Books 'N' Brews: New Holland Duo Delves into Beer Literature

Written by Kyle Austin | Friday, 20 September 2013 11:43 |

When Fred Bueltmann and Brett VanderKamp first started homebrewing in the early 90s, that little thing called the Internet was still in technological diapers. So, they read books (ever heard of 'em?) to gain their knowledge.

Rick Chyme Sets The Record Straight

Written by Nolan Krebs | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:25 |

Growing up, Patrick Cleland was a lanky kid from Grand Rapids who loved nothing more than playing basketball. On bus rides to and from games and around the house, he toyed with on-the-spot rhymes for the hell of it. To him, it was fun and it made his friends laugh.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Cleland (better known today as hip-hop artist Rick Chyme) will take what was once an offhand habit to the streets of ArtPrize in a big way, by tackling the world record for the longest freestyle with a target time of 17 hours.

Michigan Irish Music Festival Brings Out the Irish in Everyone

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Monday, 16 September 2013 12:43 |

The Michigan Irish Festival is coming, so grab your kilts or your 'something green,' and come sing your feckin' heart out with fellow lovers of everything Celtic. According to Laura Holmes, marketing director for the festival, one of the most "wildly popular" events is Tional (pronounced "Chen-ol"), the Irish word for "Gathering."

Celebration! Cinema to Bring Indie Film Series to Grand Rapids

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:41 |

Celebration! Cinema North has teamed up with the East Lansing Film Society to feature a new series highlighting independent films. The first installment of the aptly titled Indie Film Series begins Sept. 6.

Glengarry Glen Ross: A Perfect Storm

Written by Allison Parker | Monday, 26 August 2013 13:29 |

In Glengarry Glen Ross, the letters 'ABC' aren't Big Bird's pals or the cheesy accessories of choice on Teacher Appreciation Day. That's because in this dark psychological thriller, 'ABC' stands for 'Always Be Closing,' and if you're not closing a deal, then someone's closing you.

Why the DAAC Matters

Written by Dana Friis-Hansen | Monday, 26 August 2013 13:15 |

In July, we found out all-ages, D.I.T. (Do It Together) venue the Division Avenue Arts Collective would close its doors at 115 S. Division Ave. on Aug. 1. The news came from a letter posted on the DAAC's homepage titled "Sad News." In it, readers found out the space where the DAAC resided for nearly 10 years had been sold. Recently, a town hall meeting was held in order to determine the next step for the venue.

Missy Black's Style Notes: Brindle & Blonde; a la MODE; Le Style de Vie

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 26 August 2013 13:09 |

Add Brindle & Blonde to your list of cool new places to namedrop. Customer-centric with a level of craft that sets them apart, salon manager Molly Savage spins it like this: a trip to Brindle & Blonde is like "the perfect trip to the hair salon."

For Grand Rapids songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nathan Kalish, show No. 146 of 2013 at The State Room in Salt Lake City, Utah, came off as a rousing and satisfying affair amid a hectic year of touring the United States and Europe. After all, the drummer for the Deadstring Brothers got a chance to play an extended one-hour opening set for a sold-out crowd with frontman Kurtis Marschke and bassist J.D. Mack, both Detroit natives.

Midwestpiration: Q&A with artist Andrea Kowch

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 26 August 2013 12:22 |

In 2012, SCOPE NYC named you one of the world's top 100 artists. How did you feel when you found out about the honor? I was ecstatic when I got the news, because it was an international call for entry. I felt very honored to be featured ... It was a great feeling.

How did it affect your career? It basically continued on as normal ... but all the exposure has been great.

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