Indie Best Bet: Owen Pallett

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:37 |

With the obvious exception of anybody and anything associated with Justin Bieber and Nickelback, all Canadians are awesome. It’s practically a law of physics. (Call it the Kindly Canuck Theory of Charming Relativity, if you must.) That’s why we’re so excited for Owen Pallett’s forthcoming Calvin College show.

Comedy Best Bet: Mike Birbiglia

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:35 |

Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been on the roll to end all rolls for the last several years. It all started with his critically acclaimed one-man show, Sleep Walk With Me, and cascaded right into his current touring pièce de résistance, Thank God for Jokes.

Jazz Best Bet: Chick Corea

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:30 |

 One problem our planet faces every day is a definitive lack of truly great jazz keyboardists. Is this dearth of instrument-specific talent a greater threat to the survival of humanity than, say, the clean water shortage? Well, probably not, but still, it’s nice to look at accomplished members of our society to gauge just how far we’ve come as a species. And that’s where Chick Corea comes in.

Kzoo Gets Some Chicago Love with Audiotree Music Festival

Written by Nolan Krebs | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:14 |

 Kalamazoo’s music scene might be battered, but it ain’t beat. Audiotree, the Chicago-based website and music company known for its stellar in-studio sessions, is bringing a well-deserved bump to town with its second-annual music festival.

Phantom of the Opera sets a new stage for Broadway entertainment in GR

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:10 |
Q&A

Q&A with Mike Lloyd, Broadway Grand Rapids executive director.

The Art of Curating: Context Matters

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Monday, 25 August 2014 12:59 |

Picture this: you just bought the latest release from your favorite band. You can’t wait to listen to it from start to finish, to really let it unfold, to go back and give it another go after the first run through. Now imagine, would you do this on your tiny little laptop in a crowded space with lots of noise all around?

ArtPrize By the Years: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Written by Cathryn Smits | Monday, 25 August 2014 12:57 |

What makes ArtPrize successful is its ability to polarize the community. Is it legitimate art if anyone can enter? Just because the public likes the piece the most, does it actually make it the best? And why are there so many big-ass pieces of art? Like any big event, there are the hits, the misses and the things that just make you laugh out loud. We've found some of the best.

Live Colorfully; Be A Detective; Play With Your Food

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 25 August 2014 12:51 |

With ArtPrize taking over the city, you just have to embrace art at every turn. Explore kid-friendly art events, then head home, whip out the crayons and finger paints and frame that stuff.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Anywhere (But Here)" by Vagabonds

Written by Carlie Soule | Wednesday, 06 August 2014 23:23 |

Suddenly, at the blink of an eye, August is here and summer is fast approaching its end. With autumn drawing closer in, excitement forms as new expectations are made of what the next season will bring. Here to help with the transition is the track of the week, preaching adventure, change and moving forward.

GoSite Pop-Up is Now Open

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:50 |

 

The Grand Rapids Art Museum opened up its pop up, GoSite, for public use on July 31. The pop up is in collaboration with the GRAM and the GoSite Coalition and is an information-sharing space for the community, including Grand Rapids residents and tourists.

 

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