Maria Bamford on Making Serious Topics Seriously Funny

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 10:59 |

When most people hear the terms "bipolar" or "OCD," they probably wouldn't think of them as necessarily funny issues. For comedian Maria Bamford, who has publicly acknowledged that she has bipolar disorder and anxiety issues, these topics are pure comedy gold.

Jen Kirkman Finds Humor in All the Odd Places

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 09:38 |

Ask most comedians who helped inspire them to pursue comedy and most would likely rattle off names like George Carlin and Chris Farley. Ask Jen Kirkman this question and you get a different answer entirely.

Revue LaughFest Picks

Written by Andrea Kooiker and Colleen Schonfield | Monday, 24 February 2014 08:50 |

With dozens and dozens of events going on in the 10-day span of LaughFest, it's hard to decide which ones to choose. Let us help you with some of our LaughFest picks.

Fitness Best Bet: Jillian Michaels

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 21 February 2014 16:14 |

In case you haven't heard of her, Jillian Michaels is a lot like the real life version of Brooke Windham, Ali Larter's character from the original Legally Blonde. The difference is, Michaels didn't get to where she is by bending and snapping; rather, she's a genuine self-help, self-styled fitness guru with a sense of integrity that stretches beyond the length of a dollar sign.

Gluten Free Girl: Green Restaurant

Written by Kelli Belanger | Friday, 21 February 2014 16:09 |

If you're following a gluten free diet, one thing you might not get enough of is quality bread. At Green Restaurant, located on the East Beltline between Biggby Coffee and Noodles & Company, the homemade bread is so tasty that owner Mike Meyer sells it by the loaf. At $7.99, it's gluten, dairy and egg free, making it ideal for vegans, too.

Future Islands Keeps True to Itself with New Record

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 February 2014 16:03 |

Future Islands is a band that's not shy about examining the human condition. Since 2006, this synthpop trio out of Baltimore has churned out three albums exploring the complexities of love, the truths found in memories and even the deep emotional scars left behind by breakups.

The Academy Awards are great and all, but sometimes it's even more fun to check out new and lesser-known projects by the smaller guys the academy hasn't even heard of. This month, West Michigan offers a variety of events to experience the best (and worst) independent cinema has to offer.

March Eclectic Round Up

Written by Audria Larsen | Friday, 21 February 2014 15:31 |

March is more than the cruel denial of spring or pretending you're Irish so you can neck with that redhead over there. I have just a handful of mighty March words for you: space, vaudeville, philately and AIR SUPPLY.

Taste This: Brunch and Beyond at Gojo

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Friday, 21 February 2014 15:25 |

Brunch isn't typically the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of traditional Ethiopian fare—but that's exactly what's being served up these days at Gojo, Eastown's hidden gem of a restaurant. You might have stopped into Gojo for a lunch or dinner, or you may not have even been aware of this culinary spot at all.

Between the Buried and Me's Jet Propulsion to Disengage in Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Friday, 21 February 2014 15:10 |

Call it an obvious fact, but outer space is complex and big; so is the dense, dynamic style of the progressively evolving technical metal group Between the Buried and Me. This past fall, the band toured and played the entirety of its latest album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence (2012). The shows were complemented by imagery contained within the album's booklet, which illustrates and lyrically guides listeners along the spiritual, intergalactic journey.

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