Taste This: Restaurant Week GR; Bar Divani; Sietsema's Cider Garden

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:01 |

Mouths have been drooling since the menus for more than 65 area restauranteurs were announced on July 15, presenting West Michigan's finest fare this side of US-127 from Aug. 14-24 for the 4th Annual Restaurant Week.

Dan St. Germain: Sitting on a Pile of Skulls

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:00 |

Dan St. Germain knows where a good Internet short can get a comedian and has spent time perfecting that art. As a result, his shorts have appeared on the front page of Funny or Die and his series "Kicking Dan Out" is featured on the My Damn Channel Comedy Network.

St. Germian puts all his efforts into writing, producing and acting in his shorts and readily dismisses the notion that just simply focusing on being creative will get the job done. “You can't do that in this day and age,” he said. 

August Microbrews: Big Lake Brewing

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:56 |

Big Lake Brewing began where most breweries do: homebrewing. Co-owners Nic Winhimius and Travis Prueter had been brewing together since they met in 2007, and, like most homebrewers, aspired to open their own brewery and began laying the tracks.

Classic Rock Best Bet: ZZ Top

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:50 |

The three bearded, trench-coated members of ZZ Top may have faded from the limelight with age, but some things remain consistent: namely, many people still go crazy for men dressed sharply.

Singer-songwriter Best Bet: Randy Newman

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:47 |

You don’t have to be a short person, Pixar enthusiast, or even a fan of wacky (though, notably, never wack) vocal stylings to appreciate the pop legacy of Randy Newman.

Indie Rock Best Bet: Grizzly Bear

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:43 |

While the four baby-faced members of New York indie rock outfit Grizzly Bear look more like teddy bears than the godless killing machines feared throughout all of Colbert-nation (don’t pretend like you don’t know what we’re talking about), don’t mistake the group’s perceived cuddliness for a lack of ferocity.

Jazz Best Bet: GRand Jazz Fest

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:35 |

For Grand Rapids’ fabulous, free jazz fest's second year (did you hear us? FREE), event organizers are pulling out all the stops to bring fans the snazziest, jazziest lineup yet.

Hey, Ladies

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:09 |

Hard Femme brings together more than 15 artists that each explore themes related to femininity, and promises to be much more than a salute to the ever-inspiring lady lumps.

Curator Miranda Sharp said the Aug. 10 show contains work that shows you don’t have to be weak to be feminine. “The work deals with having feminine traits but still being kick ass,” she said.

South Division Staple The DAAC Closing Its Doors

Written by Elyse Wild | Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:03 |

After nearly 10 years on Division Avenue, volunteer run music venue and art gallery The Division Avenue Arts Collective (The DAAC) is being forced to close its doors on Aug. 1 due to a change in building ownership.

ZZ Ward Brings Her Hip-Hop-Influenced Blues to Grand Rapids

Written by Andrea Raby | Monday, 24 June 2013 11:19 |

Like with her music, ZZ Ward follows a classic style by incorporating fedoras into her wardrobe, paying homage to her blues heroes like Robert Johnson, while adding a twist of her own. "I have, like, 60 fedoras," Ward said.

"I started singing in a blues band when I was 12 and I would always wear a fedora because it would remind me of the blues. So I wear a fedora to pay homage to the blues artists that I grew up listening to."

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