Things to do 3/18-20

Things to do 3/18-20

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This week’s list of events includes a conversation on “Making a Murder,” Irish on Ionia, a Robot Zoo and a Nick Carter concert.

Gilda’s LaughFest continues through the weekend. The 10-day comedy festival filled with stand-up comedians, authors, films and community showcases ends March. 20. LaughFest includes much of West Michigan, with the hub of the festival being Grand Rapids. Kathy Griffin, Seth Meyers, David Cross, Marlon Wayans and Jim Norton are just a few of the headlining acts. For a full list of events and dates, check out the LaughFest website.

A conversation on “Making a Murderer” with attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will be held at DeVos Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Sunday. This is a moderated event regarding the systemic failures of the criminal justice system in the U.S. Strang and Buting will also be discussing the broad implications of the Steven Avery case. Ticket prices are $29.50, $39.50 and $59.50 depending on seat choice and availability, and can be purchased at DeVos Place or Ticketmaster.

The sixth annual Irish on Ionia will take place downtown Grand Rapids from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. The three city-block event is hosted by BarFly Ventures and is Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street festival. There is a zero waste policy. General admission is $15 and there are two special ticket packages that include meal vouchers and merchandise, prices are $25 and $60. For more information about ticket details and where to purchase them, check out the Irish on Ionia website.

Backstreet Boys vocalist Nick Carter will perform a solo set at the Intersection as part of his “All American” tour. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets purchased in advance are $25, $30 if purchased at the door. This is an all ages performance.

The Robot Zoo opens Saturday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. There will be eight robots, their machinery simulating the actual body parts of the live animal they represent. Robot Zoo will also feature more than a dozen hands-on activities that demonstrate the real life characteristics of the animals in the zoo. There will be a chameleon, a rhinoceros, a giant squid and a platypus included in the exhibit. Admission is $11 for adults.

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