Doesn’t it feel impossible that we’re already nearly a month into 2020? Maybe this is how the ’20s will be: fast and furious.
Or maybe January is just an inherently quick month, since we’re all scrambling to catch up after the holidays. It’s amazing how quickly everything falls behind when the world takes a week off.
One nice thing about time marching on, I’ve noticed, is seeing the sun set just a little bit later every night. Maybe someday I’ll get to feel it on my skin after leaving work! Someday…
Well, anyway, time also flies when you’re having fun, and West Michigan is doing a great job of giving us plenty to do.
Here’s what’s on our radar for the week ahead:
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW
123 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.
If you don’t know, now you’ll know! This week, The Listening Room is launching its monthly showcase, I Don’t Know What You Know. It’s an interactive “a marriage of comedy, music and learning,” featuring local creators and leaders. This first episode — recorded live — will feature Mariano Avila, producer of WGVU’s Shaping Narratives; Grand Rapids poet Kyd Kane; comedian Mike Logan; DJ Dean Martian; record producer rocket(!!!)man; and more.
MARC MARON: HEY, THERE’S MORE TOUR
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids
Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
When people most often refer to you by your last name alone, you’ve definitely made it. Marc Maron is a comedy and podcasting, now with more than 1,000 episodes of WTF with Marc Maron available to stream. He’s interviewed just about every celebrity and comedian under the sun, all while enjoying a successful stand-up and TV career. Now, he’s returning to Fountain Street Church with his Hey, There’s More Tour.
BREAK THE ICE IN SOUTH HAVEN
South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce
606 Phillips St., South Haven
Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 5 p.m.
It’s nowhere near warm, but this spring break town is up and ready for business. The 2020 Ice Breaker festival has something for everyone — ice skating, curling, snow sculpting, wagon rides and frozen fish throwing competitions are just the tip of the iceberg. Combined with warm chili and pub specials, this festival makes South Haven a real-life winter wonderland.
MOVIES ON THE PIAZZA
123 Ionia Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 1, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Surprise! Movies on Monroe (formerly Movies in the Park) is moving once again. Studio Park has the perfect little outdoor theater set up in its piazza, complete with a big screen and comfy turf. To help you forget the cold, they’re showing summer-themed movies like Moana, The Sandlot, and What About Bob, alongside fire pits, hot toddies, cocktails, popcorn, s’mores, and food trucks. That’s the power of cinema.
BRIDGE ST. MAKERS MARKET & BAR HOP
Harmony Hall and One Bourbon
Feb. 1, 3-8 p.m.
If you miss all the makers markets from the holiday season, head to Bridge Street this weekend! Harmony Hall and One Bourbon together are hosting 30 makers with a variety of handmade goods, including jewelry, art prints, knit goods, home décor, candles, and much more. You can browse with a drink in hand, making a whole day of it on Bridge Street.
SUPER BOWL BRUNCH
Rockford Brewing Co.
12 E. Bridge St., Rockford
Feb. 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Super Bowl doesn’t start until 6:30 p.m., but it doesn’t hurt to pregame or stock up on drinks beforehand! Head to Rockford Brewing Co. for brunch where ALL beer will be HALF-OFF, including beer to-go! Grab your growlers and get some brews for the Big Game.