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Holiday Gift Guide

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he holidays can be overwhelming. The parties, the constant food coma, the music — OH GOD, THE MUSIC! — the mall — OH GOD, THE MALL! —

and finding gifts for what seems to be the pickiest people you have ever met. Think outside of the gift box and take them to a local event, restaurant, bar or whatever fits their taste. Not sure which one to pick? We have some personality types that will help you pick out a gift for the quirkiest person on your list.

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Animal Lover Artsy Basic Beer Snob Bookworm Buzzkill Comic Book Nerd Fashionista Film Buff Foodie Music Geek Old Timey Gramps Parent Romantic Sophisticate Thespian More Gift Ideas!

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Artsy personalities run the gamut from edgy neo-knitters and entitled painters to anguished metal workers and ebullient illustrators. Regardless of the particular fancy of the artist in your life, the common thread of creativity will help steer you toward the perfect gift options featured below. By Au dr ia Lar s e n

Try something a little dangerous with your artsy friend or lover at the Art Center of Battle Creek. Glass Flame Work 1 is a beginner glass blowing class where you’ll learn how to wield a torch to create something unique. You’ll sculpt large and medium creations with Borosilicate (Pyrex) glass that is durable and easy to work with.

Flame Work 1 Art Center of Battle Creek 265 Emmett St., Battle Creek artcenterbattlecreek.org, (269) 962-9511

Omi Sushi 210 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing (517) 337-2222

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Artistically minded folks either love elaborate cocktails or just want a stiff drink. You can enjoy both during the holidays at Speak EZ Lounge. For those who prefer a little existential anguish with their art, try the Suffering Bastard, featuring Bluecoat Gin, orange, lime, cucumber, mint, Angostura Bitters, egg white and a soda fusion ($9.00).

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Speak EZ Lounge 600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids speakezlounge.com, (616) 458-3125

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Help your special art maniac get those juices flowing with the eclectic sounds of Baby Go! Bright Light, a solo project by Jonny Bruha. According to Bruha, the project’s goal is to create “a beautiful, over-stimulating and magical show.” One part audio performance and half visual performance, Bruha’s sounds are likely to appeal to the creative on your shopping list because “each song was written with a different thought,” Bruha said, therefore the sound is always evolving. Through Bandcamp, you can name your price and even send the album The Henry Sessions electronically as a gift.

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Take the creative in your life out to an artfully crafted meal at Omi Sushi. The decor is modern with blue tones that evoke a futuristic undersea eatery. The wide selection of maki is as delicious as it is sculptural. Try the dramatic El Diablo roll, which features a rainbow of color. For dessert, enjoy the Green Tea Tempura Ice Cream with a delicate drizzle.

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Amidst the slog of holiday kitsch is a world of edible artistry that dates back to medieval times. Take your favorite art monger to see this year’s Gingerbread Art Competition at Labelle de la Riviere Bed and Breakfast  and experience culinary handicrafts that are a cornerstone of wintertime whimsy. While the creations are on display through the end of December, watch the action unfold during the judged event on Dec. 31 and participate in the people’s choice award. Event is free.

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Gingerbread Art Competition Labelle de la Riviere Bed and Breakfast, Newaygo newaygobb.com, (231) 652-1093


comic nerd

Let’s be honest – if you’re planning on getting your avid comic book friend an issue of one of their favorite titles for Christmas, chances are they already bought it the day it came out. Instead, why not get them out of their reading dungeon and out to some of these great locations? B y J o s h Sp a n n i n g a

No one understands the value and appeal of fully loaded alien robots like a true comic nerd. And no one has a better collection of said robots than Warren Schwartz, who shares his very own Japanese robot and action figure collection with the Muskegon Museum of Art. Manga, anime and classic sci-fi movie characters abound in this collection that includes Mechagodzilla, Ultra Man and Mazinger Z.

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Japanese Warriors: Robots from the Warren Schwartz Collection Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon Through Feb. 15, 2015; Free! muskegonartmuseum.org, (231) 720-2570

The Pyramid Scheme 68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758

Most comic book aficionados were turned on to their favorite pastime because of three things: a sense of wonder, action and fun. Coincidentally, those are the three adjectives that best describe local band Bermudas. Mixing the sweet sounds of garage, punk and pop, these three local gals know how to have a good

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Bermudas bermudas.bandcamp.com

When it comes to epicurean delights, comic nerds usually aren’t too picky as long as there is a comic shop nearby. Luckily for Grand Rapidians, they can get the best of both worlds. Not only does Fat Johnny’s Cheesesteak Company have delicious cheesesteak sandwiches and a lavish salad bar, it’s right next door to one of the best comic shops in town, Vault of Midnight.

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Fat Johnny’s Cheesesteak Company 95 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids fatjohnnys-gr.com, (616) 551-0294

If there’s one thing comic books are great at doing, it’s pitching heroes against the unlikeliest of foes. Just think of Spider-Man fighting a villain made out of sand, or Batman fighting a frickin’ human penguin. No rivalry can, er, rival that of the battle that takes place in the infamous Christmas classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Often included on lists of the worst films ever made, this movie would only seem plausible to someone who thinks glasses and quick combing would suffice for a secret identity.

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo 180 Portage St., Kalamazoo $7, Dates TBA drafthouse.com/kalamazoo, (269) 532-7990

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With past events including Batman and supervillainthemed dance parties, plus the X Men and Iron Man Pinball Machines, it’s obvious that The Pyramid Scheme embraces the inner comic book nerd of all its patrons. Better yet, check out some of the daily specials, like half-off Short’s beers on Wednesdays, or half off everything (everything!) on Tuesdays, and you’ll save yourself enough cash to pick up that latest issue of Saga you’ve been drooling over.

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time. Chances are if you’re listening along to their latest EP Visit, you’ll probably be having a good time too.

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Fashionista Her hair and eyelashes are faux, but her devotion to judging your style mistakes are real. B y Mi s s y B l a c k

Swirls, polka dots, stripes and hearts. Patricia’s Chocolates are all gussied up like the Fashionista. This sampling session features wonderfully decorated and delicious chocolates, handmade in Grand Haven. Hopefully some Strawberry Balsamic Caramel will be on hand. Get a taste of the prettiest chocolates around on Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.

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Patricia’s Chocolate Sample Day Art of the Table 606 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids artofthetable.com, (616) 301-1885

Call it a happy mistake but online shopping can lead to some great wine drinking. While visiting Michigan Awesome’s website (throwing T-shirts and sweatshirts into her virtual cart), the Fashionista stumbles across the new Michigan Awesome wine. Imagine well-balanced blends of red and white wines from grapes grown along the shores of Lake Michigan. “Working locally with Fenn Valley was a good fit,” said President Jonathan Koop. Pick up a bottle at Meijer, D&W, Family Fare or Martha’s Vineyard. It’s always nice when your wine matches your shirt.

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A stylish stage presence is huge. Onstage, musician Emma Loo is dressed as a “painted angel/gargoyle or kinda Little Bo Peep with a white lace dress with a big brown floppy hat and merlot lipstick.” Her music is a mix of The Cramps meets Tom Waits meets Duran Duran and Billie Holiday. “It’s really eclectic. I like it to be pretty and spooky and sometimes old-timey,” she said. Catch her live as Emma Loo and Sam at Mulligan’s in Grand Rapids on Dec. 5 and at Century Post Pub in Lowell on Dec. 20 and 26.

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Emma Loo and Sam facebook.com/emmalooandsam

Interior design means a lot to our lady of chic. She seeks a beautiful breakfast/brunch venue for a great selfie backdrop. The new location is a visual feast of bright and cheery blue paint with hounds tooth print accents and lively lime green touches. Kitschy old teapots and toasters on the wall act as art, but once the Red Velvet Pancakes arrive, all focus is on the plate.

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Anna’s House 2409 E. Beltline Ave. SE, Grand Rapids Annashouseus.com, (616) 551-0434

Dress the part at I Love Lucy held Feb. 13-15. Wear your 1950s attire of big pearls, heels, flirty dresses and hats. “Lucy was one of the first women to wear trousers on television,” said Marketing Director Diane Willcox. “Ricky Ricardo always wore a smoking jacket in the evening and in the morning.” You’ll feel nostalgic watching Lucy, Ricky, the Mertzes and period commercials sung live on stage. Be a part of the hilarious and delightful show as an audience member taking cues from a stage manager’s applause and laugh signs. Throw the fellas in the appropriate ‘50s-style suit and see the show on Valentine’s weekend. Of note: Broadway Grand Rapids offers the production the same week. Now who’s inspired to buy a cute apron?

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I Love Lucy The Wharton Center 750 East West Shaw Lane, East Lansing Feb. 13-15 $67-$35 whartoncenter.com, (517) 353-1982


foodie

A sensual type and lover of fine food and drink — which needn’t be experienced in a five-star setting to enjoy — the Foodie is interested in the backstory, the trend, the meaning of their cuisine. After all, it’s more than a physical experience when the foodie comes to the table. By Alexandra Kadlec

Visitors can explore history with a side of local flavor during two Hungry Village Tours, both beginning at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. A Delicious Drive takes you on a coach ride featuring area farms, orchards, vintners and more. Tastings are included, as well as a Farm to Fork lunch at Salt of the Earth. A Culinary Walk shares the stories and secrets behind Saugatuck and Douglas storefronts, offering bits of history, demonstrations and tastings. Private group tours are available. Tours run May through December.

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Hungry Village Tours hungryvillagetours.com

This class promises to warm up the belly while expanding the palate. Treat your friend to an evening where you’ll both get to create a specialty cocktail featuring New Holland Brewery’s Freshwater Michigan Amber Rum and the classic Old Fashioned using their Beer Barrel Bourbon. You’ll also get multiple tastes, two pintxos per person and 20 percent off all food purchases following the class. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

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Head to The Union Cabaret & Grill (125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo) for an evening of good eats and musical entertainment, with Asamu Johnson and his band performing. The Grand Rapids singer and bassist has toured the country delivering a range of blues styles. Johnson’s feel-good tunes are the perfect complement to comfort

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Asamu Johnson The Union Cabaret & Grill, Kalamazoo Dec. 12, 9 p.m. millenniumrestaurants.com/union

If you want to take the foodie in your life out for a memorable meal, Grove is your place. The seasonally updated menu, which can be ordered à la carte or as a three-course prix fixe, features gourmet everything. Unique dishes like massaman-curried cauliflower soup, a flavorpacked cassoulet and mushroom tacos are bound to satisfy cravings. And save room for dessert—Dilley’s Favorite Butterscotch Pudding is at the top of our list.

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Grove 919 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids groverestaurant.com, (616) 454-1000

Get into the holiday spirit with a classic performance at the Knickerbocker Theatre. Coming to this historic event space early this month is Ballet Club: Nutcracker. Begin the evening at nearby Butch’s Dry Dock (44 E 8th St., Holland), where you can indulge in a temptingly diverse menu of locally sourced offerings and choose from extensive wine, beer and cocktail menus.

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Cocktail Creations – New Holland Brewery San Chez A Tapas Bistro, Grand Rapids Dec. 16, 6 p.m.; $20 sanchezbistro.com

food like pulled pork, barbecue shrimp, sweet potato mash and more. Sit back with a glass of red or a craft brew and take in the smooth sounds all night.

Ballet Club: Nutcracker Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland Dec. 5 and 6 hope.edu/arts/knick, (616) 395-7890

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Beer Snob

Drinking craft beer becomes a holy event for the beer snob. That’s mostly because they’ve sacrificed their time — and likely friends — trolling websites for the location of the latest limited beer releases or by researching beer ratings on BeerAdvocate.com. With the opening of each new beer, they pay homage to the beer gods. By Joe Boomgaard

Founders Brewing Co. plans one day to dominate the national craft beer scene. To do that, the company has undertaken a massive expansion in which it will eventually take up an entire city block. Every Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Founders lets patrons take a peek behind the curtain to see what goes into making and packaging the company’s growing list of beers. But you better buy early: The 30- to 50-minute tour with a tasting costs $30 and is limited to 12 people.

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Founders Brewing Co. 235 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids foundersbrewing.com/store/brewerytours, (616) 776-1195

For the newest special releases, the Beer Geek turns to the best beer stores in West Michigan. Really, there’s no better stocking stuffer than a bottle of a rare Michigan imperial stout. Two of the best stores to check out are Rishi’s International Beverage (3835 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids) and Sicilianos Market (2840 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids).

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For the beer snob, there’s a certain melodic quality to the sound of filthy, unwashed hipsters crying into their tallboy cans of PBR. But in the realm of real music, beer aficionados have it made since many of the best local bands play the brewery circuit. One of them is Ben Daniels Band, which plays a mix of rock, Americana, jazz and blues. The band’s song “Honeypot” is included on the soundtrack for the film Dumb and Dumber To, starring Ben’s dad, actor and Michigan native, Jeff Daniels.

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Ben Daniels Band bendanielsband.com

Beer snobs take great care in pairing the their expensive, limited-edition beers with complementary dishes. It’s all about creating a flavor orgy in your mouth. And the best kind of food to go with top-notch beer is fresh, locally sourced fare. In that regard, you can’t go wrong at either Brewery Vivant or Salt of the Earth. Both have a passion for great food and beverages.

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Brewery Vivant 925 Cherry St., Grand Rapids (616) 719-1604, breweryvivant.com Salt of the Earth 114 East Main Street, Fennville (269) 561-7258, saltoftheearthfennville.com

Eschew joining the swilldrinking masses by heading out into Mother Nature’s serenity. That could mean putting on your snowshoes and going for a hike through the dunes at Muskegon State Park — with a stop afterward at Pigeon Hill Brewing (500 W. Western Ave. Suite 1, Muskegon ), of course. Or why not don your waders and vest, grab a fishing rod and head up to the Rogue River for a relaxing day of winter steelhead fishing. A fresh can of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale makes a fine reward after subduing your catch, and be sure to stop at Rockford Brewing Co. (12 E. Bridge St., Rockford) for a winter warmer when you’ve called it a day.

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learn it. brew it. drink it. Gravel Bottom where a Home Brewer recipe is always on tap, and fresh home brewing supplies are waiting to be brewed. Come enjoy a rotating selection of craft brews, pick up tips from the brewers and design your own beer.

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romantic

Romantics are in love with all things warm and fuzzy. During this holiday season there is nothing more perfect than cozy outings with ample opportunities to make eyes and hold hands. Decadent food and elaborate drinks are a must as you whisk your romantic off to a holiday wonderland of your own making. By Au dr ia Lar s e n

Ice skating is the perfect holiday outing for the lover in your life. Bundle up in your most alluring parka and head over to Echo Valley, a 43,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink that provides ample space to discreetly neck in a corner (at your own risk), or to impress your sweet thang with fancy pirouettes. A tobogganing hill and warming lodge with concessions offers variety and warmth.

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Ice Skating Echo Valley 8495 East H Ave., Kalamazoo; $5 echovalleyfun.com, (269) 349-3291

Lubricate the look of love with locally crafted spirits at Coppercraft Distillery. Enjoy the Christmas Cocktails & Punches event on Dec. 4, from 6 until 8 p.m. You and your loved one can learn to craft fancy holiday beverages to offer at your own personal soiree for two. While you’re there, you can take a tour of the tasting room and sample the best booze they have to offer as the distillery prides themselves on a “grain to glass” dedication to locally sourced ingredients and a personalized experience. Cost is $35.00.

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formed by Michigan State University’s professors, and guest vocalists like Betty Joplin and Ursula Walker. A Jazzy Little Christmas Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $10-$20 music.msu.edu, (571) 353-5340

Surprise your squeeze with post-holiday luxury at Amore Trattoria Italiana’s NYE Masquerade Ball. Venetian masks are encouraged and by arriving in an exquisite disguise, you’ll be entered to win an eight-course chef’s tasting menu for four. Make eyes at each other through your ornate concealment while enjoying the winter menu and featured menu. A prosecco and moscato toast at midnight will help you ring in the New Year.

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Amore Trattoria Italiana 5080 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park amoretrattoriaitaliana.com, (616) 785-5344

Coppercraft Distillery 184 120th Ave., Holland coppercraftdistillery.com, (616) 796-8274

Romatics generally love w inter’s cozy atmosphere and heartfelt gift giving of the accompanying holidays. What evokes this warm and fuzzy season more than jazz? Take your special someone out to A Jazzy Little Christmas for a swinging night of holiday classics per-

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For the romantic type, honoring tradition is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Bond over the beloved classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol presented live, featuring famed characters like Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, not to mention a few ghosts. The production

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offers romantic touches, like live music and “the intimate theater space within the intimate building,” said Steve Williford, director and actor. “People have written that [Dickens’ Christmas Carol] saved Christmas and regained the special moments of Christmas, which can be romantic as well.” A Christmas Carol Saugatuck Woman’s Club 303 Butler St., Saugatuck Dec. 19-21 $10-$12 (269) 857-6193


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Their concern and reverence for a Frozen-themed birthday party ranks right up there with visiting foreign dignitaries. Do not make eye contact or you’ll be asked if you want to hold the baby. B y Mi s s y B l a c k

Instead of stepping on LEGOs, go see what they look like off the floor. Parents and children can view a one-of-a-kind LEGO art exhibition by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya featuring large-scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO bricks. Even CNN has hailed The Art of the Brick as one of the top 12 “must see exhibitions in the world.” The centerpiece of Sawaya’s collection of sculptures is a LEGO torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the open chest cavity. Get the kids to start replicating that.

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The Art of the Brick Muskegon Museum of Art Feb. 19 through May 3, 2015; $5 muskegonartmuseum.org, (231) 720-2570

Kayla Rae Cellars is known for its wonderful selection of white, red, fruit and dessert wines along with hard cider. Did you know it also has homemade root beer? Parents can stop in for a wine tasting and let the littles sip on root beer. The classic taste features fresh vanilla and licorice notes and is made with REAL SUGAR! — because kids aren’t peppy enough. “I love that we have something for the family,” said Karen Grossman, co-owner and manager. Her tip? Doctor it up with RumChata cream liqueur for an adult drink.

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Kayla Rae Cellars 31 Courtland St., Rockford kaylaraecellars.com, (616) 951-7001

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Vox Vidorra is a group of multi-instrumentalists fronted by the dynamic lead singer and lyricist Molly Bouwsma-Schultz. Their music is “funky, soulful indie rock,” says Bouwsma-Schultz. Listen to “Lose It” — about a romantic relationship — as it mimics the way a parent feels on a long day with too many kids. As a band, “we’re parenting our own musical directions together.” You can find them at New Holland Brewery in Holland on Dec. 6 and Billy’s Lounge in Grand Rapids on Dec. 19.

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Vox Vidorra facebook.com/voxvidorra

Parents need to treat themselves more often. Enter Silverberry Kitchen. The espresso coffeehouse, creperie, patisserie and boulangerie offers up European pastries, chocolate truffles, mini cheesecakes, croissants, chocolate tortes and much more. “We try to have a seasonal crepe,” said Owner Angela Specter. “In December we might have a peppermint crepe.” Indulge in The Lover featuring strawberries, white chocolate, whipped crème and chocolate mint straws. Bonus: They offer gluten-free items.

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Silverberry Kitchen 4029 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids silverberrykitchen.com, (616) 916-9176

If you’ve ever watched “30 Rock,” you’ve seen Jack Donaghy’s mother, Colleen, played by Elaine Stritch, a Broadway legend. Her portrayal of a mother who loves to terrorize her child is spot on. Watch the documentary on this showbiz survivor that’s “serious in parts and kind of comical,” said Angela Peavey, sales and marketing manager at Saugatuck Center of the Arts.

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Real to Reel: Shoot Me: Elaine Stritch Saugatuck Center for the Arts 400 Culver St., Saugatuck Dec. 11, 7 p.m.; $7-$5 sc4a.org, (269) 857-2399


sophisticate

Worldly. Cultured. Refined. These are words often used to describe the sophisticate in your life. Most likely to be spotted: the classics section of the bookstore, the front row of a theatre auditorium, opening night of a museum exhibition. You get the picture. By Alexandra Kadlec

The Grand Rapids Art Museum brings six centuries of rarely seen drawings, watercolors and pastels to life through Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This exhibition presents world-renowned artists through the ages, from Delacroix and Degas to Lichtenstein and Ruscha.

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The title of this classy, celebratory dinner says it all. Hosted at St. Julian Winery’s Frankenmuth locale on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m., the evening will feature delicious courses paired with limited-release wines. This award-winning winery, which has a

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry St. Julian Winery, Frankenmuth Dec. 13, 6 p.m. stjulian.com, (989) 652-3281

St. Cecilia Music Center’s beautiful architectural interior, complemented by chandeliers and arched windows, creates the perfect ambiance for enjoying world-class musical talent. Syndicated radio show The Acoustic Café has partnered with St Cecilia to bring nationally touring singers and songwriters to Grand Rapids. On Dec. 11, Nashville-based Justin Townes Earle will delight audiences with his folk songs from recent albums.

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Justin Townes Earle St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. scmc-online.org, (616) 459-2224

The sophisticate will likely feel more at home than the average guest at Henderson Castle Bed & Breakfast in downtown Kalamazoo. This Queen Anne Style historic house, established in 1895, features a French restaurant offering prix fixe menus at four, seven and 11 courses. And then there’s the Royal Tasting menu, with caviar, rack of lamb and baked brie, as well as a selection of hand-crafted cocktails, fine wines and local beer to entice taste buds. And if you have the time, step into the castle’s wine cave. Tastings and tours are available from 12-6 p.m. daily.

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Use one of the most celebrated Renaissance men of the 20th century as an avenue into a philosophical discourse (which the sophisticate loves). On Dec. 14, the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts presents An Evening with C.S. Lewis, a one-man show featuring David Payne. This theatrical experience takes the audience back to 1963, when Lewis hosted a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. Be prepared for an insightful look into the thoughts and events that shaped one of the most influential thinkers in recent history.

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An Evening with C.S. Lewis Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, Muskegon Dec. 14, show times at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. $31.20; frauenthal.org, (231) 722-9750

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Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Grand Rapids Art Museum Through Jan. 18 artmuseumgr.org, (616) 831-1000

lengthy and interesting history worth learning, is sure to impress. If you’re feeling extra-generous, choose from one of the quarterly wine clubs offered by St. Julian and give the sophisticate a year-round supply.

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Buzzkill

The Buzzkill has too much time and too many opinions. He will sit at a restaurant and tell you all the reasons he would rather be at another restaurant. She will look at your baby and list all the ways it could die, according to Dr. Oz. By Steven Depolo

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The Buzzkill is sad and alone, always with the latest illness but never closing the deal. “I need to get an HIV test” is the Buzzkill’s reply to any normal question, like “How are you?” or “Are you hungry?” Whatever the reason, the Grand Rapids Red Project provides free, confidential and anonymous, rapid HIV testing by appointment and at community locations like Heartside Ministries (Mondays), Diversions (second Saturdays), Rumors (fourth Thursday). Not getting tested is the real buzzkill.

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HIV Testing Grand Rapids Red Project 343 Atlas Ave. SE, Grand Rapids redproject.org, (616) 456-9063

The thing that buzzkills hate more than Christmas carolers is other buzzkills. That means she can’t drink wine

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(buzzkill) or order from a mixologist (major buzzkill). The Buzzkill bends an elbow at The Score. With 128 beers on draught, including a large selection of craft brews, The Score can satisfy the most demanding beer aficionados. Go and look for the Buzzkill in the corner, nursing her beer and wishing it was something else.

Over the Rhine wsg Lily & Madeleine Calvin College Chapel, Grand Rapids Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $20 public, $10 with Calvin ID calvin.edu/sao, (616) 526-6064

The Score 5301 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids the-scorerestaurant.com, (616) 301-0600

Music is the way Buzzkills express how life is one big fat disappointment. Lyrics and melodies should be whiny and opaque. The bands annoyingly emo-Victorian. Over the Rhine’s Meet me at the Edge of the World Tour is coming to Grand Rapids this month. How piquant. Throwing Over the Rhine on the stereo kills a party faster than Ted Cruz Twister.

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Too salty. Too sticky. Too gluten-y. For the Buzzkill, eating food can be like ramming a McRib Sandwich down a PVC pipe with a plunger handle. Both traumatic and oddly arousing. Is eating foie gras a sensual, gastronomic experience, or is it a heteronormative act fraught with political overtones? Instead, take Buzzkill to the Good Earth Cafe. Serving breakfast and lunch, the cafe bakes its bagels from scratch and has a menu that focuses on sweet and savory breads, wraps and soups.

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The Good Earth Cafe 14 E 7th St., Holland

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Politics draws the Buzzkill like a moth to the flame. So many things to complain about. Everyone but her is corrupt, power mad and greedy. Wait until she hears author and historian H.W. Brands give the talk “Machiavelli Visits the White House” for the Hauenstein Center. Politics is nothing but amoral calculation and the desperate grab for power and riches, as so lovingly described by the 15th c. Italian courtier. For the first time, Buzzkill will be speechless.

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“Machiavelli Visits the White House” with H.W. Brands at the Hauenstein Center L.V. Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids Dec. 10, 7 p.m. hauensteincenter.org


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Disclaimer: This is not one of those “think pieces” on what a “basic” is or is not. Basics simply exist and need things to do just like the rest of us. And, there is a very strong chance that we have all done something “basic” at some point. Whether you’re looking to get white-girl wasted or aim to bro out to some sports, West Michigan has all the basics covered this holiday season. B y Nic k M a n e s

Cheap domestic beer and a reasonable opportunity to wear sweat pants and Uggs. These are just a few of the things a Basic’s dreams are made of. A hockey game allows a very reasonable opportunity to wear your favorite player’s jersey (it better be Steve Yzerman), which will look dope in a selfie with your bestie! And, the beers are cheap! $2 cheap! As an added bonus, famed former Red Wing Chris Chelios has his own brand of chili on hand at the L.C.!

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Located in downtown Kalamazoo at the corner of East Michigan Avenue and Edwards Street, the Entertainment District offers seven different venues, each appearing more basic than the next. So, while you devour some Irish Nachos at Monaco Bay, you can also listen to dueling pianos. Once that gets boring, just head for bottle service next door at The Gatsby Nightclub (stiletto heels required*).

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*While The Entertainment District boasts an extensive dress code, nowhere does it require stiletto heels. But, they’ll help enhance the basicness.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey L.C. Walker Arena 470 W. Western Ave., Muskegon muskegonlumberjacks.com, (231) 726-3879

For a bar so-oft described as “hipster,” there sure are a lot of “basics” at The Meanwhile. And they come in droves on Tuesday nights. The reason: cheap, strong booze! With 75-cent Black Labels and $3 Long Island Teas made with precision by skilled bartenders, one can get wastyfaced with money left over to buy North Face fleeces.

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The Meanwhile on Tuesday nights 1005 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids meanwhilebar.com, (616) 233-1679

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Kalamazoo Entertainment District Corner of E. Michigan Ave. and Edwards St., Kalamazoo entertainmentdistrict.co, (269) 312-7246

This Grand Rapids-based indiefolk outfit has found a lot of success in recent years. Certainly to the point where the Revue newsroom can occasionally stop talking about Taylor Swift or Slayer long enough to discuss how basic the Crane Wives are. It’s not that they’re bad. It’s just that they sound like every other indie-folk band. From vintage cowboy shirts and flowing vintage dresses to vintage-looking glasses, The Crane Wives are pretty basic. And also really nice people.

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The Crane Wives thecranewives.com

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Eventually the basic’s large, winter North Face will no longer keep them warm on the slopes. At that point they will shed the unnatural layer to something more fitting: a North Face fleece. Once in their natural skin, it’s time to sit in the warmth of the resort’s lodge, sipping hot cocoa with some butterscotch schnapps added for good measure. Selfies will commence.

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Skiers from The Cedar Lounge at Cannonsburg Ski Resort 6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont cannonsburg.com, (616) 874-6711


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music geek When in doubt, buy them records. You love the music geek because they can name that one Todd Rundgren album and they have no qualms about helping you with your last pick on the jukebox. By Nolan Krebs

The music geek has already seen all the local bands worth checking out, plus every touring musician when they hit every summer music festival. Knowing this, it might be tough to impress ‘em with another standard basement show or ticketed event. Instead, get washed away by Kalamazoo’s improv noise-rockers Forget The Times while they provide the live score for the 1927 classic sci-fi film, Metropolis, at the Alamo Drafthouse. That should shake up their music.

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Metropolis Alamo Drafthouse 180 Portage St., Kalamazoo drafthouse.com/kalamazoo, (269) 532-7990

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Michigan breweries are pretty much synonymous with sweet live music. Regardless of whether there’s a show or not, you can avoid beardless Top 40-ers by grabbing a drink at Unruly Brewing Co. in Muskegon. Just one year into its tenure as Muskegon’s go-to microbrewery, the taproom’s got some gooduns. Try the Punk’N Rock (pumpkin ale brewed with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla), Blood of Charlemagne (French saison aged six months) or Revel Rouser IPA.

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Unruly Brewing Co. 360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon unrulybrewing.com, (231) 288-1068

West Michigan’s got its fair share of excellent folk, punk, indie and psych bands, but bestow upon your music geek something a little more

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outside the box this year. Sporting some players from Kalamazoo’s beloved Double Phelix collective, the group Maraj boasts a fresh take on hip-hop, right here in West Michigan. Featuring live instrumentation and background singers, Maraj has just the right balance of technical prowess and soulful charm. Maraj maraj.bandcamp.com

CVLT Pizza has some sweet, sweet punk rock juju. Besides having some killer pies, it’s a well-known supporter of the city’s musical underbelly. Try something kinda different off the menu, like the No. 5 (housemade spicy German mustard, lamb sausage, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese) or No. 7 (garlic curry base topped with kimchi, almond Parmesan, banana peppers, tomatoes, spiced tofu and an atomic sauce drizzle).

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CVLT Pizza 10 Jefferson Ave., Grand Rapids cultpizzagr.com

Don’t f**k around with this one; take your geek to see the king: Robert Clark Seger. He’s touring to support his new album, Ride Out, but one could safely bet that he’ll be bringing out the oldies. Despite being one of Michigan’s most enduring rockers, it’s a good idea to catch him while he’s still got it.

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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Van Andel Arena 130 W. Fulton Ave., Grand Rapids Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. $77.50 vanandelarena.com, (616) 742-6600


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old timey gramps

The holidays are a special time for Old Timey Gramps. A chill is in the air, which makes his arthritic knees ache. The falling snow hides ice that he can slip on and break his hips. Don’t let Old Timey Gramps stay in his bed throughout the holidays, like he wants. By Steven Depolo

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Old Timey Gramps is afraid of those fancy automobiles, preferring a properly hitched horse-drawn carriage. Powered by good old fashioned hay, and maybe an apple, Equus ferus caballus pulls Old Timey Gramps like the Sultan of Brunei. He can choose from a vis-a-vis carriage when going to get his prostate checked, a white Cinderella carriage for wooing Old Timey Grandma or a 20-passenger trolley when getting the boys together for a friendly game of Vingt-et-un in the lower basement of the Grand Rapids Masonic Center.

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Horse-drawn carriage tours in downtown Grand Rapids Grand Carriages grandcarriages.com, (616) 893-4984

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riding lawnmower to Stan’s Bar. When he remembers why he went there, he orders a Root Beer Barrel poured by owner Joe Stalec. The Root Beer Barrel is a devilish concoction of Bud Light and a shot of Root Beer Schnapps. Sweet yet bitter like his first wife, followed by an alcoholic punch to the face like his third girlfriend and fifth wife. Vote Nixon’s Agnew! Root Beer Barrel Stan’s Bar 208 W. Savidge St., Spring Lake (616) 842-1553

This Christmas season, look for Old Timey Gramps in the front row at Holiday Music and More concert played by Jelani Eddington on the Mighty Wurlitzer. When that 1928 pipe organ gets going, his artificial hips start shaking and his old man wattle flaps in the wind like

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when he saved Rose from sinking in the Titanic. Holiday Music and More Concert with Jelani Eddington Grand Rapids Public Museum Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; Dec. 20, 2 p.m. grmuseum.org, (616) 456-3977

When Old Timey Gramps wakes up in the morning, he celebrates cheating the cold hand of Death once more with the Two “AA” Large Eggs and Toast Breakfast at Toast ‘N Jams Diner in Muskegon. He orders coffee blacker than the Kaiser’s heart, two eggs sunny side up, bacon crisp like his liver and a slice of rye toast. The 1950s decor reminds him of the time he retired from welding small things onto large things LIKE A REAL MAN!

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Two “AA” Large Eggs & Toast Breakfast Toast ‘N Jams Diner 3462 Henry St, Muskegon (231) 737-5267

With one foot on earth, and one in heaven, Old Timey Gramps stays on good terms with the man upstairs by attending Christmas Vespers at Hope College. First held in 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the program consists of Christian carols and angelic anthems sung by 200 students during four services in historic Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

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Christmas Vespers Saturday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dimnent Memorial Chapel 277 College Ave., Holland hope.edu, (616) 395-7890


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thespian

An authority on pageantry and show, the Thespian is hopelessly addicted to drama in all its grand, colorful forms. B y A l l i s o n Pa r k e r

Occasionally the Thespian feels an urge to spring from the red velvet seat, leap over the pit of tubas and become one with the fabulousness unfolding onstage. When the acting craze strikes, Muskegon Civic Theatre has you covered with a wide array of classes to prepare you for the spotlight. Whether you’re a newbie interested in learning more about the audition process or a veteran looking to further hone your skill, Muskegon Civic’s Performing Arts School has a course for you. Best of all, many of the classes are for kids, which means you might just be able to brainwash little Sondheim and Hammerstein into becoming theatre geeks like you.

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Muskegon Civic Theatre Performing Arts School Winter term: Jan. 3- Feb 7 Spring term: Feb 21-March 28 $60-$135 per term musgekoncivictheatre.org, (231) 722-3852

Smack-dab next to the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, The Apartment Lounge is a popular venue for thirsty thespians to enjoy some bubbly before or after a show. Known for its large LGBT clientele and numerous charity projects, the Apartment has truly lived up to its slogan of being ‘a place where friends meet.’

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The Apartment Lounge 33 Sheldon NE, Grand Rapids apartmentlounge.net, (616) 451-0851

For the Thespian, there are a few theatre classics that elicit nothing short of feverish worship. Look no further than the Thespian’s playbill shrine and hallowed T-shirt collection to see what I mean. In honor of all the greats worthy of up cluttering a closet comes the Best of Broadway, a two-night celebration of musical masterpieces. Broadway veterans Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBrecque will reprise hits from Andrew Lloyd

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Webber, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and more. Best of Broadway Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra March 13-15, show times at 3 & 8 p.m. $18, $5 for full-time students grsymphony.org, (616) 454-9451

Don’t settle for the ordinary when you can get the extraordinary. The Grand Rapids Murder Mystery Company transforms a threecourse meal into a thrilling whodunit adventure. Witness a murder, interrogate suspects and catch the culprit when you play this suspenseful game of intrigue. The Company’s December theme is “Dressed to Kill,” a fashion-filled extravaganza perfect for drama llamas and fashionistas alike.

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Murder Mystery Company Dressed to Kill Pietro’s, Grand Rapids Dec. 4 & Dec. 27, show times at 6 & 7 p.m.

Sparkling with outrageous glitz and glam, Kinky Boots is a wild night out sure to scratch the Thespian’s itch for glamour. The musical is all about daring to be different, a sentiment near a dear to a theatre diva’s heart. Based on the film of the same title, Kinky Boots tells the story of a shoe factory owner who teams up with a drag queen. Together, the duo attempts to save the factory by producing a line of exotic genderbender footwear.

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Kinky Boots Broadway Grand Rapids June 2-7, show times at 1, 2, 6:30, 7:30 & 8 p.m. $30 & up broadwaygrandrapids.com, (616) 235-6285


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animal lover

Looking at animal gifs isn’t enough for this person, they need their cute fix IRL. Some people may call them obsessive, but they’re just passionate. They want to save the animals and they want to save them ALL! B y Li n d s a y P a t t o n - C a r s o n

Animal lovers praise Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary for being the Midwest’s largest sheltered no-kill sanctuary. Its mission is to rescue dogs in need, spay and neuter, assist in public education and, of course, find loving homes for the abused, abandoned or neglected dogs that come into the shelter. To do this, Mackenzie’s relies on volunteers to help. Possibly the most desirable option for your animal lover is becoming a dog walker, so they can get up close and personal with some furry friends.

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Volunteer Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary 8935 Thompson Rd., Lake Odessa mackenzies.info, (616) 693-2490

Old Boys Brewhouse is not only dedicated to handcrafted beers and sodas, but celebrating the bond between humans and dogs. Named in honor of and in memory of the owner’s chocolate lab, Old Boys allows patrons to bring a photo of their beloved pooch and place it on the wall. That’s not where the canine celebration ends. Brews with names like Dogtail IPA and Kennel King IPA dot the menu, while patrons can pick up homemade dog treats for their furry BFF at the front of the brewery.

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Old Boys Brewhouse 971 Savidge St., Spring Lake oldboysbrewhouse.com, (616) 850-9950

When Founders Brewing Co. and Crash’s Landing hosted their annual Rock for Crash’s fundraiser, the members of The Muteflutes jumped at the chance to get involved. When we spoke to them about the event in October, Micah McLaughlin told us his fellow band member Marie Dornan loves cats and said when Crash’s asked the band to play, “...the answer was yes. It had to be.” Enough talk about cats, though. The Muteflutes play music, too. The band’s latest album, American Dream, is a rich, folksy effort and was recorded in a cabin in Southern Michigan.

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The Muteflutes muteflutes.com

Take your animal lover to a place where no animals are harmed. Little Ethiopia is completely vegetarian and vegan, offering diverse Ethiopian menu choices that are also animal-friendly. Little Ethiopia does have laid-back hours and encourages patrons to call before stopping by to ensure the restaurant is open.

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Little Africa 956 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids facebook.com/pages/little-africa-ethiopian-cuisine, (616) 222-1169

Blandford Nature Center lets visitors get to know its resident animals. Rescued and rehabilitated, the animals that call Blandford home were too injured to be let back into the wild. Say hello to Bob the bobcat, Buddy the red-tailed hawk, Willow the wood turtle and more. Watch them do their thing during any of Blandford’s open hours. On Dec. 6, you can make the holidays a little bit more joyful for your new Blandford buds. During the event, Holiday for Blandford’s Animals, you’ll be able to create an enrichment toy for the animals at the center. Admission is $3 for nature center members and $6 for nonmembers.

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Blandford Nature Center Animals 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids blandfordnaturecenter.org, (616) 735-6240


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film buff

For your film-obsessed friend, chances are a full bowl of popcorn and their favorite movie on an HD TV will bring them pure bliss. However, if you want to help them think outside the DVD box, we have some suggestions to get them out on the town. B y J o s h Sp a n n i n g a

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Part cultural time capsule, part “MST3K,” the Found Footage Festival is unlike any film festival you’ve seen before. They scour thrift stores, yard sales and dumpsters to find discarded VHS tapes of all kinds — and I do mean all kinds — and then showcase the weirdest, funniest, greatest bits to festival-goers, all with grade-A commentary from the crew who put it all together. Whether it’s an ancient instructional video or a public access programming disaster, the folks at Found Footage Festival have curated the most messed up footage for a night filled with mullets, motivational speaking and godawful special effects.

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Found Footage Festival UICA, Grand Rapids Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.; $10 uica.org, (616) 454-7000

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Filmloom filmloom.bandcamp.com a point to keep their screens relatively sports-free, opting instead for old sci-fi, cartoons and the like. And for this year’s Thriller! Chiller! Film festival, Stella’s even transformed its back bar area into a microcinema, something we hope the bar plans to mimic in the future. Stella’s Lounge 53 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids stellasgr.com, (616) 742-4444

OK, aside from the fitting name, Filmloom is a band that should entice movie score junkies everywhere. Catchy, multi-layered and soothing, the band describes its sound as “cinematic pop.” The band bio says the members “create music that is meant to be experienced; like a film.” What better fit could you find for your celluloid-obsessed friend?

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A film buff’s taste in food can be just as varied as their taste in movies. Luckily, Two Beards Deli has enough variety to satisfy whatever they may happen to be craving. Better yet, each menu item is named after the facial hair of a famous figure, with plenty of celluloid icons represented here. If the Snake Plissken salad doesn’t strike your fancy, try the Steven Spielberg chicken sandwich. If you’re vegan, check out the Danny Trejo sandwich. The possibilities (and Hollywood name-drops) are endless.

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Two Beards Deli 38 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids twobeardsgr.com, (616) 719-3802

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It takes a special kind of person to truly grasp the greatness of B-movie

classics and pop culture favorites of years gone by. The folks who curate the Meanwhile Movies at Wealthy Theatre are these kinds of people. The films shown here are picked by movie lovers for movie lovers and run the gamut of genres, from An American Werewolf in London to Being John Malkovich. Regardless of what kind of taste your film buff friend has, they’re sure to find something that entices them here. Meanwhile Movie Series Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids Every Tuesday, 8 p.m.; $6 grcmc.org/theatre, (616) 459-4788


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BookWorm

The bookworm has been forgoing social interaction for the allure of a handheld device long before smartphones made it cool. While you’re freaking over the fact that you’re less than 15 percent battery life and without a charger, the bookworm is suppressing a cackle and creasing another page. Sweet justice. By Kyle Au sti n

If you really want to surprise your bookworm this year, forget about that first edition copy of Moby Dick you’ve been chasing on eBay and sign them up for an epic reading challenge instead. Imagine their delight when they discover you’ve committed them to finish 100 books in two months – challenge accepted. And with awesome prizes going to those who meet their quota, your bookworm will be sure to get some bonus gifts as well.

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Grand Rapids Public Library Winter Reading Challenge Dec. 15–Feb. 28 grpl.org, (616) 988-5400

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Let’s face it. Bookworms are pretty weird. Luckily for them, weird is making a comeback at Odd Side Ales, where beer doesn’t make it out of the fermenter unless it’s highly unusual. Located in an old piano factory, the brewery’s warm and welcoming tap house is the perfect place for your bookworm to enjoy the twists and turns of both their murder mystery novel and Odd Side originals like Mayan Mocha Stout, Pineapple IPA and Black Citra Pale Ale.

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Odd Side Ales 41 Washington Ave., Grand Haven oddsideales.com, (616) 935-7326

Once you’ve convinced your bookworm that the soundtrack to an audio book doesn’t actu-

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ally qualify as music, introduce them to some Americana. This revivalist genre is steeped in the storytelling tradition of American roots music, and few groups do it better than the Appleseed Collective. Despite being a bunch of twentysomethings, the group weaves imaginative tales through Dixieland, bluegrass, ragtime, western swing and gypsy folk with such ease you’ll believe they’ve ridden the rails through time to get here. The Appleseed Collective Founders Brewing Co. 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids Dec. 18, 8 p.m. foundersbrewing.com, (616) 776-1195

Full-service restaurants, with their pesky wait staff and irritating lack of foods that can be eaten with one hand, are not the ideal places for your bookworm to grab a bite. Lemonjello’s, on the other hand, gives the perpetual reader the freedom to enjoy their vice and eat too, with a healthy selection of locally and regionally roasted coffee as well as delicious handmade baked goods that are made fresh every day right in the shop.

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Lemonjello’s, Holland Lemonjellos.com, (616) 928-0699

Your bookworm is secretly harboring desires to gather up all of the iPhone 6s, X-Box Ones and copies of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and send them careening off the top of Mount Crumpit. Keep them in the holiday spirit and out of jail by helping them see the Grinch live out their fantasy onstage instead. With the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra providing the soundtrack, this Christmas classic will help your bookworm’s heart grow three sizes or more.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo Dec. 7, 3 p.m. cheneryaud.com, (269) 337-0440


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Local Gift Solutions

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We combine local businesses and must-have items for some holiday shopping inspiration. Bad gifts? Ain’t nobody got time for that. B y Mi s s y B l a c k

STATEMENT MAKER Autonomic Clothing Co. T-shirt, $21.50 atnmc.com

BIKER DUDE Artistic tie, $38 Amy Zane Store & Studio, Kalamazoo

BEER PRO Copper beer foamer, $34 Blacklamb, Grand Rapids

HANDSOME FELLA Beard Care Kit, $28 Urban Cottage, Kalamazoo

RECYCLED DEVOTEE License Plate Clipboard, $17 Bella Patina, Kalamazoo

THIRSTY FRIEND S’well Bottle, $35 Frances Jaye, Holland

ULTIMATE HOMEBOY The GR hat, $46 Jeffrey George, Grand Rapids

FURRY FANATIC Modern dog pillow, $48 Moynihan Gallery, Holland

SNEAKERHEAD Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit, $120 Gazelle Sports, Kalamazoo

PACK RAT Leather lunch bag, $65 mercysupply.com

STYLE MAVEN Kate Spade bow skirt, $398 Studio K Clothing Company, Holland

QUEEN OF QUIRK Animal head ring holder, $12 Painted Farmgirl, Hudsonville

BAG LADY Sarcastic Canvas Bag, $24 6.25 Paper Studio, Grand Rapids

BOOK BORROWER Book with a following, $28 Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids

PURVEYOR OF PERKY Jersey knit statement scarf, $15.95 Rebel, Grand Rapids

WEATHER GIRL Rainboots, $54.95 Down to Earth, Grand Haven

MAKEUP ARTIST Dead Sexy cosmetic bag, $14 Blush Salon & Spa, Kalamazoo

LATTE LOVER Leather wrap mug, $15 Have Company, Grand Rapids

DOMESTICATED DIVA Humorous kitchen towel, $10 Karla’s Place, Holland

SCENT SOPHISTICATE Cocktail glass candle, $16 Sticks & Stones, Kalamazoo

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2014 REVUE Holiday Gift Guide  

A rundown of ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people in your life.

2014 REVUE Holiday Gift Guide  

A rundown of ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people in your life.

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