If you want to break out, you have to hustle, at least according to hip-hop artist Grieves. Before signing with independent hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2010, Grieves (real name Benjamin Laub) was simultaneously writing new music, playing gigs and trying to get his material heard by as many people as possible.
Groovy Paws (131 Mason St.) not only delivers dog food free locally, it is the biggest and most high-end pet shop in Saugatuck. Frequented by the devilish Miss Carolita, the bright, colorful store is chock full of high-quality pet food, supplies and gifts 100 percent made in the USA.
With Thanksgiving imminent in the near future, households all over America are busy stocking up on canned cranberries, green bean salad, turkeys and a plethora of other delectable foods for their Thanksgiving smorgasbord.
But before you too get wrapped up preparing for the meal-to-end-all-meals, why not take a break and check out some of November's indie-film festivities?
This month is all about nostalgia and spice. Move beyond hot cider and traditions and get eclectic. Strap on your soft-shoes for a night of 1940s bliss, weave and wind your way through a world of fiber arts, nosh the hottest foodstuffs in the nation and indulge in a little naughty entertainment.
Known as the largest culinary celebration in the state, the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival offers 1200 assorted wines, in addition to gourmet plates, seminars, distilleries and breweries highlighting their best.
We haven't heard much from Cymbals Eat Guitars, the NYC-based indie rock outfit responsible for 2009's Why There Are Mountains and the 2011 follow-up Lenses Alien. What's a young band to do after getting stamped with a "Best New Music" label by the hype machines? For CEG, personnel changes and relocating back to Brooklyn have kept the group busy and given them something of a new look.
When the folks at The Intersection claim they have one of the most popular club venues in the world, they really mean it. Those claims were recently backed up by Pollstar (Fresno, Calif.), a concert tour trade publication that gleans information from agents, promoters and plenty of other individuals in the business.
If you were to sit down for a casual conversation with comedienne Sarah Jean Anderson, you could easily expect to witness filthily absurd tangents filled with singing, dancing and countless '90s pop references, all probably within the first five minutes.
She is loud, crude and utterly endearing, and she uses these traits to create comedy and art that she hopes will ultimately have a positive impact on the world.
Avoid the awkward 'Where should we go?' banter and pinpoint your perfect bar for the night before Thanksgiving. Whether you want to get wild on the dance floor or nurse a beer in a low-key atmosphere, our list will help you create an ideal night.
If you keep your ear to the local music scene, you are probably already aware of Grand Rapids hip-hop artist Rick Chyme.
If you are not, this is him in a nutshell: A crazy talented artist; long beard; says "5iveit" a lot. So, what does "5iveit" even mean? Chyme's got your answer
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