Everyone’s heard of Jillian Michaels, right? She's pretty much the modern female version of Richard Simmons (sans the fro). But she does a lot more than workout videos and training men and women on TV's "The Biggest Loser". She’s written books, and she’s an active motivational speaker as well.
It’s been more than a month since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, claiming the lives of more than 5,600 people and displacing an estimated 4.4 million.
The parent requires a stiff drink — something to transport them to another place — away from the soccer fields or two-hour tantrums. The Hemingway Daiquiri does this. Made up of Clement Martinique Rum that only comes from Martinique Island and Maraschino Liqueur out of Italy, every sip feels like you’re going places.
Add some fresh-squeezed lime juice and seasonal fruits like strawberry or watermelon and you get a taste of “clean but sweet notes,” according to bartender Rob Hanks.
Ed Heads rejoice. Chicago’s Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials brings its gritty, house party blues sound to Grand Rapids’ west side this month. Featuring the legendary slide playing of Lil' Ed Williams, the Blues Imperials have been creating quintessential Chicago blues for nearly 30 years.
Ryley Grayson doesn’t like to get caught up in discussion about labels or musical genres. Him and his band, West & Run, just want to play the music they like and let the cards fall where they may. Alive and kicking in one form or another for the last three years, West & Run has toiled away in the West Michigan music scene, slinging a high-energy, peppy brand of rock that many might call pop rock.
If you're strolling through The Wallace Collective's most recent EP, be prepared to get hit with a cornucopia of sounds. The Grand Rapids-based folk rock outfit features full versatility on their latest release, put out in May of this year.
This week, Barbara the web minion is focusing in on all the great theater action going on around West Michigan. Whether you want to get into the Christmas spirit, or just enjoy some classical performances, she has you covered.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum will be opening a new exhibit on March 1, 2014, called Dream it, Build it: A LEGO Certified Professional Exhibit.
This week's Local Track of the Week comes from indie rock outfit The Cardboard Swords out of Grand Rapids. Wielding a Mike Mains & The Branches-esque sound, the band recently released a single from their brand new EP.
Electronic dance music is a hot commodity, with twenty-something audiences selling out venues coast to coast and hitting the dance floor at Monte’s, Tavern on the Square, Billy’s and Grand Woods Lounge, to name a few.
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