50 Things to Do in 2019

Written by Michaela Stock, Kelly Brown, Elma Talundzic and Josh Veal | Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:21 |

Between concerts, plays, restaurants, festivals, classes, markets and much, much more, there’s absolutely no shortage of life to live in West Michigan. In today’s day and age, there’s no reason to ever be bored here. We were able to find 50 fun, fascinating, unique things to do in 2019, and that’s before the year even began. New events, restaurants and oddities are sure to pop up, so even once you’ve used the ideas ahead to add to your 2019 bucket list, don’t forget to keep an eye out year-round. 

Born in Pontiac and raised in Cadillac, actor/comedian Larry Joe Campbell knows a thing or three about Michigan winters. 

Back On Your Feet: The highs and lows of rising alternative star Two Feet

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:06 |

On his path to mainstream success, singer/songwriter/producer Zachary William “Bill” Dess will be the first to admit he’s hit the ground running. 

Bands to Watch in 2019

Written by Eric Mitts & Michaela Stock | Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:39 |

With 2018 behind us, it’s time for a fresh start. West Michigan is full of musicians to watch, whether they’re just beginning their careers or planning to take it to another level in 2019. Here’s our guide for acts to keep an eye — and ear — on in the coming year. 

Potshots: January 2019

Written by Kaylee Van Tuinen | Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:34 |

A monthly roundup of marijuana news and notes.

The ‘Vestige’: Advocates seek reforms for GR City Commission

Written by Andy Balaskovitz | Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:05 |

Community organizers have failed for decades to change Grand Rapids’ governing structure. A new effort hopes to change that.

The Cycle of Service: How one artist reclaims and gives back

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:04 |

At five years old, Kelly Allen turned a plastic trash can into a loom to weave bookmarks while she watched cartoons.

Downtown Decade: The GRAM celebrates 10 years in the heart of the city

Written by Marla Miller | Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:01 |

A pair of 15th century engravings by Martin Schongauer, a 17th century etching on paper by Rembrandt, and Adonna Khare’s ArtPrize 2012 winner Elephant Whirlpool exemplify the diversity of recent gifts, promised gifts and art purchases at Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Kalamazoo and Moscow are colliding this month when a Russian piano virtuoso is performing with the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

A Roundup of Openings, Closings and other Local Business News

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