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  • The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Returns: 19-Day event includes Bruce Hornsby, Tony Bennett The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Returns: 19-Day event includes Bruce Hornsby, Tony Bennett

    What began as a way to honor local philanthropist Irving S. Gilmore’s tremendous love for music, specifically the piano, has grown immensely, now boasting more than 100 concerts at various venues across West Michigan. 

    Since 1991, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival has hosted world-class music in the Kalamazoo area. But it’s not just concerts. You’ll also find master classes, a film series and a musical play throughout the 19-day festival, all of which focus on some element of keyboard music. 

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  • Say Anything: Nick Di Paolo on Rooming with Louis C.K., Pushing P.C. Buttons Say Anything: Nick Di Paolo on Rooming with Louis C.K., Pushing P.C. Buttons

    At this point in his career, veteran stand-up Nick Di Paolo doesn’t pull any punches. He’s made a name for himself as one of the most honest comics around, so if he upsets someone looking for political correctness in his comedy, he doesn’t care.

    “I’ll have a table of people get up and leave,” Di Paolo told Revue. “It’s usually college-age kids who believe in safe spaces and they get offended by my act. They’re coming from a whole different world. It’s not their fault they’ve been brainwashed to think that life is a thing you go through without feeling uncomfortable. I don’t know how the f*** that idea came about. Sometimes I find myself just saying shit just to annoy those people. This country was built on freedom of speech and that’s all we have left.”

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  • Slim Fast: Why Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Decided to Shed Some Pounds Slim Fast: Why Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Decided to Shed Some Pounds

    On his Fuse TV reality series Fluffy Breaks Even, standup favorite Gabriel Iglesias devours dangerously delicious meals across the country with his close cadre of personal friends. 

    But after they’ve savored the last bites from hilariously unhealthy places like the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, the real challenge begins: Finding a way to work off the exorbitant amount of calories they’ve just consumed in order to “break even.”

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  • Sour Beer Spotlight: Where to find sours in West Michigan Sour Beer Spotlight: Where to find sours in West Michigan

    A handful of West Michigan craft breweries have started producing sour beers. Here is a (by no means exhaustive) list of some of the locally made sours and wild ales. 

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Featured Content

  • Table Talk: Kate Leeder of Aperitivo Table Talk: Kate Leeder of Aperitivo

    This month I sat down with Kate Leeder: A St. Louis native, closeted Bud Lite fan and co-owner of Aperitivo — a cheese, charcuterie, wine and beer shop at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market (435 Ionia Ave., SW). Bonus: The shop is paired with a bar featuring a sampling of its select stock. 

    If you’re looking for someone to geek out with over cheese, or for the best wine to pair with Pringles (yes, Pringles), perhaps you should pay Leeder and her staff a visit. You’ll never look at wine the same way again.

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  • Dining Review: BarFly’s new Venture, Waldron Public House Dining Review: BarFly’s new Venture, Waldron Public House

    In February, BarFly Ventures closed the 10-year-old McFadden's restaurant, pub and dance club to redesign the space and replace the concept with a British-style pub, The Waldron Public House. With a completely revamped menu, The Waldron claims to serve the best fish and chips in Grand Rapids — a bold statement, but does it live up to the promise? Here is our dining writer's assessment.

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  • All Aboard! Railtown Brewing breaks the mold in pursuit of quality All Aboard! Railtown Brewing breaks the mold in pursuit of quality
    Railtown Brewing Co. founders Justin Buiter and Gim Lee like to say their year-old West Michigan craft brewery sits “in the middle of nowhere and between everything.” Instead of having the flashiest taproom or branding, the brewery instead invested in the quality of its liquid, focusing on buying equipment that will ensure its beers live up to the owners’ high standards.
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  • Red hot: Where to find good chili in West Michigan Red hot: Where to find good chili in West Michigan

    Every self-respecting person has a go-to chili recipe, forged and perfected in the foul depths of innumerable Michigan winters. If not, then at the very least, everyone should have a set of finely calibrated preferences for chili that is served to them.

    Like, how much kick? What kind of meat, if any? How chunky/liquidy? Sweeten or don’t? What kind of beans? 
    How much garlic?

    In any case, chili is personal and these equations are not to be messed with.

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Artist Spotlight

  • Crane Wives Return with ‘Foxlore’ LP, companion album to ‘Coyote Stories’ Crane Wives Return with ‘Foxlore’ LP, companion album to ‘Coyote Stories’

    Foxlore is the coming-of-age story of The Crane Wives,” vocalist/guitarist Kate Pillsbury told Revue as way of introduction to the Grand Rapids band’s new LP. “We wrote the songs at a time when we were still bumbling through our lives a bit. So much has happened to us between the writing of these songs and the consequent recordings.” 

    Beginning as a two-album concept as far back as 2014, Foxlore is the sister record to The Crane Wives’ last album, 2015’s Coyote Stories

    Since that time, life has continued unabated for the young indie band. 

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