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.

The Tenderloins on Friendship and Practical Jokes

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:10 |

Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano met years ago during their freshman year of high school. Bonding over their shared love of comedy, they dabbled in improv and stand-up throughout high school, before going their separate ways in college. When the foursome met up after college in '99, they agreed the climate was perfect to reignite their act and take it to the next level, creating The Tenderloins.

The Rebirth of Nick Thune

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:06 |

Nick Thune may have the honor of holding the strangest IMDb credit of all time. Search under his latest movie Johnson, and there he is, credited as the main character's disembodied penis. Thune embraced the role, and went out of his way to make sure he got it right.

Mike Birbiglia Gears Up for New Tour

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:02 |

Mike Birbiglia likes to tell stories. Personal, hilarious stories. And in order to ensure friends and family who appear in the stories don't get offended, he keeps some safeguards in place.

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