By N3 Entertainment Staff
Hang on folks, it is now well into Spring by 3-4 days at the least and the accompanying warmer weather has...well… it’s ‘in the mail’ as they say.
Here at N3 World Headquarters we would like to point out that 2 shoe sightings have occurred the past couple of days. Heading out of Fremont just past 56th street on the right a brownish looking shoe likely of the dress variety while M-37 south of Newaygo just past Newaygo Fitness west side of the road another lost sole looking like a taller yet not quite a boot sort.
I understand that with the depth of drama and goings on in our world today that it might become easy to lose sight of what’s really important so once again let us consider the proliferation of abandoned (or seemingly so) footwear and pose the collective question…
“What does it mean?”
LionHeart Productions “Junie B.Jones Is Not A Crook” has moved to the Dogwood’s Main Stage for performances at 2:00 pm on both Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25. Tickets for Junie B. Jones can be purchased at the Dogwood Center Box Office, online line at www.dogwoodcenter.com, or by calling 231-924-8885. Ticket prices are $12 adult, $8 students and seniors (60+), and $5 children 10 years and under.
Check out the article by Mike Gesler in our Features and Fun page about the play
From 10am-1pm Saturday come visit the Annual Great Start Family Expo at the Newaygo Middle School. This is always a great time with lots of giveaways, door prizes,, snacks, games, crafts and a chance to learn about the many services provided to local families.
Best of all?
Fremont is hosting their Home & Garden Show this Saturday at the Fremont Middle School from 9am-3pm.For more info give the Chamber folks a buzz at (231) 924-0770
Ever been to a Comiccon? Know what cosplay is? Then you’re already heading for the Holiday Inn at Muskegon Harbor who will host Muskecon 2.0 from 10am-6pm Saturday. This is a day filled with toys, comics, artists, authors, cosplayers, and fun. Tickets are $5 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE.
Over 1000 attended last year’s gig and believe me if you’re looking for photo ops…..?
Want a cure for the Monday Blues? How about a feel good listen to some mighty fine music played by the wealth of talent that inhabit our schools?
The Annual Rotary Jazz Concert put on by the White Cloud Rotarians.is an outstanding evening of very cool music in a concert that features each of our area school jazz bands.
At 10 bucks a ticket (students just a fin), with proceeds going to support the bands and a rich night of entertainment this is definitely a win, win, win, and Monday is a great evening to settle in with a little jazz music and maybe forget for awhile there are four more days in the work week.
The concert is Monday March 26 at the Grant Fine Arts Center beginning at 7pm and the staff of N3WH has this one down as a ‘don’t miss’.
Story and photos By Mike Gesler
If you missed LionHeart Production’s latest show, “Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook,” at the Grant Public Schools Fine Arts Center last weekend, you are in luck. LionHeart is taking the show to the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts this coming weekend, March 24 and 25.
Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones book series has become a popular read among young children over the past twenty-six years. Her antics and capriciousness have enthralled the imagination of both children and adults alike. In this story line something terrible has happened to Junie B. Jones at school. Someone has “stoled” her new furry mittens. Yet, at the same time, she faces an ethical dilemma when she finds a wonderful pen of many colors that she should be allowed to keep because “finders keepers, losers weepers.” Just to complicate matters, there is this new boy in kindergarten. The only thing is that both her best friends, Grace and Lucille, want him to be their boyfriend, and Junie B. already has a boyfriend, Ricardo, but is looking to “move on.” All of this leaves Junie B. in a moral quandary; is she a crook, or not?
Junie B. Jones is played by Grant sixth grader, Ava Dewey. Dewey is the quintessential Junie B., and I would dare anyone who has read the books to say likewise. She marvelously endears herself with the audience all the while keeping up with the physical energy demanded from this role, and the abrupt emotional shifts that are so true-to-life of any six-year-old child.
Addyson Gorby and Sophia Fries play the roles of Junie B.’s best friends, Grace and Lucille. Each possess traits that Junie B. secretly desires, and the two are as believable as Dewey. The three, Junie B., Grace, and Lucille, fight over Handsome Warren, played by Steven Sower, who has no desire for a “girlfriend.” Yet, the petty infighting is comical, if not true-to-life brought down to a kindergarten level, as Grace believes boys are attracted to sports and snakes, Lucille believes it is wealth and looks, and Junie B. struggles with being herself. Gorby, Fries, and Sower all play their roles beautifully against Dewey, and bring out their character’s personality so effectively you might wonder if these young thespians were type casted.
The cast is rounded out with Lincoln Railing, playing Junie B.’s boyfriend, Ricardo, Evan McKnight who plays Meanie Jim, and Ella Shields as the Pink Fluffy Girl. Railing does a wonderful job playing the cute “kindergarten” crush which is nothing more than a friend, and if I didn’t know better, I would totally believe that McKnight IS the class bully who constantly finds ways to get Junie B.’s goat. Shields charmingly blends herself in as just another student with her important yet unassuming role.
Siena Avendaño, Philicity Bass, Ella Brummel, Maggie Muir, Marcie Sower, and Liegha Winkler finish this young cast as a choir that mysteriously appears and performs during Junie B.’s daydreams.
It’s said that you should never act against children or animals, so the adults in this cast are unfortunately . . . or fortunately . . . relegated to supporting roles. Shelly Patterson plays the role of Mrs. Junie B.’s frustrated teacher, Jodie Railling is Junie’s caring and supportive mother, Jamie Evans plays the understanding Grandpa Frank, and a pair of Melissas, Brock and Bass, play the Grouchy Typing Lady and Principal.
The production is a delight for kids and grown-ups alike. Even if you have never heard of the Junie B. Jones book series, and I admit I knew nothing, you will find yourself taken in by this delightful tale of kindergarten life. Shows times are 2:00 pm on both Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25. Tickets for Junie B. Jones can be purchased at the Dogwood Center Box Office, online line at www.dogwoodcenter.com, or by calling 231-924-8885. Ticket prices are $12 adult, $8 students and seniors (60+), and $5 children 10 years and under.
By Ken DeLaat
The Grand Rapids Symphony made their annual trek north to perform at the Dogwood Center last Wednesday and they did not disappoint
It has long been a late winter treat to have this world class symphony arrive in our parts for an enchanted evening of euphonious entertainment. A bit of a musical respite from the slow crawl that is March.
Conductor John Varineau is an engaging facilitator who weaves an interesting and often amusing anecdote involving each of the selections performed all the while artfully leading this talented orchestra.
This year’s melodic journey began with a series of suites from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg. There was a familiarity to the music for even an untrained like mine, particularly when “In The Hall of the Mountain King” (featured in a recent cola commercial) was given such royal treatment by the group.
They followed with music from Edward Elgar’s The Wand of Youth, light and lyrical numbers that were joined by some intriguing side trips.
After intermission the orchestra returned to once again take quick hold of the crowd with a dynamic interpretation of a suite from the ballet “The Magic Toyshop” featuring music by Ottorino Respighi based on piano pieces from Gioachino Rossini.
Once again this talented troupe has succeeded in providing concert-goers with the rare treat of seeing such a distinguished symphony performing in our backyard.
Kudos are in order to the GRS, The Dogwood Center and NCCA-Artsplace for continuing this unique collaboration and a huge thank you is also delivered to the Fremont Area Community Foundation and Nestle/Gerber for their support of this annual gift to a grateful community.
The story of "Nugget and Fang" comes to life in a colorful musical by national touring theater ArtsPower on the Dogwood Center's main stage on Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. The musical is geared toward grades pre-K to three, and is adapted from Tammi Sauer’s 2013 book.]
Fang is a shark, Nugget is a minnow and they tell an endearing story of unlikely friendship. At Nugget’s first day of school he learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks. Fang takes desperate measures to prove his friendship, but nothing goes as planned, until Nugget and his classmates find themselves in troubled waters.
Author Tammi Sauer’s big-hearted characters are brought to life by actors with Broadway credentials. All of the music is original, written and created by the people at Artspower, and the show is put together by a traveling tour group of five actors.
The national touring theater ArtsPower has been around since 1985, and has premiered 30 new musicals and dramas for children and families, led by founding co-directors and identical twin brothers Gary and Mark Blackman.
Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $5 for children 18 and under and are available through the Dogwood Center Box Office, NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont, or on-line at www.dogwoodcenter.com. For information, phone 231.924.8885. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont.
By N3 Entertainment Team
We are literally calendar-wise on the very cusp of Spring ladies and gentlemen and we at N3 World Headquarters are pretty pumped about the whole thing. Grilling without gloves, a walk without layering, perhaps even holding an implement of outdoor maintenance that is not a snow shovel looms ahead. It’s even looking to be a tolerable weekend weather-wise.
By now you should know if your bracket has been busted and if you’re a Michigan fan they won’t be playing until about 10 pm Saturday with State (should they advance as expected) not likely to be taking the court until later in the day Sunday.
Friday and Saturday LionHeart Productions will be putting on Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook at the Grant Fine Arts Center with shows at 7pm Friday and 3pm and 7pm Saturday.
The characters created by Barbara Park in her kid-friendly book series come to life in this imaginative and fun for the family production.
They will be repeating their performance at the Dogwood Center next week as well with shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
Haven’t been to one of the nearly world famous Lenten Fish Frys at St. Bart’s or All Saints yet? Not many Fish Fry Fridays remain since Easter is on the horizon so don’t delay.
This weekend it is indeed St. Patrick’s Day and a Saturday as well. This means celebrations will be considerably ramped up and hopefully each and everyone of you out there who are looking to be involved in some level of imbibing will have a designated driver or live within stumbling distance of home. If you’ve no other reasonable options other than sleeping in your car there is a local cab service known as JC’s Subercab. You can call them at 231.519.9072……….or you can call your lawyer at 2 a.m. and prepare for months of melancholia along with mounds of monetary misplacement.N3 cares about our readers and wish them good health as well as limited legal entanglements so plan ahead people.
We love the Irish Music Fest It’s so very cool in so many ways particularly the volunteers who create a most welcoming atmosphere in a near-perfect setting.The Festival Folks are holding a party at Bella Maria’s Ristorante and Event Center, 513 W. Pontaluna Road, on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17.The music should be outstanding and proceeds benefit the Festival. See the story in our feature page.
Who doesn’t love a parade?
In Muskegon the St. Patrick's Day Parade will step-off from Fourth Street and Clay Avenue at 11am and travel four blocks down Clay to Hennessy's Pub & Whiskey Bar at the corner of Clay and Jefferson Street.
Shorter parade in mind? Try the Conklin St Pat’s Parade that begins at 10:55am and ends at 11am at the Conklin Bar where there will be will be Irish Music flowing all day beginning at parade’s end.
And Sunday is Free Admission Day at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Check out the story on the home page.
Lots to do in the coming weeks so shake loose a little of that hibernation mode folks.
Spring will be coming round that lake-effect corner any day now.
By Alexis Mercer
It has been an uncharacteristically long time since I wrote my last book review. I have two excuses. The first is most significant.
I am an Olympic Junky. Everyone in my family will tell you it is true. And I know curling is all the rage right now, but I was a curling fan before it was cool. So now that CNBC covers it basically 24 hours a day during the Olympics, I can’t stop.
All the sports get me. My oldest son has caught on to the Olympic fever. We would sit there for hours (I swear this is the only time the kids are allowed to watch tv for endless hours) cheering relentlessly for the USA. I realized I may have spurred an unhealthy perspective when Lindsey Vonn failed to get the gold and Jack ran to his room devastated. But I turned it around by discussing just how amazing her bronze was and that being on the podium was a true honor. She is like the grandma of downhill skiing after all.
So while one or two days I did try to pick up a book and read, I realized my efforts were futile. If I knew there was a sport being covered, I had to watch. It was enough that I had to work during the day and missed all that time!
My second reason, which is not nearly as fun, is the other book I was attempting to read for a review. It was Fire and Fury. I had been asked to write a review for it being that it was a hot off the press topic. But I couldn’t do it. Even after the Olympics were over. I tried and tried to get into it. All of my own political beliefs aside, I had a hard time with such a negative book.
It was Ken DeLaat in one of our meetings to discuss Near North Now and its happenings who suggested that I set the book down and let it go. After I picked myself up off the floor (I am one of those who will read to the bitter end of a book I really don’t like just because I feel it’s a tragedy to let a book go in the middle), I realized that his advice was gold. He suggested that because I read for pleasure, forcing myself to read a book that was bringing me down would defeat the purpose of the task.
He’s a wise man.
Because two days later I picked up Bear Town by Fredrik Backman and couldn’t set it down. My love of literature had returned.
Bear Town is the name of the tiny little village in the forest that has seen better days. People are moving away, factory jobs are shutting down, and winter is present ¾ of the year, allowing very little sunlight to warm the town’s thoughts and bodies.
The only thing it has going for it is its junior hockey team. The team has the weight of the town riding on the shoulders of the 16 and 17 year olds who play for it. Win the national finals and the town can be rebuilt around a new hockey rink, school and winning team. Lose and the whole town may collapse.
“Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead, and pulled the trigger.
Page 1. As if I could set it down when those words echo throughout my brain on page one.
The characters, though there are many of them and every once in a while I had to go back to remind myself who someone was, are vibrant and realistic. Every word and action of each character I believed as not only what that person would do in the book, but what a person could do in those situations in real life. They were startlingly realistic.
Bear Town was just what I needed: a truly fascinating tale with ups, downs, twists, turns, raw emotion and genuine characters. A novel that would transport me to another time and place through its carefully selected word choice and attention to detail.
If you do choose this book to read, be prepared to lose sleep. You won’t be able to set it down.
And in another two years when the summer Olympics come around and you haven’t seen a book review for 18 days or more, you’ll know why.
6th Annual Newaygo County Schools Jazz Band Concert
A special evening featuring the jazz bands from all Newaygo County high schools is being held on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 pm at the Grant Fine Arts Center.
It’s the 6th Annual Newaygo County Schools Jazz Band Concert hosted by the White Cloud Rotary Club. The evening will kick-off with a performance by the Hesperia High School Jazz Band, followed by White Cloud, Fremont, Newaygo, and Grant high school performances.
Proceeds from the evening will support these exceptional band programs and the White Cloud Rotary Club’s good works, including a student scholarship fund, life leadership youth training, and other community projects.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for people 18 years of age and under. They are available for purchase from all high school band students or any member of the White Cloud Rotary Club. While it is recommended purchasing your tickets in advance, tickets will be available at the event, Grant Fine Arts Center, 331 E State Rd, Grant, Michigan.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear a wonderful night of jazz. The talent of our students in this County is amazing!
The Michigan Irish Music Festival annual St. Patrick’s Party will be held this weekend March 16 and 17 at the Bella Maria Ristorante & Event Center, 513 West Pontaluna Road, Norton Shores, MI.
The party will feature live entertainment both nights. Headliners Jimmy Keane and Dennis Cahill have played together for over 30 years and are considered two of the most inventive musicians in iris music today. Keane is an all-Ireland star on the piano accordion, and Cahill has been recognized as one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music.
Other highlights of the event include performances by Brother Crowe, a Detroit-based duo who plays Indie folk music in a traditional Celtic style, and traditional Irish dance performances from the Ardan Academy of Dance. Additionally, a silent auction will be held each night with a variety of items that guests will not want to miss!
Back by popular demand is McGovern’s Corned Beef and Irish fare, plus Irish soda bread and soft pretzels from the Village Baker. Pigeon Hill Brewing Company’s MI Irish Stout, Magner's Irish Cider, Irish cream, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Budweiser products will also be served. Doors open at 5:30 pm both nights with music starting at 6pm. Tickets are available at the door for $8, and kids 12 and under get in for free.
The mission of the Michigan Irish Music Festival is to produce a quality Midwest Irish Music Festival that promotes Irish culture and heritage while enhancing the community through entertainment, tourism, education and philanthropy. The festival is proud to support Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and Kids’ Foot Basket with gifts of non-perishable food items and cash donations. In 2017, due to the success of the St. Pat’s Party and the Festival, the Michigan Irish Music Festival was able to donate 4,620 pounds of food and over $49,000 back to the community. The Michigan Irish Music Festival will return this fall, September 13-16, 2018, at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon. The festival kicks off with a Pub Party on Thursday, September 13th.
The festival and the St. Patrick’s Party are sponsored by G&L, Budweiser, Van's Car Wash & Quick Lube, and Family Financial Credit Union. For complete festival information, visit www.michiganirish.org.
By Ken DeLaat
Delilah DeWylde blew into town Saturday night with a show that celebrated the rockabilly sound as she shared both historical references and some mighty fine music from the Black Box stage.
Ms. D’s show has evolved since we last saw her perform, a lapse of time we are committed to not have happen again given the level of jollification her shows produce. With a clever backdrop of photos channeling the era she musically references, Delilah stormed through a delightful series of rockabilly classics. Some of her numbers were familiar selections while others were written and recorded by unsung heroes of the genre, fascinating folks she used short vignettes to describe in an entertaining and relevant to the music manner.
Beyond her abundance of talent and dominating stage presence Ms. D has a genuine passion for the distinctive and groundbreaking sound that gave birth to Rock and Roll.Whether sharing an anecdote about a favored songwriter of the era or delivering on their music with her personal touch etched into it DeWylde exudes a deep regard and abiding respect for this pioneering blend of old style country and rhythm and blues.
She busted out her first set with some early Elvis a little Buddy Holly and some Johnny Cash while tossing in some names like Wayne Walker and Janet Martin and other artists who breathed life into the rockabilly movement. After delivering on an original tune “You Ain’t The Only Game In This Old Town” the trio hit intermission at full speed with the Cash classic “I Walk The Line” and Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day”.
Returning, the band ran through a number of hits from the era with “That’s Alright Mama”, “Peggy Sue”, “Hot Rod Lincoln”, Folsom Prison”, “Crazy”, and “Blue Suede Shoes” submitted for rousing approval.
It was a mixed crowd with both Delilah ‘veterans’ as well as some first timers sharing in what proved to be a highly entertaining evening. Among them were Gary and Gloria Switzer who were celebrating a half century of marriage with family and friends at the concert. The always affable Ms. D called them out to a makeshift dance floor while she crooned the Patsy Cline classic “I Fall to Pieces”
She also revealed a bit of a Fremont connection citing a few decades ago when her Grandparents moved there to work at Gerber while her Dad was growing up and she recalled coming to the town for ‘Old Fashioned Days’.
The band looks a bit minimalist with just Johnny HiWatt on snare drum, Lee Harvey on guitar and Delilah with her stand up bass, yet don’t be deceived. The tuneful trio captures a richness of sound and allows ample room for the substantial talent of Mr. Harvey to be front and center. The guitarist reveals a wide range of instrumental influence and delivers in a manner that appears to downplay the degree of difficulty his work requires.
Kudos to the Dogwood Center for bringing Ms. D back. She is a popular figure in these parts and with good reason.
Her shows are fun.
Astronomer Dr. David Gerdes on the possibility of a ninth planet
Grand Rapids-Is there a ninth planet after all? The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association (GRAAA) hosts Dr. David Gerdes, one of the lead astronomers searching for the ninth planet, on Thursday, March 15 at Schuler Books.
There was a great deal of controversy when Pluto was officially removed as a planet in 2006, and it has not completely died down in the more than a decade that has elapsed since its demotion. Now there is growing evidence that a much larger planet lies beyond Pluto, and its discovery would mean that the solar system has nine planets again.
On Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m., Dr. Gerdes will explain his latest research in a presentation The Coolest Place in the Solar System: New Worlds Beyond Neptune, located at Schuler Books, 2660 28th St. SE. The event is free and open to the public.
As one of the leading astronomers searching for a ninth planet, Dr. Gerdes is a well-known Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Michigan. Gerdes is currently located in Chile and utilizes a large telescope for his research.
There may be more than one additional planet lurking beyond Neptune. As Dr. Gerdes will explain, whatever is out there is so far away that any reflected sunlight would be very feeble, so its detection involves study of how its gravity effects other objects lying near the fringes of the solar system. These would include Pluto and other Kyper Belt objects.
Dr. Gerdes believes telescopes may now be big enough to detect worlds beyond Neptune if they knew where to look. He and colleagues are making calculations that will tell astronomers where to point telescopes to search. An announcement of a major discovery could be coming in the next few years.
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