The holidays can be overwhelming. The parties, the constant food coma, the music — OH GOD, THE MUSIC! — the mall — OH GOD, THE MALL! — and finding gifts for what seems to be the pickiest people you have ever met. Think outside of the gift box and take them to a local event, restaurant, bar or whatever fits their taste.
From a $300,000 upgrade to the DeVos Performance Hall to arts institutes that are using technology to connect with the public, it's no mystery: West Michigan wants more of the arts. We highlight it all in our annual Arts Issue.
Oh, West Michigan. You’re so conservative and proper. Except the times when you’re not, which are becoming more and more frequent. West Michigan cities like Holland and Grand Haven may seem conservative on the outside, but they’ve got their vices.
I still remember when I bought my first vinyl. I was at a show at the old Strutt in Kalamazoo (RIP), and the album came with a free CD, so I figured what the hell? Little did I know that dropping the needle onto the record's grooves would prove to be my first step on the road to becoming obsessed with vinyl. Sure, I realize streaming from Spotify may be the easy route, but purchasing vinyl has far more benefits.
All across the country, millions of people are addicted, but this kind of addiction doesn’t come as a pill or a powder. It comes in the form of a controller in your hand and a huge flat screen TV in your face. I’m talking video games, those interactive pieces of entertainment that have been a haven for social outcasts, nerds, geeks and 12 year olds to all meet and insult each other online.
When it comes to vices, strips clubs might top the list with their dark atmosphere and what-happens-here-stays-here mantra. Here are places in West Michigan where you can indulge your vice.
As a bartender it’s obviously pretty difficult to make any money if you’re surrounded by sober people. We understand, and it really is our job, to make sure that people get responsibly “turnt up,” as the kids say.
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