Your Local Guide to the Holidays

Written by Mayra Monroy | Monday, 30 November 2015 15:29 |

West Michigan is a long way from the North Pole, but there’s no shortage of yuletide-inspired shindigs throughout December. From unique Christmas shopping options to extravagant holiday events, here’s a shortlist of holly, jolly happenings.

A Shimmy Shakin’ November

Written by Audria Larsen | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:30 |

November is filled with decadent delights and extraordinary sights. Enjoy acrobats on wacky bicycles, unusual pizza recipes, a burlesque anniversary bash and a romp through a den of chocolate.

October Eclectic Round Up

Written by Audria Larsen | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:10 |

This month offers city sponsored gore, a celebration of booze and an exploration of the dissolute.

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire Turns Two

Written by Steven Depolo | Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:36 |

Computer technology and the Internet gives creative minds the confidence and knowledge to affordably build, break, smash, tinker and tailor the world around us. We’re able to create something new, then post the tutorial to inspire others. Make it and they will come – and the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is the perfect meeting spot for go-getting, DIY originators.

It’s Hip to be Square (Dancing)

Written by Audria Larsen | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:51 |

September offers a mélange of cultural events in West Michigan, from swingin’ hoedowns to artistic histories depicted through fine art and the controversy of cartoons.

Go Inside the Walls of Michigan’s Prisons

Written by Steve Miller | Friday, 31 July 2015 15:47 |

I love going to prison. Once in a while I head west on I-96 from my place in Lansing to Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia to see Stephen Grant, the man convicted of strangling and dismembering his wife in 2007.  The first time I did it I was writing a true-crime book, A Slaying in the Suburbs: The Tara Grant Murder (Penguin/Berkley, 2009), and Grant was cooperating.

On the surface, the cities of Caseville, in winter-logged Michigan, and Key West, in sun-soaked Florida, don’t have much in common. Look a little closer and similarities start to emerge. They’re both beach communities. They’re both situated at the tips of peninsular states. They both rely strongly on the tourism industry. And for the last 17 years, they’ve both claimed the world’s most prodigious beach bum as their patron saint.

Explore the Mitten on an Eclectic Road Trip

Written by Audria Larsen | Friday, 31 July 2015 09:52 |

If you’re a summertime loving sort who is clutching at your heart because August features the slow death knell of all that is great (sunshine), not to fret. While the roads will soon be treacherously iced over, there’s still time to venture outside of West Michigan on an eclectic road trip across the state. Fire up the motorcar, it’s time to go!

Four years ago, Rob Bliss questioned his professional mettle. He was in the middle of shooting a now-famous Grand Rapid lip-dub video, taking a chance on his creative dreams but uncertain about his professional future, which he feared was headed nowhere fast.

One evening during the filming, Bliss returned home from a date where he was so poor "I paid for it in quarters" to find his modest apartment destroyed after a water main broke and flooded it, swamping his computers and treasured possessions including his guitars.

Turn Back Time

Written by Audria Larsen | Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:15 |

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson once wrote “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times.” If you share a similar take on life, turn up the nostalgia knob and experience bygone eras, from 1930s Berlin to Medieval midways. For those yearning for the golden age of the AM/FM dial, tune into the sweet sounds of vintage radio waves. Here are a few throwback events happening in West Michigan.

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