Get inspired with eclectic events this month. Transport yourself on a wild-dance journey, dominate the ice, learn about radical local women and get gnarly with a Snurfer.
West Michigan Fitness Speed Skating Club
Griff’s Ice House, 30 Coldbrook St. NE, Grand Rapids
Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m.
Free! wmsc.com, (616) 235-9940
The West Michigan Speed Skating Club offers a weekly meet up where you can try an Olympic sport and sweat it out on the ice. Short track speed skating is open to all ages, although you should probably be able to stand on your own two feet. For those new to the ice, experience is not required and certified coaches are on hand to offer instruction and ensure you are grouped with skates of similar ability. Skates are provided and the event is free, but you must contact the club prior to arrival to ensure properly sized equipment is available for you.
Freestyle: The Art of the Snowboard
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W Webster Ave., Muskegon
Through Jan. 10
muskegonartmuseum.org, (231) 720-2570
This past Christmas marks the 50th anniversary of Sherm Poppen’s brainchild, the Snurfer. For those not in the know, he is the inventor of what is now the modern snowboard. The original board is housed at the Smithsonian Institution but the Muskegon Museum of Art is featuring over 30 Marhar Snowboards, which are manufactured in Michigan and to this day are fabricated by hand. The exhibit celebrates the Snurfer’s Muskegon origins, how it changed snow sports and the creative work of our hometown craftsman.
Miller Auditorium, 2200 Auditorium Dr., Kalamazoo
Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.
millerauditorium.com, (269) 387-2300
MOMIX returns to the Miller Auditorium offering a new, stunning dance production, ALCHEMY, where the audience is taken on a journey “into an enchanting, magical, ethereal, dream world: the World of the Unconscious.” The creator and director, Moses Pendleton, blends movement of the human body with visual imagery and music that mesmerizes audiences. Described as “full of aesthetic thrills, surprising metamorphosis, and the sexuality of nature,” MOMIX uses “nothing more than light, shadow, props, and the human body.” Pendleton claims he himself is an alchemist and, with performances like these, perhaps he is.
History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids
Jan. 23, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free! grpl.org, (616) 988-5400
Learn more about our fair city at this day-long event that offers six programs exploring local history. Presented by area historians, a diverse array of topics are offered from The Intoxicating History of River City Brewing and Retail Icons: Shopping Downtown in 1950s Grand Rapids to Kindergarten and “Radical” Women in 1890s Grand Rapids and When “Everyone Knew Everyone:” Forming a Latino Community in Mid-Century West Michigan, to name a few. The event is free and boxed lunches are available for purchase. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a lunch.