Contests

  Win a pair of general admission passes to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Focusing on art, design, and creativity, GRAM provides diverse platforms for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that enrich the human spirit and build practical learning skills. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Art Museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status.

Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Learn more about the Grand Rapids Art Museum here. 

Entry deadline is Sunday, Jan 4, 2015

Note: Only one entry per person. 

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Paula Poundstone

Sat, Dec 13, 2014 - 7:30PM
Royal Oak Music Theatre
318 West 4th Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067

25 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.

She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy."

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The Vatican Museums 3D
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, 7:00pm
Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (approximate)
Theaters in Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Livonia, Ypsilanti

Fathom Events brings the world’s greatest art collection to the big screen for the first time when The Vatican Museums 3D comes to select cinemas nationwide for one night on Wednesday, December 10.

The Vatican Museums 3D takes audiences on an extraordinary journey through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to discover some of the world’s most striking works of art collected by the Popes for over 500 years. Admire the paintings of Caravaggio, touch Laocoön and the Belvedere Torso, and revel in the figures in the Sistine Chapel all under the artful guidance of the Director of the Vatican Museums, Professor Antonio Paolucci.

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Enter to win a pair of tickets for The Vatican Museums 3D. Entry deadline is Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

Note: Only one entry per person. Be sure to include your preferred theater location.

For complete giveaway rules, click here.

 NPR Presents: Water ± - hosted by NPR’s Don Gonyea and Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White
November 19, 2014, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Detroit

 Michigan Radio is excited to welcome NPR Presents: Water± to The Fillmore Detroit, as part of an eight city national tour. This live, journalism-based theatrical event explores the world’s delicate and volatile relationship with water.

Directed by Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon, NPR Presents: Water± combines the excitement of live performance with the substance of NPR journalism — compelling stories from NPR coverage interwoven with imagery, information, music and dramatic storytelling by an award-winning cast.

Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival
November 20-22, 2014
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

  The Grand Rapids Wine Beer and Food Festival is the largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest, measured by 1,200+ wines and 200+ beers, plus ciders and spirits! 

Now in its 7th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier event for the celebration and tasting of the finest foods, wines, beers, ciders and spirits... Visit “The Vineyard,” “The Brewer’s Loft,” and “Michigan BLUE Cider House” to sample libations; or attend food workshops, taste “small plates” cuisine from the area’s leading restaurants, and shop for gourmet food and specialty items in Riverfront Market.

There’s something to please every palate at the Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival!

 SUN, OCT 26, 2014- 7:00 PM
Wharton Center - Cobb Great Hall
750 E. Shaw Ln
East Lansing, MI 48824

David Sedaris, the celebrated NPR humorist and bestselling author of Naked, invites you to an evening of captivating conversation and social satire.

Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. Join David Sedaris for an evening of hilarious brilliance!

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 from 6-8pm

"Where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

UPDATE: Congratulations to our Viewing Party contest winners: Jeff Andert, John Baker, Patrick Coyle, Adrienne Eckel and Audrianne Hill.    

The special A Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary viewing/listening party will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 from 6-8pm ET. You can watch a live video stream of this broadcast here. 

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will be celebrating 40 years on the air this fall. On September 20th, Garrison Keillor, Sue Scott, Tim Russell and the rest of the A Prairie Home Companion gang will converge on the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul for the annual Season Opener and Meatloaf Supper.

We’re inviting you to join in on the fun by hosting your own local listening/viewing party to coincide with the APHC season opener.

Organize a get together with your friends or family to watch this special live broadcast and turn your home or favorite gathering place into Lake Wobegon for the evening.

Tommy Emmanuel Live

Thurs, Sept. 11, 7:30pm
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide.

Guitar players of all levels come to his shows to watch him work his magic, but his appeal goes far beyond musicians. His live shows are known for their humor, performance, passion and infectious joy.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 East Beltline Avenue NE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences. Meijer Gardens includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; five indoor theme gardens; outdoor gardens, nature trails and boardwalk, sculpture galleries; library; cafe and gift shop.

The permanent sculpture collection features more than 180 works, including important works from Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, to Henry Moore and Alexander Calder, to Mark di Suvero and Andy Goldsworthy. Works are sited in both interior settings such as the conservatories as well as featured outdoors across the gardens and grounds. The greatest concentration of work is featured in a 30-acre sculpture park, which hosts both colossal and more traditional scale works sensitively sited in a natural environment. 

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Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton from NPR’s Ask Me Another, took over Stateside, pitting Cynthia Canty against Jack Lessenberry.

Ask Me Another is an hour-long program where puzzles, word games, and trivia are played in front of and with live audiences at the Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ask Me Another will be playing at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival Thursday, June 26 at 8 p.m. at the Power Center. Ticket information is at a2sf.org.

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NPR’s “Ask Me Another”| part of Ann Arbor Summer Festival

June 26, 8 pm
Power Center, Ann Arbor

121 Fletcher Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Ann Arbor word nerds, unite! Rambunctious and hilarious, NPR’s Ask Me Another blends your local pub’s trivia night with brainteasers, sketch comedy, and live music. Flex your intellect and laugh out loud as host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton question puzzle gurus, audience members, and special mystery guests with personalized trivia during a live recording session at the Power Center. The program airs locally on Michigan Radio, Saturdays at 4pm.

Win a pair of tickets to: MOMIX: Botanica

Jun 9, 2014

MOMIX: Botanica | part of Ann Arbor Summer Festival
June 21, 8 pm
Power Center, Ann Arbor

121 Fletcher Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

For 20 years, MOMIX has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up surrealistic worlds through breathtaking imagery, athletic dance, elaborate costumes, puppetry, projections, and riveting musical scores. These spectacular dancer-illusionists return to the festival to dazzle audiences in Botanica, a seamless celebration of nature’s changing forms set to a score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi.

This is dance at its most organic and inventive. Returning for the company’s third Ann Arbor Summer Festival appearance, experiencing Botanica, the seasons will never be the same.

Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America
Now through August 24
Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

When Michigan’s industry and design intertwined, Michigan became an epicenter of modern design, with visionaries statewide turning from the simple generation of products to design that rippled throughout the country.

Detroit’s automobile manufacturers styled automobiles synonymous with the American dream. The state’s furniture designers revolutionized the look of the American office and home. Michigan architects Albert Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and Minoru Yamasaki defined an era. Michigan’s industry, prosperity, and educational institutions attracted the design talent that formed the foundation for modern American design.

Update: May 28, 2014

The one-minute story-writing contest will be featured on Stateside. Listen to the audio by clicking the link above. 

Michigan Radio has selected the winners of the station’s Great Michigan Read “One Minute” story-writing contest. The theme for the contest was “Hidden branches of your family tree: Unexpected stories that changed the way you think of yourself or your family.” Listeners were asked to submit a maximum 120-word story on the topic, and more than 175 stories were submitted. 

The winners selected were:

The Cracked Mirror, by Christopher N. Blaker (Click here to read the full story)

Story read by Michael Arnold

The Revelation, by Mary Seelhorst (Click here to read the full story)

Story read by Kathleen Beardmore

Pen Pals, by Jennifer Young (Click here to read the full story)

Story read by Adrienne Pisoni 

The story-writing contest was held in conjunction with the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read program. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect Michigan citizens by exploring our history, our present, and our future as discussed in a single literary title. 

Old Crow Medicine Show
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
At the First Merit Bank Event Park (across from The Dow Event Center), Saginaw

Marrying classical string arrangements and punk attitude, Old Crow Medicine Show have become poster boys for a generation of Americana and roots revival musicians who are setting the bar ever higher with world-class musical ability and sheer love of playing.

The band's live concerts are the thing of legend, treating ticket holders to a true folk and roots experience as the band sails through sets that are 100-plus minutes long.

For more information, click here.

Win a pair of tickets good for any one screening of your choice in Ann Arbor or Detroit, at the Cinetopia International Film Festival
June 4-8, 2014
Detroit and Ann Arbor (various venues)

Created for the people of southeastern Michigan, the Cinetopia International Film Festival features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals (e.g. Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, etc.).

The extensive festival program is selected exclusively for Cinetopia by a team that includes Indiewire Influencer Russ Collins (from the Michigan Theater) and the national “dean” of art house programming Elliot Wilhelm (from the Detroit Film Theatre).

For more information, click here. | Contest rules

Entry Deadline: May 26, 2014

The Deadline for this contest has expired.

Win a pair of tickets to see Veterans of SNL

Apr 9, 2014

An evening of stand-up with hilarious former Saturday Night Live alumni, including Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows, Victoria Jackson, and Jeff Richards! The years these comedians spent on SNL propelled them to fame, landing them on many roles on both the big and small screen.

Find yourself in a world where flowers exude love potions, youthful lovers court, politics change stripes, and magical fairies inject their perverse sense of humor into the mortal collage. A world-premiere by Olivier Wevers.

Win a pair of tickets to:
Grand Rapids Ballet: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
May 9-11 & 16-18, 2014
Peter Martin Wege Theatre, Grand Rapids
A World Premiere by Olivier Wevers

Michigan Radio is giving away a pair of tickets good for any Film Festival screening at the Michigan Theater, March 25-30, 2014.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

This Literature to Life® Award-winner was adapted in 2009 and marked the first young adult novel on the Literature to Life® roster. Newly adapted by American Place Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Elise Thoron, this piece features sixty minutes of solo-performance focusing on the relationship between the young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver.

As Jonas trains to become the Receiver of Memories, the buried truth about the world that he was born into becomes hauntingly clear to both Jonas and the audience. Enhanced by interactive discussion, this performance allows the audience to explore themes including individuality, ethics, and social constructs.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
April 22, 2014,
The Whiting in Flint

Gilda’s Laughfest presents Mike Birbiglia
Sunday, March 9, 7:00pm
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids

Entry deadline: Feb. 27, 2014

Over the past 12 years comedian Mike Birbiglia has developed a one-of-a-kind storytelling style in the world of standup comedy. Time Magazine calls him “master of the personal, embarrassing tale.” The New York Times describes him as a “supremely enjoyable monologist.”

Mike has made more than 40 network television appearances on shows including Letterman, Kimmel, Conan, Craig Ferguson, and Jimmy Fallon. He is a regular contributor to the Peabody Award winning radio show This American Life. Birbiglia has released four albums, and both The Onion and USA Today named My Secret Public Journal Live one of “The Best Comedy Albums of the Decade.” Currently Birbiglia is touring the country with his all-new show and planning his follow-up feature film.

TAO: Phoenix Rising
Sunday, March 16, 3 PM
Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, Lansing
Entry deadline: Tuesday, March 4

An athletic ensemble in dazzling costumes meets explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. TAO has critics waxing lyrical about their extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina. The performers live and train in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity after years of intense study.

TAO combines the traditional art of Japanese drumming with spectacular modern effects and brings nontraditional flair to the group by drawing on members’ diverse backgrounds: one as a rock musician, another a gymnast, and yet another as a composer. They offer a young and vibrantly modern take on a traditional art form.

Michigan International Auto Show
Grand Rapids

Feb. 6-9, 2014
DeVos Place
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Where the automotive world comes to you! Not only is the auto show a great place to shop and compare options for everyday vehicles, it's also the first opportunity for West Michigan residents to see many of the most recently released or "soon to be released" models! Don’t miss the “Million Dollar Motorway” and the Gilmore Historic Car Museum.

Downton Abbey Season 4 - Preview Screening
Sunday, December 15 at 7 PM.
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Presented in partnership with Detroit Public Television.
 

Win a pair of tickets to this SOLD OUT opportunity to see the first hour of Downton Abbey Season 4 before it premieres on Detroit Public Television in January. Downton Abbey costume attire encouraged! Screening starts promptly at 7 PM and lasts approximately 50 minutes. Deadline is December 12, 2013

 Lansing Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky & Beyond

Saturday, January 11, 2014 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Lansing

Drama, passion and romance are but a few words that express these emotionally-compelling works. This concert highlights his influence on two great Russian composers who followed him. First off this palette of musical colors is Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Suite from “Sleeping Beauty.” Following , cellist David Requiro, performs the virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich.

Enter to win a pair of tickets* to the 20th anniversary production of the Jeff Daniels comedy, The Vast Difference, at The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea.

George Noonan is having a mid-life crisis. The father of five girls and a flight attendant for a small Midwestern airline, he is scheduled to have a vasectomy. As he works up the courage to go through with the procedure, George becomes reflective on his struggles with his career, living up to his father's expectations, and the nature of "being a man" in the modern world. Directed by Guy Sanville.

The Vast Difference is at The Purple Rose Theatre through December 14, 2013. *Giveaway tickets valid for any Wednesday or Thursday 8pm show.