Harry Potter Escape Room
Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids
Apr. 4-5, 10 a.m., Free
Unless you love strict professors and complicated homework like Hermione Granger does, you probably don’t want to spend too much time in Professor Vector’s classroom. This Harry Potter-themed escape room gives you only 30 minutes to solve all of the puzzles and escape, so you may need a studious friend like Granger to help you make it through. Teams of up to four can participate, but spots are limited. Drink some Felix Felicis beforehand for good luck.
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Apr. 7, 7 p.m., $29.99+
Singer-songwriter Brad Paisley has had 23 chart-topping hit singles that have reached number one since 1999, with 10 singles in a row topping the chart since 2006, something that hasn’t been done since the ’80s. As part of his highly successful Weekend Warrior World Tour, Paisley comes to the Van Andel Arena this month. Well-known country artists Dustin Lynch and Chase Bryant are featured guests as well as fast-rising star Lindsay Ell.
8th Annual Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Apr. 7, 12-3:30 p.m., $25+
Bell’s is all set to host the eighth annual Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest, which raises awareness for adult literacy and helps raise funds in order to expand and strengthen adult literacy services for adults who struggle to read. The Kalamazoo Literacy Council has teamed up with Bell’s Brewery again this year for the tournament. The event is limited to 120 players and costs $25 per person or $200 per corporate team of four. Players can register in the “Competitive” or “Just for Fun” categories and all levels of players are welcome, although the event follows official Scrabble rules. Of course, Bell’s Brewery is providing food and drink for the event.
We Came As Romans
Elevation at The Intersection
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Apr. 8, 6 p.m., $18-22
Michigan-based We Came As Romans is one of the formative bands of the metalcore genre, starting in 2005 and rising to fame by the time Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be came out in 2011. Band members Dave Stephens, Kyle Pavone, Joshua Moore, Lou Cotton and Andy Glass put on a show full of moshing, singing, screaming and shredding. The tour includes special guests THE PLOT IN YOU, Oceans Ate Alaska, Currents, Tempting Fate and Of All We Cherish.
Jay & Silent Bob Get Old
20 Monroe Live
11 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Apr. 12, 7 p.m., $25+
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, known more commonly by their fictional personas Jay and Silent Bob, are returning to Grand Rapids to record their podcast, Jay & Silent Bob Get Old. The show features the two telling stories of their lives, discussing what it’s like getting older and fighting a losing battle against adulthood.
No Rules Day Party and Release
Perrin Brewing Company
5910 Comstock Park Dr. NW, Comstock Park
Apr. 14, 12-4 p.m.
If there are no rules, then you can’t break any. Perrin Brewing Company is doing a taproom-only bottle release of 2018 No Rules, with absolutely no limit on the amount of bottles a single person can purchase, so if you love the 15-percent Vietnamese Imperial Porter brewed with coconut, cinnamon and turbinado sugar and aged in a bourbon barrel, then you can purchase your stock for the year at this event. The 22-ounce bottles are $16.99 each and are expected to sell out quickly.
Boyz II Men
11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek
Apr. 19, 8 p.m., $39+
If you can’t stop singing I’ll Make Love to You more than 20 years after it was first released, you’re not alone. Fans and groupies will get decked out in their favorite ’90s fashion items and head to the FireKeepers Casino this month for the Boyz II Men concert. Whether Nathan, Wanya or Shawn is your favorite of the trio, you’re in luck, because they’ll all be there to perform hits from their 2017 album, Under the Streetlight, along with all the old favorites.
17th Annual Black Party
Founders Brewing Company
235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Apr. 21, 11 a.m., $5-10
Black Party is one of Founders Brewing Company’s favorite parties of the year, and it could be yours too. It’s the longest-running of the annual taproom galas at Founders, and the brewery has showcased a huge variety of black beers over the years. Rarities, taproom exclusives, one-offs, firkins and some dark beers brewed just for the event are on tap, along with special food selections. Paid admission comes with event and entertainment access, a commemorative Black Party pint glass and your first pint of any of the Class 1 beers. The event features live music from Oracle, Stephie James, Genetics and The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra.
Maddie & Tae
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
April 26, 6:30 p.m., $17
Maddie & Tae are country music’s newest sensation, essentially picking up where the Taylor Swift of old — the one with the acoustic guitar and twang in her voice — left off. Both girls are singers, songwriters and guitarists, together crafting hits like Girl in a Country Song. The debut single launched the duo into fame, taking aim at all the “bro-country” fueled by songs about young women, alcohol, partying and pickup trucks. The 22-year-olds have gone on to perform on The Tonight Show and appear on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.
Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids
160 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids
In a story of redemption, The Whale is about a 600-pound man “eating himself to death” who reconnects with his estranged teenage daughter who comes with a fiery attitude. Both have had a rough life and don’t relate on many fronts. But the one thing they can connect on is being rejected by the world.
“Every character in this is a reject in one form or another,” said Director Fred Sebulske.
Sebulske said it’s a “sweet story” with “comedic elements.”
“I really love what it says about the need for parents and children to know one another and when that’s not there, most people are pretty damaged,” Sebulske said. “Both of them grow from being exposed to one another at this point in his life and this point in her life.” — Kayla Tucker
The Poetry of Metal
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Ave, Muskegon
The unique and intricate craft of metalworking — a blend of artistry, material and design — is the focus of The Poetry of Metal at Muskegon Museum of Art.
Featuring artists David Barnhill and David Huang, their individual and shared bodies of work showcase the complexity of surface variation, shapes and patterns that can be achieved through careful tooling and craftsmanship. Barnhill’s mokumé gane, a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns, and Huang’s sculptural vessels highlight how these contemporary artists use traditional techniques and innovative methods to propel and evolve the art form. They are described as “timeless, meditative and precious” metalworking masterpieces.
Those who want to learn more about the process can attend the Crash Course Demo with David Huang at 6 p.m. on April 26. Huang plans to discuss the details of his craft, demonstrate his techniques and share a vessel in various stages of completion. Admission is free, with a cash bar.
Bring the family on May 12 for a Metal Super Saturday with Huang. There will be films, tours, children’s activities and special demos from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
— Marla Miller
On Right: Barnhill the art of science fractals crystalline structures: on display at The Poetry of Metal