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Wealthy Theatre presents Wonderfall with Jeff Roberts

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Saturday, October 9th, Doors at 10:30 am, Show starts at 11:00 am

Like a scene from "Groundhog Day," the event repeats itself over and over. Bass and drums pound out the beat in perfect unison. Bodies spring to their feet and rush the stage; jumping, dancing and bouncing off each other like bumper cars. The concertgoers behave like children. This should come as no surprise, because they are children, participating in the kiddie mosh pit found at nearly every Justin Roberts concert.

Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children's show business.

Catholic Central Choir sings Talaga premiere Sunday at Aquinas


Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School choir will sing the premiere performance of “For One Removed,” composed by local jazz artists Steve Talaga.  Talaga will also premiere eight new compositions for jazz quintet. The free performance takes place 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 10 at Aquinas College Art & Music Center.

A pianist, composer and arranger, Talaga has been performing professionally for more than 25 years. Accolades include West Michigan Jazz Society's 2008 Jazz Musician of the Year, performances at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival in Michigan; five compact discs under his own name: including Basement Alchemy (chosen as best release of 2000 by Lazaro Vega at WBLV-FM) and Heartside Sketches.

Meijer Basketball Classic: Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks

The Detroit Pistons have announced that individual tickets for their preseason game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, The Meijer Basketball Classic, are on sale!

Tickets, priced as low as $15, are available by visiting the box office at Van Andel Arena, any Ticketmaster outlet, ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.  For groups of 10 or more, call (616) 742-6185, e-mail groupsales@smggr.com or order online at vanandelarena.com/groupsales.

The Meijer Basketball Classic, featuring the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks will be played on Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.  Newcomers Greg Monroe and Tracy McGrady join Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and the rest of the core veterans to battle Mavericks stars Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd.

The preseason game marks the eighth consecutive time the Pistons have played in Grand Rapids since the 2001 preseason when the club hosted the Washington Wi

Kid's Guide to ArtPrize

Grand Rapids is an awesome place to grow up. Now. It used to be boring, or so I’ve been told.

I grew up in Grand Ledge and spent my entire childhood wondering why my parents insisted on raising me in a constant state of geographically inflicted ennui(I learned that word in 8th grade. It was perfect timing.) that could have been completely avoided had we stayed in Detroit, where I was born. We also would have avoided good schools, a lack of traffic, as well as a whole lot of bodily and property safety; but those were not my concern. I wanted Eastern Market, the Ren Cen, the Riverfront, big malls, and Boblo Island.

A few weeks ago my kids and I were walking around downtown (Grand Rapids, not Detroit) and A.P. said, “We’re lucky to have so much big art and sculptures here, Mom”. It’s working.My kids dig where they live.

Fun and Frugal in Grand Rapids With Kids! Week of September 24-30


September 24 Flick’s Family Film Festival continues.  Kids are free, just pay a few bucks for anyone over 12.

September 24, 25 Oktoberfest

September 24, 25 Rockford Harvest Festival Family Fun Weekend

September 24, 25 Fallasburg Fall Festival

September 25 Connecting Families With Nature Day at the Zoo  

September 25 9:30AM to 2:

Aquinas College Saints' Basketball Classic

Aquinas College is starting a wonderful tradition this year by hosting its inaugural basketball tournament. This exciting event will be in celebration of our grand opening of our new Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. Aquinas Health and Wellness committee will be teaming up with Red Hacker to make this a very memorable experience for friends, family, alumni, and participants. The Saints’ Basketball Classic will be open to the public and will start at ages 10 years old and up. We encourage teams of all ages to see our beautiful campus and enjoy the many activites of our Homecoming Weekend! Proceeds will benefit the new Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. Please visit our website for further details and a printable version of the entry form. http://www.aquinas.edu/alumni/bball.html Mail-in Deadline: September 11 Registration Deadline: September 20 Proudly Produced by: Red Hacker Basketball http://www.redhackerusa.com/

Fun and frugal family entertainment in Grand Rapids this week

I have a ton of stuff for you to take a look at this week.  Check out my Calendar for a full listing.