FROM STAFF REPORTS
Suttons Bay — The Friends of Fine Arts at Suttons Bay Schools will host its "Suttons Bay Variety Show" tonight, Jan. 25.
The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Suttons Bay Schools auditorium. Admission at the door is $5 for adults, $3 for students or $10 per family. Proceeds benefit the fine arts programs at Suttons Bay Schools. For details, call 271-4983.
'Rock the Rock'
Kingsley — Junior high and high school students are invited to "Rock" The Rock of Kingsley Youth Center on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Rock of Kingsley, 115 E. Blair St. AlltheMore and Artisan Ocean will give a free concert and there will be games, prizes and a dance party. For details, call 263-7000 or visit http://www.therockofkingsley.com.
East Jordan — "Realism to Abstraction and Beyond" is the first of the Jordan River Art Center's 2013 exhibits.
The exhibit features more than 20 invited artists who have previously exhibited at JRAC. A reception to meet the artists will be hosted Sunday, Jan. 27.
The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 22 at the art center, 301 Main St. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Other times can be arranged by calling Jane Diller, 582-6399 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hill House event
Mancelona — An open house with artist-in-residence Loren Nosan will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Hill House, 1610 Autumn Lane.
Nosan will share her work in progress from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and wine, beer and cheese will be served. For details or reservations, call 622-5252 or email email@example.com.
Fire and Ice
Arcadia — The third annual Fire and Ice Festival will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, as a fundraiser for the Pleasant Valley Community Center.
Activities include a pickle ball tournament, a 5k run, a soup cook-off, free children's games and activities, a meat loaf dinner, a euchre tournament, a showshoe and ski trail, ice skating and more. For details, including a complete schedule, visit http://www.pleasantvalleycc.org/fire-and-ice-winter-festival.html.
Petoskey — The Crooked Tree Arts Center will host performances by the nationally acclaimed Chicago comedy troupe, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, on Saturday, Feb. 2.
A family show for grades seven and up will start at 4 p.m. with an uncensored show at 8 p.m. at the arts center, 461 E. Mitchell St. Reserved tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members and $10 for students at www.crookedtree.org.
Leelanau County — The wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail invite visitors to "Taste the Passion" Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3.
Tickets are $30 each and include food and wine pairings at Leelanau County wineries. Visitors may visit 16 of the 20 participating wineries, up to eight each day. Tour hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For tickets, visit http://lpwines.com/taste-the-passion.
Traverse City — Red Horse Records recording artist Drew Nelson will perform on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, at Sleder's Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St.
The concert will start at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at Sleder's, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Brilliant Books or by calling 947-9213. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Traverse City — The Home Expo will be hosted Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3, at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.
The event features more than 120 exhibitors showcasing new concepts for living spaces. Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per person.
The expo is sponsored in part by the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area, the Traverse Area Association of Realtors, Precision Plumbing & Heating and DTE Energy. For details, visit www.hbagta.com.
Elk Rapids — Twisted Fish Gallery & Sculpture Garden has launched a new website.
The website, http://twistedfishgallery.com, has several interactive features that spotlight the gallery including a section that allows northern Michigan artists to have their own online gallery. There also is a video tour of the gallery's art and exhibits.