Michael Stevens and Adam Savage are both known for being two of the greatest public educators around. Stevens teaches tens of millions with his YouTube channel, Vsauce, where he explains science, philosophy, illusions and much more. Meanwhile, Savage has risen to near household-name fame with MythBusters, a show full of science, special effects and skepticism. Brain Candy Live! brings the duo’s knowledge and passions together to create a live show unlike any other, and it’s coming to Miller Auditorium this month.
Every year, when that first real chill hits the fall air and the nights creep on a little longer, thoughts turn to the spooky, the scary, the shadowy and the sinister. It’s Halloween season, and for many in West Michigan that means more than just candy, costumes and pumpkin spice lattes (or Leelanau Cellars’ Witches Brew).
Watch your head this Saturday — rubber discs will be flying through the air of downtown Grand Rapids, from rooftops to alleyways and patios.
Four years ago, Margaret Ann Kaminski found herself staring at a bunch of robes, wands and cauldrons, leftovers she had from attending midnight releases of Harry Potter books and movies. As she gazed upon the pile of nostalgia, she couldn’t help but feel that an important, even magical, part of her life was missing, and she intended to reclaim it.
Kaci Muller is the owner, creative director and lead designer at Damsel Floral, a shop that offers organically-inspired garden florals.
Flowers are her art — using colors and textures to express emotion, Muller is in the business of helping people celebrate. From full-event floral design to individually-ordered custom pieces for Valentine’s Day, she’s a florist who believes that if you’re giving flowers, you’re committed to bringing something special to the table.
We asked Muller to explain her approach with a few floral prompts.
There’s a lot of ways to love, and everyone does it different. Inspired by the popular book The Five Love Languages, we put a local spin on author Gary Chapman’s five ways to express and experience love. I mean, it’s hard enough to find someone — let’s make keeping them around as easy as possible.
If you’ve got little hearts fluttering over your head and you can’t stop thinking about your main squeeze, you’re smitten. Love is in the air, so you might as well celebrate the fact you’ve been hit with Cupid’s arrow. One side effect, though: Being so stricken can make you forgetful. If you still haven’t planned something for the big day, we’ve got you covered. Here’s just a few date night possibilities.
There is a widely-held belief among the snow-averse that Michigan pretty much shuts down between December and March.
Will Oltman might seem to be an unlikely person to get on a stage and perform. He’s quiet, keeps to himself, and doesn’t look to be the center of attention.
“In real life, I’m an introvert,” Oltman said. But once he’s on stage and all eyes are on him, he’s a different person.
Hayley Hungerford is a self-described “floral stylist, illustrator, photographer, writer, stone collector, and musician that likes lighting candles and looking for the moon.” I first met her when we found ourselves figure modeling together at Kendall College of Art and Design. That day, I caught a glimpse of the eclectic life she leads, and the unique and compelling art she creates. I sat down with Hayley to discuss her artistic approach, life philosophy and plans for the future.
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