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November Eclectic Roundup: Japanese Warriors Robots; Thunder From Down Under; More

Written by  Audria Larsen
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Japanese Warriors Robots Exhibition
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon
Nov. 6-Feb. 15
$3-$10, children 12 & under free
muskegonartmuseum.org, (231) 720-2570

They came from beyond! Japanese robot toys are iconic, nostalgic and hail from an era of action figures that will probably never be recreated. The notable Warren Schwartz boasts a collection of more than 2,000 toys created between 1972 and 1982, when the distinct robots were at the peak of their popularity. According to the Muskegon Museum of Art, Schwartz's collection features models from a number of Japanese television series, plus publications. Notable ones include Astro Mu, Captain Ultra, Fang of Sun and "Super7." For diehard enthusiasts, or just the curious, Schwartz himself will be on-hand at the opening reception, lecturing about the toys and his collection. The reception is Nov. 6 from 5:30 until 7 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m.

Thunder From Down Under
Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo
Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m.
$25-$45
kazoostate.com, (269) 345-6500

Strip, strip, hooray! Nope, I’m not referring to the famed burlesque revue featuring Dita Von Teese, I’m talking about Thunder From Down Under, an all-male striptease powerhouse hailing from the land of Oz. “The blokes,” as the site refers to the dancers, are all equally brawny, tanned and each sport stern, chiseled visages that could slice through granny’s butter like a knife. Judging by clips of audience reactions, it’s clear granny is hoping for just that. “We get a lot of cackling hens who want to go out and have cocktails and have a good time,” said Krystal Brorson, marketing director with Kalamazoo State Theatre. “It’s getting to be deer hunting season, so it will be quite the ladies' night.” The highly choreographed show features audience interaction on and off stage. “They get the crowd going … and get a little close,” Brorson said. According to promotional materials, “each sexy performer embodies a different female fantasy and brings it to life, turning your wildest dreams into reality. This isn’t the type of show you just sit and watch – Thunder is a fully interactive experience.” Kalamazoo State Theatre is offering discounts for groups of 20 or more, so go make some friends and take a ride down a baby-oil-slick road of dance and testosterone.

Halloween On Ionia
Ionia St. between Weston & Oakes, Downtown Grand Rapids
Nov. 1, 3 p.m.-midnight
$10 advance/ $15 at gate
halloweenonionia.com, (616) 454-9105

Halloween On Ionia (HOI) is back for its second annual takeover of the bar district on Ionia Street in downtown Grand Rapids. Hosted by McFadden's Irish Saloon, one of the highlights is the $5,000 cash purse with first, second and third place prizes for best costume, which attendees can sign up for upon arrival. Live entertainment will keep the party hopping into the night with DJs, including headliners Kalendr and Golf Clap and feats of daring, like aerial performances and strolling fire dancing by Bangarang Circus. Plus, RedBull’s hot new Silent Disco will be on the scene, featuring an inflatable tent where partygoers can groove to music via personal headphones. Enjoy “bloody” red brews, a craft beer tent and heated areas to keep cozy while raging.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Holland Armory, Holland
Through Jan. 3
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
$4-$7, children 6 & under free
hollandmuseum.org, (616) 392-9084

Heading down another road, one that is not oil slick…The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is beloved by people of all ages. Which is why the new “experiential traveling exhibition” created by Great Explorations Children’s Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida will surely offer a fun opportunity to dive into the tale in new ways. Currently being shown at the Holland Armory, this unique exhibition is presented like a “larger than life pop-up book,” replete with hands-on connections to the worlds of science, art and history. Follow the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and others through a journey along the yellow brick road to discover something new and perhaps connect your younger friends with a favorite, timeless story.

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