Try a new take on the traditional brew fest: Sip beer, sample food and explore the world of whimsical, inflatable art at On Tap, an annual beer and food tasting event at Muskegon Museum of Art.
This fun and social evening features craft beer from breweries up and down the coast of West Michigan, along with food pairing samples from area restaurants. The beer is served in the main galleries, allowing patrons to experience the fun and funky Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art, along with other exhibitions. Each ticket includes five 4-ounce tasting tickets and all food samples.
— Reported by Marla R. Miller
On Tap: Michigan Brews. Inflatable Art!
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
April 22, 6-9 p.m., $30 advance, $35 at the door
muskegonartmuseum.org, (231) 720-2570
If you’ve ever listened to The Moth, you know the power of a good story told onstage. It’s an exciting, authentic and emotional experience, listening to a stranger tell their tale with a crowd of fellow story-lovers. This month, the Creative Youth Center is bringing that experience to The Pyramid Scheme with a Story Slam (storytelling competition) with the theme: You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover. The stories will all be true and no longer than five minutes. While the event alone is sure to entertain, it also acts as a benefit show for the Creative Youth Center, which helps children with creative writing outside of school.
— Reported by Josh Veal
Story Slam: You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
April 18, 7 p.m., $10
pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758
Back by popular demand, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Classics on Tap takes chamber music offstage and into the tap room. See the drama and intensity of classical music up close in between sips of your favorite Bell’s brew. The program features two saxophone-centered works, a performance by the KSO woodwind trio, and a piano quintet by composer Dmitri Shostakovich — who was a Soviet dissident or Stalinist sympathizer, depending on who you ask. These events tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to secure your tickets soon.
— Reported by Samara Napolitan
Classics on Tap
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo
April 15, 8 p.m., $15-$30
kalamazoosymphony.com, (269) 349-7759