ArtPrize Shakes Things Up in 2012

Written by Kelli Kolakowski | Monday, 27 August 2012 15:45 |

Each year, ArtPrize has been a catalyst for conversation and change and for its fourth competition, and in 2012, you can expect more of the same. This year, the contest hosts nearly the same number of artists and venues as the 2011 competition, but will operate minus the presence of former Executive Director Catherine Creamer.

Every summer there are literally dozens of music festivals all over the country. While each have their own vibe, after a while they kind of all start to run together. Eventually there just needs to be a festival that rises above all others and acts as a beacon for all the freaks and weirdos out there.

Homegrown Couture

Written by Mary Mattingly | Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:40 |

If you want to make it in fashion, your first instinct is probably to move to Chicago, New York City or Los Angeles. The Rooftop Couture Fashion Show, a Grand Rapids show developed by model Renee Jonkman and journalist Crystal Hilliard, may ensure that you do not have to.

Electronic Dance Party On: City Lights Music Festival 2012

Written by Charlotte Park | Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:28 |

This August, local and national talent will fuse together to fuel the continuing rise of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in Grand Rapids' fourth annual EDM summer festival. Beginning as Grand Rapids Electronic Music Night in 2009, this dance party has upped its appeal and attendance with each passing year.

Michigan Man Rob Little Follows His Dreams

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 16:00 |

Rob Little was working as a computer programmer at IBM when he decided to transition his career into stand-up comedian. He sent out a company-wide email that read, "If you aren't happy here, quit your job and follow your dream," and then tried to follow through with the statement.

Q&A: Molly Clauhs of Silver Spork

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 30 July 2012 15:13 |
Q&A

Fancy Fast Food: Questions for Molly Clauhs, owner of The Silver Spork food truck.

Grace Potter Lets the Darkness In

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Monday, 30 July 2012 11:07 |

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is a band that’s known for its edgy, female-fronted rock. But according to Potter, everything the band did before edge-wise is shadowed by The Lion, The Beast, The Beat, the band’s latest album.

Azizi Jasper Brings Poetry To The Hip Hop Generation

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 09:48 |

Poetry has not exactly always been at the heart of American consciousness. It’s often thought of as an art form for lonely, depressed individuals or pretentious hipsters in East Village coffee shops. However, Azizi Jasper (or simply, “Z” to most who know him), is a Grand Rapids-based poet, activist and man about town.

The Power of Electric Forest

Written by Nick Manes | Friday, 06 July 2012 08:43 |

A music festival is always an other-worldly event. Lineups, weather, activities. All of these really do become moot points. As Jeremy Stein, Madison House Presents promoter and producer of the Electric Forest Festival said, “the experience of being there trumps any headliner.”

Frank Zappa's Legacy Lives On Through Son

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:44 |

The late Frank Zappa has been hailed as a major influence for innumerable musicians going back decades. Not only this, but he is often referred to as the most important and influential composer of his time. And it's for this reason that the tribute act Zappa Plays Zappa was started by Frank's own son, Dweezil.

"In its simplest form, it's to be the catalyst to a new generation," Dweezil said about the band's course. "I knew it was going to be a big challenge on a number of levels going into it, but it has been rewarding that people recognize the intent."

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