• Michigan Wine & Spirits Guide 2017

    Michigan Wine & Spirits Guide 2017

    In this year’s Wine & Spirits Guide, we look at why Michigan wine tastes the way it does, where to meet all your local cider and mead needs, and why rosé may be the hottest drink of the summer. We also asked local distillers how to drink their favorite spirits, with recipes and all. Basically, if it’s not beer and it has alcohol in it, you’ll find it here. Read More
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  • Review: ‘All in the Timing’ is an intelligent, funny breath of fresh air Review: ‘All in the Timing’ is an intelligent, funny breath of fresh air

    In “All in the Timing,” David Ives’ 90-minute collection of six comic sketches, time circles back on itself, language is meaningless, monkeys as would-be Shakespeares overcome the death stare of the blank page, and the entire enterprise of human communication, not to mention the meaning of life and death, are called into question.

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  • Review: Mason Street’s ‘Memphis’ epitomizes the magic of theater Review: Mason Street’s ‘Memphis’ epitomizes the magic of theater

    The word “magic” often gets thrown around in the theatre world, and rightfully so. When the right script and talent come together in the right time and place to positively transfix the right audience, there’s no doubt an extraordinary amount of work; but there’s also an indescribable element of magic. And when all those conditions collide at once it is a rare event indeed.

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  • Review: ‘Working’ lacks relevance despite excellent performances Review: ‘Working’ lacks relevance despite excellent performances

    In 1974, America was post-Watergate; Nixon was out, and the disastrous economy under Carter was yet to come. The Vietnam War was over. Civil Rights had been won in the courts and the legislature, if not in the culture at large. Working class people had a political party that served their interests, and they could earn a living wage and be proud of the lives they could make from their labor.

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  • Grand Rapids Public Museum offers free day Grand Rapids Public Museum offers free day

    The Grand Rapids Public Museum is offering free entry from 12 to 5 p.m. on July 16. Explore the fun, hands-on learning opportunities on all three floors by getting transported back to the 19th century streets Grand Rapids or the wildlife of Michigan at the West Michigan Habitat.

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Food & Drink

  • Dining Review: Butcher’s Union Dining Review: Butcher’s Union

    Butcher’s Union, occupying the former Monte's space, is the new rage. You may already know this if you use Facebook or Instagram, which lately seem to exist for the sole purpose of enabling Grand Rapids diners to inform their friends they’ve secured seating there. 

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  • Why many breweries approach New England-style IPAs all wrong Why many breweries approach New England-style IPAs all wrong

    Revue’s Beer Czar goes to Vermont to investigate the source of the hottest craze in craft beer.

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  • Alfresco Appetites: Where to dine (and drink) in the open air Alfresco Appetites: Where to dine (and drink) in the open air

    Yes, outdoor dining season is upon us. We kicked off last summer by surveying some notable alfresco eating locations in the area, and we could have filled an entire issue with it. But since print space, like summer, is finite, we’ll simply offer another (admittedly incomplete) pile of suggestions for outdoor dining spots that are new, notable or worth revisiting.

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  • Last Call: 27 Club from SideBar Last Call: 27 Club from SideBar

    The 27 Club was bartender Josh Van Gorden’s contribution to the Copper & King’s annual MixT&pe competition, in which competitors build a cocktail based on a song of their choosing. Initially dubbed "Purple Haze", the 27 Club is a nod to Jimi Hendrix not only in color, but in taste and texture as well.

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Music

  • The Music Issue 2017: West Michigan Music & Festival Guide The Music Issue 2017: West Michigan Music & Festival Guide

    This year's Music Issue profiles of some of our favorite bands on the come up in West Michigan, from lesbian indie rockers to an ever-shifting urban collective of skilled rappers, singers and instrumentalists. Also: Our guide to scores of festivals to check out this summer.

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  • ‘No Stairway to Heaven’:  A Guide to Local Music Shops ‘No Stairway to Heaven’: A Guide to Local Music Shops

    As any musician will tell you, buying an instrument is definitely something to be done in person, because you have to hear and feel the damn thing. So whether you’re a seasoned vet, a rookie or even just looking to get started, pay a visit to one of these local musical instrument shops and let their expertise guide your important investment.

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  • A Venue By Any Other Name: Finding shows in nontraditional spaces A Venue By Any Other Name: Finding shows in nontraditional spaces

    There’s no doubt that West Michigan is home to a rich music scene. Yet even with no shortage of traditional venues hosting some of the best in local and touring talent, sometimes it’s the places that may be off the radar, or perhaps boast another claim to fame, that are offering up some of the best shows this side of The Mitten. Here’s a list of some true West Michigan standouts.

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  • Ready For Takeoff: Mix of formal training, self-taught savvy fuels rising act The Autumnatic Ready For Takeoff: Mix of formal training, self-taught savvy fuels rising act The Autumnatic

    At 24 years old, The Autumnatic’s Nick Arthur might seem young to some, but he’s an old-soul veteran when it comes to the local music scene. 

    The founder, lead vocalist and rhythm/lead guitarist for one of Grand Rapids’ newest and most exciting bands, Arthur grew up on the tried and true grit of Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Neil Young. Taking a cue from such self-made legends, the Cascade native started writing his own songs at a young age and by 16 got his first break when he performed on television. 

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Artist Spotlight

  • Ten Local Bands to Watch Ten Local Bands to Watch

    For this year’s music issue, we went just below the radar to find some of West Michigan’s boldest and brightest musicians ready to breakthrough in 2017. Check ‘em out!  

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