Indie Best Bet: Ra Ra Riot

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:45 |

Any modern sub-culture group described as "baroque pop" has to be a class act, if not a classical act (look at that, a Bach joke!). Without exception, Ra Ra Riot brings heaps of class like you wouldn't believe.

Folk Best Bet: Brandi Carlile

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:42 |

Some fun facts about Brandi Carlile: She has The Neverending Story tattoos on her shoulders, she was a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator, her latest album is named after Bear Creek studio.

Comedy: Bill Maher

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:39 |

Basically, all you need to know about Bill Maher is that he's just the best. Literally. He is your BEST BET. I would probably form a religion around him if it weren't for ...well, you can probably already surmise the flaw in this logic without my offering a sarcastic explanation.

Celebrate Grand Rapids Art

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:37 |

Thousands gathered on Vandenberg Plaza to commemorate the dedication of La Grand Vitesse by Alexander Calder, one of the first "Art in Public Places" installations in the nation, in 1969.

In the years that have followed, the area became known as Calder Plaza, and an annual event has been luring crowds into downtown, reviving the excitement surrounding public art.

Summer Blast Off!

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:34 |

Summer playtime is in session. It's time to loosen collars, kick up your heels and play—pure and simple. Time to eat too many pop sickles and hit the bed with messy hair. Serious summer fun is here.

Brand New is back, schedules Grand Rapids tour stop this fall

Written by Jordan Brasko | Monday, 20 May 2013 13:17 |

Ever since the 2009 release of Daisy, iconic alternative/emo band Brand New has fallen off the Midwest map with a touring hiatus, severely wounding the patience of the band's passionate following. With rumors of a new album throughout the past two years and nothing to show for it, fans have been left with empty hands and broken hearts.

Literary All-Stars Answer the Call for Dogwood Fine Arts Festival

Written by Lauren Longo | Wednesday, 08 May 2013 09:48 |

Literary all-stars Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike and Margaret Atwood all have one thing in common besides being acclaimed novelists: they all hung out in the little town of Dowagiac, Mich.

GR Ballet Presents Passionate Romeo & Juliet Update

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:46 |

From the iconic 'wherefore art thou' to the dagger's final plunge, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet delivers enthralling moments that continue to captivate audiences worldwide. This classic tale of forbidden passion returns once again with Grand Rapids Ballet's season finale, Romeo & Juliet.

It's game on with a Candy Land runway show and a side of old-money accessories. Your hot Saturday night is here thanks to Runway for Charity. Formerly known as the Design 1 Fashion Event, the fashion show's new incarnation brings A.K. Rikk's, Design 1 Salon Spa, Aura Cosmetics, The Matthew Agency and Visbeen Associates together for a sweet show rooted in Candy Land lore and wonder. 

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