Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems
2 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Feb. 8, 8 p.m., $16
Whether on the news, exercise tapes, infomercials or cable access shows, history is full of accidentally hilarious footage. The Found Footage Festival collects those moments and presents them with live commentary and where-are-they-now updates by two comedians, Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett. Having recovered from a lawsuit after tricking morning news shows into thinking they were a legit strongman duo, “Chop & Steele” are ready to laugh it all off at this UICA screening.
WYCE 20th Annual Jammies Awards
133 Grandville., Grand Rapids
Feb. 8, 5:30-11:30 p.m., free
WYCE 88.1 FM is now two decades into highlighting amazing local music with the Jammies, a regional award showcase. This year’s celebration includes 35 local bands playing across three stages at the Intersection. A wide variety of acts like Tunde Olaniran, Luke Winslow-King, Michigander and more are up for nomination and performing at the awards. It’s all available for free, but donations to both WYCE and Feeding America West Michigan are more than welcome.
Larry Joe Campbell & Friends
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. $25+
Cadillac-raised Larry Joe Campbell may be best known for his role as Andy on According to Jim, but he’s also a stellar comedian who loves improv and stand-up. With this show, Campbell’s bringing his friends along for a night of interactive improv and musical games. With Second City Alumni Ithamar Enriquez, Josh Funk and Trey Stone joining in, you’re getting four comedians for the price of one.
Galentine’s Day Comedy Showcase
53 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 13, 7:30-11:30 p.m., $10
Who needs a Valentine when you have your friends? Stella’s Lounge is hosting a special evening of “ladies celebrating ladies,” featuring local comedians like Sarah Jean Anderson, Kaira Williams, Dany Redwine and more. If you’re looking for relatable comedy to bring you and your gals together, this is the place to be. Plus, Stella’s is serving up specialty cocktails inspired by female comics.
World of Winter
Rosa Parks Circle
135 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
Sometimes, winter can get us a bit down, all that cold and gray. World of Winter is here to help us appreciate all the unique wintertime activities that just couldn’t happen in summer or a more southern state. On Thursday is Relax at Rosa, featuring free ice skating, food trucks, and a heated tent with acoustic music and games. Later that night, hit up Love on Ice for a romantic Valentine’s Day date or Snowshoe at the Park for a rare chance to snowshoe for free around Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Friday has a silent disco at the lot on Monroe, Saturday has “snowga,” and Saturday has Paint the Park and a Human Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament. For details head to DGRI’s website.
Grand Rapids Stout Challenge
7 Monks Taproom
740 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids
Feb. 15, 5-10 p.m., $30
Kicking off Beer Month GR is the first-ever Stout Challenge at 7 Monks Taproom. Ten local breweries will each present a stout, including City Built Brewing Co., Creston Brewery, Gravel Bottom and more. Then, participants become the judges, conducting a blind tasting of each beer and voting for their favorites. The ticket includes a custom taster glass, all the tastings and a greasy spoon burger from 7 Monks. Awards are presented at 10 p.m.
14th Annual Winter Beer Festival
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 W. River Dr. NE, Comstock Park
Brewers at Winter Beer Festival are upping their game every year. With more than 1,000 different craft beers to choose from, you’ll never be wanting for options. Bundle up, gather around the fire pits and celebrate winter the way you were meant to: with a beer in hand. Sunday tickets sare sold out, but Friday tickets are almost sure to be available.
Garage Sale Art Fair
Kalamazoo County Expo Center
2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo
Feb. 23, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., $5
If you’re looking to dress up your walls with some spiffy art but your bank account hasn’t allowed it, this event is an “art fair with garage sale prices.” Nearly 150 artists gather every year to sell their overstock, seconds, odd pieces, supplies and more at this bargain art expo. Shop paintings, woodwork, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and more without breaking the bank.
Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
Feb. 23, 8 p.m., $45
Chris D’Elia has blown up as a standup comic recently thanks to his latest special, Man on Fire, and his weekly podcast, Congratulations With Chris D’Elia. He’s coming to Kalamazoo with his new show, Follow the Leader, full of all-new material that’s quickly selling out venues around the country.
The War and Treaty
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids
Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., $35
The duo known as The War and Treaty have had very eventful lives, for better or worse, and you can feel that in the married couple’s music. Together, they write roots and gospel-inspired songs that celebrate healing from pain and coming out of it with incredible joy, leading to hair-raising live shows that will leave you changed. As singer Michael Trotter said in a Revue interview last year, “We’re going to remind you what it is to feel again.”