Prom Night – The Musical

The Stark Turn Players are a newly-formed non-profit theatre group in Grand Rapids.

Last evening, photographer Tim Motely stopped by Dog Story Theater to check out their annual Halloween horror parody Prom Night – The Musical. Based on the 1980 film Prom Night, by William Grey, the musical parody features original songs by Joel L. Schindlbeck.

In 1974, three children played a dangerous game of tag, ending up with the death of a little girl, Elizabeth Bacon.  The three swore they’d never tell, but someone saw.  Six years later, as the school prepares for the prom, those three homicidal children start receiving creepy phone calls and suspicions arise.   As the big night approaches, the three start dying off, one by one.  For everyone at Grover Cleveland High School, it becomes a prom night that no one will ever forget.

The show runs at Dog Story Theater, October 26-31st with special midnight showings on October 28 & 29 and a Costume Contest and party with refreshments, prizes and dancing on Halloween night, October 31 at 8:00 pm.

For more information about the Stark Turn Players, go to

Dog Story Theater is a VENUE and does not produce shows. Their mission is simply to provide an affordable, flexible performance space for performers, directors, writers, dancers, comedians, poets, filmmakers and musicians to showcase their work! Check them out on the web:



A New Conversation: Give! Creating a Culture of Giving


DeVos Place was abuzz Thursday night with talk of how young professionals in West Michigan can give back to their communities. Local organizations BL2END, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Young Professionals, the West Michigan Asian American Association, the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network presented A New Conversation: Give! Creating a Culture of Giving. The night began with an opportunity for networking and visiting with local nonprofit agencies. Organizations such as In The Image and the American Cancer Society were there to talk to these young professionals about how they can give of their time, talent, and treasure.


The main event, a panel discussion amongst community leaders about giving back, was moderated by Jamon Alexander of BL2END. On stage to discuss this very important topic were:


Cheryl Bremer, Regional CEO, American Red Cross

Jorge Gonzalez, Director of Economic Development, LNC Community Revitalization, Inc.

Maureen Noe, President/CEO, Heart of West Michigan United Way

Diana Sieger, President, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Stacy Stout, Educational Director, The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

Ryan Slusarzyk, representing the Young Professionals


The discussion largely focused on giving one’s time and talent by volunteering. The panelists all agreed—when looking for an organization to volunteer with, choose carefully. Find one whose mission you strongly believe in. Never be hesitant to share your ideas, your fresh perspective, with the leadership in the organization. Who knows? You may just find you’re your next career opportunity—a nonprofit with a job opening may look first at their most passionate volunteers. And remember—it is never too early to start teaching the next generation about giving back.

 Grand Rapids is the second most philanthropic city in the United States, and it is up to us to sustain that reputation. So take a few minutes and look around for an organization that is a good fit for you and see how you can give back to them, doing your part to keep the philanthropic legacy alive in West Michigan!

— Danielle Josephine DeWitt. Photography: Terry Johnston

Calvin College Center Art Gallery

Calvin College – Center Art Gallery

Contact: Joel Zwart
3201 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (616) 526-6271



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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Contact: Phil Meade
2 West Fulton
Grand Rapids. MI 49503

Ph: 454-7000


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Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Next Generation of Estate Planners

Grand Rapids Community Foundation along with Linsey Aten of Varnum LLP and Raj Malviya of Miller Johnson hosted a gathering of next generation estate planners. Young ttorneys, accountant and financial planners from Grand Rapids gathered at the new LaFontsee Galleries on October 25 to meet each other and to get to know the Community Foundation better. John Canepa and Mike Rosloniec talked with the group about their experiences with the Community Foundation.

Kate Leeder catered the event and the signature cocktail—Liquid Assets (cider, bourbon and Vernors) was a hit.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation





Circle Theatre Welcomes Juan


Nestled along the banks of Fisk Lake in East Grand Rapids sits the Lakewood Estate, a sprawling estate that played host to Aquinas College’s welcome celebration for Dr. Juan Olivarez hosted by Circle Theatre.

Alumni, staff, and supporters donned Gala-worthy attire and descended on the Lakewood Estate to welcome Aquinas College’s seventh president in 125 years. Circle Theatre, celebrating what will be their sixtieth seasons of performance, brought with them musical selections from the upcoming 2012 season. They also played host to a toast to Dr. Olivarez and his wife Mary, as well as silent and live auctions to raise support dollars for the Circle Theatre.

The event was sponsored by Aquinas College, The Wege Foundation, Lacks Enterprises Inc, and Meijer Inc. and was filled with food, music, laughter, and dancing. Stiletto Sweets even managed to ensure everyone went home with their very own sweet treat at the end of the night.

The Stellafly team was happy to be in attendance – not just for the fun and chances to bid on some spectacular packages, but to welcome back a distinguished alumnus as the President of an outstanding institution right here in Grand Rapids. Welcome back, Dr. Olivarez.

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Circle Theatre Grand Rapids


Falcon Custom Homes presents ‘Terra Sienna’

Falcon Custom Homes opened their home to us once again last night to experience another masterpiece situated in the prestigious Terra Sienna development in Ada.

This 2011 Fall Parade home is a refreshing example of style, design, and quality craftsmanship. The home is perfectly situated on a large 2.5 acre lot with commanding views of the wetlands and open spaces below. Inside you will find a home that is designed around family with each room having a purpose.

The home is packed with architectural details that truly separate a “Falcon Home” from the rest. Experience the difference with working with a team that works with-in a clients budget, delivers exceptional quality, has great communication, and a high level of detail. We look forward to sharing with you the “Falcon Experience.”

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Designed and completely furnished by Gallery Interiors

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This evening of art benefitted Pine Rest and their Patient Assistance Fund.

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ArtPrize – Winner’s Announcement VIP Pre-Party

Before the big announcement of the winner of this year’s competition the sponsors, staff, artists, and VIPs mingled and shared a champagne toast to commemorate another successful year of the Grand art experiment, conversation starter, and community event known as ArtPrize.

Around 5pm people began to filter into the Seccia Lobby of the DeVos Place. The floor to ceiling glass windows provided a bath of unexpected October sunshine and a backdrop of people outside meandering and observing the very event we were celebrating. The juxtaposition was not lost on the crowd of VIPs, the room was energized with conversation about the people walking around outside, still viewing the art downtown – even after two weeks of the competition had already passed; even though it was an evening and a Thursday.

When Rick DeVos took the podium to give a few remarks, even he commented on the celebration that was occurring inside surrounding the experience and conversation that was occurring just outside. The consensus was that ArtPrize was again a success. He closed his remarks with a toast, “Cheers to many more.”

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic play Prospecto

The music blared, fans cheered loudly and the stage lights glared shades of red, white and blue at The Intersection as George Clinton finally joined his Parliament Funkadelic band mates on stage late Saturday night.

Clinton was dressed in a blue trench-looking coat decorated with tribal-like glyphs and donning an elaborate headdress.

Clinton headlined Prospecto Musical Showcase and Sonic Experience.

Clinton lead his eclectic musical ensemble by playing two of their major hits, first “Aqua Boogie” followed by “(Not Just) Knee Deep.”

Often noted for their stellar instrumentation and vocal presentation – nerve-tensing strings, shake-your-butt drum patterns, ear-bending horns, and heart-stirring harmonies and keys – Parliament Funkadelic did not disappoint, living up to their reputation of outstanding musicality built more than four decades ago.

The musical legacy of Parliament Funkadelic has proven time and time again, and it shows no signs of stopping or tiring, this was clearly evidenced by the diverse age range and ethnicity of those in attendance.

Near the end of show Parliament Funkadelic lead the audience in a sing-a-long of “Give Up The Funk.” George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic were absolutely entertaining, which included the use of  an amusing narrator to guide all through their funky mythology.