Let’s be honest: None of us know what’s going to happen in the weeks ahead.
Events that we put in last week’s newsletter were cancelled shortly after! Every venue is handling things differently depending on how interactive the event is and how many people are coming.
You’ve heard all the instructions a million times by now, so all I’m going to say is, if you DO go to an event that isn’t cancelled, just take all necessary precautions.
That all being said, for now, here’s what we have on our radar for the week ahead:
MasterChef Junior Live!
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Mar. 18, 7 p.m.
All foodies and aspiring chefs are invited to experience the hit TV show MasterChef Junior, live with the whole family. The evening will feature head-to-head culinary challenges that are both fun and messy with past MasterChef Junior contestants. The show is known for being cute, surprising, and treating the young chefs with full respect. Limited VIP packages include premium seating, a meet and greet opportunity, signed show poster, photos and more.
Ice Nine Barleywine Release Party
1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
March 20, 12 p.m.
If you’ve read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, you know all about another global pandemic: ice-nine. It’s not real, don’t worry! This amazing novel inspired Creston’s new barleywine that comes in at a massive 17% ABV. It’s a thick, malty, molasses beer perfect for warming yourself up.
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Mar. 21-22, 1p.m., $15
Get your adrenaline pumping at this family fun event that’ll have everyone at the edge of their seat. Monster Jam stars a number of customized high-powered vehicles, including Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the iconic Monster Jam trucks. Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class drivers who have the physical and mental strength to control 12,000-pound trucks while doing aerial stunts and racing at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. Come back Sunday for the Monster Jam Pit Party where you can see the monster machines up close and meet your favorite drivers.
An Evening With Josh Ritter
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids
March 21, 7 p.m., $35-40
Americana singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is stopping at Fountain Street Church on his solo tour, A Book of Gold Thrown Open. With a focus on quieter, narrative music, Ritter will perform an intimate set of songs old and new. If you want to forget about Michigan’s grey skies for a moment, grab a friend and head on over to this show. Your winter blues will be cured in no time, thanks to the venue’s colorful stained glass and music to match. Art is medicine, after all.
I Don’t Know What You Know
123 Ionia Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
March 24, 7:30 p.m., $10
At the Listening Room, I Don’t Know What You Know is a monthly live mix of music, comedy and learning, resulting in a “community listening experiment.” This month features Urban Core Collective, “a community of six organizations sustaining one another end systemic racism in Grand Rapids.” The idea is to have an entertaining conversation, hosted by local comedians Angelika Lee and Mike Logan, with a special performance by The Comedy Project. Buy one drink to get your parking validated!