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Things to Do in GR 8/14-16

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By Brittany Miller & Chris Powers

The heart of Grand Rapids will once again be filled with the rhythm of jazz during this year’s GRandJazzFest. The two-day event presented by DTE Energy Foundation is the perfect opportunity for people to gather together in Rosa Parks Circle to celebrate the love of music. A variety of musicians will take the stage during the festival, playing soulful tunes from the Latin flavor to more contemporary, suiting the tastes of everyone in attendance, including the kids. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs, coolers for water and juices, as well as sunscreen as they soak in the full music experience. The event will begin Saturday at noon ending at 10 p.m., and will continue Sunday at 1 p.m. until approximately 7 p.m. Admission for the festival is FREE. For more information on this year’s festival visit the Experience Grand Rapids website.

The Insane Inflatable 5k, a wild obstacle course that brings out the kid in every running adult, will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 15 and will go through Aug. 17 at Millennium Park. Attendees should keep in mind that the 5k is a recurring event, so everyone will have their opportunity to participate throughout the day. For more information on the Insane Inflatable 5k, admission prices and more, visit the website.

Take a trip through infinity and beyond in a visual 3D experience as Grand Rapids Public Museum presents SpacePark 360: Infinity. Guests will be able to have a one of a kind galactic experience during this planetarium show filled with the latest project technology and unbelievable surround sound. SpacePark 360 showtimes are Sunday through Saturday and begin at 2 p.m. GRCC students get into the museum free with a RaiderCard, but admission to the planetarium is $4. Visit the museum website for further pricing information.

Spend your weekend under the stars of the summer sky as Grand Rapids Public Museum also presents Under Scorching Skies, another incredible planetarium experience. Guests have the opportunity to learn the tips and tricks of every astrologist that they can apply to their own backyard. Under Scorching Skies is available for guests Saturdays and Sunday at 3 p.m. GRCC students get into the museum free with a RaiderCard and pay $4 for admission to the planetarium. Visit the museum website for further pricing information.

At the Box Office

The Fantastic Four” debuted to less than fantastic numbers last week, coming in second place at the box office behind “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation,” which held on to the top spot for the second consecutive week. “The Gift,” “Vacation,” and “Ant-Man” rounded out the top five.

The Ice Cube biopic “Straight Outta Compton” opens this week. The film covers the rise of NWA in mid-1980s Compton and stars Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. playing a young Ice Cube.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is based on the 1960s television show which followed two spies, one American, one Soviet, engaged in Cold War espionage for a group called U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). The film stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.

The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts is featuring the French film “Tom at the Farm” about a man who meets his dead lover’s family who were unaware of their son’s sexual orientation. Tickets are $8 for non-members, see website for showtimes.