February Events

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February Events
Rebecca Louise Law – The Womb is on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens until March 1. | photo by Chuck Heiney

Ongoing

Rebecca Louise Law: The Womb. This exhibition of new work explores the intimate relationship between humankind and nature. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. meijergardens.org

Bodies Revealed. 10 full body human specimens and hundreds of organs are respectfully displayed to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us. Grand Rapids Public Museum. grpm.org

A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass. This exhibition features work by contemporary artists who are using glass in innovative ways, while presenting its metaphorical possibilities. Their artworks also connect to broader cultural, environmental, political, and spiritual themes. Grand Rapids Art Museum. artmuseumgr.org

Thursdays

The Chilly Challenge. Participants will enjoy a unique tour each week, traversing the sidewalks while focusing on a theme, narrated by Caroline Cook of Grand Rapids Running Tours. JW Marriott Grand Rapids.
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Until Feb 15

The Art of Change. An exhibition of art that raises awareness of current global issues of our time in an effort to provoke positive change. Lowell Arts. lowellartsmi.org

Until Feb 16

The World of Winter Festival, presented by Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. and running from January 17-February 16, gives Grand Rapidians a chance to enjoy this most magical (and coldest) of seasons. Featuring free activities, such as snow yoga and ice sculpture tours, it might just make you appreciate the subzero temperatures. Downtown Grand Rapids. downtowngr.org

Feb 1-Feb 9

Hamilton. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. Various showtimes. broadwaygrandrapids.com/hamilton

Feb 21-Jul 14

A Beautiful Struggle: Black Feminist Futurerism. Interdisciplinary contemporary art exhibition that explores the integration of Black feminist and Afrofuturist ideas. UICA. uica.org

Feb 6

LIVE at TCP: Funny Girls Presents It’s Not Love, It’s Heartburn. Funny Girls brings a show all about love: the tears, the breakups, and the heartburn. 8-9:30 pm. The Comedy Project. thecomedyproject.com

Policy on Tap. Connect with elected officials from across the political spectrum over drinks and appetizers. New Holland Brewing The Knickerbocker. 4:30-6:30 pm. grandrapids.org

The Infamous Stringdusters. The Infamous Stringdusters rise to new heights on their ninth full-length record Rise Sun. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. scmc-online.org/the-infamous-stringdusters/

Feb 7

Coffee and a Tour with Artist Norwood Viviano and Curator Ron Platt. Join for coffee, conversation, and a guided tour of A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass with featured artist Norwood Viviano and Curator Ron Platt. Grand Rapids Art Museum.10-11:30 am. artmuseumgr.org

Grown-up Playdate 2020. Adults take over the museum for a night of friends and fun including:carnival games, prize wheel, street food, playful cocktails, craft beer, wine pull, and music by PJ DA DJ Sound & Entertainment. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. 7-11 pm. grcm.org

Nikki Glaser: Bang It Out. Nikki Glaser is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. Glaser will next be seen as creator, executive producer, and star of the upcoming Comedy Central series Not Safe w/ Nikki Glaser, where some of comedy’s funniest voices will joke, learn, and share their personal stories about sex, relationships, and other taboo topics. 20 Monroe Live. 6 pm. 20monroelive.com

Feb 8

Guided Snowshoe Hike. Grab a pair of our snowshoes and join aMaster Naturalist on a guided hike through the winter forest and fields. 10-11:30 a.m. Blandford Nature Center. blandfordnaturecenter.org/experiences/community-calendar 

Cabin Fever + Boop de Boom. Featuring local artists and artisans, workshops, and drink specials. Boop de Boom Coffee Lounge. Noon-8 pm. facebook.com/BoopdeBoom

Well-Read Black Girl Grand Rapids: Girls Night Out!! Come dressed in red (a dress OR how you most feel comfortable), mix, mingle, and enjoy food and wine over a conversation around what it means to be well-read. Then put on your dancing SOCKS and have fun with an instructor led cultural dance lesson! Armentality Movement Arts Center 6-9 pm. facebook.com/GrandRapidsBookstore

Feb 8-Feb 22

Black Family History. Join us for a series of workshops that will help you learn about and document your family’s genealogical history. Hosted by local genealogist Joyce Daniels, the series will help you investigate your roots and connect with others around family history. Grand Rapids Public Library. 10 am. grpl.org

Feb 9

Paint Your Heart Out. Just in time for Valentine’s Day and in a one night only workshop, paint an anatomical heart with your own creative twist! Lions & Rabbits. 4-6 pm. lionsandrabbits.com

Feb 11

ATHENA Leadership Forum. Rooted in the eight tenets of the ATHENA Leadership Model, the bi-monthly ATHENA Leadership Forum provides professional development opportunities for women of all levels. The Rutledge. 11:15-1 pm. grandrapids.org/events-and-programs/info/all/athena-leadership-forum/

“No Problems” Training Series. Join the Amway Riverbank Run Road Warriors for a 2-3 mile group run and social gathering starting and finishing at Perrin Brewing Company. Perrin Brewing. 6-8 p.m. amwayriverbankrun.com/event/no-problems-training-series-3

Feb 12

Project Night Lights. Kids flash flashlights out of their windows at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and local law enforcement and community members respond by flashing their lights back. Michigan Street and Bostwick Avel. 8:30 pm. spectrumhealth.org/foundation/helen-devos-childrens-hospital/project-night-lights

Feb 13

Grand Rapids Go Red for Women Luncheon. This empowering event focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles, building awareness and raising critically-needed funds to support research and education initiatives. Notos Old World Italian Dining. 10:30-1:30 pm. facebook.com/AHAMichigan/

Grand Rapids’ Better Cities Film Festival. Join for the screening of some of the newest films from the Better Cities Film Festival in Detroit (previously the New Urbanism Film Festival in LA). Wealthy Theatre. 6 pm. grcmc.org

Feb 14

MISSING U: A Robyn Valentine’s Party, a Benefit for the Grand Rapids Pride Center. Get ready to dance and show your love for Robyn on Valentine’s Day 2020. Featuring special performances and a raffle. The Pyramid Scheme. 9:30 pm. pyramidschemebar.com

WYCE 21st Annual Jammies. Jammies 21 features over 20 Michigan bands on 3 stages with award presentations for Best Album of 2019, Best Album by a New Artist, Song of the Year, the Listener Choice Awards, and much more. The Intersection. 5:30-11pm. grcmc.org

Feb 18 

Yoga at the GRPM. Join teachers from Mindful Vinyasa School of Yoga for an hour of yoga at the public museum. 5:30-6:30 pm. Grand Rapids Public Museum. facebook.com/GRMuseum/

Feb 19

WM Coffee Connections Affinity Group. A free monthly meeting for coffee and connections. 8-9 am. TelNet Worldwide. inforummichigan.org/inforum-events/

WGVU and NPR Pop Up Series Featuring Myra Maimoh. Cameroonian-born Myra Maimoh grew up in Bamenda. Influenced by her parents’ records of Skeeter Davies, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibango, and other African artists, Myra started singing and dancing, at the age of 2. The Listening Room. 7:30pm. listeningroomgr.com

Wildlife Rehab Center Annual Fundraiser. A wonderful evening of food, fun and fundraising to benefit the Wildlife Rehab Center Ltd! Featuring a live and silent auction of local art, gift certificates and more. All proceeds benefit local wildlife. John Ball Zoo. 5-8pm. facebook.com/wildliferehabcenterltd/

Feb 21-Feb 22

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale of Harry’s obsession with a mysterious potions book accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. DeVos Performance Hall. Friday, 7:00 pm; Saturday, 2:00 pm. grsymphony.org/harry-potter-6

Feb 26

Parent & Caregivers of LGBTQ+. The only requirement for attending the group is that you have cared for a child, no matter the age, who identifies as LGBTQ. For individuals 18 years of age and older. Grand Rapids Pride Center. 7 pm. grpride.org.

Feb 29

Celebration of Soul. A five-star community event, the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Celebration of Soul Gala honors community leaders who are advancing the arts, education and inclusion in West Michigan. Social reception, 5 pm, JW Marriott. Concert, 8 pm, DeVos Place. grsymphony.org/COS

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