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Hope College announces Knickerbocker Film Series winter lineup

Hope College announces Knickerbocker Film Series winter lineup
HOLLAND – Hope College’s Knickerbocker Film Series, focusing on independent and foreign films, will show five films from January through early April at the historic Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The series will open with “A Miracle in Spanish Harlem” and will continue with “Blood Brothers,” “Inuk,” “The Rocket” and “Spinning Plates.”  All showings will begin at 7:30 p.m.

LaughFest announces expanded performances in Holland and Lowell

LaughFest announces expanded performances in Holland and Lowell

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (NEWS RELEASE) – Gilda’s LaughFest has announced the talent lineup for shows in Holland and Lowell during the festival’s fourth year, which runs from March 6 – 16, 2014.

Holland shows will include Christian comic Jeff Allen, Kids Joke Night, Holland Chorale, Klompen Comedy, Laughter Yoga and community showcases. Shows in Lowell include PJ Walsh, Kids Joke Night, Laughter Yoga and community showcases.

“Over the last few years, the programming we’ve had in Holland and Lowell has grown in popularity,” said Joanne Roehm, LaughFest festival director. “As a result, we’re excited to bring more great entertainers to these communities and we’ve diversified the types of performances offered.”

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Time is running out to register for the upcoming Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

The competition is designed for Michigan high school student filmmakers to showcase their talents.  Students are asked to produce a 30 second public service announcement promoting building character, healthy lifestyles or celebrating diversity.  Filmmakers are asked to target one of two audiences: kindergarten through 6th grade students or 7th through 12th grade students.  The winning work will be used in classrooms.

The deadline for submitting a PSA is Feb. 7, 2014 with a $10 registration fee; students who submit an entry by Jan. 17 pay only $5 for registration.  For more information on the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival, visit the competition website here.

LaughFest holds final volunteer informational meeting Dec. 17

LaughFest holds final volunteer informational meeting Dec. 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland in March, but now is the time to learn about how you can help.

Volunteer registration opened  on the LaughFest website earlier this month. Opportunities during the 10-day festival of laughter include event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise and office support.  Organizers will hold a final volunteer informational meetings at the following time:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

              Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

              1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

LaughFest holds first volunteer informational meeting Dec. 14

LaughFest holds first volunteer informational meeting Dec. 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland in March, but now is the time to learn about how you can help.

Volunteer registration opened last week on the LaughFest website.   Opportunities during the 10-day festival of laughter include event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise and office support.  Organizers will hold two volunteer informational meetings at the following times:

 

  • Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

             Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

             1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

              Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

              1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

'Phantom of the Opera' Musical starting December 5

'Phantom of the Opera' Musical starting December 5

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The Holland High School Performing Arts Center will present "Phantom of the Opera" Dec. 5- Dec. 8 and Dec. 11- Dec. 15.

The musical is centered around a deformed Phantom, lurking under the Paris Opera stage, who eventually falls in love with Christina, a young soprano. Phantom devotes himself to training her for stardom.  With Christina’s rejection of his love, the Phantom creates an uproar in the Opera House.

Tickets to any of the nine shows are $10 each for students with ID and $15 each for adults. The Performing Arts Center is located at 600 Van Raalte Ave. in Holland. For more information, call (616) 494-2000 or visit www.hollandpublicschools.org or http://www.holland.org/.

West Ottawa High School a GRAMMY semifinalist

West Ottawa High School a GRAMMY semifinalist

HOLLAND, Mich.—West Ottawa High is the only school in West Michigan to be in the running for a GRAMMY award.

The school is among 123 schools nationwide selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2014.

The GRAMMY Signature Schools program honors the top U.S. public high schools committed to music education.  Four West Ottawa secondary music ensembles are performing at state music conference this school year, which the district says is rare.

The GRAMMY Foundation relies on a panel of top music educators and professionals to determine which schools make the cut.  Each finalist will receive an award and music program grant ranging from $1,000 to $15,000.

The foundation will announce the finalists in mid-March 2014.