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Related Member: The Acorn, The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, The GhostLight Theatre

Gosh. Just when the days are getting longer and we are starting to see those welcome signs of spring in Southwest Michigan … we are thrown a COVID-19 curve. Now we have to flatten it. That means many of us are ordered to stay home or go only to our essential workplaces. But that doesn’t mean the COVID-19 pandemic is stopping us from spending time together so we’ve pulled together a few ways to stay connected. Let’s start by sharing how we can entertain you … without leaving home.

Southwest Michigan’s got talent … online

You don’t have to leave home to make Creative Connections in Southwest Michigan. We are especially excited about the amazing entertainment that you can bring right into your living space in the next three weeks … for free. 

  1. NEW! The Mendel Center’s Remotely Interested: Live to Your Living Room series will be available by using your computer, tablet or phone to connect to Facebook Live. Join us:
    • April 1 | Live Irish Music from Siusan O'Rourke & Zig Zeitler | 7-8 p.m. (EDT)
      This husband and wife duo have three times been committee-nominated by the Irish Music Association for Top Duo internationally. Their CD “Chance the Arm” was named Celtic Album of the Year in 2014 by Irish radio, Celtic Echoes. The magic, though, is seeing them perform.
    • April 2 | Live in Concert: Dan Maxon | 7-8 p.m. (EDT) | Facebook Live
      This Southwest Michigan singer/songwriter channels his fondness for rock, folk and jazz through his own intimate, acoustic style.​ Chill out with Dan for an hour! 
    • April 4 | Live Q&A with Omri Geva, the creator of Aureum | 7-8 p.m.  (EDT)| Facebook Live
      COVID-19 has postponed Aureum from appearing tonight at The Mendel, but the creator of this high-flying aerial and acrobatic adventure will conduct an exclusive online chat! Fire questions his way!
    • April 7 | Live Jazz with Sunny Wilkinson & Dr. Ron Newman | 7-8 p.m.  (EDT)| Facebook Live
      Sunny Wilkinson is a jazz recording artist, session singer, performer, and teacher. She sang on the theme and numerous episodes of Saved By the Bell, was a Solid Gold singer, backing Marilyn McCoo and Dionne Warwick. MSU’s Dr. Ron Newman will accompany Sunny on piano. This concert could easily be the high point of your week.
    • April 14 | Live in Concert: Jaime Marvin | 7-8 p.m. (EDT) | Facebook Live
      Jaime, an accomplished vocalist, guitarist and drummer, has a diverse repertoire, and her musical influences are from a vast array of different genres. When she plays, her music touches your soul, she feels every chord, every note, and so do you. Don’t miss it.
    • April 18 | Live in Concert: Mike Talbot | 7-8 p.m. (EDT) | Facebook Live
      Mike is considered a master vocalist, guitarist and pianist, as well as a prolific and innovative songwriter. His performance history spans three decades and totals over 30,000 hours, with a wide range of local and national gigs. This is a good date-night choice.
  2. “Paul Mow & Friends” are assembling a Virtual Cabaret (across the U.S.A.) every Friday evening during the stay-at-home orders. Each show will feature talented singers from Mow’s repertoire of friends from around the U.S. Mow, a tenor and artistic director at The GhostLight Theatre in the Benton Harbor Arts District says you can catch the shows on YouTube or linking here
  3. Catch other regional music performances from these two Southwest Michigan venues. Both offer short videos of past and future concerts on their Facebook pages —some you’ll want to see over and over.
    Southwestern Michigan Symphony Orchestra
    The Acorn
  4. Pop some corn, pour a refreshing drink and watch a flick with Southwest Michigan roots. You can watch the 1989 film Prancer on Amazon Prime Video. Filmed in Three Oaks, it’s the story of a farm girl who nurses back to health a reindeer she believes belongs to Santa.

    Or watch flicks featuring St. Joseph native Kate Upton including Tower Heist, The Other Woman and The Three Stooges

Southwest Michigan’s Creative Pursuit Game stopped temporarily. Because the COVID-19 virus has closed many of the participating Creative Connection sites in Southwest Michigan, we have stopped the program until they are back in business. Please watch our Facebook and Creative Pursuit pages. We will post our new end-date as soon as it is available. ‘Til then, stay safe and healthy!

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