This month offers city sponsored gore, a celebration of booze and an exploration of the dissolute.
Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal
DePree Art Center and Gallery, Holland
Through Oct. 31
Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday 1–5 p.m.
hope.edu/arts; (616) 395-7500
A collaboration between Hope College’s DePree Gallery and the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Dusk to Dusk features 32 works by artists hailing from around the globe. The aim of the exhibit is to “turn a mirror on the collective world, examining individual isolation, political repression and collective ennui during the decline of the industrial age.” Culled from a private collection in the Netherlands, the show presents art crafted by many contemporary greats such as Salvador Dali, Gilbert & George, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Erwin Olaf, to name a few.
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids
Through October, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Adults $8; Seniors $7; Children/Students: $3; Members: Free
grpm.org; (616) 929-1700
In our era of craft beers and finely wrought spirits, it makes sense that the Grand Rapids Public Museum is presenting a comprehensive exhibit about the rise and fall of prohibition. Americans are obsessed with beverages with a bite and we continue to imbibe delectable delights created during the vivid era of temperance and flagrant law flouting. This exhibit features over 100 artifacts from authentic barware and flapper dresses to original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments. Explore films, era specific music, old photos and wander through a re-created speakeasy. You can even learn to do the Charleston while imagining a bygone world of gangsters, booze and jazzy magic.
2015 Lansing Zombie Walk
Lansing Center, Lansing
Makeup 11 a.m., $10 city residents/ $15 non-residents
Walk at noon
facebook.com/keepundeadalive, (517) 483-6074
Zombies return to Lansing this month to wreak ambling havoc and raise Halloween spirits. While zombie walks are nothing new, this is the second year the event has partnered with the City of Lansing and now offers a full day of spooky action that goes beyond looking ghoulish in the streets.
Zombie walk participants have the opportunity to arrive an hour early and learn to create a truly undead look through the power of FX makeup.
“I was surprised how easy it was,” said Emily Stevens, manager of Leisure Services at the City of Lansing. “There are some awesome makeup artists in this group. They come armed and ready.”
Some pre-made prosthetics are available as well as other gory tricks like strategically applied toilet paper. If you participate in the makeup session, you gain admission to the affiliated How-To-Halloween event happening the same day, which is essentially a themed maker’s faire geared toward preparing you for the holiday.
The zombie walk spans about a mile and leads you around the city, which takes about a half an hour to traverse, “depending how slow your zombie gait is,” said Stevens. Proceeds benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank.