Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids
March 1, 7:30 p.m.
fhfineartscenter.com, (616) 493-8966
Close your eyes I want to ride the skies, in my sweet dreams. Close your eyes I want to see you tonight, in my sweet dreams," whisper Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, Air Supply's front men, as they soar through the skies riding a hot air balloon emblazoned with red hearts, high above Grand Rapids, en route to the Forest Hills Fines Arts Center, or at least in my fantasy world. For those not in the know, the Australian group dominated soft rock stations in the early '80s (and even today, I'm sure) with epic love ballads so over the top that even haters can fall in love with the absurd glory of it all.
The History of Space Photography
Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Allendale
Through March 21
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
gvsu.edu/artgallery, (616) 331-2563
See jaw dropping imagery of celestial bodies, incomprehensibly enormous nebulae or a photo of the moon from 1840, then get your modern booty to GVSU. The History of Space Photography exhibit, on view until March 21, features 50 "noteworthy" images shot over the past 50 years of space exploration.
Lil Darlins Vaudeville
The Loft, Lansing
March 3, 7 p.m.
lildarlinsvaudeville.com, (517) 980-3854
Lil Darlins Vaudeville, a Michigan-based variety show, kicks off its first tour this month at The Loft in Lansing. Unlike other revival shows found around the country, Lil Darlins Vaudeville likes to stick to its roots. "There are a lot of troupes out there that lean towards burlesque. We try to stay true to the idea of vaudeville and having the variety element," said Katie Corr, producer and founder. Much like the old days, the group features a live band, The Heartland Klezmorium, which is comprised of accomplished musicians like Drew Howard, who used to tour with Ted Nugent and Jo Serrapere, and has played on the Prairie Home Companion on more than one occasion. Similarly, the variety acts have been culled from veteran entertainers hailing from across the state who specialize sideshow like fire dancing, glass eating, aerialists, stilt walkers, jugglers and hula hooping. "We try to overwhelm the senses with a lot of activity, a lot of color and a lot of glitz and glamour, all mixed in with comedy," Corr said.
KazooPex Stamp & Cover Show
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo
March 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
March 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Philatelists unite! The annual KazooPex Stamp and Cover (that means envelope) Show returns for the 30th year to bring you relics of the past including a dose of Michigan history. "I myself, I don't collect loose stamps. I just collect postmarks on envelops, [like mail] from ships in the Navy to mail from little towns in Michigan," said Jim Smith, bourse chairman. "I have some Michigan ones from when Michigan was still a territory, prior to 1937." Interestingly, this was before there were stamps at all. Smith explained that folded letters would simply be sent out and usually the person it was addressed to had to pay for it. Exhibits, vendors, collector supplies and even free stamps for kids can be found at the show, plus food is available on site.
Hula Hoop Flow Jam
Drip Drop Drink, Muskegon
March 11 and 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
March 12 and 26, noon-1 p.m.
Hula hoop and flow artists rejoice as local Muskegon watering hole, Drip Drop Drink, features a bi-weekly flow jam to melt away the winter blues, brought to you by Tarah Rhenae from Hoop Happy Hoop Healthy and Gold Coast Entertainment. Bring your own gear from hoops and poi to staffs and enjoy the large, open space with wood floors perfect for grooving beyond your tiny living room. Music is provided and the event is gloriously free.