Reif Center

The Reif Center and the MacRostie Art Center connected with ICTV to make  First Friday happen despite  people's inability to visit the galleries.  Everyone is invited to watch a first ever virtual First Friday celebration in Grand Rapids.  You can find it on ICTV Facebook and Youtube channels as well as Mediacom 2 & 7 and Paul Buny

Rachelle Randle joined us this morning to tell us about a play that she has written with her productions company Moonlit Magic Productions.  It's called

Deathtrap is a dark comedy coming to the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.  Auditions are tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday morning… We spoke with director Steve Jaeger about the play, what he’s looking for in terms of actors (5 actors – 1 mature female, 1 female aged mid 20s-mid 50s, 1 younger male – early to mid 20s, and 2 mature males), what auditions are like. Everyone is welcome to audition, with or without acting experience!

Steve also tells us about the excitement and thrill of directing and being in theater that keeps him coming back for more.   

If you're a parent, you may face a battle every day over screen time - social media, texting, video games...

There's a free community talk with Erin Walsh this Wednesday evening March 20th at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids at 6:30pm.

Erin Walsh, M.A. is a speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age.  Listen to our conversation with her on the Monday Morning Show. 

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Grand Rapids native Marjie Shrimpton is back home to bring her caberet originially performed in New York "What Would Judy Do?" to the Reif Center stage. Marjie weaves stories and song from Judy's life with her own - Caberet Scenes Magazine wrote "Shrimpton really shined, showing her magnificent potential as a performer.”

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Last week we had the chance to talk with visiting musicians who made up the 2nd Annual Bonfire Chamber Music Festival in Grand Rapids.  Mary Ellen Patnaude (Haupert) is originally from Grand Rapids and she is the brainchild of this intimate chamber music celebration in the woods of northern Minnesota. 

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The Theater Education program at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids was created to increase possibilities for youth and adults to get involved in theater.   Their production of A Suessified Christmas Carol takes the stage this weekend in Grand Rapids.  Performances will be tonight and tomorrow night, November 17 & 18 at 6:30pm and Sunday, November 19 at 2pm. 

Director Jim Cagle stopped by the KAXE studio to talk about the the Reif Center Theater Education program and the upcoming. 

The Grand Rapids Players present Arsenic and Old Lace - 2 weekends of performances beginning Friday October 13th with Friday/Saturday performances at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2pm.  Tickets are available with the Reif Center.  Director Steve Jaeger joined us on the Monday morning show to tell us more. 

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Many of us who live in northern MN feel a connection to the land.  Whether our ancestors were always here or they came from other countries, the place where our people were before us has many stories.  Will Weaver is the kind of author that creates stories out of these places.

Brian Jarvi

This Saturday evening, Grand Rapids-based and world-renowned artist Brian Jarvi will unveil his latest work, a 32 foot long arc that includes more than 200 African animal species and a single man.  The public is invited to attend the event that begins at 6pm with hors d'voeures followed by a presentation, a film and ultimately the unveiling of the masterpiece.   The Reif Center marks the first stop for the massive installation that will continue on tour across the country.

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