Gangplanks, ghastly girls, geese and goofballs offer up a mélange of entertainment that goes beyond costumes and cornfields this month. Get the lowdown on pirates, grimace at buckets of blood, run like you could fly and bask in the hilarious silence of a bygone star.
Combining their passion for music, Nicole LaRae and Brian Hoekstra partnered up to create dizzybird records, a Grand Rapids-based record label that aims to bring good music to music lovers.
Sometimes the best partnerships in music are forged in friendship. Just ask George Clark and Kerry McCoy, the core duo behind Deafheaven. While many other band members have come and gone, Clark and McCoy have remained a constant driving force of the band.
Most comedians who've made it will tell you they all started their careers the same way: with a love for laughter and performances at many, many open mic nights. Josh Courtnay, local comic and creator of Comedy Tuesdays at the Tip Top Deluxe Bar, is no stranger to this concept. He has plenty of time under his belt in the Grand Rapids comedy scene and has spent countless hours curating and performing at open mic nights.
Essential Bean has been a part of the Caledonia community since 1999, with two owners before Austin Nichols took over. While the second owner was contemplating moving on, Nichols was working at a Bakery in Grand Rapids, after having completed a baking and pastry degree at GRCC.
The Beer Purity Law be damned! Enacted in 1516, the so-called German “Reinheitsgebot” mandated that beer could only be brewed with three ingredients: water, barley and hops. But it turns out “purity” can also be pretty boring.
In an unassuming building off the main drag in Ypsilanti, a small husband-and-wife-owned operation creates a unique brand of living alcoholic beverages: kombucha beer.
Say what you will about West Michigan, we have an innate ability to vote for ourselves, particularly when it comes to beer.
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