If glitter is to gaudy as milk is to the nectar of life, it's a safe bet that the Glitter Milk Gallery will showcase only the loudest and most dazzling lowbrow and pop-surrealism works that you'll find in Grand Rapids. The gallery is currently under construction on Alpine Avenue and if all goes as planned, will have its first show on April 5. The gallery will feature contemporary works of illustration, graphic design, sculpture, and a wide range of eclectic styles.

Judah Friedlander: A Hero For Our Time

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:22 |

It's hard to be humble when you're the World Champion. For comedian Judah Friedlander, this is a status he has maintained for years during his stand-up sets, but he insists that it's all for the good of the American people.

Gilda's LaughFest Attempts to Break Another World Record

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 08:42 |

Gilda's LaughFest kicks off on March 6 with another attempt to break a world record. In the past, people gathered in downtown Grand Rapids with rubber chickens, mustaches, cardboard beaks. This year, the goal is to get the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark.

 

Puppets Exposed

Written by Allison Parker | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:47 |

For more than 50 years, The Jim Henson Company has brought us characters that have become some of America's most heartwarming, hilarious and—let's be honest—grotesque celebrities. While Kermie and Miss Piggy may be household names by now, there actually are still a few things we don't know about them. Indeed, our ability to believe and enjoy most puppet shows hinges on one big mystery—the hidden actions of the puppeteers.

I love getting mail. I love shopping local. Put the two things together and you'll understand my appreciation for thinking inside the box. Boxed GR is a local, monthly subscription club (similar to Birchbox and BarkBox) where subscribers receive a box filled with products, samples, gift cards and other goodies from businesses in the Grand Rapids area.

Shearwater Toasts Camaraderie and Longevity on Latest Record

Written by Carly Plank | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:40 |

For Jonathan Meiburg, lead singer and songwriter for Shearwater, choosing a career as a rock musician over a lifelong commitment to academia has paid off. While he may look the part of someone who holds a master's degree in geography and specializes in ornithology (the study of birds), Meiburg's truest passion is for music.

Making It Funny With Adam Degi

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:36 |
Q&A

We lobbed a few questions at Grand Rapids-based comedian Adam Degi about his journey through the sometimes-thankless ranks of comedy.

Glowfriends Make Music a Family Affair

Written by Jasyson Bussa | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:33 |

Each album in the Glowfriends' extensive catalog tends to hug a central theme, but, the Kalamazoo-based band's vocalist April Zimont insists that this is not intentional.

Up and Coming Michigan Comics

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:29 |

Get to know these up-and-coming comics now so you can say you knew them when.

The Art of Living

Written by Kyle Austin | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:20 |

Buddy Wakefield is, admittedly, far from enlightened. But 13 years after shucking a steady corporate gig and all of his worldly possessions for a Honda Civic and a new life as a traveling performance poet, he's working harder than ever to stay in the moment.

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