Hard Work Paying Off for West Michigan Rockers Wayland

Written by Jayson Bussa | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:37 |

In a day and age where musicians can build an audience via YouTube or by pimping their tunes via the numerous social media channels, West Michigan’s own rock band Wayland chose to go full-on analog with its efforts.

Kent District Library’s Warehouse of Wonders

Written by Kyle Austin | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:34 |

If the phrase “used book sale” brings to mind those sad piles of tattered Harlequin novels and dog-eared microwave cookbooks found in every thrift store, then perhaps you need to pay more attention to what the Kent District Library is up to. For the last two years, the organization has reinvigorated this once-tired concept by transforming a giant warehouse at its Comstock Park Service Center into a veritable book lover’s utopia during an annual event they’ve fittingly dubbed Book Bash.

Last Call: "The New Old Pal" at Bar Divani

Written by Elijah Brumback | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:31 |

The New Old Pal is a house favorite among the bourbon drinkers at the dimly lit Ionia Avenue hideaway.

La Dispute Heads Home, Plans to Give Back to the DAAC

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:15 |

The Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) had a significant role in the formative years of Grand Rapids’ La Dispute. As the organization collects funding for a new building after taking a contractual boot from its former location, La Dispute will return to GR as a kindred spirit.

Jucifer: The World's Loudest Nomads

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:10 |

The husband-and-wife duo known as Jucifer lives and breathes music. If anyone needs proof of this notion they need only to look at the band's tour schedule, which has been nonstop since they took on a nomadic lifestyle in 2001. Since then, they have made quite literally made their tour RV their permanent residence with no regrets.

Gluten Free Girl: Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate

Written by Kelli Belanger | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:06 |

Herbs and decadent chocolate may not sound like a winning combination, but at Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate, the two mesh masterfully.

April Indie Film: Grand Rapids Film Festival Takes Over Downtown G

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:03 |

It's well known that April showers bring May flowers, but it's nothing short of a bummer to be confined inside while the heavens release their tentative torrential downpour. At such times, the best thing to do is to stay comfortably dry in your local theater, watching movies til the flowers bloom.

April Eclectic Roundup: Sex and the Supernatural; Pilobolus

Written by Audria Larsen | Monday, 24 March 2014 13:50 |

April perhaps makes fools out of Michiganders desperate for spring. But, regardless of the weather conditions, this month has a plethora of fun diversions to fill your black hole of longing.

Taste This: Fries, Any Way You Want Them

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Monday, 24 March 2014 13:47 |

Fries—the versatile nosh that's just as enjoyable in the form of fast-food snack or gourmet side. While the classic French fry may be your salt-tooth vice, go ahead and expand your horizons with these creative alternatives. You won't be disappointed.

Joey CoCo Diaz's Journey from Prison to the Limelight

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 March 2014 13:44 |

Most comedians will agree that when you're starting out at open mic nights, the crowds can seem intimidating. For Joey Coco Diaz, his first audience consisted of what many would view as an especially rough crowd – his fellow inmates. During the time Diaz served in prison, the inmates were treated to Thursday movie nights, but when the projector stopped working, Diaz followed his natural inclinations and started performing.

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