Monday, 24 March 2014 13:50

April Eclectic Roundup: Sex and the Supernatural; Pilobolus

Written by  Audria Larsen
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Pilobolus Pilobolus COURTESY PHOTO: Grant Halverson

April perhaps makes fools out of Michiganders desperate for spring. But, regardless of the weather conditions, this month has a plethora of fun diversions to fill your black hole of longing.

Sex and the Supernatural
Grand Valley State University, Allendale
April 3-5, show times at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
$6-$10, (616) 331-2300

The thespians over at Grand Valley State University are getting freaky in six new plays combining love and the otherworldly. The tales, penned by North American authors, take place against the backdrop of cemeteries and zombies, the Garden of Eden and within the realms of magic, fortune tellers and New Age-y folk. Described as an evening of love from a smart point of view, the plays just may stoke your springtime fever.

Dream it, Build it
Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids
Through Aug. 3
$3-$8, (616) 929-1700

LEGO bricks have been a childhood staple for decades. But, you can’t keep them out of the hands of crafty and patient adults who once upon a time cut their teeth on the tiny choking hazards that bear so much possibility. Now through August, Grand Rapids Public Museum features Dream it, Build it, an exhibition that is at once a marvel of construction and a hands-on opportunity. In a nod to architectural wonders of our modern world and a wink at what’s possible regardless of the makeup of your building blocks, the showcase is comprised of 13 recreations of famed structures around the world, assembled by Certified LEGO professional Adam Tucker. Gaze at LEGO versions of the Empire State Building, the Jin Mao Tower, the Gateway Arch and even Burj Dubai, which is currently the tallest building in the world. In addition to the exotic buildings on display, the Grand Rapids Public Museum itself is recreated in LEGO form. When you have had your dose of inspiration, you can head over to the hands-on station and make your own LEGO masterpieces, like a to-scale model of the Grand Rapids Fish Ladder.

Wharton Center, East Lansing
April 8, 7:30 p.m.
$25-$42, (517) 353-1982

The renowned movement, dance and multimedia group Pilobolus returns to the Wharton Center this month. “It’s one of our most popular dance shows,” said Bob Hoffman, pubic relations manager. Founded in 1971 at Dartmouth College, the group has grown to become an international, award winning sensation. According to its website, Pilobolus is named “after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength.” Much like the earthy spores, the group comprised of innovators and dancer-athletes coming together to create striking, organic visual forms. “They’re a modern dance company,” Hoffman said. “[The performances are] expressive, magical and use shape-shifting shadows - things that really fools your mind. You think, ‘Oh my gosh, how do you create that with your body?’ They are really avant garde and very cool. They are engaging [and] you can't stop looking at them.” Their work has been seen on television commercials and music videos, as well as on shows like Oprah, the Academy Awards and "Late Night with Conan O’Brien." The worldly group has graced stages in more than 64 countries and continues to innovate and recreate what dance and movement means.

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