The Magic of Bill Blagg Live
425 West Western Ave.
Suite 200, Muskegon
March 1, 7:30 p.m., $18+
Back by popular demand at the Frauenthal Center, Bill Blagg wasn’t able to disappear for long. The illusionist has been seen on FOX, CBS and NBC performing his unique tricks and magic that leave your jaw on the floor. Be brought into the illusion with his magnificent moves showcasing the impossible, as well as his improvised humor. Put it all together and Blagg tends to blow the audience’s mind with an overwhelming sense of awe. That could be you!
There is such a thing as taking funny seriously and LaughFest doesn’t mess around with its good times. Come and take a lesson from the standup, showcases, and variety of acts! This year’s events feature Laughter Yoga, Clean and (Unclean?) comedy showcases at The B.O.B., as well as Laughfest’s Best at The Pyramid Scheme. Bring your family and friends to LAUGHsketball, People and Pets and much more for a fun-filled time in Grand Rapids. Plus, it’s all for a good cause, supporting Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.
The Block in Muskegon
Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids
March 7 and 14
LUNAFEST gives us the kinds of stories we deserve to see but often don’t — stories of women’s lives, told by women. With eight short films ranging from animation to drama, you’ll experience stories of women’s health, body image, relationships, barriers and more. Filmmakers from all around the world are participating, from Singapore to Los Angeles. The event also benefits Girls on the Run, a nonprofit promoting girls’ preteen health.
104.5 SNX Presents *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys Dance Party
20 Monroe Live
11 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
March 8, 9:30 p.m., $10
Who would pass on the chance to revisit those boy band dance party days? 104.5 will take you back to the ’90s with every possible chance to claim the title of superfan. Singing your heart out to Everybody will bring you back to the good ol’ days, and it also gives you the chance to win a boy band memorabilia package! Lip sync battles and lyric contests give fans the opportunity to win the dream prizes: either Justin Timberlake or Backstreet Boys tickets. They’re back, alright.
The 80s vs 90s at The BOB
HOME at The BOB
20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
March 9, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Nothing makes someone feel good like a nostalgia trip back a couple of decades. Featuring the Chicago-based band FeelGood, the night out at The B.O.B. features dancing to sets of the best from the ’80s and ’90s. Which one is superior? Whichever one gets you dancing.
Speed Euchre Night
City Built Brewing Co
820 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids
March 12 & 26, 7-10 p.m.
Every Michigander should enjoy a game night featuring the beloved game of Euchre. With eight rounds of six hands, bring a partner that will match your suit and help pick up your slack with trump, because there are prizes to be won! No partner? Not a problem — simply make friends with another solo at the bar before the rounds begin. Remember to bring your own A-game though: The one who wins the last “loner” of the night gets an extra prize.
Gardens and Grandeur: A Taste of Australia
Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
March 12, 7-8:30 p.m., $15+
Take a tour to the “land down under” and see the Australian view that astounds everyone. With an instructor as the tour guide, you will enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens at Sydney, before you set off to the Blue Mountains in the northwest region while tasting an Anzac biscuit and Tim Tam. Learn about the rarest plants in the world and the flying foxes you can’t see in Michigan while seeing what it is the Aussies do and even listening to the sounds of a didgeridoo.
Underground Cookie Club Grand Opening
Underground Cookie Club
5422 Division Ave., Grand Rapids
March 15, 12-9 p.m.
Kids and adults alike will want to flock to this sugar lover’s dream. With the celebration of its grand opening, Underground Cookie Club is kicking cookies into high gear. There will be a special release of the limited edition ice cream sandwich, Shamrock Shake, in honor of the Irish holiday. In addition to other new tasty treats on the menu, come to take a look at the new artwork featured in the shop, but they won’t tell you where. Shhh. It’s a secret.
Irish on Ionia
58 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
March 16, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., $20+
The Irish are coming! And thank goodness for that. Raise the shamrock drinks and don the green, orange and white on Ionia Street for this day-long party. The celebration from dawn to dusk features live performances of Irish dancers, live bands and DJs to ring it all in, leaving you no excuse to ever not be having a good time. Come on, do a little jig.
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
March 17, 7 p.m., $45+
“My dream, for the longest time was to be a trophy wife, but then I found out that in order to be a trophy wife, you have to be a trophy. I’m more of a commemorative plaque.” Straight from the comedy special that spoke the hilarious truth of adulthood and motherhood, Ali Wong brings her comedy act to DeVos Hall. The comedian has sold out numerous shows in San Francisco, which goes to show that her antics are not to be missed.
Holland Civic Center
150 W. 8th St., Holland
March 19, 12:30-5 p.m.
We’ve all listened to some TED talks while cleaning the house or procrastinating. But there’s nothing like actually being there, hearing the words and becoming inspired in person. TEDx Macatawa brings in some of the coolest people around West Michigan to talk about some of the most fascinating topics — autonomous cars, leadership in jazz, traumatic media, renewable energy and much more.
Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
March 22-24, $15+
Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs are what you’ll see when having a monster of a time at Van Andel Arena. It’s a family fun time that will fill you with adrenaline seeing the athletes competing in several driving competitions. All the races, all the trucks, and all the action (without having to clean up) is just what the family needs.
B93 Presents: Gary Allan in Concert
Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
March 24, 7:30 p.m., $45+
Country music lovers will be excited to see California native Gary Allen, whose last album, Set You Free , topped the Billboard 200. Take a night to enjoy country roots with his chart-topper, Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain, and many more. The country-hit musician will entertain and fill your cowboy boot quota for the night.