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Saugatuck Center for the Arts


400 Culver St., Saugatuck sc4a.org, (269) 857-2399


As for now, things are still in the works for Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ upcoming sea- son. What we do know, based on the Center’s reputation, is that we can expect a huge variety of performances, from individual artist exhibi- tions to musical acts in its intimate, 400-seat theatre. “There’s not a bad seat in the house,” said Kristin Armstrong, executive director of the Center. “You don’t get that many places.” In ad- dition to quality performances, SC4A continues to hold classes on a wide range of skills and topics as well. But what’s most exciting about this season is that after a 10-year working relationship with The Mason Street Warehouse


Janis Ian


(MSW), the SC4A and the MSW are teaming up. “We’ve had a great experience with them (MSW),” Armstrong said. “We’re very excited.”


Your Picture, Here: An Exhibition of Faces in Places that Define Saugatuck-Douglas (Aug. 12-Oct. 3); Janis Ian (Sept. 8); Everyday People (Sept. 17).


Warrington Colescott, (American, b. 1921), The History of Printmaking: Picasso at the Zoo, at Grand Rapids Art Museum


Miller Auditorium is bringing well-known shows, Rock of Ages and In the Heights, as well as the “greatest musical ever,” My Fair Lady. Aside from plays though, Miller Auditorium also has other shows meant to entertain, enlighten and educate.


Grand Rapids


Art Museum 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids artmuseumgr.org, (616) 831-1000


The Grand Rapids Art Museum presents another year of intriguing exhibits and arts education op- portunities. Director and CEO Dana Friis-Hansen said the program will strive to continue its tra- dition of excellence after last year’s high-water mark. “Last season was a banner year for GRAM with high-quality exhibitions, record attendance levels, nationally-recognized education programs and expansion of our audience,” he said. The GRAM is bringing works by artists, both local and national, to exhibitions and expanding their


permanent collection. Friis-Hansen is new to the GRAM and says he looks forward to his first ArtPrize season. “It’s one of the unique aspects of the Grand Rapids art scene that attracted me to my new position as director,” he said. In the fall, patrons of The GRAM will transform into a hustling and bustling ArtPrize venue. For the third year in a row, the Grand Rapids Art Museum will offer its beloved collection of in-house tableaus, as well as new exhibits from ArtPrize contestants. Late October, the GRAM will welcome the work of Warrington Colescott, a satirical printmaker. Stay tuned to the website for updates on more exhibits.


ArtPrize 2011 (Sept. 21-Oct. 9); Warrington Colescott (Oct.); The Michigan Perspective (Oct. 21-Nov. 13); Michigan Film Art & Literature Symposium (Nov. 12-13); Prophets.


Girls Night: The Musical (Sept. 23-24); Masters of Illusion Live! (Oct. 14); My Fair Lady (Oct. 18- 19); Bob Newhart (Oct. 28-29); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct. 28-29); Jazz Masters with Special Guest Paquito D’Rivera (Nov. 3); Rennie Harris Puremovement (Nov. 8); An Evening with Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss (Nov. 17); Kanny Rogers Christmas and Hits (Nov. 26); Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Nov. 29-30); Celtic Thunder Christmas (Dec. 9); Moscow Festival Ballet- Fairytale Fantasy (Jan. 22); Harlem Gospel Choir (Jan. 27); Rock of Ages (Jan. 31); Gold Company Salutes the Oscars (Feb. 11); Blast! (Feb. 23); In the Heights (Feb. 24); The Acting Company: The Comedy of Errors (March 13); Jersey Boys (March 20-April 1); Young Frankenstein (April 24-25).


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a Tenor (Feb. 16-19. 23-26, March 1-4); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (May 3-6).


Art


OPEN CONCEPT GALLERY 50 Louis St. NW, Grand Rapids openconceptgallery.org, (616) 233-9722


As the name states, the Open Concept Gallery is quite open to everything. Whether it’s technological innovations or featuring an artist who likes to push their own boundaries, this gallery is one to keep an eye out for.


Art on Wheels, Smart Multimedia Festival 2011: Virtual Authenticity, Sit Specific Interactive Installation: Trample Pictures, Voces, Upgrade Downtown, Viktor Freso, Dream and Reality, Focus on the Family, Dennis Openheim


MUSKEGON CIVIC THEATRE 425 W. Western Ave. #401, Muskegon muskegoncivictheatre.org, (231) 722-3852


The Civic Theatre brings you award-winners galore with Hairpspray, Doubt, Proof, Lend Me a Tenor and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, all well-respected plays, now adapted for the Muskegon area.


Hairspray (Oct. 13-16); Doubt (Nov. 17-20, 25- 27, Dec. 1-4); Proof (Jan. 20-22, 26-28); Lend Me


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UICA 2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids uica.org, (616) 454-7000


Coming off of the move from Sheldon Boulevard to Fulton, the UICA has plenty of fun and interesting things planned, mostly new exhibits from cutting-edge artists. Other than the newest exhibitions, the UICA also has films and other events.


SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS SCENE


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