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Grand Valley Sports Report

May 16, 2016


The Grand Valley State University Women's Lacrosse team is the first northern school West of New York state to qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament. It lost a heartbreaker to Dowling 9-8 but as Tom Cleary tells us the team has come far in its first few years of existence.

There are five new movies available on screens in a variety of theaters in western Michigan.  Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts and directed by Jodie Foster opens, athriller set in the world of high finance TV.  Kevin Bacon returns with The Darkness, a horror thriller. Plus there are two documentaries opening and Indie screenings at UICA.  WGVU breaks it all down with Jenny Garone at Celebration Cinema.

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Wednesday, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced its 2016 fellows. Among them is poet Jericho Brown, the author of the book Please, and more recently, The New Testament. He is a professor of Poetry at Emory University and his name has featured on a host of publications, awards, and fellowships. Just a few days ago, he sat in our studio for an interview with WGVU’s Mariano Avila as part of Mutually Inclusive. Their conversation spans from body image, to 60s rock, to the Ku Klux Clan. In it Brown also reads two of his poems. Take a listen.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is working with schools across the state participating in its Building Healthy Communities program. It says "The program provides students, teachers and administrators with tools and resources to get kids active and help them make healthier food choices." Reinforcing that message to Wyoming's Vista Charter Academy students is Detroit Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford.

Grand Valley Sports Report

May 2, 2016

The Grand Valley State University baseball program continues to be one of the most successful in Division II. Part of the team's consistent success is the recruitment of Junior College players. 

Critically acclaimed small movie Green Room opens in theaters today, along with the comedies Keanu and Mother's Day, the IMAX documentary A Beautiful Planet, the drama A Hologram For The King and family picture Ratchet & Clank.  WGVU breaks it all down with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper from Celebration Cinema.

The Grand Rapids Symphony has raised $40 million for its endowment as part of a campaign that started in 2012. How will that $40 million dollars be used to secure future programming? WGVU talks with Peter Kjome, Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO.     

Jazz guitarist Randy Napoleon releases new album "Soon"

Apr 26, 2016
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Randy Napoleon is a young guitar virtuoso who performs straight ahead acoustic jazz.  He is also a Professor at Michigan State University.  Napoleon has a new CD out "Soon" on the Detroit Music Factory label.  He's appearing in concert in Grand Rapids at Mexicains sans Frontieres in downtown Grand Rapids, Saturday, April 30th at 8pm.

WGVU spoke with Randy Napoleon about his new recording and the upcoming concert.

WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about The Huntsmen: Winter's War and four other movies opening in theaters in western Michigan.

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  Studies are showing Lake Michigan's salmon population in on the decline. How is this impacting the lakeshore's charter fishing and tourism industries. Also, a look at venture capital and regional economic outlook reports.