Justin Furstenfeld and Blue October Embrace Change and Soldier On

Written by Carly Plank | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:26 |

Justin Furstenfeld has turned a corner. The lead singer and songwriter of Blue October described the band's latest album as a personal and professional rebirth. After overcoming alcoholism and anxiety issues within the past couple of years, Furstenfeld is in a more stable place than in 2006.

What's the Deal with Hard Cider?

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:21 |

Legend has it that during the mid-19th century, hard cider (henceforth referred to simply as cider) was a mainstream staple of the old-timey U.S. consumers. In fact, scholars maintain that the alcoholic beverage was so mainstream, a significant part of workers' salaries were paid in cider until some kind of bogus amendment in 1887 made it illegal.

River City Improv Turns 20 and Invites Marc Evan Jackson Out to Play

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:18 |

Come this February, River City Improv will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and if you have yet to experience one of the troupe's sidesplitting improv sets, you best remedy that soon. Rick Truer, one of the founding members of the group, estimates that between its public shows and private event performances, RCI performs roughly 60-80 times per year, so there are plenty of chances to check it out.

Taste This! McKay's Downtown

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:13 |

If you've recently watched Pulp Fiction, take your friend/date/Tarantinophile to McKay's Downtown for the Grandwich-winning Royale With (Bleu) Cheese for a definitive chuckle and conversation. If you expect an actual burger by normal definitions, you'll be surprised by its brioche bun stuffed, quarter-pound grass-fed ground ham and beef, candied bacon, pickled slaw, bleu cheese ice cream and chocolate balsamic reduction.

Dweezil Zappa Lets You Rock with a Rock Star

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:11 |

Forty years ago, Frank Zappa and the Mothers recorded what was to become one of the band's most iconic albums, Roxy & Elsewhere. In honor of that anniversary, Gibson released the Frank Zappa "Roxy" SG, an exact replica of the guitar Frank used in those recordings.

October Eclectic: Grand Rapids Comic-Con; Steven Pinker; Halloween on Ionia

Written by Audria Larsen | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:00 |

Until this year, Grand Rapids was the largest city in the nation without a comic convention, according to Grand Rapids Comic-Con event founder Mark Hodges. Fanboy, con-enthusiast and owner of Rivertown Entertainment, Hodges has set out to bring a Comic-Con to the people, in a big way.

October Film: Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival; Fear the Crooked Corpse

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 11:54 |

October is the perfect time of year to sip hot cider and go on a nice, relaxing hay ride to view an early sunset. Or if you're like us, it's the perfect time to binge on horror movies. Sure, this gory pastime is not for everyone, but if decapitation and projectile vomit is your idea of entertainment, then sit back, pour a generous dose of rum in that cider, and check out these chilling events.

Downtown Holland will be crawling with fire trucks Friday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. No, the stroopwafel factory isn't on fire. It's the Holland Fire Truck Parade! Fire Prevention Week kicks off with the 31st Annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff Parade. But kids of all ages come for the fire trucks.

The festive procession will include more than 50 big, shiny vehicles from Ottawa, Allegan and Kent Counties' fire and public safety departments.

Books 'N' Brews: New Holland Duo Delves into Beer Literature

Written by Kyle Austin | Friday, 20 September 2013 11:43 |

When Fred Bueltmann and Brett VanderKamp first started homebrewing in the early 90s, that little thing called the Internet was still in technological diapers. So, they read books (ever heard of 'em?) to gain their knowledge.

Rick Chyme Sets The Record Straight

Written by Nolan Krebs | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:25 |

Growing up, Patrick Cleland was a lanky kid from Grand Rapids who loved nothing more than playing basketball. On bus rides to and from games and around the house, he toyed with on-the-spot rhymes for the hell of it. To him, it was fun and it made his friends laugh.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Cleland (better known today as hip-hop artist Rick Chyme) will take what was once an offhand habit to the streets of ArtPrize in a big way, by tackling the world record for the longest freestyle with a target time of 17 hours.

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