October Movie Previews: Gravity; Machete Kills; Carrie

Written by Ae Hee Lee Kim | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:41 |

With Halloween fast approaching, what better movie to see than Carrie, a modern spin on a classic horror flick? This month has a little bit of everything, from old men behaving badly to the gorgeous George Clooney and Sandra Bullock floating out in space. Sexy.

Sink's Spins on Music: West Michigan country scene explodes

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:35 |

Country music is kicking up its heels in West Michigan. "Within the last three years, the country music scene here has just exploded," said Kari Lynch, a fast-rising Grand Rapids country singer.

Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates 25 years of Zelda magic

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:26 |

If we're talking video game heroes, few have stood the test of time quite like The Legend of Zelda's Link. Whether radiating pudgy, pixilated charm, or vanquishing foes in his new sleeker form, the pointy-eared warrior has left an indelible mark in gamers' hearts. Grand Rapids Symphony allows fans to relive the excitement of Link's oldest and newest adventures in the touring symphony concert, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

How Do You Translate UV Hippo's "Translate"?

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:15 |

This is what progressive rock sounds like in the second decade of the New Millennium: A mélange of ear-electrifying, genre-spanning styles, funky backbeats, ever-changing time signatures, and dizzyingly stunning instrumental jams.

To say that Grand Rapids' Ultraviolet Hippopotamus has reinvented prog-rock on its latest, much buzzed-about new studio album, Translate, may actually sell the project short.

R&B Best Bet: The Temptations

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:12 |

It could just be my imagination, but there is something a little different about The Temptations' lineup these days. No, indeed – mine eyes do not deceive me. Much like The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, and other soulful '60s contemporaries, the ringleaders of the Motown invasion are still touring hard and going strong... though perhaps with a slight tweaking to the original roster of crooners.

Charity Best Bet: An Evening With The BoDeans

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:30 |

Inaugural events! Charity! Who isn't immediately interested right now, and why are you such a cold-hearted maladroit? Assuming everyone reading this is interested, you'll be happy to hear that WCYE is kickstarting a regular fundraising event that brings together nationally renowned touring bands and good causes.

Justin Furstenfeld and Blue October Embrace Change and Soldier On

Written by Carly Plank | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:26 |

Justin Furstenfeld has turned a corner. The lead singer and songwriter of Blue October described the band's latest album as a personal and professional rebirth. After overcoming alcoholism and anxiety issues within the past couple of years, Furstenfeld is in a more stable place than in 2006.

What's the Deal with Hard Cider?

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:21 |

Legend has it that during the mid-19th century, hard cider (henceforth referred to simply as cider) was a mainstream staple of the old-timey U.S. consumers. In fact, scholars maintain that the alcoholic beverage was so mainstream, a significant part of workers' salaries were paid in cider until some kind of bogus amendment in 1887 made it illegal.

River City Improv Turns 20 and Invites Marc Evan Jackson Out to Play

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:18 |

Come this February, River City Improv will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and if you have yet to experience one of the troupe's sidesplitting improv sets, you best remedy that soon. Rick Truer, one of the founding members of the group, estimates that between its public shows and private event performances, RCI performs roughly 60-80 times per year, so there are plenty of chances to check it out.

Taste This! McKay's Downtown

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:13 |

If you've recently watched Pulp Fiction, take your friend/date/Tarantinophile to McKay's Downtown for the Grandwich-winning Royale With (Bleu) Cheese for a definitive chuckle and conversation. If you expect an actual burger by normal definitions, you'll be surprised by its brioche bun stuffed, quarter-pound grass-fed ground ham and beef, candied bacon, pickled slaw, bleu cheese ice cream and chocolate balsamic reduction.

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