Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/17/17- 01/23/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Center

Calvin College January Series
January 17 @ 12:30 pm – January 20 @ 12:30 pm
January 16 – 20 at 12:30pm, you’re invited to the Beardsley Theater for the Calvin College January Series!  The 30th year of Calvin College’s award-winning lecture series will again be live-streamed into the Beardsley Theater.  The lectures are free and no tickets are required.  Be sure to bring your lunch!

Tuesday, January 17 – Doris Kearns Goodwin “How Did We Get Here?” A Historical Perspective on Our Wild 2016 Election
World-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin shines a spotlight on the changes in our political system over the past 150 years that bring us to today: the most exhausting, electrifying and acrimonious presidential campaign cycle in recent history, punctuated by nonstop television and relentless social media coverage. After five decades of studying the presidency, Goodwin finds hope in the knowledge that however fractured our modern political culture seems, our democracy has survived—even thrived—through troubling times in the past. And however the 2016 election turns out, it will continue to do so in the future.  Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, the winner of many awards and honors, and frequently appears on television networks NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, PBS, the Charlie Rose Show, Meet the Press, and many more.  She has served as a historical consultant for Ken Burns and Steven Spielberg.

Wednesday, January 18 – Eugene Cho “Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually  Changing the World?”
Eugene Cho is the founder and lead pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington.  He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages, “a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty” which has been featured in the New York Times, The Seattle Times, NPR and numerous other media outlets. For his entrepreneurial work and spirit, Eugene was honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes. Eugene recently released his first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?

Thursday, January 19 – Taylor Davis in concert
Taylor Davis is a classically trained American violinist, arranger and composer, whose passion for video game and film music led her to launch her widely popular YouTube channel “ViolinTay” in 2010. Five years, over 150 videos, 1 million subscribers and 140-million views later, she has become one of the fastest rising stars in the digital world. Taylor has released 5 full-length game, anime and film-themed albums, a full-length Christmas album, and most recently a self-titled original album that debuted at #10 on the Billboard Classical Charts. In addition to maintaining a schedule of consistent, high-quality content on YouTube, Taylor has also recorded violin solos on video game scores, including “The Banner Saga” composed by the Grammy-nominated Austin Wintory. A regular at VidCons and E3 Expos, Davis has performed live on many stages and events throughout the United States and Europe. Taylor began studying the violin at age 8 and continued her classical training through college where she graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Violin Performance.

Friday, January 20 – Bryan Dik “How to Find and Live Your Calling: Lessons from the Psychology of Vocation”
Bryan Dik is associate professor of psychology at Colorado State University and cofounder and chief science officer of Career Analytics Network/jobZology.  His research is primarily in the area of career development, especially perceptions of work as a calling; meaning, purpose, religion and spirituality in career decision-making and planning; measurement of vocational interests; and career development interventions.  He serves on the editorial boards of six research journals and is the author or coeditor of three books including his most recent, How to Make your Job your Calling.  Bryan is a Calvin alum who returns to share how the psychology of vocation can change your life at work.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday
January 17 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
The Muskegon Community College Hendrik Meijer Library is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of world famous English author Beatrix Potter, with a display of her books and a personal collection of 50 miniature Warne animal characters.  An iconic author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist, Potter is best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.  She was a trailblazer for women of her time.  This informative exhibit can be viewed now through Sunday, January 22.  For more information on the exhibit, contact Darlene DeHudy at (231)-777-0268 or (231) 777-0269 for library hours.

Winds of Ancestry
January 17 – February 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Winds of Ancestry,” an exhibit of artifacts and videos by artists Rae Goodwin and Casey McGuire, will be on display in the Muskegon Community College Overbrook Art Gallery from January 9 – February 23.  In the summer of 2016, McGuire and Goodwin rode their red rocking horses across this grand nation. They followed the Lewis and Clark Trail to Montana and stopped along the way to memorialize their foremothers and to acknowledge the fleeting winds of ancestry.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Overbrook Gallery hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  For more information, call (231) 777-0324.

January 17 & 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
“Incoming!” is a NEW SHOW at the Carr-Fles Planetarium, where you can zoom past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how they have changed the course of life on Earth.  This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, January 10-March 2 and March 14-30 (no shows March 7 & 9 for college spring break).  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email

From Page to Screen: East of Eden
January 18 @ 1:30 pm
January 18 at 1:30pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for “From Page to Screen:  East of Eden!”  Is the book always better than the movie?  If you love to read and watch movies, combine your passion for both!  January’s book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.  Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the rivalry of Cain and Abel. The movie was released in 1955, directed by Elia Kazan and starred James Dean, Raymond Massey and Julie Harris.  There will be an an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn.  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, branch manager, at 231-780-8844 or .

Open Public Tours at the Muskegon Museum of Art
January 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Enjoy free docent-led guided tours at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Thursdays, December 1 – February 16 from 5:00-7:00pm!

Paint Night at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market
January 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 19 from 6:00-9:00pm, create a beautiful canvas painting in a relaxed environment at the Muskegon Farmers Market.  Enjoy an evening of instructed painting creating your own canvas keepsake!  Snacks are included.  The cost is $45.  For more information, call  (231) 724-6777.

The Drawer Boy
January 20 – January 28
January 20 – 28, the Muskegon Civic Theatre invites you to the Blackbox on the Frauenthal Stage for “The Drawer Boy!”.  An actor from a Toronto theater visits the home of two farmers, to research rural life for a new play.  Amused with the young city slicker, Morgan and Angus talk about their lives, of moving to the farm with their wives after serving in World War II, and living as bachelors ever since.  But their visitor’s questions gradually unravel their story in one of the most-produced plays in the country.

Tickets are $20 & $22.  For more information, visit

Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
January 20 @ 7:00 pm – January 21 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21, come to the William L. Austin Auditorium at Muskegon High School for the production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr.!

Aladdin tells the tale of a want-to-be prince and princess that don’t like their identities.  Both characters disguise themselves from the other; and it isn’t until the disguise is gone, and they have changed the laws in Agrabah, that they can be free to love.  This production focuses largely on student lead visions, ideas and coaching.  Students had the chance to lead the vocal coaching and certain choreography during the show giving these young performers an opportunity to express leadership with their peers.

Aladdin: Jaden Duquette, Genie: Malik Carter, Iago: Naomoi Pekala, Jafar: Devin Sanders, Magic Carpet: Madisyn Jennings, Sultan: Micah Crocker, and Princess Jasmine: Lataijan Tornes.
Directed by Kirk Carlson with Tech by Jennifer LaChapelle, the show starts at 7:00pm on January 20 and January 21 with a special matinee performance on Saturday at 1:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.00.  For more information call 231-720-2911.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 20 @ 7:15 pm – January 21 @ 7:15 pm
Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Green Bay Gamblers!  The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit

Creative Saturday
January 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join Muskegon Center for the Arts members in creative idea exchanges, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery.  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed. Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects.  Artists’ trading cards are also available.  For more information visit

Party in Your Parka
January 21 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday, January 21 from 11:00am-11:00pm, Muskegon Winter Sports Complex and Watermark Live present Party In Your Parka, an all day celebration of Michigan’s 180th birthday!  This is an all day event in Muskegon State Park. Come out for winter sports during the day, including ice skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and luge.  From 11:00am to 6:00pm, check out the Made In The Mitten Art Tent featuring local artists, live music, craft beer and wine.  After 6:00pm, head out to the luge lounge for a DJ dance party from Modern Entertainment and live performances from Nordlund and headlining act, Flexadecibel.  This is a free event.  The Michigan DNR Recreation Passport is required for parking at the Winter Sports Complex.  For more information, call 231-744-9629.

Muskegon Center for the Arts: January Workshops
January 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented artists of the MCA for the January Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  You will want to register for these classes now as they will fill up quickly.

January 21, 11:00am – 3:00pm – Beginner’s Stained Glass
$45 per student, materials included. MCA Members $35, materials included.
Each participant will create one sun catcher after a short instruction period. All students must be signed up and paid one week prior to the scheduled class date. Minimum of 2 students and maximum of 6 students. Contact Ruth at to register.

January 28, 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Beginner’s Chainmaille Workshop
$20 per student, materials included. MCA Members $18, materials included.
This workshop will teach students how to create jewelry using the vintage art of chainmaille. In this session, we will focus on the Celtic Pattern of chainmaille. Each student will make a bracelet from the focus pattern that they will be able to keep. Maximum of 10 students. You must be registered 2 days before the scheduled class day. Contact Sabryna at to register.

The MCA – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
January 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery, located in the Century Building, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older.  This is a free event.  For more information, call (231) 206-0426.