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Music at the

Howmet Playhouse

April 19, 7:00 pm Ben Bedford

in concert Tickets $10 May 6, 7:30 pm

Max and Ruth

Bloomquist w/opener

Katie Beaman Tickets $10

First Fridays Music Series

May 14, 7:30 pm 4th ANNUAL



The Vincent Hayes

Project Tickets $15

June 2, 5:00-8:00 PM Taste of White Lake

Howmet Playhouse

Fundraiser Michigan food, beverages and music!

Tickets $18

Need Some SPACE? Our 390-seat theater is available for concerts, art, theater, and private events. Call us or visit our website for info.


Anniversary Celebration

Howmet Playhouse

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

Whitehall, MI 49461

18 | REVUEWM.COM | APRIL 2011 Other Eclectic Events | by Audria Larsen An Afternoon of Fashion and Tea at

the Voigt House Voigt House, Grand Rapids April 15, 1-2:30 p.m., $10-$12, (616) 456-3977

Sit in the lap of Victorian luxury while enjoying tea and era appropriate sweets. The Voigt House is a relic of affluent Grand Rapids living dating back to more than 100 years ago. Enjoy an afternoon with a guided tour, which explores the main floor of the home, nosh on treats in the formal dining room and peep into the world of 19th and early 20th century fashion. And, breathe easy that we live in corset-optional times. Reservations are required.

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Vermontville, April 29- May 1

Vermontville, “home of the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan,” boasts this annual, sticky sweet event. All weekend long, the festival features a pancake derby, two parades, a talent show, princess pageant, maple syrup exhibits and even arm wrestling, among other activities. Like any proper festival, attendees can browse through arts and crafts wares in the flea market, all while enjoying syrup-centric fare. Live music and fireworks round out the weekend with a bang.

Earth and Sky Day Grand Rapids Public Museum

April 30, 11 a.m. -4 p.m., Free with general admission, (616) 929-1700

Earth and Sky Day combines Earth Day and Astronomy Day into an afternoon long event exploring the connection between our planet and the celestial universe. Enjoy live sky shows in the Planetarium and learn about conserva- tion tools, organic gardening and alternative energy. Ask questions at the staffed astronomy table, experience telescopic observation indoors and outdoors, create space themed crafts, and more.


by Audria Larsen |

Street Rhymes, Street Lines T

AKE IT TO THE STREET: Tag Team Poetry is the love child of a po- etry slam commingled with a raucous round of musical chairs. Experience the usual suspects (like folding chairs

and fists full of scrawled or typed pages containing emotive, hilarious and possibly deranged poems) in an entertaining new way. Curated by veteran published poet

Katherine Marty and sponsored by ArtPeers, Take It to the Street: Tag Team Poetry returns to the Art.Downtown event for the second time.

The concept involves a shifting team of

poets, reading for three hours. “They will all sit in a row, one poet will

stand up and read, go to the end of the line,” Marty said. “All poets must commit to reading five poems in five consecutive cycles … not everyone needs to stay the entire time.” Beyond presenting poets in a new format,

the event also allows onlookers to experience poetry in a different context. “In some ways, it’s a piece

of performance art, and you would engage it as a piece of performance art. Or, as you would engage a painting or photograph and move on,” Marty said. The idea surfaced a few

years ago. “I was talking to Joe

Macintosh, popular [as] Joe the Cabdriver … and he said that he wanted to do a marathon poetry reading,” Marty said. “Suddenly it became clear to me the way to do this. You need to mobilize a huge group of people; why cap it at two or three?”

TAKE IT TO THE STREET: TAG TEAM POETRY West Michigan Center for Art and Technology (WMCAT), Grand Rapids

April 15, 7 p.m. FREE!

The happening debuted

in June 2009 at the Heartside Artist Market, with poets assembled along a short stretch of Division Avenue. “It was a huge success,”

Marty said. “Last time, a couple people I have never seen before or since, jumped into the rotation because

they had something they wanted to read. One guy had a laptop … and the other guy had a poem memorized that he had written.” This month the event will be held at

WMCAT, which is an Art.Downtown trolley stop.

KATHERINE MARTY PHOTO: ERIC TANK “The basic idea is that the words will con-

tinue,” Marty said. “People are free to engage and listen for as long or as little as they want; we’re going to be here all night.” A compelling aspect of Tag Team Poetry

is the unpredictability. “It’s kind of anarchic. I won’t have a very

clear idea until the week leading up to the event who will be there and who won’t,” said Marty. Additionally, all poetic material is

accepted. “I have no control over what people bring

[and] I don’t want to censor people.” Interested in participating? E-mail kather- with “tag team poetry” in the subject line. n



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