April Eclectic Round Up

Written by Audria Larsen | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:46 |

In April we celebrate transformation and revel in signposts of springtime. This month, find life in seemingly inert logs, watch molten glass become intricate baubles, discover power derived from the clever use of broaches and usher in warm weather with spicy food and a hearty dose of the blues.

Taste This: Rustica; The Green Well; Old Burdick's

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:43 |

Co-owner Bill Weier's quote "give me some crusty bread, simple food, good friends and a bottle of wine ... now that is a meal!" does not give Rustica a fair description. This small, cozy Kalamazoo Mall wine bar has a ton more to offer.

April's independent film round up

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:44 |

With the eternally overcast, emotional rollercoaster of winter officially behind us, this month refreshes Vitamin D-deficient filmgoers with actual sunshine. Michigan-made films are alive and well, and there's nothing Governor Snyder can do about it.

April Free Market: Bread Square; Windsor Cottage; Panini Express

Written by Steven G. de Polo | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:41 |

Matthew Russell of Wednesday Evening Cookies has a new gig that does not require dodging cars on his bike. Matt just opened Bread Square (8 Jefferson Ave. SE) as part of the Bartertown Diner Collective that he is a part of.

Mo Mandel Writes His Way to the Top

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:41 |

Mo Mandel recently sold three different sitcoms, is working on a movie script and is wowing audiences across the country with his crude, unpredictable humor. He's managed to do all of this by the ripe age of 30.

Step into Jamie Lidell's Post-Modern Soul

Written by Sarah Navis | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:39 |

"Neon" is the way Jamie Lidell describes his music. Like the descriptor implies, Lidell's music is bright, vibrant and eclectic. But before he gets too out there, he reels his listeners back in with his voice, creating a fusion he refers to as "post-modern soul."

He creates this mix by modernizing his music influences such as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye with electronic elements.

Clutch Answers the Call for Straight Up Rock and Roll

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:38 |

For more than 20 years, Clutch has been bringing its own unique brand of hard rock to the mainstream. Fusing elements of blues, metal and even punk, the guys know not only the importance of staying true to their own music, but also that of recognizing the influences that have shaped them.

Loreen Niewenhuis Brings the Great Lakes to Life

Written by Kyle Austin | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:34 |

Some people going through mid-life crisis buy a Corvette or join a gym. Loreen Niewenhuis hiked the perimeter of Lake Michigan. In 2009, the author and native Michigander planned a 1,019-mile, 64-day excursion to forge a more intimate connection with a place she loved.

Serendipity Hair Design presents the 3rd annual spring Hair and Fashion Runway Event. This New York-runway-style show is held April 19 at Thousand Oaks Golf Club and benefits The Multiple Sclerosis Program at the Saint Mary's Hauenstein Neuroscience Center.

Sum 41: Infected for Ten Years

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:20 |

Since 1996, Sum 41 has been unleashing its impenitent punk stylings on the masses, including its highly successful debut album, All Killer, No Filler, which went platinum in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.

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