Area arts January 8 – 14

Dan Root's whimsical butterflies on the 3rd floor of Historic
Central School.

All Month

Nature: Culture. Barbara Kreft’s images of culture and nature found in everyday experiences in paintings in multiple layers. Adaptation & Optimism. Kristen Anderson’s felt work that include stories of species’ adaptation and hopeful survival. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, David Dobbs, Patti Ferrell, Jamie Aubid and butterfly mobiles by Dan Root. 3rd floor Historic Central School.

Patti Ferrell with her whimsical acrylics. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

Monday, January 8

5 pm

Auditions for Beauty and the Beast. Callbacks will be on Thursday, Jan. 11 in the evening. The production has 14 characters, a strong chorus performing in several numbers as villagers and castle servants, wolves and gargoyles. We will cast 8 to 10 youth in the play.  Most will be part of the chorus. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a song from the production or another number of their choosing, read selected sections from the script, and fill out an audition form. Copies of the script are available for review at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Rehearsals will begin January 16, with the chorus meeting initially on Mondays and Thursdays.  Principal characters will also meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.   Dance rehearsals will be included on those days. Scheduled days of rehearsals will increase as we get closer to production. Auditions will also be held on Monday, January 8 from 5 – 8 pm. Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Tuesday, January 9

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 – 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, January 10

7 – 9 pm

Sam Miltich on guitar, Don Vidal on sax, KC Johnson on drums and Pat Downing on bass. VFW. 14 NW 3rd St.

Thursday, January 11

6:30 pm

Edge Center Classic Movie. All About Eve. The only film in Oscar history that received four actress nominations in the 14 total gained and ended up winning six. There will be a presentation providing a better understanding of the time period of the movie. Free. 6:30 pm. Edge Center for the Arts. 102 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

7 – 9 pm

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

Friday, January 12

7 pm

Cellula. When Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre – two of the most dynamic and inventive puppet theatre companies in the nation – decide to join forces, you know something magical is going to happen. And what they have created is something truly special. Described as “a bedtime story by biologists” Cellula is a black-light puppet theatre piece that uses cellular division, reproduction, and mitosis (as told by a mother to her daughter) as a magical, microscopic examination of what connects every single thing on the planet. Adults $20. Seniors $18. Students $10. 1 free student with each paid adult or senior. Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 conifer Dr.

Saturday, January 13

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Family Create Second Saturdays sponsored by Children First! Join us every Second Saturday at the MAC for Family Create Saturdays! Free family-orientated art activities with a new theme each month! Ages 3 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult! Funded in part by Children First! and Blandin Foundation. Free. MacRostie Art Center, 405 NW 1st Ave.

Sunday, January 14

2 pm

Transitions. German Pianist Andreas Klein has distinguished himself as a dynamic and compelling performer with his command of a wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations. The New York Times declared him “A pianist who makes silences sound like music”. Adults $20. Seniors $18. Students $10. Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.