With daylight savings time coming to an end, we've entered a new season — a season of unpredictable weather, early nights and frosty mornings.
This is the time of year when the sun goes to bed an hour earlier, leaving us alone in the dark. On the other hand, some of us work best in the dark, without the temptation of a warm, sunny walk to distract us. Plus, you can get that late-night feel at the bar without having to actually stay out past 10. And then there's the Christmas lights, which I have to admit I love. Maybe I'll even work up enough motivation to decorate my own house in Creston! ..... Maybe.
Anyway, regardless of what the sun's doing, life goes on here in West Michigan, with tons of events here to enjoy in the week ahead. This weekend has more makers markets, big festivals, and stunning performances in store.
Here's what's on our radar for the week ahead:
2500 Turner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is back once again, and this time it’s a big one, hosted in DeVos Place. Time to get out of our doomsday bunker and see some other people with similar interests! Come for three days of cosplay, films, gaming, comics, art and presentations with special guests. Those guests include actors in nerdy media, voice actors, YouTube stars, comic writers, artists and more.
614 First St. NW, Suite 300, Grand Rapids
Nov. 10, 6-8:30 p.m.
Ready to get creative? Join West Michigan Center of Arts + Technology for an evening of Studio Sips. You’ll engage in a creative lesson from one of WMCAT’s teaching artists, nosh on some bites and sip some cocktails, all while learning more about the mission to provide equitable access to opportunity. No cocktail dresses required for this hands-on, no-experience-necessary artistic night.
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
A few Revue staff members remember seeing Silversun Pickups at the Orbit Room over 10 years ago … ah, those were the days. Well, they’re back now, and with more music than ever! This indie/alt rock band crafts songs that build and swell to climactic conclusions. Check out their iconic second album, Swoon.
Merchants and Makers Holiday Market
Holland Civic Center
150 W. 8th St., Holland
Merchants and Makers are back in Holland with more than 100 of the best makers around. Only $3 to get in (free for kids), then you have access to just about every kind of gift you could hope for, from candles to art, jewelry, bath products and so much more. Plus, food from the Holland Civic Center, and local music!
Nature Makers Market
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free spirit, flower child, hippie — the name may change, but the New Age friend has never gone anywhere. They still love yoga, organic foods and everything nature, so you’re sure to find the perfect gift at this Nature Makers Market. Head to Blandford for handcrafted goods like jewelry, textiles, art prints, stickers and much more, all celebrating nature.
Rising Stars: Frederico Colli
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo
Nov. 14, 4 p.m., $25
The Gilmore Rising Stars series brings some of the world’s greatest young pianists to West Michigan, and Frederico Colli is no exception. Born in Brescia, Italy, Colli is praised for his highly imaginative and philosophical approaches to interpretations. Fully steeped in the Italian piano tradition, he came to prominence after winning the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the Gold Medal at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012.