma Needs A Beer are teaming up with area breweries for a Thank You Tour that starts Tuesday, May 6.  Brewers, local celebrities and BeerCity team members will visit each of the businesses on the tour to hand out freebies to patrons.

My Town: Local First announces entertainment lineup for Street Party June 7

My Town: Local First announces entertainment lineup for Street Party June 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Local First will hold their 11th annual Street Party, presented by Founders Brewing Company with stage sponsor Celebration! Cinema, on Saturday June 7 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.

Last year, more than 12,000 people attended the 10th anniversary Local First Street Party and enjoyed Founders beer, local food, family and sidewalk chalk art, and live interactive music.  The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this event.

Entertainment lineup:

My Town: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

My Town: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Expect long lines outside Grand Rapids' four museums, as the  “Museums Free 4 All” returns May 4.

Amway is once again covering the cost of admission for families to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  Participants can also jump on a free shuttle to travel to and from each museum. 

Amway will also be hosting fun, family-friendly activities outside the GRAM.  People who get their “passport” stamped at all four museums will also have a chance to win prizes.

My Town: Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition returns

My Town: Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition returns

The Mary Free Bed Guild welcomes the public to the 32nd annual Fine Arts Exhibition.

This event showcases works by physically challenged Michigan artists, while promoting awareness and education. The Mary Free Bed Guild will purchase select artwork for permanent display in the hospital. Remaining pieces may be for sale, at the discretion of the artists.

This exhibition takes place at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, located at 235 Wealthy Street SE in Grand Rapids, and is open through August 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

My Town: Movies in the Park promotes summer lineup through contest

My Town: Movies in the Park promotes summer lineup through contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is turning to local filmmakers, celebrities, officials and hometown heroes to hint to the lineup for this year’s Movies in the Park series.

DGRI released a video this week, hinting to the movies that will be featured in this year’s series.  Now through May 8, people who correctly name all of the films referenced in the video will be entered into a contest for a personal projector system to watch movies from the comfort of their home.  The survey contest is available here

My Town GR Central: ArtPrize voting changes to give music entries a stronger chance at winning

My Town GR Central: ArtPrize voting changes to give music entries a stronger chance at winning

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – St. Cecilia Music Center will continue its role as the official ArtPrize Music Hub in 2014.

St. Cecilia will once again award its own prize money to musical entries with five different genre prizes. Along with the chance for the $2,000 SCMC award, the changes in ArtPrize 2014 voting structure gives music a spotlight for public vote and jury vote awards.

Cathy Holbrook, executive director of St. Cecilia Music Center states, “This new voting structure for ArtPrize gives all of the artistic genres great focus. It will also result in some art, such as music, emerging in 2014 as important and popular entries into ArtPrize. I think everyone wins with this new process – the artists, the venues, and the public who will hear about, see and experience a versatile selection of artists.”