For a comedian who can boast the ringing endorsement of Lewis Black, not to mention a 20-year-plus career as an outstanding stand-up, Kathleen Madigan has spent much of her time not in the direct glare of the popular spotlight, but rather beneath the fringes of comedy greatness.
Los Lobos were responsible for one of the biggest hits of my early childhood, "La Bamba," and much to my surprise have continued to keep a pop cultural toe in the Tex-Mex, folk, country and R&B worlds.
It's 3 a.m., you must be lonely. You wanna push stuff around. You know what you need? No, not that ninth shot of whiskey from the bottom of a steel-stained flask. Why don't you shelve the booze and help yourself to some matchbox twenty tickets instead?
What a retro month February has been. Between the reemergence of matchbox twenty and now songstress Suzanne Vega's upcoming performance at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, we're stumbling blindly through a foggy bliss of never-ending nostalgia.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company has finally found a home, back where it started: in downtown Grand Rapids. The original brewery opened in 1893 on the corner of Michigan and Ionia, and found itself defeated by Prohibition in 1920.
Legendary journalist Hunter S Thompson once said, "San Francisco in the late '60s was a very special time and place ... there were sparks in any direction." This could also be said of Seattle in the early 1990s.
Paula Poundstone makes being funny seem effortless. Whether she's providing commentary as a panelist on NPR's new quiz show, "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!," performing stand-up or simply having a casual conversation, she nonchalantly drops jokes left and right like it's second nature.
Chances are you already know last year was chaotic for couple Gianni and Lisa Licari, having been featured on the Food Network's "3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay." The couple opened the only authentic Sicilian restaurant in Grand Rapids last April with Flay's help, whose greatest accomplishment was convincing Gianni's mother to share several of her secret recipes. Nearly a year later and the Licari's kitchen has settled into a north side pizza staple.
This year, the longest shortest month is likely to fly by with plenty of happenings to stave off winter SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) attacks, keep the romance kindled, taunt hypothermia for charity and send you on a mystical journey. Sound good?
Cruise your closet for a LBD and something red because two themed parties hit Grand Rapids, and clothing is key. On Feb. 7, Cygnus (187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids) hosts the 2nd Annual Red Party. The event partners with Valentine Vodka out of Detroit for a night of specialty cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dancing in a sea of red.
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