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.

March Microbrews: Oddside Ales

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 21 February 2014 14:59 |

Everyone has their point of breaking, and for Oddside Ales Founder Chris Michner, it came a few years after graduating college from Michigan State University, where he spent some time homebrewing with a friend. Beer was put on the back burner in favor of education and pursuing a career, and, soon enough, he found himself worn by accounting.

Acoustic Best Bet: Trace Bundy

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 21 February 2014 14:57 |

The way things are going in the record industry, very few artists can still maintain a stance of true independence without also looking like total weenies/posers. The exception to this rule is Trace Bundy, a legitimately swinging solo musician who bears the notable distinction of having sold close to 100,000 albums on his personal label, Honest Ninja Music. How's that for integrity?

Eclectic Best Bet: Magic Men Male Revue

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 21 February 2014 14:55 |

Um, OK, this probably isn't too much of an earth-shattering confession, but we here at Revue love a good revue. Even better if said revue includes many shirtless performers and both the words "men" and "male" in the title. (Just in case we were unsure of which junk would be waggling it up on stage.) Oh, and it looks like there's going to be magic involved. And it's ST. FREAKING PATTY'S DAY.

Festival Best Bet: LadyFest GR

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 21 February 2014 14:46 |

From what we've heard, taking in a live performance by The Blow sounds an awful lot like sitting through a 3-D showing of the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka. Except in this scenario, the film is also being projected onto an IMAX screen. And there are actual Oompa Loompas doing cartwheels through the aisles.

Digging Out of the Polar Vortex

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Friday, 21 February 2014 14:11 |

Winter in Michigan, especially the one we just experienced, leaves quite an impression. While beautiful outside, it tends to encourage a bit of hibernation in us as well, a yin to summer's yang. It influences who we are and what we do, creating a particular rhythm in the Midwestern way of life, a common bond among us. LaFontsee Galleries took note and decided to organize an exhibition around this very theme.

Kid Approved

Written by Missy Black | Friday, 21 February 2014 14:03 |

Here's a list of the top four kid picks for the month of March or some light reading for the kid whisperer or someone vying for favorite aunt.

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