May Indie Film: The Jewish Film Festival Enters Its 16th Year

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:43 |

May is a magical time of year. College classes are either over or nearing completion, the flowers are blooming and we're finally far enough removed from winter to fully embrace spring, to blaze down the road, sunglasses on, windows down, blaring Hall and Oates on the radio. Or, if you'd rather, you can celebrate with some of these independent film events.

May Eclectic Round-Up

Written by Audria Larsen | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:38 |

It is the season of throbbing hearts, frolicking, tomfoolery and communing with nature. This month, explore our bountiful waterways, re-imagine trash in the name of art and the earth, get buzzed permanently and wear a hat no one else will dare.

Nikki Glaser on Hosting, Touring and Sexism

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:32 |

Nikki Glaser knew two things when she started performing stand up – she got a rush from being onstage, and she wanted to make people laugh. Beyond that, she didn't have many plans.

May Microbrews: Virtue Cider

Written by Ben Darcie | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:25 |

Greg Hall, who spent many years as the brewmaster of Goose Island Brewing Co. in Chicago, parted ways with them after the brewery was acquired by AB-Inbev in a landmark acquisition in 2011.

Festival Best Bet: Tulip Time

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:21 |

Now this is perfectly adorable: an entire multi-day, multi-event festival centered around the simple beauty of a puckering tulip. Our uber-religious West Michigan Dutch ancestors may have the same reputation for partying hardy as Principal Rooney, but don’t let those visions of stuffy, starched Puritan-wear fool you – the Dutch are, in fact, rather good at creating celebrations around almost anything, particularly plants.

Indie Best Bet: Milk Carton Kids

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:17 |

We don't think the world really ever have enough eccentric, folksy mellow dudes. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, better known as the indie guitar duo Milk Carton Kids, were astute enough to perceive of the never-ending demand for a gentle guitar lick over an introspective lyric.

Hip Hop Best Bet: Cam'ron

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:11 |

While we haven’t seen or heard too much from the great late ‘90s/early millennial rapper Cam’ron, please rest assured, dear fan of the streets, that everything continues to go swimmingly for the multi-media mogul rhyme master dude bro. (Honestly, is there any hat these badass dudes like Mr. C here don’t wear? Caterer? Florist?)

Electro Pop Best Bet: Baths

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:09 |

Gotta love it when a classically trained musical prodigy shucks tradition to become a totally badass DJ. OK, well, Will Wiesenfeld, known to the glow stick crowd as Baths, is perhaps the only example I can come up with to demonstrate such a phenomenon, but hopefully other electronically minded folks will follow his stunning example.

Quintessentially Michigan: Michigan Modern at GRAM

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:04 |

At the turn of the 20th century, a debate was happening in the art world among scholars and crafts persons: are applied arts, handicrafts and crafts included in the visual arts?

Yo Mama!: Mother-friendly activities

Written by Missy Black | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:56 |

When mama’s happy, everyone’s happy. So set the clock to mom time and cue the laughter and well-meaning lectures. Mothers and daughters can head to a spa night or get artsy and design a scarf while little boys can treat mom to magic and glow bowling. It’s all about her and besides, mother knows best…

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