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Howmet Playhouse

HarborLight Movie Nights

Feb 3, March 3, April 7, May 5 Free Admission, 6:45 pm

Feb 26, 7:30 pm

The Hawktones Featuring

Junior Valentine

March 4, 7:30 pm An Dro

First Fridays Music Series

April 1, 7:30 pm

Free Wheelin First Fridays Music Series Find them on Facebook

April 4-7 Performing Arts

Workshop grades 3-12

April 19, 7:00 pm Ben Bedford

in concert May 6, 7:30 pm

Max and Ruth

Bloomquist First Fridays Music Series

231-894-4048 304 S. Mears Ave.,

Whitehall, MI 49461


Garage Sale Art Fair Kalamazoo Expo Center & Fairgrounds

Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $4 entry free, children are free

We all know what garage sales and art fairs are. Put the two together and you have a unique shopping event called the Garage Sale Art Fair, which takes the overstock, seconds and extra supplies of more than 100 artists who will be hawking their wares at garage sale prices. For the 15th year, the event takes over two large rooms at the Kalamazoo Expo Center and offers laid back fun with food and refreshments available.

Other Eclectic Events | by Audria Larsen The Cat Under the Hat: The Secret Art

of Dr. Seuss Holland Museum Through May 22 Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $4-$7, Children under 6 are free, (616) 396-3329

Experience the secret side of Dr. Seuss, who is widely acclaimed for his children’s books and art. Locally col- lected, rarely seen paintings and sculptures by Theodor Seuss Geisel are featured at the Holland Museum, some which have never been exhibited before. Described as “surreal,” these works span over 60 years of art-making that encompass many styles Seuss explored. Probe the nighttime world of Seuss in this captivating exhibit.


Electric Blue S

ONIC, ELECTRIC … AND BLUE. The Blue Man Group is a world traveling, high-energy stage show that is at once technological and a little bit tribal. Created by Matt

Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink, the Blue Man Group has grown from a trio of blue-faced collaborators into a mega brand that now features 90 blue men and women from all over the globe. A musical and theatrical experience

paired with humor, fantastical stage lighting and big sound, the Blue Man Group provides a dynamic blend of elements that appeal to all ages. While the Blue Man Group had recently

presented a large-scale touring arena show, the current incarnation focuses on a brand new theatrical tour, showcasing fresh performance material geared toward a proscenium stage. This show aims to simultaneously give audi- ences a bombastic, visual production while providing an intimate, up-close experience. Clem Waldmann, drummer and percus-

sionist, has performed with the Blue Man Group since 1995 and describes the show as, “constantly evolving and changing.” “We try to take themes that are … cur-

rently happening on a social level. A lot of that pertains to technology,” Waldmann said. “There are references to texting and the idea of this tablet-based technology. But, we also like to work on the low tech end of things, where PVC instruments we use come into play.” Although the Blue Man Group relies

heavily on technology, Waldmann says the show is still very primal.

BLUE MAN GROUP Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo Feb. 15-17, 7:30 p.m.; $25-$53, (269) 387-2300

“For me as a drummer, it’s very fun. It has

a lot of elements of various things. It’s not a style that you normally get a chance to play or hear. It really affects people.” The production aims to present big stage

effects while still breaking through the “fourth wall” into audience interaction.

“We really like to have a communal expe-

rience with the audience, and I think that’s a great aspect of what we do as a company, and [with] each individual show,” Waldmann said. This particular version of the show is

different because it’s being brought back to a theater setting in this tour. One of the ques- tions of the show is, Waldmann says, with technology today, how do you use technology and still have contact with people? “[Sound and drumming is] one of the

ways that the blue man communicates since there is no speaking from the character. There are different ways we try to communicate, through character, through eyes.” n

by Audria Larsen |

Bling: Vintage Costume Jewelry Tri-Cities Historical Museum, Grand Haven

Through fall 2011 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Suggested donation

Bling is as old as the bourgeoisie, and as long as there are diamonds, there will be glorious knock-offs. Thanks to CoCo Chanel, faux gemstones can be as chic as the wearer wants. This year, the Tri-Cities Historical Museum presents an ode to vintage costume jewelry featuring more than 1,000 pieces dating from the 1920s up through the 2000s. The selection on display comes from the large costume jewelry collection of Grand Haven resident, Kirk Hoffman.

Anniversary Celebration!


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