Sizzling Summer Arts

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:08 |

Though traditional art seasons are wrapping up, the blazing heat has failed to dry up all opportunities for West Michigan artsy-fartsy fun. Summer theatres are drawing back their curtains, while year-round venues are lining up a diverse array of events and exhibitions sure to offer visitors more than just air conditioning.

Missy Black's Style Notes

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:05 |

True story. Lamenting over the perfect bookcase kept me up at night. That is until I ordered a bookcase from Via Logistics and saved myself the time and gas money and had the item delivered to my home and assembled—all for a very reasonable price.

Successful Road Tripping

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:03 |

For many, summer festivals are a road trip occasion. You pile in someone's car, have little to no leg room (you don't care, though, because the destination is WORTH IT) and belt out songs at the top of your lungs. As long as you're in good company, the details don't really matter. But it's the details, however, that help make a road trip less than a trip and more of an adventure. Here is what you need for a successful road trip:

Chiller Couple: Q&A with Anthony and Shirley Griffin of Thriller! Chiller!

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:54 |

Demand drove organizers Anthony and Shirley Griffin to expand the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival to an extra day. "We like to touch base with our audience and see what they enjoyed and a lot of them wanted to see it larger," Anthony Griffin said. "With downtown and the interest in it and everything going on, we took the chance."

Kentwoodpalooza: Helping Communities to Discover More at the Library

Written by Kyle Austin | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:45 |

Before he was hired as Kent District Library's Kentwood branch teen librarian, Greg Lewis saw something big at KDL's Grandville branch. It was an event that featured live music from local teen bands. Once he took on his position as teen librarian, Lewis was inspired to take that teen-band concept further. Three years later, Kentwoodpalooza was born.

King Buzzo Rules the Stage on His Acoustic Solo Tour

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:26 |

Buzz Osborne (aka King Buzzo) is an artist who has certainly earned his royal moniker. For 30 years he's been the frontman and principal songwriter for legendary sludge-rock outfit The Melvins, a band famous for its unpredictability genre-defying sound and heavy riffs. What's more, Osborne has embarked on his first truly solo project, King Buzzo, this year.

Gluten Free Girl: The Union Cabaret & Grille

Written by Kelli Belanger | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:20 |

The Union Cabaret & Grille features no shortage of impeccable Southern flare. Chefs who got their start in places like New Orleans and Kansas City have put together a menu that features showstoppers like St. Louis-style ribs and Gumbo. Also available are six different barbeque sauces, all gluten free.

June Free Market: Flat Lander's; Elk Brewing; Furniture City Creamery

Written by Steven Depolo | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:18 |

After taking a break to get married and do some traveling down south, way, way down south, Free Market is back to tell you about all the new and exciting businesses in West Michigan.

Let's face it – everyone loves summer. There's the new-found freedom from academic obligations, plenty of chances to soak up that vitamin D and of course, miles of immaculate beachfront on the West Michigan coast. For hardcore film fans though, it can be a tenuous time.

Get Your Festival Fix by Volunteering

Written by Young Swan | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:07 |

So you’re sitting out the music festivals this year because although your heart is telling you yes, your wallet is crying no. Music festivals are expensive, so you’re not the only one staying home.

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