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(May 26-July 28); Elliot Erwitt: Dogs Dogs (June 30-Sept. 23).


MUSEUM 230 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo, (269) 373-7990

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is all about looking to the things around you and learn- ing from them. Starting with the Math & Science as Art exhibit, where mathemati- cal two-dimensional objects inspire one’s imagination to the CSI: Crime Scene Insects exhibit, where insects that help solve crimes are showcased.

Fractals: Mathematics & Science as Art (Sept. 3-Jan. 22); CSI: Crime Scene Insects (Sept. 17- Jan. 1); Disease Detectives (Jan. 21-May 28); Treasures! (June 16-Aug. 26); Good Designs: Stories from Herman Miller (Sept. 9- Jan. 27).


OF THE ARTS 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, (231) 720-2570

The MMA kicks off with an international collaboration from the acclaimed David W. Baas Collection, then moves into a celebra- tion of local photography with an exhibit by David and Kathy Myers. Continuing with photography, the MMA includes photographs from the Muskegon Chronicle Archives. Tiny Treasures defies the norm, showing that art is just as beautiful when it’s smaller.

International Connections: Selected Works of Art from the David W. Baas Collection (Through Oct. 23); Neighbors: Photography by David and Kathy Myers (Through Nov. 6); Local Interest: Photography from the Muskegon Chronicle Archives (Through Nov. 6); Tiny Treasures (Sept. 8-Feb. 19).

in 1930, the symphony has been entertain- ing and delighting audiences for more than 80 years. From the Classical performances to Pops and Symphonic Boom Concerts, the Grand Rapids Symphony has an extremely versatile upcoming season. Check out the Grand Rapids Symphony for performance locations.

Mozart Double Piano Concerto (Sept. 16,17); Gershwin’s Greatest Hits (Sept. 23-25); Artprize Triptychs (Oct. 6-7); A Schubert Symphony (Oct. 7); Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (Oct. 21-22); Disney in Concert (Nov. 4-6); Creative Pathways (Nov. 17-18); Bernstein & Copland (Nov. 18); Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Nov. 11-12); Nestle Gerber Holiday Pops (Dec. 16-18); Cirque de Noel with Cirque de la Symphonie (Dec. 21); Cinematic Shostakovich (Jan. 6-7); Swingin’ With Sinatra and Dorsey (Jan 13-15); Mozart and Beethoven (Jan. 27-28); Romantic Piano (Feb. 10-11); Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Feb. 17); Two Brandenburgs (Feb. 23-24); Symphony with Soul (March 3); Rachmaninoff 2 Meets Sibelius (March 9-10); Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney (March 16-18); Colorful Contrast (March 22-23); Ballroom with a Twist (March 27); Beacon of Hope (March 30- 31); Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand (April 20-21); Gilmore Young Artist (April 26-27); Gilmore Piano (April 27); Behind the Mask (May 11-13); Heavens Above, Earth Below (May 18-19). For Family: Krazy Keyboards (Oct. 16); Wacky, Way Out Instruments (Feb. 26).

Fontana Chamber Arts

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 200, Kalamazoo, (269) 382-7774

When the Fontana Chamber Arts claims to host a variety of performers, it means it. “We pride ourselves on presenting a wide-ranging concert series,” said Jill Perney, director of operations and marketing. “This year we’ve put together a really strong lineup.” Indeed. In October, the SF Jazz Collective performs, which consists of eight highly renowned individuals coming together to form a supergroup. In February, the Hagen Quartet comes in from its native Austria to flatter with

its clean, stylistic range conceived from 30 years of playing together. In April, rising jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato brings her unique, R&B and pop- influenced voice to Kalamazoo. As for what’s in store for the Fontana Chamber Arts after this sea- son, one can expect even more. “Each year, we’re always trying to take it the next level,” Perney said.

Brentano String Quartet (Sept. 24); SFJAZZ Collective (Oct. 21); Sounds From the North Sea (Oct. 28); Liszt Bicentennial (Nov. 11); White Nights (Dec. 9); The Bad Plus (Jan. 28); Hagen Quartet (Feb. 24); Dance Forms (March 16); Alarm Will Sound (March 31); Gretchen Parlato (April 14); Jeffrey Kahane with Members of the CMS Winds (May 2).

Gerald R Ford

Museum 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, (616) 254-0400

Gerald R Ford Museum opens a new exhibit, “Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World,” on Sept. 2. It runs until Jan. 8. The show examines the remark- able life and contributions of Benjamin Franklin to the birth and creation of the American state and character. The exhibit’s artifacts focus on Franklin’s inventions, including bifocals, microscope and the Franklin Stove. Additionally, the exhibit will highlight Franklin’s contributions in publishing,

abolition, education and diplomacy. Discussion of the roles and views of the founding fathers has never been more relevant on the national political scene. The exhibit offers insight into the life of the man before he became a true American myth figure. For Kristin Mooney, the museum’s public af- fairs specialist, the Franklin exhibit exemplifies the type of subject the museum seeks to explore. “We highlight topics that are current and relevant to the American people,” Mooney said. “He’s obviously an incredibly influential American.” In addition to the Franklin exhibit, the museum features permanent exhibitions on the life, times and presidency of Gerald R. Ford. In the wake of the passing of Betty Ford, the museum has expanded their exhibition focusing on the former first lady.

WGVU 301 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, (616) 331-6666


GRAND RAPIDS SYMPHONY 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, (616) 454-9451

The Grand Rapids Symphony starts of the 2011-2012 season with a classical rendition: Mozart Double Piano Concerto. Founded


WGVU not only gives West Michigan radio and television, it also provides events that enrich families and the community. Every Friday night through the end of 2011, stop by Love Restaurant and Lounge for some of that good ol’ Jazz. There’s also the Acoustic Jam Night at the Coopersville Farm Museum during the first Tuesday of every month. If you are looking to experience something a little deeper make sure to check out the New Contemporary Family Worship Service at St. Michael Lutheran Church every Saturday.

Jazz Night Fridays @ Love Restaurant/Lounge (Through Dec. 30); Free Fun @ Hop Scotch Children Store (Mondays through Dec. 19); New Contemporary Family Worship Service @ St. Michael Lutheran Church (Saturdays); Acoustic Jam Night @ Coopersville Farm Museum (First Tuesday of every month).

Hope College Great

Performance Series 141 E. 12th St., Holland, (616) 395-7860

Doses of classical and jazz music, as well as theatre and dance, the Great Performance Series is exploring several facets of the arts with some familiar faces and some new ones. “We like to offer new groups for our audience,” said Derek Emerson, director of events and conferences at Hope College. “Here we are bringing back two groups.” One of the groups Emerson speaks of is River North Chicago Dance Company, a company founded more than 20 years ago and has since been labeled “enthralling” and “technically impressive.” The company hasn’t been to Hope for more than 10 years. Cashore Marionettes also makes its second trip to Hope, but after a two-year leave. “Both shows sold out last time and people really wanted them back, so we were happy to invite them back so soon,” Emerson said. Other highlights include the Kenny Barron Trio, the legendary jazz pianist and the

ETHEL with Robert Mirabal

Enso String Quartet, 2010 Grammy nominees for Best Chamber Music Performance. But one show that is on our radar is the unique collaboration of ETHEL and Robert Mirabel. ETHEL is a renowned, exciting string quartet, while Robert Mirabel is a Grammy-winning Native American singer. “This is not their usual work, so we get the chance to see a unique collaboration,” Emerson said.

River North Chicago Dance Company (Sept. 29- 30); Enso String Quartet (Oct. 13); Kenny Barron Trio (Nov. 11); ETHEL with Robert Mirabal (Jan. 27); Calefax Reed Quintet (Feb. 28); Cashore Marionettes (March 30-31)


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