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April Eclectic Events: Springtime Urges

Written by  Audria Larsen
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‘Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man’ at Miller Auditorium ‘Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man’ at Miller Auditorium

This month, indulge your springtime urges (we all have ’em) with a frolic through the world of ’shrooms, a journey into the warm night sky, or an intimate, sensual evening with a theatre full of people.


Mushroom Log Workshop 

Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids 

April 16, 2–3:30 p.m., $36 per mushroom log

blandfordnaturecenter.org, (616) 375-6240

Throughout the ages, mushrooms have captured our collective consciousness, culturally and culinarily. These mysterious fungi are beloved by foodies, healers and psychedelic enthusiasts alike. Mushrooms are tricky to cultivate, but the masters at Blandford Nature Center will demystify the process at their hands-on mushroom log workshop. Learn the juicy details of inoculating a log with shiitake and other gourmet fungi in your own backyard. 


Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

Miller Auditorium, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo

April 22, 8 p.m.; April 23, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

$40, millerauditorium.com, (269) 387-2300

This saucy off-Broadway play is a comedic, naughty, theatrical romp based on a book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman. The interactive show is in its second year, bringing taboo and tips to the stage for what the New York Times called “a polished production with an endearing and talented cast.” Set in a local university auditorium, the show presents an irreverent seminar of sorts, using real audience members as fodder for adult fun that sidesteps scholarly discussion and dives into the nitty gritty of our modern, sexual lives. 


Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo

Through May 8 (Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.)

FREE, kvm.kvcc.edu, (269) 373-7965

Love a good blast of fright? Horror films, haunted houses, roller coasters — there are endless ways to scare the shizz out of yourself in the name of fun. Get scientific with your scares at Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, where you can experience the 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibit dedicated to examining the physiological, neurobiological and sociological aspects of fear. Get your spook on with immersive activities, tinkering around conceptual areas and rating your response, all in a safe environment. Developed by the California Science Center, you have until the beginning of May to get a good ol’ freak out, all for free.


Astronomy Program: Unmanned Spacecraft

Hemlock Crossing, 8115 W. Olive Road, West Olive

April 9, 7 p.m.

FREE, holland-saaa.org, (616) 786-4847

Near Holland, the Shoreline Amateur Astronomy Association meets twice a month to observe the vast night sky and invites you to join them, free of charge. On April 9, SAAA’s crew delves into the current locations of various space probes. Not only will you help them locate these hunks of metal floating out in the abyss, but you’ll also learn about the current findings gleaned from these unmanned spacecraft. Experts often say that when people think they’ve seen unidentified flying objects, they’re actually just seeing bright satellites. This is your chance to turn those UFOs into IFOs, proving your conspiracy theorist, X Files-loving friends wrong.

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