There's nothing quite like it, as Michigan's ultra-vibrant summer festival and amphitheater concert scene has demonstrated again and again. And a decade into its run as Grand Rapids' premier outdoor venue Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has again upped the ante in terms of sheer numbers and breadth of genres represented.
Here is a first look at this month's movie premiers, which include titles like Man of Steel, World War Z and This Is The End.
In the midst of the recent global economic recession, artists from all over the world descended on Detroit to tell the same tale of unemployment rates, rampant home foreclosures, abandoned neighborhoods and crumbling skyscrapers. Mark Binelli does it differently.
Free Market was excited to learn about the opening of Aperitivo in the burgeoning Downtown Market (24 S. Division Ave.) in Grand Rapids. Art of the Table honcho Amy Ruis has teamed up with cheese monger and chef Kate Leeder to create foodie heaven in hobo town.
Seth Bernard attended his first folk festival at four years old, which explains his why he's a leading figure of the booming Michigan roots music scene.
Happy summer, West Michigan. If the sun gets to be too much, there's always a cool, dark theater awaiting you.
The days of having to drive ridiculous distances to camp, party and hear your favorite music are largely over. Now there appears to be a killer music festival somewhere in the country every weekend in the summer.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is often pegged as a hippie band. It's true that love is a unifying theme to a lot of the group's music, including its hit single "Home." But the band's message doesn't fit inside a box that neatly.
June is always filled with the promise of summer and there are many eclectics ways to soak it up. Enjoy the mother of all outdoor markets, where only the cool stuff is for sale, get wild with science and fiction, twist your limbs akimbo in lush forest, and bliss out with a weekend of world beat and reggae.
It's hard to make it past the appetizers at Everyday People Cafe in Douglas. The menu kicks off with braised local pork belly in a bed of arugula in apple-quince chutney and jiaozi pot stickers full of shrimp, pork and ginger, steeped in a black vinegar and soy sauce.
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