This month is all about satisfying the urges of spring. Go outside. Hike under the stars, discover your own drum beat, vibe on new jams and emote with creative storytelling.
Full Moon Hike
Spring makes us all feel a tad primal. Reinvigorated after the thaw, life becomes blooming flowers and pulsing hormones. You could take that urge to frolic in the sunshine, or instead allow yourself to howl at the sky while enjoying a full moon hike at Hemlock Crossing. Participants can watch the sun set, look for woodcocks and listen for owls under the glow of the moon. It is recommended to bring a small outdoor chair. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.
Hemlock Crossing Park Nature Centre, West Olive
April 3, 7:30–9 p.m. / miottawa.org, (616) 786-4847
Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Famed radio host Ira Glass of “This American Life” brings his beloved show to yet another medium. Originally (and currently) a radio program, Glass also hosts a televised version and is now touring a theatrical stage production. Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host is described as a “quirky multi-media show” that blends storytelling with emotive dancing set to augment the tales. A big hit at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the production is “just like a radio show, um, if you picture dancers during all the stories,” Glass explains. Dancers Monica Bills Barnes and Anna Bass bring individuality and humor to their routine, which sounds like a good combination with Glass’ unique style of verbiage.
Wharton Center, East Lansing
April 18, 8 p.m.
$28–$48, whartoncenter.com, (517) 656-1982
Kalamazoo Record & CD Show
Today, in lieu of hunting down coveted titles on vinyl LPs in dusty shops, you can scour the Internet. But there is nothing like digging into stacks of dusty albums to discover a hidden gem. The trend and nostalgia of listening to wax has helped this event become an institution in the West Michigan vinyl scene. Collectors can browse thousands of albums, sold by an evolving roster of vendors all under one roof. For true devotees, it would almost be like traveling to Mecca. In addition to vinyl and CDs, collector’s items, music supplies and memorabilia will be for sale from dealers and collectors alike.
Kalamazoo County Expo Center
April 26, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
rerunrecords.com, (734) 604-2540
Afro-Caribbean Conga Class
Tumbao! Rumba Guaguanco! Bembe! Cumbia! These are just a few of the wide range of drumming styles you’ll learn at this weekly conga class taught by professional musician Josh Dunigan. “The class is designed for people who have little to no experience,” Dunigan said. “We’ll build new hand and rhythm techniques, work on ensemble pieces and play drums along with some hot Latin grooves.” Although it is beginner-friendly, there is plenty of room for advanced drummers to stretch their skills. “I bring all the drums, the students just have to bring their hands and willingness to play,” he said.
Ambrosia Theater (Bellydance Grand Rapids)
April–May, Tuesdays, 7–8:15 p.m.
(616) 334-6549, ambrosiatheater.com