Terry’s Picks: September 2015

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EVENTSWest Michigan Christian News writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area's faith-based arts and entertainment events over the coming month. Here are three highlights for September:

*Down Home – The gospel bluegrass group performs concert sets at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Sat. Sept 5 at the Gospel Music Barn & Chapel, 6881 64th Ave. Hudsonville. The veteran West Michigan ensemble (founded in 1986) is led by singer Dale Scholten and a talented group of players and pickers. They perform regularly on the TCT Christian television network, including locally on WTLJ-TV channel 54. The performance is part of the wrap up of summer weekend activity at the local gospel music venue, under the directorship of Doug Zwyghuizen. There is no admission charge; food is available for purchase on site. Visit www.gospelmusicbarn.org.

*"The Hobbit" – The stage play version of the novel by J.R.R. Tolkein is performed from Sept. 10 through Oct. 3 at Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW Grand Rapids. Follow the characters of Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf and the dwarves as they make their way on a quest inside Middle Earth to find stolen gold and a dragon. Performance times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinee shows on Saturdays. Tickets are $16 adults, $14 sr. citizens and students. Passes for the entire 2015-16 season are also available. Visit www.masterarts.org, 616-455-1001.

*The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers – The gospel vocal group performs at 8 p.m. Wed. Sept. 23 at the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. The Los Angeles-based ensemble's latest recording is "Heavenly Fire" which contains its trademark traditional gospel sounds with contemporary music foundations. Hear the album's title track at https://soundcloud.com/eaglerockgospelsingers/2-heavenly-fire/s-edkzr. Tickets are $10 general public, $5 with Calvin ID. Available at the box office, 616-526-6282, or http://www.calvin.edu/offices-services/box-office/.
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