Arts around Grand Rapids

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By Meridian Pearson, Editor-in-Chief

In the bleak winter months, it can be hard to find things to distract yourself and have a good time. Classes are kicking into high gear, work loads are piling up, and it can all start to get a bit stressful. A great way to give yourself a well deserved break is to enjoy the many artistic experiences Grand Rapids has to offer! Here are a few of our favorites:

Broadway Grand Rapids

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Broadway GR is the best place to enjoy high-level theatrical productions in town! Housed by the DeVos Performance Hall, this theatre introduces Grand Rapidians to hit Broadway musicals, like Hadestown and Disney’s Frozen. Coming up in March is Six, a Tony award-winning musical about the six wives of Henry VIII. Tickets range up to about $175, but the cheapest tickets come in at around $50—the perfect price for a splurge experience.


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If you love conventional art, you’ll love the Grand Rapids Arts Museum. Key pieces include Pablo Picasso’s Tete D’Homme and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe. The museum also has exclusive exhibits featuring Michigan artists and rotating exhibits. With three floors full of art, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Adult tickets are $10, but you can nab one for $8 if you show your student ID.

Grand Rapids Symphony

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For the music lovers, the GR Symphony features incredible composers, musicians, and performers. The community-supported orchestra performs at the DeVos Performance Hall and St. Cecilia Music Center from September to May. This Saturday, February 11, they’re featuring Ne-Yo in their Symphony with Soul performance. The Grammy award-winning artist will perform some of his greatest hits, backed by an impressive full orchestra! They are also offering a playing of Beethoven’s first symphony on marimba and vibraphone on the 24th. Tickets are $22!

Grand Rapids is home to these and so many other arts experiences. If you find yourself bored or anxious on a frosty winter day, check out what the city has to offer; you may just find your new favorite thing, or rediscover an old one!