Area arts April 16 – 22

John and Nathan will be hosting Porters and Poetry at Klockow Brewing 

All Month

April: Six McKnight Artists. New work by 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Arts.  Also Natalie Himmirska (Bemidji). Variations. Paintings utilizing various media and techniques of painting and print making. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, David Dobbs, Jennifer Gorman, Kyle Huff, and butterfly mobiles by Dan Root. 3rd floor Historic Central School.

Mat Norton with artwork featuring flowers and abstract themes. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

Monday, April 16

4 – 6 pm

Open Mic with Ryan Childs. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

Tuesday, April 17

10 am – 4 pm

Mac Open Studio. Free to MAC members or $5/session for non-members, this informal group is open to artists of all skill levels working in any 2-dimensional medium. Bring your latest project and create your art in a supportive community! No instruction is provided, but plenty of advice, critique, and feedback is available from the group. MacRostie Art Center. 405 1st Ave NW.

6 pm

Drums and Percussion of the World. Robin Adnand Anders discusses and demonstrates percussion instruments form various cultures and countries. Free. Grand Rapids Area Public Library. 140 NE 2nd St.

6 – 8:30 pm

Open Pottery. Instructor: Bruce Bartos, $15 each/ $10 student. Join area potters and students of all skill levels in this informal, on-going weekly class. The instructor will be on hand to give one-on-one guidance and tips about techniques, glazes, and firings. Call by noon on Tuesday to register for that day’s session 218-326-2697. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Wednesday, April 18

6 – 7 pm

Mid-Month Artist Talks. Mary Meyers Corwin talks about her work with dog portraits and experience as an artist in residence at Historic Central School. MacRostie Art Center. 405 1st Ave NW.

7 – 9 pm

Sam Miltich and Friends. VFW. 14 NW 3rd St.

Thursday, April 19

7 – 9 pm

Open mic night hosted by Mike Miller. VFW.14 NW 3rd St.

7:30 pm

Centerstage Minnesota. Congolese guitar man Siama Matuzungidi recorded hundreds of hits and toured the world with soukous greats until making Minneapolis home base. Siama’s picking style is legendary and his mbira (thumb piano) is positively transfixing. He and partner Dallas sing up a sweet storm and, along with authentic drum and belafon (a calabash marimba), they’ll take you back in time to the under-the-stars sounds of DR Congo and upbeat soukous of East African dancefloors. $15 Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Friday, April 20

6:30 pm

Journey to Oz. The works of L. Frank Baum are numerous, and his tales of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz are his most beloved. In this fantastic new adaptation, audience members become a part of the production playing roles alongside professional actors, singing, creating sound effects, participating in call and response, and more! When the cyclone comes, the entire theater enters the eye of the storm with whisking lights and exciting music created by lauded composer, Josh Totora. Recommended for grade K-6. Co-produced by Experiential Theater Company & Children’s Theater of Charlotte. Tickets: Adults $20. Seniors $18. Students $10. 1 free student ticket with each paid adult or senior. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Saturday, April 21

7 pm

Jason Waldron Band. Klockow Brewing Company. 36 SE 10th St.

7:30 pm

Experimental City. Documentary film about the Minnesota Experimental City Project in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota. It was a compelling vision with powerful backers, hundreds of experts, and its own state agency. But not everyone fell in line with the vision for the future. $5. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Sunday, April 22

4 – 6 pm

Porters and Poetry. Original poetry and spoken word. Bring something to read. Klockow Brewing Company. 36 SE 10th St.