Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Five Reasons to be excited for Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2015

With the second annual Grand Rapids Comic-Con being held at DeVos Place in October, spectators can expect a fun-filled experience during the three day event. With costume contests, celebrities and vendors galore, attendees can expect to be entertained October 16th – 18th. Here are five reasons to be excited for Grand Rapids Comic-Con:

#1: Hall of Heroes Comic Book Historical Display

Comic book fans will rejoice at Comic-Con this year! Courtesy of the Hall of Heroes Museum located in Elkhart, Indiana, the Hall of Heroes Comic Book Historical Display will be in Grand Rapids! The Display has a variety of comic books and memorabilia for all the comic book lovers out there. Hall of Heroes is the only superhero and comic book museum in the entire world, and with items from DC and Marvel, this exhibit isn’t one you want to miss!

#2: A list full of Comic-Con V.I.P.s!

Whether you like comic book art, film, TV or Cosplay, you’ll be entertained with special guests from all realms. With an exclusive list, such as comic book artists from both DC Comics and Marvel, you’ll get to experience an up-close look into what it takes to make it in the industry. There will also be Hollywood guests from shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stargate SG-1, and many more! Be sure to check the full list here.

#3: Represent your Fandom here!

Are you a Jedi? A Trekker? A Whovian? Whatever fandom you belong to, Comic-Con will boast tons of memorabilia from Star Wars, Star Trek, DC/Marvel, Transformers, Doctor Who, Homestruck and so much more! From a life size replica of the Hulkbuster from The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron to a fully functioning Dalek from Doctor Who, be sure to represent your fandom and interact with your favorite groups at Grand Rapids Comic-Con!

#4: And the best costume award goes to… YOU!

Do you have what it takes to make the best costume? With a Best Costume contest in four different categories, you have a chance to get creative, show off your best garb, and win prize packs for each category! So stitch together your favorite character’s look and dress to impress. Show off you craftsmanship with the next best costume!

#5: Family Fun at DeVos Place!

Invite the little ones! Comic-Con can be a family affair! There will be family friendly exhibits, events and speakers that everyone can enjoy. Dress your family as your favorite superhero (or villain) troupe or sit in on a panel discussion about your favorite TV show or video game. For children, there will be a costume contest, face painting, and other activities. Parents are advised to stay with their children to monitor appropriately.

To get your tickets, please visit here! Haven’t been to a Comic-Con in the past and not sure what to expect? Check out Grand Rapids Comic-Con’s handbook for first time Comic-Con attendees. See you there!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Inspirational Chorus coming to Grand Rapids

Young@Heart is a twist-n’-shout group of energetic and talented singers who will be gracing the DeVos Performance Hall stage on August 11th. With a long history of entertaining audiences of all ages, Young@Heart has brought their unique sound and inspiring story to a variety of venues for the past few decades.

The chorus covers a variety of genres in their music, with performances including classic rock to modern day pop hits. Young@Heart have also toured around the world and even gave a touching performance for prison inmates. This versatile group of compelling performers has always put on a show and brings fun for music lovers of all ages.

Organized in 1982, the original members of the chorus came from an elderly housing project in Northampton, Massachusetts. From there, years of stellar productions and an award-winning documentary titled Young@Heart won the hearts of millions across the globe. With members aged between 72-93, these entertainers show the world that they’ve “still got it.”

The documentary, which was released in 2007, followed the 22 members of the chorus as they prepared for a concert in their hometown. Since the release of the film, the chorus has been featured on a variety of television shows such as The Daily Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and many more!

Don’t miss out! Buy your tickets to the Young@Heart Chorus presented by Porter Hills, live at DeVos Performance Hall here.