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The Itinerary: Aug. 11-17

Written by  Josh Veal and Revue staff
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A Glimpse of Africa. A Glimpse of Africa. Courtesy Photo

The weather has been confusing lately.

The forecast told us there was a 100% chance of rain on Friday evening. 100%! That doesn’t leave room for an inch of doubt. City Built Brewing even cancelled their outdoor event, moving it to this weekend.

And then, not a drop of rain came down from the sky. Oops!

The point of this little story being: We don’t know exactly what’s going to come in the week ahead. But what we do know is that there are some exciting events planned, and we’re here to tell you all about them.

Here’s what’s on our radar for the week ahead, plus one Best Bet with a new restaurant:

Friday Night Live: Hi-ker/Cal In Red
City Built Brewing
Friday, Aug. 13, 6-10 p.m.

This event was bumped from last week, so don’t miss your chance now! Friday Night Live is a free concert series in Canal Park, put on by City Built Brewing. It’s not just music though, there’s also special food from Street Chef Shaw and Two Scott’s BBQ, walking tacos, and lots of beer. Hi-ker and Cal In Red both make fun, catchy, indie pop/rock.

A Glimpse of Africa
Calder Plaza
Saturday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

One of West Michigan’s greatest cultural festivals is back! Glimpse of Africa celebrities the many cultures and people of Africa through one big community party. Enjoy a variety of African food from various countries, interactive activities like hair braiding and headwraps, dancer, singers, models and African fashion — and so much more!

GR Comic-Con
DeltaPlex Arena
Aug. 13-15

Grand Rapids Comic-Con is back once again, this time at DeltaPlex. Come for three full days of cosplay, films, gaming, comics, art and presentations with special guests. Those guests include actors in nerdy media, voice actors, YouTube stars, comic writers, artists and more.

GET SAD: Another Emo Night
The Pyramid Scheme
Saturday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.

My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath — if these names mean anything to you, GET SAD might just be the perfect emo night for you. Sing, dance and party your heart out with a bunch of other emo kids at The Pyramid Scheme. Despite the name, it’s always a blast. And here’s something new: Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required!

Listening Lawn: Grand Rapids Ballet
Studio Park Piazza
Saturday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m.

In their first return to live performances, Grand Rapids Ballet 50 years of lifting the human spirit through the art of dance. The outdoor Studio Park performance includes a variety of classical and contemporary works fitting for all audiences, highlighting Grand Rapids Ballet's diverse repertoire and featuring the 19 professional dancers from around the world who make up the company.

BEST BET: Café Mamo
1601 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

Not everything has to be an event! Some weekends, you’re just looking for a nice new place to dine out or grab a drink, and that’s what our weekly Best Bets are all about. This week, I want to put Café Mamo in the spotlight.

This new eatery in Creston is focused on being ethical, local, and very cute. But the real appeal here is that the food is absolutely delicious and the wine list is carefully crafted by a sommelier. On my last visit, I had the Bison Burger, with a patty so good, there were only three toppings: ketchup, mayo, and cheddar. It was incredible.

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