Spring 2018 Cultural Event Trip Poll

th Every Spring the Honors Program takes students to Grand Rapids to attend a Cultural Event for free. This year we would like your help deciding which event to attend. Please complete the poll below to help us figure out which event is the most popular. The event descriptions and potential dates are provided below.


We would attend the musical If/Then at Actor’s Theater from 6pm until 11:30pm on one of the following dates: Friday, February 9th or Saturday, February 10th

Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics and Book by Brian Yorkey. Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. If/Then is about living in the business of today and all of the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, If/Then is a fascinating, ambitious and original new musical.

The Whale:

We would attend the production of The Whale at Actor’s Theater from 6pm until around 11:30pm on one of the following dates: Friday, April 20th or 27th or Saturday, April 21st or 28th 

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six-hundred-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man’s last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

Meijer Garden:

We would attend the exhibit at Meijer Garden entitled Drawn into Form by Beverly Pepper as well as a presentation entitled Five Great Women Sculptures on Sunday, March 18th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm 

Exhibit: Drawn into Form features 70 works from American sculptor Beverly Pepper from the early 1950s through present day. From sketches capturing scenes of everyday life and landscape views to abstract explorations of space and form to technical drawings and independent prints, the exhibition will evidence one of the most profound artistic careers in recent memory.

Presentation: Monumental sculpture is often closely associated with men. However, throughout history of Modern sculpture many important female artists, including Beverly Pepper, have worked in a large scale. Join us for a discussion of five female sculptures – Beverly Pepper, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Hepworth, and Louise Nevelson – and their giant impression on the history of art. The instructor for this presentation will be Sue Eberle, Ph.D. from the Kendall College of Art and Design.

My Fair Lady:

We would attend the production of My Fair Lady at the Civic Theater from 5:30pm to 11:00pm on one of the following dates: Friday, February 23rd; Saturday, February 24th; Friday, March 2nd or 16th; or Saturday, March 3rd or 17th 

Music by Fredrick Loewe, Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with a thick Cockney accent. Professor Henry Higgins is an arrogant upper class phonetics professor. A boastful wager sets them on a path of discovery that will change both of their lives. One of the most popular musicals of all time featuring Broadway classics: Wouldn’t It Be Lovely, With a Little Bit of Luck, Get Me to the Church on Time, and I Could Have Danced All Night.

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series: Dawn Porter

We would attend the lecture of Dawn Porter entitled Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration on Wednesday, February 21st from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Fountain Street Church 

Dawn Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films as well as the director and producer of Spies of Mississippi and Gideon’s Army, the latter of which was nominated for both a Spirit and Emmy Award and won the Best Editing Award for a U.S. Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Porter’s most recent work includes Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, a film chronicling President Obama’s work helping young men of color achieve success. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Porter was the director of news standards and practices at ABC News and Vice President of standards and practices at A&E Networks. A graduate from Swarthmore College and the Georgetown University Law Center, Porter initially pursued a career in law, serving as a practicing attorney at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler for five years before finding her calling as a filmmaker.

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series: Negin Farsad

We would attend the lecture of Negin Farsad entitled Fighting Islamophobia, Bigotry, and What Have You with Comedy on Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Fountain Street Church 

Negin Farsad is a stand-up comedian whose work blends social justice with comedy. With a dual Masters degree in African-American studies and Public Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, she once worked as a policy advisor for the city of New York but left for a career in the arts. A TED Senior Fellow, author of How to Make White People Laugh, and one of the few Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers, Farsad uses humor to defuse tensions on issues of race, religion, and immigration. In her award-winning feature film, The Muslims are Coming!, Farsad took a group of Muslim-American comedian across America to perform, connect with local people, and counteract Islamophobia through humor.

The Great Lakes in the 21st Century: Unprecedented Change, Uncertain Future

We would attend the lecture by Jeff Alexander and exhibit entitled Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle on Thursday, February 22nd from 4:30pm to 9:30pm

Lecture: Jeff Alexander is an award-winning author and former environmental journalist who spent two decades covering Great Lakes issues. His 2009 book about invasive species, Pandora’s Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway, has been called the “definitive history of the Great Lakes tragedy.” Learn about the profound ecological changes that have unfolded in the lakes since 2000, including quagga mussels transforming lakes Michigan, Huron, and Ontario; record-setting toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie; and rising water temperatures that have made Lake Superior one of the fastest warming lakes on the planet. While tragedy is certainly part of the Great Lakes story, Jeff will also reflect on recent changes – ecological, political, and social – that portend a bright future for North America’s freshwater seas.

Exhibit: The exhibit explores the past, present, and future of the North America’s Great Lakes – one of the world’s most emblematic and ecologically significant ecosystems. This multifaceted project was initiated in 2013 when artist Alexis Rockman embarked on a research tour of the Great Lakes region. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a suite of five mural-sized paintings which explore separate themes that emerged during Rockman’s travels. These are accompanied by several large-scale watercolors and field drawings-monochromatic animal and plant studies made form site-sourced organic material such as mud, sand, coal, and leaves.