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Friday, April 1 @ 7pm. Live music in the Studio with Valentiger. At the forefront of the band’s music are the familiar traits of Americana– strumming acoustic guitars, prominent harmonica, some haunting pedal steel– but the young group also adds experimental aspects to their sound; credited instruments also include a bell set, a broom and a typewriter.


Sunday, April 17 @ 4pm. Opera talk with Maestro robert Lyall for Opera Grand rapids’ production of the Barber of Seville. Join us in the casual comfort of the Schuler Studio for an in-depth look at Rossini’s classic opera.


Friday, April 29 @ 7pm. Live music in the Studio with Ken Stead and the Messengers. Ken Stead and the Messengers is a contemporary folk band that is turning heads here in Grand Rapids. The Messengers allow Ken’s songs to reach new heights, sending everyone through the ceiling with bliss as you can feel the glory coating your very being from the arrangements and harmonies they provide.


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Wednesday, April 7. 7pm. West Michigan Christian Writers Group meets with special guest author, Dean Cumings. Join the writers and Dean Cumings as he speaks about his book, Ellie: A Pioneer Girl’s Journey West; 1845.


Wednesday, April 13 @ 6pm. Grand rapids Songwriters Alliance. This group is open to the public. Grab your instrument and work through the writing process with other area songwriters.


Monday, April 18. 7pm. Japanese Conversation Group. This group is hosted by Mayumi Balfour of Sister Cities International. The group learns about the Japanese language and culture in a casual setting.


tuesday, April 19. 7pm. Swedish Group meets. 40 FOUNtAIN NW


thursday, April 14 @ 5:30pm-6:30pm. Open Mic Poetry Night! April is poetry month. Bring your original poetry and share it with the crowd.


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Saturday, April 9 @ 3pm. Booksigning with Chris Van Allsburg for his new book, Queen of the Falls. Any kid who has beheld Niagara Falls—or even taken a good look at pictures of it—will be suitably gobsmacked by the true story of charm- school teacher Annie Edson Taylor, who, at age 62, decided on a whim to fund her golden years by being the first person over the falls. At first, local barrel makers turned her away in horror, but her determination was convincing, and on October 24, 1901, the reinforced and padded 160-pound vessel was dropped into the water in front of thousands of nervous spectators.


thursday, April 14 @ 7pm. Author talk and booksigning with Chris Smit for his new book, the exile of Britney Spears: A tale of 21st-Century Comsumption. What we consume matters: a conclusion that is making more sense as sustainability and eco-responsibility become part of our everyday cultural conversations. What we fail to realize is that we consume – unconsciously, continually, and, at times, violently – much more than food. The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of Twenty-First Century Consumption explains that we have consumed, digested, and eliminated Britney Spears in a process uniquely characteristic of American popular culture. In Smit’s explanation of the sociological, aesthetic, and political outcomes of this new mediated cannibalism; he offers the idea of exile as a new metaphor for the outcome of popular consumption.


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tuesday, April 12 @ 7pm. Author talk and booksigning with Darien Gee for her new novel, Friendship Bread. An anonymous gift sends a woman on a journey she never could have anticipated. One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five- year-old daughter, Gracie, arrive home to find an unexpected gift on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: I hope you enjoy it. Also included are a bag of starter, instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others. About life and loss, friendship and community, food and family, Friendship Bread tells the uplifting story of what endures when even the unthinkable happens.


thursday, April 28 @ 7pm. Author talk and booksigning with Vic Foerster for his new book, Naked in the Stream: Isle royale Stories. A wilderness island in Lake Superior calls Vic Foerster to cross the world’s largest Great Lake, land on the island’s rocky shore, hike its bony spine, fish its shoal embedded coves, and fall in love with it all. Bugs included. After thirty years worth of visits to Isle Royale National Park, Foerster records his experiences in this narrative. Funny and poignant, riveting and heart thumping, these true stories entertain and inform the reader.


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