Home Arts & Entertainment Art Things to do 4/15-17

Things to do 4/15-17


This week’s list of events includes a blues concert, Record Store Day, a “Where the Wild Things Are” exhibit and an electronics building event.

Billy’s Lounge will host “Blues Matters” a fundraiser for WGVU Public Media starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature live performances from local blues musicians Hank Mowery, Jimmie Stagger, Hannah Rose and The GravesTones and Larry McCray. Food will be provided by Dallas Deli BBQ and there will be a silent auction for prize packages. Admission is a $10 donation and for ages 21 and up.

Grand Rapids Art Museum has obtained original drawings, posters and prints from Maurice Sendak’s children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.” The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication. “Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are” is available April 9-22. GRAM is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. General admission is $8, students get in for $7. Admission is free all day Tuesdays and free after 5 p.m. Thursdays.

Saturday is Record Store Day in Grand Rapids, three local stores will participate in the event; Schuler books & music, Vertigo Music and The Corner Record Shop. RSD is a day-long annual celebration of independently owned record stores and music culture in the U.S. and similar stores internationally. There are stores that participate in Record Store Day on every continent except for Antarctica. Festivities include body painting, cook-outs, DJs, meet & greets with artists, parades and performances. Each experience is unique to the store.

The Pyramid Scheme will host Kiefer Sutherland for a musical performance starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Sutherland plays his own brand of Americana/Alt-Country music. This is an all ages show and admission is $20 if purchased in advance, $25 at the door.

Kent District Library will host “Snap Circuits: Fun with Simple Electronics” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at their East Grand Rapids branch. This is an all ages event where participants can interact with circuit boards and build lie detector tests, strobe lights, a color organ and experiment with electronics in a safe environment.