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Nonsense Night: “The Unconventional Convention”

Nonsense Night is going full nerdcore for this event.
Think COMIC CONVENTION but weirder & more intimate & in Detroit.

COSPLAY is strongly encouraged
(ANYcharacter from ANYuniverse is appropriate)
BOARD & CARD GAMES will be a thing that will be happening
(from Apples to Catan to Risk to Magic to Pokémon to Oranges)
L.A.R.P BATTLES will totally be a thing
(bring your own (foam) weaponry)
POKéMON GO will be going on
(there’s a gym at the venue & several Poké-stops near by)
STAR WARS will be prevalent
(of course)
(cosplay a Studio Ghibli character or you’re a coward)
EVERYTHING “nerdy” or esoteric is welcome.
Nonsense Night is about YOU bringing the weirdness.
This is not a concert. It’s HAPPENING starring YOU & your friends.

Musical performances by:
Wesley and the Crushers
Zak & What Army?
Aaron Phoenix Wright

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American Sewing Expo

Sewing, fashion, cosplay and quilting featuring apparel and costume designers, art quilt makers and teaching professionals at classes, seminars, workshops and exhibits. Mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, beginners and experts will experience ‘sew’ much creativity at the free hands-on projects, demonstrations, crafter do-it-yourself programs and live sewing challenge competitions. Featured celebrities and show instructors include couturier fashion designer, Threads contributing editor and author Kenneth King; sewing, embroidery and embellishment expert Hope Yoder; cosplay designer and author Kristie Good; Simplicity Patterns costume pattern designer Andrea Schewe; and fashion sewing expert from “It’s Sew Easy TV” Angela Wolf. The exhibits include sewing machines, sergers, machine embroidery, fabrics and supplies, embellishments, drafting, fitting, accessories, notions, threads, patterns, technology, kits, gadgets, embroidery designs, tools and other products and accessories for fashion sewing, quilting, costuming, needle arts, home decorating and wearable and fiber arts.

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A Fair to Remember

2nd Annual Charity Ball Benefitting Special Olympics

Step back in time…
for an evening of Victorian History and Steampunk Wonder

Dinner, Music, Costumed Performers, Door Prizes, Raffles & Silent Auction

Tickets: $40 per person
Buffet dinner, cash bar
Formal dinner attire
Victorian Steampunk Dress encouraged

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Dapper Detroit Steampunk Meetup

You asked for it! You got it! We are having a Steampunk event in the Detroit(ish) area. And to make it even more special, we will be celebrating the birthday of one of the most dapper men in Steampunk, Guy Cox! So come out in your most stylish steampunk wear.

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8-Bit Above

DJ Jaw
Leader and organizer of a new chip and dj collective on the west side of Michigan called Neko Gala!

The Fleshy Timeclock
Dark landscape ambient pads and industrial beats made on Nintendo DS and other electronic instruments.

Dragon 56
Gameboy dance and game tunes!

DJ Meowmix

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A Victorian Salon

Steampunk Attire encouraged, but not mandatory.

Come out and celebrate one of the conerstones of – the Salon. We will Ressurecction this noble tradition as a precursor to Teslacon and Motor City Steam Con. There will be a few lectures on strange and interesting topics. A musical interlude. Things to nibble and imbibe as you mingle and chat. Maybe even a demonstration of manly skill.

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Sixth Annual ArtPrize Fur Meet

It’s that time of year- ArtPrize! Once again we will be walking through downtown Grand Rapids to check out the artwork as well as mingle with the visitors (who probably don’t see giant walking stuffed animals on the street every day).

Accommodations are available for out-of-town guests at a cost of $50 per person. We will also make a food stop midway through the meet, so be sure to have money for that as well.

We will be meeting at the picnic shelter in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we’ll meet at 10 am and start walking at 11 am, while on Sunday we’ll meet at 11 am and start walking at 11:30 am.

Fursuiting is highly encouraged, though it may be subject to weather conditions. Ears, tails, badge and other furry gear are also encouraged.

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West Michigan Symphony presents HEROES AND VILLAINS

The WMS celebrates the dark side and the bright side of storytelling via the incredible soundtracks that set the scene for a host of unforgettable movie characters. Thrill to music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rocky, Lawrence of Arabia, The Magnificent Seven, plus the premiere of Assassin Dances by Austin Wintory featuring violinist Sandy Cameron, compiled expressly for our 2016-17 WMS season.

Theme from Rocky
Lawrence of Arabia Overture
Theme from King Kong
Assassin Dances, featuring Sandy Cameron
Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean
Theme from Braveheart
Dances with Wolves
Theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture


The Magnificent Seven
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe
Theme from The Godfather
Star Wars Suite: Princess Leia’s Theme
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Program subject to change.

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Philharmonic Phright Night 2016

Harvest some scary tunes at our annual Halloween POPS concert.

J.S. Bach Toccata in D Minor, BWV 565 (keyboard solo)
Jacques Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
Hector Berlioz March to the Scaffold from “Symphonie Fantastique”
Morton Gould Deserted Ballroom
John Williams Adventures on Earth from “E.T.”
Leroy Anderson Phantom Regiment
Elmer Bernstein To Kill a Mockingbird
James Newton Howard King Kong Soundtrack Highlights
Danny Elfman Music from “Spider-Man”
Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters

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Grand Valley Renaissance Festival 2016

The longest running completely student-run Renaissance Festival in the country! The Grand Valley Renaissance Festival aims to provide good fun in a family atmosphere. This is a free event held in conjunction with Grand Valley State University’s Family Weekend, with music, comedy, and live steel combat, featuring performers from all around the midwest.

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