Beyond the Books: How libraries are offering more services than ever before

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:27 |

If you walked into a library for the first time recently, it might not have been what you were expecting. These aren’t your grandma’s libraries anymore.

Getting GIFfy With It: Behind the scenes with illustrator Libby VanderPloeg

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:19 |

Grand Haven native Libby VanderPloeg praises her Grand Rapids Community College experience and offers this bit of wisdom when it comes to making it in a creative field: “Don’t wait for work to come to you. Opportunity awaits those who seek it out! And if you want to get better at what you do, do it every single day.”

Show Your Work: SC4A’s Storied Drawing presents the artistic process

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:15 |

In a world of immediacy and information overload, it’s easy to lose sight of the time and talent that goes into the stories we see and read every day.

Mitten-Made: UICA focuses on artists from around the state in summer

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:06 |

If you go to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts this month, you might see a familiar name or two.

Intensely Prepared: GR Civic readies teens for a life on the stage

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:01 |

This summer, teens at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre are taking the lead in putting on two very different, but equally challenging productions.

Backstage Heroes: Lakeshore Museum Center is shining the spotlight offstage

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:44 |

An interactive exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon is highlighting all the parts of a theater that make a production happen, especially the “backstage” roles like lighting, costuming and set design.

Gears + Beers: A West Michigan brewery bike trail

Written by Jack Raymond | Monday, 24 June 2019 16:09 |

Women’s suffrage superstar Susan B. Anthony famously called the bicycle a “freedom machine,” an “emancipator,” and “the all powerful whirligig of the future.” 

OK, maybe not that last part, but don’t discredit the bike’s magic — it takes us to and fro with nothing but a pair of legs and the will to zoom. It so happens that we’re blessed with a string of breweries to zoom between along Grand Rapids’ White Pine Trail. Revue plotted some coordinates and dropped in on breweries that share a passion for good beer and a good ride. 

Piece of Cake: Cakabakery opens a third location in downtown Holland

Written by Michaela Stock | Monday, 24 June 2019 16:07 |

If you haven’t visited downtown Holland in a while, you’ll want to stop by on the way to your next beach adventure. The quaint small town is still as delicate as you remember it, but with a new edge. Developments have lengthened 8th Street past River Avenue — all the way down to the recently renovated Civic Center — and its additions include multiple restaurants, a movie theater and The Cakabakery, a custom order and retail bake shop.

A New Way To See Things

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 24 June 2019 16:03 |

Just when you thought you couldn’t stomach one more T-shirt, Ashley Trieu, owner at Iconoclasp gets bored and has a clearly creative idea. 

Into the Wild: Where to see animals you can’t keep as pets

Written by Abi Safago | Monday, 24 June 2019 15:55 |

Not all animals are meant to be kept in your home — there’s a reason why an “elephant in the room” isn’t considered a good thing. Luckily, zoos take in those animals that are in need or in danger of extinction and allow us to get a look without having to find room for a giraffe in the backyard. West Michigan has plenty of zoos, sanctuaries and animal parks to check out, you just have to know where to look.

 

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