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Grand Valley’s Fall Arts Celebration is a highly popular and much anticipated annual showcase for the arts, humanities, and liberal education in West Michigan. Please join us this fall for an entertaining and enlightening celebration.

GVSU Music Department presents

“Music for the ‘Era of Good Feelings’: Beethoven in Federalist America”

Poetry Night

“An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Nikky Finney and B.H. Fairchild”

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 8 P.M. LOUIS ARMSTRONG THEATRE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ALLENDALE CAMPUS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7 P.M. 2ND FLOOR, L.V. EBERHARD CENTER ROBERT C. PEW GRAND RAPIDS CAMPUS

Distinguished Academic Lecturer

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Daniel Mendelsohn “Medea on the Jersey Shore: Tragedy and the Crisis of Reality in Contemporary Culture” THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7 P.M. 2ND FLOOR, L.V. EBERHARD CENTER ROBERT C. PEW GRAND RAPIDS CAMPUS

Art Gallery Exhibition

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Exhibition Dates: October 4–November 2

Fall Arts events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited for these popular performances.

“The Baroque Splendor of Venice: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in Dance” MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 8 P.M. LOUIS ARMSTRONG THEATRE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ALLENDALE CAMPUS

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“Amahl and the Night Visitors” MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 8 P.M. FOUNTAIN STREET CHURCH 24 FOUNTAIN STREET NE GRAND RAPIDS

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Contents

September 2012 / VoL. 49 / No. 9

FeAtUreS 42/ GArAGe rOcK In the 1960s, East Grand Rapids native and gifted musician Dave Kalmbach owned and operated Fenton Records. Lots of rumors and stories fly around, but the man remains an enigma. BY tIMOthY McALLISter

48/ the QUInteSSentIAL GArAGe BAnD In many ways, Tonto and the Renegades was the archetypal garage rock band, from its Beatles-inspired beginning to its Vietnam-enforced end. BY tIMOthY McALLISter

50/ ArtS PrevIeW Get out your calendar and get ready to mark some dates. Here’s your guide to the 2012-2013 season of live entertainment presented by the area’s performing arts organizations and colleges and universities. BY SUZAnnA cOLBerG

55/ creAtIve heALInG Fashion Has Heart bridges the gap between the art community and the military community with an exhibit that features T-shirts and footwear designed by five wounded U.S. military veterans with help from Wolverine World Wide. BY Ann BYLe

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contents September 2012 / Vol. 49 / No. 9

departments BACK & FORTH

FOOD & DRINK

10/ From the Editor

60/ Dining review: Hearthstone Bistro in Muskegon

11/ Letters, social media and more

62/ Restaurant listings

12/ Contributors

72/ HeFedSheFed: Jeremy and Juliet sample food truck fare.

LIFE & STYLE 14 / Noteworthy items, including Sietsema Farms cider, “Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland,” Thorny Creek dog treats and Fashion’s Night Out 15 / TheModeLife: Go bold and natural 16/ Reading Room: New titles by Rhoda Janzen and Mitch Albom 18/ Urban bike polo 20/ My Stuff: GR Ballet’s Patricia Barker’s Gucci tote 21/ Raising the barre

76/ Chef Profile: Lucas Grill at Public in Zeeland 81/ Grand Vine: New Michigan wines

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87/ Fresh Hops: The difference between beer and ale.

“There are a lot of families here, and people are always helping each other.” — Steffanie Rosalez

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NEAR & FAR 96/ Roosevelt Park, a neighborhood that is 76 percent Hispanic, centers its community life in its schools, park, library and arts center. OUT & ABOUT

22/ Living Local: Artistic entrepreneurs

100/ September highlights 101/ Calendar

ART & DESIGN

104/ Museums & Attractions

24/ Gallery profile: Grand Gallery 26/ Art Gallery listings and highlights

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107 / Nightclub & Comedy Venues 110 / Snapshots

27/ Art Talk: Maya Lin’s “Ecliptic”

112 / Afterthoughts: Ralston Bowles

28/ At Home: Rockford teacher and mom Chris Carey’s DIY blog is getting national buzz. 31/ Paul Amenta is curator and co-founder of Site:LAB, a nonprofit that organizes shortlived art exhibits in vacant urban buildings.

On the cover: Ralston Bowles performs last year at the Tuesday Evening Music Club at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, an annual music series he started to showcase area bands.

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READY TO WALK THE BRIDGE? It’s not a pirate penalty: Grand Crossings is a Labor Day celebration inspired by the governor’s walk across the Mackinac Bridge each year, a tradition started to symbolically connect the two peninsulas of Michigan. In Grand Rapids, it’s become a favorite “new” tradition in a month that also celebrates more than 30 years of downtown renaissance, marked by the fireworks and music performances of Celebration on the Grand. The newest September highlight is the fourth annual ArtPrize, which now encompasses the entire region with ArtPrize-related

events and inspires the entire country in artistic participation. What inspires me most is the genuine appreciation of area residents of what this region has become — and is becoming. Grand Rapids Magazine each month offers a myriad of new reasons to head out and explore. This city is more than a blinking GPS locator dot — people really like living here. And that’s a phrase members of the GRM staff hear often. Even the admitted couch potatoes comment that they “just like knowing what’s out there.” As the 2012 ArtPrize begins, I think it’s fitting to recall how 11 years ago this month the completion of Maya Lin’s installation of “Ecliptic” was celebrated, part of a larger area later named Rosa Parks Circle. This “front door” to the region’s downtown, as then-mayor John Logie called it, connected us. Rosa Parks Circle widened the opportunities, from the New Year’s Eve ball drop through summer concerts and dances and winter ice skating. But don’t miss noticing that upon which you stand, dance or skate: The concentric circles of the amphitheater/skating rink embrace the midnight sky in Grand Rapids on Jan. 1, 2000, celebrating the new millennium with 166 fiber optic lights representing the stars. Maya Lin and Rosa Parks are two women who shared their unique gifts with this community and who call us to its center. The call to connect is heard far beyond this region, and far beyond these pages. We hope you are inspired. carole Valade Editor, Grand Rapids Magazine

What do you like best about ArtPrize? “I love the infusion of creativity it brings to our city — new artists, new visitors and a whole new vibe. It’s energetic and vibrant and unlike any other time of the year in Grand Rapids.” — beth Cloyd Doman

“I love the atmosphere that ArtPrize brings to downtown Grand Rapids. The vibe is electric! So many people downtown soaking in all that it has to offer. — megan Lemieux “I can go with my parents and children and we all love it!” — betsy elzinga mcConnell

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“What I like best about ArtPrize is that it allows someone like me — a person totally untrained in art — to be exposed to so many different forms of art! I enjoy the art and the ‘buzz’ that goes on around it. A wonderful experience for all ages!

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“My fiancé and I met and fell in love at ArtPrize last year. In fact, we’ll celebrate our first anniversary by exploring ArtPrize this year together, followed on Sept. 29 by our wedding! ArtPrize will always hold a very special place in my heart.” — Kim Warren

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72/ JULIet AND JeremY JoHNSoN are native West Michiganders who love to entertain, eat, drink, travel and make each other laugh. While Jeremy also dabbles in filmmaking and fiction writing, Juliet collects cookbooks (reading them like novels). Their hefedshefed column appears monthly. 76/ JULIe bUrCH creates newsletters and communication programs for a variety of companies. She has been interviewing West Michigan chefs for Grand Rapids Magazine for nearly two decades.

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42/ tIm mCALLISter Freelance writer and music buff, this former GRM intern wrote about Fenton Records and Tonto & the Renegades in this month’s issue. “Having grown up in Sparta, I was amazed and proud that something so cool had happened in my little hometown.” Find him at timothy pmcallister.com.

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planning a soft opening of its hard cider tasting room Sept. 8. “The tasting room will be in our farm shop where customers will be able to buy all of our other products as well as our award-winning sweet cider,” said Andy Sietsema. Follow Sietsema Farms on Facebook or call 676-5584.

Fashion’s Night Out is just the excuse we need to get out and buy. More than 40 local retailers in Greater Grand Rapids are participating in the one-night shopping event Sept. 6, with parties, specials, entertainment, extended hours and more in an effort to support local businesses. For a list of participating retailers, visit fashionsnightoutgr.com.

Market explorations Planning a road trip this fall? Pack a copy of Janine MacLachlan’s “Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland,” chock full of info about seasonal markets across the Midwest (Fulton Street, Muskegon and Holland are included in the Michigan chapter), plus recipes and stories on foodie topics. MacLachlan is a food writer and blogger who divides her time between Chicago and Fennville. rustickitchen.com

Canine cookies These yummy treats for four-legged friends are preservative free, using only natural — and pronounceable — ingredients. Thorny Creek, based in Shelbyville, sells such canine goodies as Chicken and Cheddar Snowflakes and Peanut Brittle Bites. Buy online at thornycreek.com or at Fulton Street Farmers Market. Thorny Creek is licensed by Michigan’s Department of Agriculture. (Good news: They also make people cupcakes.)

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This fall’s makeup is all about drama for the eyes and lips, offset by subtle skin tones. many of us change our makeup depending on the season. In the summer we go light, in the winter we apply bronzer and blush, in spring we break out the lip gloss, and this coming fall — we go bold. Play with dark and light this season. make the choice between soft and neutral or deep rouge and atmospheric ink. This season, it’s all about making a statement: lips — Get ready to go red with your lips, ladies! apply the drama with shades of mulberry with rich chocolate undertones. eyes — Thick, boxy strokes and dark, carbon black liners are combined to create a futuristic eye. Our experts say to apply a color-block palette on your eyelids with shades of cobalt, emerald green, plum, charcoal and brown. brows — Drama, drama, drama. accentuate those arches and define those brows to build the drama and boldness of your look. skin — Fresh and natural is the way to go. experiment with monochromatic contouring and nude tones. cheeks — Weather those cheeks. Brush on a rosy bright color or dark bronzer to give the appearance of sun and wind.

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“It tracks the course of me as a skeptic deciding to give faith a chance, in spite of ongoing doubts. It’s about reconnecting with love and faith.”

Janzen’s latest read: “Arcadia” by Lauren Groff

Rhoda Janzen poses inside Dimnent Chapel at Hope College.

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Owning her story Rhoda Janzen already has one bestselling memoir under her belt — or rather, under her skirt. “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” chronicled Janzen’s journey to rediscover her Mennonite roots. This month, her follow-up memoir, “Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and

Solves Her Lady Problems,” takes a closer look at faith with the same upbeat wit readers will recognize from her first book. The story begins as a romance between Janzen and her husband, whom she describes as a “man of faith.” “It tracks the course of me as a skeptic deciding to give faith a chance, in spite

of ongoing doubts. It’s about reconnecting with love and faith,” she explained. The memoir also chronicles Janzen’s battle with breast cancer, which is now in remission. The Hope College professor admits writing on difficult topics such as faith and cancer is no easy task. “The best way to approach it is to not be afraid of those very things that are serious. If you treat them with your real own sense of humor — the way you’re living it — it becomes upbeat and stimulating instead of becoming a downer.” Janzen said she often asked if her husband was comfortable with her offering personal details of his life in the book. It was his “gorgeous transparency,” she said, that encouraged her go deeper with the questions she asked herself. “When you’re writing a memoir, you have to be willing to say, ‘This is my story’ and you have to own it.” So what’s next for Janzen? She said she’s been on quite a fiction kick and is currently working on a novel. “It’s the first time I’ve written fiction in a serious way,” she said. She hopes to release her next work sometime next year. — Alexandra Fluegel

Photography by Johnny Quirin

Advice for writers: “It’s useful to try to stretch yourself, to try to write outside of your own categories.”

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A magical story of time Mitch Albom is known for stories that linger long after readers turn the last page. The award-winning author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” has a knack for artfully weaving tales filled with insight and curiosity, and his latest work is yet another imaginative take on a classic theme. “The Time Keeper” revolves around the iconic character of Father Time. “You always see that figure of this old man with a baby or an hourglass, and I was always curious about the story behind him,”

he said. After discovering there were few explanations for where the figure originated, Albom decided to create his own. His tale begins before the gray beard and long before the hourglass. It begins with a boy — the first person on earth to count time. When the gods discover the boy has begun to count the minutes, they banish the young Father Time to a cave to endure an eternity of listening to the pleas of people asking for more time. After centuries of listening and discovering the consequences of his invention, an aged Father Time is released with hourglass in hand into present day with the opportunity to redeem himself. Met with a fast-paced world filled with limitless ways to count the hours, Father Time begins a journey to save his soul. To do so, he must save a teenage girl ready to give up her time and a wealthy businessman who wishes for immortality. “I do believe time is becoming our biggest currency,” said Albom. “Maybe once it was money, and maybe before that it was prayer, but now it seems to be time because nobody has enough of it.” Albom, who also is an awardwinning writer for the Detroit Free Press, screenwriter and playwright, said he wanted to return to fiction. “I like magical stories that can somehow still relate to our lives, and are still fun to read.”

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Photography by Johnny Quirin

— Alexandra Fluegel

Events this month: at the Grand Rapids Public Library Reading the Great Lakes. This book club will read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region, from Chicago to Cleveland. The group will meet at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Main Library, 111 Library St. NE. Sept. 6 selection is “South of Superior” by Ellen Airgood. “InkTrails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors” Michigan Notable Book author Jack Dempsey and his brother, Dave, will discuss their new book that explores the secrets, legends and myths surrounding some of Michigan’s literary luminaries. Which Michigan poet

inspired a state law requiring teachers to assign at least one of his compositions to all students? Which young author emerged from the University of Michigan with a bestselling novel derided by some critics as “vulgar”? And from what Michigan city did Arthur Miller, Robert Frost and Jane Kenyon draw vital inspiration? 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Main Library. A book signing follows the presentation. Happy Anniverary! Schuler Books & Music, the state’s largest independent bookstore, is turning 30 and will be hosting celebratory events at all five stores throughout the month.

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Grand Rapids Bicycle Polo members, from left, Bob Zeilstra, Jay Niewiek, Tara Inso, Jenny Scott, Burton Eilers and David Boerman at Belknap Park.

Urban bike polo finds a home

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131. Now they have more space to do what they love. Originally known as cycling polo, the early version of the sport was played on grass courts. In 1999, the first hard court bike polo debuted in Seattle, and the urbanlevel game took off. Bike polo is preferably played with three players on each team, “but it can work with two,” Daining explained. There are two small nets for goals; the game ends when one team scores five goals. It is fast paced — sometimes games last only 15 minutes. “Coordination is a plus,” said Alex Angus, who has been playing for three years. “But if you come out to play, we’ll be more than helpful and patient.” Tara Inso, a relative newcomer to the sport, says she’s already addicted. “It’s the thrill that I’m learning to ride a bike better,” she said. “Everyone is super helpful and wants you to improve. It’s also an excuse to hang out

with some really cool people.” The local league meets on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons at Belknap Park. Teams are selected on a random basis, with numerous games played back to back to give everyone a chance to participate. Spare mallets are available for newcomers; all you need to provide is a bike with working brakes and a helmet. Find out more at leagueofbikepolo. — Emma Higgins com. Photography by Adam Bird

Often described as the sport of kings, the game of polo dates back to the days when Persian warriors rode horses into battle. Today, you don’t need a horse. Members of Grand Rapids Bike Polo meet regularly to play an urban version that is growing in popularity as more and more teams form around the country. Recently, the city of Grand Rapids designated two concrete tennis courts at Belknap Park as space for the league. The local club used to play “under the freeway,” said Justin Daining, referring to a parking lot underneath the S-curve on U.S.

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atricia Barker shakes her head when she sees “ladies carrying those cute little purses.” As artistic director of Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Barker loads her Louis Vuitton tote with lots of essentials “I simply can’t be without.” The former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet is a frequent flyer who works with such professional companies as the Slovak National Theatre and the Hungarian National Ballet. In July, she took four GR Ballet dancers to Kittsee, Austria, to perform “Romeo and Juliet.” Barker danced the role of Lady Capulet. “I spend a lot of time traveling,” she said. And her tote is always by her side. — Marty Primeau

Note pad: “At night I keep it next to my bed. I write everything down. I jot down calls to make and my to-do list. When I get to work, I make sure to update my calendar.”

e-mail. The other is an old Motorola that is open to European calls.”

Mont Blanc pen: A special gift.

Sunglasses and a tube of red lipstick: “I don’t always wear makeup, so they hide what I didn’t do.”

Cell phone: “I usually carry two: one with my alarm, my calendar and my company

A paper fan: “When I’m traveling by train in Europe or on a plane, sometimes it’s nice to

have the personal relaxation of a fan.” Aloe drinks: “I’m never without them. My husband calls them ‘chewy water’ because they have little bits of aloe. They’re good for dehydration and make me feel healthy.” GR Ballet brochures: “Sitting in the airport, I’m always meet-

ing people. So I make sure to have our season brochure to hand out. People are always interested.” Favorite candies: “I love Choward’s Violet Mints. They’re very old fashioned and taste like violets.” e.l.f. Studio lotion wipes Passport; foreign currency

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Adding variety to a workout regimen is a great way to stay engaged, and there’s a fitness program in town that’s making it easier. Pure Barre has franchise locations nationwide, but the program that combines aspects of yoga, Pilates and ballet has roots in Michigan. In 2001, the first Pure Barre studio was opened in the basement of a Birmingham office building by professional dancer and choreographer Carrie Rezabek Dorr. The Grand Rapids location on East Beltline Avenue marks the fifth in the state, opened by Jesseca Elza and Kiersten Kemp. Elza, who also owns a studio in Midland, is a former personal trainer. She said the Pure Barre method is one of the safest and most effective ways to change a person’s body that she’s seen. Each 55-minute class combines small isometric movements at a ballet barre with moves that encourage the mind-body connection

emphasized in yoga. The mission of Pure Barre is to provide a one-of-a-kind experience that transforms a woman’s body and connects her with a community of like-minded women, all while having fun. All the routines are no-impact and use light weights and fitness balls. Kemp, a mother of two and former dancer, began doing Pure Barre two years ago and said results can usually be seen after 10 classes. “It’s an intense full-body workout,” Kemp said, “but everyone is always welcome to work at their own level.” Classes are taught by Kemp, Elza and three other trained instructors, and offered seven days a week. Kemp said firsttimers need not fear the barre. “Feel free to ask lots of questions after class, and just have fun and embrace the shake!” Prices range from $21 per class to $225 for one month unlimited. Discounts are available for students, bridal parties and new moms. For more pricing information, call (616) 361-4466; for details on the workout, visit purebarre.com.

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living local Artistic entrepreneurs when i First moved to Grand rapids, an abandoned gas station stood at the intersection of Lake Drive, Cherry street and Diamond avenue. Grass grew up through cracked concrete, and a chain-link fence surrounded the deteriorating eyesore. Local artist reb roberts placed a sign on that

fence. In bright colors, it read “east hills Center of the universe.” Not long after, things began to change. a local developer began to dream about what that site could be, and a local entrepreneur started cooking up plans for her future. you’ve likely seen that sign — it now hangs in marie Catrib’s restaurant on the very site where the abandoned gas station stood. This is a story of a neighborhood and its supportive community and of what can happen when local artists enter the scene. Not only do these talented entrepreneurs create beauty and bring it into new spaces, but they also start conversations and help our community envision what can be possible if we work together. If that were not enough, local artists also have an enormous impact on the local economy. Did you know that more than 75,000 people in our state are employed in arts-related positions? and that we have more than 24,000 arts-related businesses in michigan? For more information on the economic impact of the arts, check out creative statemi.org. Let’s celebrate these artistic entrepreneurs and their commitment to building a stronger, more creative community by supporting them.

Elissa Hillary is executive director of Local First, a nonprofit organization supporting locally owned businesses in West Michigan.

— eliSSA HillAry Artist Reb Roberts’ Center of the Universe sign once hung on a chain link fence surrounding a dilapidated building in Eastown. Now it hangs in Marie Cabrib’s restaurant, built on that site. At right, George Bayard restores a poster at Bayard Art Consulting and Frame Shop. He specializes in African-American artists and authors.

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wondering where to start? check out the Following: > Bayard art consulting and Frame shop: In the heart of the Boston Square neighborhood, George Bayard’s gallery focuses on African-American artists and authors. See Facebook. > Beerhorst Family: This family of eight hosts seasonal open houses and shows their wares at the UICA’s Holiday Artists Market. studiobeer horst.com. > LaFontsee galleries: Scott and Linda LaFontsee founded the Underground Studio in 1987, then expanded their vision with this hip art gallery seven years later. In 2011, they enlarged the gallery and relocated to East Hills. lafontsee.us. > sanctuary Folk art: Reb Roberts’ “East Hills Center of the Universe” sign has changed a neighborhood. Visit his Heartside gallery for more examples of his work. Facebook. > tanglefoot studio: Owned by Tommy Allen and Michael Pfleghaar, this contemporary warehouse gallery opens for special events. Facebook. > urban institute for contemporary arts: If you’ve never been to the UICA, you’re missing a great community asset in the heart of downtown. From modest beginnings in 1977 when it was organized by a group of local artists, UICA has grown through the decades, arriving in its current striking home in 2011. uica.org.

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Grand Gallery in Ada provides a historic, residential-like setting for works by its artists, including “the dean of Michigan painters,” Mathias Alten.

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“We’re continuing to expand what we do with Alten,” said Marella Morris, gallery president, who said Grand Gallery is beginning to collect the painter’s work in addi-

> artpriZe featUre — Sept. 10-oCt. 19: All artists represented by Grand Gallery who are participating in ArtPrize will have pieces of their work displayed in the gallery. Immediately following the competition, the artists’ ArtPrize entries will be shown in the gallery.

> Small WorKS/artiStS reCeption — 5-8 p.m. noV.16: This annual show will feature a variety of work from all of the gallery’s artists, perfect for the gift-giving season. There also will be a special trunk show featuring jewelry from Cori Klahn.

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rt lovers and history buffs alike may find something to marvel at within the walls of Grand Gallery in Ada. The 150-year-old Victorian house and attached horse barn were transformed into a gallery nearly a decade ago, yet remnants of its past provide a nostalgic backdrop to work that stuns and surprises. Grand Gallery features a variety of work from the 60 artists it represents, and is also one of the leading resources on Mathias Alten, the man some experts call “the dean of Michigan painters.” Alten, a Grand Rapids native, was an Impressionist painter during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, best known for his landscapes and seascapes.

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tion to offering restoration and appraisal services of Alten’s art. The work of artists currently represented by Grand Gallery varies in style and form — ranging from work akin to Alten’s to more contemporary figurative paintings and bronze sculptures. The residential aesthetic of the building works well in showing off the artwork. “The house provides a good backdrop to hang and place the art,” Morris said. “It helps show how the work may look once it goes home with someone.” Though many buyers may not be planning to place their art in a barn, the former horse barn section of the gallery is particularly breathtaking, given the contrasting low, wood-beamed ceiling and the stone fireplace. The barn was renovated in the 1980’s by two brothers from Detroit who largely used recycled materials to complete the job. The wood flooring came from the old Herpolsheimer’s Department Store

in downtown Grand Rapids, and the fireplace, which Morris noted they actually use to heat the gallery, is from the corporate offices of Hudson’s Department Store in Detroit. Though the gallery has a large number of traditional works, Morris noted that in the decade the Grand Gallery has been open, it has continued to take on more contemporary works. “We focus on quality first and foremost,” she said. The gallery is also home to a funky mix of handcrafted jewelry and pottery that ranges from decorative to abstract. The gallery also specializes in framing services that involve more than just paintings. Recent projects include everything from custom-built shadow boxes to framing a pheasant wing a bride wore in her hair and a frame for a belt buckle. Framing services range from budgetfriendly options to handcrafted custom — ALEXANDRA FLUEGEL frames.

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1/ artbShop, preSenteD bY aVenUe for the artS: This three-day celebration of all things handmade brings together local artists, craftspeople and the community for a market-style event. The Avenue for the Arts urges people to “come and see local creativity at its finest. An assortment of artists will be displaying locally crafted work, sharing performances and honoring the Avenue as it continues to grow as a center for arts and culture in Grand Rapids.” The event kicks off 4-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and continues 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Sunday hours are noon-6. 2/ CalVin College Center art gallerY: 90 Years of Collecting — Looking Back and Looking Forward is an exhibition celebrating the anniversary of the first artwork given to the college and the many works of art that followed. The show, which runs Sept. 4-Oct. 20, will include works by such well-known artists as Mathias Alten, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali and Rembrandt van Rijn. 3201 Burton St. SE, 526-6326, calvin.edu/ centerartgallery.

DAAC: Division Avenue Arts Collective, offering a versatile range of music and art shows. 115 S. Division Ave., daac.org. Design Quest Gallery: Through Sept. 9, winning entries of the Recycle Challenge: to design and make a child’s playhouse out of a cardboard box. 4181 28th St. SE, 940-0131, d2d2d2.com.

2/ Woodcut by Torii Tadamasa, 1940, is on display at Calvin’s Centre Gallery Sept. 4-Oct. 20. Cascade Art Gallery: Multi-media art from local artists and around the world; changing exhibits of extensive print selection, framing, gifts. 2840 Thornapple River Drive SE, 949-4056, cascadegallery.blogspot.com. City Art Gallery: Work from more than 30 local artists: paintings, photography, fiber art, glass, wood, ceramics and jewelry. 1168 Ionia Ave. NW, 451-0705, cityartgr.com. CODA Gallery: A teaching gallery showing a range of work by local students and beyond. 44 S. Division Ave., 401-7382, coda-gallery.com/tag/ grand-rapids. Con Artist Crew: Grand Rapids-

Sept. 21-23 1/ ”Turtle Makes a Promise,” by Taylor Greenfield. Check out more of Greenfield’s and other local artisan’s work at artbshop.

Fire and Water Gallery: Local artists, jewelry, sculpture and photography. 219 W. Main St., Lowell, 890-1879, fire-and-water-art.com.

LaFontsee Galleries: Two- and three-dimensional art by gallery artists, plus gifts and framing. 833 Lake Drive SE, 451-9820, and 150 Center St., Douglas, lafontsee.us.

Gallery 154: Local and national multi-media art, gifts, jewelry. 1456 Lake Drive SE, 454-2154, gallery154. com.

MercuryHead Gallery: Work by local artists plus gifts and framing. 962 E. Fulton St. 456-6022, Facebook.

Grand Gallery: Fine art, reproductions, restoration, gifts, framing. 596 Ada Drive, Ada, 676-4604, grandgall ery.com.

Mexicains Sans Frontieres: Multimedia alternative art and music. 120 S. Division Ave., 706-7963, Facebook.

Grand Rapids Art Museum: See Museums & Attractions.

Miscellany: Boutique store and gallery space. 136 S. Division Ave., (810) 923-7158, Facebook.

Heartside Gallery: Unique gallery acting as a studio and shop for many South Division residents. 48 S. Division Ave., 235-7211, ext. 103, heartside.org.

Muskegon Museum of Art: See Museums & Attractions.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: See Museums & Attractions.

Open Concept Gallery: Open platform for innovation, showcasing local and international art and artists. 50 Louis St. NW, openconcept gallery.org.

Kendall College of Art and Design: Multiple galleries provide space for student works and visiting artists. 17 Fountain St. NW, 676-2787, kcad.edu/galleries.

Nice Gallery: Contemporary artwork. 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW, No. 4C, 284-1771, thenicegallery.com.

Richard App Gallery: Fine art from local and U.S. artists. 910 Cher-

ry St. SE, 458-4226, therichardapp gallery.tumblr.com. Sanctuary Folk Art: Salon-style gallery displaying and selling a range of folk art by local artists. 140 S. Division Ave., 454-0401, Facebook. Terryberry Gallery: Sept. 19-Oct. 7, ArtPrize; live musical performances 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20; 5-10 p.m. Sept. 21; 3-10 p.m. Sept. 22; noon-6 p.m. Sept. 23. Exhibits of local and international art change monthly. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE (lower level), 459-2224, scmc-online.org/ building/terryberry-gallery. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts: See Museums & Attractions. Vandermoere Fine Art Gallery: Fine art originals, prints and gifts. Also provides restoration services. 120 S. Division Ave., No. 124, (517) 204-0616, vandermoerefineartgall ery.com.

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based art collective and gallery. 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW, North Building, No. 198, (734) 646-6186, Facebook.

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in the DeCaDe SinCe it was dedicated in 2001, Maya Lin’s sculpture, “Ecliptic,” at Rosa Parks Circle has become a popular gathering place — especially with the many events and activities that bring people together in the heart of Grand Rapids. Yet, when it comes to Lin’s work, people still ask: Where is the sculpture? This is a valid question if you are thinking about traditional definitions of sculpture, such as the nearby bronzes of Sen. Arthur Vandenberg

and Rosa Parks, or large three-dimensional compositions such as the works by Alexander Calder and Mark di Suvero just blocks away. Perhaps the key to understanding Maya Lin’s work is to know she trained as an architect. “Ecliptic” is not a building, but it is a structure — a space to be experienced. There are no walls, but there are sections and a perimeter. There are no rooms, but there are defined principal and secondary areas. There is no cast bronze or carved marble, but there are carefully shaped green areas of trees and lawn, boundaries of granite and defined stretches of crushed stone and pavers. Like all artists, Maya Lin begins with a concept or idea that she eventually realizes as a form. Among her most powerful concepts for this work was the idea that this area has been a gathering space for hundreds of years, the main reason being the location of the Grand River and the essential role of water as a life force. It must also be noted that this work was commissioned by the Frey Foundation to mark the new millennium, which Lin commemorated in the 166 fiber optic lights positioned in the base of the central plaza/ice skating rink that echo the pattern of stars above Grand Rapids on New Year’s Eve 1999. —JOSEPH BECHERER

Joseph Antenucci Becherer is curator of sculpture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and a professor at Aquinas College.

more thingS to note: > Lin uses geometry, particularly line, triangle and circle, to define her work. Notice how her choice of materials is critical to such definitions and the work at large.

> Water, especially the Grand River, is critical to “Ecliptic.” Remember there is a water table and a vapor fountain indicating two states of water; the third, ice, is present in the skating rink in winter.

of grass and trees. The hilly areas are reminiscent of American Indian burial mounds frequently found along river beds.

> After experiencing “Ecliptic,” walk down to Calder (technically, Vandenberg) Plaza. Think about what these urban spaces have in common and how they are different from one another.

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> Note the green elements

> Take a look at photos of other works by Maya Lin. It is interesting to think about how “Ecliptic” compares and contrasts with such other examples of her work as the celebrated Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Concepts, design and materials are critical to Lin.

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How a Rockford teacher and mother progressed from gift-wrapping tips to having her house photographed for Better Homes & Gardens.

From blog to business By Marty Primeau

for a spread that will appear in the October issue. “And they’re coming back to shoot the entire house,” she said. “The experience has been really exciting.” Carey said the idea for her blog started with a holiday decorating project. “About four or five years ago, I was looking for a large Christmas swag for our mantel,” she said. “I found one for $100 and thought, ‘I can make that myself for a lot less.’ I knew there had to be other people like me so I decided it would be fun to share ideas.” From the beginning, justagirlblog.com took off.

One of her most ambitious DIY projects was installing a board-and-batten wainscoting treatment in the dining room. Carey and her husband, Doug, “replicated with sheets of MDF that we cut down ourselves.”

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The name of her blog is Just a Girl, but there’s so much more to know about Chris Carey. The Rockford woman is a wife, mother of two, a teacher and a diehard DIYer “who loves to create, decorate and inspire-ate.” Carey is also frugal, a trait that inspired her to tackle home improvement projects and to share her thrifty ventures online. Now her decorating talents have been noticed by Better Homes & Gardens. In June, the magazine sent a team to West Michigan to photograph her son’s bedroom

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The console table was made from a $50 workbench Carey found on Craigslist. “My husband and I refinished it — adding new wood, etc. — to make it a brand new rustic table!” Below, Carey painted a tree mural in her daughter’s room. “I’m no artist, so I used an overhead projector and traced it onto the wall with chalk. Then I filled it in with paint.”

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Photography by Michael buck (top right); courtesy Chris Carey (top left & bottom)

“I love change. People tend to think, ‘I have this new house so I have to wait several years to remodel.’ Not true. Styles and tastes change.” — Chris Carey “I started with small things, like teachers gifts and tips on wrapping presents,” she said. “But then it evolved into larger home projects.” As her blog attracted more viewers, it turned into a moneymaking endeavor with advertisers, affiliates, sponsorships, product reviews and more. “It turned into a business — my second job,” said Carey, who teaches English in Rockford. “And it pays for itself. Whatever money I make, I roll back into the house.” The Carey’s 2,300-square-foot home (“plus the 1,000-square-foot basement that I haven’t finished yet”) was custom built nine years ago. Already she has repainted every room at least once. “I love change,” she said with a laugh. “People tend to think, ‘I have this new house so I have to wait several years to remodel.’ Not true. Styles and tastes change.” So was she always a Martha Stewart? “I always liked doing thing creatively,” she said. But Carey got seriously creative when she and her husband moved into their first home. “We obviously didn’t have a lot of money just starting out, so I started sewing pillows

out of placemats and making my own ornaments for our Christmas tree.” As the projects became more elaborate, she wasn’t afraid to tackle new skills. “I just figure things out for myself,” she said. “I’m not afraid to do some research if I

need it. Otherwise, I just dive in.” Her biggest project to date was installing a board-and-batten wainscoting treatment in the dining room. “My mom had given me a nail gun for Christmas,” she said. “It was my first power tool.” She and her husband, Doug, cut and painted all the wood. Cost was only a couple hundred dollars, she said — much less than she would have paid a professional. Carey also customized an entire wall using Ikea bookshelves. For another project, she used cardboard toilet paper rolls to create wall art. She painted a wall mural in daughter Olivia’s room. And for a hostess gift, she made wood coasters using free wood flooring samples from Home Depot. “You have to have luck and ingenuity,” she said. Besides Doug, whom Carey describes as the muscle behind her rehab projects, she also enlists her father-in-law to help when projects are really large scale or require electrical work. “Figuring things out together is a real help. If three people feel it’s going to work, then we have a good chance for success.” GR September 2012 / Grmag.com 29

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Paul Amenta is curator and co-founder of Site:LAB, a nonprofit that organizes short-lived art exhibits in vacant urban buildings.

Creative problem solver By Terri Finch Hamilton |

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aul Amenta’s brain cells are at it again.

“There’s stuff everywhere,” he says happily, as he strolls through the dimly lit rooms of the old Grand Rapids Public Museum on Jefferson Avenue. “This is such an exciting place.” This haven of stuffed chipmunks, seashells, fossils and dioramas is where the artist gets to work these days. “This is like heaven for me,” he says, walking past hunks of volcanic rock and craggy pieces of coral. “It’s constantly generating ideas.” He grins. “I mean constantly. It’s a treasure trove. “A lot is happening up here,” he says, tapping his right temple. Amenta, 44, is a trained sculptor and printmaker, but his real art is transforming offbeat locations into temporary art exhibits — usually for just one night. He’s the curator and co-founder of Site:LAB, a creative Grand Rapids nonprofit that organizes art exhibits in vacant urban buildings, at Blandford Nature Center, in this old public museum. “I respond to sites,” he says. “That’s what gets me going.” People respond to his sites, too. Thousands flocked to the museum building in April 2010 when Amenta turned it into a Site:LAB exhibit, “Michigan: Land of Riches,” showcasing the often quirky work of 200 area art students. Last October during ArtPrize, Amenta’s site at 2 E. Fulton St. won Outstanding Venue September 2012 / GRmAG.COm 31

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from a panel of judges who didn’t an opportunity that exists, create even plan on giving that award. your own.” But then they saw how Amenta People ask Amenta how he gets turned the crumbling, abandoned access to these Site:LAB venues. He Junior Achievement building into a shrugs. stunning art showcase, including a “If there’s a sign on a building 65-foot spire sculpture that poked with a phone number, I call it,” he through a hole cut in the roof. says. “I’m big on asking.” “They managed to bring a He pauses, thinking. dead building back to life,” one “You know, nobody would have juror noted. “You felt like you had let me do this in New York City. stepped outside your own world Some regular guy gets to take over and into something altogether difan abandoned museum building?” ferent.” He grins. “Un-flippin-believable.” Amenta’s good at that. Site:LAB doesn’t make any “I wasn’t trying to be the most money, Amenta says.“I think this is popular venue,” Amenta says. my 14th project and I haven’t made “I wanted to be unique. We had a dime. But that’s not my goal.” 26,000 square feet and only nine What is? artists. We could have fit 300 art“To do the next one.” ists in there and said, ‘We’re the His “paying gig” is teaching largest venue in ArtPrize.’ Instead, art at Kendall College of Art and we had a piece that went from the Design. basement up through three floors “I’m lucky that I have a gig I and out through a hole we cut in enjoy that pays the bills,” he says. the roof.” His wife, Laura, is an occupationHe’s planning a similar “wow” al therapist. They have a 7-yearvibe for this year’s ArtPrize and the old daughter, Eliana, whom they 18 handpicked artists from all over adopted from China. the country who will show in the Perhaps the biggest Site:LAB old museum. fan, Eliana helps her dad on site, ArtPrize entry by Blane De St. Croix on display in the abandoned He smiles. “There’s magic here.” sweeps the floors, is always asking Grand Hall at the old Public Museum: “(Un)Natural History,” a monuIt’s easy to imagine this creative when the next exhibit opens. mental miniature landscape in an ambiguous state of both destrucguy as a kid enveloped in art — a If these temporary art exhibits tion and regeneration. little boy awash in art supplies and are so much fun and so many peofrequent trips to art museums. ple love them, you have to wonder ter, he took a couple of art classes. “I had no access to art until I was a junior why he doesn’t leave them up longer. Bingo. He was hooked. in college,” he says. Amenta talks about the energy of open“It was creative, problem-solving stuff. He was raised Baptist, in Hammond, ing night and how it’s so much better than Time just flew when I was working on a Ind., a stone’s throw from Chicago. No movany other night of an exhibit. So almost project — I’d stay up all night. There was ies, no dances, little popular culture. But his every Site:LAB is just opening night. something inside me I had stumbled upon. I dad, a mechanical engineer, loved tinkering “It’s like a live music performance,” he changed my major immediately — to sculpand inventing things, and Amenta often says. “It’s an ephemeral experience. Someture.” helped him. He learned to be a creative thing about that creates an aura. People After graduation from Grand Valley problem solver. don’t want to miss the next one.” State University in 1995, he left town, sort of The family moved to Grand Rapids And, by his design, admission is free snobbishly, assuming Grand Rapids was no when Paul was in sixth grade. He loved to the shows, which might feature roofplace for an artist. He headed to Seattle, then visiting the public museum where he now top dancing, projectors, flashing lights, an to New York City for graduate school at the plots and plans. 80-foot Japanese paper whale, fragments of School of Visual Arts. “I had to put my hands in my pockets extraterrestrial spacecraft and performance “In New York, there were art opportunibecause I’m one of those people who has to art by guys in tall fancy hats based on the ties everywhere you turned,” he says. “That touch everything,” he says. “I get yelled at. Knights of Pythias. doesn’t exist here.” I’m tactile. I have to sneak a touch.” “I get flack from other artists that ‘this is So he made his own. When he came He started out as an engineering major just a big spectacle,’” Amenta says. back to Grand Rapids to raise a family, “I just in college. It didn’t fit. He switched to busiHe smiles. “What’s wrong with that?” gr started doing stuff,” he says. “If there’s not ness. Nope. Yearning for a fun, easy semes32 GRmAG.COm \ September 2012

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Architect Mark Miller is an urban designer at Nederveld, and has led the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

more thingS to KnoW: > Live/work spaces are defined as mixed-use structures that allow for more than one use (residential, retail and office). The space in this article has retail, production/ office and residential on one street-level floor.

nonprofit community development corporation, led the transformation of the Division Avenue corridor. Many of the live/work spaces are the result of projects completed over the last decade. The units feature open loftstyle spaces with amenities designed to appeal to artists, such as ample natural light, hardwood floors and high ceilings.

> Avenue for the Arts is home to 55 artists, including photographers, performance artists, sculptors, painters, printmakers and musicians. The live/work spaces have recast the former commercial corridor into a hip place to live, work, shop and experience art. > Artists’ books are often published in small editions and sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as “unique.”

gr’S heartSiDe neighborhooD has an edginess that gives it an eclectic, urban flavor marked by people, ideas, buildings and art. The neighborhood’s main street, South Division Avenue (aptly named Avenue for the Arts), is framed by some of the best small-scale urban architecture in the city. The ornate cornices, brick facades and onceshuttered storefronts of these vintage two- and three-story buildings have been transformed into unique artists’ studios and galleries — with a twist. The repurposed buildings contain live/ work studios that provide space for artists to combine their studio and gallery needs — along with their residence — into one space, with one rent. Miscellany, at 136 S. Division Ave., is a recent addition to this vibrant scene. Pulling influences from cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles, the storefront offers a collection of specialty items

Patrick Lilli lives and works in his Miscellany art studio on South Division Avenue.

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expertly curated by the shop’s owner, Patrick Lelli. Miscellany takes full advantage of the live/work concept by creatively arranging an art gallery, bookstore, boutique shop, studio and residence into a compact space that is both elegant and inviting.

The repurposed buildings contain live/work studios that provide space for artists to combine their studio and gallery needs — along with their residence — into one space, with one rent. The art gallery area has ever-changing installations of art (typically by local artists) that spill into an adjacent storefront bay, providing a dynamic snapshot of what is going on inside the space to passersby. The center of the space houses an impressive collection of small press, limited edition artists’ books that are for sale, giving the shop an air of a sophisticated bookstore. A small retail area features a mixture of new and used items including vintage Pendleton and Woolrich clothing. This boutique shop, like the art gallery, extends into a storefront that activates the sidewalk with eye-catching displays. These elements may seem too diverse to coexist in one space, but they all work together to give the shop the same eclecticism as Division Avenue. Venues like Miscellany and its many neighbors provide us with opportunities to experience art every day and prove that Grand Rapids is maturing gracefully into a culturally sophisticated and hip urban destination. — MARK MILLER

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ers Brandon and Jayson Case, who have close to 50 years experience between them – decided that they would also participate as artists. But that’s only part of the story: There is a noble purpose behind their participation: “We want to give back to the community that has given us such a warm welcome,” Jayson Case noted. “We’re from Grand Rapids; we live here and work here and want to show our thanks. Our piece will be up for auction throughout ArtPrize and afterwards the proceeds will go to local homegrown charities.” Their art project is an incomparable piece of jewelry whose design represents the essence of Grand Rapids. “We’ve designed a wrap-around necklace embedded with white, dark and light blue diamonds to represent the river that runs through our city, with cityscape icons along one side, ending with a three-dimensional representation of the Calder on the other side. The Calder will lay close over the heart,” Case described. “Every jeweler and

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goldsmith here has a hand in this project. We’re donating our time and expertise to make it something really special. It’s about Grand Rapids, for Grand Rapids.” Proceeds from the winning bid will be shared among three Grand Rapids’ charities with an 80/10/10 percentage split. Benefiting charities include the Kids Food Basket, Humane Society of West Michigan and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. “What’s really cool is that the public will choose the first-place charity that will win the 80-percent share of the donation by voting for them on our website, where bids for the necklace can also be submitted,” Case explained. Visit Craft-Revival.com to follow this project and cast your votes. Craft-Revival artisans not only create original

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breathtaking jewelry pieces from scratch, but also can take your old jewelry and transform it into something that better fits your lifestyle and personality. Since everything is entirely made onsite, with no middlemen, you’ll find the pricing for their custom-made pieces surprisingly reasonable, especially given their lifetime service guarantee and phenomenal turnaround times. Visit their Ionia Avenue store to see what they can design for you.

Above: 14K White, Yellow, and Rose Gold Hand Fabricated and featuring a 117 Bezel set Blue and White Diamonds totaling 6.68CTW. Photo by Zerilli Studios Facing page left:From Left to Right Brandon Case, Goldsmith/Owner Roger Conely, Goldsmith Jayson Case, Jeweler/Owner. Photo by Michael Buck Facing Page right: Grand Rapids Calder Pendant. Photo by Zerilli Studios

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Their name says it all: Design Quest. It’s a place where the quest for superbly designed home furnishings, accessories and gifts never ends. Meg and Jorgen Sorensen and their oldest son Thor own the beautiful 28th Street facility that features a 32,000-square foot showroom of unique international finds. October marks the 40th anniversary of the business. Not bad for a concept that they were told would never make it in Grand Rapids. “Everybody we consulted with told us that Danish-Modern furniture had been tried here in the ‘50s and it just wouldn’t work in this town,” Meg recalled with a smile. Fortunately for GR, statistics

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from the supportive Danish Consulate indicated that the demographics looked good for their venture. Today, a visit to Design Quest is a true adventure. Everywhere you look you’ll find something to delight the eye as well as the imagination. “We work very hard at finding furniture that functions, is needed, useful, well made and nicely priced,” Meg noted. “We keep looking for the best – but at the same time that is not exorbitant. It’s something our customers tell us they really appreciate.” Jorgen was born in Denmark, so the couple’s initial inspiration was to bring quality Scandinavian furniture to the Grand Rapids’ market. As their legacy unfolded, their ongoing quest led to sourcing the best designs from around the globe, with continued emphasis on versatility and functionality as well as quality, affordability and beauty. Many of their furniture selections could just as easily pass for a piece of art. In addition, they are the exclusive Michigan distributors of Hästens beds. Popular in Europe, they are made from horsehair and built to last a lifetime. Other popular brands include Stressless chairs – recliners that are made to fit the human form perfectly – along with an impressive list of office furnishings that include the push-of-a-button Sit-Stand desks, modern mobile filing systems and Herman Miller selections. Their gallery changes every two months, so there is always something new

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to see, and you’ll find exceptional bargains in their clearance center. Fun is as important as functionality at Design Quest, where children are encouraged to explore. Their yearly furniture design competition brings artists and craftsmen from around the world to share their unique furniture creations. The competition coincides with their October anniversary and includes a Danish-style reception that is open to the public. For more information, visit their website at www.DesignQuest.biz. Better still, make it a point to stop by the store and discover for yourself its own special magic.

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Above: Stressless® Granada Sectional - Designed with comfort in mind, this collection surpasses all expectations. Ekornes knows ergonomics and every piece adjusts to help you find perfect comfort.   At Left: Owner Thor Sorensen Photo by Michael Buck   Facing Page: Relax and refresh yourself in the Mobican Senoma bedroom. The collection features clean lines, book matching veneers, and handcrafted detailing throughout.  Available in 9 finishes, with many options.

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You’ve made the decision to build or renovate your own space. Now what? That’s where George DeWitt and Brendan Van Stee of STUDIO DUO come to the rescue. Architect George DeWitt has designed and managed the implementation of projects for both residential and corporate clients around the world, and all across Michigan. Together with Brendan Van Stee’s experience in the interiors trade, clients benefit from over 50 years of combined experience and expertise. Most importantly, these visionaries bring a passion and sense of adventure to every single design that literally breaks the architectural mold.

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“We like to say, ‘We don’t have a look; we help you find yours,’ ” DeWitt said of the team’s unique-to-each-client designs. At STUDIO DUO, they eschew cookie-cutter blue prints and help clients discover their own voice and personal style – even if it’s something they had never before considered or defined. “It becomes a very personal thing. At the level we work, our professional titles probably should include ‘Psychologist’,” DeWitt added with a smile. STUDIO DUO can help infuse your personality into any design, from traditional to contemporary, whether your project is for residential or commercial space. In fact, they recently put the clean, crisp, mid-century modern spin on the common spaces at a new downtown urban renovation project. “We’re always told, whether traditional or contemporary, our spaces feel comfortable and cozy,” Van Stee agreed. “We think that’s because they are so personally tailored. Even if clients don’t have that kind of clarity when we first meet, we help them find their own uniqueness and then integrate that into the feel of their home.” Another advantage STUDIO DUO brings to the table is options. For them, there is no single approach. Involving the client throughout the process makes it possible to continually adapt the design to reflect individual needs and sensibilities. “Because

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we’re a smaller firm, we work very closely with our clients so they never get lost in the shuffle,” DeWitt said. Using a comprehensive approach from the start of the project through information gathering, design phases and construction oversight, they even help clients find the kind of contractors that make the best team members. “At the end of the job we want our client to feel like it’s their house and they helped design it,” DeWitt noted. Van Stee summed it up: “Your house is your haven. Basically we’re creating a vacation-like destination that’s within reach because it’s your home; you’re surrounded by the things that you love. It’s a place to escape from it all.”

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Above: This youthful and vibrant common area in a downtown apartment complex (Division Park Avenue) includes Herman Miller’s “Swoop” chairs and ottomans, Nelson pendant lights and commissioned artwork by local artists (Sandi & Tim Gunnett and Bob Hefferan). Photo by Michael Buck   At Left: The careful blend of architecture and interior design is a STUDIO DUO hallmark. Photo by Patrick Chambers   Facing Page: A downtown loft, designed for a young couple, has a mid-century classic look through the use of Eames chairs, a Goetz sofa and a Noguchi coffee table. Photo by Michael Buck

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Have a listen? If you want to hear some of the music Fenton released, you’re going to have to work for it — and spend a bit of money. The original singles sell on eBay at prices ranging from $20 to $800, and they’ve never been repressed. Considering the mystery of the master tapes, a re-release of the material is unlikely. Way Back Records, a German company, put out an indispensable boxed set called “Scream Loud!!! The Fenton Story,” but it’s quite pricey. The two-CD set costs $37, plus the cost of shipping from Germany. You can also get it as a three-LP set, but that’ll run you $82, plus shipping. It’s a phenomenal collection though, and well worth the money. You get 61 songs of prime Fenton rock and roll by 32 bands, ripped from the original 45s. Otherwise, you’ll find a stray song or two by various Fenton bands on other random garage rock compilations, but these are hard to find.

Local musician Dave Kalmbach started Fenton Records in 1959, first recording at Our Theater on Leonard Street NW, opposite page. By 1964, most of Fenton’s garage band recordings were made at the Sparta Theater, shown on page 43.

The mid-1960s was one of the most fertile, creative periods in the history of popular music. There was an explosion of rock ‘n’ roll bands all over the country as kids were exposed to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and thought, “Hey, I can do that!” The subsequent music created by teens and musical novices has become known as “garage rock.” Garage rock was primarily based on “British invasion” sounds, but with a twisted, sometimes brutal, American spin on it. Telltale signs of garage rock were fuzzed-out bass, distorted guitars, churchy organs, aggressively primitive drums and a sneering lead singer. Lyrics were usually about girls, but they could be about anything. The key ingredient to garage rock was FUN. Songs were relatively easy to play and would sound good blasting at a “teen club” or a school dance. The songs appealed to kids of all ages. They still do. In the United States, some cities were home to an exceptional group of bands whose recordings have been in demand for more than 40 years and whose music still sounds fresh. Those cities include San Antonio, Tacoma, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago — and Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids was the home of Fenton Records, an extension of the Great Lakes Recording Studio. Both were owned and operated by local native Dave Kalmbach and his partner (in business and in life), Bruce Smith. The timeline is rather sketchy. From about 1959 to 1964, the studio was located at Our Theater, 737 Leonard St. NW, where the

first few Fenton singles were recorded. Kalmbach also operated a recording studio in the basement of his parents’ home in East Grand Rapids, where other early Fenton singles were recorded. He also lived and worked in California for a short time. By 1964, Kalmbach was established at the Sparta Theater in the village of Sparta, where most of the Fenton recordings were made. It is impossible to paint a clear picture of Dave Kalmbach. There isn’t much hard data about the man, and only one known photograph exists. Lots of rumors and stories fly around, but the man basically remains an enigma. A gifted musician and a whiz with electronics, he lived with his parents in East Grand Rapids. He had a disassembled pipe organ and an elaborate recording studio in the basement. Before the Fenton years, he had a moderately successful band called Dave and the Shadows, which released some singles, recorded at Chess in Chicago, and appeared on local television. The first Fenton single was by Dave and the Shadows, and one of only three LPs put out by the label was a Christmas album by his group. Fenton Records and the Great Lakes Recording Studio were very successful artistically, but not financially. Many Fenton singles hit the top-40 in Grand Rapids. One, “Think Twice” by the Pedestrians, was WLAV’s No. 1 record of 1966, and through some quirk of fate, the song went on to hit No. 1 in Orlando, Fla., and Mobile, Ala., the following year. Here’s how the studio operated: Bands from all over West Michigan came to the studio, paying Kalmbach about $20 an hour, according to Aris Hampers, a member of the Soul Benders, a band that did four sessions with Kalmbach at the Sparta studio. Kalmbach, along with engineer and sometimes producer Bryce Robertson, would record a couple of the band’s songs. The recording sessions took place during hours when the theater wasn’t showing movies. Kalmbach would have the records pressed at American Record Pressing in Owosso, which also pressed the records for Motown, as well as the first Beatles’ single on Vee-Jay (a year before the band appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show). Not all Fenton records have a “Fenton Records” label. If Kalmbach didn’t personally like a band or their song, he would use a different company name, such as “Duboney” or “Jafes.” Sometimes bands would request a different label name. Muskegon’s Aardvarks were on “Vark” and Lansing’s Plagues were on “Quarantined.” The Quests, from Grand Rapids, recorded three singles at the

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“I don't recall a single moment of angst while I was in that studio. He would never challenge me on any idea that I had. If it was what I wanted, then he would just comply. It was a great atmosphere for a kid of only 18 years.” — Aris Hampers

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Sparta studio. Lyle Hotchkiss, the band’s lead guitarist, found the experience deeply rewarding. “Dave was very accommodating and patient with us,” Hotchkiss said. “He always deferred to our judgment. Dave gave us a great sound, but we never achieved an error-free recording at Great Lakes. Maybe that’s part of the magic of the Fenton recordings: real music by real garage bands — perfect imperfection. What Dave helped us to achieve could not happen today.” Hampers also enjoyed his time recording with Kalmbach. “He was very laid back and quiet,” Hampers said. “No yelling or screaming — quite the opposite. I don’t recall a single moment of angst while I was in that studio. He would never challenge me on any idea that I had. If it was what I wanted, then he would just comply. It was a great atmosphere for a kid of only 18 years.” Despite the chart successes, Kalmbach had to leave Grand Rapids in a hurry in 1970, owing a lot of money to a lot of people all over town. The recording equipment at the studio in Sparta was repossessed, and the movie theater was shut down permanently. Of many unresolved Fenton questions, the biggest is about what happened to the master tapes. Nobody seems to be sure. “A few years ago, I tried to get a hold of copies that Dave should have had,” Hotchkiss said, “but I couldn’t find information on their existence.” In the ’80s, somebody with a Wisconsin address was selling Fenton master tapes using a classified ad in Goldmine Magazine, a publication aimed at record collectors. Nobody knows who, if anybody, bought any of them. “Dave is sitting on a ton of unreleased tapes,” Hampers said. “I made the offer to work on those at no charge so we could get them released. His friend said he would discuss it with Dave, but I never heard back from them.” After Fenton closed down, Kalmbach moved to Detroit and worked briefly at a recording studio. He moved to Toronto for a while, and finally settled in Pennsylvania, where he still lives.

Today, Kalmbach has multiple sclerosis and has become reclusive. “When (the Soul Benders) had our CD release party at my store in 2000, I somehow got an invitation to him,” Hampers said. “I was absolutely floored when he showed up. He was in frail health and was walking with a cane, but it was a great reunion. He stayed for the whole thing, and afterwards, we just sat and talked for a long time. He looked bad but smiled a lot. He had a companion there who was taking care of him. At one point, (the companion) pulled me aside, out of Dave’s hearing range, and said that he hadn’t seen Dave that happy in a long time.” In 1967, when the Beatles released the “Sgt. Pepper” album, garage rock turned to psychedelia, which led to such folk hippie stuff as The Grateful Dead, then Rock with a capital R — serious business — and eventually progressive rock — bands like Kansas, Yes, Pink Floyd and King Crimson. But garage rock didn’t die. Even as the music created by mainstream rock bands became more esoteric, there were always a few bands keeping the flame alive. It seems to have a revival every 10 or 15 years. The first was back in the mid-’70s, with punk rock groups like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols. They were directly inspired by a compilation called “Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era,” which was put together by Patti Smith’s guitarist Lenny Kaye and released on Elektra Records in 1972. Rolling Stone Magazine called it the 196th greatest album of all time. Another recent garage rock revival was in the early 2000s, when groups such as The White Stripes and The Hives had their moment. In the last few years, another bunch of garage-y groups came along. The Black Lips, Nobunny and The Strange Boys all sound like they could’ve recorded for Fenton. Another garage rock revival is probably brewing somewhere right now. There are always kids with guitars in garages and bedrooms and basements. GR There’s always something to scream about.

West Michigan garage bands Most towns had at least a couple of popular garage bands. Here are the most successful groups from around West Michigan. Not all recorded for Fenton, but they all had varying degrees of success at local dances, teen clubs and roller rinks. The luckier ones performed on Grand Rapids’ version of “American Bandstand” — “McKay’s Show” — which aired weekdays at 4:30 on WZZM. BATTLE CREEK The Pastels CEDAR SPRINGS The Black Watch COOPERSVILLE The Psychotics EAST GRAND RAPIDS Dave and the Shadows The Quests FENNVILLE The Chentelles GRAND HAVEN Poor Boy’s Pride GRAND RAPIDS 4 U & Him The Apocalypse The Barons The Bel-Aires

The Boyfriends The Chevrons V The Day’s Light The Echelons The Fredric The Fugitives The Intruders The JuJus The Kingtones Lyn and the Invaders The Mafia The Masters of Stonehouse The Orange Wedge The Outcasts The Paeans The Pedestrians Peter and the Prophets Phlegethon The Renegades V The Rhythm Rockers Ruth Ann and the Invictas The Soul Benders

HOLLAND The Legends The Sheffields

PORTAGE The Thyme

IONIA The John Brown Trio

REED CITY The Good Things The Sandpipers

KALAMAZOO The Deacons The Decisions The Touchstone

SOUTH HAVEN December’s Children The Mussies The Smoke

KENTWOOD Satan and His Sinners

SPARTA The Jades

LOWELL The Headhunters

TRAVERSE CITY The Penetraters The Rainmakers

LUDINGTON Band X MUSKEGON 9th Street Market The Aardvarks The Blokes The Pentagons

WYOMING The Knights of Sound The Wyld Syde

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The quintessential garage band

By Tim McAllister Photography by Johnny Quirin

In many ways, Tonto and the Renegades was the archetypal garage rock band, from their Beatles -inspired beginning to their Vietnam-enforced end. The group played constant live shows all over the state and had a rabid hometown following. They put out two records in 1967, both recorded at Dave Kalmbach’s studio, both hitting the top-10 on local charts. In June 2012, the band received a proclamation from Gov. Rick Snyder. A parade through the band’s hometown, Grand Ledge, honored it, and the mayor decreed that June 23 would forever be “Tonto and the Renegades Day.” Three of the surviving original band members were on hand for the festivities: Tom Kirby, Terry Slocum and Gary “Tonto” Richey. Bill Ford was unable to attend. Talking to them now, it’s easy to see how these guys were once the charismatic leaders of a popular band. Like The Beatles or The Monkees, each man has a distinct personality, and they still play off each other in conversation the way they probably used to do on stage. Tom Kirby is the band intellectual. He has all the relevant facts,

figures, names and dates memorized. Tonto Richey is surprisingly quiet. “Tonto” is a childhood nickname that stuck, he explained. He has a strong, commanding presence: When he speaks, you listen. Terry Slocum is a fountain of wise-ass remarks and silliness, and a true raconteur. Before June 23, the guys hadn’t all been together for decades. All three are now facing health issues, and they stressed that the week of honors, appearances and interviews would most likely be the last time they’d ever see each other. They’d been playing music together since 1963, but one cultural event proved to be significant. “When I saw The Beatles on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ that’s what really got me motivated,” Slocum said. “That’s when I said, ‘That is what I want to do for a living.’” “We were the first band out of the area that really did anything,” Tonto said. “We played in a lot of Battles of the Bands all over Michigan, and

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we only lost one of them,” said Kirby. “Little Boy Blue” is the song the band is famous for — a huge local “We played every place you can think of in Michigan,” said hit that, in the decades since, has appeared on a slew of compilation Slocum. “One place that really sticks out in my mind was the Club albums. It is literally a screamer. Lead singer Slocum sounds almost Ponytail (in Harbor Springs), which was this underground bunker rabid, hollering about his fascination with a girl. Tonto’s bass flops that Al Capone built in the 1920s.” around like a fish, keyboardist Jeff Keast puts some “Louie Louie” Tonto’s family provided a strong support system for the band. organ sounds down, there’s all that fuzzy guitar from Slocum and “My dad (Jerry D. Richey) was our manager,” Tonto said, “and he did Bill Ford, and Kirby’s drums keep the whole thing together in grand, a lot for us. We never had to pay for all the electricity that we used or whomping style. It’s the quintessential garage rock song. There has anything. Our house was like a second home to these guys.” never been a more perfect expression of the happiness, innocence, “And your mom was an angel,” Kirby agreed. “I pretty much lived anger and lust associated with teenage romance. there.” The band’s agent, Don Trefry, who also ran The Sceen, a teen The rock ’n’ roll life wasn’t all fun and games. They were under club outside of Grand Ledge, connected the boys with Dave Kalmconstant assault from peers of both sexes. bach of Fenton Records. Trefry paid for the session, so the label read “We had a big problem when we were in high school with the “Sound of the Sceen” instead of “Fenton Records.” jocks,” Slocum said. “We started getting all their girlfriends, and they “We rehearsed and rehearsed and rehearsed and rehearsed and were jealous of us.” got our songs tight before we went in there, to save money on studio “Our practice sessions were loaded with women,” Kirby added. time,” Slocum said. “I think it was $25 bucks an hour, which was a “There’d be about 20 of ‘em,” Tonto continued. lot.” “Drooling over us,” Slocum said with a salacious giggle. “(Kalmbach) had me put my wallet on my snare drum so it “At school, we got chased down the halls and into the bathwould ‘crack,’” Kirby said, “and it was perfect!” room,” Kirby laughed. “‘Little Boy Blue’ took off,” Slocum said. “Now it’s all over the “I’ll never forget the first time I heard our song on the radio,” Sloworld. And I wrote that song in 15 minutes, about Vickie Schnepp. cum said. “I was 16. ‘Oh, wow, man, that’s us!’” She was my very first girlfriend.” “No shit,” Kirby agreed. “What a feeling.” Tonto and the Renegades’ second record, “Anytime You Want Where Tonto and the Renegades excelled compared to most Some Lovin’” with B-side “The Easy Way Out” showed a band whose garage bands was the quality of their ambition and skills were growing at a fast pace. music. The band’s first single had “I With Ernie Morrow and Jim Hall adding horns and “After we did ‘Anytime You Knew This Thing Would Happen” as Donny Hartman from The Frost on harmonica, it Want Some Lovin’,’ Donny the A-side, backed with the feral rockalmost doesn’t sound like the same band. er “Little Boy Blue.” The A-side is the This second session was produced at the Hartman came running only one of their four songs that hasn’t Sparta studio by Dick Wagner, who later became down the aisle yelling, been named a “Legendary Michigan famous for his work with such artists as Lou Reed, ‘Man! That’s got balls!’” Song,” possibly because it’s a pretty, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and Kiss. Wagner also — Gary “Tonto” Richey Beatlesque ballad. wrote the two songs and played a droning, feedback guitar part on “The Easy Way Out.” Kalmbach demoted himself to engineer for the day, working only on the technical side of things. Thanks to Wagner’s production and the extra musicians, the single was more polished. It sounds rather like what pop groups such as Chicago and The Grass Roots would popularize a couple years later, but Tonto and the Renegades were pioneering the sound long before those bands. Slocum still has the original receipt for the session, which cost the band $200. “(Kalmbach) gave us a break on the recording time, because he wanted Dick Wagner to come there and see his studio,” Kirby said. “He was impressed that Wagner was coming in, and he wanted him to come back.” “After we did ‘Anytime You Want Some Lovin’,’ Donny Hartman came running down the aisle yelling, ‘Man! That’s got balls!’” Tonto said. “Our (second) record hit No. 3,” Kirby said. “We had offers from Capitol, U.S.A, Decca, Laurie — those are the ones I remember. Anyway, we had several options. Columbia offered us a $10,000 advance, a national tour and an album recording Above: Band members Bill Ford, Terry Slocum, Tom Kirby and Gary ‘Tonto’ Richey in a publicity photo of Tonto & the Renegades in its at the end. That’s what we wanted. We were right there. And that’s heyday in the late ’60s. Opposite page, original band members Kirby, when I got the notice and I was gone.” left, and Richey jam with Jim Hall, a studio musician who recorded In 1969, Kirby was drafted and sent to Vietnam. with the band in the ’60s. In 2009, Kirby formed a two-man band Sadly, that is the last chapter in a lot of garage band stories. Slowith Hall called Trail’s End; they play regularly in Grand Ledge. cum also entered the military, and the guys drifted apart. They have GR not played music together since 1969.

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fall arts preview Here’s your guide to the 2012-2013 season of live entertainment presented by the area’s performing arts organizations and colleges and universities. For venue addresses and ticket information, see the websites.

performing arts groups Actors’ Theatre begins its 32nd season with a world premiere of David Turkel’s “Nadia,” about a mysterious Russian artist and the grad student who goes to great lengths to research her. “Next to Normal” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about a suburban family’s struggles to find balance in their relationships. “[title of show]” is a musical comedy about a group of friends who write a musical about writing a musical. Performances are at Spectrum Theater. actorstheatregrandrapids. org Sept. 27-Oct. 6 — “Nadia” Nov. 29-Dec. 15 — “Next to Normal” Jan. 24-Feb. 2 — “A Steady Rain” March 28-April 6 — “[title of show]” May 23-June 1 — “Looking for Normal”

Broadway Grand Rapids will welcome the cast of Tonyaward winner “Anything Goes” in May.

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get out your calendar and get ready to mark some dates!

broadway Grand rapids opens its 2012/2013 season with the Blue Man Group, a combination of music, comedy and technology that results in a one-of-akind show for all ages. “Anything Goes” is the recipient of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Best Choreography. Performances take place at DeVos Performance Hall. broadwaygrand rapids.com Sept. 25-30 — “Blue Man Group” Oct. 18-21 — “Cats”

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Violinist Tianwa Yang will join the Grand Rapids Symphony as guest artist April 12-13 in “Bolero” for the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series.

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School showings Local colleges showcase students and guests artists in music, dance and theater performances. Here is a sampling.

Oct. 4-7 — “Amadeus” Nov. 7, 10, 14 — “The Fantasists” Nov. 29–Dec. 2 — “Reckless” Feb. 21-24 — “Chicago” April 18-21 — “Hotel Cassiopaeia” Calvin College’s theater department’s first performance is the Tony-Awardwinning “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” “Refugee Stories: Survival, Hope, and Finding a Home in Grand Rapids” explores the lives of refugees living in Grand Rapids. Calvin’s music department produces concerts throughout the school year. The Calvin Artist Series includes three performances this year. calvin.edu Sept. 24 — Canadian Brass Nov. 1-3, 8-10 — “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” Nov. 30-Dec. 1 — Calvin Oratorio Society’s “The Messiah” Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 7-9 — “The Taming of the Shrew” Feb. 13 — The King’s Singers Feb. 22 — “Justice for Maurice Henry Carter” April 11-27 — “Refugee Stories: Survival, Hope, and Finding a Home in Grand Rapids” April 22-May 8 — “Speak Up! The Bully Busting Project” Cornerstone University starts its theater season with “The 39 Steps,” a fast-moving and comical murder mystery based on the Hitchcock film with some Monty Python thrown in. The West Michigan premiere of “The Drowsy Chaperone” is humorous musical about the 1920s. Shows take place in Matthews Auditorium. corner stone.edu/theatre Sept. 21-22, 27-30 — “The 39 Steps” Nov. 15-18, 29-30 & Dec. 2, 9 —

“The Drowsy Chaperone” Feb. 15-17, 21-24 — “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Apr. 12-14, 18-21 — “The Taming of the Shrew” Grand Rapids Community College’s theater department starts its season with “The Ladies Man,” a laugh-outloud bawdy farce. “Crooked” is an emotionally touching dramatic comedy by Catherine Trieschmann, and “Based on a Totally True Story” is a contemporary comedy. Performances take place at Spectrum Theater. A variety of student music performances take place throughout the school year. www.grcc.edu

Circle Theater wraps up its May-September 2012 season with an audience favorite, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” a light-hearted production about the ups and downs of trailer park life. Performs in Aquinas Performing Arts Center. circletheatre.org Sept. 6-22 — “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”

Nov. 1-3 — “The Ladies Man” Jan. 10-12 — “Crooked” Feb. 28-March 2 — “Based on a Totally True Story” Grand Valley State University begins its theater season with “Richard III,” the main stage production for its annual Shakespeare Festival. GVSU also offers a Performance Studio Series in December and February of productions produced, written and directed by GVSU students. Musical performances by a large selection of vocal and instrumental groups take place during the school year. Dance students also perform. gvsu.edu/ theatre Sept. 28-Oct. 7 — “Richard III” Nov. 9-17 — “An Identified Enemy” Feb. 1-10 — “The Threepenny Opera” April 5-13 — “The Good Person of Setzuan” Hope College kicks off its theater performances with a fresh, funny take on a classic Greek tragedy. Music and dance performances take place throughout the school year. Hope’s Great Performances Series presents six productions of special guest artists (see website). hope.edu Oct. 5-6, 10-13 — “Helen” Nov. 9-10, 14-17 — “Sweeny Todd” Feb. 15-16, 20-23 — “bobrauschenbergamerica”

Grammy-winning band Los Lobos from Los Angeles brings its American Chicano rock to Forest Hills Fine Arts Center in February.

Dog Story Theater is one of GR’s newest venues, offering performance space for comedy improv, plays, music and more. “Big-Little Comedy Festival” brings improv teams from Michigan, Chicago and other areas to West Michigan. “Psycho the Musical” takes cult classic horror movies and rewrites them as a musical parody. The popular Pop Scholars group performs long- and short-form improv skits (see website). dogstorytheater.com Sept. 12-16 — Big-Little Comedy Festival Sept. 27-30 — “A Great Blaze of Light” Oct. 4-7 — “Marisol” Oct. 11-13 — Grand Rapids Belly Dancers Oct. 25-28, 31 — “Psycho the Musical” Nov. 15-18 — “Comedy of Errors” (Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company) Dec. 13-15, 20-22 — “Christmas Comedy” Jan. 3-6, 10-13 — “All’s Well That Ends Well” (Pigeon Creek) Forest Hills Fine Arts Center’s 2012-2013 professional series offers a variety of productions that closely align with this season’s theme —“Feel the Rhythm”— including “An Evening with Blondie.” The Oct. 27 event celebrates the local music scene

Photography courtesy Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

Aquinas College’s music department offers a variety of free performances throughout the year. Its theater department performs five plays during the school year, opening with “Amadeus,” a fictional account of the life of Mozart. Plays are performed in the Aquinas Performing Arts Center. aquinas.edu

Dec. 26-30 — “Beauty and the Beast” Jan .22-27 — “Flashdance” May 14-19 — “Anything Goes” June 11-16 — “Billy Elliot”

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May 31-June 16 — “Legally Blonde The Musical”

You’ll find “All Hands on Deck” at Van Singel Fine Arts Center in April.

Grand Rapids Symphony offers something for everyone with its assortment of concert series including Classical, Pops, Rising Stars, Coffee Classics and SymphonicBoom. In March, the orchestra will perform the soundtrack as an HD screening of “The Matrix” is shown, and in January, Broadway vocalists join GRS for “Broadway Rocks!” For the Family Series and Lollipop concerts, see website. grsym phony.org

(Mid-Life Crisis, Troll for Trout, Brian Vander Ark and others) while benefiting Kid’s Food Basket and FHFAC and its arts education program. fhfineartscenter.com

Photography Courtesy Van Singel Fine Arts Center (top); Grand Rapids Ballet Company (bottom)

Photography courtesy Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

Sept. 28 — “An Evening with Blondie” Oct. 21 — “The Music of Queen – A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular” Oct. 27 — “The Concert to Restore Michigan” Nov. 18 — “Stomp” Dec. 23 — “Shrek the Musical” Feb. 13 — “Los Lobos” April 19 — “Bobby McFerrin: Spirit You All” Grand Rapids Ballet Company professional dancers are joined by the Junior Company for its opening production, “Sleeping Beauty,” perfect for all ages. In March, former GRBC Artistic Director Charthel Arthur will stage “Light Rain.” “Movemedia,” a multimedia series introduced by GRBC in 2012, returns to the stage in April. Performances are at GRBC’s Peter Martin Wege Theatre except for “The Nutcracker,” held at DeVos Performance Hall. grballet.com

family-friendly shows and musicals. The season begins with “Dixie Swim Club,” a heart-warming comedy about five women and the ups and downs of their friendship. “Flat Stanley” is a musical based on the children’s storybook character, and, fresh from Broadway, “Legally Blonde The Musical” is a GRCT premiere. grct.org Sept. 7-22 — “Dixie Swim Club” Oct. 19-28 — “Flat Stanley” (children’s musical) Nov. 16-Dec. 16 — “A Christmas Carol” Jan. 18-Feb. 3 — “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” March 1-24 — “Fiddler on the Roof” April 19-28 — “Anne of Green Gables” (family musical)

Sept. 21-22 — Percussion and Rachmaninoff Sept. 27-28 — Bach and Mozart Oct. 5-7 — Vegas and the Rat Pack Oct. 12-13 — Baroque to Romantic Oct. 18-19 — Mozart and Mendelssohn Oct. 26-27 — Mozart and Brahms Nov. 9-11 — Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel Nov. 16-17 — We Remember Dec. 7-9 — Nestle and Gerber Holiday Pops Dec. 18 — Cirque de Noel with Cirque de la Symphonie Jan. 3-4 — Lockington Premieres Cello Concerto Jan. 11-12 — Symphonie Fantastique Jan. 18-20 — Broadway Rocks! Jan. 29 — Play! A Video Game Symphony Feb. 1-2 — Hough Plays Liszt Feb. 22-23 — An American in Paris Feb. 28- March 1 — Handel, Bach, and Respighi March 8-10 — Celtic Fiddle with Eileen Ivers

Yuka Oba performs in “The Sofa,” part of Grand Rapids Ballet’s February performance.

Oct. 19-21 & 26-28 — “Sleeping Beauty” Dec. 14-16 & 21-23 — “The Nutcracker” Feb. 14-17 — Rep Show: “Who Cares?” “Amazed in Burning Dreams,” “The Sofa” March 21-24 — Rep Show: “Light Rain,” “The Four Temperaments” (more TBA) April 12-13 & 26-27 — “Movemedia” May 10-12 & 17-19 — Mario Radacovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” Grand Rapids Civic Theater’s 2012-2013 line-up includes comedy, drama and September 2012 / Grmag.com 53

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Opera Grand Rapids celebrates its 45th anniversary season with a strong lineup, including “Samson and Delilah, “Don Giovanni” and “La Traviata.”

Heritage Theatre Group presents classic works from every era. Its season runs spring through fall and performances take place at various Grand Rapids venues. HTG will announce its schedule at its fall fundraiser, a Medieval Banquet, Oct. 6. heritagetheatregr.org Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids’s season includes three productions with Jewish themes that are universal in appeal. “Oy!” is a collection of short plays that pay comic tribute to all things Jewish. Performs at Spectrum Theater. jtgr.org Nov. 8-18 — “The Last Laugh” April 25-May 5 — “The World of Sholom Aleichem” June 13-23 — “Oy!” Master Arts Theatre, active in the dramatic arts ministry since 1985, will host four main-stage productions in its 2012-2013 season, beginning with “Quilters,” a play set in the American West about a mother and her daughters who share stories of frontier life. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a hilarious tale of a church that attempts to re-create the Christmas story with a cast of mischievous children. Per-

formances are held at its own theater on 77th Street. masterarts.org Aug. 22-Sept. 22 — “Quilters” Nov. 15-Dec. 8 — “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Feb. 7-March 9 — “Forever Plaid” April 19-May 11— “The Great Divorce” Opera Grand Rapids The longest-running professional opera company in Michigan opens its 45th anniversary season with an Opera GR premiere, “Samson and Delilah.” Each of its productions combines a cast of national performers with the Opera GR chorus, with music by the Grand Rapids Symphony. Performs at DeVos Performance Hall. operagr.com Nov. 2-3 — Saint-Saëns’ “Samson and Delilah” Feb. 8-9 — Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” May 3-4 — Verdi’s “La Traviata” St. Cecilia Music Center kicks off its season with its annual fundraiser, the Great Artists Gala, featuring world-renowned jazz guitarist John Pizzaerelli. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s David Finckel and Wu Han will be the artistic directors of the 2012-2013 CMSLC series and will also perform themselves. St. Cecilia also offers a Jazz Concert series. scmc-online.org Nov. 1 — Great Artist Gala with John Pizzarelli Quartet, with Jessica Molaskey and Bucky Pizzarelli

Nov. 15 — Tierney Sutton Band (Jazz) Nov. 29 — David Finckel, Wu Han and Phil Setzer (CMSLC) Jan. 24 — Dave Holland Quintet (Jazz) Feb. 7 — “Grand Statements” (CMSLC) March 14 — Bill Charlap Trio (Jazz) April 11 — Dvorak, Dohnanyi and Weber (CMSLC) Van Singel Fine Arts Center in Byron Center begins its off-Broadway series with Real Diamond, a professional cover band devoted to performing Neil Diamond hits. “All Hands on Deck” is based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour; the second act includes a live radio broadcast straight from the theater. vsfac.com Oct. 4 — Real Diamond: “The Voice, the Songs, the Man, a Tribute to Neil Diamond!” Nov. 2 — “Fiddler on the Roof” Feb. 8 — “3 Redneck Tenors” March 21 — “Night Fever: The Music of the Bee Gees” April 25 — “All Hands on Deck” May 3 — “Cool Jazz” — Info compiled by Suzanna Colberg

Photography courtesy Opera Grand Rapids

March 19 — The Matrix Live March 22-23 — Vivaldi’s Four Seasons April 12-13 — Boléro, with Tianwa Yang April 19-21 — Cirque Mechanics May 10-11 — Beethoven’s Solemn Mass May 16-17 — Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6

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ounded by Michael Hyacinthe of Grand Rapids, the nonprofit Fashion Has Heart brought the veterans together in June, introducing them to footwear designers at Rockford-based Wolverine World Wide and T-shirt designers at Chicago-based Threadless. With help from a professional designer, each vet created a T-shirt and a boot that will be part of an ArtPrize exhibit. Threadless oversaw production of the shirts, which will be for sale. Wolverine produced a prototype of each boot for ArtPrize and one for each vet. Eric Fracassi, product developer and designer at Wolverine, was at the center of the group of designers, veterans and Wolverine personnel clustered around computers creating images of one-of-a-kind boots. “We think of each boot as a self-portrait,” he said. The prototype of each veteran’s boot will be an ArtPrize entry on display at 144 E. Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids. Wolverine will incorporate elements of each one — colors, fabrics, logos, etc. — into one boot it can produce as part of its Bates line, a leading maker of boots and shoes for those in uniform. “Anybody who has a story should be nurtured in a way to express that story,” said Fracassi. “We pushed the envelope with the designers, and the Bates production will have a patriotic theme, military DNA and a classic silhouette.” For wounded Army veteran Danielle Green-Byrd, this chance to tap into her creative side was revealing. “Designing the boot really brought out my patriotic side. I never thought I was especially patriotic until I started creating my boot. It’s red, white and blue, with gold on

“I wanted to utilize the powerful medium of art, creativity and design to impact specific soldiers directly — especially wounded soldiers.” — Michael Hyacinthe

Chris Wiers, left, a retired Marine corporal, consults with Mark Morgan, a designer with Wolverine World Wide. Opposite page: Michael Hyacinthe (center), founder of Fashion Has Heart, watches as product developer and designer Eric Fracassi helps Danielle Green-Byrd with her patriotic boot design.

CHRIS WIERS, U.S. MARINE CORPS Chris Wiers, 28, graduated

— and blowing them up to clear

broken vertebrae, a head frac-

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from Grand Rapids Christian

the roads for convoys. Insur-

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gents had pulled up the roadbed

arms and burns on the left side

enlisted in the Marine Corps. He

and planted IEDs they hoped

of his body including his eye.

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himself a gearhead, working on

security during his second tour

ing his fellow soldiers in the

plant from his foot to his shoul-

cars, motorcycles and his Har-

in Iraq, checking for IEDs —

front seat and wounding three,

der. Slowly, his triceps began

ley from his Alger Heights home.

improvised explosive devices

including Wiers. He suffered

working and his biceps is start-

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JOSH HOFFMAN, U.S. MARINE CORPS Josh Hoffman and his fellow soldiers chased an insurgent into an alley, only to hear shots ring out and realize they had been lured into a trap. Hoffman took a sniper’s bullet, which paralyzed him from the neck down and severely damaged his vocal cords. Despite being confined to a wheelchair and speaking through an interpreter, Hoffman participates in life and Fashion Has Heart. He is the inspiration behind the Corporal Hoffman Series design project and creator of the nonprofit’s Total Sacrifice T-shirt. He and his family live in the Grand Rapids area.

DANIELLE GREEN-BYRD, U.S. ARMY Danielle Green-Byrd used her

Baghdad rooftop, the southpaw

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era, deal with life issues. She

athletic and academic abilities

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arm, and brought her the wed-

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gone. “I laid there waiting to

forever. While in the hospital,

disorder, bipolar disorder,

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she was awarded the Purple

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hood dream.

my wedding rings.”

Veterans Center outside Chi-

but he opened another so I can

cago, helping fellow veterans,

instill hope in veterans,” said

On May 24, 2004, while on a

Her fellow soldiers returned to

mostly from the Vietnam War

Byrd.

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MICHAEL BELL U.S. COAST GUARD Michael Bell was just 22 when he suffered a stroke while stationed at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector in Detroit. His entire right side was paralyzed, necessitating a year and a half of rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis in Missouri. Now, at 27, he attends St. Louis Community College and is pursuing a general studies degree, eventually planning to work in the human services field. Bell also participates in cycling events. Before Fashion Has Heart, he was involved in other organizations that offered help to veterans, so when Michael Hyacinthe approached him with the boot and T-shirt design idea, he jumped right in. “I don’t know the first thing about designing, but I’m excited to collaborate with experts who will help me,” said Bell. “It’s good to broaden your horizons; other peoples’ drive helps my drive.” One of his goals is to help others understand that obstacles don’t have to stop them from reaching their goals. “Find another way around,” he said. “It may not be the same path you would have initially taken, but you can’t let the speed bumps dictate your path.”

the flag and gold on the bottom of the boot.” Byrd, who works with veterans at a center in the Chicago area, sees the benefit of exploring the creative side of her personality. “This is a unique project and unique experience,” she said. “I’m honored and grateful to be part of it. I could put my own stamp on the project and use it to tell my story.” Fashion Has Heart had its genesis when Hyacinthe watched his wife’s family grieve the death of her cousin Cpl. Daane DeBoer, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. “I wanted to help bridge the gap between the artistic and military communities,” said Hyacinthe, who grew up in the Bronx and moved to Grand Rapids in 2010. That dream became Fashion Has Heart, which began with artists designing T-shirts for Fashion Has Heart to sell, and donating the profits to military organizations. Chris Loveder, left, a designer with Wolverine World “But I wanted to have more impact on Wide, and designer Eric Fracassi help Michael Bell, a our wounded heroes,” said Hyacinthe, himretired Coast Guard electricians mate. self a Navy veteran. “I wanted to utilize the powerful medium of art, creativity and design to impact specific soldiers directly — especially wounded soldiers.” He realized that creating something — a T-shirt design, a boot design, a logo — offered real opportunities for wounded soldiers to tap into an unused side of their personality and, perhaps, use that new-found creativity to heal a little. His first project involved Cpl. Josh Hoffman, a local U.S. Marine left a quadriplegic and unable to speak by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq. When Hoffman and Hyacinthe met, Hoffman was just trying to survive. His endless rounds of therapy and doctor appointments left little room for much else. Now Hoffman

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Tech. Sgt. Israel “D.T.” De Toro works on his boot design with help from Wolverine World Wide designers Rob Murphy and Mark Morgan.

is designer of Fashion Has Heart’s first original T-shirt and namesake of the Corporal Hoffman Series, a project that meets Hyacinthe’s dream of melding creativity and wounded soldiers. “The family says they’ve never seen Josh this happy. Prior to Fashion Has Heart, nobody saw Josh as anything but a wounded soldier,” said Hyacinthe. For Alger Heights resident and Marine veteran Chris Wiers, the opportunity to work with designers was part of a dream come true. “I’d wanted to open a company that designs and manufactures military-oriented clothing and tactical gear. I was able to get information on starting my own company. And I haven’t used my creative side for awhile, so it was fun,” said Wiers. Other wounded heroes participating in the Fashion Has Heart initiative are Israel Del Toro of Texas and GR Michael Bell of Missouri.

Below, Tommy Valdez is the Fashion Has Heart videographer.

“Anybody who has a story should be nurtured in a way to express that story. We pushed the envelope with the designers, and the Bates production will have a patriotic theme, military DNA and a classic silhouette.” — Eric Fracassi ISRAEL DEL TORO, U.S. AIR FORCE Israel Del Toro was on a

would never walk again or

and participates in the Para-

mission to ambush Afghan

breathe without a respirator.

lympics in field events such as

insurgents when his Humvee

Doctors gave him a 20 percent

shot put, javelin and discus.

rolled over a roadside bomb.

chance of survival.

He leaped from the vehicle engulfed in flames, dousing the flames in a nearby creek. The prognosis was not good.

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thing special,” said Del Toro,

percent combat disabled Air

37, who lives in San Antonio.

Force technician to re-enlist.

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dining review The Hearthstone Bistro Bar Grill Address: 3350 Glade St., Muskegon Phone: (231) 733-1056 Website: hearthstone restaurant.com dining ratings: Category: Lakeshore Classic American Food: *** Service: *** Beverages: *** Atmosphere: *** Price: $-$$$ > must try: Crispy almond and butter brioche-crumbed perch. > not so much: Some of the veggies were overcooked and bland. > Hearthstone also offers

$22 value-meal deals monday-Wednesday: Two-Moo Mondays, with two steak dinners, garden salads and fresh cut pommes frites; Two Perch Tuesdays, and Two Pasta Wednesdays, two salads and two choices from a list of pasta specialties.

Fine fare in Muskegon tHe ALLure oF Muskegon’s Hearthstone — a bistro, bar and grill established in 1975 — starts at the landscaped terrace at the front entrance. Diners choosing to eat alfresco are greeted with an arbor, blooming flowers, a trickling water fountain, trees wrapped with lights and umbrella-covered tables. It’s hard to believe U.S. 31, the main thoroughfare leading into town, is just across the street. The interior is divided into cozy dining areas separated by half-wall partitions topped with wine and liqueur bottles. Subtly lit, the décor includes French poster art, comfortable booth seating and, in the bar area, a circular table with an open fire burning in its center. For almost four decades, the Lister family, who owns Hearthstone, has been legend in the area for bringing handcrafted soups and sand-

wiches to the public at strategically located venues. Now their focus is The Hearthstone and, over the years, the French-style bistro has become one of the area’s favorite dining spots. Everything we sampled — from the “award-winning” perch to the Peanut Butter Pie — was well prepared and tasty. Servers are well informed about every nuance of the menu and compatible wines. The full-service bar offers everything from craft brews, signature cocktails, cognacs, aperitifs and topshelf liquors to cordials, brandy, dessert wines and after-dinner coffee and ice cream drinks. The massive menu offers creative starters such as Thai vegetable spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce and oven-roasted mussels with white wine, shallots, fennel, garlic and diced tomatoes served with grilled focaccia bread.

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Small plates include grilled asparagus with toasted Israeli couscous and red quinoa, or panseared sesame Ahi tuna with orange ginger and ponzu sauces, served with wasabi and pickled ginger. Main plates cover the gamut with steaks, fresh seafood, pasta creations, Wiener schnitzel, and the popular chicken Milanese with roasted wild mushroom “Florio Fine” Marsala cream sauce over pappardelle pasta with sautéed spinach. Signature sandwiches and salads (with a list of options for individual customization) along with half-pound burgers and weekly chef specials round out the menu. The tasty perch — winner of local awards — is crisply coated with crumbled butter brioche and almonds for a unique twist on fried fish. On a mid-July evening, we chose a special from Executive Chef Josh Sandberg: natural Angus beef braised short ribs with pinot noir sauce. It was fall-off-the-bones tender, served with a mascarpone polenta and Tuscan-style kale sautéed with melted onions and earthyflavored wild mushrooms ($24.99). Local ingredients are emphasized wherever possible. The accommodating staff overheard us discussing a yearning for a fresh Caprese salad after noticing that one of the starters was a Caprese bruschetta. We were informed that the kitchen would have no problem preparing a salad version for us.

Since we were sharing it, they split the salad in the kitchen — thick slices of mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil leaves fancifully dribbled with balsamic reduction. It also included fresh mixed field greens and tastily grilled slices of focaccia alongside. We were also treated to an amuse bouche of dill-spiked smoked whitefish spread on a water cracker. From a selection of tempting desserts we chose the seasonal special: strawberry shortcake ($5.99). The tender, freshly baked split biscuit was topped with fresh strawberry sauce and a handful of blueberries, surrounded by white-chocolate sauce. Vegans and vegetarians also will find something to satisfy their palates. One of the signature salads is Crispy Goat Cheese Fritter with Roasted Golden Beets and Field Greens with grilled asparagus, toasted pine nuts, grape tomatoes, carrots, celery, red onion and balsamic vinaigrette.

Subtly lit, the décor includes French poster art, comfortable booth seating and, in the bar area, a circular table with an open fire burning in its center.

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New American Upscale, contemporary cooking including ethnic twists on familiar standbys. Bar Divani — Wine flights, large array of spirits; classy surroundings. European-inspired food with plates meant for sharing, flatbreads, sushi and a variety of entrees. Closed Sun. 15 Ionia Ave SW, 774-9463. bar-divani. com. L, D $-$$ OBistro Bella Vita — Big-city casual; fresh French and Italian cuisine, locally sourced and prepared over a wood fire. Mammoth martini bar, nice wine selection. 44 Grandville Ave SW, 222-4600. bistrobellavita.com. L, D $

Bistro Chloe Élan — Diverse menu features American cuisine with French, Asian and southwestern influences, as well as soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Open daily, Sat dinner only; Sunday brunch and dinner. 445 Ada Dr, Ada, 432-3345. Facebook. $-$$ L, D Blue Water Grill — Wood-burning rotisserie and wood-fired pizza oven allow for inspired dishes from fresh seafood to beef. Nice wine selection and The BOB’s microbrews. Lakeside views, outdoor patio with fireplace, full-service bar. 5180 Northland Dr NE, 3635900. thegilmorecollection.com/bluewater. php. L, D $-$$

The scoop on froyo The self-serve frozen yogurt craze is spreading in West Michigan. Two local families have opened shops where patrons fill cups with softserve yogurt, ladle on toppings and pay by the ounce. In May, David Darling launched Spoonlicker’s in Ada, offering low-fat “froyo” with such toppings as fresh fruit, red velvet cake and dark chocolate ganache. The staff also makes a non-dairy sorbetto. By mid-July, Spoonlicker’s was serving up to 800 customers per day, Darling said. “We pride ourselves on making an all-natural product using dairy products from southwest Michigan with only seven ingredients,” he said. He has opened a second shop at Knapp’s Corner and is planning a third for Eastown. The Piccione family opened Sweet Yo in Gaslight Village in July, offering non-fat yogurt, a sorbetto and a frozen Greek yogurt, plus 50 toppings that range from dried cereal to syrups and fresh fruit. “We discovered self-serve yogurt down south and out west and we knew it would be a great concept here,” said Rosa Piccione, who started the biz with her brother Mario and his wife, Lidia. Both families will keep stores open year round. Visit the Facebook pages for daily flavors.

Brewery Vivant — House-made beer and food in the style of traditional French and Belgian country dishes. The East Hills pub/ brewery is housed in a renovated funeral chapel. Most dishes are made with ingredients sourced from local farmers and purveyors. Open daily. 925 Cherry St SE, 719-1604. breweryvivant.com. L, D $-$$ _ Citysen Lounge — Limited but tantalizing sel­ection of soup, salads, sandwiches and sharable small-plate creations. Happy Hour daily 4-7 pm. CityFlats Hotel, 83 Monroe Center, (866) 609-CITY. cityflatshotel.com. L, D ¢-$ Cobblestone Bistro — Eclectic, globally inspired menu executed with pizzazz in attractive surroundings, complete with fireplace, waterfalls and koi pond. 9818 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 588-3223. mycobble stone.com. B (weekends), L, D $ Crooked Goose — Full-service, seasonal menu sourcing Michigan-made ingredients and brews with casual pub-style dining. Part of the Meritage Hospitality Group. Open daily. 355 Wilson Ave NW, Walker, 791-2362. crookedgoose.com. L, D $ Cygnus 27 — Stylized décor reflects a celestial theme that matches the views from the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza. Seasonally driven menu encourages sharing. Open Tue-Sat eves; Sun brunch Labor Day to Mother’s Day. 187 Monroe Ave NW, 776-6425. amwaygrand.com. D $$ Electric Cheetah — Eclectic menu changes weekly with an emphasis on locally grown fare and creative combinations in urban setting. Unique Sunday brunch. 1015 Wealthy St SE, 451-4779. electriccheetah.com. L, D ¢-$ Gilly’s At The BOB — Innovative takes on seafood on the 1st floor of The BOB, complete with raw bar. Seasonal menu offers cuttingedge fare. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. thebob.com. L (Sat), D $-$$ Graydon’s Crossing — English pub serves Indian food with a British influence. Full bar features impressive array of specialty beers. 1223 Plainfield Ave NE, 726-8260. graydons crossing.com. L, D $ Green Well Gastro Pub — Daily menu fea-

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tures comfort fare with a flare, emphasizing local ingredients. Full bar; more than 20 rotating draught beers, many from area microbreweries. Open daily. 924 Cherry St SE, 808-3566. thegreenwell.com. L, D $-$$ Grill One Eleven — American-with-a-twist menu, full-service bar and lounge. Sunday Brunch buffet 10 am-2 pm, otherwise opens at 11 am. 111 Courtland Dr, Rockford 8633300. grilloneeleven.com. B (Sun), L, D $-$$ FGrove — Earth-to-table concept focuses on three- and four-course meals with a tilt toward sustainable seafood. Closed Mon. 919 Cherry St SE, 454-1000. grove restaurant.com. D $$ The Heritage — GRCC culinary arts students prepare gourmet dishes from steaks to vegan fare at a reasonable cost. Menu changes weekly. Wine available with dinner. Open Tue-Fri during academic year. Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St NE, 2343700. grcc.edu/heritage. L, D $-$$ Marco New American Bistro — Frenchcountry-casual offers creative dinner fare and pizza with a more casual lunch menu. Full bar. Closed Sun. 884 Forest Hill Ave SE, 942-9100. marcobistro.com. L, D $-$$

Coffee blended with technology Caffeine plus technology equals Clique Coffee Bar, where the cash register is an iPad

Olives — Seasonally inspired menu of creative fare and comfort foods featuring local produce and meats. Full bar. Alfresco balcony. Closed Sun. 2162 Wealthy St SE, 451-8611. ¢-$ eatatolives.com. L, D

and customers can text message drink orders and pay with their smart phones. Coffee aficionados Steve Ripley and his son, Kyle, opened Clique in April at 1600 East

One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom — Eclectic menu with samplings of vegetarian, Mexican and European cuisines. Dine alfresco on street-front patio. Occasional live music. Closed Sun. 136 E Fulton St, 235-7669. one trick.biz. L, D ¢-$

Beltline Ave. NE, halfway between Leonard and Knapp streets. “Aside from coffee, we love technology here,” Ripley said. “It should be integrated into our everyday lives, and that is just what we

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Rockwell Republic — Diverse menu emphasizes locally sourced ingredients from sushi to creative comfort food. Upper-level outdoor seating. 45 S Division Ave, 608-6465 or 551-3563. republicgrandrapids.com. L, D $-$$

tas claim they only serve traditional drinks. “There’s a big importance of how drinks are prepared — the barista’s responsibility is big.” The two men partnered with Uncommon Ground coffee roasters in Saugatuck for their coffee. Even though coffee is the priority, Clique’s menu includes baked goods, sandwiches, salads and Teavana loose-leaf teas. Live music happens every Friday starting around 7 p.m. “We focused on being not just another coffee shop,” said Ripley. “We wanted to be more than that, and we wanted to be unique.” Check out the menu at cliquecoffeebar.com or find it on Facebook.

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Rose’s — Dockside dining on EGR’s Reeds Lake with a varied menu and a three-season porch. 550 Lakeside Dr SE, 458-1122. Takeout at Rose’s Express, 2224 Wealthy St SE, 458-4646. thegilmorecollection.com/roses. php. B (weekends), L, D $ San Chez, A Tapas Bistro — Spanish fare focusing on tapas-style appetizers, side dishes and entrées. Extensive wine and beer list includes Spanish varieties and

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sherry. 38 W Fulton St, 774-8272. sanchez bistro.com. L, D $-$$ Schnitz Ada Grill — Deli by day, casual fine dining by night. 97 Ada Dr, Ada, 682-4660. schnitzdeli.com. L, D ¢-$$ FSix.One.Six — Contemporary American fare. JW Marriott, 235 Louis St NW, 242-1500. $-$$  ilovethejw.com. B, L, D SpeakEZ Lounge — Continental “peasant” fare, with starters like garlic and fig brie. French onion soup, creative sandwiches, salads, and entrees such as saffron asparagus risotto and diver scallops with squid ink linguini. Sun brunch followed by live cabaret. Open daily. 600 Monroe Ave NW, 458-3125. $ speakEZlounge.com. L, D

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Tavern On The Square — Tapas-style fare plus house specialties. Patio seating. 100 Ionia Ave SW, 456-7673. tavernonthesq.com. L, D ¢-$ Trillium Haven — Owned by Jenison farmers Anja Mast and Michael Vanderbrug, this Eastown eatery features fresh from the farm fare, including organic veggies and humanely raised meats. Beer and wine. Closed Monday. Sunday brunch. 1429 Lake Dr SE, Facebook. L.D $-$$ Winchester — Locally sourced menu aims to reinvent bar food in reclaimed centuryold space with shuffleboard court-patio. 648 Wealthy St SE, 451-4969. winchestergr.com. L, D ¢-$

Classic American Restaurants and diners serving traditional dishes popular across the country. Acorn Grille At Thousand Oaks — Blend of traditional and innovative cuisine, artfully presented in handsome dining room with golf course views. Open daily in season. 4100 Thousand Oaks Dr, 447-7750. thousandoaks golf.com. L, D $$ Aryana Restaurant & Bar — Comfortable dining room in the Crowne Plaza Hotel offers breakfast buffet, lunch and fine dining selections from an extensive seasonal menu. Open daily. 5700 28th St SE, 957-1770. main streetmediagroup.com. L, D $-$$ Bentham’s Riverfront Restaurant — Upscale selections served in casually elegant surroundings. Open daily in the Amway Grand Plaza, 774-2000. amwaygrand.com/benth ams.html. B, L, D $ Bonefish Grill — Casual, white-linen dining. Seafood selections augmented by innovative sauces and toppings; also chicken, beef and pasta dishes. 1100 East Paris Ave SE, 66 Grmag.com \ September 2012

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Boulder Creek Restaurant — Boulder Creek Golf Club restaurant serves a varied menu with golf-course views from inside or on the deck. 5750 Brewer Ave NE, Belmont, (616) 363-1330, ext 2. bouldercreekgolfclub.com. L, D ¢-$ Brann’s Sizzling Steaks And Sports Grille — Famous sizzler steaks with grill items and salads, baskets, Mexican entrées and bar munchies. See website for list of eight locations in Greater Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Portage and Caledonia. branns.com. L, D $ Bull’s Head Tavern — A dozen appetizers from brie to pot stickers. Dinners include warm bread and chef-selected sides. 188 Monroe Ave NW, 454-3580. thebullshead tavern.com. L, D $ Cascade Roadhouse — Relaxed atmosphere with a diverse menu of traditional fare. Closed Sun. 6817 Cascade Rd SE (at Old 28th St), 949-1540. L, D $-$$ Charley’s Crab — Fresh seafood from a menu that changes nightly. Located on the Grand River. Early menu (4:30-6 pm daily), Sun brunch. GR Steamer Bar has its own menu. 63 Market Ave SW, 459-2500. muer.com. L, $-$$ D, C The Chop House — In the tradition of the best American chophouses with aged prime beef and more. Downstairs is La Dolce Vita dessert and cigar bar. Closed Sun. 190 Monroe Ave NW, 451-6184. thechophouserestau $$ rant.com. D Dugan’s Pub & Grille — Casual dining with steaks, seafood, pasta and more at The Elks at the Highlands Golf Club. Adjacent Glendevon offers banquet facilities. 2715 Leonard St NW, 453-2451. grandrapidselks. org. L, D $-$$ Fall Creek — Appetizers, gourmet pizzas and creative entrées. Closed Sun-Mon. 201 Jefferson St, Hastings, (269) 945-0100. fallcreek dining.com. L, D ¢-$ FireRock Grille — Country club dining plus option to cook your own filet, shrimp or ahi tuna on a 500-degree stone. Open daily. Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. Stonewater Country Club, 7177 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 656-9898. $ stonewatercc.com. L, D Flat River Grill — Casual atmosphere in turn-of-century building on the river. Al fresco dining on patio. Menu ranges from comfort food to wood-fired pizzas. Full bar plus The BOB’s House of Brews beers on tap. 201 E Main St, Lowell, 897-8523. thegilmore

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Grand Villa — Longtime favorite serving prime rib, seafood, complete salad bar, full service bar. Closed Sun. 3594 Chicago Dr SW, 538-1360. grandvillarestaurants.com. L, D $ Great Lakes Shipping Co. — Everything from beef, seafood and beyond in comfortable dockside motif. Patio open in summer. No lunch, but open Sun afternoons. 2455 Burton St SE, 949-9440. greatlakesshippingcompa ny.com. D $-$$ Grille 29 — Menu includes specialty panini and a variety of entrées. Full-service bar. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Holiday Inn Select, 3063 Lake Eastbrook SE, 2857600. holidayinn.com. B, D $ Grille At Watermark — Innovative menu in relaxing atmosphere overlooking golf course. Mon-Sat; Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. 5500 Cascade Rd SE, 949-0570. watermarkcc. com. L, D $-$$ Grill House & Rock Bottom Bar — Grill-yourown steakhouse with grillmasters on call. Bottomless salad bowl and potato bar. 1071 32nd St (M-40), Allegan, (269) 686-9192. $-$$ grillhouse.net. L (downstairs), D Honey Creek Inn — Daily specials are the highlight, mixed with traditional fare. Closed Sun. 8025 Cannonsburg Rd, Cannonsburg, 874-7849. honeycreekinn.com. L, D ¢-$ Hudsonville Grille — Varied menu includes Mexican favorites and breakfast. Full bar. Closed Sun. 4676 32nd Ave, Suite F, Hudsonville, 662-9670. hudsonvillegrille.com. B, L, D ¢-$ Judson’s Steakhouse — The BOB’s steakhouse restaurant. Closed Sun. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. thebob.com. D $$ The Landing — Nautical décor with windows overlooking the Grand River. Menu features American favorites and German specials. Live music and dancing in the lounge. 270 Ann St NW (Radisson Riverfront Hotel at US 131), 363-7748. radisson.com/hotels/ migrapno/dinings. B, L, D $ FLeo’s — Combines fine dining (fresh seafood is the specialty) and casual comfort. Street level in parking ramp at Ottawa and Louis. Closed Sun. 60 Ottawa Ave NW, 4546700. leosrestaurant.com. L, D $-$$ Louis Benton Steakhouse — Premium Buckhead beef, wet- and dry-aged steaks and more. Closed Sun. Free valet parking at Ionia entrance. 77 Monroe Center Ave NW, 454-7455. louisbenton.com. L, D $-$$ Marn E. Walkers — Everything from nachos to chicken Marsala — pizzas, burgers, steaks,

Offering delicious pizzas and more... check out our menu online at

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you name it. Weekend breakfast buffet, pizza and pasta lunch buffet Mon-Fri. Open daily; Sun for breakfast only. 4322 Remembrance Rd, Walker, 453-3740. marnewalkers.com. B (Sat, Sun), L, D ¢-$ Maxfield’s — Vast lunch and dinner menus are enhanced by daily feature buffets. Open Tue-Sun. 11228 Wyman Rd, Blanchard, (800) 550-5630. maxfieldsrestaurant.com. L, D $$ Meadows Restaurant — GVSU’s professional and student-staffed restaurant; patio and dining room overlook golf course. Full menu offers everything from burgers to NY strip steak. Seasonal hours; closed Sun. 1 W Campus Dr, Allendale, 895-1000. gvsu.edu/ meadows/. L, D $-$$ Middle Villa Inn — Weekly prime rib specials, salad bar, casual atmosphere, occasional live bands. Banquet rooms available. Closed Mon and Wed. 4611 N Middleville Rd, Middleville, (269) 795-3640. middle-villainn.com. L, D $ Pearl Street Grill — Bright, airy restaurant in the downtown Holiday Inn. Open daily. 310 Pearl St NW, 235-7611. guestservice@ higrdt.com. B, L, D $ Radix Tavern — Southern-style fusion food featuring local, seasonal and sustainable products. Slow-cooked barbecue, pulled pork, cornbread, stews, hearty vegetarian options. 1420 Lake Dr SE (Eastown), 458-5583. ¢-$ radixtavern.com. D Red Jet Café — Gilmore Collection restaurant in the former Creston Heights library. Coffee bar and menu ranging from omelets to specialty pizzas. Full bar; opens 7 am. 1431 Plainfield Ave NE, 719-5500. thegilmorecollec ¢-$ tion.com/redjet.php. B, L, D (Tue-Sat) Reds On The River — Located on the Rogue River, Reds combines casual sophistication with Tuscan sensibilities. Closed Sun. 2 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-8181. reds-live.com. L, D $-$$ Rio Grand Steak House & Saloon — Texasstyle barbecue ribs, steaks and more. 5501 Northland Dr NE, 364-6266; 1820 44th St SW, 534-0704. michiganmenu.com. L, D $-$$ Rush Creek Bistro — Diverse menu in clublike surroundings. Weeknight and happy hour specials. Sunnybrook Country Club, 624 Port Sheldon Rd, Grandville, 457-1100. sunnybrookcc.com. L, D $ Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — The classic American steakhouse now in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel’s fully renovated former 1913 Room. 187 Monroe Ave NW, 774-2000.

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Sam’s Joint — Award-winning ribs and unique décor of antiques and memorabilia. Extensive menu includes Mexican selections; full bar. Half a dozen locations, plus a couple of banquet facilities. sams-joint.com. L, D $ Spinnaker — Menu features seafood and landlubber entrees. Sunday brunch. 4747 28th St SE (Hilton Grand Rapids Airport), 957-1111. thehilton.com. B, L, D $-$$ Sundance Grill — Breakfast-and-lunch spot also offers a dinner menu in the California/ Southwestern tradition with a margarita bar. 5755 28th St SE (Esplanade Plaza), 9565644; 40 Pearl St NW (breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue-Sat), 776-1616. 4gr8food. com. B, L, D $ Swan Inn Restaurant — Home-cooked meals such as pot roast, Salisbury steak and meatloaf. Huge breakfasts. Cygnet Lounge offers cocktails and nibbles, dinner menu. 5182 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1245. swaninn motel.com. B, L, D ¢-$ Terrace Grille At Bay Pointe Inn — Casual gourmet dining, martini bar and lakeside terrace. Seasonally changing menu emphasizes regional fare. Sunday brunch. 11456 Marsh Rd, Shelbyville (off US 131), (269) 672-5202 or (888) GUN-LAKE. baypointe inn.com. L, D $-$$ Tillman’s — Chicago-style chophouse that’s been “hidden” in a warehouse district for more than 25 years. Known for steaks but something for every taste. Closed Sun. 1245 Monroe Ave NW, 451-9266. tillmansrestaur ant.com. L, D $-$$ Timbers Inn — Menu ranges from appetizers to wild game offerings and meat ’n’ potatoes fare in lodge-like surroundings. Sunday omelet bar til 2 pm. 6555 Belding Rd NE, 8745553. timbersinn.net. L, D ¢-$ Tullymore — Restaurant at Tullymore Golf Club offers seasonal menu in beautiful surroundings. Large patio for outdoor dining. 11969 Tullymore, Stanwood, (800) 9724837. tullymoregolf.com. L, D $-$$ Twisted Rooster — Classic dishes with unexpected twists. Full bar featuring 18 beers on tap, local beers/wines. 1600 East Beltline Ave NE, 301-8171. twistedrooster.com. L, D ¢-$$ Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro — Micro-brewery with varied menu. 105 E State St, Hastings, (269) 945-4400. walldorffbrewpub. com. L, D ¢-$ ➧Walker Roadhouse — Diverse menu with interesting twists on classic fare in a casual but

handsome setting. Lunch served weekdays, dinner Mon-Sat; closed Sun. 3272 Remembrance Rd NW, 453-3740. thewalkerroad house.com. L, D $ Winter Inn — Seafood, steaks and prime rib along with seafood specialties in historic inn setting. Banquet facilities. 100 N Lafayette St, Greenville, (616) 754-7108. thewinterinn. com. L, D $

Daytime casual Eateries that specialize in breakfast and lunch. Anna’s House — Family dining with breakfast and lunch until 2 pm. 3874 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-8500. Facebook. B, L ¢ Cherie Inn — Relaxed setting for upscale breakfasts and innovative specials, served until 3 pm. Closed Mon. 969 Cherry St SE, 458-0588. Facebook. B, L ¢ Cheshire Grill — Everything made fresh: comfort food, breakfast, burgers, sandwiches and more. Open 7 am-4 pm daily. 2162 Plainfield Ave NE, 635-2713. Facebook. B, L ¢ Fat Boy Burgers — Legendary burger joint in the Cheshire neighborhood offers breakfast 6-11 am weekdays (7 am Sat) and lunch until 3 pm. Open daily. 2450 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-7075. B, L ¢ The Gathering Place — Cozy setting and imag­i­native menu, including homemade soups and dessert selections. Open daily until 2 pm. 6886 Cascade Rd SE, 949-3188. B, L $ Omelette Shoppe & Bakery — A plethora of omelets, along with pecan rolls, pastries and more. Open daily til 3 pm. 545 Michigan St NE, 726-5800; 1880 Breton Rd SE, 726-7300. omletteshoppe.com. B, L ¢-$ Real Food Café — Open early for breakfast and lunch. Open until 2 pm; closed Mon. 2419 Eastern Ave SE, 241-4080; 5430 Northland Dr NE, 361-1808. Facebook. B, L ¢ Red Geranium Café — Popular spot for specialty omelets, homemade soups, breads and desserts. 6670 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 6569800; 5751 Byron Center Ave. 532-8888. redgeraniumcafe.com. B, L ¢ Wolfgang’s — Popular Eastown spot renowned for breakfasts. Lunch includes salads, sandwiches. Open 6:30 am-2:30 pm daily. 1530 Wealthy St SE, 454-5776. matt wolfgang.com. B, L ¢

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Gaia Café — Totally vegetarian fare served in a cozy atmosphere. Closed Mon. No alcohol. 209 Diamond Ave SE, 454-6233. Facebook. B, L ¢

Pubs & Taverns 84th Street Pub and Grille — Menu offers Am­­ eri­can fare from pizzas to steaks in laidback surroundings with flat-screen TVs and fullservice bar. 8282 Pfeiffer Farms Dr, Byron Center, 583-1650. 84thstpub.com. L, D ¢-$ The Back Forty — A kicked- back country feel featuring food, country bands and DJ, and dance floor. Open 5 pm-2am Wed-Sat. 48 W Fulton St, 742-4040. thebackforty.com. $ D Bar Louie — Urban décor at Woodland Mall, with sandwiches, appetizers, burgers and hearty entrées. More than 20 beers, along with a nice wine selection and specialty cocktails. Outdoor seating. 3191 28th St SE, 885-9050. barlouieamerica.com. L, D $-$$ Bobarino’s At The BOB — Grill on 2nd floor of The BOB offers everything from woodfired pizza to upscale entrées. Full-service bar with The BOB’s microbrews on tap. Live entertainment in Cisco’s Island Lounge. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. thegilmore collection.com/bobarinos.php. L, D $ ➧BOB’s Brewery At The BOB — Microbrews ranging from unique to standard with a variety of small plates that go beyond standard pub fare. Open Thu (Mug Club)-Sat. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. thebob.com/ bobsbrewery. D ¢-$ Bud & Stanley’s — Extensive menu includes Mexican specialties, pasta, burgers and more. TVs galore and takeout available. 1701 4 Mile Rd NE, 361-9782. L, D ¢-$ Cascade Sports Grill — Varied menu and sizable bar with 10 brew taps and extensive martini menu. Games, TVs and live DJ Sat night. Cascade Centre, 6240 28th St SE, 9743338. Facebook. L, D $

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gan Athletic Club. Open daily. 2510 Burton St SE, 608-3062. cheerosgrill.com. L, D ¢-$ Cheers — Popular neighborhood spot with something for everyone in a log-cabin environment. 3994 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-1188. B, L, D ¢ Corner bar — Rockford’s spot for a brew and a chili dog. 31 N Main St, Rockford, 866-9866. rockfordcornerbar.com. L, D ¢ Cottage bar — Longtime favorite since 1927. Famous Cottage burgers and fries, signature chili and more. Closed Sun. 8 LaGrave Ave SE, 454-9088. cottagebar.biz. L, D ¢

custom brews with a full bar, wine selections and menu of wood-fired pizzas in cool, eclectic surroundings. 1551 Lake Drive SE. Facebook. L, D $ Holiday bar — Classic horseshoe bar with 12 beers on tap, bar food, pool tables, darts and more. 801 5th St NW (at Alpine Ave), 4569058. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Holly’s back door bar & grill — Full menu and good selection of munchies at the bar in Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. Closed Sun & Mon. 255 28th St SW, 241-1417. hojogr.com. B, L, D $

derby Station — Sophisticated pub grub with full bar featuring an array of specialty beers. 2237 Wealthy St SE, 301-3236. derby station.com. L, D $

HopCat — Crafted brews with close to 50 beers on tap and 150 bottled. Full bar and creative fare from meatloaf to mussels. Open daily. 25 Ionia Ave SW, 451-4677. hopcatgr. com. L (Sat-Sun), D ¢-$

eastown Sports bar & grill — Burgers and light fare. Open daily: Mon-Fri 5-11:45 pm, Sat 3 pm-2 am, Sun 9 am-11:45 pm. 1520 Wealthy St SE, 356-4950. Facebook. D ¢

Hub’s inn — Sandwiches, wet burritos and thin-crust pizza. Closed Sun. 1645 Leonard St NW, 453-3571. hubsinn.com. L, D ¢

elbow room bar & grill — Cozy neighborhood watering hole serves burgers, nachos and more. Games and jukebox. 501 Fuller Ave NE, 454-6666. L, D ¢-$ Flanagan’s — Popular Irish pub. Imported beers, 20 on tap. Entrees with an Irish influence. Frequent live music. Closed Sun. 139 Pearl St NW, 454-7852. flanagansgr.com. L, D ¢ Founders brewing Co. — Sip microbrew samples in the spacious taproom, serpentine bar and stage for live music Thu and Sat. Menu features appetizers, deli sandwiches. Covered (heated) porch. 235 Grandville Ave SW, 776-1195. foundersbrewing.com. L, D ¢ Frankie V’s pizzeria & Sports bar — Roomy space with pool tables, jukebox, covered patio. Appetizers, subs, stromboli, pizza, pasta entrées, plus burgers and Mexican. Weekday lunch buffet. Tap your own 100-ounce beer tower. 1420 28th St SW, 532-8998. frankievs. com. L, D ¢-$ gp Sports — Sports bar and restaurant with three big screens and 40 flat-screen TVs. Menu features create-your-own pizzas and burgers, along with salads and sandwiches. Closed Sun. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 7766495. amwaygrand.com. L, D $ grand Woods Lounge — Year-round alfresco dining complete with fireplace. Eclectic menu selections mix with upscale comfort foods. Live entertainment, pool tables, spacious bar. 77 Grandville Ave SW, 451-4300. grandwoodslounge.com. L, D $-$$ Harmony brewing Co. — Eastown’s latest addition to the craft-brewing scene offers

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intersection Café — Roomy entertainment venue offers sandwich wraps, burgers, vegetarian options and more. 133 Grandville Ave SW, 459-0977. sectionlive.com. L, D ¢ Jd reardon’s — Restaurant and lounge in The Boardwalk offers American, Southwest, Thai and more. Banquet facilities; outdoor seating. 940 Monroe Ave NW, 454-8590. jdreardons.com. B, L, D $-$$ J. gardella’s tavern — Massive bar is matched by gargantuan menu ranging from homemade chips to build-your-own burger. Three floors of seating. Open Sun for arena events. 11 Ionia Ave SW, 459-8824. jgardellas tavern.com. L, D ¢ Logan’s Alley — Free popcorn complements a premium-libation special. Sandwich-andappetizer menu. Seasonal deck seating. 916 Michigan St NE, 458-1612. logansalley.com. L, D ¢-$

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main Street pub — Large-screen TVs and varied menu of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrées. Open 11 am daily; breakfast 8 am Sun. 11240 University Parkway, Allendale, 895-1234. mainstpub.com. B (Sun), L, D ¢-$ mcFadden’s restaurant & Saloon — New York-style Irish has a menu that includes “recreated” pub fare, contemporary American choices and regionally inspired dishes. Transforms into a lively nightclub late at night. Open daily. 58 Ionia Ave SW, 4549105. mcfaddensgrandrapids.com. L, D $ mill Creek tavern — Comstock Park eatery offers appetizers, from-scratch daily soups, continued on page 74

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He fed: “My new favorite summertime activity is getting up early on Saturday morning to hit the food trucks parked at Fulton Street Farmers Market. What The Truck’s breakfast burrito, with scrambled local eggs, black beans, rice, guacamole, salsa and cheese, is perhaps the most perfect hangover food. It’s mild at first but breathes heat near the end. Great for sopping up Friday night’s

She fed: “Don’t let the simplicity of the Egg Sammy fool you: The Silver Spork crafts an amazing breakfast sandwich: a fresh baguette from Nantucket Bakery piled with locally sourced bacon, cheddar, watercress, tomato slices and a perfectly fried egg. Paired with a fresh berry-banana smoothie, this is a quick breakfast you can feel good about. Another morning delight is What The Truck’s shrimp-and-grits. The cheesy grits are creamy and rich, while the shrimp are slightly blackened with Cajun spices. Topped with a local egg cooked to order, it’s a fab start to the day. The Korean Pork Burrito (think sweet, sour, meaty and lusty) is out of this world and promises to lift any morning fog!” — JulIet

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No longer relegated to hot dogs, food truck fare is fresh and innovative. If you haven’t tried one yet, put it on your endof-summer to-do list. You’ll not only be supporting the local food truck owners but also the local farmers from whom they source ingredients. A few tips for an inaugural visit: tip no.1: Step outside your comfort zone. This is the perfect chance to try something new: kimchi for breakfast, eggs for dinner — tofu tacos, even. One of the best things Juliet ever ate off a food truck was an ancho chili burger — made with seitan instead of meat. Try something new and if you don’t like it, pass it on to someone in the group. tip no. 2: Go with a group and sample each other’s food. We know this will raise eyebrows in today’s germaphobic, hand-sanitizing society, but part of the fun at food trucks is taking a bite of what your pals ordered. We have it on good authority from several food-truck-loving Manhattanites this is simply “how it’s done.” tip no.3: Don’t be intimidated. For a first-timer, the ordering process can seem daunting and unclear. We recommend one of two approaches: Either step up to the window and ask questions, or stand back, watch others order for few minutes, then mimic them. Read more with bonus pics at HeFedSheFed.com.

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Rocky’s Bar & Grill — Burgers, appetizers and more. Art Deco bar, pool table. Kitchen open late; some evening entertainment. Open Sun at 5 pm with $1 beer specials. 633 Ottawa Ave NW, 356-2346. myspace.com/rockysgr. L, D ¢-$

Mojo’s — Lively dueling piano bar and restaurant open for dinner at 5 pm Wed-Sat, plus late night “munchy menu.” RSVP for dinner early, show starts at 8 pm Wed-Thu, 7 pm Fri-Sat, DJ, dancing, pool tables, VIP Room and flat-screen TVs on 2nd floor. 180 Monroe Ave NW, 776-9000. mojospianobar. com. D (Wed-Sat) ¢-$ ➧Monkey Bar at The BOB — A “resto” bar combining a cozy lounge with Asian-inspired small plate menu. Open Wed-Sat. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. thebob.com/ monkeybarresto. D ¢-$

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Nick Finks — Mexican fare and drinks in historic tavern, part of The Gilmore Collection. Draft beer, wine, sangria and cocktails. Occasional live music, open mic nights. Daily happy hour 3-6 pm. 3965 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, 784-9886. thegilmorecollec tion.com. L, D $ Nite Cap Bar & Grill — Roomy with outdoor patio, pool tables, video games, big-screen TVs, Keno and karaoke Thu-Sat evenings. Soups, salads, sandwiches, flame-broiled burgers, Mexican selections and dinners. 801 W Fulton St, 451-4243. nitecapbar.com. ¢ L, D O’Toole’s Public House — Pub grub includes appetizers, sandwiches and burgers served on a mountain of fries. Open daily. 448 Bridge St NW, 742-6095. otoolesgr.com. L, D ¢-$ Peppino’s Ristorante Pizzeria And Sports Lounge — Italian specialties, Sicilian-style steak and chicken, burgers, etc. Separate sports bar. 5053 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Allendale, 895-1615. Family-friendly Peppino’s Sports Lounge in downtown GR, 130 Ionia Ave SW, 456-8444. peppinospizza.com. L, D ¢-$$ Pub 43 — Caters to all, but is especially popular with gay crowd. Board games, TVs, fully stocked bar. Menu ranges from burgers to upscale items. Jukebox, occasional live entertainment. Open daily at 3 pm. 43 S Division Ave, 458-2205. Facebook. D ¢-$

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Vitale’s Sports Lounge & Pizzeria — Pizza and pasta plus panini sandwiches and wraps in sports-centric surroundings. Outside deck, live entertainment. Open daily. 3868 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, 7842526, takeout 784-5011. vitalessportsbar. com. L, D ¢-$

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Woody’s Press Box — Complex includes two bars, a patio and bowling. Menu offers sandwiches and shrimp, barbecue fare. Breakfast and lunch only Sun. 5656 Clyde Park Ave SW, 530-3242. spectrumlanes.com. B, L, D $ Z’s — Sports-themed eatery known for its ribs. Soup-salad-sandwich lunches. Carryout available. 168 Louis Campau Promenade NW, 454-3141. zsbar.com. L, D ¢-$

Delis, Dogs & Bagels Places that serve sandwiches, bagels and/or hot dogs. Alley Cat Deli — Sandwiches, soups and salads. Smoked meat is a specialty and all breads and desserts are made in-house. Closed Sun. 5355 Northland Dr NE, 4478844. Facebook. L, D ¢ Bagel Beanery — All locations serve breakfast and deli sandwiches plus specialty coffees. Vegetarian options. Catering, kids meals, free Wi-Fi, outdoor seating. 455 Michigan St NE, 235-7500; 2845 Breton Rd SE, 245-4220; 5316 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, 2499500. bagelbeanery.com. B, L, D ¢-$ Big Apple Bagels — Fresh bagels and 15 cream cheese mixtures. 3915 Plainfield Ave NE, 364-1919; 2058 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 735-2390; 6670 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 5547915. babcorp.com. B, L, D ¢ Biggby Coffee — East Lansing-based chain offers specialty coffee and non-coffee drinks, baked goods, fruit cups, yogurt parfaits, bagel sandwiches. Wi-Fi. For locations, see biggby. com. ¢

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Bitter End —Specialty coffee drinks, bagels, muffins, pastries and deli sandwiches in atmosphere of a 1930s French café. Free Wi-Fi. Open 24/7. 752 W Fulton St, 451-6061. B, L, D ¢ Boardwalk Subs — 20 huge Jersey-style subs in addition to familiar choices. Catering and delivery. Open daily. 5422 S Division Ave, Kentwood, 724-2492. L, D ¢ Café Aromas — Sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups plus a variety of coffee drinks. Open 6:30 am-5:30 pm Mon-Fri. 880 Grandville Ave SW, 245-7379. tastycafearomas. com. B, L ¢ Cherry Deli — Extensive menu offers more than 50 sandwiches, a dozen salads, five soups, with catering and takeout options. Outdoor patio; closed Sun. 834 Cherry St SE, 459-6182. cherrydeli.com. L, D ¢ Chicago Style Gyro — Gyros, salads, sandwiches, shish kebab and more, plus Kurdish tea made from a secret family recipe. Open continued on page 78

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f destiny can be found in a name, then surely Lucas Grill was destined to cook. He recently opened his new restaurant, Public, to an appreciative audience in the heart of Zeeland’s downtown. Long starved for such resourceful culinary creations (and an accompanying liquor license), this small town now can add “dining destination” to its description, thanks to the handcrafted comfort food fare from this talented Culinary Institute of America graduate. Public emanates an attractive, friendly vibe with the intimacy of a small-town venue but the modern inclination of a rehabbed space. Original 1920s-era mahogany floors, exposed bricks and ductwork are juxtaposed with ultramodern chandeliers hanging from the high ceiling and attractive banquettes. Beautifully patterned fabric and pillows add softness and texture to the space. “An interior designer from Chicago described it as ‘modern industrial shabby chic,’” Grill said with a chuckle. “One of my favorite pieces in the room is a long, beautiful, vintage barn-wood community table in the middle of the restaurant that plays off the old and new elements and ties the whole space together.” Grill is grateful for the support his venture has received from the local community — especially given the fact that Public is the first full-service restaurant there to be granted a liquor license. “I consider it an awesome amenity to have for my patrons,” he said. “I believe that in order to give someone a complete meal, you want to offer the options of having a beer or glass of wine with dinner.” Grill is a second-level certified sommelier and has personally selected an appealing wine list. Since early May, locals and diners from miles around have been coming to check out the new kid on the block. “I am overwhelmed with the response from both the media and our patrons,” he said. Such a response is only natural given Grill’s expertise. Realizing the complexities of the restaurant industry, he enrolled at Michigan State University after the CIA to earn his business degree. He then cut his management teeth at Four- and FiveDiamond-rated restaurants such as Tru in Chicago and Grand Rapids’ 1913 Room, where he was general manager.

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“It’s one of our signature items that is a twist on the classic English pub snack Devils on Horseback. It’s a really fun thing that people can make at home fairly easily.” — Chef Lucas Grill Angels on Horseback Serves: 4 | Prep time: 15 minutes 18 pitted dates 18 whole almonds, unsalted 6 strips of apple-wood smoked bacon, cut into thirds Glaze: 2 cups tomato ketchup or house-made chili sauce 1¾ cups brown sugar 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce pinch of salt Combine all glaze ingredients in saucepan and bring to a simmer. Turn off heat, cool completely and reserve. Stuff dates with almonds and wrap with cut bacon strips. Bake in 400-degree oven until bacon is just cooked and almost crisp. Cool completely and reserve. To serve: Glaze dates with the sauce and bake at 400 degrees until crisp and sticky (3/4 finished). Re-glaze and place on the char-grill for about 30 seconds until slightly charred and glossy.

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Wine pairing suggestion: “I recommend a red wine because it’s a pretty rich, decadent flavor,” Grill said. “The 2010 Belle Glos Pinot Noir from the Sonoma coast is a good choice. For an easier price point, I suggest the 2010 Vietti from the grape Dolcetto d’Alba from the Piedmont region of Italy. Both are on our wine list and taste incredible with this dish.”

Everything at the restaurant is made from scratch daily and affordably priced. “I’m proud of every single thing that goes out of our kitchen and very pleased that people are really enjoying what I’m trying to do here,” he said. His fascination with cooking can be traced back to grade school. “Now don’t laugh,” he forewarned, “but I asked my parents for an Easy Bake Oven. I got it for Christmas and I went through the entire box of goods that first day.” From that day forward, you could find him in the kitchen cooking. “I have always been fascinated with the idea that you can take simple, beautiful raw ingredients and transform them into an amazing dish. To me, it is an art form. I still get blown away by the idea

of combining ingredients and flavors and then watching somebody eat it and get enjoyment out of it.” He noted that the two things that drive him — and that he expects from his staff — are true passion for the restaurant business and doing everything the right way every single time. “I don’t care if you’re washing dishes, serving tables or pouring a drink — I want people who are passionate about it because I love this business so much. It’s in my blood,” he said. The name Public comes from the first definition of the word in the dictionary: open to all people. “I wanted to create a restaurant where everybody felt comfortable and welcome. I honestly — Julie Burch think we’ve done that.” September 2012 / Grmag.com 77

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continued from page 75 11 am-7 pm Mon-Sat. Delivery available. 539 Leonard St NW, 451-0021. chicagostylegyro. us. L, D ¢ Cornucopia — Bakery, sandwiches, pizza, take-home specialties, coffees, one-of-akind wine selection. Open daily. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 776-6428. amwaygrand. com. B, L, D ¢-$ Crazy Charlie’s — Coney Island-style dogs and more. 2184 Wealthy St SE, 451-6720. L, D ¢ Dam Dogs — On the dam in downtown Rockford serving several hot dogs plus ice cream. 25 Squires St, Rockford, 863-9565. L, D ¢

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The Dog Pit — Several hot dog variations with house-made chili topping and variety of condiments. Also daily soups. Closed Sun. 132 Monroe Center NW, 988-1508. Facebook. L, D ¢ The Grand Coney — Home-style dinners, Mexican fare and all-day breakfast in addition to Coney Island dogs. Open 24/7. 809 Michigan St NE, 776-5580. Facebook. B, L, D ¢ Jonny B’z Dogs And More —All-meat dogs, burgers and sandwiches, plus vegan options. Closed Sun, open until 2 am Thu-Sat. 638 Wealthy St SE. Facebook. L, D ¢ JW’s — Art gallery meets coffeehouse with rotation of local art. Light fare plus coffee drinks. Closed Sun. Free Wi-Fi. 850 Forest Hill Ave SE, 285-1695. Facebook. B, L ¢ Kava House — Popular Eastown spot with bakery items (from scones to spinach pies) and java served in bowl-sized cups. 1445 Lake Dr SE, 451-8600. On Facebook. B, L, D ¢

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Local Mocha — Downtown location offers coffee specialties and smoothies as well as grilled breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Closed Sun. Free Wi-Fi. 96 Monroe Center ¢ NW, 459-0082. localmochagr.com. B, L Newk’s Express Café — Modern space with counter-order/table-delivery service and well-stocked condiment and beverage site. Superbly composed sandwiches, salads, soups and chili, 10-inch pizzas and “homemade” desserts. Open daily. 2650 East Beltline Ave SE, 956-5980. newkscafe.com. L, D ¢-$ Nunzia’s Café — Combo specials plus Italian dishes. Open 8:30 am-2 pm weekdays. In Merrill Lynch building, 250 Monroe Ave NW, No. 140, 458-1533. B, L ¢ One Stop Coney Shop — Hot dogs plus salads, sandwiches, fries and house-made condiments in downtown GR. Open 11 am-

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7:30 pm Mon-Fri. 11 am-3 pm Sat. 154 E Fulton, 233-9700. onestopconey shop.com. L, D (M-F) ¢ rico’s deli — Relocated to the Boardwalk building, offers deli sandwiches, subs, wraps, paninis, soups, breakfast selections and daily specials at modest prices. Also houses Liquid Cargo coffee shop. Open daily. 940 Monroe Ave NW, 451-0225; ricosdeli.com. B, L, D (weekdays) ¢ ritz Koney bar & grille — Hot dogs, gourmet sandwiches and more. Full bar with limited wine list. Closed Sun. 64 Ionia Ave SW, 451-3701. ritz koneybarandgrille.com. L, D ¢-$ Schnitz delicatessen — Deli with a German flair. Ada location has full bar. Closed Sun. 1315 E Fulton St, 4514444; Schnitz East, 597 Ada Dr SE, 682-4660; Schnitz South, 1529 Langley St SE, 281-5010. schnitzdeli.com. L, D (Ada only) ¢-$

Radix equals root Fried green tomAtoeS, Louisiana mussels and beer-braised beef brisket are just a few of the southern-style offerings at the new Radix Tavern, 1420 Lake Drive SE. Balwinder Bal, owner of Bombay Cuisine Indian restaurant in Eastown, joined forces with former Gilmore Collection chef Jayson Leek to transform the Queen’s Pub into a tavern offering contemporary versions of slow-cooked southern comfort foods. Radix is the Latin term for “root,” and the owners intend to cook foods from scratch using seasonal Michigan and sustainable ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options will include a vegan shepherd’s pie and a Cajun sweet potato patty. The tavern features a full bar and extensive drink menu.

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brandywine — Café atmosphere, with extensive breakfasts, innovative lunches with vegetarian choices, dinner selections from Mexican to beef Wellington. 1345 Lake Dr SE, 7748641; 2844 East Beltline Ave NE, 3631723. B, L, D ¢-$

Fleetwood diner — Extensive dinerstyle menu with Greek influences. Open 6:30 am for breakfast (8 am-4 pm Sun), serving dinner until 8 pm Mon-Thu, 9 pm Fri-Sat. Outdoor patio. 2222 44th St SE, 281-2300. B, L, D ¢-$

urban mill Café — Deli-style specialty sandwiches, soups and salads plus baked goods. 629 Michigan St NE, 855-1526. urbanmill.com. B, L, D ¢-$

Wg grinders — Variety of grinders plus salads, soups and desserts. A few hot pasta selections. Catering, delivery and takeout. Closed Sun. Esplanade Center, 5769 28th St SE, 974-3354. wggrinders.com. L, D ¢-$

the bistro — Urban décor with largescreen TVs, wraparound bar and barrista serving Starbucks. Casual menu covers all tastes. Open daily. Marriott Downtown Courtyard Hotel, 11 Monroe Ave NW, 242-6000, ext 6646. marriott.com. B, L, D $

Cousin’s tasty Chicken — Local alternative to the chains with tasty fried chicken and side dishes. Also seafood and other fried fare. Closed Sun. 1209 Leonard St NE, 456-5244. L, D ¢-$

twisted Vine — Downtown Rockford café features Boars Head meats and cheeses on Schnitz Bakery breads, house-made soups, hearty salads and delightful desserts. Full-scale catering. 51 Bridge St, 866-2828. twisted vinedeli.com. L, D ¢

Wealthy Street bakery — Fresh breads, pastries with sandwiches and daily soup specials. Vegetarian options. Free Wi-Fi. Closed Sun. 608 Wealthy St SE, 301-2950. wealthy streetbakery.com. B, L ¢

Arnie’s bakery & restaurant — Breakfast, sandwiches, baked goods and desserts; dinner menu too. No alcohol. Open daily. 3561 28th St, 9567901; 710 Leonard St NW, 454-3098; 777 54th St SW, 532-5662; 34 Squires St, Rockford, 866-4306. arniesrestau rants.com. B, L, D $

Cajun Cat — Cajun-influenced menu features seafood selections, gumbo, sandwiches. Take-out or small seating area. 3280 Remembrance Rd, Walker, 735-2416. Facebook. L, D ¢-$

Skywalk deli — NY-style deli on the 2nd floor of Comerica Building. Fresh roasted meats, house-made soups, salads and addictive desserts. Open 7 am-3 pm Mon-Fri. Full-service, fullmeal catering, too. 99 Monroe Ave NW, 732-5388. skywalkdeli.com. B, L ¢

Vanillas Coffee tea Café — Gourmet coffees, teas plus special-order bakery for cakes, cookies, cupcakes. Closed Sun. 3150 Plainfield Ave NE, Plainfield Plaza, 447-0080. vanillascafe.com. B, L, D ¢

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Forest Hills inn — A casual neighborhood favorite with a broad menu, excellent pizza. Closed Sun. 4609 Cascade Rd SE, 949-4771. B, L, D $

Windy City grille — Chicago-style gyros, Italian beef, dogs and more. Closed Sun; will cater. 5751 Byron Center Ave. SW, Wyoming, 261-2489. Facebook. L, D ¢

Fry daddy’s Fresh Fish — Fried fish, wingdings, walleye, orange roughy, catfish, blue gill, perch, smelt and shrimp, by the pound or in baskets with fries. Also to go. Closed Mon. Trinity Plaza, 1720 44th St SE, Kentwood, 455-FISH. L, D ¢-$

Wired espresso bar — Coffee concoctions, baked goods, sandwiches and more in Creston Business District. Free Wi-Fi and occasional weekend entertainment. 1503 Plainfield Ave NE, 805-5245. wiredgr.com. B, L, D ¢

grand traverse pie Co. — Bakery and café offer extensive menu, with quiche, soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries. Open daily. 3224 28th St SE, 977-7600. gtpie.com. B, L, D ¢-$

yesterdog — Hot dogs in a fun, nostalgic Eastown setting. Closed Sun. 1505 Wealthy St SE, 262-3090. yesterdog.com. L, D ¢

green restaurant — Sandwiches, salads, burgers and seafood with an emphasis on farms with sustainable practices and huSeptember 2012 / grmag.com 79

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mane treatment of animals. Menu includes ostrich and elk burgers. 2289 East Beltline Ave NE, 447-8294. L, D $ The Lyon Den — Bakery, deli and convenience store with breakfast burritos, baked goods, salads, sandwiches, hotdogs, pizza bar and cotton candy. Also gluten- and sugar-free selections. Open daily. 200 Ionia Ave NW, 805-5692. thelyon dengr.com. B, L, D ¢ Mama’s Pizza & Grinders — Thornhills Plaza eatery offers grinders, pizza, salads and pastas. 6504 28th St SE, 954-1964. mamaspizza andgrinders.com. L, D ¢ Mr. Burger — Longtime local favorite serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Six locations. mrburger.com. B, L, D ¢

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Noel Restaurant — Christmas year-round in this former church and parsonage. Familystyle dinners, lighter fare on lunch menu. Gift shop. Hours by reservation only; parties of 10 or more preferred. 2371 Riley St, Jamestown, 896-6427. noelrestaurant.com. L, D ¢-$$ Olga’s Kitchen — Greek-style sandwiches, salads, desserts and smoothies. 2213 Wealthy St SE, 456-0600; 3195 28th St (Woodland Mall), 942-8020; 3700 Rivertown Parkway SW, Grandville, 531-6572. olgaskitchen.com. L, D ¢ Pal’s Diner — A real diner offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options all day. Closed Sun. 6503 28th St SE, 942-7257. palsdiner. com. B, L, D ¢ Pop’s Family Restaurant — Breakfast all day long, plus classic comfort food and Mexican specialties. 1339 Walker Village Dr NW, 4539339. B, L, D ¢-$ Rainbow Grill — Breakfasts, homemade soup, chili, steak sandwiches, daily lunch specials, chicken, fish and other dinner staples. Closed Sun. 4225 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, 896-0033; 4158 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, 534-8645. B, L, D ¢-$

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Ramona’s Table — EGR deli with madefrom-scratch soups, sandwiches, salads, baked items and meals. Takeout and catering. Closed Sun. 2232 Wealthy St SE, 4598500. ramonastable.com. B, L, D ¢-$

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Sandi’s Family Restaurant — Home-cooked meals in casual surroundings. Daily specials; all-you-can-eat ocean perch Fri. Senior discount Mon-Tue. Closed Sun. 6597 S Division Ave, 281-3160. sandisfamilyrestaurant.com. B, L, D ¢-$

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New wines to sip A CoupLe oF neW WinerieS introduced their latest vintages at West Michigan events. Envolve Winery is a collaborative effort between Sonoma Valley vintner Mike Benzinger and Ben Flahnik of TV’s “Bachelor” fame. They attracted a large crowd of young women when they arrived at the Gaslight Village D&W in July. Fortunately, I was able to sneak a taste of the 2011 Envolve Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc in a quiet back office away from the circus-like atmosphere. The wines are made using biodynamic farming practices, which I believe accounts for the remarkably bright, pure flavors. Another recent arrival to West Michigan is Rock Wall Wine Co., featuring Shauna Rosenblum and her father, Kent Rosenblum, of Rosenblum Cellars. It is no surprise that the most exciting wines I tasted are based on fully ripe fruit harvested from old zinfandel vineyards. Even less surprising was the success of the 2009 Rock Wall Wine Co. Contra Costa County Jesse’s Vineyard Zinfandel with a whopping 16.1 percent alcohol by volume. Here are the best of the rest: 2009 robert Mondavi Winery napa valley Merlot ($23). Aromatic, bright red fruit with subtle bacon scents carries through to the palate where soft fruit essences stay through to the lightly tannic finish. It will continue to improve for a decade. 2010 rock Wall Wine Co. red Hills lake County Obsidian Zin/Petite sirah

It is no surprise that the most exciting wines I tasted are based on fully ripe fruit harvested from old zinfandel vineyards.

yogurt-like smells emerge as subtle, sweet oak, and lightly toasted crème brulee-like flavors stay to the end. 2009 rock Wall Wine Co. russian river reserve Chardonnay ($35). The fine citrus-and-cream nose has subtle mineral and nutmeg scents. The expansive mouth feel is rich and juicy with a touch of toasted oak in the finish. 2009 Waterstone Carneros Chardonnay ($18). The deep, amber-tinged color captures the eye, and exotic melon-like scents stimulate the nose. Persistent notes of pear and yellow plum glide across the tongue, finishing fresh and citrus-like. Nice with grilled halibut. 2011 Woodbridge California Pinot Grigio ($8). Though not quite in the same league as the more expensive wines above, this wine smells of California sunshine. The fresh lemon zest on the top of the tongue and subtle green herbs around the edge melt into a soft and juicy finish. Great — a. BrIan CaIn value!

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blend ($25). The deep black-red color belies the elegant fruit and earth notes in the bouquet, coupled with fine balance and velvety fruit texture. 2009 Franciscan estate napa valley Chardonnay ($18). Big, sweet lemon-

briAn’S FAVoriteS: > 2011 Envolve Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($16). Bright herbal, wet rock and strong citrus notes made me think of New Zealand-style sauvignon blanc, but upon tasting, a beautiful, ripe, fruity surprise of pineapple, melon and soft yellow plum-like flavors coat the palate and stay for several seconds after swallowing. Try seafood with a fruit sauce for a savory pairing.

> 2009 Rock Wall Wine Co. Contra Costa County “Jesse’s Vineyard” Zinfandel ($30). The huge aroma of berry liqueur, ground herbs and vanilla bean is almost medicinal, but as it enters the palate, there’s an explosion of cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with a rich, bitter, black fruit that persists through the long mouthcoating finish. I’d give it a gold medal, but be forewarned: The almost overwhelming spiciness is not for everyone.

Contributing editor A. Brian Cain is a certified wine educator.

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That Place On Plainfield — Classic American diner food along with some ethnic and vegetarian dishes. Closed Sun. 2162 Plainfield Ave NE, 365-6669. B, L, D ¢

Italian/ European Amore Trattoria Italiana — Regional Italian dishes using some local products as well as Italian imports. Italian wines and liqueurs a specialty. House-made desserts. Banquet facility. Closed Mon. 5080 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park. 785-5344. amoretrattoria italiana.com. L (not Sat), D $ Angela’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria — Italian dinners, pizza, stromboli, subs and desserts. Lunch buffet, full-service bar. Delivery and catering available. Closed Sun. 240 E Division, Sparta, (616) 887-1913. L, D ¢-$ Big Bob’s Pizza — A neighborhood pizza parlor in EGR’s Gaslight Village with wine and beer on tap, available to go. 661 Croswell SE, 233-0123. bigbobspizza.com. L, D $ Bella Mia Pizzeria & Italian Grill — Italian dishes and New York-style pizza. Daily lunch buffet. 6333 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Suite 450, 554-9930. L, D ¢-$ Brick Road Pizza — Specializing in gourmet, traditional and vegan pizzas. Gluten-free crusts available on request. Serves beer and wine. Open daily. 1017 Wealthy St SE, 7192409. brickroadpizza.com. L, D ¢-$ Euro Bistro — European bistro fare plus wood-fired pizzas. 11 am-10 pm Mon-Fri. 4-10 pm Sat, closed Sun. 6450 28th St SE, 7192017. eurobistrogr.com. L (Mon-Fri), D $-$$ Florentine Pizzeria & Sports Lounge — Spacious location features Italian fare with American and Mexican choices, thin-crust pizzas. Big-screen TVs, pool tables, darts, video games, foosball. 4261 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 455-2230. florentinespizza.com. L, D ¢-$ Florentine Ristorante — Italian and American cuisine. Pizza and pasta served in the lounge until midnight; full-menu dinner 4-10 pm. Closed Sun. 3245 28th St SW, 534-5419. florentineingrandville.com. L, D $ Franco’s Pizzeria — Spaghetti, manicotti, lasagna, stromboli plus pizza and subs with fresh ingredients. Limited seating, takeout available (delivery offered). No alcohol. Open daily. 2103 Alpine Ave NW, 361-7307. L, D ¢-$ Fred’s Pizza And Italian Restaurant — Longtime favorite offers Italian fare, including fresh pasta and gourmet pizza. Full-service bar. Closed Sun. 3619 Plainfield Ave NE, 3618994. fredspizza.com. L, D ¢-$ Fricano’s Pizza Restaurant — Famous for its

thin-crust pizza. Also, pasta dinners with a sauce that has made its way to the retail market. Closed Sun. 5808 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, 785-5800. fricanospizza.com. ¢-$ D GoodFellows Pizza — In Byron Center’s former Monelli’s Pizza location. Pizza, full Italian dinners and more. Dine-in, takeout or delivery. No alcohol. Open daily (Sun at 4 pm). 2185 84th St, 878-1100. goodfellowspizza. com. L, D $ G.R.P.D. — Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery offers traditional, stuffed and specialty pizzas. Delivery Thu-Sat until 2:30 a.m. No alcohol. Open daily, with a handful of tables for dining in. 340 State St, 742-4773. grandrapids pizza.net. H, L, D ¢-$ Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen — Specialties include Sfinciuni, thick-crust Sicilian pizza and Sciacciata, stuffed pizza with a crispy crust. Also pasta, entrees, calzones and desserts made from family recipes. Open daily. 2896 Knapp St NE in Celadon New Town. $ 608-6912. Facebook. L, D Mangiamo — Historic mansion houses family-friendly Italian eatery. Italian fare plus steaks and seafood. Extensive wine list, evening entertainment. 1033 Lake Dr SE, 7420600. thegilmorecollection.com/mangiamo. php. D $-$$ Marinade’s Pizza Bistro — Wood-fired pizzas, salads, pastas, sandwiches and more. No alcohol. Catering available. 109 Courtland St, Rockford, 863-3300. marinadespizza bistro.com. L, D ¢ Monelli’s Italian Grill And Sports Bar — Southern Italian cuisine. Sports bar plus family-friendly dining room with fireplace. 5675 Byron Center Ave, Wyoming, 530-9700. monellis.com. L, D ¢-$ Noto’s Old World Italian Dining — Elegant décor and extensive menu. Special wine cellar dinners in unique surroundings; lounge menu features light fare. Closed Sun. 6600 28th St SE, 493-6686. notosoldworld.com. D $-$$ Pietro’s Italian Ristorante — Regional and contemporary Italian cuisine. Tuscan wines, desserts and cappuccinos. Kids menu, meeting room and takeout available. 2780 Birchcrest Dr SE, 452-3228. rcfc.com/pietros. $ L, D Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant — Sicilian and southern Italian fare using family recipes. Separate sports bar; patio seating. Weekday lunch buffet. All menu items, beer and wine available to go. Delivery and catering. Closed Sun. 654 Stocking Ave NW, 4544280. salvatoresgr.com. L, D ¢-$

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Vitale’s Pizzeria — Multiple locations serving pizza and pasta from original Vitale family recipes. 59 W Washington St, Zeeland, (616) 772-5900, vitaleszeeland.com; 4676 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, 662-2244, vitales hudsonville.com (no alcohol served); 5380 S Division Ave, Kentwood, 530-8300. vitales. us. L, D ¢-$

Asian Including Thai and Indian fare. Akasaka Sushi — Sushi plus Korean and Japanese offerings in low-key atmosphere in Cascade Centre. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. 6252 28th St SE, 977-0444. L, D ¢-$ Akita Buffet — Across from RiverTown Crossings Mall, with sushi bar, hibachi grill and Chinese buffet with set price for lunch and dinner. Serves alcohol. 3540 Rivertown Point Ct SW, 257-7777. L, D ¢-$ Angel’s Thai Café — Extensive Thai fare; menu includes a your-choice stir-fry option. Vegetarian-friendly. No alcohol. Open daily. 136 Monroe Center NW, 454-9801. angels thaicafe.com. L, D ¢-$ Asian Palace — Chinese and Vietnamese fare with extensive menus for each cuisine. Family owned and operated. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 825 28th St SW, 534-7770. L, ¢-$ D

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Beijing Kitchen — Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines. Lunch specials. No alcohol. 342 State St SE, 458-8383. beijing kitchengr.com. L, D ¢-$ Blue Ginger Asian Kitchen — Noodle-based Thai dishes, chicken, seafood, beef and pork entrees, curries. Vegetarian options. No alcohol. 5751 Byron Center Ave (Bayberry Market strip mall), 261-8186. bluegingergr.com. L, D ¢-$

China Chef — Family-style Chinese restaurant with Szechuan-style entrées and Hunan choices. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 4335 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 791-4488. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ China City — Chinese cuisine; lunch prices all day. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 5299 East¢-$ ern Ave SE, 257-7038. L, D China Gourmet Buffet — Daily lunch and dinner buffets with more than 100 items. Dinner buffet served all day weekends; discount for seniors and children 10 and under. No alcohol. 2030 28th St SW, 252-1379. L, D ¢-$ Chinatown Restaurant And Japanese Steak House — Chinese and Japanese cuisine with tabletop, Benihana-style meals available. Lunch and dinner buffets. Full bar. 69 28th St SW, 452-3025. chinatowngrandrapids. ¢-$ com. L, D

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Empire Chinese Buffet — All-you-can-eat Chinese buffet served all day. Special seafood buffet Sat-Sun. Delivery available. 4255 Alpine Ave NW, 785-8880. www.empirebuf ¢-$ fet.net. L, D Erb Thai — Traditional Thai fare, will accommodate special diets: vegetarian, glutenfree, no MSG. No alcohol. 950 Wealthy St SE,

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Far-East Restaurant — Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dishes; vegetable-oil-only cooking. Carryout and catering available. No alcohol. 3639 Clyde Park Ave SW, 531-7176. Facebook. L, D $ First Wok — Mandarin, Hunan, Szechuan cuisine. Dine-in and take-out. Full bar. Three locations: 2301 44th St SE, 281-0681; 3509 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1616; 6740 Old 28th St SE, 575-9088. firstwokgr.com. L, D $ Fuji Yama Asian Bistro — Hibachi grill tables with show-chef preparations, or eat in the dining room with Chinese, Japanese and Thai selections. Full bar. 1501 East Beltline Ave NE, 719-1859. letseat.at/fujiyama. L, D ¢-$ Fortune Chef — Chinese and American fare. Opens 6 am weekdays, 8 am weekends with breakfast served all day. No alcohol. 9353 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 891-1388. fortunechefcaledonia.com. B, L, D ¢-$ Golden 28 — Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin cuisine complemented by a Vietnamese menu. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 627 28th St $ SW, Wyoming, 531-2800. L, D Golden Dragon — Chinese, Mandarin and Japanese cuisines with Japanese steakhouse. Full bar. 3629 Plainfield Ave NE, 3631318. goldendragongr.com. L, D $

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Golden Gate Restaurant — Chinese fare with all-inclusive lunch combination plates, egg rolls, sweet-and-sour dishes, with some hot and spicy choices. No alcohol. 4023 S Divi¢ sion Ave, 534-7087. Facebook. L, D Golden Wok — Knapp’s Corner eatery offers lunch and dinner options, including Hunanspiced dishes. Full bar. 1971 East Beltline Ave NE, 363-8880. goldenwokgrandrapids.com. L, D ¢-$ Grand Lakes — A wide selection of Chinese dishes and specialties, along with daily lunch combination plates. No alcohol. Next to Breton Village D&W. 1810 Breton Rd SE, ¢-$ 954-2500. L, D Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet — Pan-Asian cuisine from sushi to buffet, including Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian and American dishes. No alcohol. 785 Center Dr NW (Green Ridge Shopping Center), 785-8200. letseat. at/hibachigrillsupremebuffet. L, D ¢ Hong Kong Express — Szechuan and Cantonese for dine-in or carry-out. All-you-caneat lunch buffet. No alcohol. 150 E Fulton St, 235-3888. B, L, D ¢-$ Hunan — Full menu of Chinese options, house and family dinners for groups. No al-

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fresh hops In the beginning, there was ale tHe HiStory oF ALe And beer, from what I can glean on the Internet, is an interesting story. In my May column, I incorrectly stated the difference between beer and ale is the use of bottom-fermenting yeast for the former and topfermenting yeast for the latter. The bottom-fermenting recipe more accurately describes “lager beer.” Conventional wisdom dictates that “beer” is a generic term for a fermented grain drink; further delineations include ale, lager and pilsner. But it remains true that all ales use top-fermenting yeast and all lagers use bottom-fermenting yeast. My only explanation for the mistake lies in my effort to give a simple answer.

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In the 16th century, bottom-fermenting yeast was discovered by accident in beer stored in caverns. This became known as lager beer. “Lager” in German means “to store” or lay away. The catalog of beer styles is voluminous. It is convenient to categorize them all as beer and then use subcategories to describe different styles. This is all very nifty, but it’s a modern convention. In the beginning, there was an alcoholic drink made from grain. Chemical analysis of pottery jars as old as 5th millennium BCE has discovered evidence of brewery operations in what is now Iran. It would be hard to describe this drink as beer because it did not evidently contain a bittering agent, such as hops, as a preservative. We can, however, call this ale because it used top-fermenting yeast. After making this form of ale for centuries, brewers figured out that bittering the brew made it taste better, and many herbs were brewed with the ale. This drink is known historically as gruit, although ancient cultures obviously had their own name for it. Yeast was not usually a known ingredient during this period. The fermentation agent would usually propagate spontaneously or may have been introduced using yeast from a previous batch of brew. By at least the 9th century, German

brewers began using hops, and beer was born. Not only did hops impart an astringent flavor to the sweet ale, but they also preserved the flavor of beer, which led to the ability to export it throughout Europe. In those times, ale referred to brewing without hops, and beer was the hopped method. In the 16th century, bottom-fermenting yeast was discovered by accident in beer stored in caverns. This became known as lager beer. “Lager” in German means “to store” or lay away. Eventually, unhopped ale went out of fashion, and hops were used in ale just as in beer. Today, the term ale is usually used in conjunction with a second style term, such as pale ale, Scotch ale — JOn C. KOeZe and Belgium ale.

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A timeLine oF ALe And beer: > 3500 BCE: Ancient pottery jars are used to produce ale in what is today Iran.

> 1900 BCE: The oldest surviving beer recipe is included in a poem honoring Ninkasi, the patron goddess of brewing. > 822 CE: The use of hops in beer is written of in the letters of a Carolingian abbot.

> 1400 CE: During this century, unhopped beer was known as ale, while hopped ale was known as beer. This is also when beer importation to Holland and England occurred.

> 1500 CE: Bottom-fermenting yeast found in wooden casks of beer stored in caverns. This is the discovery of lager beer.

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If you haven’t shopped at Grand Central Market and Deli at 57 Monroe Center lately, you’re in for quite a surprise. Since buying the downtown market two years ago, Cheryl and Tom Powell and their daughter, Christina Klunder, have made every effort to expand the offerings. “What was here before wasn’t really worth remembering,” said Klunder. “The guys that owned it had great intentions, but they were really busy, and for a long time they were basically running down the inventory.” The once-sparse shelves are now stocked with all kinds of goodies, from gluten-free and healthy choices to “the not-so-healthy and everyday stuff,” Tom joked. Downtown dwellers can even find cleaning products and other necessities. As the store’s marketing guru, Klunder said she has been asking regulars to name products they’d like to see. “I slowly built up a grocery hit list,” she said. “If people request it, we do our best to find it for them and get it on the shelves.” Cheryl, who was formerly the executive chef at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, has revived the deli section with a selection of breakfast and lunch options. One of

her sandwich creations, the 57 Monroe (smoked turkey, fresh chevre, lettuce, tomato, onion, pesto and mayo on roasted red pepper focaccia), was runner-up in last year’s inaugural Grandwich competition. She grills in front of the market up to three days a week, weather permitting, and shops for ingredients at Fulton Street Farmers Market. “We serve a prime rib burger, local bratwursts, grilled tuna and veggie burgers on some really great bread,” she said. The market also offers a catering service of boxed lunches with free delivery in the downtown area and $10 in the Greater Grand Rapids area. The market’s wine section benefits from Tom’s expertise. He stocks a small selection of what he deems “excellent” Michigan wines, as well as some Spanish and South American offerings. Christina “We taste all the wines before we buy,” Klunder he said, “but we don’t just go with our personal preferences. It’s all about quality.” For those more inclined to a hoppy tipple, there are coolers of local craft beers, along with the usual suspects. Peruse the menu at grandcentralmarketgr.com or call 454— eMMa HIGGIns 5300.

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P.F. Chang’s China Bistro — Upscale chain known for modern Chinese dishes from Mongolian beef to chicken lettuce wraps. Cocktails, beer and wine. Order online for takeout. The Village at Knapp’s Crossing, 2065 Apple Orchard Ave, 447-2060. pf changs.com. L,D $ Pho Soc Trang — Vietnamese cuisine. No alcohol. 4242 S Division Ave, 531-0755. L, D ¢ Rak Thai Bistro — Thai-fusion fare with Chinese and Japanese influences. No alcohol. 5260 Northland Dr NE, 363-2222. rakthai bistro.com. L, D ¢-$ Red Sun Buffet — All-you-can-eat international buffet: sushi, Chinese, American, Italian and Japanese selections. No alcohol. 4176 28th St SE, 940-9999. redsunbuffet. com. L, D ¢-$ FSeoul Garden — Chinese and Korean cuisine with full bar. Banquet and catering facilities available. Closed Sun. 3321 28th St SE, 956-1522. grseoulgarden.com. L, D $-$$

cuisine; food prepared tableside by hibachi chefs in Japanese area. Serves alcohol. 3005 Broadmoor Ave SE (at 29th St), 773-2454. shanghaiichiban.com. L, D $-$$ Soc Trang — Wide selection of Chinese and Vietnamese offerings. No alcohol. 1831 Market Place Dr, Caledonia, 871-9909. gosoc trang.com. L, D ¢-$ Sushi Kuni — Japanese and Korean cuisine, plus fusion fare. Private groups can eat in traditional Japanese tatami room. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. 2901 Breton Rd SE, 241-4141. sushikuni.net. L, D ¢-$$ Szechuan Garden — Diverse Chinese menu in Eastown. Lunch specials daily 11 am-4 pm. No alcohol. 1510 Wealthy St SE, 456-9878. L, D ¢-$ Thai Express — Thai specialties, spiced to specification. No alcohol. 4317 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 827-9955. thaiexpressgr.com. L, D ¢ Three Happiness Restaurant — Cantonese,

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Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean Marie Catrib’s — Middle-Eastern fare with on-site bakery, seasonal specialties and Turkish coffee. Vegetarian options. Breakfast 7 am Mon-Fri, 8 am Sat. Lunch/dinner starts 11 am weekdays, noon Sat. Closed Sun. No alcohol. 1001 Lake Dr SE, 454-4020. mariecat ribs.com. B, L, D ¢-$ Mediterranean Grill — Gyros, kabobs, shwarma, falafel, fattousch, hummus, kafta. All meats are halal, in accordance with Islamic requirements. Closed Sun. No alcohol. Cascade Center, 6250 28th St SE, 949-9696. L, $ D Mr. Gyros — Family-owned restaurant offering Mediterranean specialties with drivethrough, delivery and catering available. Open daily. 2260 Alpine Ave NW, 791-6660. ¢-$ mrgyrosdrivethru.com. L, D Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine — Lebanese cuisine, from grape leaf appetizer and tabbouleh to shish kebob, falafel and baklava. Takeout and catering. Features Lebanese beer and wine. Closed Sun-Mon. 2228 Wealthy St SE in EGR, 456-8999. ostaslebanese.com. L, D ¢-$ Parsley Mediterranean Grille — Appetizers, salads, soups, pitas, lunch and dinner combos of chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian entrees, kabobs and more. No alcohol. 80 Ottawa Ave NW, 776-2590. parsleymg.com. L, D ¢-$ Pita House — Gyros and other Middle East specialties. No alcohol. 1450 Wealthy St SE, 454-1171; 3730 28th St SE, 940-3029; 4533 Ivanrest Ave SW, 261-4302; 134 Monroe Center NW, 233-4875. thepitahouse.net. L, D ¢ FShiraz Grille — Persian cuisine: fire-grilled kabobs, khoreshts, vegetarian options. Full bar, wine list, martinis. 2739 Breton Rd SE, 949-7447. shirazgrille.com. L (Sun), D $ Zeytin — Turkish-American cuisine with extensive beer and wine lists. Takeout available. 400 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 682-2222. zeytin turkishrestaurant.com. L, D $

African Little Africa Cuisine — Humble storefront café offers hearty vegetable stews; sauces and fixings served on Ethiopian flat bread. Sample other Ethiopian specialties. No alcohol. Cash or checks only. Open daily. 956 E Fulton St, 222-1169. Facebook. L, D ¢

Gojo Ethiopian Cuisine & Deli — Authentic, homemade Ethiopian dishes including vegetarian options. Watt (stew-like) dishes served with injerra flatbread. Carry-out available. No alcohol. Tue-Fri lunch buffet, dinner 5-8 pm; Sat buffet 4-8 pm; closed Sun and Mon. 421 Norwood SE (Eastown), 459-3383. www.gojoethiopiancuisine.com. L, D $

Mexican/Latin American/ Caribbean 7 Mares — Authentic Mexican dishes including breakfasts. 1403 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 3018555. Facebook. B, L, D ¢-$$ Adobe In & Out — Mexican offerings served quickly (Grandville location is drive-through only). 617 W Fulton St, 454-0279; 1216 Leonard St NE, 451-9050; 4389 Chicago Dr, Grandville, 257-7091. L, D ¢ Beltline Bar — Americanized Tex-Mex menu; wet burritos are the claim to fame. Full bar. The Big Enchilada curbside service: call in your order and have it delivered to your car. 16 28th St SE, 245-0494. beltlinebar.com. L, $ D Cabana Tres Amigos — Authentic Mexican fare with full bar, take-out service, vegetarian selection. Spacious with fireplaces and Mexican décor. 1409 60th St SE, 281-6891. L, D ¢-$ Café San Juan — Puerto Rican, Mexican and Cuban menu. No alcohol. 3549 Burlingame Ave SW, 530-2293. cafesanjuan.net. B, L, D ¢-$ Cancun Restaurant — Neighborhood eatery specializes in Mexican seafood dishes but offers a full range of fare. 1518 Grandville Ave SW, 248-2824. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ Cantina — Extensive menu of Mexican specialties with full-service bar. 2770 East Paris Ave SE, 949-9120. L, D $ Chez Olga — Caribbean and Creole fare. Vegetarian/vegan options. Lunch specials. No alcohol. Open until 2 am Fri-Sat, closed Sun. 1441 Wealthy St SE, 233-4141. chezolga.com. L, D ¢ Cinco De Mayo — Mexican eatery offers the usual fare plus carnitas and steak asada. Full bar. 123 Courtland St, Rockford, 866-3438; 114 Monroe Center NW, 719-2404. L, D $ Corazon — Authentic Mexican food in stylish surroundings on the Avenue for the Arts. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 122 S Division Ave, 4543847. L, D ¢ Downtown Trini’s — Sparta’s destination offers traditional fare. Full bar. Closed Sun and Mon. 134 E Division Ave, Sparta, 887-2500.

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El Arriero —Extensive menu offers specialty dishes, with à la carte selections for smaller appetites. Mexican and domestic beers, Margaritas. 2948 28th St SE, 977-2674. L, D ¢-$ El Barrio Mexican Grill — Tasty and creative twists on otherwise-traditional Mexican. Full bar. 545 Michigan St NE, 301-0010. elbarrio ¢-$ mexicangrill.com. L, D El Burrito Loco — More than 70 authentic Mexican selections. Complimentary chips and salsa. Full bar. 1971 East Beltline Ave NE, 447-0415; 4499 Ivanrest SW, 530-9470; 4174 Alpine Ave NW, 785-4102. L, D ¢-$ FEl Granjero — Mexican fare, from steak and shrimp dishes to à la carte selections and menudo on weekends. No alcohol but tasty virgin coladas. 950 Bridge St NW, 458-5595. ¢ B, L, D El Sombrero — Offers the wet burrito, and dry ones too. Weekly specials. No alcohol. Closed ¢ Sun. 527 Bridge St NW, 451-4290. L, D Grand Villa Dungeon — Mexican food is the specialty. Full bar. Closed Sun. 3594 Chicago Dr SW, 534-8435. villadugeon.com. L, D $ Jamaican Dave’s — Jerked, fricasseed or curried chicken; curry goat, oxtail, beef and chicken patties; jerked wings; salt fish and “escoveitched” fish; tofu-with-veggies. Limited seating; takeout is best bet. 1059 Wealthy St SE, 458-7875. jamaicandaves.com. L, D ¢ Jose’s Restaurante — Authentic Mexican fare, with jukebox, pinball and video game. No alcohol. 3954 S Division Ave, 530-7934. L, D ¢ Las Cazuelas — Open for breakfast at 10 am, serves lunch and dinner daily. Genuine Hispanic flavors. 411 Wilson Ave NW, Walker, 726-6600. B, L, D ¢ Lindo Mexico Restaurant — Featuring fresh Mexican food with “real Mexican flavor.” Happy hour 2-6 pm daily. Home of the Tamarind margarita. Lunch and kids menus available. 1292 28th St SW, Wyoming, 2612280. lindomexicorestaurant.com. L, D ¢-$ Little Mexico Café — Traditional Mexican food and cocktails. Open daily. 401 Stocking Ave NW, 456-0517. L, D $ Maggie’s Kitchen — Homemade Mexican fare in café setting, cafeteria-style ordering. No alcohol. 36 Bridge St NW, 458-8583. B, L, D ¢ Michoacan — Mexican fare plus seafood, chicken and steak dishes. No alcohol. Open at 9 am. 334 Burton St SW, 452-0018. B, L, D ¢-$

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And the Winner mi tierra restaurant — Traditional Mexican, eat in or drive through. No alcohol. 2300 S Division Ave, 245-7533. Facebook. L, D ¢ taco bob’s — Fresh-Mex offerings, taco salads and the “funny taco,” a hard-shell wrapped in a soft shell, with nacho cheese in between. No alcohol. Open 11 am-2 pm, Mon-Fri. 250 Monroe Ave NW, 458-1533. taco bobs.com. L ¢ taco boy — Traditional Mexican offerings. No alcohol. 3475 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-7111; 6539 28th St SE, 956-3424; 509 44th St SE, 257-0057; 2529 Alpine Ave NW, 365-9255; 180 Monroe Ave NW, 233-0701. tacoboy.biz. L, D ¢ tacos el Caporal — Two locations serving Mexican fare, with menudo Sat and Sun. Takeout. No alcohol. 1024 Burton St SW, 246-6180; 1717 28th St SW, Wyoming, 2612711. B, L, D ¢ tacos el ranchero — Mexican fare in lowkey surroundings to eat in or take out. Cash only. No alcohol. 1240 Burton St SW, 2456514. L, D ¢

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lAkeshore: New AmericAN blue House bistro — Neo-American Creole fusion fare from New Orleans-trained chef/ owner. Also, appetizers, soups, sandwiches/ wraps and pizza. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 220 W 8th St, Holland, (616) 355-1994. blue housebistro.com. L, D $ butch’s — New York-style deli by day, fine cuisine by night. Menu changes seasonally. More than 200 bottled beer selections and 700 varieties of wine available for takeout. Closed Sun. 44 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 3968227. butchs.net. L, D $$ _ CityVu bistro — Top-floor restaurant in Holland’s City Flats Hotel specializes in flatbreads and small-plates with emphasis on seasonal ingredients. 61 E 7th St, Holland, (616) 796-2114. cityvubistro.com. B, L, D $-$$ Courses — Located within The Culinary Institute of Michigan, the restaurant is operated by the students of Baker College of Muskegon. The restaurant is open through Aug 25 and reopens Oct 1. 336 W Clay, Muskegon, (231) 777-6610. culinaryinstitutemi.com. L, D ¢-$ Feveryday people Café — Changing bistro menu from appetizers through dessert. Impressive wine list with appropriate food pairings. 11 Center St, Douglas, (269) 857-4240.

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Lake House Waterfront Grille — Overlooks Muskegon Lake. Small plates, salads, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, specialty burgers. Live entertainment. 730 Terrace Point, Muskegon, (231) 722-4461; thelakehousemi.com. L, D $-$$ Mia & Grace Bistro — Husband/wife chef/ owners serve locally grown products in artsy space. Breakfast/lunch year-round, special dinners during growing season. Bakery, too. No alcohol. 1133 Third St, Muskegon, (231) 725-9500. miaandgrace.com. B, L, (D) $ Piper — Lake view and a menu with everything from appetizers, pasta and wood-fired pizza to creative entrées and homemade desserts. Large selection of beer, wine, martinis. Closed Sun and Mon during winter. 2225 South Shore Dr, Macatawa, (616) 335-5866. ¢-$$ piperrestaurant.com. D Salt & Pepper Savory Grill & Pub — Pub-grub with creative twists using Michigan-sourced ingredients. Full bar. Back patio for alfresco dining. Closed Sun. 11539 E Lakewood Blvd, Holland, (616) 355-5501. saltandpepperpub. com. L, D $ Salt Of The Earth — Rustic fare and bakery emphasize locally sourced products ranging from wood-fired pizzas to affordably priced entrees. Full bar. 114 E Main St, Fennville, (269) 561-7258. saltoftheearthfennville.com. D ¢-$

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Theodore’s — Eclectic menu features American/Spanish/Mediterranean-influenced dishes in stylish surroundings with granite bar, glassed-in wine cellar and outdoor patio. Open Thu-Sat at 5 pm. 217 E 24th St, Holland, (616) 392-6883. theodoresholland.com. D $-$$ (Thu-Sat) Wild Dog Grille — Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, stone-baked pizzas and entrees marry a complexity of flavors. Closed Mon in winter. Full-service bar. 24 Center St, Douglas, (269) 857-2519. thewilddoggrille.com. L (Fri-Sun), D $-$$

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Zing Eat/Drink — Upscale, eclectic American/European menu in even more eclectic surroundings. Martini/piano lounge. SatSun brunch. Patio seating. Reservations recommended. 310 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, (269) 857-3287. zingeatdrink.com. L, D $-$$

Lakeshore: Classic American 8th Street Grill — Entrées range from meatloaf to ribs, with sandwiches, salads and pasta also on the menu. Beer and wine served. Closed Sun. 20 W 8th St, Holland,

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84 East Food & Spirits — Neat restoration lends atmosphere. Varied menu includes unique pasta dishes and thin-crust pizzas. Full bar. Closed Sun. 84 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 396-8484. 84eastpasta.com. L, D ¢-$ Arboreal Inn — New England-style inn offers fresh whitefish, Alaskan king crab, tournedos Oscar and more. Closed Sun. 18191 174th Ave, Spring Lake, (616) 842-3800. arboreal $$ inn.com. D Bear Lake Tavern — Historic North Muskegon tavern fare ranges from yellowbelly lake perch to wet burritos. 360 Ruddiman Rd, North Muskegon, (231) 744-1161. thebearlake tavern.com. B (weekends), L, D ¢-$ Bil-Mar Restaurant — Beachfront dining with a great view of Lake Michigan. Wide selection of fine-dining entrées. Full bar. 1223 S Harbor St, Grand Haven, (616) 842-5920. bil-margrandhaven.com. L, D $$ Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant — Vintage ambiance overlooking Lake Macatawa. Spacious patio. Two menus: casual in main dining room, bar and patio, with another room for fine dining. 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, (616) 396-0600. boatwerksrestaur $-$$ ant.com. L, D C. F. Prime Chophouse & Wine Bar — Prime NY strips, seafood, vegetarian options and desserts made on-site. Full-service bar. Closed Sun. 950 W Norton, Muskegon, (231) 737-4943. cfprime.com. D $-$$ Crazy Horse Steak House & Saloon — Southwest style family-friendly eatery, known for steaks and prime rib. 2027 North Park Dr, Holland, (616) 395-8393. crazyhorsesteak house.com. L, D $$ Dee-Lite Bar & Grill — “Fresh-Mex” dinner selections, plus American fare. Diner-style breakfasts. Live music and martinis in the Theatre Bar. Sun brunch. 24 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 844-5055. harbor $ restaurants.com/deelite/. B, L, D Dining Room At Clearbrook — Menu features locally grown products. More casual dining in The Grill Room. Open daily in summer. Clearbrook Golf Club, 6594 Clearbrook Dr (just north of Saugatuck), (269) 857-2000. clearbrookgolfclub.com. L, D $-$$ Dockers Fish House & Lounge — Waterside dining on Muskegon Lake with summer tiki bar. Seafood and land-lubber options. Full bar. Dockhands assist with boat tie-up. Closed Oct-Mar. 3505 Marina Point View, Muskegon, (231) 755-0400. dockersfishhouse.com. L, D $-$$ Falcon’s Nest — Creative lunch menu with

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hot and cold sandwiches, barbecue ribs, appetizers, chili and salads. Open 11 am-7 pm. 17000 Lincoln Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 8424040. grandhavengolfclub.com. L, D ¢-$ Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar — In Grand Haven’s former Grand Theatre. Oyster and sushi bar, seafood and steaks. 22 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 847-8944. harbor restaurants.com/thegrand. D $-$$  -➧Hearthstone Bistro Bar Grill — Eclectic menu of European and American dishes includes interesting starters, small plates, creative salads, soups and sandwiches, and main plates that include fish, steaks and more. Open daily (Sun dinner only). 3350 Glade St., Muskegon, (231) 733-1056. hearth $-$$ stonerestaurant.com. L, D The Grill Room — Aged steaks and chops, fresh seafood and fine wines in top chophouse tradition. Closed Sun during winter. Kirby House, 2 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-3299. thegilmoreollection. $$ com/grillroom.php. D

Handsome Henry’s — Big-city vibe dining room and sports bar offer signature twists. Extensive menu ranges from pizzas to handcut, aged steaks. 3065 Henry St, Muskegon, (231) 747-8583. L, D $

ton Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-7788. rose ¢-$ budgrill.com. L, D West Coast Grille — Daily breakfast buffet, lunch fare and dinner menu ranging from quesadillas and burgers to prime rib and seafood. Open daily. Doubletree Hotel, 650 E 24th St (just off US 31), Holland, (616) 3940111. holland.doubletree.com. B, L, D $

Jack’s — Breakfast and lunch, plus dinner menu with wide range of entrées, wine by the glass. On Grand River at Waterfront Holiday Inn. 940 W Savidge St, Spring Lake, (616) 846-1370. higrandhaven.com. B, L, D $-$$

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Kirby Grill — Casual side of the Kirby House offers innovative touches to the American menu. Family-friendly dining upstairs. 2 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 8463299. thegilmorecollection.com/kirby.php. L, D $

Chequers — Creative cuisine with British flair ranges from beef tips Sherwood to Welsh rarebit and shepherd’s pie. Imported beer served in English pub atmosphere. Open daily in summer. 220 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-1868. L, D $

Public — Handcrafted American comfort foods with a modern twist. Closed Sunday. 131 E. Main St., Zeeland, 616.741.9772, publiczeeland.com L, D $-$$

The Curragh — Irish pub features foods, spirits, music and environment of Old World Ireland. Outdoor seating, live entertainment, valet parking. 73 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 3936340. curraghholland.com. L, D ¢-$$

Rosebud Bar And Grill — Sandwiches, soups and pizza for lunch; steaks, ribs, pasta and pizza for dinner. Open daily. 100 Washing-

New Holland Brewing Co. — Gourmet pizzas, salads and sandwiches augment handcraft-

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Lakeshore: European Alpenrose — European fare ranges from Certified Aged Black Angus steaks to poultry and fish dishes. Five private dining rooms, banquet facility, bakery and café. Sun brunch buffet. 4 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 3932111. alpenroserestaurant.com. B, L, D ¢-$$ Marro’s — Italian fare and house-baked goods, extensive array of pizza toppings. Open mid-April through autumn; closed Mon. 147 Waters St, Saugatuck, (269) 857$-$$ 4248. L, D

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Pereddies — Italian fine-dining and deli. Wine list, full bar, wine to go. More casual fare in Scusi lounge. Closed Sun. 447 Washington Ave, Holland, (616) 394-3061. pered $-$$ diesrestaurant.com. L, D Restaurant Toulouse — Seasonally inspired menu with French classics. Award-winning wines. Hours vary; private parties can be arranged. Sun brunch in summer. 248 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-1561. restaurant $$ toulouse.com. L, D Two Tonys Taverna Grille — Italian, Greek and American specialties with full-service bar, extensive wine list. Menu includes wood-fired pizzas. Large patio. Closed Sun. 723 E Savidge Rd, Spring Lake, (616) 8440888. L, D

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Roosevelt Park, a neighbourhood that is 76 percent Hispanic, centers its community life in its schools, park, library and arts center.

COmmUNItY SpIrIt rULeS IN rOOSeVeLt pArK! > WANt tO reAD SOme INSpIrING StOrIeS about overcoming adversity? Check out Superintendent John Booy’s blog at The Potter’s House, a private school in the Roosevelt neighborhood. A small group of college graduates started a neighborhood ministry in 1974 and worked with children for two hours a week. After six years, they realized the kids needed a safe place to grow academically and spiritually, and The Potter’s House was born. The fully accredited school has more than 530 students in grades pre-K-12 on two campuses. pottershouseschool.org.

SINCe 1978, tHe bILINGUAL AND bICULtUrAL StAFF at the nonprofit Hispanic Center of West Michigan provides services to help families and individuals achieve self-sufficiency. The Hispanic Festival, Sept. 9-10 at Calder Plaza in downtown GR, is the primary annual fundraiser for the center and the largest such festival in the state.

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ost residents of Roosevelt Park would describe their southwest Grand Rapids neighborhood as family-

friendly. “There are a lot of families here, and people are always helping each other,” said Steffanie Rosalez, program director of Cook Arts Center. “It almost has the feeling of a small town. I think it is largely part of the culture, but at the same time, I think it’s more than culture,” she explained. “Maybe it is the fact that everyone goes to the same schools, and we have these

community places like the library and the arts center where everyone knows each other.” More than 76 percent of the population is Hispanic in the neighborhood housed in the strip of land between U.S. 131 and the Grand River, between Wealthy and Burton streets. To understand Roosevelt Park’s sense of community, one only needs to visit Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities at 644 Grandville Ave. SW, which operates the Cook Arts Center on its premises and the Cook Library Center at 1100 Grandville. Both offer free programs to children and

memberS OF CLemeNte SKAtepArK COmmIttee have a vision for the park at Godfrey Avenue SW between Rumsey and B streets. The plan is to build a 35,000-squarefoot permanent skate park with features for beginners to experienced riders. City officials approved the project two years ago but offered no public funding. Price tag is $1.26 million. The committee operates a free community garden at the park. To learn more or to make a donation, visit clementeskatepark.org

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adults and provide places for the community to gather. “My son used to come to the library every day and I would pick him up,” said Maria Martinez, who came to the U.S. at an early age. “One day, I asked to use the computer because I was looking for a job, and Ms. Sue mentioned that Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association was looking for bilingual help.” Connections like these have helped foster positive change over the years for Roosevelt Park. “The neighborhood has come a long way, because right here, this library used to be a bar before it burned down,” said resident Zeke Ramirez, who at 67 has been a resident for 38 years. “And the Cook Arts Center used to be a meat-packing plant,” adds Rosalez. The first library building was originally bought by the neighborhood association for $1 in 1994 from a landlord whose daughter used to teach at Hall Elementary School (now Cesar Chavez Elementary). It opened two years later with help from the Dominican Sisters – Grand Rapids.

In 2001, the same partnership opened what was then called the Grandville Avenue Academy for the Arts. When the library grew too small, partnerships were again formed to build the new LEED-certified Cook Library Center — named for local philanthropists Peter C. and Pat Cook — in 2007. All roads lead back to Mary Angelo, who grew up here as a young girl and returned in 1991 to become the director of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association. It was Angelo who decided a library needed to be built, after watching kids come into her office lacking books with no way to get them. And it was Angelo who, in 1993, obtained a grant to pay the Latin King gang members to paint over the graffiti (much of which they had done themselves). This launched the revitalization of the neighborhood after a low point in the late ’80s of gang violence and graffiti. “There are 1,998 houses in the neighborhood, and a lot of the properties are duplex

Steffanie Rosalez poses with kids she works with at Cook Arts Center, where she is the program director. Opposite page, Maria Martinez of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association has joined with other nonprofits to help the community.

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Kids participate in literacy activities at the Cook Library Center. Right, Sue Garza is director of center. Above, Vries Avenue in Roosevelt Park.

two-family homes,” Martinez said. “Before 2009 when foreclosures came up, there were more family-owned properties. Now it’s more rental.” The majority of homes are at least 100 years old, but there is a small contingent of newer homes built in recent years by Habitat for Humanity, ICCF and Dwelling Place. Grandville Avenue, a designated state highway (196B), serves as the main business street. But the majority of community events happen at the schools, library, art center or the parks. At Clemente Park, you can usually find a lot of neighbors hanging out on the soccer fields, in the community garden or at the skate park. With three elementary schools (Cesar E. Chavez, South­west Community Campus and Potter’s House School), the neighborhood also is teaming with school-age children. The Southwest Community Campus features a bilingual Spanish/English immersion for prekindergarten to 8th grade students. The Cook Library Center helps chil-

dren get their homework done in English or Spanish. “There are also a lot of churches in the neighborhood; the community is very strong in faith,” said Sue Garza, who directs the library. Roosevelt Park Community Christian Reformed Church was established in 1994 after two sister churches had to shut their doors. The church has never been tagged with graffiti, which is not something many

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buildings can claim, said Heather Rosema, who lives in the neighborhood and works at the church. “Our church exists for people who are seeking community to come and find it. We are here with open doors all week, providing parenting, reading and English classes, and a place for people to come and be counseled, prayed for and encouraged,” she said. During the summer, Roosevelt Church partnered with the neighborhood association to hold dinners and show anti-violence films with more than 200 in attendance.

Parishioners also are involved in cleaning up Plaster Creek, which empties just north of the neighborhood and is one of the most polluted creeks in Michigan. Other activities include planting rain and prairie gardens and painting murals in the park. Cesar Chavez School is also a respected and safe place in the neighbourhood, and many events are held there, said Rosema. Cinco de Mayo celebrations are held in the school, along with a Cesar Chavez March for Justice and Equality every spring. Southwest Campus holds a Peace Fest to promote peace among all races. “Roosevelt Park neighborhood does have a small town feel to it. We all work together here; no one competes,” Rosema said. “It’s like we all understand that we can do more if we don’t have to do it all ourGR selves.”

Roosevelt Park Community Church has been an anchor of stability in the Roosevelt Park area. Community members greet each other after a church service.

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SpOrtS Sept. 8 rHOADeS mCKee reeDS LAKe trIAtHLON: This annual event in East Grand Rapids expands this year to include a duathlon (2-mile run, 17.2 mile bike ride and a 4.9-mile run) in addition to the triathlon (1/2-mile swim, 17.2-mile bike ride and 4.9-mile run). Both begin at 7 a.m. at John Collins Park on the lovely Reeds Lake.

Sept. 21-23 GrAND HAVeN SALmON FeSt: The theme of this waterfront festival is arts, education and entertainment. Designed to mark the passing of summer and celebrate the fall harvest season and salmon migration, Salmon Fest features live jazz, a Michigan wine-tasting pavilion, grape-

Sept. 3 - GrAND rApIDS brIDGe WALK: It’s a Labor Day tradition: Grand Crossings, a 5-mile walk crossing seven downtown bridges led by Mayor George Heartwell. Starts and ends at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. See Special Events

Sept. 7-8 - CeLebrAtION ON tHe GrAND: Longstanding downtown tradition takes place the weekend after Labor Day in Rosa Parks Circle and the family-friendly Ah-Nab-Awen Park, with live music, and fireworks

Friday night. See Special Events Sept. 14-16 - mICHIGAN IrISH mUSIC FeStIVAL: Three days of Irish music (from traditional Irish folk music to contemporary Celtic rock)

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stomping, gourmet salmon cook-off, beer, fine art fair, Big King salmon fishing contest and the Fresh Catch Fish Boil.

and a dance competition on three stages, plus food, pub tent and Cultural Area. Heritage Landing, Muskegon. See Special Events Sept. 15 - eAStOWN Street FAIr: One of

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To list your event Send calendar information to Grand Rapids Magazine, c/o

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Special eVeNtS Sept. - Dancing at rosa parks Circle: GR’s Original Swing Society hosts swing, ballroom and line dancing with live music in downtown GR. 7-10 p.m. every Tue. thru Oct. 9. Free (donations accepted). thru Sept. 1 - Soul of the City: Free outdoor music festival featuring African-American artists. Rosa Parks Circle, downtown GR.

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Sept. 2-3 - Cars for Cancer: Eighth annual car and bike show benefits Johnson Family Cancer Center. Kickoff party begins 5 p.m. Sun. with beer tent, live music and car cruise. Registration 5-8 p.m. Sun., 7-11 a.m. Mon.; voting 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon. Mercy Health Partners Lakes Campus, 6291 S. Harvey St., Muskegon. $18 pre-registration with T-shirt, $10 day of show. Spectators free. different strokescarclub.com. Sept. 3 - Grand rapids bridge Walk: The city of GR hosts Grand Crossings, a 5-mile Labor Day walk crossing seven bridges. No sign-up necessary. Wheelchair accessible. 8 a.m. Starts and ends at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown GR.

Sept. 6 - Fashion’s Night Out: Stores in downtown GR, Eastown, EGR, East Hills and Rockford stay open late to promote local buying. 6-10 p.m. fashionsnightoutgr.com. Sept. 6-9 - Celebration on the Grand: Annual city celebration includes live music and family fun at Rosa Parks Circle and Ah-NabAwen Park in downtown GR. Also, children’s activities, family-friendly entertainment and fireworks. 5-10:30 p.m. Thu. and Fri., 3-11 p.m. Sat. celebrationonthegrand.org. Sept. 7-8 - Hispanic Festival: Annual celebration of cultural heritage, with entertainment, food, art and products from Latin, Central and South America. 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat. Calder Plaza, downtown GR. Free. grhispanicfestival.com. Sept. 7-15 - Allegan County Fair: Rodeo, parade, off-road demo derby, super-cross racing, tractor pulls, Allegan County Fair Idol, petting zoo, food and music. Entertainers include KISS, Motley Crue, Luke Bryan, Victoria Justice. $5 adults, $2 children (thru 12th grade), $5 parking. allegancountyfair.org.

Sept. 3 - Holland Labor Day boardwalk: Begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Kollen Park/Heinz Waterway Walkway, continuing along boardwalk and Window on the Waterfront to Windmill Island Gardens. All-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast follows ($5 adults, $3 ages 3 and up).

Sept. 8 - Art in the park: Rockford’s juried art exhibition with 34 artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Garden Club Park.

Sept. 3 - Holland Labor Day truck parade: Big rigs carrying locally made products rumble through downtown Holland and Zeeland, ending at Holland Civic Center. Free food and prizes. 9 a.m. Downtown Holland.

Sept. 8-9 - Grand Valley American Indian Lodge pow Wow: 51st annual family-friendly event features Native American dancing, drumming, crafts and food. 10 a.m.-dark Fri. and Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave. NW. Free. experiencegr. com.

Sept. 3 - Saugatuck blue Star bridge Walk: 0.19K bridge walk begins 9 a.m. on Douglas side of Blue Star Bridge.

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Sept. 8 - Garfield park Arts and Crafts Fair/ master Grilling Cook-Off: 200 vendors, kids activities, food, music and entertainment. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Garfield Park, 334 Burton St. SE.

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know where the conversation was going,” said Brian Burch, marketing director. “After more than three years, we’re starting to see a direction, and it points to this tension between public and professional opinions in addition to the opinions among each other.” This year, organizers wants to explore the “tension and conversation” surrounding any clashes or overlaps of the public and professional votes. Voters must register at artprize.org and follow the instructions to vote for

Downtown Grand Rapids will transform into a giant art exhibition as ArtPrize returns Sept. 19 for its fourth year. With $560,000 up for grabs, the 19-day event offers the largest monetary prize of any art competition in the world. A total of 1,517 artists from 56 countries and 45 states will participate in the radical urban art competition, showing their work at 162 venues throughout downtown and at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. St. Cecilia Music Center will host musical performances during the first weekend of ArtPrize with prizes totaling $10,000. ArtPrize is the brainchild of entrepreneur and philanthropist Rick DeVos, who has described the event as ���a critical dialog between the art world and the general public.” Any person over the age of 16 who attends and registers in person can vote for the top prizewinner online or using mobile devices. New this year is more prize money for winners of special juried awards. Professional judges — including Modern Art Notes columnist Tyler Green, New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, Indianapolis Museum

“After more than three years, we’re starting to see a direction, and it points to this tension between public and professional opinions in addition to the opinions among each other.” — Brian Burch of Art curator Lisa Frieman, Metropolis Magazine editor Susan Szenasy and International Festival of Arts and Ideas director Cathy Edwards — will award $200,000 spread over six categories, with the Grand Prize winner receiving $100,000. The 10 winners of the public voting will share a total of $360,000, with the top winner receiving $200,000. “Since its inception, ArtPrize has been all about the conversation, but we didn’t

their favorite artworks. The first round of public voting takes place in the first 11 days, narrowing down entries into a top 10 announced Sept. 30. Voters spend the final five days voting for their favorite in the top 10. Round one of voting has been extended by three days to allow voters who visit on the second Saturday of ArtPrize to participate. The winners will be announced Oct. 5. For information about artists and venues as well as a detailed calendar of events, —EMMA HIGGINS visit artprize.org

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boy band. 7 p.m. Van Andel Arena. $29.50$55 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). Sept. 10-Oct. 22 - GVSU Fall Arts Celebration: Art exhibits, concerts, dance, poetry and guest lecturers. Free. gvsu.edu/fallarts. Sept. 13-15 - Just between Friends Sale: Kids clothing, maternity clothing, baby equipment, costumes, playground equipment, books, kids movies and more. 9 a.m.7 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. DeltaPlex Arena. $3 Thu., free Fri.-Sat. Sept. 14-16 - Fallfest: West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association presents its 17th annual bluegrass music festival with bands, workshops, jams and raffles. Camping available. Begins 6 p.m. Fri. Kent County Fairgrounds, 225 S. Hudson St., Lowell. $25 weekend pass, $10 Fri., $17 Sat., $5 Sun. (at gate). wmbma.org. Sept. 14-16 - Fiesta mexicana: Cultural festival highlighting music, art and food of Mexico and Latin America. Noon-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Calder Plaza, downtown GR. Sept. 14-16 - michigan Irish music Festival: Three days of Irish music (Gaelic Storm, The Elders, Barra MacNeils, RUNA, FullSet, Cathie Ryan, Goitse, Seamus Kennedy, Blackthorn, Dave Curley & Mick Broderick, Kennedy’s Kitchen, The Kreellers, Danny Burns and An Dro), and Feis, an Irish dance competition. Plus food, pub tent, marketplace, Sunday Catholic mass (9 a.m.) and more. 5-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Heritage Landing, downtown Muskegon. Tickets TBD. michiganirish.org.

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Sept. 14-16 - tulip City Gem & mineral Show: Displays, demonstrations, Petoskey polish, children’s games, door prizes, silent auctions and dealers of minerals, fossils, jewelry and equipment. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. (live auction at 5), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Holland Civic Center. $2 adults, $.50 children (at door). Sept. 15 - Creston Car Show and pie-eating Contest: Family-friendly, free event includes live music, games and prizes for kids, vendor booths, door prizes. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (vehicle registration begins at 9). 1560 Plainfield Ave. NE. crestoncarshow.com. Sept. 15 - Cottage bar Chili Cook-Off: 31st annual event features 40 chefs and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club of West Michigan. Noon-5:30 p.m. Cottage Bar, 18 LaGrave Ave. SE, and One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St. cottagebar.biz. Sept. 15 - eastown Street Fair: All-day fam-

ily-friendly party with live music on three stages, arts and crafts, kids activities, food and more. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Lake Drive and Wealthy St. SE. Free. eastowngr.com. Sept. 15 - Grand river Cleanup: Ninth annual mayor’s river cleanup. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Begins at Sixth St. Bridge Park, buses available to various locations. grandrivercleanup. com. Sept. 15 - pagan pride Day: Celebration of religious diversity. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Richmond Park. Free. grandrapidspaganpride.brave host.com. Sept. 15-16 - Fallasburg Fall Festival: 44th annual festival with more than 100 fine arts and crafts booths, plus craft demonstrations, entertainment, food and kids craft area. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Fallasburg Park, Lowell. lowellartsmi.org. Sept. 15-16 - Grand rogue Living History encampment: Re-enactors re-create life in early America with authentic costumes, musket and cannon firing, and drill and tactical demonstrations. Sponsored by West Michigan Living History and Education Association. Camping available. Begins 10 a.m. Sat. Grand Rogue Campground, Belmont. grandrogueencampment.com. Sept. 15-16 - Hoptoberfest: HopCat’s annual craft beer and music festival features several nationally acclaimed acts, including New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk and funk/fusion band Fishbone. Noon-11 p.m. Sat., 10-3 Sun. (free brunch for first 2,000.) Ionia Ave. between Weston and Oakes streets. $10 in advance (TicketWeb.com, HopCat, Stella’s Lounge, McFadden’s), $15 day of. Facebook. com/Hoptoberfest. Sept. 15-16 - tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival: Free citywide festival in Holland celebrates Latino culture. Films, mostly in Spanish, include short, animated, feature length and documentary in several venues (principal venue is Centennial Park). Also, fine arts, dance, food, music and more. tulip anes.org. Sept. 15-Oct. 28 - Horse-drawn Hayrides: 130-year-old farm offers horse-drawn hayrides, two corn mazes, u-pick apples, pumpkins and squash, pony rides and more for the kids, homemade donuts, cider and lunch items. 5-9 p.m. Fri., noon-9 Sat., noon-5 Sun. 11966 Fruit Ridge Ave., Kent City (see website for directions, prices): 887-5052, fruitridge hayrides.com. Sept. 16 - A Lot of Art: San Chez Bistro hosts a fundraiser for Avenue for the Arts. Local artists showcase goods for purchase, live en-

tertainment (Delilah DeWilde and the Lost Boys, Jes Kramer, Karisa Wilson, Seth Galligan, The Sweet J Band) plus appetizers, cash bar, cooking demonstrations. 4-9 p.m. San Chez, 38 W. Fulton St., and parking lot behind restaurant. $10 at door. sanchezbistro. com; avenueforthearts.com. Sept. 16 - Fall Harvest Fest: 10th annual Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest, a program of Fair Food Matters. Keynote speaker Malik Yakini (2 p.m.). Music tent with local musicians, family activities, local food vendors, food and farming demos, exhibitor tents. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tillers International, 10515 E. OP Ave., Scotts. $10/carload. www.fairfoodmatters.org/harvestfest. Sept. 19-Oct. 6 - Grand Haven ArtWalk: Local art competition with public judging, plus entertainment, kids events and music. grhavenartwalk.com. Sept. 19-Oct. 7 - Artprize: Fourth annual international art competition with more than 1,500 artists in 162 venues indoors and outdoors in downtown GR area. $200,000 first prize for the artist with the most public votes. Pre-registered visitors vote online at artprize. org or by text messaging. artprize.org. Sept. 20-23 - ringling bros. and barnum & bailey Circus: “Fully Charged” includes stunts, daredevil performances and exotic animals. 7 p.m. Thu.-Fri.; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sun. Van Andel Arena. $15-$68 (Van Andel box office, ring ling.com or Ticketmaster). Sept. 21 - Live mannequin Night: Merchants in downtown Holland compete for awards by displaying live mannequins posing in scenes from classic and popular movies. 7-8:30 p.m. downtownholland.com. Sept. 21-22 - Fall bridal Show of West michigan: Area wedding exhibitors, fashion shows. 5-9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. DeVos Place. $7 (at door). kohlerexpo.com. Sept. 21-23 - Grand Haven Salmon Fest: Waterfront festival features live jazz, Michigan wine-tasting pavilion, grape stomping, salmon cook-off, beer, fine art fair, Big King salmon fishing contest, Fresh Catch Fish Boil. 4:30 p.m. Fri. until noon Sun. Grand Haven Municipal Marina. visitgrandhaven.com. Sept. 22 - masquerade ball: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services’ fourth annual gala includes dinner, entertainment and door prizes. 5:30-9 p.m. Crowne Plaza, 5700 28th St. SE. $70, $130 couple (616-828-0146 or spott@deafhhs.org). Sept. 22-23 - Civil War muster: Holland Museum presents “First Battle of Bull Run.” September 2012 / GrmaG.com 103

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2/ FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK: Opening Sept. 19, Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture features sculptures by national and international artists focusing on the human figure. Also, Sept. 14-Oct. 28, Chrysanthemums and More! Sept. 8-9, Fall Rose Show and Heirloom Tomatoes. Sept. 15-16, Herb & Gourd Fest. Permanent attractions: World-class sculptures indoors and out, Children’s Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden, boardwalk nature trail, tram tours, tropical conservatory, café, gift shops. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.9 p.m. Tue., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $12 adults, $9 seniors, students with IDs, $6 ages 5-13, $4 ages 3-4. 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, 957-1580, meijergardens.org. 3/ HOLLAND MUSEUM: Civil War Muster takes place at the historic Van Raalte Farm Sept. 22-23, with reenactments, period-style vendors, etc. (see Special Events). Also, thru Dec. 31, Latin Americans United for Progress Youth Exhibit. Sept. 28-Feb. 28, 75th Anniversary Exhibit. Permanent exhibits: Dutch Galleries of 17th- to 20th-century Dutch paintings, cultural attractions from the “old country,” local history. Cappon House is Victorian home of Holland’s first mayor, 228 W. 9th St. Settlers House recalls hardships of early settlers, 190 W. 9th St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, children 5 and under free. 31 W. 10th St., Holland, (616) 796-3329, hollandmuseum.org.

Air Zoo: More than 50 rare aircraft, plus exhibits and educational activities, full-motion flight simulators, 4D Missions Theater, Magic Planet, Space Ball, Zero G, Michigan Space Science Center. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Sat, noon-5 pm Sun. See website for prices. 6151 Portage Road, Portage, (269) 3826555, airzoo.org. Blandford Nature Center: 143 acres of diverse ecosystems, trails, natural history exhibits and heritage buildings. Offers classes and workshops in a variety of subjects. Interpretive Center open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, 735-6240, blandfordnaturecenter.org. Free. Coopersville & Marne Railway: Restored 1920s-era railway. Special event: The Famous Pumpkin Train 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 29, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 30; $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $12.50 ages 2-12. Also, excursion rides 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wed. and Sat.; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 2-12, under 2 free. 311 Danforth St., Coopersville, 997-7000 (for advance tickets), coop ersvilleandmarne.org. Coopersville Farm Museum: Special exhibit: Thru Sept. 29, Quilts & Their Stories. Permanent exhibits: Tractors from 1930 to present, eclipse windmill, 100-year-old barns, kids area. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children 3-18, under 3 free. 375 Main St., Coopersville, 997-8555, coopersvillefarmmuseum.org. DeGraaf Nature Center: 18-acre preserve includes Interpretive Center, indoor pond, animals, SkyWatch and more than 240 plant species. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., closed Sun., Mon. and holidays. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 600 Graafschap Road, Holland, (616) 3551057, degraaf.org. Free.

2/ “Overseer,” a sculpture by Dora Natella, is part of the Body Double exhibit at Meijer Gardens.

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1/ GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM: Thru Sept. 16, Studio Art Quilt Associates presents two exhibits, Beyond Comfort and Creative Force, artistic works by this talented pool of fiber artists. See saqa.com for an idea of what you can expect. Permanent exhibits: The 1970s, Watergate scandal, Oval Office, New Mood at the White House. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 college students, $3 kids 6-18, 5 and under free. 303 Pearl St. NW, 254-0400, fordlibrarymuseum.gov.

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My Docs/Group Ads/GRM September 2012 ad.p65 Ad size: 1/3V 4C (8" x 4.75" tall) Last revised: 7/10/12 Due: 7/10/12 The All New 2013 Cadillac ATS* mation. Permanent exhibits: 19th and 20th century art; design and modern craft; prints, drawings and photographs. Special event: 2 p.m. Sept. 6, Docent Recruitment Open House. Friday Nights at GRAM: Live music, games, gallery talks, cash bar and dinner options 5-9 p.m., $5 adults, members free (canceled during ArtPrize). All Day With the Arts: Drop-in art activities for kids 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat; kid-friendly tours 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Extended family programming during ArtPrize, see website. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Thu. and Sat; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.; closed Mon. $8 adults, $7 seniors/students with ID, $5 children 6-17, 5 and under free; free admission during Celebration on the Grand Sept. 7-8. 101 Monroe Center, 831-1000, artmuseumgr.org. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: Permanent activities: Aunt Daisy’s Farm; Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles; Wee Discover; Mom and Pop Store; Giant Lite Brite; Amigo Amphitheater; Buzzy Buzzy Bees. Toddler Tue. for ages 3 and under (10 a.m.-noon). Thu. Family Nights (5-8 p.m.), $1.50. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue., Thu.; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., Fri.Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $7.50, under 1 free, $6.50 seniors. 22 Sheldon Ave. NE, 235-4726, grcm.org.

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Sept. 22-23 3/ Holland Museum’s re-enactment extravaganza, the Civil War Muster, includes music, performances, medical scenarios and battle scenes — and it’s free. Grand Rapids Public Museum: Special exhibits: Thru Sept. 30, Thank God for Michigan: Stories From the Civil War. Thru Sept. 30, Chairmania: Fantastic Miniatures. Sept. 19-Oct. 7, ArtPrize. Permanent exhibits: Streets of Old Grand Rapids, Anishinabek and Newcomers: The People of This Place, Collecting A-Z, Habitats, Furniture City, 1928 carousel ($1). Also see Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat., closed Mon. and Sept. 2. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 ages 3-17. Van Andel Museum Center, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977, grmuseum.org. John Ball Zoo: New funicular ($3 each way) journeys up a 900-foot incline to the Idema Forest

Realm, which features a nature walk, play area and spectacular view of the city. The zoo has more than 2,000 animals, including lions, monkeys, baboons, penguins, chimpanzees, grizzly bear, penguins and much more. Hours: Thru Sept. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. After Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Thru Sept. 3, $8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 kids 3-13, kids 2 and under free. After Sept. 3, $5 adults and seniors, $4 kids 3-13, kids 2 and under free. 1300 W. Fulton St., 336-4300, johnballzoosociety.org. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: Special exhibits: Thru Sept. 23, Elliott Erwitt: Dog Days (photography). Thru Nov. 4, Expressions: 39th Annual International Glass Invitational. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $5 suggested donation. Kalamazoo, (269) 349-7775, kiarts.org. Meyer May House: Frank Lloyd Wright 1909 prairie-style house restored by Steelcase features many original furnishings. Hours: Guided tours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue. and Thu., 1-5 p.m. Sun. (last tour begins one hour prior to closing). 450 Madison Ave. SE, 246-4821, meyermayhouse.steelcase. com. Free. Muskegon Museum of Art: Special exhibits: Sept. 6-Nov. 4, Songs in Steel and Other Dreams by Caroline Lee. Thru Sep, Masterpieces: Museum Favorites, Salon Style. Thru Oct. 7, New Art for the New Century. Thru Oct. 28, 50X50: A Glass Invitational, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass. Permanent exhibits: World-class collection of visual art: paintings, prints, sculpture and glass. Hours: noon-4:30 p.m. Sun.; closed Mon.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue. and Thu.; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wed., Fri. and Sat. $7 adults (Thu. free); $5 students; members, children under 17 free. 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, (231) 720-2570, muskegonartmu seum.org. Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium: Digistar and laser projectors produce images and special effects, accompanied by digital sound. Themed shows educate young and old about the stars. At GR Public Museum. $3. Tri-Cities Historical Museum: Special exhibits: Thru Sept., Birch Bark & Bateaux and Lewis Cross’ Life on the Grand. Permanent exhibits: Two buildings house exhibits telling history of Northwest Ottawa County. Summer hours: Closed Mon.; 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tue.-Fri.; 12:30-7:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Free admission. 200 Washington and 1 N. Harbor, Grand Haven, (616) 842-0700, tricitiesmuseum.org. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts: Special exhibits: Thru Sept. 3, Limit(less). Sept. 19-Nov. 18, ArtPrize. Permanent exhibits: Varied work from regional, national and international artists. Films: Independent, foreign and documentary films shown six days/week in 200-seat theater. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; noon-7 p.m. Sun. $5, age 5 and under free. Tue. nights 5-9 p.m. free. 2 W. Fulton St., 454-3994, uica.org.

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Battle scenes, historical figures, demonstrations, games, crafts. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sun. Van Raalte Farm, Holland. Free. hollandmuseum.org). Sept. 23 - CureSearch Walk: Pediatric cancer walk. 12:30 p.m. registration, 2 p.m. walk. Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave. SW. curesearchwalk.org. $10 adult walker, age 15 and under free. Sept. 27 - Style battle 2012 this Is Art: West Michigan’s biggest fashion competition. Spotlight 616 will showcase independent clothing retailers, photographers, make-up artists, models and hairstylists. Goei Center. (616) 676-7275, spotlight616.com and Facebook. Sept. 28-29 - West michigan Oktoberfest: Edelweiss Club of Grand Rapids presents live music all day (Squeeze Box, Ein Prosit, The Eschelons, Der Gut German Band, GR Accordian Ensemble, Edelweiss Choir), activities for kids, German food, wine and beer. Noon-11 p.m. South lawn of John Ball Park. Free. edelweissclubgr.com or oktoberfest westmichigan.com.

Baseball fans will have another chance to hear the “Voice of Summer” this month at Wealthy Theatre. “Ernie – The Play” chronicles the life of Ernie Harwell, longtime announcer for the Detroit Tigers and one of baseball’s most beloved figures. Detroit Free Press writer and best-selling author Mitch Albom, pictured below, penned the play, which debuted in the Motor City in April 2011. Albom was a longtime friend of the announcer and said creating the play was purely “a labor of love.” The play is set on the night of Harwell’s farewell speech at Comerica Park. Before he takes the field, a young boy approaches Harwell eager to hear the famous Voice of Summer, and convinces Harwell to do one more broadcast for him, but instead of baseball, he wants to hear about his life. Albom said he never intended to have the show hit the road as the production was not intended to earn profit but rather serve as a tribute to a dear friend. “It was a very Detroit kind of thing. I always felt, if you want to see it, come to Detroit.” However, when Hospice of Michigan approached Albom to do shows in Grand Rapids as a fundraiser for the organization, he enthusiastically agreed. “Ernie – The Play” will run at Wealthy Theatre Sept. 12-23, with matinee and evening shows. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program. A special performance will take place on opening night featuring appearances from Albom, Harwell’s son and Detroit Tiger alumni. Tickets for opening night are $250 and can be purchased by calling (616) 356-5266. Tickets for all other shows are available through Ticketmaster. — ALEXANDRA FLUEGEL

Sept. 28-30 - rockford Harvest Festival: The beginning of three weekends of entertainment, scarecrow building, hayrides, chili cook-off, kids activities and car show. Downtown Rockford. therockfordnetwork.com. Sept. 29 - bravo, Attila!: Grand Rapids Ballet gala honors the 16-year-career of dancer Attila Mosolygo in his last performing season with GRBC. 6 p.m. Peter Martin Wege Theatre, 341 Ellsworth SW. See grballet.com for more information. Sept. 29 - million meal march: A 10K hike on White Pine Trail kicks off a campaign by Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank to defeat hunger. The multi-faceted fundraising push runs through March with restaurant benefits and more. See feedingamer icawestmichigan.org. Sept. 29 - roselle park river Festival: Ada Township Parks and Rec presents exhibitors and displays, music, plant sale, food, live animal displays, 5K run. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Roselle Park, 1010 Grand River Drive NE, Ada. Free. Sept. 29 - Walk to end Alzheimer’s: Threemile walk, shorter route available. 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk. Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave. SW. act.alz.org. Sept. 29-Oct. 6 - red Flannel Festival: Downtown Cedar Springs annual 5K run/ walk starts 9 a.m. Sept. 29. Festival includes Fire Barn open house, chili cook-off, lumberjack supper, carnival (Oct. 5-6), Red Flannel Day (Oct. 6) and more. Downtown Cedar Springs. redflannelfestival.org.

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2/ Big Little Comedy Fest returns to Dog Story Theater Sept. 12-16.

1/ The Pyramid Scheme welcomes Nashville’s Turbo Fruits.

Billy’s Lounge: Long-time Eastown bar and music venue with a capacity of 250 hosts live music of all genres but with emphasis on blues. 1437 Wealthy St. SE, 459-5757, billyslounge.com. L-R: Kingsley Brock, Jonas Stein, Dave McCowen, Matt Hearn

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cous garage band. You may recognize these guys from their appearance in the Drew Barrymore-directed movie “Whip It.” Their new album, due out this month, is called “Butter,” and it will be pressed on butter-colored vinyl! Tickets available at ticketweb. com. 68 Commerce Ave. SW, 272-3758, pyramidschemebar.com.

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1/ tHe pYrAmID SCHeme presents Nashville’s Turbo Fruits Sept. 9, a silly, cool, rau-

2/ tHe INterSeCtION brings the alternative folk sound of ’90s cult figure Todd Snider to town Sept. 13. Best known for his hit “Alright Guy,” the prolific Snider released two new albums in April. Tickets available at Purple East, Shakedown, Vertigo Music, Intersection box office (2-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) 133 Grandville Ave. SW, 451-8232, section live.com. 3/ DOG StOrY tHeAter hosts the third

annual Big Little Comedy Fest Sept. 12-16, showcasing improv, sketch teams and stand-up acts from around the country in five days of 11 shows, 40 performance groups and five two-hour workshops taught by professionals from Chicago and Denver. Details at biglittlecomedy.com. 7 Jefferson Ave. SE, 894-1252, dogstorytheater.com.

3/ Todd Snider performs at The Intersection Sept. 13.

The BOB: The Big Old Building houses several entertainment options, including live music at Crush, Eve and Bobarino’s, and stand-up comedy at Dr. Grins (see below). 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000, thebob.com. Dr. Grins Comedy Club: Nationally acclaimed stand-up comedians perform 9 p.m. Thu., 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat. The BOB, 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000, thebob.com. One Trick Pony: Downtown restaurant features Acoustic Stew music series every Thu. and some Sat. evenings at 8 p.m. (reservations recommended). WYCE 88.1 Hat Trick Series (7:30 p.m. Mondays, fall and winter) raises money for local nonprofits (first come, first serve). 136 E. Fulton St., 235-7669, onetrick.biz and Facebook. The Orbit Room: Contemporary regional and national music acts perform with occasional stand-up comedy and other events. Multiple bars. Open floor and seated balcony offers choice of how up close concertgoers want to get. 2525 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, 942-1328, orbit room.com. River City Improv: Calvin College alumni improv team weaves skits, games and songs with audience suggestions. Every other Sat. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show 7:33 p.m. $10 at door or in advance at Calvin box office, 526-6282. Two venues: Sept.-May, Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE. Summer months, Gezon Auditorium, Calvin College. rivercityimprov. com.

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out & about WHERE TO GO / WHAT TO DO

Sept. 30 - Allegan Antique Market: 400 exhibitors (200 inside, 200 outside), rain or shine. No pets. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Allegan County Fairgrounds. $4. alleganantiques.com.

Sports Sept. 1-3- West Michigan Whitecaps: Professional minor league baseball team, Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, wraps up its season with home games vs. the Dayton Dragons. Game times vary. Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park. $6-$14 (ticket office, 800-CAPS-WIN, whitecaps-baseball.com). Sept. 8 - Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon: Half-mile swim, 17-mile bike ride and five-mile run around Reeds Lake in EGR. 7:10 a.m. $78, $173/3-person relay team (949-1750 or eastgr.org). Sept. 15 - Wedgwood Wellness 5K Run/ Walk: Fundraiser for Wedgwood services and tribute to Terry Chamberlain. 7:30-8:30 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. run. Wedgwood Christian Services, 3300 36th St. SE. $25. wedg wood.org/5K. Sept. 16 - Bridge Run: 10-mile run, 5K run and 5K walk throughout downtown GR. 6 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. start. Rosa Parks Circle, downtown GR. $45 10-mile, $30 5K. thebridgerun.com. Sept. 22 - Park2Park Half Marathon and 5K: Holland Hospital’s race along Holland’s lakeshore; proceeds benefit nonprofit Neighbors Plus. 8:30 a.m. Harderwyk Ministries, 1627 W. Lakewood Blvd., Holland. $50 half marathon, $25 5K. park2parkrace.com. Sept. 22 - Susan G Komen Race for the Cure: 15th annual 5K run/survivors walk. 6:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. race. RiverTown Crossings Mall, Grandville. $30 timed race, $25 untimed race/walk. komengr.org. Sept. 29 - Aquinas 5K Run/2K Walk: Aquinas Colleges hosts the fourth annual run/ walk benefiting GR Wheelchair Sports Association. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk/run. $30 adults, $25 alumni, $15 students and kids 12 and younger. aquinas.edu. Sept. 29 - G.R. Urban Adventure Race: Second annual ArtPrize Edition takes place at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. “Amazing Race”-type challenges, single-track mountain biking, map navigation. $59/person. See grurbanadventurerace. com. Sept. 29 - Oktoberfest Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K: Shoreline Sport and Spine sponsors races through Spring Lake, Grand Haven, Ferrysburg and Fruitport. 6 a.m. regis-

tration, 8 a.m. marathon. $85 marathon, $50 half, $35 5K. oktoberfestmarathon.com.

Stage & Film Sept. - Celebrating the Classics: Film reviewer John Douglas introduces Tue. and Thu. 3 and 5:45 p.m. screenings of Hollywood classic films, which show at 12:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Tue. and Thu., and 1:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Sept. 4-6, “Casablanca.” Sept. 1113, “The Wizard of Oz.” Sept. 18-20, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Sept. 25-27, “High Noon.” Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Drive NE. $4. celebrationcinema.com/classics. Sept. 6-22 - “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”: Circle Theatre presents a musical comedy about a couple whose marriage is threatened by a new resident in the trailer park, a stripper. 7:30 p.m., 5 p.m. Sun. Aquinas College PAC, 1607 Robinson Road SE. $25 (456-6656, circletheatre.org). Sept. 6-22 - “Quilters: The Musical”: Master Arts Theatre presents a tribute to the nation’s pioneers. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. 75 77th St. SW. $18 adults, $16 seniors and students (455-1001 or masterarts.org). Sept. 7-22 - “Dixie Swim Club”: GR Civic Theatre presents the story of five southern women who have been friends since being on the college swim team. 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sun. 30 N. Division Ave. Tickets TBD (Civic box office or Star Tickets). grct.org. Sept. 8 - “Second City for President”: Chicago’s legendary comedy theater takes on the presidential election. (See website for associated improv workshop.) 8 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $26-$41 (231-727-8001 or StarTickets). frauenthal.org, secondcity.com. Sept. 12-23 - “Ernie”: Hospice of Michigan presents Mitch Albom’s play honoring the life of Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell. Proceeds benefit HOM’s Open Access Program. 2:30 and 8 p.m. Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Sept. 13-15 and Sept. 19-22, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Sept. 22-23. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. $250/Sept. 12 (356-5266), $30 all other performances (Ticketmaster or hom.org). Sept. 22 - 4WALL: Fourth Wednesdays at Wealthy: West Michigan Film Video Alliance screens member and independent filmmakers’ films and works-in-progress. 7 p.m. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. Free. Sept. 25-30 - Blue Man Group: Broadway Grand Rapids presents a theatrical concert of comedy and music. 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sun. DeVos Performance Hall. $32-$67 (De-

Vos Place, Van Andel and BGR box offices or Ticketmaster). broadwaygrandrapids.com. Sept. 27-Oct. 6 - “Nadia”: Actors’ Theatre presents the story of a Russian artist and the grad student who is researching her. 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. $24 adults, $20 students and seniors (box office or 234-3946). actorstheatregrandrapids.org. Sept. 28-Oct. 7 - “Richard III”: GVSU’s Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare’s tale of seduction and intrigue. 7:30 p.m. Thu.Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Louis Armstrong Theatre, PAC, Allendale Campus. $14 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students (616-331-2300, box office or Star Tickets). gvsu.edu/artscalendar.

Music Sept. 10, 17 - Circle Theatre Cabaret Series: Sept. 10, Unplugged. Sept. 17, Let It Be: A Beatles Tribute. 7 p.m. Aquinas PAC, 1607 Robinson Road SE. $13.50-$17 (456-6656, circletheatre.org). Sept. 17 - Rise Against: Chicago punk band in concert, with Gaslight Anthem and Hot Water Music. 7 p.m. DeltaPlex Arena. $36 (box office or Etix.com). Sept. 21 - Billy Dean: Country music singer/ songwriter, with special guest Morgan Frazier. 7 p.m. DeltaPlex Arena. $24-$50 (box office or Etix.com). Sept. 21-22 - “Percussion and Rachmaninoff”: GR Symphony opens its season with a concert featuring drama, visual interest and sweeping emotion. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall. $18-$90 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). grsymphony.org. Sept. 21-22 - West Michigan Symphony: “I b the 80s,” featuring music by Prince, Billy Joel, Madonna, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Loggins, Journey, The Police and more. 7:30 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. Tickets TBD (231-726-3231 or westmichigansymphony.com). Sept. 24 - Canadian Brass: Calvin Artist Series presents a concert of standards and original arrangements by this brass quintet. 7:30 p.m. Calvin College FAC. $25-$35 (Calvin box office or 526-6282). Sept. 25 - Dublin City Ramblers: Irish folk band performs. 8 p.m. Fenian’s Irish Pub, 19683 Main St., Conklin. $30 (899-2649). feni ansirishpub.com. Sept. 27-28 - “Bach and Mozart”: GR Symphony’s Rising Stars Series presents an intimate concert. 7 p.m. Thu., 8 p.m. Fri. Royce

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Auditorium, St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $18-$34 (box office; 454-9451, ext. 4; or Ticketmaster). grsymphony.org. Sept. 28 - blondie: New Wave-era rock band fronted by Debbie Harry performs hits such as “Heart of Glass,” “The Tide is High” and “Call Me.” 7:30 p.m. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE. $48-$60 (box office, 493-8966 or Ticketmaster). fhfine artscenter.com.

lectureS & WorKSHopS Sept. - Gr public Libraries: Programs include: Reading the Great Lakes, InkTrails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors, author visits, adult computer classes, reading clubs, kids activities. Complete schedule at Main Library, 111 Library St. NE, or grpl.org. Sept. - Gr tango: Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 8-9:30 p.m. Thu., followed by free practice. Richard App Gallery, 910 Cherry St. SE, grtango.org. $12 drop-in. Sept. - Kent District Libraries: Programs include book discussions, Early Childhood Essentials, career transition workshops, kids activities. Complete schedule at kdl.org. Sept. 14, 28 - Grand river Folk Arts Society: Dance instruction events. 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Second Friday International Folk Dance, Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, $5. 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Fourth Friday Contra Dance/Jam, Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th St. NW, $6. grfolkarts.org. Sept. 15 - DANCegr: Ballroom dance instruction (7-8 p.m.), followed by social dance (8-11 p.m.). Social Dance Studio, 4335 Lake Michigan Drive NW, dancegr.com. $10 lesson, $11 dance, $16 both.

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Sept. 17 - American Sign Language: Deaf Expressions offers eight-week sign language classes, 9:30-11 a.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. 2133 McKee Ave. SE. Registration required (deaf expressions05@gmail.com). $130; workbook included. deafexpressions.net. Sept. 18, 25 - primitive Wool rug Hooking: Step-by-step process of layout, technique and finishing. 6-8 p.m. LowellArts, 149 S. Hudson, Lowell. $35 (897-8545, info@lowell artsmi.org). lowellartsmi.org. Sept. 25 - mArtini: Art talks Speaker Series: “Comments on the Art Market.” 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:15 p.m. lecture. University Club, 111 Lyon St. NW. Tickets TBD (info@openconceptgallery.org). Sept. 25 - Underground poetry Night: The BOB’s Monkey Bar offers DJs and poets every 4th Tue. Doors open 8:30 p.m., show 9-11. $5 in advance (etix.com); $10 at door. September 2012 / GrmaG.com 109

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out & about SocIETY / FacES / PLacES

Patti Westgate, Pat Raap and Nancy Armock

Janie and Bill Sigler and Ann Hubbard

Travis and Stacey Vugteveen

Lynn and Tom Bush and Evonne Kok

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tHere’S NO better COmbINAtION than music and outdoors — ok, maybe music, outdoors and food, and Michiganders embrace all three during the summer months. Our photographers captured the fun at D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops showcasing Grand Rapids Symphony at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Another popular concert series is the 97LAV Budweiser Blues on the Mall, held Wednesdays June through August at Rosa Parks Circle. The best part, besides the great lineup of music, is the people (and pet) watching.

Rebecca Tyke, Chuck Gallagher, Jamie and Christian Frank, Mike and Pam Murray

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Colleen Malcom, Melissa Brolick, Kim Herreman, Cheryl Wilkinson and Reannon Lamb

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Felina and Myla Guerrero and Jasmine Cammenga

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Crowds at Blues on the Mall

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In remission from cancer, Ralston Bowles, a.k.a. the ‘godfather of West Michigan’s acoustic music scene,’ isn’t slowing down.

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ack in 2009, singer/songwriter Ralston Bowles had just started treatment for colon cancer when he appeared for a one-man show at Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck. A few minutes into his set, the chemo port in his chest started to leak. Ralston excused himself, changed shirts and returned to the stage ready to perform. Bowles is a fighter. Today, he’s in remission. Despite some aftereffects of chemo “that still bug me,” he’s still performing gigs around West Michigan and hoping to go on tour abroad. He’s just wrapped up the Tuesday Evening Music Club he organized several years ago to give local artists a chance to perform at the amphitheater at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Bowles has been making music since he was a kid in Gary, Ind., and is often called the godfather of West Michigan’s acoustic music scene. “I get a vibe from younger bands about a cooperative and collaborative spirit,” said the 60-year-old musician, who recorded his first album a decade ago. “They share members and gigs. I encourage that. It’s a cool thing to do.” DO YOU HAVe A FAVOrIte mOttO? There are different ones I go back and forth with. I like several sayings from Thich Nhat Hanh, the follower of Zen Buddhism, such as: “Life is available only in the present moment. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and now.” FAVOrIte bAND OF ALL tIme: It is very difficult to distill musical influences to one or even three for me — so much of it overlaps — but I think what is shared in common is the authenticity of the music born of struggle and searching for a voice to tell that story so others don’t feel alone in the journey. That is what I listen for: Does it breathe, bleed and make you ache? Does it let you know what it means to be alive on all levels? WHAt SONG CAN YOU HeAr A mILLION tImeS AND NOt Get tIreD OF It? “Amelia” by Joni Mitchell. Nice guitar work and interesting imagery. WHAt SONG CAN YOU perFOrm A mILLION tImeS AND NOt Get tIreD OF It? “Fragile.” I’ve played it over and over and I still enjoy it. prOUDeSt ACCOmpLISHmeNt? My kids — Samuel, Jesse and Ethan — and the things they’ve accomplished already. They’re further along than I was.— MARTY PRIMEAU 112 GrmaG.com \ September 2012

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