Eclectic Best Bet: William Shatner

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:57 |

He's a spoken-word artist, pals with Henry Rollins and enemies with Twitter star George Takei. He also played one of the most iconic roles in television history. I'm talking about James Tiberius Kirk.

Theater Best Bet: Les Miserables

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:53 |

Perk up your ear drums and get ready to have your world so thoroughly rocked you'll be speaking French fluently for a week. (But the catch is you'll only be able to utter Franco phrases pertaining to overthrowing the money-grubbing establishment and/or being a prostitute.)

Rock Best Bet: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:39 |

With its most recent effort, The Lion The Beast The Beat, indie darlings Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have taken the notion of a masterful concept album and really made it rumble.

Comedy Best Bet: Bill Cosby

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:26 |

Let's take a moment to think about what life would be like without Bill Cosby. Instead of year-round Cosby sweater parties, we'd only have once-yearly ugly Christmas sweater parties.

Soul Best Bet: Aretha Franklin

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:09 |

Sure, America might technically be a monarchy-hating democracy, but c'mon, we all know there's a queen in charge, and has been for quite some time. And I'm not talking about Michelle Obama here.

Urban Canvases of Detroit

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:47 |

Street art has been making headlines near and afar lately, from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles' groundbreaking exhibit to a few Gerald R. Ford stencils causing a rouse for Grand Rapids city officials.

Game On!: Keep the kids busy as we heard toward spring

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:28 |

January has that "NOW WHAT!?" desperation to it. The holiday mania is over and there's a depressing slow creep toward spring. Keep the kids busy dreaming, doing and basking in that New-Year feeling with some activities.

Kent District Library gets some indie cred

Written by Kyle Austin | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:52 |

The Kent District Library is changing the way we interact with homegrown artistic talent. For years, area libraries considered local, independently produced media for inclusion in their catalogues, but the accepted materials too often stayed buried in the shelves and hidden from patrons' sight.

New York Comes to St. Cecilia Music Center

Written by Jennifer Cuffman | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 14:41 |

For a medium-sized city, Grand Rapids continues to make a name for itself by consistently bringing world-class artists to the city. St. Cecilia Music Center continues this tradition with the NYC2GR series, which commences Thursday, Nov. 29.

NYC2GR highlights prominent artists and programs from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, part of the world's largest performing arts complex.

The Legal Immigrants: Rock 'n' Roll in its Purest Form

Written by Jayson Bussa | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:01 |

Joe Bockheim had a major musical epiphany in the ninth grade as he rode the bus to school. Naturally, when it came time to form his own project, Bockheim decided he was going to play rock 'n' roll in its purest form.

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