Friday, 22 November 2013 12:01

WEEKEND WARRIOR: Lots of booze and food; Whodunit; The Beatles

Written by  Barbara Jandernoa
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It's the last weekend before Thanksgiving, so it's time to stretch your stomach, catch some quality entertainment and even get some shopping done before the trampling stampede of suburban housewives strike on Black Friday.

Barbara the web minion has an itinerary that helps you accomplish all this and more.

International Wine, Beer & Food Festival

Wine, beer and food! What more could you possibly need to be happy? Don’t wait for Turkey Day! Come stuff yourself silly a bit early! This weekend, come to DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids for a ginormous selection of drinks and nom-noms.

Non-wine and beer drinkers, no fear, they have ciders and spirits, too! Plus, they have more food than all your turkey dinners combined. Bonus — you don’t have to force down your great-aunt’s “famous” fruit cake.

The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays

Are you a Sherlock fan? So is William Gillette. Who is he, you might ask? ‘Tis a mystery…unless you come to this holiday who-dun-it show!

Downside: This isn’t an actual Sherlock play. Upside: It’s still a Sherlock-y murder-mystery. If you liked Clue, the movie, with the eccentric Tim Curry, you will probably like this.

So come solve the mystery at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts in Muskegon this weekend. It’s the perfect mix of death and humor for some pre-holiday fun.

Boo! Images of the Macabre

If you’re too chicken to watch scary movies, like me, then try some scary art! That way, you can still get your kicks and giggles without a side of nightmares. You can feel all artsy-fartsy this weekend, when you explore this spooky side of art at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

But viewers beware, you’re (maybe) in for a scare! Your imagination may still get the best of you. Just don’t let your goose bumps show.

Let it Be: A Beatles Tribute

Hey Jude! Let it be, koo-koo-ka-choo, across the universe, on a yellow submarine, with a blackbird singing in the dead of night. And all you need is love, of course.

So if you’re a fan of the TRUE British invasion, then come see some rockin’ musicians do an epic tribute to the legendary four at the Aquinas Performing Arts Center, in Grand Rapids this Saturday.

I am NOT the Walrus, but I bet he will be there. And if you’re lucky, maybe you will even see Lucy in the Sky. Or a revolution.

Holiday Open House

Don’t be a scrooge! It’s that time of year, which means LOTS of Christmas themed events. And how are you going to find gifts for everybody if you don’t attend at least one? So here it is.

Holland is going all out for their Christmas shopping extravaganza. Come explore the downtown Holland area this weekend, and check out what kinds of gags and gifts they have for every person in your family.

Carolers will be singing all the holiday favorites, and you may even spot Santa roamin’ around! There’s also free gift-wrapping if you’re cheap or have a million kids to buy for.

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