Dweezil Zappa Lets You Rock with a Rock Star

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:11 |

Forty years ago, Frank Zappa and the Mothers recorded what was to become one of the band's most iconic albums, Roxy & Elsewhere. In honor of that anniversary, Gibson released the Frank Zappa "Roxy" SG, an exact replica of the guitar Frank used in those recordings.

October Eclectic: Grand Rapids Comic-Con; Steven Pinker; Halloween on Ionia

Written by Audria Larsen | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:00 |

Until this year, Grand Rapids was the largest city in the nation without a comic convention, according to Grand Rapids Comic-Con event founder Mark Hodges. Fanboy, con-enthusiast and owner of Rivertown Entertainment, Hodges has set out to bring a Comic-Con to the people, in a big way.

October Film: Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival; Fear the Crooked Corpse

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 11:54 |

October is the perfect time of year to sip hot cider and go on a nice, relaxing hay ride to view an early sunset. Or if you're like us, it's the perfect time to binge on horror movies. Sure, this gory pastime is not for everyone, but if decapitation and projectile vomit is your idea of entertainment, then sit back, pour a generous dose of rum in that cider, and check out these chilling events.

Downtown Holland will be crawling with fire trucks Friday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. No, the stroopwafel factory isn't on fire. It's the Holland Fire Truck Parade! Fire Prevention Week kicks off with the 31st Annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff Parade. But kids of all ages come for the fire trucks.

The festive procession will include more than 50 big, shiny vehicles from Ottawa, Allegan and Kent Counties' fire and public safety departments.

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.

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