By Jesse Shira
It doesn’t take a mind reader or a superhero to know there’s a ton of great events happening this week in Grand Rapids. There’s festivals, concerts, conventions, basically something for people of all ages.
Grand Rapids Comic-Con
Comic book fans UNITE! That’s right, beginning Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. and continuing through Sunday evening pop culture enthusiasts will be pouring into the DeVos Place for a weekend of gaming, collecting, cosplaying, and learning from panels of experts at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con. This family-friendly event is in its fourth year and looks to be full of fun at every corner. For adults tickets start at $20 and go up to $149 for a special V.I.P. badge. Tickets are available at the DeVos Place box office, at TicketMaster, and by phone at 800-745-3000.
Mentalist Banachek at Calvin College
Do you believe in extra sensory perception? Or perhaps you are a skeptic. Either way, Banachek will amaze you with his mental abilities. At 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 the world renowned mentalist will be coming to Calvin College performing in the main lobby of the Hoogenboom Rec Center, 3195 Knight Way SE. He has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and CNN Live, as well as consulting for Criss Angel, David Blaine, Uri Geller, and many other professional entertainers. Opening for him will be the Calvin Improv troupe. Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for adults.
Grand Rapids Symphony presents DreamWorks Animation in Concert
For over 20 years, DreamWorks has been astounding audiences with their brand of storytelling. And at 8 p.m. Saturday the Grand Rapids Symphony will be taking audiences through some of their most iconic scores including “Kung Fu Panda,” “Shrek,” and “Madagascar.” Along with the live music they will be playing select clips from their films on the screens at the DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets start at $18 and are available online, at the DeVos box office, and by calling (616) 454-9451.
Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival 2016
This Sunday the third annual Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival will take place at the Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street SE. The festival is free to attend and begins at noon. There are 40 different short films playing throughout the day, as well as 10 panels with speakers to talk about filmmaking. To find more information and see a list of the films and speakers, go to www.grfff.org