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Jazz Night at the Canal Street Cafe

If you were in the mood for some great Jazz on Friday night, the place to be was the Grandville High School Cafeteria.  Students from the Middle School and High School treated attendees to a variety of tunes that ranged from slow and smooth to raucous and energetic.  Solos peppered the number of sets that were played to the packed, standing-room only, house where the only thing missing from a stereotypical Jazz cafe was the smoke from numerous cigarettes (a welcome omission).  Players testing their chops at performing under the steady gaze of those in attendance entertained the crowd with their interrpretations of the music being played by the rest of the group.  Though not always perfect, the solos were heartfelt, and well received. 

Local Kalamazoo band coming to Grandville

Local Kalamazoo band coming to Grandville

One of my favorite local country bands is heading to Grandville this weekend! I am not able to see them often but when they come close to Grand Rapids I make the show!! If you love the harmonica and a rocking good time come join me this weekend at the Whiskey River Saloon!

The Bronk Bros, fronted by the brother duo of Heath and Brian Bronk, began their music journey in 1997. They best describe their show as a "Rockin' Hillbilly Extravaganza"—an out of control, pedal-to-the-metal, in-your-face musical journey. The duo uses a mixture of classic country, new country, and classic rock to create their own original music and sound. When these influences are mixed together, the result is the unforgettable "Rockin’ Hillbilly Extravaganza."

Taylor Lautner Gears Up For New Movie in September

Taylor Lautner Gears Up For New Movie in September

For Hudsonville native, Taylor Lautner, it's finally time to step out of the "Twilight" shadow. Lautner's first post-"Twilight" movie, the thriller, "Abduction," could be the movie to turn him into a bonafide action star.

In an interview with MTV, Lautner said he was a bit star struck by the cast that includes Sigourney Weaver. "When I found out that they were going to be in the movie I was ecstatic, but on the same hand, I mean, I was freaking out. I was," Lautner said with a laugh. "But as soon as you meet them, no joke, they are literally the nicest people I've ever met. They put you at complete ease, and it was an honor working with them."

"Abuction" opens nationwide on September 23rd, just two months before his return as Jacob Black in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1."

Pinocchio coming to Jenison

Did you know Pinocchio is coming to West Michigan?  It's true, no lie!  Rehearsals are being held Monday, April 18.  They are open to Jenison Public School students K-12.   The play, sponsored by the JHS Thespians is partially funded by a grant from the Jenison Public Education Foundation.  The Missoula Children's Theatre will perform Pinocchio.  Rehearsals are all this week, the 19th through the 22nd.  Two shows are being held on Saturday, April 23rd at Jenison High School.  Show times are 3pm and 6pm. Tickets are $8, children 10 and under get in for $5.

A musical that inspires greatness

Sunday afternoon, Holy Trinity Lutheran School in Wyoming was the place to be to enjoy an inspiring musical put on by the students of the school.  The play titled "The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hits" used humor, drama, and song to tell the story of David and Goliath.  The story focused on David as he tried to convince the Isreallite soldiers to trust in The Lord, and that with faith, they could succeed even when confronted with a giant.  The giant, certainly one of the most entertaining parts of the drama as he made his way toward the stage to do battle with David, proved that no matter what the size, Yahweh can help you conquer your biggest problems.

Latin American Film Festival is underway

Latin American Film Festival is underway

From the Community Media Center:

After the great success of last year’s inaugural Latin American Film Festival, Aquinas College, Calvin College and Grand Valley State University are pleased to announce the second annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival which will take place April 7-9, at Celebration! Cinema  River Town  and Wealthy Theatre. 

The festival's goal is to provide the entire West Michigan community and students with a unique and enriching opportunity to acquaint themselves with the latest and most acclaimed Latin American films.

With that objective in mind, our committee has selected six movies from different geographical areas – México, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Perú, USA / Colombia, and Argentina – focusing on a wide range of contemporary subjects.

Award Winning Thirsty Perch Blues Band to Record Live Album during May 7 Concert

Award Winning Thirsty Perch Blues Band to Record Live Album during May 7 Concert

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (March 30, 2011) – The Thirsty Perch Blues Band, a rising popular Michigan band described by critics as “original”, “fresh and innovative”, with a “charismatic stage presence” will produce a live album on May 7. The community is invited to attend the event - a free concert from 8 p.m. to midnight at Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson – to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 2011 Open House. The concert event will be featured on the Thirsty Perch Blues Band’s second album to be released in June.