Typically, in this column, we tell you all about cool concerts, festivals and other events to attend throughout the month. However, we can’t know what gatherings, if any, will be allowed during May. As a result, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite virtual events to enjoy from home.
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
For your sake and your children’s, it’s a good time to get creative. Every weekday around lunchtime, members of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre are streaming fun activities for home. Learn choreography for famous shows from dance instructors, make puppets with materials you have at home and more. It’s all free! Plus, the theater is converting its usual classes to online, so look into that if you have extra free time and would like to take up acting.
STAY IN YOUR HOUSE SHOWS
If you’re missing concerts, there are tons of musicians still ready to perform for you. Stay In Your House Shows came together almost immediately after everything started shutting down, with the purpose of bringing together local artists for a show every weekend on Facebook Live. Though you can tune in free, a $5 donation is recommended to support the artists! Check it out for a wide variety of music, from singer-songwriters to alternative rock and more.
CIRCLE THEATRE VIRTUAL EVENTS
Circle Theatre is bringing you three shows per week on Facebook, including Fireside Chats with Petty LuPone — an excellently named drag queen — and Living Room Concerts with local musicians. Tune in with Petty for chats with Circle performers and occasional songs as well! The shows are free to watch, but Circle could use your support with donations, so pitch in!
Museums all over West Michigan are doing everything they can to stay connected and keep you entertained. Grand Rapids Art Museum, for instance, set up Museum from Home — a site with artist interviews, virtual tours, virtual yoga sessions and GRAM Publications. Grand Rapids Public Museum put up an online collection database of more than 250,000 artifacts and specimens. Frederik Meijer Gardens is hosting two virtual visits every day, featuring livestreams, story time, virtual walks and more. Check out your favorite organization’s website to see what they’re up to!
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Muskegon Museum of Art
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts