Q&A: Christian Gaines, Executive Director of ArtPrize

Written by Nick Manes | Monday, 03 October 2016 09:30 |

Now in its eighth year, ArtPrize continues searching for new ways forward as an organization. Executive director Christian Gaines says the nonprofit has worked hard to establish itself as a hands-off entity, focused on proprietary technology and the events that correspond with it. Gaines spoke with Revue on the past, present and future status of the annual arts competition. 

Table Talk: Torrence O’Haire

Written by Nick Macksood | Saturday, 30 January 2016 22:26 |

Let’s see if I can nail down Torrence O’Haire. He’s the culinary coordinator at the Downtown Market, runs Grand Rapids’ only underground restaurant: The Full Moon Supper Club, heads the TheStarvingArtistGR.com. Oh, and he’s also the founder and president of the Grand Rapids Bartender’s Guild.

California Dreaming: Joshua Burge on His ‘Revenant’ Role and Grand Rapids Roots

Written by Rich Tupica | Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:19 |

Joshua Burge (aka Chance Jones) talks about how he landed his role in the 2016 Oscar-nominated film The Revenant, and about about working alongside writer/director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and the film’s megastars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

A Conversation with CKO Kickboxing owner Shelby Reno

Written by Rich Tupica | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 11:54 |

Finding time for fitness is tough, especially while juggling parenthood and a career. Some put health on the backburner while others do the impossible: Get out of bed early.

Emily West Talks ‘America’s Got Talent Live’ Tour

Written by Amanda Denomme | Monday, 12 October 2015 21:59 |

America’s Got Talent is more than just a hit reality series on NBC – it’s also hitting the road. The 42-city tour, AGT Live: The All-Stars Tour, stops Oct. 14 at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids and includes a decade of talent from multiple seasons, with show favorites like powerhouse vocalist, and Season 9 runner-up, Emily West.

Lansing-based Craft Beer Aficionado Paul Starr Holds the Torch for Lansing

Written by Rich Tupica | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:27 |

While the Lansing craft-beer scene isn’t a booming mecca like West Michigan — there is some action sprouting up across Capital City and much of it involves one curly-haired, bearded man: Paul Starr. For the past five years Starr, 33, has become the leader of the pack in Lansing-area craft-beer events and news coverage.

In Conversation: Art Martin

Written by Chris Protas | Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:20 |

Art Martin is not only a painter, he’s also associate curator/collections manager at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Martin chatted with REVUE about West Michigan’s art scene and offered some advice and insight for emerging artists.

A Chat With ArtPrize Executive Director Christian Gaines

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 02 September 2015 11:17 |

ArtPrize rapidly became the cornerstone of West Michigan culture, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to Grand Rapids every year. In 2014, The Art Newspaper listed it as the most heavily attended art event on the planet. As the 19-day competition enters its seventh year, ArtPrize Executive Director Christian Gaines said he is working with his team to keep things fresh and exciting.

Brandi Carlile plays Thursday to a sold out Meijer Gardens

Written by Tayler Keefer | Tuesday, 28 July 2015 11:06 |

Brandi Carlile just sounds cool. Her voice is steady, warm and has a little rasp that comes from years of working those vocal cords. Since hitting the music scene a decade ago in Seattle, she has since gigged across the country and was even named as an artist to watch by Rolling Stone. Thursday, July 30 she performs at Meijer Gardens.

Sext You Up: Cliff Frantz Turns up to 11 with Spinal Tap Tribute Band

Written by Rich Tupica | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:54 |

In 2001, writer/musician Cliff Frantz launched RECOIL Magazine — one year later the New York Times called it “The Onion of the Midwest.” The seed of the satire magazine, now online only, was planted in 1984, with the release of This Is Spinal Tap. Frantz was instantly captivated by the depth of the wit. It set the path of his life.

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