If you’re reading this, you survived the Great Ice Storm of January 11. Way to go!
The storm was hailed (ha) as an onslaught of freezing rain and snow that would kill power to most of West Michigan, and while it wasn’t exactly a fun time, we made it through.
The week ahead has more snow in store, but seemingly with a much more pleasant approach. It’s a great time to get out there and skate, sled, snowshoe, cross-country ski — whatever you’ve been waiting to do!
West Michigan has plenty of opportunities to get out in the snow and have fun, or stay inside and dance the cold away. Up to you!
Here’s what’s on our radar:
CONCERTS UNDER THE STARS
Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids
Jan. 16, 7:30-9 p.m., $17
If you haven’t been the planetarium in a while, this is the perfect reason to head back. Concerts Under the Stars brings local musicians to the museum along with a local video artist creating a shifting visual experience in real-time. When you pair that with the soothing, experimental, fascinating music of synthpop duo How to Live Together, you get a very special evening of sights and sounds unlike any other concert – all in a planetarium.
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Jan. 17, 9 p.m., $10
Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up. Get Sad is a dance party that embraces Alfred Pennyworth’s wise words with a night of extremely cathartic emo music. A generation was changed by the emotional music of bands like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and American Football. Now, that generation is old enough to have a few drinks, get nostalgic and dance all night with strangers in a bar. This show also features a special set by local artist FADE.
555 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Jan. 18, 7 – 10 p.m., free
This event for adults is taking over the Monroe North lot, giving you the chance to choose between four different DJs for your dance soundtrack. Put on the wireless headphones and tune into whoever suits your fancy! There’ll also be ice beer pong, food trucks, LED furniture, fire pits, and alcohol for sale.
ONESIE BAR CRAWL
206 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Jan. 18, 4 p.m.
The experts at Crawl With Us know how to throw a party, even in the winter. This weekend, put on your onesies and head out to Tin Can to join the crawl, with complimentary drinks, food and drink specials, free cover at bars, a professional photographer and a $500 photo contest! The venues for this one include Flanagan’s, Grand Woods Lounge, Gardellas, The BOB, Tin Can and Social House.
GREAT SKATE WINTERFEST
Rosa Parks Circle
135 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids
The weather’s been all over the place, so if you’ve been waiting for a good time to skate, this weekend’s your chance. The rink will be open all weekend, with Griffins players on the ice, sled dogs, figure skating demonstrations, ice sculpting demonstrations, affordable carriage rides and a family activity tent. Proceeds go to the Griffins Youth Foundation, so you can have fun with the whole family while supporting a good cause.
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Jan. 21 – Feb. 9
Don’t miss the musical that no one has stopped talking about since its premier in 2015. follows the story of America’s founding father without a father, Alexander Hamilton. The score expertly blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and showtunes into an innovative emotional spectacle.