I’ll get to this week’s events, but first, a small humblebrag.
If you’re reading this, I’m in Hawaii. And while I’m sure it’s great, I’m genuinely upset I’m going to miss some of these events!
Cocktail Night and Sourgarten are both particular favorites of mine (yes, I like alcohol, what of it?). So you’ll just have to get out there and go for me.
Plus, last time I was writing for our newsletter while on vacation, it was from a house in the mountains of California, completely surrounded by smoke from the wildfires. They have volcanos in Hawaii! Anything could happen.
Anyway, you won’t have to worry about that, because you get to spend your Leap Day here in West Michigan! Here are some fun things you can do in the week ahead:
The Listening Room
Feb. 27, 6 and 9 p.m., $35
Across the ocean, Fatoumata Diawara sells out huge venues and festivals with her modern African artistry and performances that “scream with energy” according to NPR. So the chance to see her up-close and personal here in West Michigan might be once in a lifetime. Come see the Ivory Coast star at The Listening Room for a special, hypnotic, captivating show.
DeVos Place Convention Center
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 28, 7-11 p.m., $50
Single malt, Scotch, Irish, bourbon, Canadian — all the whiskey you can imagine is here in one room at Whiskey Business. This convention, benefiting Detroit Art Initiative, features more than 100 whiskeys to sample alongside whiskey-inspired appetizers. Your ticket gets you 10 tastes, a commemorative glass and a keepsake photo.
Cocktail Night II
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave., Grand Rapids
Feb. 29, 8 p.m., $10
Cocktail Night is back, this time with Death Rattle Hot Sauce and dizzybird records on board. Enjoy some amazing specialty cocktails from guest bartender Teresa Malmquist of Donkey, featuring spirits from Copper & Kings Distillery. While you sip, Pyramid Scheme will be playing top-tier vinyl selections and vintage films to set the mood. Now that’s how you celebrate a leap day.
Sourgarten IV: Leap Year Edition
Feb. 29, 1-6 p.m.
Sour beer, getting outside in winter, a special T-shirt — Sourgarten has everything you need. To answer your first question: Yes, it’s free to attend, BUT you can buy a premium ticket for just $30 and get early entrance, a custom “Leap Year Sourgarten” T-shirt and 5 tasting tokens. Past Sourgartens have featured special, funky, tart, delicious beer from Speciation Artisan Ales, Mikkeller, Stillwater Artisanal and many more. Pucker up!
2 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Feb. 29, 8 p.m., $10
ROUND TWO! CatVideo Fest was so popular, they added an encore screening! We all know cat videos are the best part of the internet — this has been true since its inception. But what’s amazing is that the videos are only getting better and better as time goes on. CatVideo Fest compiles some of the best cat videos of the modern era — including animations and music videos — for an incredible communal experience of cuteness and laughter. Plus, a portion of ticket sales go to Carol’s Ferals.