Steins: Go Big or Go Home

Written by Nick Manes | Friday, 21 September 2012 10:48 |

A basic rule of life is that beer is always better when it's served in large quantities. It's even better when it is served in large quantities at inexpensive prices. This sounds like a bit of an anomaly, but two local breweries have you covered on consecutive nights, every single week. Both New Holland Brewing and Brewery Vivant offer stein nights where customers bring their own drinking vessel (as big as they want, but both places have certain restrictions) and the barkeep fills them for a nominal price.

The Soil and the Sun to Play Heartfelt Homecoming Show at the Pyramid Scheme

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:07 |

The Soil and the Sun has been absent from the Grand Rapids music scene the past couple of months due to a tour which brought the band through North Carolina, Washington D.C., Tenessee and all across the Midwest, not to mention South By Southwest.

Already Dead Tapes presents the Family Reunion Music Festival

Written by Jessica Smith | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:13 |

In August we introduced you to the Already Dead Tapes and Vinyl label. This month, we get a chance to see some of the label's bands in action. On Sept. 20, Already Dead — which releases albums on cassette tapes — hosts its second annual Family Reunion Music Festival in Kalamazoo.

Schuler Books Celebrates 30 Years

Written by Jennifer Cuffman | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 16:42 |

In an age of technology and digital communication, people accustomed to the printed word must adapt quickly in order to survive. This September, Schuler Books celebrates 30 years of business – a true testament of the flexibility of the bookstore to change along with the times.

At a time when bookstores are going out of business (the most notable being the bookstore chain, Borders, closing their last stores almost one year ago), Schuler is using this month to celebrate the store’s success with its Grand Rapids and Lansing-area communities.

August Burns Red Visit Grand Rapids for Fall Tour

Written by Robby Hartley | Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:47 |

The impending sound of August Burns Red's blistering guitars, monumental breakdowns and anti-chorus screams will resound throughout the Orbit Room on Sept. 6.

Turbo Fruits Work Hard, Play Hard(er)

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:01 |

Jonas Stein is a busy guy. Aside from being the frontman for psychedelic garage rock outfit Turbo Fruits, Stein runs Turbo Time Records and is co-founder of the rock-and-roll cruise liner party the Bruise Cruise.

Mitch Albom Brings Story of Ernie Harwell to Wealthy Theatre for Limited Run

Written by Charlsie Dewey | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 10:51 |

Visit the theater and the ballpark all in one night this September. Mitch Albom, bestselling author, playwright and journalist, is bringing his newest play, "Ernie," to Wealthy Theatre for a special 12-performance run from Sept. 12-23.

Minus the Bear Tours Proudly Behind New Album, Coming to Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 27 August 2012 17:28 |

It’s been a year and a half since Seattle, Washington’s Minus the Bear played its March 2011 show at the Intersection. For its return in September 2012, the band brings what it hopes to be its strongest performance yet.

 

Bad Boys and Bikes: Author & TV Producer Edward Winterhalder

Written by Meaghan Minkus | Monday, 27 August 2012 17:17 |

For 57-year-old Harley-Davidson authority Edward Winterhalder, the biker lifestyle isn’t just a hobby; he’s been immersed in the culture since he was 19. In the last seven years, he has authored or contributed to nine books on the subject and helmed or appeared in a dozen TV projects devoted to Harleys.

“When I came home from the Army in November of ‘74, I got my first Harley,” Winterhalder said. “Since then, I have only been without one for no more than six months. I’ve been riding Harleys for almost 40 years now. It gets in your blood.”

Gary Gulman: At the Top of His Game

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 27 August 2012 16:35 |

Gary Gulman is really, really tall. Six feet, six inches to be exact. This may be true, but there’s another striking characteristic people instantly notice about Gulman: He is really, really funny. 

Gulman used to work as an accountant, probably one of the last professions one would expect an aspiring comedian to attain, which is probably why after a few years he quit.

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