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January Eclectic: One Night With Fanny Brice; Blue Man Group; Ice sculpting

Written by  Audria Larsen
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Once your NYE high wears off, you’re often left with wintertime whimpering, failed promises and the blurred memory of too many parties. Fear not! Take refuge in good old fashioned showbiz, painted bald men, mighty chainsaws used as finely tipped paintbrushes and wild women who tell it like it is.

Presents One Night with Fanny Brice
Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids
Jan. 7-18
$5-$20, (616) 234-3946

The famed legacy of Fanny Brice comes to life at Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids. This one-woman musical revue, starring Sarah LaCroix, "delves deeper into Brice's story than Funny Girl ever did," said The New York Times. Through gags, laffs and song, attendees will experience the life and times of the vaudevillian radio star. Made famous through her early work with the Ziegfeld Follies, Brice kept the comedy going late in life with her beloved radio character, Baby Snooks. Amid the song and dance, enjoy notable tunes, like "Second Hand Rose" and "My Man," in the intimate atmosphere of Spectrum’s Black Box Theatre.

Ice Sculpting Competition

Downtown Holland
Jan. 9-10, 6 p.m.
Free, (616) 394-0000

Each January, ice fanatics descend on downtown Holland wielding chainsaws, primed to create masterpieces. The Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting Competition is something to behold, and free to the public. Competitors hail from across the country for this annual cutthroat ice battle sponsored by Crown Motors. Beyond the contest itself, many local businesses commission relevant ice sculpture works to display outside. “Last year, [Crown Motors] commissioned a big front of a jeep that people could stand behind and take their photos,” said Kara de Alvare, Downtown Holland marketing coordinator. According to de Alvare, other past memorable creations were a giant hamburger with a knife and fork and thrones people could sit in. Her favorite part of the event is the work ethic shown by participants. “They don’t care if it’s 20 degrees out and blizzards, they are still working [on their sculptures]. It’s cool to see their dedication.”

Blue Man Group
Wharton Center, Lansing
Jan. 16-18
$39-$74, (517) 353-1982

The Blue Man Group is an everyman’s avant garde performance where even children five or older can enjoy the show. The ever-evolving production combines visual imagery, human percussive effects, dance and a live band to create a unique show that plumbs the areas of technology, science, discovery and psychology. Oh, and blue men. Amidst the deeper themes is a rocking ambiance and word on the street is this touring incarnation of the show has a “splash zone!” Who or what you will be splashed with is a mysterious surprise but, advanced tickets are already on sale for the up-close-and-personal experience in the front row.

The Four Bitchin' Babes: Hormonal Imbalance
Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo
Jan. 31, 8 p.m., (269) 387-2300

The Four Bitchin’ Babes are storming through Kalamazoo to show off a unique musical revue combining humor, harmonics and social commentary to poke fun and celebrate, in their own words, “babes, boys and Botox!” While rocking out on guitars, bass, piano and even something called the Irish Bodhran, the “Babes” celebrate babedom, share their inside jokes and offer up a raucous ladies night perfect for the hot flash set.

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