• monsterpiece1Calling all Monsters! If you’re between the ages of 8-13, you are invited to invade the Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts! “Monsterpiece Theater” is a fun filled youth theater program where you’ll learn skills in acting, mime, juggling, acrobatics and very cool backlight illusions. Local performer Mat Emerick is the director…or “monster maker” as he likes to call it. An open call will be held at the Dogwood on Thursday, September 4 from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. with weekly Thursday night practices after that  (exception of Thursday October 2 changed to Tuesday September 30). The program concludes with a very funny, family friendly Halloween show on Saturday, November 1. No blood or gore, “Monsterpiece Theater” is a masterpiece of spooky, kooky skits and music!

    Free admission. Please call the Dogwood Center Box Office with any questions at 231.924.8885.

  • facf_logo_rgb-new Fremont Area Community Foundation welcomes Dr. Claire Gaudiani for their 2014 Fall Lecture Series.  Dr. Gaudiani will present, “Only in America: How Citizen Generosity Builds Our Economy and Our  Democracy,” on Tuesday, September 9.

    Dr. Gaudiani author, speaker, consultant, and idealist, is an expert on the history and economics of American philanthropy. In her presentation Dr. Gaudiani will mount a spirited defense of philanthropic freedom to conservatives, liberals, and centrists alike. Through the synergy of capitalism and philanthropy we can harness America’s tradition of moral entrepreneurship to solve today’s problems of poverty and social inequality.

    Copies of Gaudiani’s books, “Generosity Unbound” and “Daughters of the Declaration” will be available for purchase and signing by the author following the speech.

    Click here to register. 7:00 p.m. Black Box. Free admission.

    Registration is also available at the Dogwood Box Office and NCCA-Artsplace.

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    The NCCA-Artsplace is in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.


  • emergence-1017036Satellite Collective, and its roster of New York artists return to present an evening of cutting edge new works at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts.  On September 13th, this vibrant, athletic group of artists and performers will present their fifth Summer Residency season in Michigan.  Two new modern dance works with multimedia will be presented by choreographers Manuel Vignoulle and Esme Boyce whose works were well received at last year’s performance.

    Original music has been composed and performed by the Satellite Ensemble, under Nick Jaina Director.  The evening will include a short stop-motion film by Lora Robertson with music composed by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, a spoken word piece by Nathan Langston with visuals by Daniel Wilson and a solo cello composition by David Moss, of Brooklyn, New York.

    Each year the Satellite Collective develops new works through the Summer Residency Program in Newaygo County.  New Repertory is refined during our travels across the country, then pieces are workshopped in at the Dogwood Center, and ultimately performed in New York City later in the fall.

    Expect surprising, innovative new media, music and dance during this evening with performances developed and produced by top artists from the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and Juilliard.

    Satellite Collective is an arts incubator.  They create accessible and diverse opportunities.  They are joined by composers, choreographers, musicians, artists, designers, poets, and writers from across the country and the world.  The 2014 season is the fifth year at the Dogwood Center.  Satellite Collective has created major dance works, a catalog of original music, art commissions in literature, photography, and multimedia - and the launch of a respected arts journal with an international reach.

    The Satellite Collective performance at the Dogwood Center is funded in part by grants from the Fremont Area Community Foundation and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

    Click here to purchase your tickets! $15 adults, $5 kids 18 and under. 7:30 p.m.  Main Stage.  Reserved seating. satellite-collective-logo

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • rick-ruether-2011Rick Reuther’s Sinatra in Vegas show includes some of Frank’s most beloved classics, such as Luck Be a Lady, Fly Me to the Moon, The Lady is a Tramp, and One for My Baby. The show swings vigorously, with a nod or two to Frank’s artistry with a ballad.

    Playing with Rick will be the Tom Hagen All Stars. The band consists of piano, bass, drums, trumpet, sax, trombone, and a percussionist.

    This will be a memorable performance with great vocals and instrumentals…one you won’t want to miss!

    Click here to purchase tickets! Black Box. $12.50.  General admission. 7:30 p.m.. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours today!

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • newaygo-co-farm-bureauNewaygo County Farm Bureau presents “We’re Farming and We Grow It” with Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Brothers at their County Annual Event. Timeline for the event is as follows:

    • Member Only Reception and Meet & Greet with Greg Peterson from 6:30-7:30 PM
    • Business meeting including the election of new board members from 7:30-8:00 PM
    • Greg Peterson’s presentation from 8:00-9:00 PM. Greg will perform some of his YouTube Parody Songs and discuss how to use Social Media to relay a positive message about agriculture.

    Click here to purchase tickets. $20. Main Stage. Reserved seating.

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

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  • people-for-peace-14-2Join us in celebrating Peace and Kindness with local West Michigan entertainers.  Musicians include:  Mary and Faith Pryer, “Pryer Times”, who enjoy creating and harmonizing new arrangements of vintage songs and Eldon Howe and Jody Swanson, singers, songwriters, actively promoting peace through their original music. The “Musicians from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church” are Kirk Weller, baritone, with his young daughter Alexandra, accompanied by Michelle Mines on flute present positive and uplifting music for the heart. “The River Valley Ramblers”, now made up of Charlie Johnson, Fred Convertini, and Peggy Maat, harmonize on folk, bluegrass, and their original songs. Robert Jackson and Sioux Teegardin-Jackson form “Two Bits Shy” and blend vocals with a smooth rich acoustic style. Narrator of Native American stories, Two Dogs will share a traditional Ottawa legend. Pre-concert and intermission will be filled with piano selections by high school students and music scholarship winners, Cassie Luchies and James O’Banion. Steve Albert of Blue Lake Publicpeople-for-peace-142 Radio will be the M.C. for the evening’s entertainment.   Before the concert and during the intermission take advantage of great deals with bids on local art, gifts and opportunities thanks to the kindness of many local people.

    Silent auction & conversation begin at 6:30 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

    Click here to purchase tickets. $12.50. Black Box. General admission. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours today!

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

    Pictured above left: Faith and Mary Pryor, Prior Times. Above right: sketch of Eldon Howe by Ann Martin.

  • shafaat_red-websiteUstad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned Indian Classical musician, son of Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Khan, has enthralled audiences worldwide at many prestigious concert halls, music festivals, and universities all over India, American, Europe, China, Russia, and Japan. Recently, he performed with Stevie Wonder at one of the biggest festivals in the US, The Bonnaroo Festival. In the past, he’s shared a television concert with Ray Charles in Germany. In addition, some of his CD’shave been produced by the famous Dr. Deepak Chopra. His unique concert presentation includes Indian classical/folk music on Sitar, Tabla, and vocal with Sufi inspired compositions and a multicultural fusion of Eastern and Western music.

    “Virtuoso….Classical purity astonishing….intellectual and poetic….creator as well as performer” ~The Washington Post

    Visit Ustad Shafaat Khan’s website by clicking here.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $12.50. Black Box. General admission. 7:30 p.m.. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours today!

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • facf_logo_rgb-new1 Fremont Area Community Foundation welcomes Salvatore Alaimo for their 2014 Fall Lecture Series.  Alaimo, a GVSU professor, will do a screening of his documentary “What is Philanthropy?” on Friday,  October 17 in the Dogwood Center Black Box at 7:00 p.m.

    “What is Philanthropy?” is a documentary  produced by Alaimo that seeks to enhance our understanding of philanthropy and its role in American culture and society. The 86-minute film portrays and discusses philanthropy through the perspectives of people from across the country.

    After the film, producer Alaimo will engage in a Q&A session.

    Click here to register. 7:00 p.m. Black Box. Free admission.

    Registration is also available at the Dogwood Box Office and NCCA-Artsplace.

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    The NCCA-Artsplace is in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • wutheringheights1Aquila Theatre brings to life Emily Bronte’s classic story of all-consuming passion with its new production of Wuthering Heights.

    The novel, one of the most famous works of world literature, was first published in 1847 under a pseudonym and is Emily Bronte’s only work. Wuthering Heights recounts the tale of ill-fated lovers on the lonely moors of northern England. Heathcliff and Catherine meet as children when Catherine’s father brings the abandoned boy home to live with them. The two grow up together, living freely on the moors while Heathcliff is tormented by Catherine’s brother. When Catherine’s parents die, her brother turns Heathcliff out, forcing him to live among the servants. Catherine marries and the crushed Heathcliff disappears. Years later, a wealthy Heathcliff returns, but is it too late for them?

    Wuthering Heights is a deep and wide story of passion, revenge, family, class, and the supernatural. Over a century and a half later, Bronte’s magnum opus remains incredibly moving.

    Bringing its signature style and dynamic approach, Aquila re-imagines one of the most famous love stories ever told with this heart wrenching new production. Aquila Theatre is renowned for its ability to adapt works of classical literature into enthralling and mesmerizing live performances. Impeccable design and a unique physical style combine with a marvelous cast to make Wuthering Heights an exquisite and captivating theatrical performance.

    For more on Aquila Theatre click here.

    Click here to purchase tickets. $25 adults, $10 kids 18 and under. Main Stage. Reserved seating.  7:30 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • monsterpiece“Monsterpiece Theater” is a fun filled youth theater program where local youth will show off their new skills in acting, mime, juggling, acrobatics and very cool backlight illusions. Local performer Mat Emerick is the director…or “monster maker” as he likes to call it. The program is a very funny, family friendly Halloween show. No blood or gore, “Monsterpiece Theater” is a masterpiece of spooky, kooky skits and music!

    Free admission. Please call the Dogwood Center Box Office with any questions at 231.924.8885.

    *An open call will be held on Thursday, September 4 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Dogwood Center for kids ages 8-13 who would like to participate in the program.