July Microbrews: Saugatuck Brewing

Written by By Ben Darcie | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:29 |

Saugatuck Brewing was actually born across the street from its current location on the Blue Star Highway in 2005. The brewery was brought to fruition by founder and brewmaster Barry Johnson, who utilized a 3.5bbl brewhouse to bring his beer to the public in the old taproom, and from the start, the brewery had ambitious plans.

Buzzworthy: West Michigan bands you should get to know now

Written by Carly Plank | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:15 |

Here is the rundown on West Michigan bands that are making noise in the local scene.

New York Native Michael Che Makes the Comedy Rounds

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:20 |

When it comes to telling jokes, Michael Che feels honesty is the best policy.

Mash-Up Masters The Hood Internet Visit The Pyramid Scheme

Written by Elyse Wild | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 16:55 |

Though Steve Riedell and Aarone Brink are rarely in the same room, the two just released their seventh mixtape and remixed more than 500 tracks. 

While Riedell resides in Chicago and Brink in North Carolina, the mash-up duo known as The Hood Internet spent the past six years collaborating via the real Internet, remixing tracks that cut indie-rock with underground hip-hop.

Not Your Parents' Weed

Written by Nick Manes | Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:29 |

Anyone who has been following the rise of the craft beer scene knows that drinking a Bell's Two Hearted IPA is nothing like drinking a Miller Lite. The flavors are more pronounced and the potency is much stronger. Now, it appears that marijuana is going down the same road.

Ask anyone who has smoked marijuana lately and they'll tell you it's more potent. Like, melt-your-face strong.

"The biggest reason (marijuana is getting more potent) is that they're breeding that into it," said Chris Paholak, a clinical coordinator with Advantage Health and Holistic, based out of Mount Pleasant. "It's the difference between what's natural, what's recreational and what's considered medicinal."

Grand Rapids Civic Goes Blonde

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:27 |

A big personality is coming to the Grand Rapids Civic, and she's bold, beautiful and blond — very blonde.

Devoted slave to everything pretty, pricey and pink, Legally Blonde's Elle Woods is a celebratory spoof of all things young and girly. Accessorized by catchy pop tunes, bubblegum-colored sets and a divalicious Chihuahua, Elle couldn't be happier with her life as a sorority queen bee.

The Joy Formidable Strengthens its Bones

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:24 |

Wolff's Law is anatomist Julius Wolff's theory that states bones adapt to the amount of pressure put on them. Meaning that over time, as the amount of stress on a bone increases so does the bone's strength.

Because two locations are better than one, jewelry maven Prudence Kauffman has opened a second Dear Prudence location in the MoDiv incubator stores on the corner of Monroe and Division in Grand Rapids. Kauffman says the best thing about the spot is "energy is crazy through the roof right now. There's a constant flow and we're in the middle of this huge awakening downtown."

Pop into the itty-bitty biz spot for custom sterling pieces, monogram necklaces, phone covers and custom fingerprint necklaces. Visit the Dear Prudence Facebook page or dearprudence.com for more deets.

Sink's Spins on Music: A look at live music in the great outdoors

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:20 |

There's nothing quite like it, as Michigan's ultra-vibrant summer festival and amphitheater concert scene has demonstrated again and again. And a decade into its run as Grand Rapids' premier outdoor venue Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has again upped the ante in terms of sheer numbers and breadth of genres represented.

June Movie Previews: This Is The End; Man Of Steel; World War Z

Written by Elizabeth Badovinac, Jordan Brasko and T Stastny | Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:18 |

Here is a first look at this month's movie premiers, which include titles like Man of Steel, World War Z and This Is The End.

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