Second Gilmore Piano Festival headliner cancels due to COVID-19 complications
KALAMAZOO, MI — Pink Martini has become the second major headlining act to cancel its scheduled performance at the 2022 Gilmore International Piano Festival due to COVID-19 this year. Similar to jazz legend Herbie Hancock, who canceled his April 24 festival-opening performance, Pink Martini will no longer perform its headlining show at the Miller Auditorium on Western Michigan’s campus. A news release issued by the festival on Wednesday, May 4, announced the cancelation, stating the decision was made due to COVID-19 complications. The Gilmore Piano Festival, the largest gathering of keyboard artists in North America, has been underway since April 24 and will conclude on May 15. Also on MLive:10 things to experience at the Gilmore Piano FestivalSite of former Fannie May Candies in Portage to host new business6 construction projects in Portage that could impact your commute this summermlive.com
From Herbie Hancock to family fun: 10 things to experience at the Gilmore Piano Festival
KALAMAZOO, MI — It’s been four years since the Gilmore International Piano Festival last took place. Offering a diverse and lengthy selection of musical performances and family-friendly entertainment, the festival, which is based primarily in Kalamazoo, is far more than simply classical piano performances, Gilmore marketing director Mindy MacInnis pointed out in a recent interview with MLive. This year’s marquee performances include jazz legend Herbie Hancock, who performs April 24, and Diana Krall, who performs May 14, both at the Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. Pop outfit Pink Martini also performs at Miller Auditorium on May 10, rounding out the trio of headliners. Featuring Alex J. Roston as Holiday, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” will be celebrated with multiple performances between April 29-May 15.mlive.com
Tickets now on sale for 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival
ANN ARBOR – For the second year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival will take place online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now in its 59th year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental film festival in North America. This year, the festival will run from March 23-28 and will feature over 100 films in competition. Tickets for individual events start at $2, but the suggested price is $12 to help support the festival. AdThree levels of festival passes give viewers varying access to programming.
FoolMoon festival goers can light up Ann Arbor, support local businesses
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Light-filled art will take over downtown Ann Arbor at this year’s FOOLMoon festival, which is a little different this year due to the coronavirus. Starting April 1, the Ann Arbor District Library will host “9 Days of Glow” with video craft projects and a contest. New this year is the “Stroll and Roll” to support local businesses through the Show Your Love A2 campaign. Virtual content from local artists and youth will be available for viewing by anyone choosing to stay home. Ann Arbor OKs St. Patrick’s Day street closure for Conor O’Neill’s pubThe Year 2042 podcast: Health director talks about why Black people should trust the COVID-19 vaccineKids can sign up for free cooking, nutrition classes with St. Joe’s Ann Arbormlive.com
World of Winter festival returns to Grand Rapids with giant ‘icicles,’ light-up art installations
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The World of Winter festival has returned to Grand Rapids. The festival, which kicked off Jan. 15 and wraps up Feb. 28, provides a host of outdoor art and entertainment activities throughout downtown Grand Rapids. The festival is sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., the City of Grand Rapids, and Ice Guru. That includes dance and musical performances, walking tours around the city (including one that focuses on Black history in Grand Rapids), as well as a frozen disc slam tournament. For a complete list of World of Winter events, click here.mlive.com
Houghton Lake Tip-Up Town postponed until February due to COVID restrictions
HOUGHTON LAKE, MI -- The popular Tip-Up Town USA festival in Houghton Lake has been postponed by more than month due to ongoing restrictions revolving around the COVID-19 pandemic. Food trucks and other vendors are typically in attendance as families from all over Michigan make the trip for the festival. State restrictions on the sizes of crowds during the ongoing pandemic forced organizers to move the festival to the end of February. If the restrictions are still in place as the new dates approach, organizers say they will likely have to cancel the festival. READ MORE:4-year-old boy dies after falling through ice in Isabella CountyBody of 67-year-old ice fisherman found at park in U.P.mlive.com
Ann Arbor Film Festival extends call for entries for 59th season
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Film Festival announced it has extended its call for entries for the 59th festival until Oct. 15. In order to welcome more diverse voices to its lineup, the festival is offering a $20 submission fee discount for BIPOC filmmakers -- the same discount it offers its alumni. According to its website, AAFF seeks films and videos that “demonstrate a high regard for the moving image as an experimental art form, no matter the genre." Work must have been completed within the last three years, and works in progress are juried in the same pool as other entries. Feature submissions are $70 per film and shorts submissions are $60 per film.
Ann Arbor’s annual festival celebrating Indian culture goes virtual in October
ANN ARBOR – Akshara, an Ann Arbor-based Indian arts organization, will present its annual Rasa Festival virtually for the first time in October. Each weekend throughout the month, Indian-inspired multi-arts performances will be released on the organization’s Facebook and YouTube channels. “This year, so much is different around us, yet the process of making art and its presentation has had to adapt, like everything else," said Akshara’s artistic director Sreyashi Dey in a statement. "We have had to migrate to virtual platforms to reach our audiences. All performances will premiere on the Akshara YouTube channel and Facebook page from 11 a.m. to noon during the festival.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival announces five new programs
ANN ARBOR While the Ann Arbor Summer Festival has canceled its traditional indoor events and outdoor Top of the Park, it is adapting to the times and announced Friday new programming for the local community to enjoy. Music Hikes & Story WalksTop Music Hikes & Story Walks is presented in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Librarys Summer Game. The activity geo-tags music and audio stories to trails around Ann Arbor. At the end of the month, a fictionalized story set in downtown Ann Arbor featuring shops and landmarks will be available to audiences. As part of its Summer Game, the Ann Arbor District Library will select winners.
Detroit announces Everybody VS COVID-19 digital unity festival
DETROIT The city announced an Everybody VS COVID-19 digital unity festival that is meant to bring attention to the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) and promote the 2020 Census. It will be broadcast on the City of Detroits Facebook and Instagram pages. The city has partnered with the fashion label Detroit VS Everybody by Tommey Walker to present the festival. The festival will be free to stream online with portions of the broadcast playing on city cable channels. READ: 'Drive-up concerts: Lake Orion sisters keep music alive during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic