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.

Spend Less, Drink More

Written by Erica Horoky | Monday, 24 March 2014 13:40 |

Your vice comes in the form of drinking to excess until your friends have to begrudgingly carry you home and tuck you into bed. Hey, we’re not here to judge, we’ll leave that to your pals.

April Microbrews: Walldorff

Written by Ben Darcie | Monday, 24 March 2014 13:36 |

Mike Barnaart is a classically trained chef who spent many years pleasing palates, most recently as the executive chef at Michigan State, but he never forgot his first job out of high school washing dishes at the then-brand-new Arcadia Brewing Company in 1994. This was where he was first introduced to the craft beer scene, and it stuck with him.

Rock Best Bet: Tokyo Police Club

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:56 |

You know what grandma always used to say: “Never trust a Canadian in Japanese clothing.” Or wait, was it “always trust them…. To rock your friggin' little socks off”? It was probably the latter, especially if granny made a regular habit of grooving to Tokyo Police Club instead of Lawrence Welk.

Indie Best Bet: The National

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:53 |

The National is a band that, like our nation itself, embrace diversity alongside a wicked rebelliousness streak. But wait, diversity? We mean of sound, silly. Yeah, OK, it’s seven white dudes jamming together on an indie rock label, but don’t let what’s on top fool you: The National’s cred actually stretches well beyond the length of the Mississippi.

Hip Hop Best Bet: ScHoolboy Q

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:50 |

While soaking up the beats and rhymes of Quincy Matthew Hanley – better known as ScHoolboy Q – it’s not hard to draw the conclusion that Hanley may have been born a decade too late. With rapid West Coast-rapper sensibilities and a maximum dose of dynamite delivery, the Q man (he can’t be a boy forever, can he?) could have fit quite snuggly among West Side elites like Snoop, Tupac and Dre.

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