Things to Do in GR 7/31-8/1

Things to Do in GR 7/31-8/1

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things-to-do-featuredBy Chris Powers – Web Editor

Final Picnic Pops of the summer

This is the last week for 2015 Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area. This week’s concert features John Ondrasik, the voice of Five for Fighting. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday and same-day tickets start at $21 at the door.

Season finale weekend

The Grand Rapids Football Club is closing out their season with a home-and-home series against the Muskegon Risers Soccer Club. Spend Friday night at Houseman Field and root for the home team before they head to Muskegon on Saturday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the Houseman box office.

The Color Run

The annual 5K event is back in Grand Rapids this weekend. Known as the Shine Tour this year, the Color Run is a four-person team or individual fun run in which participants start out wearing white and end plastered with all the colors of the rainbow. The event costs $49.50 for team members or $55 for solo runners in advance or $60 on race day. The race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Calder Plaza, but participants should pick up their packets either today before 6 p.m. or Saturday morning between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the plaza.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

With only a month left before classes start this fall, now might be a good time to check out the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Besides their permanent exhibits, the museum is currently featuring The Discovery of King Tut. This traveling exhibit has brought faithful reproductions of the King Tut’s tomb artifacts which are no longer allowed to leave Egypt to West Michigan. The recently renovated Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium also has a full slate of shows, including one titled “Back to the Moon” narrated by actor and Detroit native Tim Allen. Museum entry is free with a RaiderCard, the Tut exhibit is $18 and planetarium shows are $4.

Silver screen cinema

With a margin of less than $1 million, “Ant-Man” narrowly beat out first-week “Pixels” for the top spot at the box office last week. “Minions,” “Trainwreck,” and “Southpaw” rounded out the top five, with “Paper Towns” left on the outside looking in.

Almost 20 years after the first movie and nearly 50 years after the television show debuted, “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation” brings Tom Cruise back as Ethan Hunt. The fifth film in the franchise promises all the action and more action audiences have come to expect.

Also returning to the big screen this week is the National Lampoon’s Vacation series. “Vacation” is the latest in franchise and features Ed Helms as a grown-up Rusty Griswold, last seen as a teenager played by Ethan Embry in 1997’s “Vegas Vacation.” In the new film, Rusty decides he’s going to attempt to recreate one of his best memories – his family’s trip to Walley World. Rusty’s wife is played by Christina Applegate, with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo briefly reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold.

The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts is teaming up with Grand Rapids Brewing Company and hosting a Brunch, Brews and a Movie event on Sunday. Stop into GRBC at 11 a.m. Sunday morning to get brunch (an entree and a drink) before heading a couple blocks east to the UICA to watch a 1 p.m. screening of the 1974 Martin Scorsese classic “Taxi Driver,” starring Robert DeNiro. Tickets are $20 and includes: brunch entree, one drink, a film lecture, complimentary admission to UICA galleries, and one ticket to “Taxi Driver.” Tickets to the film are also available separately for $8 for non-members.

Although it’s not this weekend, the UICA will be screening “I Am Chris Farley” at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. The documentary covers the rise of Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley and his tragic fall with interviews from his friends and colleagues. This is the only chance to see the film on the big screen in West Michigan before it becomes available on demand next month.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that “The Matrix” was playing at Ah Nab Awen Park, when there was no Movie in the Park on July 31.

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