Post-Apocalyptic Pastimes

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Thursday, 20 December 2012 14:21 |

Congratulations! You have not only survived the apocalypse and outwitted the Mayans, but you've also stumbled upon a treasure trove of films with culture, fresh starts and yes, even puppies. Allow me to explain, West Michigan.

January Dining: Radix Tavern

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Thursday, 20 December 2012 14:11 |

Farm-to-table Radix Tavern serves up southern-style cuisine with local ingredients courtesy of Chef Jayson Leek, a Kansas transplant and former sous chef of Judson's Steakhouse and Gilly's.

Godfrey: From Warm-up Comedian to Shaq's Right-Hand Man

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:17 |

At the beginning of his comedy career, Godfrey C. Danchimah, Jr. felt his name was a bit of a mouthful for open mic nights around town. So, for the sake of simplification (and memorability), he decided to shorten it. Thus was born the comedian known as Godfrey.

In 1995, after a few years of building up his comedy chops at local Chicago comedy clubs, Godfrey took on a job as warm-up comedian for the show "Cosby," which was no small task for a young performer.

January Microbrews: Rockford Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:11 |

Three different people wanted the same thing in the same place: their own brewery in Rockford. Rather than standing alone to achieve their visions, they joined forces to open Rockford's first microbrewery on Dec. 20.

Eclectic Best Bet: William Shatner

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:57 |

He's a spoken-word artist, pals with Henry Rollins and enemies with Twitter star George Takei. He also played one of the most iconic roles in television history. I'm talking about James Tiberius Kirk.

Theater Best Bet: Les Miserables

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:53 |

Perk up your ear drums and get ready to have your world so thoroughly rocked you'll be speaking French fluently for a week. (But the catch is you'll only be able to utter Franco phrases pertaining to overthrowing the money-grubbing establishment and/or being a prostitute.)

Rock Best Bet: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:39 |

With its most recent effort, The Lion The Beast The Beat, indie darlings Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have taken the notion of a masterful concept album and really made it rumble.

Comedy Best Bet: Bill Cosby

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:26 |

Let's take a moment to think about what life would be like without Bill Cosby. Instead of year-round Cosby sweater parties, we'd only have once-yearly ugly Christmas sweater parties.

Soul Best Bet: Aretha Franklin

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:09 |

Sure, America might technically be a monarchy-hating democracy, but c'mon, we all know there's a queen in charge, and has been for quite some time. And I'm not talking about Michelle Obama here.

Urban Canvases of Detroit

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:47 |

Street art has been making headlines near and afar lately, from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles' groundbreaking exhibit to a few Gerald R. Ford stencils causing a rouse for Grand Rapids city officials.

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