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Grand Valley presents 'A Fall Arts Celebration Holiday Gift'

From: Mary Pirkola, GVSU

The final performance of Grand Valley State University’s Fall Arts Celebration 2010 will be a special performance in downtown Grand Rapids, where the community can come together to celebrate Grand Valley’s 50th anniversary.

A Fall Arts Celebration Holiday Gift: George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" 
Monday, December 6, 8 p.m.,
Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids.
The performance is free and open to the public.

Members of at least one organization have already made plans to attend. A group of 40-45 people from Visually Impaired Persons for Progress, the Grand Rapids Chapter of the Michigan Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired, has chosen the performance for their special holiday event.

20th Anniversary Tanglefoot Artists Studio Sale

From: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158842044137033

“Tanglefoot,” as local art aficionados have known it over the years, has made a reputation for being the annual, pre-holiday “must-do” activity, traditionally held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Hundreds of visitors come from throughout Michigan and beyond to attend the open-studio event which provides an opportunity to peek into the artists’ studios, meet informally with the artists, and purchase their work.

Founding artists Michael Pfleghaar, Elaine Dalcher, and Nikki Wall will be among the artists exhibiting this year.

Ground breaking Art event, Tanglefoot Open Studio, turns 20

by Mark Rumsey (markrumsey)

Was there Art in Grand Rapids before ArtPrize? Yes, lots of it in all sorts of locales. This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most notorious art events in Grand Rapids, the Tanglefoot Artist Open Studio. The Tanglefoot Building garnered its name from the fly paper that was once produced at the site and has since been infested with artists. The maze of a building reveals dozens of local artists diligently working away at their craft. Once a year the artists open their studios to the public, offering a great opportunity to buy local art and support the local art community.

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New York Times bestselling author Doug Stanton to speak at GRPL

From: Kristen Corrado, Grand Rapids Public Library

Doug Stanton, author of two “New York Times” bestsellers: “In Harm’s Way” and “Horse Soldiers,” will discuss his writing and what he sees as the difference between art and politics.

The discussion will take place on Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm at the Main Library – 111 Library St NE. The event is free and open to the public.

Stanton’s first book, “In Harm’s Way” chronicles the sinking of the USS INDIANAPOLIS in the South Pacific in 1945 and its survivors. Torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, and estimated 300 men were killed upon impact and close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean where they remained, undetected by the navy for nearly 5 days. Battered by the sea, they struggled to survive, fighting off hypothermia, sharks, physical and mental exhaustion and finally hallucinatory dementia.

Student's poetry on "Psalms" hits the stage

From: Matt kucinski, Calvin College

Beginning Friday, November 19, 2010, Calvin sophomore Amanda Armour will present "Poetic Justice: A Play on Words," a hybrid of a rap and poetry reading.

Armour, an interdisciplinary major, wrote the entire script, a series of poems based on the Psalms. Then, she recast the Psalms with an emphasis on themes of urban justice. She spent hundreds of hours working on the staging and rehearsals with the actors. The result is her senior honors project, which will debut at 7:30 p.m.

Wonderfall: Wizard of Oz Sing-a-Long

From: http://www.grcmc.org
Part of the series Wonderfall

The MGM technicolor triumph, The Wizard Of Oz, has been remastered digitally and just-released in HD 1080p Blu-ray! And there's an official Sing-A-Long version! We'll be playing this version on Nov. 20 at our WonderFall presentation of Wizard Of Oz at 11 a.m. at Wealthy Theatre! Come travel the yellow brick road with this family-friendly presentation of the sing-along version of Wizard of Oz!

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film directed primarily by Victor Fleming from a script mostly by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, with uncredited contributions by others.

Ford Museum tree lighting

Start the holidays out by attending and joining in the fun at the Gerald L. Ford Presidential Museum when they light up their annual display of decorated trees on November 18th at 7pm. This is a free admission outdoor event along with a sing-along and refreshments.