We may have lost a precious hour of sleep on Sunday, but at least the sun sets an hour later now, which just means more time to play outside!
The highs are hitting the 50s, after all — spring is basically here, and I refuse to believe otherwise. I just spent two weeks in Hawaii, so I can’t handle winter anymore. I’m putting away my boots and will never take them out again.
As far as I’m concerned, snow doesn’t exist anymore. Mind over Mother Nature.
And with all this extra daylight, I feel extra inspired to get out and do some things — as fun as it is to sit at home and watch The Bachelor (though this season isn’t great).
Luckily, West Michigan anticipated my needs with plenty of events in the week ahead. Here’s what’s on our radar:
Cinema Lab presents: Loving Vincent
1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Mar. 11, 7-10 p.m., FREE
Cinema Lab and the Grand Rapids Public Library bring you a screening and discussion of the Academy Award nominated film . Not only is this film visually gorgeous, it’s the world’s first fully painted feature film. Using the talents of more than 100 artists and 65,000 paintings, Vincent Van Gogh’s story comes to life in his unique painting style before your eyes.
An Evening with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
123 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
March 12 & 13
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has won five Grammy Awards and been around for more than 50 years, and for good reason. The South African group sings in perfect harmony, dances together and banters onstage, making for the perfect up-close show in the intimate Listening Room. Their performances are full of joy, love and fun.
The Sound of Music: An Interactive Music Event
Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
March 14, 6 p.m., $15
Kalamazoo is alive with, yes, the sound of music! This classic movie is coming back to the big screen like never before, with full audience participation. If your family is tired of you singing along at home whenever you watch the movie in your living room, head to this event and let it all out with everyone in the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Local actor Lori Moore will be there to lead crowd participation.
Irish On Ionia
25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
March 14, 11 a.m.-10 pm., $20-$65
There’s really nothing like Irish On Ionia, Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street party. The huge festival is now in its 10th year, with years of green beer and green shirts under its green belt. The street closes down so you can dance and drink to your heart’s content, with performers playing all day. Irish dancers, DJs and Celtic bands all take the stage, so you get a good variety from beginning to end.
Grand Rapids Bourbon Fest
Studio D2D Event Center
401 Hall St. SW, Grand Rapids
March 14, 4-11 p.m., $50
The first-ever Grand Rapids Bourbon Fest is here, featuring roughly 100 whiskeys, food and live music. General admission tickets include entry, a souvenir glass and 10 half-ounce pours. Head online to see the massive list — many of the bourbons have multiple varietals, meaning you can compare and contrast different versions and barrels of the same whiskey.
The Price Is Right Live
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
March 17, 7:30 p.m., $62+
If you can’t make it out to Los Angeles to see and spin the big wheel in person, now’s your chance. Whether you’re hoping to win big or just watch the fun from the crowd, The Price Is Right Live brings the show to the stage so you can watch it all happen in real time. Appliances, vacations, even new cars — it’s all up for grabs!