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What's Going On: April 2019

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4/6

Indie Flea Grand Rapids
1110 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
April 6, 10 a.m., Free
thevendorexchange.org

The Indie Flea has sprung back to Grand Rapids for spring. Once again, shoppers and wanderers can see the very best that Michigan’s local vendors have to offer at the Wealthy Theatre Community Media Center. A beautiful mural leads the way for everyone to come and see the Mitten Makers who are using their businesses to have a positive effect on the community. Shop until you drop or take the opportunity to learn more about community collaborations. 

Fool House: The Ultimate ’90s Dance Party
Unruly Brewing
360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
April 6, 8:30 p.m., $10
unrulybrewing.com

Back in the ’90s, life was always hectic in that full house on a San Francisco street, and at Fool House, they’re getting even more unruly. This ultimate dance party will force the scrunchies and boy bands to return for a flashback night. Unruly Brewing has a fully scheduled throwback complete with sing-alongs and choreographed dance moves prepared to entertain all ’90s natives.

4/7

Family Day: Whitecaps vs. South Bend
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 W. River Dr. NE, Comstock Park
April 7, 2 p.m., $1+
milb.com/west-michigan

It’s that time of year again, sports fans. On this day, the Whitecaps offers more than just a ballgame. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Family Day features a fun-packed baseball experience for all ages. Not only can families enjoy a lawn seat ticket for only $1 each, but also fans will be able to get autographs signed by their favorite players and even throw a ball around on the field before the game begins. Kids should also stick around for the post-game play and run the bases just like the pros.

4/13

Vaporpalooza
4 Mile Showplace
1025 4 Mile Road, Grand Rapids
April 13-14, $10
vaporpalooza.com

It’s time to make some clouds. Vaporpalooza is back again, bringing in thousands of vape enthusiasts with the most vape and CBD vendors you’ll ever see in one place. It’s the only event of its kind in Michigan, so don’t miss your chance to pick up your e-liquids, vaporizers, tanks, mods and everything else you need to blow some chunky clouds. Of course, you can vape all throughout the event, thanks to a massive ventilation system. Also check out the bands, seminars and more. 

The Standup Comedy of Kevin James
Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
April 13, 8 p.m., $45+
kazoostate.com

Emmy-nominated Kevin James is in Kalamazoo for one night only to give fans the knee-slapping comedy they’ve been looking for. Known for his roles in King of Queens, Hitch, Grown-Ups and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the television and film actor for years has been gracing the screen with his humorous antics. Just last year, Kevin James released his comedy special, Never Don’t Give Up on Netflix. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to have some great, heavy laughs with this entertainer.

4/14

Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown
Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
April 14, 7 p.m., $35+
kazoostate.com

It seems unlikely that the Beatles and the Rolling Stones would have ever gone head-to-head in their heyday, but that’s the beauty of tribute bands. Two of the best tribute bands around, Abbey Road and Satisfaction, are coming to Kalamazoo State Theatre to see who rocks harder. Whatever the result, it’s really the audience who wins with this huge, extremely unique tribute show. Plus, some talented students from Loy Norrix High School are joining the band to take the sound to another level.

Gazelle Girl Women’s 5K/10K/Half Marathon
Calder Plaza
250 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
April 14, 6-11:30 a.m., $95+
gazellegirlhalfmarathon.com

Women who run together, support one another. For the seventh year, Calder Plaza will be filled with walkers, joggers and sprinters alike. Sponsored by Gazelle Sports and New Balance, the event features options of a 5K,10K and Half Marathon for women to get up, get out and support local organizations. Funds raised from the race go to charity partners such as Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), the YMCA and the Gazelle Sports Foundation. 

4/18

Yoga at GRAM
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
April 18, 5:45 p.m.
artmuseumgr.org

It’s time to strike a pose with grace and poise at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Although you’ll be raised to a new level of self-awareness and understanding, your level of experience doesn’t matter for this Vinyasa-style yoga class. All you need is a towel or mat and an openness to connect with yourself through breathing and meditation. It’s by no means a stretch to say that yoga is a pathway to achieving a new sense of exercise and mindfulness. 

4/19

Godsmack
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
April 19, 7 p.m., $22.50+
vanandelarena.com

Fresh off their European tour, Godsmack is back and ready to rock Grand Rapids. The multi-platinum, four-time Grammy Award-nominated band also was named Rock Artist of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards. Godsmack’s explosive act and sound has earned it a reputation as a highly energized heavy and alternative group to be reckoned with. The band’s latest debut for BMG, When Legends Rise, is all about burning down the bad and the challenges, then rising above better than before. Just be sure to bring your best flameproof jacket.

4/20

Iliza: Elder Millennial 
20 Monroe Live
11 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
April 20, 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $37.0+
20monroelive.com

Winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Iliza Shlesinger was the first and youngest woman comedian to win the title. Although winning is great and all, her tour, Illiza: Elder Millennial, digs deep into the depths of the sometimes sad, albeit amusing, life of a 35-year-old woman. Because of the success of her Netflix comedy specials, her relatable humor has graced screens across the country. Shlesinger tells it like it is, showing the younger generations the entertaining truth of what lies ahead while giving older audiences a reflective laugh.

 

The Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
April 20, 8 p.m., $30+
devosperformancehall.com 

Live from DeVos Performance Hall, the guys of The Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show will take on a very different time of day. The nationally aired show is hosted by Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels, Chris "Hot Wings" Michels, Joe "Van Life" Gassmann and Producer Steve. Geared toward a “mature audience,” fans will experience much more than a radio show. This is an interactive experience that brings together all the original and humorous aspects of the show, with a focus on the local Grand Rapids scene.

IPA Daze Festival
Pike 51 Brewing & Hudsonville Winery
3768 Chicago Dr., Hudsonville
April 20, 12-11 p.m.
hudsonvillewinery.com

What better way to celebrate the dank, juicy goodness of hops than with an IPA festival on 4/20? Pike 51 is releasing the special KUSH IPA alongside six more hop-forward IPAs, plus plenty of other beer. The party includes live music and at 3 p.m., you can experience the art of cigar rolling with Stogies and Stouts, watching a master at work. Of course, the IPAs haven’t taken over entirely — Hudsonville Winery will be offering 25 wines, five wine slushies, cider and more.

4/25

Hunter Hayes – Closer to You Tour
The Intersection
133 Grandville Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
April 25, 7:30 p.m., $32.50+
sectionlive.com

Now is the chance to see American Country Music Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Hunter Hayes. He is most widely known for his major success as a young musician and his popular country songs Invisible, Somebody’s Heartbreak, Storm Warning and Wanted. An accomplished songwriter and instrumentalist, Hayes has toured internationally and is now headed to The Intersection, presented by local country station 93.7 B-93 and SectionLive. 

4/27

No Rules Day Party & Beer Release
Perrin Brewing Company
5910 Comstock Park Dr. NW, Comstock Park
April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $7
perrinbrewing.com

There’s no time to pregame before this day party begins. Being in the beer business, Perrin Brewing Co. has a reputation for letting the good times roll and keeping the drinks coming. Yet again, Perrin is releasing No Rules, a big, powerful 15-percent ABV imperial porter. It’s a taproom-only release, and to celebrate, Perrin is hosting a full-on backyard party. Buy No Rules by the bottle or close out with a case. There truly are no limits to the celebration, and more importantly, no rules. n

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