The fifth installment of ArtPrize will again feature an overwhelming amount of painstakingly planned and prepared visual stimuli, but the entry that might best embody the event's overarching purpose was created in the spirit of pure randomness.
When it comes to seeing live music, a little dose of shut-the-hell-up-and-pay-attention is a good thing. This is not a concept lost on West Michigan, which has seen its share of listening rooms find success over the recent months and years.
Insiders know to shop on the regular at Art of the Table (606 Wealthy St. SE). There's much to like at the specialty food, beverage and tabletop store located in the Heritage Hill section of Grand Rapids. Now with their new loyalty program, you can get paid to eat like a king.
Summer breezes have faded, ladies are donning thigh-high socks and somewhere, Frank Sinatra is crooning "September Song." This month is all about lamenting summer's end and relishing the season change, so rev your engines, stomp grapes, spit blood and escape to Armadillo Acres.
In another generation, they would be called Deadheads. But lately, devoted fans of Donna the Buffalo have endeared themselves to the band as "The Herd." The name is fitting.
It's hard avoiding words and phrases such as "artisan," "authentic," "dairy-free," "farm-to-table," "gluten-free," "hand-crafted," "healthful," "organic," "scratch-made," "seasonal" or "vegan-friendly" when describing New American cuisine these days.
This has been a great few years as new establishments have sprouted about West Michigan and forged strong followers; others have downright failed miserably, while some have changed hands for the better. Terra GR is of the latter.
Chad Daniels is a comedian whose standup act is incredibly difficult to describe. One minute he'll be setting up intricate grammar jokes in a Dmetri Martin-esque fashion, then in the blink of an eye his subject matter switches to penis jokes and locker room fare.
The story of Cellar Brewing Company begins a little more oddly than most. Chuck Brown was an operations director for Grand Valley State University and was thinking about taking his life in another direction. Being a homebrewer, he began to draw up a business plan to open his own brewery in Allendale. One day, the catering director burst into his office and said there was a brewery for sale on Craigslist.
You know, up until this point, you probably weren't aware that anyone other than potato farmers came out of Idaho. Well, Trevor Powers, aka, Youth Lagoon, is just such an individual, and believe us, his career of choice has little if anything to do with ground spuds.
While it's not unusual for a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist to be involved in, well, multiple projects, what is unusual about Kishi Bashi is just how simultaneously attentive and prolific he is to all the musical pies he has his fingers in.
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