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West Michigan’s Entertainment Guide for 25 years  November 2013

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What’s Inside

November 2013 | Volume 25, Issue 11

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Random Notes Q&A with Steve and Nick from Vault of Midnight Free Market All Ages Eclectic Producer Joe’s ArtPrize Best and Worst

SPECIAL Feature:

24 Biggest Bar Night of the Year Bar Guide

SOUNDS: 30 31 32 34 36 38

Your guide to the biggest bar night of the year

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Sink’s Spins On Tour: Grieves On Tour: Living Colour On Tour: Cymbals Eat Guitars On Tour: Killswitch Engage On Tour: Shad

SIGHTS: 41 42 44 46 48 50 52

Visual Art: Fire Bar Gallery Winter Film Preview Indie Film Comedy: Sarah Jean Anderson Literary Life: The Diatribe Theatre Style Notes

DINING & DRINKING: 55 Restaurant Listings 56 Taste This 60 Local Beer

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Best and worst of artprize… mostly the worst

SCHEDULE:

70 Daily Event Listings and Best Bets


Letter from the Editor

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W est M ic h igan ’ s E ntertainment G uide

ou may have noticed (or may have not) some of our models wearing Revue and Recoil shirts on our cover. We get it if you’re confused.

The truth is, Revue and Recoil recently merged, meaning both are owned under REVUE Holding Co., which also owns MiBiz and Engine. What does this mean for the magazines? Well, I get to hang out with Cliff Frantz all the time, which has been a blast. In case you didn’t already know, Cliff owns Recoil with his equally cool wife, Kimberly Frantz. They also have a cute dog named Poppy and a little free library at the end of their driveway where people can borrow and donate books.

In terms of content, both magazines will stay the same. What we’re doing works for us and what Recoil is doing works for them. And personally, I’m a fan of what Recoil is doing. Have you read the new book, by the way? It’s hilarious. It’s also on Amazon and at Schuler Books, too. Ask for Recoil: News Satire You Can Trust Vol. 1. It’s been an exciting time, but I need to wrap up this love-fest and get on to other important issues. Such as, THE BIGGEST BAR NIGHT OF THE YEAR! It’s that time of year to go head out with friends, awkwardly avoid people you went to high school with and eat your hangover away the following day. This year, we’ve rounded up some West Michigan bars that fit the kind of night you want. Whether it’s a low-key night, one with music, a night where you feel classy and sophisticated or one where you just don’t feel like trying. We’ve got ‘em. We also have a list of taxi businesses and restaurants that are open late, because a good bar night is not complete without some good food and a safe drive. Rock on.

Editorial Publisher Brian Edwards / brian@revuewm.com Managing Editor Lindsay Patton-Carson / lindsay@revuewm.com Design Creative Director Kim Kibby / kim@revuewm.com Design Kim Kibby, Kristi Kortman, Kellie Zaplitny Contributing Writers Kyle Austin Allison Parker Missy Black Carly Plank Joe Boomgaard Emma Kat Richardson Ben Darcie Matt Simpson Siegel Steven de Polo John Sinkevics Joe Gasmann Josh Spanninga Dwayne Hoover Kerri VanderHoff Audria Larsen Contributing photographers Rex Larsen, Steven de Polo, David Carson, Elijah Brumback, Steph Harding Listings schedule@revuewm.com Revue Minions Lauren Allen, Barbara Jandernoa, Ae Hee Lee Kim, Nolan Krebs, Madeline McMahon, Shelby Pendowski Sales / 616.608.6170 Molly Rizor / molly@revuewm.com Digital Editor Jayson Bussa / jayson@revuewm.com Find us online!

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Dr. Grins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Elite Health Plc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Erb Thai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Ferris State University. . . . . . . . . . 38 Firekeepers Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Founders Brewing Company. . . . . 15 Frauenthal Center for the Arts. . . . 23 Fusion Shows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 The Gilmore Collection. . . . . . . . . . 54 Grand Rapids Public Library. . . . . 19 Grand Rapids Symphony. . . . . . . . 73 Grand Woods Lounge. . . . . . . . . . . 75 Gravel Bottom Brewery . . . . . . . . . 63 Growco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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The Intersection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 KB Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Kendall College of Art & Design (UICA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Keil Lasik Vision Center. . . . . . . . . 74 Live Nation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Millennium Restaurants. . . . 23, 57 Miller Auditorium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The Orbit Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Palazzolo’s Gelato . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Pyramid Scheme. . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Red House Records. . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Reserve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Right Brain Brewery. . . . . . . . . . . . 63

River City Improv. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Saugatuck Brewing Company. . . . 61 Saugatuck Center for the Arts. . . . 45 Schmohz Brewery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Schuler Books. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Seven Steps Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Sight Optical Boutique . . . . . . . . . 71 Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. . . . 3 St. Cecilia Music Center . . . . . . . . 12 Take Hold Church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Wharton Center. . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 47 West Michigan Symphony. . . . . . . 69 West Side Beer / Budweiser. . . . . . 76

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Random Notes

Catching Fire

Local Music ///

Grand Rapids-based band Carielle is set to release its first full-length album on Nov. 15 at The Pyramid Scheme. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of show. Special guests include Filmloom, Wayne Szalinski and Jane Kalmink.

On Tour ///

Nov. 22 with Korn.

You know him as The Real Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers, a proud Detroit native and, most famously, Eminem. One of rap’s most respected MCs is back with The Marshal Mathers LP 2, dropping on Nov. 5 ... Controversy queen M.I.A. releases Matangi Nov.5. The album includes the much-sampled hit “Bad Girls,” as well as “Bring the Noize.” ... Since the release of hit songs “Poker Face” and “Just Dance” Lady Gaga’s popularity has skyrocketed with her strange antics and killer pop songs. Her latest album, Artpop, is set to be released Nov. 11 and includes the singles “Applause” and “Do What U Want” with R.Kelly. Until the album’s release, fans can only fantasize about what the unpredictable musician has produced.

Giving Thanks ///

Asking Alexandria

Before the big man flies in on his sleigh to break into millions of homes, the Thanksgiving holiday allows for amends and good deeds. If there are some skeletons hiding in your closet from the past year and they haunt your every move, there are many opportunities this November to give thanks and give back. Grand Rapids’ Food Bank Mel Trotter holds its annual Turkey

Dropping. On Nov. 20 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Mel Trotter is looking for 1,000 frozen turkey donations. Drop off a bird (or two) at Celebration! Cinema North and South. The charity also takes over the DeVos Place to host the Great Thanksgiving Banquet, but serving more than 2,000 people isn’t easy. For this, Mel Trotter is looking for volunteers or sponsors for meals. Many of the local food banks and homeless shelters such as Open Doors Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Gospel Mission and the Food Bank of South Central Michigan are searching for volunteers to help during the holiday season. To burn off all the goodies devoured on Thanksgiving, Kalamazoo is hosting the Turkey Trot 2013 on Nov. 30. The 5k incorporates the fun of a themed run with the joy of giving back. Runners are encouraged to make donations to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission or the Portage Community Center. On the day of the race, participants and spectators will have the opportunity to donate socks for the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission or toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo or a small toy to the Portage Community Center ... Four legged friends shall not be forgotten during the season of giving either. SPCA of Southwest Michigan is looking for volunteers to walk pooches, Crash’s Landing is looking for

volunteers to join their Crash’s Crew, and Horseplay Equestrian is looking for those who are 18 and up to volunteer their time to the rehabilitation of high-risk youth through horse interactions.

Film ///

Hunger Games fans have been waiting patiently for the arrival of Catching Fire, the latest movie in the four-part film series. Based off of Suzanne Collins’ ridiculously successful books, the movie picks up just where the last left off. In honor of Catching Fire, Celebration! Cinema hosts a two-day event, including a double feature of the two films in IMAX on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. On Nov. 22, Celebration Cinema! North hosts Capitol Couture Ladies’ Night Out; a night to dress over-the-top and to stand out. The event starts at 6 p.m. with appetizers, a cash bar and pampering, concluding with the film. The event is also hosted by WSNX and Star 105.7.

Beer ///

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All the way from the distant, foreign shores of North Yorkshire (or otherwise known as England), is the rock, punk band Asking Alexandria. The band co-headlines with All That Remains on Nov. 13 at The Pyramid Scheme for the “From Death to Destiny” tour ... The musician and director of the Halloween and Halloween II remakes, Rob Zombie performs at DeltaPlex Arena on

National CD Releases ///

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Random Notes

In Memoriam: Don Dorshimer

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ast month, we were devastated to hear that our friend and one of the local music community’s most prominent members, Don Dorshimer, passed away at age 56. Known for being a music promoter, founder of Val-Du Lakes and owner of The Orbit Room, Dorshimer built and maintained solid relationships with people within the local and national music scene. Originally from Florida, his career in West Michigan begin in the ‘80s, and he carried a passion for music throughout his decades in the business. We will miss you, Don.

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begin to phase out the fall brews to welcome in the winter beers. So take advantage of the many fall brews such as Ichabod from New Holland Brewing, Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Ales, Smashing the Pumpkin Dark Ale from North Peak Brewing Company and Bloody Zombie from Paw Paw Brewing Company. As these fall-inspired brews leave the tap, they make way for brews such as Festivus Holiday Ale, a concoction of holiday spices from cinnamon to nutmeg to fresh ginger, by Paw Paw Brewing Company. Bell’s releases Winter White Ale, with a cloudy look to resemble snowfall. Short’s has Good Humans, a sweet malty flavor with a hint of toasted caramel and toffee, and Dark Horse features Too Cream Stout, a milk-based beer with a hint of chocolate and roasty flavors ... Millennium Restaurant Group welcomes the Centre Street Tap House into its dining lineup. The Tap House is the perfect destination for the beer snobs of West Michigan looking for a place to taste the many different Michigan brews ... BRU Fest takes over the DeltaPlex

on Nov. 9. Bagger Dave’s hosts the festival, which helps to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The event will feature Bagger’s zesty buffalo wings and Bell’s brews, including Winter White Ale. $39 gets you 10 beer tokens, four food tickets and a souvenir. n Random Notes is compiled by REVUE staff and minions, including Lindsay PattonCarson and Shelby Pendowski. For more music, art and entertainment news, including breaking concert announcements, local bands and giveaways, “Like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/revuewm) or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/revuewm.

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Comic Book Kings

Questions for Steve Fodale and Nick Yribar, co-owner and manager of Vault of Midnight

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ault of Midnight’s original location opened in 1996 in Ann Arbor. On Sept. 17, you brought a store to downtown Grand Rapids. When did you decide you wanted to expand? Nick: Seriously, about a year ago. Steve: We were talking about it longer than that, but we got serious about a year ago. Why did you pick Grand Rapids? Steve: We liked the city a lot. It’s really on the rise ... it seems to be a lot of fun. And it’s similar to Ann Arbor in a lot of ways even though it’s different in a lot of ways. Do you split your time between both locations? Nick: Since we opened, we’ve been out here pretty much full time. We have a sweet little bachelor pad that we share with the other owner, Curtis. When did you realize it was time to expand? Steve: Well, it’s easy to get complacent and we didn’t want to do that. ... Our store is unique in the comic industry and the public receives it well. We think we can do more with it and it’s going to be a slow process of finding the right city and places where we want to be. Nick: We don’t want to expand for the sake of expanding. We definitely do want to leave our mark on the industry. What are the differences between the two stores? Nick: We landed here with a whole new setup. We don’t have as much room as we have in the Ann Arbor shop. Steve: The main thing is, being able to do gaming in the store. We’re able to do that in Ann Arbor, but we’re not able to do that here, so we’re hoping to do satellite events. What are those? Nick: We can hopefully go to local cafes or local bars and do our events there instead of in the shop; spread our roots out a little bit.

Steve Fodale (left) and Nick Yribar at Vault of Midnight’s new location in downtown Grand Rapids. when I started reading comic books. It’s approachable for all sorts of people of all different walks.

Now, it’s no longer unpopular to be into comic books. Nick: Curtis likes to say that everybody’s a nerd about something: you’re a nerd about football, you’re a nerd about knitting, fine dining. Everybody’s a nerd in some ways. And within the past few years, the distinctions about what you’re nerdy about, that’s really starting to melt away.

So you plan on doing those soon? Nick: That’s in the works right now.

What’s a big seller right now? Steve: Saga. Nick: It’s sci-fi/fantasy book about this couple who just had a baby. They’re on the run ... they’re not allowed to be together. It’s absolutely brilliant and we just blow through it every time we get it in the store.

What kind of trends have you seen come and go over the years? Nick: It sounds really cheesy, but we really are in a golden age of this kind of stuff right now. The material is better than

What are you reading right now? Steve: I still like the classic stuff like The Lone Ranger and Conan, but I like a little sampling of everything. Curtis, on the other hand, tries to read everything possible.

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PHOTO: Eli Brumback

What is a good gateway comic book? Nick: Bone, which is an all ages story. ... You can give that to an adult, you can give it to a kid who is just starting to read. It’s a good story for everybody. A lot of people have opinions on whether to call something a ‘comic book’ or a ‘graphic novel.’ What are your opinions on those titles? Nick: We have strong opinions on that. They’re all comic books. I think you’d call something a graphic novel that was originally released in the form of a book. But it’s all under the medium of comic books. What would you like to see for the comic book genre going forward? Steve: For people to keep putting out new and incredible material. n Interview conducted, condensed and edited by Lindsay PattonCarson. Photo: Eli Brumback


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Free Market

New and exciting things happening in West Michigan nonprofits and businesses since 2007.

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ello, this is reality.” That is how Kaylin answers the phone at her mysterious new shop in Eastown. Called Reality (1423 Lake Dr. DE), the shop is Michigan’s (and possibly the world’s) only music festival shop. Housed in the massive Kingsley Building, Kalyn and her partner Casey filled the cavernous space with gear that you would find at a festival. “Everything we have either lights up, can be set on fire or is 3-D,” said 23-year-old Kaylyn. They have groovy posters and wall coverings, incense, freaky t-shirts, beads and CLEVER trinkets. The “self-explorium emporium” specializes in the flow arts, a term this writer had never heard before. You can buy professional-quality hula-hoops, poi and staffs that spin, burn and flash. You can also touch and play with almost everything in the store, which includes a corner set aside for hooping. Casey and Kaylyn want Reality to be a hub for the counter culture in Grand Rapids. Local bands can perform in the shop, local artists can show their artwork, and they host free Flowjams in Wilcox Park on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. With all the spinning and color and textures and hands-on activities, Reality is very popular with children. Unplug the kids from the X-Box and iPad and take them to Reality. See if they can find Smokey Taboo, the shop’s pet chameleon.

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With all the spinning, this reporter got a little dizzy. So I headed across the river to Dizzy Dogs (1757 Plainfield NE) kitty corner from the new City Middle/High School. Ross Rockwell has breathed new life into the storefront space with great food and a friendly attitude. This is Ross’ first restaurant, but he has food in his blood. His uncle owns Sam’s Joint and he traveled all over the country building displays for Gordon Food Service. Park in front of the restaurant,

Reality, a “self-explorium emporium” in Eastown.

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Groovy Paws caters to the canine crowd in Saugatuck and Douglas. beneath the bright yellow Dizzy Dog sign and you will be greeted by an array of hand-painted posters advertising all sorts of meats and vegetables that can be fried, broiled, boiled, dipped and flipped, my pets. Ross greets you through the screen with a smile, takes your order and then makes your meal with fresh ingredients. In addition to the eponymous Dizzy Dog — a hand-dipped, never frozen, corn dog — you can choose from chili dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and kraut dogs. Get the basket with thick hand-sliced fresh potato chips. The ice cream sandwich made with homemade windmill cookies by Touch of Dutch Bakery was outstanding. If the tail-wagging, slobbering kind of dog is more to your liking, then you need to visit the charming burgh(s) of Saugatuck and Douglas. “We are the most dog-friendly town in the state,” said the effervescent Felicia Fairchild of the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau. Dogs are allowed in nearly every shop with most restaurants accommodating the four-legged crowd. “You can even get dog food delivered to your cottage or bed and breakfast,” Felicia said. Groovy Paws (131 Mason St.) not only delivers dog food free locally, it is the biggest and most high-end pet shop in Saugatuck. Frequented by the devilish Miss Carolita, the bright, colorful store is chock full of high-quality pet food, supplies and gifts 100 percent made in the USA. You can buy Doggie Beer Bones, made from spent brewing grain, cookies and cakes from Ebby’s Pet Bakery in Muskegon and beanbags for your pet from Barka Parka. They also have human-grade dog food from Grandma Lucy’s, Honest Kitchen and Stella and Chewy’s. Remember, my petunias, a happy dog is a happy couch.

Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge (100 Commerce) adds a touch of glamor to Grand Rapids’ coffee scene. Located in downtown’s Law School District (LSD), the bi-level shop is cloaked in warm mahogany tones shot with crystal sparkle. Lantern is the result of years of preparation by owners Steve Wiltjer and Kevin Wallace. Steve is a certified barista and trainer with the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Kevin has experience working in profitable coffee shops. Together they have created a Venti venue that offers great, intentional coffee, full espresso menu and small bites. Come for the coffee, stay to watch the law students weeping over their rejection letters from University of Michigan Law School. n

Freebies Colliers International-West Michigan recently announced that Jamie Stiles was tapped as director of operations. The former HR manager has been with the firm since 2007. Momentum in downtown Battle Creek continues to grow for the redevelopment of the 19-story 269 Lofts at the Heritage Project. This is a major $23.25 million investment in the Creek by 616 Development of Grand Rapids. Construction workers have begun the long-awaited facade demolition of the former fish shack that will be the future home of Elk Brewing (700 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids). That’s within limpin’ distance for Poppa Steve.


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/// All Ages

Kidding Around Days and nights filled with art and music. What more could a child want? Oh, some early holiday festivities with good old Santa. It’s never too soon to start sucking up...   By Missy Black

Pixar in Concert

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DeVos Performance Hall 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids Nov 8-10, show times at 3 and 8 p.m. Starting at $18 grsymphony.org, (616) 454-9451

Experience the joy of Pixar’s most beloved characters and memorable scores while viewing stunning HD, widescreen images with the orchestra performing the music live at DeVos Performance Hall with conductor John Varineau. “I think it’s a magical experience,” said Marcella Dover, senior marketing manager with the Symphony. “It’s a multi-sensory experience with images on the widescreen. The music kind of engulfs you.” Covering a wide range of ages such as children, students, adults and families, this creative and cultured event offers plenty of musical inspirations including jazz and pop. Children will find it fun to see their favorite characters again and parents will revel in a little live music from the community’s own orchestra. Clips from Pixar’s 13 animated films (including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, WALL-E and UP) show your children the real craft in live music and how it relates to their favorite movies.

Santa’s Workshop

Grand Rapids Public Library’s Main Library 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids Nov. 23, 10:30 a.m-1 p.m. (after Santa Claus parade) Free!

grpl.org, (616) 988-5400

It’s only fitting that immediately following the Santa Claus parade is Santa’s Workshop, where kiddos can regain warmth and blood flow to their fingers via craft making. Warm up with some hot chocolate at the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Main branch and kick off some

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of those early holiday hankerings with hands-on fun. “This family event is a great way to warm up for the holidays to continue the good cheer you’ll find at the parade,” says Kristen Krueger-Corrado, marketing and communications manager for GRPL. Both Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for a meet and greet. There are also photo opportunities and a story time segment from Mrs. Claus followed by sugar cookie decorating with the ol’ gal. Things stir up even more with a performance from the Edelweiss Choir as they sing songs from The Sound of Music—a little promotion for the play showing at the Civic Theatre. Enter a drawing for a chance to win a family four-pack to see the show. Word is this free event also offers up free parking in the library’s lot and crafts will be going on “the whole time”—because in a perfect world, they should.

WMCAT Teen Art Exhibition

West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology 98 East Fulton St., Suite 202, Grand Rapids Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. Free! admission wmcat.org, (616) 454-7004

The teen arts program over at West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology is “totes cool,” as teens would say. In a nutshell, it’s all about teens creating something while creating themselves. Students select/are placed on a team for the school year and each team (we’re talking Photography, Illustration/Painting, App Design, 3-D Design, Graphic Design and Fashion Design) is led by a professional artist mentoring up to 12 tweens. “It’s a creative outlet but it’s stuff they want to do,” said Development and Communications Manager Amy Knape. “It’s a cool space where they can come and know it’s their space. It’s a fun, respectful place of empowerment.” Keeping kids engaged in their community using professional technology and learning a variety of amazing skills in a team environment with professional artists is not only a way to keep high school students busy but helps the younger generation to make deeper connections with peers and their community, which “translates to academic success.” Think all this sounds good? Make a point to take your teens to the December exhibition featuring work from all the teams.

Holiday Open House, Downtown Holland, Nov. 23.

This student art show has an enriching back story and will be a great point of reference to talk about art, community and where teens fit into that scene. Make a point to come out and see all the fun, hard work and future of today’s young mindset.

Holiday Open House Downtown Holland Nov. 23, 6-9 p.m. Free!

holland.org, (616) 796-1210

Downtown Holland hosts a holiday open house filled with comfort and joy for those looking to celebrate early. Stroll the decorated streets of downtown and listen to singing carolers and view the shops decorated outside and inside with new holiday merchandise. Event organizers are looking to provide a tent with cookies and hot chocolate along with the sights and smells of roasted chestnuts too. “People come and sample and we go through thousands of them,” said Kara de Alvare, Downtown Holland’s interim marketing coordinator. Oh, and of course Santa is strutting around passing out candy canes and good cheer. n

WMCAT’s teen arts program exhibition is Dec. 12.


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/// Eclectic

November Eclectic Events This month is all about nostalgia and spice. Move beyond hot cider and traditions and get eclectic. Strap on your soft-shoes for a night of 1940s bliss, weave and wind your way through a world of fiber arts, nosh the hottest foodstuffs in the nation and indulge in a little naughty entertainment. By Audria Larsen

In The Mood: 1940s Big Band, Swing Dance Musical Revue

DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids Nov. 4, 2 & 7 p.m. $22-$56 inthemoodlive.com, (616) 742-6500

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Old timey aesthetics are all the rage and 1940s swing is no exception. Hailing all the way from New York City, In The Mood, a big band musical revue, pairs song with high-energy dance for its 20th season. Enjoy recreations of defining moments from the era brought to you by the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and top-notch choreography by the notable Alex Sanchez. Fanatics will enjoy the power-packed night filled with hit songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B),” “Tuxedo Junction” and “Lili Marlene” to name a few.

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Weavers and Fiber Artists of Kalamazoo Annual Sale/Demonstration Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds Nov. 21, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free!

weaversguildofkalamazoo.org Each year, the members of the Weaver’s Guild of Kalamazoo and folks from as far as Illinois and Indiana gather for a mini Mecca of fiber arts. Over three days, attendees and artists can enjoy demonstrations and sales of a myriad of goods from rugs and scarves to woven metal jewelry and wearable, specialty garments. Get a head start on Christmas shopping or opt to indulge in handmade, one of a kind, treasures.

BaCon

DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids Nov. 2, 3-8 p.m. $20-$40 grbaconfest.com, (616) 364-9000 Bacon is the new mustache. Rather, bacon and facial hair go hand in hand, mouth to mouth, grazing lips, inciting nostalgia and lust, or simply confounding norms of modernity. These days, you can find bacon in doughnuts, chocolate bars, cocktails and coffees. Bacon even appears on novelty bandages and in lip balms and toothpaste. So it’s not a stretch to add fancy brew, produced through a labor of love, and end up with the ultimate equation for the denizens of Beer City, USA. BaCon, West Michigan’s first bacon festival, is a tasting event and a celebration of the revered, porcine strips, along with choice microbrews. Admission gets you food and drink tickets and the opportunity to sample foodstuffs from top eateries. “It’s going to be exactly what you think it is,” said Chris Hudson, director of event development. “You don’t need anything else when you have bacon and delicious beer.” To keep the evening exciting, restaurants will compete in three different contests. The Fine Swine awards the best dish, the Sueyeet Eats honors creativity, and the public determines who is crowned Top Hog for the most popular dish. Also, a percentage of proceeds go to the Kids Foodbasket, a local charity. And if you bring a canned good, you’ll receive a discount. So get to making a bacon daisy chain to adorn your voracious face and see if Grand Rapids can hold the additional title of Bacon City. “Tickets are going fast. We’re only selling 1,500,” Hudson said. So get on it. n


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ArtPrize Best and Worst By Joe “Producer Joe” Gasmann / Photos by David Carson

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rtPrize V was as lame and limp as the plump West Michigan gypsies that jammed our streets like the asses that pack their husky Wranglers. The most impressive part of it all was my amazement when one of the 49,000 “art experts” managed to walk more than a block without their heart exploding or eating their fists. I would guess the only contests these masses are qualified to vote on is a barbecue sauce flavor-off, or the Duck Dynasty ”Camo Cameo” contest™. Nevertheless, an underwhelming build up didn’t sway the west side, Sparta and everyone who lives on Division from giving us their tired, poor and huddled meth heads; making this the year “they” would incontestably win!

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The Best I wanted to change the title of this year’s article to “Everything is Terrible,” but felt it would be unfair to the five people who tried. So until our friends, who wear cigarette brand T-shirts exclusively, completely take control, I give you this year’s best. “Kicking Out the World’s Most Annoying Artist Part 2”

The second-annual booting of Artist SinGh — The self-proclaimed world’s best stunt painter — went down before ArtPrize even started. It was reported that he was kicked out for “expanding the scope of his project beyond the original, signed agreement, without permission.” The real reason? World records aren’t art and everyone hates him (allegedly).

“IN THE NAME OF JESUS!”

More like, IN THE NAME OF AWESOME! Really good for taking pictures with and super creepy looking — two things I look for in a Jesus. The son of God may not have won any cash, but he clearly won the hearts of people whose pictures show up on my Facebook feed.

“Containment”

This wasn’t Containment’s first rodeo. It was, however, the first time I bothered checking it out. It’s nothing I would cast a vote for*, but it serves a crucial purpose; to numb me with alcohol so I could survive The B.O.B parking lot. The 45-minute walk to it from the other side of the lot is excruciating, but the sweet ambrosia they plied me with allowed me to walk amongst the ArtPeople without breaking down.

“Deadpan Comedy”

All kidding aside, this was at the top of the list of pieces that blew me away. The depth, detail and style were spectacular. It’s this and art like it, that make me love ArtPrize. It’s the reason I look forward to it every year, and can’t wait to see what it will bring in the future.


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The Worst I write this without the slightest bit of hyperbole: I could have spent the rest of my life authoring a tome dedicated to the worst of ArtPrize. What you see below, is deduction on the most monumental of scales.

“Silkwaves in the Grand”

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“Boost Mobile: River Location” is a wacky-arm-guy away from selling burner phones to drug dealers and poor people. If the most impressive facet of your work is that you tossed a few wind flags in a river, you’ve failed.

“People with Children”

Not the entry, if there was one, but the actual real-life things. If you’re trying to squeeze a stroller, a kid on a leash, or a fifth grade class through crowds as big as the fupa you sport, you’re not having a good time, and the people around you hate you.

“The Calder Debacle”

Few cared about the sculpture three weeks ago, few care now. I’m not saying “Fleurs et rivière” was a great piece, because it wasn’t. I’m saying anyone who cared enough to have an opinion over artistic license should have remembered they don’t care. Also, screw the foundation. What are they going to do, take it away from us? Grow balls, Heartwell!

“The Artists”

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It’s hard to enjoy the art (or verbally hate it) while being hard sold like you just drove onto used car lot. Please, don’t hand me your fliers garbage, and please don’t give me your boring back story — I can read. Why can’t you just create something, then die of poverty or a heroin overdose like a respectable artist?

“Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore”

This year’s winner was our Red Wedding. The ultimate blow was struck when a legion of gumps voted to give a woman who made a blanket 200k. That’s right, a blanket. Someone’s “Precious Moments” collection just got a lot bigger.

“The Loading Dock”

I had to borrow this spot from the best — admittedly not a hard choice to make — because I couldn’t let this go. The only way to describe the feeling you get when seeing it in person, is to imagine what would happen if two girls ate the entire holiday section of a Hobby Lobby and filled one cup… And then poured it in your eyes. n

*To be fair, I don’t cast a vote for anything.

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Bar Guide

Avoid the awkward ‘Where should we go?’ banter and pinpoint your perfect bar for the night before Thanksgiving. Whether you want to get wild on the dance floor or nurse a beer in a low-key atmosphere, our list will help you create an ideal night.


/ By Lauren Allen, Ae Hee Lee Kim, Nolan Krebs, Madeline McMahon, Lindsay Patton-Carson and Shelby Pendowski

If You’re Looking For a Low-Key Night The Hideout Brewing Company

3113 Plaza Dr. NE, Grand Rapids / hideoutbrewing.com, (616) 361-9658 The Hideout is like a beer-drinker’s best-kept secret. Tricky to find, but rewarding once you step inside. Settle in with a Smuggler’s Hazelnut Stout and get to know some new friends.

Pickwick Tavern

970 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids / (616) 774-9647 A few things to keep in mind when planning a night to Pickwick: 1. This place seats about 20 people, so squeezing close is a given. 2. You need cash to pay for your drinks, which is part of this bar’s low-key charm.

Stan’s Bar

Photo: Kim Kibby

Mulligan’s Pub

208 W. Savidge St., Spring Lake / (616) 842-1553

1518 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids / mulliganspub.com, (616) 451-0775

This unpretentious bar is the perfect mix of neighborhood-friendly and low-key. Known for its ‘Laker Liter’ and burgers, Stan’s is the right place to go if you want to catch up with friends over a couple large beers and a burger.

Sure, the tables might be sticky and the carpet may resemble cement, but one thing Mulligan’s has in its favor is a $4 PBR pitcher. Try to beat that, I dare you.

Anchor Bar

447 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids / (616) 774-7177 Combine a laid-back atmosphere with a nautical theme and you get The Anchor on Grand Rapids’ west side. Nothing fancy. Just cheap drinks and good company.

If You’re Not Looking To Impress Anyone The Holiday Bar

801 5th St. NW, Grand Rapids / theholidaybargr.com, (616) 456-9058 Being one of the oldest bars still standing west of the Grand River, this bar has character to say the least. If you’re looking for cheap drinks and an atmosphere that attracts folk from all walks of life, you’ve picked the right bar. Be it college kids or middle-agers, who could turn down a $1.25 draft?

The Pavilion

18 Washington Ave., Grand Haven / pavilionwharfbar.com, (616) 842-9500

demanded the lounge change its name. What the change means for the new Rezervoir Lounge is not only a new name, but an upgraded kitchen, bathrooms, additional beer taps and cosmetic updates. With 24 beers on tap, Rez Lounge has a solid mix of national and local microbrews in addition to a full bar. The menu features pizza, as well as Louisiana favorites such as gumbo, red beans and rice and jambalaya.

Schmohz Brewing

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, The Pavilion has a family feel to it. If you hop in on Thursdays through Saturdays, you can have a late dinner and a drink for fairly cheap. Tell the misses to stop fussing with her hair and make-up, they are all about casual.

2600 Patterson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids / schmohz.com, (616) 949-0860

Pub 43

If You’re Looking To Impress Someone

43 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids / (616) 458-2205 Although not an “official” gay bar, Pub 43 is frequented by many members of the gay community (and their allies). Additionally, this place has two major selling points: greasy food and pool tables. Don’t worry about dressing your best, just worry about whether or not to buy another Jell-O shot.

Rezervoir Lounge

1418 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids / rezlounge.com, (616) 451-0010 Formerly Sazerac, this bar was renamed after a Louisiana-based company of the same name

Come as you are to this brewery right off of 28th Street. Schmohz offers pinball, microbrews and a big, open taproom.

CitySen Lounge

61 E. 7th St., Holland / cityflatshotel.com, (616) 796-2100 Located on the CityFlatsHotel main floor, CitySen Lounge lets you unwind from a stressful day in a classy manor. They offer a wide range of wines, beers and specialty drinks.

The Gatsby

310 2nd St., Kalamazoo / thegatsby.com, (269) 290-1900

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Revue Holding Co.’s staff, writers and minions compete in the most unorthodox game of billiards ever.

The Anchor Bar

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After Bar food

A long night out doesn’t truly commence until food is involved. The biggest problem, however? Finding a place that’s open past midnight. Big Burrito

5036 W. KI Ave., Kalamazoo thebigburrito.com, (269) 372-2442 The authentic food at Big Burrito silences a starving stomach and the only thing cheap about this dive is the price. Stop by until midnight on weekdays and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. This Mexican restaurant delivers on weekends until 3 a.m.

Curragh Irish Pub

73 East 8th St., Holland curraghholland.com, (616) 393-6340 Curragh has a very alluring late night menu that is available until 1 a.m. during Fridays and Saturdays. The menu includes Ceili Spuds, Wings ‘O Fire, Dublin Points and Irish Cheese Fries

The Dog Pit

132 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids thedogpitgr.com, (616) 988-1508 Located across from Rosa Parks Circle, The Dog Pit is a build-your-own hot dog joint where you can grab a dog Thursday through Saturday until 2:30 a.m.

Jonny B’z Dogs and More

638 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids jonnybz.com, (616) 551-1108

Open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Jonny B’z helps you create your dream dog. Ten percent of it is them providing you with the possibilities, 90 percent is up to your imagination. Think how fun this could be after-bar, when common sense is not anywhere near your brain anymore.

Menna’s Joint

3501 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 375-3827 10897 48th Ave. B100, Allendale (616) 895-3827, mennasjoint.com Menna’s Joint offers a variety of dubs, dubbies and even french toast sticks until 3 a.m. A dub never tasted so good.

Mr. Pizza

Georgio’s Pizza

553 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids mrpizzagr.com, (616) 456-1989

Open just long enough for your night to wind down, Georgio’s Pizza lets you grab one of its gourmet pizza slices until 3 a.m. from Wednesday through Saturday.

One of the first pizza shops in Grand Rapids, after going through times of turbulence and victories of renovation, today’s Mr. Pizza is pumped to serve as your go-to place for after a night on the town. Open Monday through Friday until 3 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday until 4 a.m.

15 Ionia, Suite 140, Grand Rapids georgiosgourmetpizza.com, (616) 356-4600

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Insomnia Cookies delivers half-baked cookies when you need it most. If one cookie isn’t enough, deluxe cookies, cookie cakes and brownies are also an option. Order cookies for pickup or delivery until 3 a.m.

The Grand Coney

809 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids grandconeygr.com, (616) 776-5580 If classic is what you like, the Grand Coney ready to feed you traditional burgers, milkshakes, salads and of course, custom coney dogs 24/7.

Insomnia Cookies

2901 Howard St., Kalamazoo insomniacookies.com, (877) 63-COOKIE

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Rendezvous Family Dining 401 N 7th St., Grand Haven (616) 846-3740

Also known as the “zoo” or “vous” by the locals, this greasy spoon diner is a comfy, after-bar 24/7 joint. If you are into peoplewatching and eating, this is the perfect place to observe or join the interesting behavior of indifferent teens, local eccentrics and after-bar clientele.

Ritz Koney Bar And Grille

64 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids ritzkoneybarandgrille.com, (616) 451-3701

If you want some solid food in your stomach after a round of pitchers, the Ritz will receive you with open arms on any Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 3 a.m.

Sweetwater’s Donut Mill 3333 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo sweetwatersdonuts.com, (269) 372-3636

Doughnuts for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late night snack is what Sweetwater’s Donut Mill offers to the people of Kalamazoo. Open 24/7.

With its VIP seating and reserve bottle service, The Gatsby will elevate your experience in downtown Kalamazoo, Ol’ Sport. Sexy and sophisticated, this bar will have you breaking all of the rules on the dance floor.

If You’re Looking For a Classy Night Cygnus 27

187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids / cygnus27.com, (616) 776-6425 Located on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza, Cygnus27 makes grabbing a drink feel like luxury living. Order a beer, wine or one of the lounge’s famous specialty cocktails.

Reserve

201 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids / reservegr.com, (616) 855-9463 If you’re over that cheap wine you chug to get drunk on the weekends, maybe you’re ready for Reserve. You get what you pay for here; from an enormous and diverse wine selection to cuisine that pairs perfectly with your particular wine choice.

Vito’s Pizza

658 Fulton St., Grand Rapids vitospizza.net, (616) 451-8277 Order a whole pizza pie or stop in for a single slice. Stop by or have it delivered until 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, or 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Winchester

648 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids winchestergr.com, (616) 451-4969 Gluten-free and late-night friendly, the Winchester is a neighborhood pub that will provide you with nutrients found in other places than hops, and won’t kick you out until 2 a.m.

Yesterdog

1505 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids yesterdog.com, (616) 262-3090 An Eastown staple since 1976 to be exact, Yesterdog offers the messy and greasy to those brave souls that can handle it. The perfect after-bar food, this joint is conveniently open until 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. —Ae Hee Lee Kim and Shelby Pendowski

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The Wine Loft

161 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamzoo / millenniumrestaurants.com, (269) 343-9227 If you want a more refined night with your friends or family, schedule a trip to The Wine Loft. Expand your palate with wine-and-food pairings, wine flights, or if you’re feeling indulgent, both.

If You Want To Dance Cowboy Up

22046 M-60, Mendon / thecowboyup.com, (269) 496-7956


Cowboy Up is the perfect place to get your line dancing on. Live bands play each week, so no two dancing experiences are really the same.

You may know Rumors is a gay bar, but what you may not know is how awesome it is. Rumors is all about fun, from their giant disco ball above the dance floor to drag shows and twice-monthly foam parties.

Crush at The B.O.B

20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids / thebob. com, (616) 356-2000

Billy’s Lounge

A place to strut your stuff and crush it on the dance floor, this establishment’s objective: create timeless memories in a timeless, classy atmosphere.

If Your Life is Like That One Billy Joel Song

Grand Woods Lounge

Mojo’s

Grab a Woodstini and head to the dance floor. Grand Woods Lounge will have a DJ on hand, so you can dance away Thanksgiving calories ahead of time.

Wednesday through Saturday, Mojo’s offers its dueling piano spectacles, providing musical entertainment by way of everyone-knowsthem tunes.

McFadden’s

Monaco Bay

77 Grandville Ave. SW / grandwoodslounge. com, (616) 451-4300

58 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids / mcfaddensgrandrapids.com, (616) 454-9105

180 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids / mojospianobar.com, (616) 776-9000

300 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo / monacobay.com, (269) 384-6044

Just because the name is Irish doesn’t mean you have to be. Restaurant by day and party hub by night, McFadden’s draws in quite the crowd each weekend with a DJ playing Top 40 dance hits.

Located in the Entertainment District below Skydeck, this bar offers talented performers as a side to all its cocktails. Enjoy dueling pianos every weekend, as well as drink specials for the biggest bar night of the year.

Monte’s

The Union

438 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids / monteslounge.com, (616) 774-5969 DJs at Monte’s know what to play to keep a crowd on the dance floor. And the bartenders know what to mix to keep that crowd dancing.

Rumors

69 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids / rumorsnightclub.net, (616) 454-8720

If You Feel Like Seeing Live Music

125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo / millenniumrestaurants.com, (269) 384-6756 Transformed from Gilmore’s Department Store to a restaurant and bar, every seat in the house offers a spectacular view of the stage. Working closely with Western Michigan University’s music department, the bar offers free jazz, blues and funk music Thursday thru Sunday.

1437 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids / billyslounge.com, (616) 459-5757 Located a stone’s throw from Yesterdog, Billy’s fits Wealthy Street’s rustic class. Unassuming from the outside, Billy’s has an atmosphere that appeals to both young and old. Plus, free popcorn. On Nov. 27, channel your inner Kelly Clarkson at Billy’s weekly Campus Karaoke.

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

355 Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo / bellsbeer. com, (269) 382-5712 Bell’s offers a chill atmosphere to enjoy a couple of beers and live performances. The 20 different beers always on tap offer the perfect compliment to the live music.

Founders Brewing Company

235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids / foundersbrewing.com, (616) 776-2182 The taprooms in Michigan’s craft beer hubs are building a reputation for hosting really good music, and Founders is no exception. From regional to national acts, it’s a safe bet that whoever’s playing ain’t no schlub.

Planet Rock

Be safe on the biggest bar night of the year (and year round) and program these taxi services into your phone. Arch Car services

archcarservices.com, (616) 901-4950 Say you are stranded in Founders, and your home is— elsewhere. Who you gonna call? Arch Cars, of course. The Ghostbusters are busy finding cabs of their own.

AR Taxi & Shuttle Service

Kalamazoo Township, portagepartybus.com, (269) 377-5448 AR Taxi & Shuttle Service serves Kalamazoo, Portage, South Haven, Grand Rapids and southwest Michigan. If you are part of a herd, utilize their party bus option.

A Taxi of Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, ataxikalamazoo.com, (269) 978-7226 Like a good cab company, A Taxi of Kalamazoo can take you from bar A to bar B and beyond.

Eco Pedicab

Grand Rapids, ecopedicab.com, (401) 400-2380 Eco Pedicab is an eco-friendly bike taxi company that not only offers individual rides around downtown, and also has a brewery tour option. If you want someone else’s legs to do the work, dial them up for your next pub crawl.

Metro Cab

Grand Rapids, metrocabgr.com, (616) 827-6500 If you want to travel in style and impress all those former classmates you may inadvertently run into, phone in one of Metro Cars’ luxury sedans or SUVs, which come in sleek black.

191 Angell St., Battle Creek / (269) 962-2121

Port City Cab Company of Muskegon

Planet Rock first and foremost is a concert venue, but the drink specials make it an ideal location to enjoy live music. On the biggest bar night, the venue hosts Unhinged and Bad Tattoo with drink specials going all night.

Rosebud Taxi Service

If You Just Turned 21 Shakespeare’s Pub

241 E. Kalamazoo Ave. #100, Kalamazoo / shakespearespub.com, (269) 488-7782 Shakespeare’s Pub has daily bands, dancing and of course, alcohol. Perfect for someone who just turned 21.

Wayside West

3406 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo / waysidewest. com, (269) 375-1930

Monaco Bay

Taxi!

A giant hole-in-the-wall with greasy food to conquer any craving. This bar is perfect for the newly 21 with its large dancing room and plenty of seating. The cheap specials include a Wednesday College Night, with $2.50 craft pints.

Muskegon, portcitycab.com/home.nxg, (231) 739-7161 The company was founded in 1950, but Port City Cab Company’s cabs are still rolling around, looking out for tippy souls that need taking home. Holland, 712 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven rosebudtaxillc.com, (616) 796-0458/ (616) 796-0458 Rosebud Taxi service’s mother base is close to Grand Haven and Holland’s downtown areas, ready to whisk you away from any potential pub brawls upon your summons.

Saugatuck/Douglas Taxi

(269) 543-3355 Door-to-door taxi service, open daily to 3 a.m., Saugatuck/ Douglas Taxi claims to generally need only a 10 or 15 minute notice prior picking you up. Put it to the test.

The Dam Taxi

Rockford, damtaxi.com, (616) 340-1317 If you are anywhere close to Rockford and you need a ride, Dam Taxi can take you be it by cab or kayak. All you need to do is be sober enough to dial the right number.

University Taxi

Hudsonville, fairtransportation.com, (616) 777-0320 University Taxi provides taxi services to those spending their night in the bars of Greater Grand Rapids suburbs and Holland. Whip out that smartphone, because you can also make a reservation online. —Ae Hee Lee Kim

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Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

This highly energetic and fun saloon serves southern-style food and has its own mechanical bull, En Fuego.

The multi-tap bar and grill offers 28 rotating draft beers from around the world. But the unique aspect of this bar is that prices are based on real-time sales, which causes everevolving happy hours.

139 S. Edwards St., Kalamazoo / wildbull.com, (269) 978-8451

If You Want to Stay Away from People Who Just Turned 21 Brewery Vivant

925 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids / breweryvivant.com, (616) 719-1604 People who frequent Brewery Vivant know that their alcohol should be savored, not shot. Hang with like-minded people and sip on one of Vivant’s Belgian-inspired brews.

211 E. Water St., Kalamazoo / kalamazoobeerexchange.com, (269) 532-1188

Rockwell/Republic

45 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids / rockwellsrepublic.com, (616) 551-3563 R/R is classy, but not too classy. The kind of place you want to go if you really want to act your age and not your shoe size, but no more than that.

Saugatuck Brewing Company

2948 Blue Star Highway, Douglas / saugatuckbrewing.com, (269) 857-7222 Laid-back and cozy, SBC’s Lucky Stone Pub offers upscale pub fare to go with the microbrews on tap. n

Wild Bull

Look Your Biggest Bar Night Best The biggest bar night of the year means meeting up with old school chums and revisiting some heavy awkward memories. With a stiff drink and a killer outfit you can erase braces, bad skin and botched perms. / By Missy Black

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Metal Art Studio

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1. Girls, a big statement necklace in a vibrant color with texture or sparkles can be spotted through beer goggles and bad lighting. It says “look at me” without trying too hard. It also says “I’m dripping in jewels.” Mission: look rich or just faux-rich.

6. A daring cocktail ring (or right hand ring) can’t be ignored. Shaking hands, toasting cocktails and signaling the bartender—it’s an instant conversation starter for those you want to reconnect with. Metal Art Studio might have just the thing.

2. Be pulled onto the dance floor by your tie. Lee & Birch in Grand Haven has the based out of Chicago DIBI line of gentlemanly ties from a designer that’s a one-man show. You could pull that label off too.

7. Listen up dudes; girls pay attention to a guy’s shoes. Ratty and salt-covered won’t do. Look gallant. Practice chivalry. That too is alluring.

3. Maneuver icy sidewalks with some fun flats. Bows, studs, hot hues, metallic prints and pointy-toe varieties seem like luxury items among the tired black heels brigade. Break up cliques and clichés. 4. A watch can be a nice status piece for guys. It means you probably have a job and need to get there on time. Suit up with one that’s got a little old-school charm. 5. The knit Ted Baker sweater at A.K. Rikk’s is tight, warm and has a little cheerleader peplum flounce so you can revisit those rah-rah days. It’s the perfect mix of coverage, comfort and detail that’s smart, stylish and cultured—everything you want them to see in you.

8. If you can top-knot it you should. The piled high bun is a little “princess-y,” so if you never made Homecoming court, you get the idea. It adds height and some royalty to your look. 9. Hello Again is very apropos for the evening and operates as more of an outlet store with 80 percent brand-new duds. The owner lists wool and cashmere sweaters, corduroys, flannels and checks as fall favorites perfect for impressing. Flip through “several hundred brand-new dress shirts” to wear with a sport coat or alone. 10. The beard is getting way more play these days. You’ll keep warm and look hipster, mysterious, rugged—or all three.


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sk any musician: Passing down rich music traditions ensures that eager new generations of players will continue to be inspired to greatness — or, at the very least, find joy in jams and making musical noise. I hear it from emerging West Michigan artists every week, about a father who left his acoustic guitar out for his young son to explore, a grandma whose singing in the church choir induced family members to follow her example, a jazz devotee who filled his home with instruments and the recorded classics of iconic masters for kids to soak in. On the flip side, there’s all that untapped potential of youngsters without mentors like

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Peter Karp and Sue Foley at The Pinnacle Center

these, without access to instruments and resources that could turn them into passionate musicians. That’s where Bill Worst has stepped in. Over the past seven years, the coowner of Hudsonville’s The Pinnacle Center event facility has raised a staggering $225,000 to buy instruments and support materials for music programs at Grand Rapids-area schools through his Music to Benefit Music nonprofit organization. Every November, MTBM hosts an annual fund-raising dinner, auction and concert at The Pinnacle Center starring a touring national roots or Americana-styled act, with Phil Keaggy, Will Hoge and Paul Thorn among past performers. This year, the bluesy Americana duo of Peter Karp and Sue Foley

will perform at the Nov. 2 “Readin’, Writin’ and Rhyth-ma-tic” event — and hundreds of students in area schools hit hard by music program budget cuts will benefit. (Tickets, which include dinner and the concert, are $62.50; details online at mtbm.org.) “I thought maybe I could do something to try to figure out how to put instruments in schools and help them buy the more expensive ones the kids can’t afford,” said Worst, a diehard music fan who started his massive collection of records and CDs way back in the fifth grade. He also hosted a concert series featuring the likes of Dr. John, Emmylou Harris and John Hiatt at The Pinnacle Center for a few years starting in 2001. “I have a loyal group of friends that come every year and spend money,” Worst said. Much of it gets spent bidding on merchandise and services donated by businesses to the cause — airline tickets, audiophile gear, cameras, chef-prepared dinners. But it’s all centered around the music, with engaging performances in a high-tech venue by top-notch musicians who warmly embrace the cause. Worst and his wife, Donna, spend weeks every year researching and consulting with friends on booking just the right act. “People tell me every year, ‘That was the best you ever had. You’re never going to top that entertainment,’” Worst said. “And then the next year, they say it again.”

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h e n S t. C e c i l i a Music Center stag e d its first Fresh Folk contemporary folk series last spring, executive director Cathy Holbrook wasn’t sure what to expect. It was the first time the center’s historic Royce Auditorium had ever hosted a music series outside of the jazz and classical realm. But the acoustically pristine, “unplugged” shows — a far cry from

the usual nightclub clamor — proved to be a smash for attentive audiences as well as performers such as Seth & May and The Crane Wives. Although the concerts didn’t sell out, organizers realized they had created something special by tapping a new St. Cecilia audience, so they’re doing it again and hoping word spreads about the one-of-a-kind performances. “I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about the space and can’t wait to throw my voice around in there,” said singer-songwriter Rachael Davis, who’ll open the 2013-14 Fresh Folk series on Nov. 7 with her bassplaying husband, Dominic John Davis. The Michiganders, who moved to Nashville last year so Dominic could play and tour with Jack White, will perform their Americana-hued folk as a duo, with Grand Rapids’ own Troll for Trout opening. “The audiences keep growing, as does the interest for this type of music,” said Rachael, who collaborates with other Nashville writers, recently registered her own Pine River Publishing company and is working on a new recording due out in summer 2014. Dominic does session work and “pick-up projects,” in addition to touring with White. The diverse Fresh Folk series continues with a singersongwriter night on Jan. 9, featuring Drew Nelson, Jimmie Stagger, May Erlewine, Jen Sygit, Josh Rose and Mark Sala, and on April 10 with Potato Moon and The Northern Skies. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students; details online at scmc-online.org. n

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Bowery

The Without You, Part I It’s been a long time since Grand Rapids audiences have heard from Bowery. Once they get wind of the lush and edgy, pop-hued indie-rock of “The Without You” (recorded at Joel Ferguson’s Planet Sunday studios), chances are they’ll clamor for the upcoming “Part II” — which guitarist-singer Phill Kulas describes as more “risky” than this eight-track affair. There’s no denying the infectious, can’t-get-it-out-of-your-cranium hooks, from the more mainstream “Everything Starts to End” to the dreamy power of “Collapse.” With new singer Heather Palaszek aboard, Bowery (also featuring bassist Todd VanTongeren, drummer Scott Hickok and Ferguson) has hit the re-start button with authority. Bowery’s CD-release show is Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in The Stache at The Intersection, with The Company We Keep, Child Bite and Between Brains. Tickets are $5-$12 advance, $7-$14 day of show.

Gifts or Creatures

This Lansing roots duo hits the bullseye with the title of its sophomore CD. Brandon and Bethany Foote unfurl 11 tracks of folklore-driven Americana that kick up dusty images of tumbleweeds and Western sunsets, saddling up with evocative, whispery harmonies, twangy guitars and a laid-back cinematic milieu with help from Earthwork Music pals Seth Bernard, Ian Gorman, Drew Howard and others. It adds to Gifts or Creatures’ reputation as a Michigan act with something to say and a singular way of saying it.

Steve Talaga June Balloon

Much-revered Grand Rapid jazz pianist Steve Talaga says this project with bassist Tom Lockwood and drummer Andy Szumowski was “nothing but fun.” It’s easy to see why. There’s a jaunty, devilmay-care vibe at work in many of the 13 tracks that are at once easygoing yet complex in their progressive jazz tack. Recorded as mostly first and second takes at Cornerstone University (by Randy Miller and Jacob Maguire), there’s an improvisational freshness that spotlights the trio’s immense instrumental talent.

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“I was on MySpace, hustling, taking every chance I could get, and I crossed paths [with the label]. They encourage new ideas, which keeps me moving in a good direction.”

f you want to b reak out, you have to hustle, at least according to hip-hop artist Grieves. Before signing with independent hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2010, Grieves (real name Benjamin Laub) was simultaneously writing new music, playing gigs and trying to get his material heard by as many people as possible. “I was on MySpace, hustling, taking every chance I could get, and I crossed paths [with the label]. They encourage new ideas, which for me. Mood and tempo can define a project. keeps me moving in a good direction,” said I’ll hear a kick drum sound or some spooky Grieves, who released his LP Together/Apart in chords I like and I’ll start to build around that.” 2011. Although Grieves has been relatively With retro flavors enhanced by unembel- silent on the national hip-hop scene since the lished piano melodies, staccato guitar riffs and release of Together/Apart, he has been taking trumpet passages, Grieves is voice lessons and is working undeniably West Coast hipon a new album. hop, but with retro influences “The record is half mixed, Grieves wsg Rick mixed in. and I’ll be sending in mixing Chyme and PHILTHY The Stache @ The Intersection, “I’m not going to be cliché notes from the road, and then Grand Rapids and say that I don’t listen to working with art concepts and Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.; All ages the radio, but I don’t listen to solidifying the album name,” $13 advance/$15 doors a lot of modern music. I listen Grieves said. sectionlive.com, (616)-451-8232 to ‘70s Motown, R. Kelly, and When the Back on My R&B,” Grieves said. “Hip-hop Grizzly tour comes to The just ended up being a platIntersection, the performance form for all of the things I was kind of good at.” will be an intimate experience, unlike your When it comes to writing songs, Grieves’ typical hip-hop show. formula is constantly shifting, as he takes an “I’m not a rapper on stage with my in-the-moment approach. homies asking the audience to reassure him “I try a new concept every couple of that he’s the s**t,” said Grieves. “No, it’s a months,” he said. “One thing that’s stayed the one-on-one experience as friends.” n same is that melody is the biggest influence

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Living Colour Celebrating Vivid’s 25 Years | by Dwayne Hoover

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f you’re not familiar with the 1988 album Vivid by Living Colour, you’re either a hermit living in the wilds of Appalachia, or simply too young to remember. Vivid not only hit No. 6 on the Billboard 200 that year, it also went double platinum. The wildly successful song “Cult of Personality” from that record won a Grammy and two MTV Video Music Awards, made Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos and VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs lists and continues to make appearances today in everything from movies to video games. Living Colour firmly cemented itself as one of the most recognizable metal bands of that era, doing so with a lineup of all-black members. And during ‘80s, that’s saying something. “That was the moment in time that needed to happen,” said Doug Wimbish, bassist for the group. “That record marks a point in history: a black band being able to crack the white metal industry. [...] Vivid helped set a statement for that time.” To celebrate that success, as well as the 25-year birthday of that iconic album, Living Colour launched its Vivid 25th Anniversary Tour. “We’re in celebration mode,” Wimbish said. “The band can get just as much fun out of those songs as the fans do. To be able to play a record in its entirety from top to bottom, we get to celebrate all the hard work we’ve done with our fans.”

“That record marks a point in history: a black band being able to crack the white metal industry. Vivid helped set a statement for that time.” And according to Wimbish, the guys are just as excited to perform this moment in music history as the people are to hear it. “I think that we’ve been able to take things to a fantastic level as players, and it comes out live in front of the audience,” he said. “It’s not like going to a Broadway play. We actually can play.” But Living Colour isn’t just riding the success of a 25-year-old album. Since its reunion in 2000, the band put out two new records and is currently working on a third. And don’t be surprised if you hear some of their new material. “When we come to Michigan, you’ll hear some new songs,” Wimbish said. “We’re going to do some testing on some of the new stuff at some of these markets.” n Living Colour wsg Equal Parts

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Cymbals Eat Guitars bringing the shred to Founders | By Nolan Krebs

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e haven’t heard much be able to do it, we all have a lot of creative from Cymbals Eat Guitars, the maneuvering to do in terms of our personal NYC-based indie rock outfit re- lives – it’s a labor of love.” sponsible for 2009’s Why There Are As a result of being pegged as a Pitchfork Mountains and the 2011 follow-up Lenses Alien. it-band, D’Agostino said CEG shows have What’s a young band to do after getting taken on a new level of importance. stamped with a “Best New Music” label by “We know the people who are coming the hype machines For CEG, to the shows now are true fans personnel changes and relocatat this point, which really pushes Cymbals Eat ing back to Brooklyn have kept us to try to put on a better Guitars wsg the group busy and given them show,” he said. Stagnant Pools something of a new look. CEG recently played the Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids “We have a new drummer I AM Festival in Connecticut, Nov. 17, 9 p.m. ­– his name is Andrew Dole which gave the guys a chance to Free, 21+ and he’s fantastic,” said Joseph test out some of the new tunes foundersbrewing.com D’Agostino, vocalist and guitarist with Dole. (616) 776-2182 for CEG. “Getting a new drum“Our set was roughly 50 mer is essentially like overhauling percent new material and it the engine in your car – it’s a lot of work, and seemed to go over really well – people danced,” in the end you have a completely different D’Agostino said. machine. It has definitely made for a very Following the tour, D’Agostino said exciting time, creatively speaking.” CEG plans on finishing up writing sessions CEG cronies will get a chance to check and heading into the studio to record their out the new format during the band’s third record, with a more holistic creative November tour. Even though touring is a approach. source of catharsis, D’Agostino said, hitting “We’re starting to take it easier in terms the road involves some sacrifices. of making each song be like this huge event “We love touring, but we are all finding that we focus on 100 percent until it’s finit increasingly difficult to go out on the road ished,” D’Agostino said. n for extended periods,” D’Agostino said. “To

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Old Becomes New Again with Killswitch Engage Lineup Change

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ince 1999, Killswitch Engage has time off, but we were doing what we needed to do during that two years. It’s really hard to not be on stage for that been widely recognized as one of the bands that helped propel metalcore into the mainstream time. It’s like the best drug in the world being on stage.” But as the band was in the process of working on its with its 2002 album, Alive or Just Breathing. That very same year, however, lead vocalist Jesse Leach de- sixth studio album, there was need for a frontman yet cided to part ways with the group rather again, as Jones stepped down from the position due to health reasons. So the search unexpectedly, leaving the rest of the band scratching their heads. began and auditions were held. Eventually, Killswitch Engage they landed on a familiar candidate with “At first it was very awkward when Jesse wsg Lamb of left,” said Mike D’Antonio, who plays the return of Jesse Leach. God, Testament, “Jesse’s grown up a lot since those days; bass. “But we’re pretty easygoing guys. We Huntress were going out to see his band, and he you can really tell,” D’Antonio said. “For The Orbit Room, Grand Rapids us old guys who have been at it 14 years, actually sang on a bunch of our records.  Nov. 20, 6 p.m.; All ages There were no hard feelings.” it’s good to have new blood.” $35.50 advance, $39 day The void was filled by Howard Jones, of show While the music for Killswitch’s neworbitroom.com, (616) est album, Disarm the Decent, had already previously of Blood Has Been Shed, who 942-1328 laid down the vocals for the band’s next been written prior to Leach’s rejoining, that renewed energy, coupled with the three albums. But after the release of the band’s familiarity with one another, alband’s second self-titled record in 2009, lowed him to lay down some of the best vocal tracks the momentum began to slow. “We had taken a couple of years off and didn’t really of his career. “It feels like a real band all over again,” he said. “It know what was going on with the band,” D’Antonio kind of hasn’t in a while, and we owe it all to Jesse.” n said. “I was pretty bummed we were taking so much

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Shad Weaves Diverse Influences into Hip Hop Gold | by Carly Plank

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had’s music contai ns a s e c ret weap o n as unlikely as his upbringing: heart. The rapper, who was born in Kenya and raised in Ontario, might never have had the chance to turn his hobby into a career if not for a talent competition held by a local radio station. Winning the competition allowed Shad to record a debut album in 2005 and since then, he has recorded three more full-length albums and won Rap Recording of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards, beating out Drake. “I started rapping for fun and eventually it became more than just fun,” Shad said. “It became a way for me to express some more serious things, more profound things, and after some years building my skills and my audience, it eventually became what I do for a living.” London, Ontario was home to a very small but supportive rap scene where Shad learned to integrate influences from family life, the radio and his peers. His honest and occasionally self-deprecating style has been shaped by an unexpected mix of sources. “My older sister and I loved whatever was on the radio and video shows,” he said. “Two of my aunts lived with us growing up and they were musical.

Shad wsg We Are the City Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids Nov. 18, 8 p.m. $10 public, $5 Calvin ID calvin.edu/sao, (616) 526-6282

They introduced me to Simon and Garfunkel when I was 5, and I think that was the first band I ever liked.” His family continues to influence his music to this day. “I’ll Never Understand,” a song on Shad’s 2005 debut When This is Over, represents his reflection on the Rwandan genocide his mother endured. His mother is featured in the song singing some of her own poetry. Although his albums, unlike many of his peers, are not crowded with guests, Shad recognizes the importance of including different viewpoints. “Another perspective can add a lot to a song and definitely to an album—hip hop albums especially, because there are so many lyrics, it can get weighed down by hearing so much of one voice,” he said. As far as freestyling is concerned, only concertgoers are fortunate enough to witness such an event. “I don’t freestyle much anymore,” Shad said. “Only at shows and even then, only on occasion.” n


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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts 25th Anniversary

Holiday Artists’ Market Finding those perfect, one of a kind holiday gifts just got a little bit easier! Shop for beautifully crafted gifts and goods from dozens of regional artists, including jewelry, home goods, fine art, holiday cards, accessories, and toys. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

3 – 5 pm | UICA members early admission 5 – 9 pm | Free admission to the public SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

10 am – 7 pm | Free admission to the public ENJOY

Live music from The Kent County String Band (Friday 6 – 8 pm) Local food and beverage vendors Craft stations for kids and adults Create your own gift wrap Photo booth Become a UICA member and get early admission. Go to uica.org/join

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts 2 Fulton West Grand Rapids MI 49503 616-454-7000 / uica.org

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Visual Art

by Kerri VanderHoff

Other Art Events Tanglefoot Building Artists Studio Sale

Tanglefoot Building, 314 Straight Ave. SW, Grand Rapids Nov. 22, 5-10 p.m. and Nov. 24, noon to 5 p.m. tanglefootstudio.com

Tyler Loftis, Italian Landscape with Figures, 2010, 42x50. Painting can be viewed at the DeeLite Restaurant on Washington Street.

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Grand Haven Nurtures Collaboration for Artists public in looking at and talking about contemporary works of art, and ultimately in finding meaning and value in it,” Protas said. For Tyler Loftis, who Protas credits as the nucleus of creative energy for the group, showing work in the region provides useful feedback that he says is different and more organic than in New York, where he spends much of his time living and working on his paintings. “When you think about what art is, it’s the oldest continuous language on the planet,” Loftis said. He said while studying art is fascinating, it shouldn’t need outside interpretation to inherently understand it. Instead, he suggests just slowing down and spending some time looking at a painting. “Great two-dimensional art, presented on a flat surface in front of you, can elicit a tactile, three-dimensional experience that you can pack a lot of sensation into,” Loftis said. “So for here, showing that, and putting the formal things I’ve learned in the painting instead of out in front of the painting, if people react in that organic natural way, then I feel I’ve succeeded. It’s pretty direct, a pretty simple, human thing.” n

Pulso: Arte de las Americas/ Art of the Americas

KCAD/UICA, Grand Rapids Through Dec. 4 kcad.edu (616) 451-2787

Spanning between The Fed Galleries at KCAD and the UICA, Pulso is rooted in an exploration of the ways in which regional boundaries affect the perception of art. While the artists involved all have ties to Latin America, this collaborative exhibition frees itself from the confines of such labels to challenge cultural preconceptions of contemporary art and strengthen the dialogue among artists, both locally and globally.

Free Radical Gallery

Avenue for the Arts, Grand Rapids Nov. 1-8, 6-10 p.m. avenueforthearts.com (616) 855-0435 Free Radical Gallery is back for its 11th anniversary. On Nov. 1, explore the Avenue for the Arts, along South Division, as vacant storefront spaces are transformed into temporary galleries to feature an eclectic mix of local artists. On Nov. 8, visit the UICA at 2 West Fulton at the corner of South Division, for commentary, dialogue and critique of the participating artists’ work during the Free Radical closing reception.

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across the community, region and country that he picturesque lakeside make for an interesting combination. town of Grand Haven doesn’t have Chris Protas moved to Grand Haven after an official art museum, but that may be what adds to the unique mix as an 16 years in New York, co-founding the Fire Barn Gallery with fellow artist Tyler Loftis, who has emerging area for fine art appreciation. roots in the area. Sensing the growing energy On one hand, it has encouraged the community to form broader conversations in the Midwest creative community, and its increasing relevance and refreshing perspective to and partnerships with neighboring communities that do have art the art world in general, Protas didn’t think twice about this institutions, including the next step in his career. Grand Rapids Art Museum Fire Barn Gallery “I don’t mind my life and the Muskegon Museum 18 North 5th St., Grand Haven taking a path like a painting of Art. On the other hand, firebarngallery.com it has nurtured a local, coldoes,” said Protas, noting that he trusts the process of followlaborative spirit within its own ing intuition, and that Grand Haven presents community, infusing original works of art in multiple opportunities attractive to artists. everyday life via restaurants, retail shops and In addition to overseeing exhibitions at the a gallery in a converted firehouse sponsored by the downtown development authority and gallery, he is also responsible for curating the walls of a number of restaurants in the area. local ArtWalk board. And the collaborations don’t stop at the And together with Michael Coleman, another member of the group, he has worked to conMichigan border. One reason for the heightnect local, national and international artists ened fine art exposure in Grand Haven is due with events across West Michigan. in part to a group of artists in the area, splitting “The response to it all has been positive their time between West Michigan and New York City. It’s this convergence of connections and helps build a familiarity with the general

The annual artists studio sale at the historic Tanglefoot Building returns this holiday season, celebrating its 22nd year with the open studio place-making event. This Westside collective of artists opens its door (Door “K”) to the large warehouse, where guests may wander freely from studio to studio, enjoying sweet treats while perusing a diverse selection of art and other unique gift ideas.

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WINTER MOVIE PREVIEW | By Josh Spanninga

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ith a Michigan winter inevitably comes freezing temperatures, blizzards and lots of gloomy days, leading many Michiganders to opt to stay inside. But being cooped up at home induces cabin fever and plunging temperatures leaves outdoor activities less than desirable. What other options do you have? For many residents, the answer is simple — go see a movie. Jeannie Deibis, programming coordinator for Celebration! Cinema agrees that winter is the perfect time for watching movies, as increases in business suggest. “When the weather’s beautiful in Michigan people don’t come to the movies,” Deibis said. “So we’re very fortunate come November.” As a mother, Deibis says she often goes to see family movies, and cites Saving Mr. Banks and Disney’s Frozen as a couple of her most anticipated films of the season. She also likes to follow the latest Oscar contenders, and is looking forward to those as well. Nicholas Hartman, film program manager at UICA, also follows the Oscar contenders, and is planning to bring back their series highlighting all Oscarnominated animated shorts. While searching for other selections to play during winter months, Hartman has his own philosophy. “I want to create a strong dichotomy with selected films,” Hartman said. “Overall, I’d like to have films that fit the winter season, films that are cold and dark and can really set the feeling of winter. But also, I’d like to have a selection of films that are warming and generally speaking, make you feel good. The kind of films that once you step back out into the cold, you still feel warm.” Celebration! Cinema, also boasts diversity in its lineup, and is sure to have something of interest for even the most picky moviegoer. “We’ve got the big-event movies coming, and the Oscar contenders, as well as some limited family fare,” Deibis said. Whether you’re interested in action-packed blockbusters, thought-provoking dramas or anything in between, take a look at our list of some of the most notable releases to help you plan your winter viewing schedule.

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Opening December 6

Inside Llewyn Davis The latest endeavor from the Coen Brothers focuses on fictional folk musician Llewyn Davis (played by Oscar Isaac) as he navigates his way through New York’s music scene in the 1960s. T Bone Burnett produced the soundtrack for the film, which includes live recordings of original and traditional folk songs performed by Isaac and other members of the cast, including Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan.

Opening December 13

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The second Installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy finds Bilbo and Gandalf where we last left them fighting their way from the Misty Mountains closer to the lair of the goldhoarding dragon named Smaug, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Opening December 18

Out of the Furnace

The Monument’s Men

Christian Bale and Casey Affleck costar in this gritty thriller that explores the strength of family bonds in the blue-collar world. After being released from prison, Russell Blaze (Bale) discovers that his brother Rodney (Affleck) has become involved in a violent crime ring, and his life is at stake. Russell must choose to pursue either his own freedom, or to help his younger brother. In addition to Bale and Affleck, the film features a star-studded cast of Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker.

George Clooney’s latest film, The Monument’s Men, is nothing short of a testament to his hands-on approach to filmmaking. Clooney directs, produces, co-writes and co-stars alongside an already impressive cast including Matt Damon, Bill Murray,


Opening Dec. 6, Inside Llewyn Davis’ soundtrack is produced by T Bone Burnett.

Ben Stiller stars in The Secret Life of Walter Middy, opening Dec. 25.

John Goodman and Cate Blanchett. The Monument’s Men follows the story of the often-overlooked Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program, a group of civilians and service members who worked to protect historical and culturally relevant monuments and works of art from sure destruction during World War II.

Life of Walter Mitty follows title character Walter Mitty (played by Ben Stiller) as he loses himself in outrageous and adventurous daydreams as a means to escape his drab dayto-day life in the office.

Her

I, Frankenstein

Written and directed by Spike Jonze, Her is an absurd and heartwarming sci-fi romance that centers on the relationship formed between Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) and his computerized operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Twombly makes a career out of writing heartfelt letters for others. Upon initiating a newly designed operating system named Samantha, he slowly falls in love with it, and soon his feelings are reciprocated by the program, beginning an unconventional romance.

Following in the footsteps of Van Helsing and the Underworld trilogy, I, Frankenstein is an action-packed supernatural sci-fi thriller that incorporates all the things that really matter in a movie: explosions, innovative weaponry, intense fight scenes and plenty of monsters. Aaron Eckhart plays Adam Frankenstein, a reanimated man who becomes involved in ancient battle between two immortal clans.

Opening December 20

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Will Ferrell once again dons blazer and mustache to deliver the news in the way he

Opening january 24

Will Ferrell reprises his iconic Ron Burgundy character in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues on Dec. 20. only can. He’ll once again be joined by his team of misfits (Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner), as well as countless notable cameos including Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey and Yeezus himself, Kanye West. This time around, Burgundy will be vying for the top spot at New York’s first-ever 24-hour news station, no doubt spurting out the same quote-worthy comedy gold as in the film’s predecessor.

Saving Mr. Banks

Robocop

Opening february 21

Pompeii Paul W.S. Anderson, known for his involvement in the Resident Evil films, as well as the Alien Vs. Predator franchise, has taken a step back from the sci-fi/horror genre to direct the action drama Pompeii. The film follows slave Milo (Kit Harrington) as he travels home to Pompeii to save his love interest, Cassia (Emily Browning), and his gladiator friend. Spoiler Alert: Mount Vesuvius erupts. n

Filmed partially in Detroit, the latest reboot of of the famed franchise takes place in the near future and follows Alex Murphy (Joel

Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington stars in Wes Andersen’s latest action epic Pompeii, opening Feb. 7.

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Saving Mr. Banks focuses on P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the Australian author of Mary Poppins. The film follows Travers as she meets with a charming Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), who is determined to negotiate rights for a film version of her book and bring the magic of her characters to life.

Opening february 7

Kinniman) as a critically injured police officer who is used to test a new form of cybernetic body armor designed to kick the asses of bad guys everywhere, including a mohawked Samuel L. Jackson.

Opening December 25

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Incorporating elements from James Thurber’s short story of the same name, as well as the 1947 film adaptation, The Secret

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INDIE FILM

by Josh Spanninga

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ith Thanksgiving imminent in the near future, households all over America are busy stocking up on canned cranberries, green bean salad, turkeys and a plethora of other delectable foods for their Thanksgiving smorgasbord. But before you too get wrapped up preparing for the meal-to-end-all-meals, why not take a break and check out some of November’s indie-film festivities?

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Mosaic Film Experience Showing at Wealthy Theatre When Skot Welch, founder of the Mosaic Film Experience, decided to tackle the task of creating a new and meaningful film festival, he immediately knew he wanted to focus on centering the event on a demographic that generally is excluded from film festivals—kids and young adults. “When you think about film festivals, they tend to have adults at the center and kids are an afterthought, if they’re thought about at all,” Welch said. “We turned this over on its head, so the young people are actually the center of the concept, and the adults that are on the edges are around to coach and encourage the young people.” Shortly into Mosaic’s creation, it became evident that this was going to be much more than a simple film festival where audiences sit back and watch movies. Welch wanted the festival to be more hands-on, so they began incorporating workshops and other educational tools into the event to help teach kids about storytelling and other film-related endeavors. This year, Chelsea Manifold will be flying in from New York to teach two zombie makeup workshops. Discussions are also incorporated into the program to explore Mosaic’s themes of diversity, community and history. Welch feels by introducing film as a tool for learning, he may be able to reach kids that may otherwise be left behind in academia. “For every kid that learns through the formulaic way of sitting down and listening to your teacher, there are other kids that learn maybe a little bit different,” Welch said. “If you can put those kids in some problem-solving situations, with film being the thing that they’ll use to solve problems, they will actually plow right through math and science and anthropology and all the other things in school.” Thus many of the films shown at Mosaic are studentmade, and come from all over the world. This year alone, the program has received student film submissions from 31 countries. Much of the diversity and wealth of student films submitted can be attributed to the fact that while Mosaic does give cash prizes for winning entries in different categories, it does not charge an entry fee to contenders. All of the cash prizes are underwritten by sponsors. Also, the event is organized and run by volunteers in order to cut down on ticket costs.

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Some of the films being shown at this year’s Mosaic Film Experience at Grand Rapids’ Weathy Theatre.

“The goal is to take out barriers for any kid, no matter where they are in their station in life, to take out barriers leading them to not be creative,” Welch said. While most of Mosaic’s films are student-made, they also show some larger scale productions. Last year’s schedule included a screening of the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the

Southern Wild, a film chosen due to its subject matter and relevance to Mosaic’s themes. “We weren’t really able to describe to anybody what a Mosaic film was, so we told them, ‘We’ll tell you when we see it,’” Welch said. “Beasts of the Southern Wild fit that bill because it dealt with class, it dealt with the innocence of children, it dealt with a global message, a people message.” The 2013 Mosaic Film Experience takes place Nov. 1-2, with ticket prices at $8 for students and $10 for the general public. For more information on this event, visit mosaicfilmexperience.com

Hope College to Bring Saudi Film Wadjda to Holland

Wadjda, the first feature-length film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, will be shown at Hope College Nov. 18-23.

On Nov. 18-23, Hope College’s Knickerbocker Theatre will present Wadjda, the first feature-length film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. Wadjda was written and directed by female filmmaker Haifaa Al-Monsour and follows the story of a young girl who enters a Koran recitation competition to help raise money for a bicycle in a community that views bicycles as a danger to a girl’s virtues. The film, which has been praised for the ways in which it breaks cultural boundaries and questions societal norms, currently holds a 98 percent rating on RottenTomatoes. For more information on this or other films playing at Knickerbocker Theatre, visit hope.edu/arts/knick. n


GIRL RISING

NOVEMBER 4 7:00 PM / FREE / PG-13 Join us for a special screening of Girl Rising, a documentary highlighting the lives of 9 unforgettable girls. In collaboration with Saugatuck Public Schools. Kickoff to the Children’s Film Festival Month.

A screening for the entire family of Tales of the Night. This lushly animated work shares six exotic fables from Tibet, to medieval Europe, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead.

NOVEMBER 14 / 7:00 PM $5 MEMBERS & STUDENTS; $7 NON MEMBERS

The story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed. Sponsored by Clark Hill Entertainment Industry team

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by Josh Spanninga

Comedy, Boobs and ‘90s Pop Culture: The Marvelous Life of Sarah Jean Anderson

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f you were to sit down for a casual conversation with comedienne Sarah Jean Anderson, you could easily expect to witness filthily absurd tangents filled with singing, dancing and countless ‘90s pop references, all probably within the first five minutes. She is loud, crude and utterly endearing, and she uses these traits to create comedy and art that she hopes will ultimately have a positive impact on the world. “I think I have an infinite number of things to make more beautiful, and make better,” Anderson said. “I feel like that’s the recurring theme in my comedy or my art. Make something prettier, be nice to people, be real and don’t be a dick.”

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“As I put a tampon in my mouth, it hit me — there’s nowhere else I can possibly go with this show.”

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Anderson’s career in comedy and performance began with a bit of reluctance. Her friend had written a skit about a beast that ate vaginas and tampons, but got cold feet before he was to perform. Anderson’s friends thought she’d be perfect for the part. “They called and they said ‘Sarah, can you be in that show tonight?’” Anderson said. “And I was like ‘F*** no!.’ And they said, ‘We’ll get you drunk.’ Then I was like, ‘All right!’” This night of drunken performance began her career with what would later become Super Happy Funtime Burlesque. For eight years, she traveled with the troupe, gaining confidence and her voice as a performer. Then, one day, her career with the troupe came full circle when she performed an all-too familiar skit that involved – surprise – a character that ate tampons. “As I put a tampon in my mouth, it hit me – there’s nowhere else I can possibly go with this show,” Anderson said. “I did so many f***ed up things with this show, but there’s nothing left I can offer.” She decided to strike out on her own, performing solo shows and working on her artwork, including paintings and drawings she sells online. Her creations often use humor to challenge the conventional notion of what is beautiful. “Beauty is often hard to look at. It’s a challenge.” Everything in her career is done with a DIY ethic, a mode of thinking Anderson attributes to her desire to create something that is completely her own.

Her latest solo comedy show, “After School Special,” pays homage Sarah Jean Anderson’s to her ‘90s pop culture upbringing, “After School Special” which was saturated with MTV, Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids John Waters and countless SNL Nov. 30, 9 p.m. skits. $10 advance/$12 day of, ages 21+ “One of my first memories pyramidschemebar.com, (616) ever as a kid was watching ‘Samurai 272-3758 Delicatessen.’ I was 4 or 5, and I remember being scared to sleep.” She plans to integrate some of her artwork into the show as well, and promises “classroom-reminiscent overhead projecting accompaniments.” Audiences should expect the same vulgar humor that has remained prevalent throughout Anderson’s career, though she feels this new show is allowing her to branch out a bit in terms of topics. “I have a lot more to say than just about my vagina,” she said. “I’m going to talk about my boobs, too.” n


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lit life

by Kyle Austin

The Diatribe Brings Poetry Back to the People

(L-R) Duke Greene, G Foster, Azizi Jasper, Stephen ‘No-Mic’ Gren, Mitch ‘PoetlikePoe’ Burns, Marcel ‘Fable’ Price, Venson Dix Photo: Kellie Britton

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hoever first said that actions speak louder than words wasn’t a poet, and they certainly never saw The Diatribe perform. The Grand Rapids-based spoken word collective commands attention with both actions and words, having created significant buzz around the city’s evolving poetry scene. “I’ve met people who say, ‘Why would I want to go to a poetry show? That’s the stuff that bored me in English class,’ but after they wander into a show, they find that we’re easy to relate to,” said Mitch ‘PoetlikePoe’ Burns, a member of The Diatribe. “We’re such a diverse group with all different backgrounds and upbringings that it’s hard for one of us

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not to say something that connects with at least one other person in the crowd.” The group of eight – Burns, Azizi Jasper, Marcel ‘Fable’ Price, G Foster, Stephen ‘NoMic’ Gren, Rachel Gleason, Duke Greene and Venson Dix – are poets, community activists and musicians who all bonded together by a love for spoken word. They met while performing at Smokin’ Spoken Word, a poetry open-mic that Jasper has hosted at the Eastown Hookah Lounge for the past five years, and decided to form an official collective this past January. With The Diatribe, members believe in pushing one another to greater heights of artistic expression with the goal of bringing a more engaging poetry experience to local audiences.

“We’ve gotten to the point The DIATRIBE where we’re not afraid to call each facebook.com/TheDiatribe other out,” Burns said. “We have so much love and respect for each The Drunken Retort other that it’s OK to do something Stella’s Lounge like that and nobody gets upset.” Mondays, 9:30 p.m. Through three different weekly open-mic events, the group is The Message building an extended family of Dr. Grins @ The B.O.B. regulars, some who perform and Every other Tuesday, 8:15 others who relish the opportunity p.m. to sit back and take it all in. Smokin’ Spoken Word The Drunken Retort, hosted Eastown Hookah Lounge at Stella’s Lounge, is billed as a Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. mix of live music, spoken word, passion and laughter. The event is routinely packed and wastes little time getting rowdy. Performers must brings their A-game or risk getting booed off stage Apollo-style if more than three bells (located on each table) are rung during their set. The Message, a bi-weekly event at Dr. Grins in The B.O.B., has a more laid-back vibe and is spoken-word exclusive. The comedy club atmosphere makes it the perfect place to relax and grab a drink or some grub while listening attentively. Smokin’ Spoken Word has a similar feel, but has the added bonus of being hosted in a place that younger kids can get into as well. “Each show pulls a different crowd,” Burns said. “That gives us the opportunity to reach out to as many different kinds of people as possible.” At ArtPrize 2013, The Diatribe did exactly that by creating the only entry in the competition that was accessible to individuals with visual and hearing impairments. The group gave live performances twice a week in Dr. Grins, which also hosted images of each member and books of their writing that were available in text, as well as braille. The goal was to get people thinking about issues surrounding accessibility to art. “It was never about the votes,” Burns said. “We’re just trying to raise awareness and create change in the years to come.” Already, the group has changed the way local audiences respond to poetry by injecting the medium with rhythm, passion and communicative force. A true embodiment of the transformative power of language, The Diatribe has wrested poetry from the clutches of academia and delivered it back to the community. n

Other Literary Events Hope College Visiting Writers Series – Patricia Smith Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Holland Nov. 14, 7 p.m. jrvws.org, (616) 395-7000

Come see renowned poet, playwright and fiction author Patricia Smith at a special author talk where she’ll discuss why her work has been called “a testament of the power of words to change lives.”

GVSU Writers Series: Playwright Jenni Lamb

The Ground Up Open Mic Series

Cook-DeWitt Center, Grand Valley State University Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. gvsu.edu/writing, (616) 331-5437

Brownstone Café, Battle Creek First, second and third Saturday of each month, 3 p.m. facebook.com/groundupatbrownstone

It takes a special kind of person to write, produce and perform a play. Jenni Lamb is that kind of person. She’ll provide attendees with a glimpse into her unique career at this special author talk.

A new open mic series makes Battle Creeks Brownstone Café come alive with poetry and music three Saturdays a month. It’s quickly gaining momentum and features a full house for each event.


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by Allison Parker

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Miller Gets Slaphappy

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h e n Anastas ia Ste e le an d Christian Grey began their startli n g BDSM r e lati o n ship , women everywhere couldn’t stop cracking open the seductive silver cover of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. Two years later, the trilogy now boasts more than 70 million copies in 37 countries, with the first novel becoming the fastest-selling paperback of all time. Sorry, Harry Potter. Love it or hate it, the smash-hit ‘mommy porn’ series has birthed the outrageous musical parody, SPANK!, a raunchy comedic spoof of the books everyone is talking about. While not affiliated with E.L. James, SPANK! cheekily presents the story of E. B. Janet, who decides to write a sex fantasy starring a younger version of herself, Tasha Woode. From there on out, the play loosely follows the major events of the book as Tasha falls for the mysterious Hugh Hansen, whose sexual appetite knows no boundaries. As far as the heated gender controversies surrounding the series, the play neither shies away from feminist concerns, nor explicitly champions them. “It doesn’t harp on the feminist perspective but definitely pokes fun at the things Hugh expects Tasha to do and the ridiculous requests he asks of her,” said Kira McCarthy, who plays Tasha. “There’s no Rosie the Riveter onstage though.” While SPANK! makes plenty of digs at the books, the humor is not mean-spirited, but rather allows diehards to enjoy the series’ ridiculous moments by exaggerating them in a new way. “[SPANK!] definitely celebrates the material. I would call it a loving parody,” McCarthy said. “Most of our audiences are big fans of the book and no one says, ‘What did you do to my beloved book?’ There are things in the book that are funny and that lend themselves toward parody, and I think fans like seeing the show appreciate things that were over-the-top in the books.”

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Twilight references, naughty props, ‘90s songs and even a Sound of Music tribute provide belly laughs for a diverse mature audience.

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For those who don’t go though life shouting ‘Laters, baby’ or fetishizing silver ties, the play has much to offer as well. Twilight references, naughty props, ‘90s songs and even a Sound of Music tribute provide belly laughs for a diverse mature audience. Everyone can enjoy pre-show cocktails and a post-show photo op with the leading man, while a select lucky few (or perhaps unlucky, as the case may be) become a part of the show itself. “I go into the audience, find unsuspecting theatregoers and ask them a few questions. But we don’t put anyone too much on the spot. We haven’t had anyone run out—yet,” McCarthy said. While the audience is primarily women, this isn’t a women’s only club.

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo Nov. 16, 8 p.m. $42 millerauditorium.com, (269) 387-2300

“A lot of men enjoy the show, too,” McCarthy said. “Everyone will enjoy it because there are so many references to pop culture. It’s fundamentally a parody of romantic comedies and their overblown characters. I’ve had elderly men come up to me and say, ‘That was so wonderful’ … It’s maybe not for the whole family, but it’s definitely something all audiences will enjoy.” n


West Side Story meets 21st Century at DeVos Performance Hall, Nov. 12-17.

Other Performing Arts Events Dress Your Wives in Floor Length Denim (The Aries Play) Dog Story Theater, Grand Rapids Nov. 1-3, show times at 5 and 7:30 p.m. $7-$10 dogstorytheater.com, (616) 894-1252 Wyoming polygamist Warren Smith III has six submissive wives at his beck and call—that is until one of his wives gets the idea that women should be entitled to multiple spouses as well. Rallying together, the wives launch a full-on farcical war against their stubborn husband, refusing to sleep with him until he relents. But Warren fights back with a plan of his own: marriage to a younger new model.

Ragtime

A three-time Tony-Award winner, Ragtime presents a blend of gospel and ragtime melodies to paint a striking portrait of early 20th century America. The stories of a Harlem musician, a white matriarch and a Jewish Latvian immigrant intertwine to illustrate three different life paths. Harry Houdini, Henry Ford and Booker T. Washington are just a few of the historical legends that appear in this moving exploration of racism, industrialism and social upheaval.

Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing Nov. 15-17, 19-24; show times at 2, 11:55, 7:30 and 8 p.m. $8-$20 whartoncenter.com, (517) 353-1982 Based on the cult Olivia Newton-John flick, this musical features ELO’s hottest hits for a campy blend of ‘70s culture and Greek myth. When disappointment with his sidewalk mural pushes artist Sonny Malone toward suicide, the Muses descend from Mt. Olympus to intervene. After some deliberation, the legendary ladies decide that Australian accents and legwarmers will help them blend in with

West Side Story DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids Nov. 12-17; show times at 1, 2, 6:30, 7:30 and 8 p.m. $32 & up broadwaygrandrapids.com, (616) 235-6285 It doesn’t matter how hard we have to squint to believe Natalie Wood is Puerto Rican or how many bug-eyed puppets creep us out before we get to Sesame Street’s “I Feel Pretty” spoof. Americans are hopelessly in love with West Side Story. The irresistible lure of tremendous music and transcendent love guarantees the Sondheim-Bernstein classic is here to stay.

A Streetcar Named Desire The forbidden-romance-turnedbloody-brawl returns with Broadway Grand Rapids’ production based on the 2009 revival. Although rooted in Arthur Laurents’ original 1950s direction, the show does feature a few notable 21st century updates. About 10 percent of the play is now in Spanish, including Maria’s iconic “I Feel Pretty” number. The inclusion of the Puerto Rican Sharks’ mother tongue not only adds character depth and empathy, but also ramps up the musical’s relevancy by connecting it to a present-day tension. “This show represents a lot of Puerto Rican culture and adding Spanish unites Hispanic culture with the United States,” said Michelle Alves, who plays Anita. “Problems we see in the show still are happening. Immigration problems and racist problems are issues still happening now. People identify.” Gritty, edgier choreography tweaks and the omission of old-fashioned ‘50s dialogue revamps the show as well, giving it an urgent and current vibe. Nevertheless, strides towards modernity never obscure the ultimate timeless aspect that won audiences’ hearts half a century ago—the healing power of love. “People see West Side Story to see that the greatest thing after all is love. It’s love that solves problems,” Alves said. “[Audiences] are gonna have the greatest night. They’re gonna cry and their gonna laugh watching a masterpiece.”

Opera Grand Rapids, DeVos Performance Hall Nov. 1-2, show time at 7:30 p.m. $21-98, students and seniors 50 percent off operagr.org, (616) 451-2741 A deluded Southern belle flees to her sister’s home and clashes head-on with the animalistic sex-fiend Stanley. The story is simple, but packs a hefty punch. Whether showcasing Marlon Brando’s lungpower or Woody Allen’s offbeat humor, endless remakes prove that Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire is one wild ride audiences don’t mind taking again and again. The gritty Pulitzer-winning classic is reborn anew at Opera Grand Rapids this season. Thanks to André Previn’s score and Philip Littell’s libretto, music charges this Streetcar with a fresh jolt of high-voltage turbulence and passion. “The music is brash, sexy and informed by jazz rhythms and an edgy classical sound,” Director Brad Dalton said. “It’s brassy and richly romantic like Puccini or a movie score. … When opera interprets every line, it gives shape and tone. As soon as a line has rhythm and pitch, it informs the emotion.” Although heavy in subject matter and mood, the opera refrains from being an overbearing melodrama. Meticulous new edits trim Streetcar into a quick, lean, more direct version that speaks forcefully and urgently. Other touches adding to the opera’s immediacy and accessibility include realistic costuming and an English libretto. English subtitles offer a friendly helping hand to opera newbies as well. “The minute you hear English and see people drinking whisky and hanging out in T-shirts, you feel so invited. It can bridge to younger audiences,” Dalton said. “It isn’t esoteric. … If you’ve never seen an opera, this is one to come see. It’s a wonderful piece to go out and try because you are going to feel incredibly involved. It’s a unique opportunity.”

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Shaw Theatre, Kalamazoo Nov. 14-16, 21-25; show times at 2 and 8 p.m. $5-$20 wmich.edu/theatre, (269) 387-6222

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ile this under best kept secret: It’s a little-known but luxe fact that you can get 100 percent handcrafted leather and canvas travel packs, courier messenger bags and bicycle accessories from the Mercy Supply studio located at 1111 Godfrey SW in Grandville. High-quality bags are king here and so are belts, wallets and the most posh waxed canvas and leather lunch bags you’ll ever see carted around. The playground/workshop belongs to Rusty Zylstra, owner and operator of Mercy Supply. He tries to get leather, canvas and hardware as close to Michigan as possible and believes individuals buying his bags “want something quality that will last a lifetime. You can reach anyone with the timelessness of it. It’s not super high fashion, not mediocre. It’s middle ground and a guy can carry it and still look nice.”

Lori Faulkner (left), chair of fashion studies at Kendall College of Art and Design. COURTESY PHOTO black tie,” says Emily Hughes, director of women’s luxury. She describes the space as luxurious, feminine and slightly edgy—especially with the Jason Wu selections. “We want to be able to offer the true formal aspect of gowns and full length dresses with designers like Zac Posen, Reem Acra—true red carpet style.” It’s all about offering women high fashion for their stylish soirees and giving choices from traditional frocks to dresses that might not be so formal, such as cocktail length. Designers you can’t find anywhere in West Michigan are in demand and A.K. Rikk’s has not only answered the call but given the need a proper space. Lines will be popping up at the store this fall so get your hands on some Donna Karan, Escada, Badgley Mischka, Adam Lippes and Brunello Cucinelli. The atelier is where you’ll find gowns in a good range of prices and sizes for homecoming, holiday parties and your next dolled-up night. It might just be the closest thing to the dressing area of your dreams.

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Mercy Supply’s handcrafted waxed canvas and leather lunch sacks. PHOTO: RYAN PAVLOVICH Zylstra makes what he uses in daily life such as bicycle accessories, a motorcycle tool roll and “all kinds of things I might be interested in that stem out of what we need.” Check out the shop at mercysupply.com and tell me if you spy the hand-forged bottle opener from Zylstra’s buddy, Middleville blacksmith Nate Runals. Just another cool item floating around in this cool city. A.K. Rikk’s announces the opening of their new atelier. For those that don’t know, ‘atelier’ is French, pronounced “atuhlyey” and it’s the definition of a workshop or studio, especially of an artist, artisan or designer. Also known as Women’s Luxury, the atelier covers everything evening—anything you’d wear for a black tie or formal gala event around the city. “Even creative

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Ever been to an outrageous hair design battle and showcase? I have and Mane Event does not disappoint. It’s a solid mix of stylists and hair industry folk showing off their talents in two categories: Avant Garde and Glamour. It’s something you have to see to believe as models walk the runway sporting curls, braids, color and height. “It’s a competition for stylists—an avenue for them to show what you won’t see in the salon,” said Angela Shea, executive assistant to the director of special events. “The models get into it with outfits and costumes. It’s just a way to be entertained in a whole new manor.” It’s great people watching, too. Held Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. at Eve inside The B.O.B., this celebration of hair is the perfect girls’ night out. Cover is $7 and benefits Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The night is big and fun—the definition of good hair to me. Head to the Mane Event Facebook page for more.

Kendall College of Art and Design recently announced a fashion and printmaking accreditation after being in the works over the past two years. Grand Rapids and West Michigan can utilize the skills and talent of the community and people who are really creative in fashion design on their own and further education and have a connection with the university, according to Kristopher Jones, director of talent acquisition and recruitment. Premium students attend KCAD for three years, then apply and transfer to one of two partner schools in New York and Los Angeles or may enroll in a four-year option for students who want to stay in Grand Rapids. “This program will afford students the opportunity to really develop true studio skills to create their vision of fashion,” said Jones, who discusses classes that rely heavily on research, drawing and design thinking—how to create fashion for the end user. Lori Faulkner, chair of fashion studies at KCAD calls the accreditation a “huge feather in the graduation cap of any student looking to begin a career.” n

Mane Event to raise funds for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Nov. 15 at Eve inside The B.O.B.


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REVUE’s dining listings are compiled by staff and minions. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of restaurants in the region. For an expanded list, be on the lookout for new and improved dining changes on our revamped website, revuewm. com. The listings are not intended to be reviews of West Michigan restaurants, although we will inject some opinions into the listings based on staff experiences and personal preferences. To submit or to correct information in a dining listing, e-mail editor@revuewm.com.

Restaurant listings arranged by region

Grand Rapids Angel’s Thai Café 136 Monroe Center NW. 616-454-9801 THAI. This downtown restaurant makes your order fresh, fast, and hot. You can order your entree with your choice of meat and spice level, or create your own. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Thai Steak and Yum Talay.

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Bar Divani 15 Ionia Ave. SW. 616-774-WINE. ECLECTIC. Bar Divani offers a sophisticated environment, with the chefs use local ingredients in their creations. Taste the homegrown flavor in the Prosciutto Flatbread, the Linguine Alfredo or the Plum Salmon. By pairing with Dancing Goats Creamery, Otto’s Chicken, S&S Lamb, Ingraberg Farms, Mrs. Dog’s and Madcap, Bar Divani serves extraordinary tastes. But, what would a night out be without a few drinks? The bar serves more than 300 types of liquor, 300 wines and 50 beers to compliment each handcrafted meal. SERVING: Dinner after 4 p.m. OPEN ON: Everyday but Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Local Cuisine.

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BarterTown Diner 6 Jefferson St. SE. 616-233-3219 VEGAN. This workerowned-and-operated restaurant offers a variety of tasty healthy dishes fresh and hand-picked right from local family farms. Want a certain recipe or cooking lessons? Events and programs are BarterTown’s way of getting the community involved. So don’t be surprised if one day there’s Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and the next it’s all about pizza. SERVING: Breakfast (Saturday & Sunday), Lunch, Dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Locally based vegan meals.

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Big Bob’s Pizza 661 Croswell Dr. 616-233-0123 ITALIAN. Located in Gaslight Village in East Grand Rapids (across from Jersey

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Big O Café 80 Ottawa NW. 616-451-1887 ITALIAN. The downtown (and downstairs) restaurant has a reliable menu featuring pizza, pasta, and sandwiches that are Italian and Cuban influenced. A great spot for lunch or a quick glass of wine and plate of pasta before a downtown event. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Dead Head Vegetarian Pizza, Cuban dinners on Friday nights.

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The Bistro 11 Monroe Avenue NW (at Courtyard Marriott). 616-242-6000 AMERICAN. Serving American food bistro-style, whether it’s grab-and-go or guests dining in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Bistro offers fresh seasonal options, serves Starbucks beverages and has a full-service bar. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Sandwiches.

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Bistro Bella Vita 44 Grandville Ave. SW. 616-222-4600 ITALIAN. One of Grand Rapids’ best dining experiences, featuring Mediterraneaninspired country cuisine, a swanky yet comfortable downtown atmopshere and personable service. BBV’s culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes made with locally grown produce, fresh seafood and rotisserie roasted meats. Specialty gluten-free menu, and can prepare custom dishes for lactose intolerant, vegetarian, and vegan diets. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mediterranean Country Cuisine and Martinis.

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Blue Water Grill 5180 Northland Dr. 616-363-5900 SEAFOOD. One of Grand Rapids’ most inspired restaurants in terms of overall ambiance, with Frank Lloyd Wright-style architecture, a stunningly massive fireplace, and some of the best water views in West Michigan. The food is similarly inspired, drawing from Italian, Mediterranean and classic American influences. All the traditional favorites are accounted for with a wide variety of wood-fired pizzas, seafood, steaks, chops, salads, and sandwiches. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Grass Fed Beef.

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Bobarino’s 20 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-356-2000 ITALIAN. A melting pot of food, live entertainment and fun. Live music Tuesday through Saturday, including rock, jazz, retro, country, rockabilly and more. Large game room with video games, billiards and shuffleboard. Menu includes vast array of wood-fired pizzas, plus burgers, entrées and classic appetizers. Lunch buffet with pizza, pasta, and salad for $6.45. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Wood-fired pizzas.

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Bombay Cuisine 1420 Lake Dr. SE 616-456-7055 INDIAN. Offering savory and subtly spiced dishes from northern India, Bombay Cuisine is a hot spot for those who like to add a little flavor to their lives. With a lunch buffet served every weekday, this restaurant provides its eaters with an array of traditional Indian cuisine. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Naan, Butter Chicken.

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Brewery Vivant 925 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids. 616-719-1604 BREWPUB. Brewery Vivant offers a variety of drinks and pub specialties in the Belgian style. It has a flair for sustainability inspired by the breweries of Southern Belgium and Northern France. The menu is mainly appetizers with assorted burgers and desserts, but there is a wide variety of lesser known alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. SERVING: Lunch, Dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cheese and Belgian beer.

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Bulls Head Tavern 188 Monroe NW. 616-454-3580 AMERICAN. Downtown eatery is a great spot for business lunch or casual pre-show dinner, with a wide-ranging menu that includes salads, burgers, pasta, seafood and steaks. Specialties include the ostrich burger, sashimi tuna and smoked Gouda chicken pasta. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: The Ostrich Burger.

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Chapbook Café 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. 616-942-0595. CAFE. Take a break from browsing the shelves at Schuler Books with a homemade selection of soups, sandwiches and quiches. Soups are prepared in-house daily and served with fresh baked bread to accompany a small-but-elegant sandwich menu. Try a quiche or traditional Italian Panini grilled on fresh ciabatta bread, or for a quick bite, grab a bagel or scone from the dessert case. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days GO THERE FOR: Homemade soups and sandwiches

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Charley’s Crab 63 Market SW. 616-459-2500 SEAFOOD. A staple on the finedining scene in Grand Rapids. Fresh seafood, a world-class Sunday brunch and a comfortable, upscale atmosphere for drinks and dining. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Sunday brunch buffet.

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Cherie Inn 969 Cherry SE. 616-458-0588 BREAKFAST. The East Hills restaurant is one of the area’s most-loved breakfast and lunch spots. A neighborhood staple for more than 60 years, the eatery offers a cozy, café-style setting complete with French flags, weathered brick walls, pressed tin ceiling, and intimate tables. Breakfast is the true star, with a variety of regular dishes like eggs Florentine and blueberry pancakes, as well as specials like red-flannel hash and almond joy pancakes. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Eggs Florentine.

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The Corner Bar 31 N. Main St. 616-866-9866 AMERICAN. The downtown Rockford tavern serves a solid menu of burgers, burritos, salads and sandwiches, but it is best known for hot dogs — serving almost 1,000 per day. Its hot-dog-eating challenge has been conquered by more than a few, but it raises the question: Why would you want to consume Corner Bar dogs in a hurry rather than savor each bite? SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Hot dogs.

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Cygnus 27 Cornucopia 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-776-6425 ECLECTIC. Enjoy 187 skyline Monroeas Ave. 616-774-2000 DELI. A refreshing the youNW. dine atop the Glass Tower. Indulge option for on-the-go, or casual, fare. deli in a variety of globally infusedlighter dishes at Enjoy this AAA options such asrestaurant. homemadeCasual soups,attire; salads, Four-Diamond no Panini jacket sandwiches and dining freshly also brewed gourmet coffee. required. Private available. SERVING: SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days.FOR: GO Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE THERE FOR: Sandwiches. Seasonal Sunday Brunch.

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Erb Thai 950 Wealthy St. SE #1A. (616) 356-2573 THAI. Food rooted in traditional Thai cuisine, but also made to accommodate health conscious and special diets. Not too strong, not too weak, like harmony and melody. Marketing representative Molly Rizor was a Thai virgin when she went and is now glad Erb Thai was her first experience. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Peanut Curry Noodles.

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Bentham’s Riverfront Restaurant 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 AMERICAN. Enjoy great breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert options while looking out at the Grand River. Bentham’s now offers a lunch buffet with choices of salads, breads, soups and roast beef and poultry carved to order — not to mention stir-fry stations with fresh vegetables, meats or seafood and unique sauces. Casual attire. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days, closes at 2 p.m. GO THERE FOR: Lunch buffet.

Junction), Big Bob’s is a cozy restaurant that serves up specialty pizzas, pastas, burritos, sandwiches and salads. Sit out on the deck and enjoy Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. and 9p.m.-close seven days a week. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza and beer (is there a better combination?).

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Garden Court Lounge 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 LOUNGE. An excellent choice for a quick drink with friends or when you desire relaxing with your favorite drink. The Garden Court Lounge offers a fine array of beer, wine, cocktails and liqueurs. SERVING: Drinks OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails.

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nown as the largest culinary celebration in the state, the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival offers 1200 assorted wines, in addition to gourmet plates, seminars, distilleries and breweries highlighting their best. In addition, the area’s best chefs will be on-hand to prepare small dishes that feature their specialties. It’s no secret that if you crave all things wine, beer and food, this event has been programmed into your phone for 11 months and three weeks. New to the event is the Brewer’s Loft, which showcases Michigan beer (because who does beer better than us?) and offers food and beer pairings. Tickets range from $35 to $45 on a first-come, first-fed basis. Nov. 21-Nov. 23; DeVos Place, Grand Rapids; (616) 447-2860, grwinefestival.com

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eave room for more after Thanksgiving and indulge in the ultimate comfort food: macaroni and cheese. The wineries on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City host a macaroni and cheese bake-off, where the true winner is you. The wineries (which include Black Star Farms, Hawthorne Vineyards, Peninsula Cellars, Chateau Grand Traverse, BRYS Estate, Bowers Harbor, Chateau Chantal and 2 Lads Winery) bring in the area’s top chefs to whip up their best mac ‘n’ cheese creations. Not only do attendees get to indulge in one of fall and winter’s finest meals, but they get the added bonus of wine pairings from each of the wineries. Nov. 30; Traverse City; wineriesofoldmission.com, $38.50 participant, $28.50 designated driver n —By Matt Simpson Siegel with additional reporting by Lindsay Patton-Carson

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Gilly’s 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 SEAFOOD. Gilly’s may not be the biggest name on the seafood block, but it takes second place to no one in regards to quality, freshness and inspiration. A vast array of exotic fish is line-caught, flown in and prepared fresh daily. Every facet of Gilly’s speaks to impeccable attention to detail. SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Fresh seafood at a great price.

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GP Sports 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-776-6495 SPORTS BAR. Three large screens, more than 30 HD flat screens, pool tables, video games, outdoor patio seating, pizza, signature burgers and more. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sundays. GO THERE FOR: Score Big Burgers.

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G.R.P.D. (Grand Rapids Pizza and Delivery) 340 State St. SE. 616-454-9204 ITALIAN. The current GR location opened in 2004 as the first established pizzeria in the Heritage Hill district. A common meeting spot for local folks, business professionals and college students, a place where one could gather for a quick meal or a reflective lunch. It offers both hand-tossed pizza and Chicago-style stuffed pizza, as well as pasta, sandwiches, salads, and wings. Online ordering, too. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza.

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Grand Rapids Brewing Company 1 Ionia Ave SW. 616-458-7000 BREWPUB. Good for the environment and your palate, GRBC is Michigan’s first certified organic brewery and features a menu stocked with locally grown ingredients. With a diverse selection of beers on tap inspired by historical Grand Rapids figures and a hearty array of burgers, melts and hand-cranked sausages, this place represents the best of the Grand Rapids Brewing Company’s 120-year legacy. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Organic beer and locally sourced food.

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Grand Woods Lounge 77 Grandville Ave SW. 616-451-4300 AMERICAN. The restaurant’s interior exudes a warm, casual ambiance reminiscent of the great eateries of the Pacific Northwest; the outdoor porch features two outdoor bars and a fireplace. Menu stocked with affordable appetizers great for sharing, plus salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Lots of domestics and microbrews, plus an array of martinis including the “Woodstini,” a tasty mix of Stoli Orange Vodka, mandarin

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oranges and raspberries. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cocktails. Graydon’s Crossing 1223 Plainfield NE. 616-726-8260 TAVERN. An authentic take on the English Pub, with a huge selection of beers on tap and a menu that includes classic English dishes like Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Stew, as well as Indian specialties like Tandoori Chicken and Tikka Masala. A great casual atmosphere for drinking and dining. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer and authentic pub food.

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The Green Well 924 Cherry SE. 616-808-3566 Eclectic. REVUE’s “Free Market” columnist Steven de Polo writes, “Green Well is the best restaurant in GR.” The East Hills gastro-pub serves up an ever-changing menu featuring local ingredients, and a wide array of local craft brews and wines. The green refers also to the LEED© certified building and management’s commitment to a small carbon footprint. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Baked local goat cheese, Michigan maple whiskey chicken over risotto.

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The Holiday Bar 801 5th St. NW, Grand Rapids. 616-456-9058 AMERICAN. For 107 years, The Holiday Bar has been serving its loyal customers great beer and food, with 12 specialty beers of tap and its homemade “Porter” Pulled Pork sandwiches. Fully stocked with pool tables and nine HD flat screens, this dive is the perfect spot for cheap beer and good times.. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cheap beer.

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Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Dr. SE (616) 233-0063 BREWPUB. Harmony features 12 craft-brewed beers in addition to signature root beer for the kiddos. Named one of the top-five brewpub menus in West Michigan by yours truly, Harmony’s ultimate deal is a take-out combo that features one of its 10” gourmet wood-fired pizzas and a growler of beer for $20, as well as a $5 cheese and $6 pepperoni pizza deal every Tuesday. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza and brews.

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HopCat 25 Ionia SW. 616-451-4677 TAVERN. Rated the 3rd best beer bar on the planet by Beer Advcoate, HopCat’s spin on its food is thus: “It’s the food your Mom would feed you, if your Mom loved beer.” That’s specifically true for HopCat’s beerbar cheese, cheese ale soup and porter braised beef, but mom would also love the Hippie wrap (it’s vegetarian), the crack fries (not real crack), and Killer Mac and Cheese. Because what mom doesn’t like mac and cheese? SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Widest variety of beers, crack fries.

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JD Reardon’s Bar & Grill 940 Monroe Ave NW. (616) 454-8590 AMERICAN. Neighborhood pub offers 15 Michigan beers on tap and more bottled, along with a full menu of handmade appetizers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and 16 half-pound burgers. Nightly drink specials and karaoke on Tuesday night. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Burgers.

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Lumber Baron Bar 187 Monroe Ave. NW. (616) 774-2000 LOUNGE. Settle into the warmth and charm of this historic bar — complete with a fireplace, leather club chairs and a large selection of premium drinks and appetizers. SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sundays and Mondays GO THERE FOR: Scotch or Brandy after a Symphony concert.

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Marie Catrib’s 1001 Lake Dr. 616-454-4020 ECLECTIC. The East Hills eatery makes everything from scratch with local ingredients, and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Get there

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early for lunch, as there is almost always a wait. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Salads, soups and sandwiches. Mixology 235 Louis St. NW. 616-242-1448 LOUNGE. Casual, upscale service and atmosphere allows guests to relax and enjoy the city views. This type of service allows guests to complete business tasks while still enjoying the accessibility to great food and libations. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails.

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O’Toole’s 448 Bridge St. 616-742-6095 PUB. This West side pub is equipped with delicious and outrageously topped burgers, as well as an extensive beer selection, and arguably, the best happy hour specials in town. If food is not your passion, this is a prime place to kick off your Sunday Funday with its $3 Absolut Bloody Mary bar. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days. GO THERE FOR: Gourmet burgers, Absolut Bloody Mary bar.

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Olive’s Restaurant 2162 Wealthy St. SE. 616-451-8611 ECLECTIC. Gaslight Village mainstay for Easties looking to have a cocktail and casual dinner. The menu is surprisingly broad, with innovative starters (e.g., Napoli fritters, Paella cakes) and diverse

entrées like Southern meatloaf, braised short ribs and mobu tofu. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: A broad selection.

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The Pita House 1450 Wealthy SE, 3730 28th Street, 4533 Ivanrest SW (Grandville). 616-454-1171 MEDITERRANEAN. Gyros so big you can club someone with them, the smoothest hummus in town and other Mediterranean fare, including kibbe, kafta and falafel. Additional locations on 28th Street and Kalamazoo SE. Sandwiches are made to order with fresh vegetables and ingredients. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh pita wraps.

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Red Jet Cafe 1431 Plainfield Ave. NE. 616-719-5500 ECLECTIC. The funky restaurant in Creston’s old library is the kind of place you’d find in Chicago’s hip neighborhoods, offering non-sequitur menu items that somehow seem to work. Seriously, how many other places in town can you find that serve high-end organic coffees, crepes, wood-fired pizzas and artisan baked goods. Is it a bistro? Is it a coffeehouse? Does it matter? SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Crepes.

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Reds on The River 8 E. Bridge St. 616-863-8181 AMERICAN. This highly acclaimed restaurant in the Rockford area promises no processed foods. Red’s sports a cylindrical fireplace and is known for its incredible views and outdoor dining. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sundays. GO THERE FOR: Steak and Wine.

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Reserve 201 Monroe Ave. NW (616) 855-9463 ECLECTIC. With 102 wines available by the glass and more than 300 by the bottle, paired with an ever-changing food menu influenced by West Michigan grown foods, Reserve promises diners a unique experience. Cocktails and craft beers add depth to the primarily wine-centered menu. SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday GO THERE FOR: Wine and food pairings, charcuterie.

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Rinaldi Pizza and Sub Shop 966 E. Fulton St. 616-458-3737 ITALIAN. The tiny pizza shop at the corner of Fulton and Diamond is publisher Brian Edwards’ favorite spot to stop for a large slice after a late night at the office. “It’s got the four C’s of pizza going for it: chewy, cheesy, crusty and cheap — with a perfect balance of sauce and cheese,” Edwards says. Fold it over, New Yorkstyle, he recommends. SERVING: Lunch, Dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza. Rockwell-Republic 45 S. Division Ave. 616-551-3563 ECLECTIC. Menu offerings range from sushi to burgers and everything in between. The cocktail menu runs the gamut from classics like the Manhattan to more modern variations and the beer and wine menus are nothing to sneeze at either. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails, broad menu, lively atmosphere.

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Rose’s On Reeds Lake 550 Lakeside Dr. SE. 616-458-1122 ECLECTIC. The East Grand Rapids landmark is one of those places that has a different feel in each season. In the summertime, it’s a great spot to hang on the decks and have cocktails and light appetizers; when the snow is falling, it’s a warm and cozy spot for a hearty meal and big glass of wine. The menu draws from a multitude of influences including Mediterranean, Italian,


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just the way it is, you can purchase the kit and take it home to brew yourself — or, if you’d rather, you can tweak the recipe how you like (more hops, more chocolate malt, etc.) and brew that one instead. Gravel Bottom is dedicated to not only providing equipment and ingredient services to the homebrewing public, but also offering lectures and seminars (beginner and advanced) to anyone interested in coming. “We’re just trying to be different,” Michiels said. “There’s a lot of us popping up right now, and there’s a lot of great beer out there.” Gravel Bottom pours six taps, three of which remain flagships, and the other three are one-offs and homebrewer features. Flagships include Grapefruit IPA, DIPA, Pale, Stout, Dry Stout, Black IPA, Wit, Porter, and RYPA. “I said ‘I want to start from scratch’,” Michiels said. “I don’t want to pull out our old recipes and tweak them, I want to go from the ground up.” Gravel Bottom opened to the public in September with five beers on tap, and quickly ran out of beer. The public hasn’t let up since. “It was chaos,” Michiels said. “The last four weeks were just a whirlwind. These few weeks since open have been the same way, scrambling to keep up with people that are coming in.” Having just opened, there are minor plans for the future, including internal expansion and possible distribution. For now, Michiels is happy with Gravel Bottom just the way it is: “Lifestyle over huge growth,” as he put it. “I want to keep it smaller and keep it beer focused,” Michiels said. “Let people come in and be a part of the brewery, be a part of this community. If I can just get to that point, and do that for the next five years, I’m going to be a really happy guy.” n

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Vander Mill Totally Roasted Cider (6.8% ABV) When the weather gets chillier, hard cider is a great alternative to a brew. Lucky for us, Vandermill has three varieties on the market in tall boy cans: Hard Apple, Blue Gold (blueberry) and Totally Roasted. The latter is made with homemade cinnamon roasted pecans, cinnamon and vanilla beans. The cider pours crystal clear and is very bright (both in carbonation and presentation). The cider is refreshing and juicy with a bit of balancing dryness, while the pecans and vanilla and cinnamon undertones complement the presentation without overpowering it.

Beer Events On Nov. 2, HopCat (25 Ionia Ave., Grand Rapids) hosts the Unibroue Beer Dinner. For $25, diners get four courses paired with beer from Unibroue, a brewery based out of Quebec. Traverse City doesn’t limit beer celebrations to a day, or even a weekend. This city goes all out with a Beer WEEK. From Nov. 8-15, Traverse City will host beer-related events around the local establishments. Enjoy beerand-food pairings, get to know the local brewers and, most importantly, drink beer. Drink for a cause! On Nov. 9, the DeltaPlex Arena hosts BRU Fest, with all proceeds going toward Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. Tickets are $39 and include four tokens for burgers and wings. Designated drivers get in for $19. Bell’s is the beer on tap and will be pouring favorites, as well as seasonals and specialty brews just for the event.

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and Casual American. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Root Chips. Ruth’s Chris Steak House 187 Monroe Avenue NW. 616-776-6426 STEAKHOUSE. Serving only the best steaks, Ruth’s Chris hand-selects its steaks from the top 2% of the country’s beef, which is then broiled to perfection at 1800 degrees. Enjoy the freshest seafood, classic sides and homemade desserts that satisfy any craving. SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sundays. GO THERE FOR: Steak.

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San Chez a Tapas Bistro 38 West Fulton St. 616-774-8272 ECLECTIC. Using available local products, San Chez a Tapas Bistro is a social setting where people can remember the one rule of kindergarten: sharing. Featuring small, delicious dishes, San Chez a Tapas Bistro can satiate your desire for variety. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days. GO THERE FOR: Tapas.

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San Chez Cafe 38 West Fulton St. 616-774-8272 ECLECTIC. This comfy venue allows customers to “walk on sunshine” with its windowed-out structure. A hidden secret for breakfast in downtown Grand Rapids, San Chez Cafe promises a great start to any day. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 Days. GO THERE FOR: Sandwiches.

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Six.One.Six. 235 Louis St. NW. 616-242-1448 ECLECTIC. Marketinspired menus, sweeping views and progressive rhythms combine to create a memorable dining experience. The dishes tempt taste buds and is the perfect spot for foodies. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days GO THERE FOR: Variety and being seen. Stella’s Lounge 53 Commerce Ave. 616-356-2700 TAVERN. The Chicagostyle whiskey bar has more than 200 varieties of distilled spirits, old-school video games, a superexcellent jukebox stocked with rock and punk classics, and a menu filled with vegetarian and vegan bar food — and stuffed burgers. Did we mention you can sip cans of PBR, Blatz and other classic beers, as well as sangria, out of a mason jar? REVUE’s British ex-pat David Smith calls Stella’s his favorite bar in the world. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Vegetarian and vegan bar food.

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The Winchester 648 Wealthy St. SE. 616-451-4969 ECLECTIC. Upscale Wealthy Street bar and restaurant feels like it was plucked from Chicago’s Bucktown or Logan Square neighborhoods. A comfortable spot to drink or dine, with an always evolving menu featuring shared plates, salads and inventive sandwiches. The Cuban Reuben, originally created as something of a joke, remains a (very tasty) staple item. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: DIY Bloody Mary Bar Special, Yucca Fries.

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Wolfgang’s Restaurant 1530 Wealthy St. SE. 616-454-5776 BREAKFAST. The bustling Eastown breakfast spot is home to some of the heartiest breakfast dishes and funniest menu descriptions. Courteous staff never fails to offer a cup of coffee to go after we’ve finished breakfast. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast all day.

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The Score 5301 Northland Dr. NE. 616-301-0600 SPORTS BAR. Multifaceted restaurant and sports bar has a lot to offer, including expansive menu with discount options, happy hour specials, countless big screen and projection TVs broadcasting big games and pay-per-view UFC matches, outdoor beach volleyball and live music in the summertime … the list goes on. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Sports bar atmosphere.

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Tavern on the Square 100 Ionia Ave. SW. 616-456-7673 ECLECTIC. The re-fashioned former Irish pub still has that neighborhood feel, and offers up a unique menu with salads, antipasto, appetizers, a pub burger, and an array of unique “Yankee Tapas” like Fish Tacos, Loaded Carnival Fries and the ultimate West Side tapas: Pierogies. A hodgepodge to be sure, but fun. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: PBJ Tuna.

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Vitale’s Restaurants Various Grand Rapids locations. vitalespizza.com ITALIAN. The Vitale family has served West Michigan for more than 40 years. Each of the five locations in the Greater Grand Rapids area offer traditional Italian family recipes and award-winning pizza, but provide their own unique dining experience. Whether you go there to watch the big game, enjoy a brew or dine on authentic Italian dishes, these locations have something for everyone. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days GO THERE FOR: Pizza and Italian dishes.

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Blue House Bistro 220 W. 8th Street, Holland. 616-355-1994 AMERICAN. Chef-owned boutique bistro located in downtown Holland, with an extensive menu featuring small plates, sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, desserts, dine-in, take-out, delivery catering, beer and wine to-go. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: Tu–Sun. GO THERE FOR: Seafood gumbo, Saturday and Sunday brunch.

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CityVu Bistro 61 East 7th Street, Holland. 616-796-2114 AMERICAN. Located atop CityFlats Hotel in downtown Holland, CityVu Bistro offers unique breakfast creations, an array of flatbread dinners, and small plates. Full bar with extensive wine list and great views of Holland. Hours of operation change with the seasons. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Flatbreads.

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Everyday People Cafe 11 Center St., Douglas. 269-857-4240 AMERICAN. REVUE Publisher Brian Edwards calls Everyday People Café his favorite restaurant along the lakeshore. The atmosphere is casual and upbeat, the staff knows its stuff about wine and food, and the seasonal menu is filled with meticulously prepared, eclectic comfort food like Butternut Squash Risotto, Braised Lamb Shank and Ahi Tuna. A great wine list and tremendous desserts. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Gorgonzola Pork Chop, Greek Salad with Grandma Gigi’s Dressing (Edwards).

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Fricano’s Pizza Tavern 1400 Fulton Ave., Grand Haven. 616-842-8640 ITALIAN. Claims to be the first pizzeria in Michigan, but customers care less about its longevity than the amazingly crispy thin crust and simple ingredients atop its much-lauded pies. Four other locations around West MI, including Comstock Park, Muskegon, Holland and Kalamazoo. SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza.

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8th Street Grille 20 W. 8th St., Holland. 616-392-5888 AMERICAN. This eclectic grille located in the heart of Holland offers a mix of draft and bottled craft beers and a variety of pub classics and new, American beer-inspired dishes. Enjoy happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, which includes delicious half-off appetizers and $1 off drafts. SERVING: Lunch, Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: 28 taps of craft beer, hometown atmosphere.

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84 East 84 East 8th St., Holland. 616-396-8484 ITALIAN. While we categorize it as “Italian,” that’s a bit limiting for this downtown Holland spot, which specializes in creating inventive pasta dishes. Housed in an old industrial building, 84 East is a favorite splurge spot among REVUE’s Hope College minions. 84 East also serves up designer pizzas and a few non-pasta house specialties like Pork Marsala and Mahi Mahi. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday GO THERE FOR: Baked Spaghetti Pie, Tuxedo Chicken Pasta.

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Bil-Mar Restaurant 1223 S. Harbor St., Holland. 616-842-5920 AMERICAN. A destination restaurant for locals and tourists for more than 60 years. Dazzling sunsets and an all-American menu featuring fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Lake perch, lobster strudel, prime rib.

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Kirby House 2 Washington, Grand Haven. 616-846-3299 AMERICAN. The Grill Room doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is — a chop house and grill. Atmosphere is warm with Tuscan tones, atmospheric lighting, classically cool music and leather booths. The menu focuses on steaks and chops and makes no apologies. The steaks are prime USDA choice, the seafood selection immaculate, and the wine and beverage list is top shelf. Relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Nightlife.

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Mia & Grace 1133 3rd St., Muskegon. 231-725-9500 AMERICAN. Calls itself a bakery and bistro, but that’s too limiting to describe the creativity of Mia & Grace’s menu. The farm-to-table eatery in downtown Muskegon is casual and comfortable and serves lots of one-of-a-kind items like the Pork Belly Reuben or the Duck PB&J (duck confit, carmelized onions, cashew-peanut butter, green pepper jelly, anadama bread). SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Salads, Soups, Creme Brulee.

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New Holland Brewing Company 66 E. 8th St., Holland. 616-355-6422 BREWPUB. One of West MI’s premier microbreweries serves up better than average pub grub, including the Tarheel barbecue Pulled Pork, Grilled Portobello and The Treehugger, which is billed as “a vegetarian sandwich utopia.” SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk.

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Phil’s Bar & Grille 215 Butler St., Saugatuck. 269-857-1555 AMERICAN. This cozy (some would say “small”) bar and grille in downtown Saugatuck is one of those unassuming spots you might easily overlook, though locals in Saugatuck will tell you about their love affair with Phil’s. Eclectic menu is all over the place, but in a good way, and the staff is super-friendly. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Mushroom Fries.

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Salt of the Earth 114 East Main St., Fennville. 269-561-7258 AMERICAN. Salt of the Earth is a farm-to-table-inspired restaurant, bar, and bakery located in the heart of SW Michigan farm country in Fennville. Focuses on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients whenever possible. Also serves up live music on weekends. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: House made rustic cuisine.

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Saugatuck Brewing Company 2948 Blue Star Highway. 269-857-7222 BREWPUB. Enjoy a traditional Irish-style pub that features quality beer, wine, food and service. Try one of 12 unique brews that are served in the pub and bottled and distributed throughout the Midwest. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer in a family friendly pub environment.

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Vitale’s of Zeeland 59 W. Washington St. (616) 772-5900 ITALIAN. This family owned restaurant specializes in Italian dining, but also has a full menu including Mexican and American specialties. Family friendly atmosphere with newly remodeled dining, and an expanded sports bar with big screen TVs. Happy hour specials, live music every Saturday and has been voted Best Pizza seven years in a row by the Grand Rapids Press. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza.

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Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Arcadia Brewing Co. 103 Michigan Ave., Battle Creek. 269-963-9520 BREWPUB. You’ll find some of the usual suspects on the Battle Creek brewpub’s menu, including wood-fired pizzas and some of the best barbecue in the region. But you’ll also find some delightful surprises — Osso Bucco in a brewpub?! — on the menu, courtesy of award-winning Chef Sean Kelly. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Handcrafted ales and barbecue.

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Bell’s Eccentric Cafe 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. 269-382-2332 BREWPUB. Eccentric Café’s regular menu of appetizers, sandwiches, sides and salads — plus the daily soups and specials — exists for a simple and important purpose: to complement the Kalamazoo microbrewery’s award-winning beers. Eat up while you drink up. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Beer.

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Bravo! 5402 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo 269-344-7700 ITALIAN. Much-lauded restaurant has earned its stripes over past 23 years as one of the region’s best dining experiences, including a 3-star rating in the 2010 Forbes Travel Guide (formerly the Mobil Travel Guide). The Tuscan-inspired cuisine is spectacular, the atmosphere comfortable and


intimate, and the service first-rate. Also brews its own beer in small batches for pairings with menu offerings. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. (Closed Sat. lunch) GO THERE FOR: A great dining experience.

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Fieldstone Grille 3970 W. Centre St., Portage. 269-321-8480 AMERICAN. Lodge-retreat atmosphere overlooking the Moors Golf Club natural wetlands. The “field-to-plate” menu features burgers, pizzas, steaks and some eclectic items like quail. Try the FSG chips, a combination of potato, beet and sweet potato chips. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Blue Burger, Almond Crusted Walleye, FSG Chips.

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Food Dance 401 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. 269-382-1888 AMERICAN. An eclectic American menu that reflects ownership’s fixation on “finding honest-to-goodness fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs that come from the farm, not the factory.” Lots of unique choices, for breakfast (gingerbread pancakes), lunch (crab cake sandwich) and dinner (beer roasted chicken). SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh Local Foods.

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Old Burdicks Bar & Grill 100 W. Michigan Ave. (269) 226-3192 AMERICAN. Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill features tasty sandwiches, burgers, salads and entrees, as well as a great selection of cocktails, wines and beers. SERVING: Lunch Dinner. OPEN: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Old Burdick Burger.

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Olde Peninsula 200 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo 269-343-2739 BREWPUB. Downtown brewpub serves up the expected (e.g., steaks, ribs), the authentic (e.g., London Broil) and some pleasant surprises (e.g., extensive vegetarian offerings, Italian food). Offers a range of beers brewed on the premises and served on tap, plus a full bar. Check out the seasonal porters on tap right now, including the Vanilla Porter (5.5% ABV) and Stout Chocula (5.25% ABV). SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer-B-Que Ribs, London Broil.

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Martell’s 3501 Greenleaf Blvd., Kalamazoo. 269-375-2105 AMERICAN. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood that overlooks Willow Lake, Martell’s offers casual ambiance and an expansive menu with steaks, prime rib and other comfort food entrées like Italian style meatloaf and pork shank. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days (Sundaysdinner only) GO THERE FOR: Quiet casual ambiance.

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The Pyramid Scheme The Ragbirds wsg Tony LaJoye Trio River City Saloon Litt Up, OTC Saugatuck Center for the Arts Point Counterpoint: Cyril Lixenberg Screen Prints Schuler Books 28th Street Matt Turk Seven Steps Up Ken Yates wsg Brian Dunne UICA After Tiller, C.O.G., Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas Wealthy Theatre Mosaic Film Fest

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Friday

11.01

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Funktion Billy’s Lounge Otis Blueswell Jr. DeVos Performance Hall Opera Grand Rapids Presents A Streetcar Named Desire Dog Story Theater Dress Your Wives in Floor Length Denim Dr. Grins Johnny Beehner Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Foundry Hall Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman Frauenthal Center West Michigan Symphony Presents Gypsy Fire

Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM Friday Nights at GRAM, America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Library Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories Grand Woods Lounge Slick Willys GVSU Art Gallery Cyril Lixenberg: An Artist’s Journey The Intersection 7th Annual Harvest of Souls

KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Mangiamo! Chris Corey, Monica Da Silva Mulligan’s Pub Julio Gomez Muskegon Museum of Art Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone, Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, The French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art Peter Martin Wege Theatre Grand Rapids Ballet Presents Dracula Planet Rock It Lies Within

saturday

11.02

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Super Happy Funtime Burlesque Show Billy’s Lounge Danger Damsels Burlesque-Halloween Hootenanny feat. Cash O’Riley The Curragh Aidan O’Toole DeltaPlex Arena BaCon DeVos Performance Hall Opera Grand Rapids Presents A Streetcar Named Desire Dog Story Theater Dress Your Wives in Floor Length Denim Dr. Grins Johnny Beehner Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Founders Brewing Co. Mark Lavengood’s Bluegrass Bonanza

Frauenthal Center West Michigan Symphony Presents Gypsy Fire Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Library Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories Howmet Playhouse The River City Road Show The Intersection Mega ‘80s KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Lemonjello’s Coffee Bradley Hathaway, Great Estates, Nick Wronski and Zach M. Harper LowellArts! LowellArts! Thebes Players Present Over the River and Through the Woods Mangiamo! Monica Da Silva Mulligan’s Pub The Waxines & The Boss Mustangs Muskegon Museum of Art Promises of Freedom: Selections from the

Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone, The French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art Peter Martin Wege Theatre Grand Rapids Ballet Presents Dracula The Pyramid Scheme Bennett with Jeff Pianki and Chris DuPont Soaring Eagle Casino TNA Impact Wrestling Tip Top Deluxe Bethesda and Glowfriends UICA After Tiller, C.O.G., Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas

sunday

11.03

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe All Stouts Day Billy’s Lounge Revival ‘80s Night Dog Story Theater Dress Your Wives in Floor Length Denim Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in

Best Bet: Rock

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These days, a good nu-metal throwback isn’t so hard to find – usually, they’re playing live in some far-flung dive bar, located in West Jesus-ville, Any State USA. Much harder to pin down is said nu-metal band rocking an awesome cover… of Billy Ocean. Sure, we’ve all been pining away at the opportunity to get this late ‘90s screamerific sub-genre out of our dreams and into our cars (presumably the stereo portion of the vehicle and not, like, the backseat.) The only difference is, GWAR actually made it happen. With a recent viral resurgence of the satirical metal darlings by way of covering “Get Out of My Dreams (And Into My Car),” this cheerful band of horrific bros are poised to pick up where Ozzfest left off – that is, with latex murder-themed costumes, GWAR wsg Whitechapel, Iron fake blood packets galore and Regan, and Band of Orcs a definite penchant for coreThe Intersection, Grand Rapids shaking riffs. GWAR, we’ve Nov. 10, 7 p.m. got your number: now hop in, $20 in advance, $23 at the door we’re going for a spin. Reported (616) 451-8232, sectionlive.com by Emma Kat Richardson

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Schedule Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Library Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Miller Auditorium Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Conducted by Terry Myers Muskegon Museum of Art Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone, The French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art New Holland Brewing Company Harvest Festival 2013 River City Saloon OTC Riviera Theatre Opera in Cinema: Nabucco Salt of the Earth Muteflutes UICA C.O.G., Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas

monday

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11.04

Billy’s Lounge The Line Up DeVos Performance Hall The Juried Exhibition of Master of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories KIA ARTbreak : From Arieto to Harry Bertoia, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, The French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art River City Saloon OTC Saugatuck Center for the Arts Point Counterpoint: Cyril Lixenberg Screen Prints

Billy’s Lounge BassBin DeVos Performance Hall In the Mood Foundry Hall tunebugs Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories Louis Armstrong Theatre - GVSU Fall Arts Celebration: ‘Memories of Summer - The American Identity in Dance’ Saugatuck Center for the Arts Point Counterpoint: Cyril Lixenberg Screen Prints Seven Steps Up Todd Carey and Curtis Peoples wsg Dan Godlin

tuesday

11.05

The B.O.B The Burton W3 Party Bar Divani Mary Rademacher

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UICA C.O.G., Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas Wealthy Theatre Meanwhile Movie: V for Vendetta

wednesday

11.06

Billy’s Lounge Campus Karaoke DeVos Performance Hall Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories Lemonjello’s Open Mic Night Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, the French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Point Counterpoint: Cyril Lixenberg Screen Prints UICA C.O.G., Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas Wealthy Theatre Mars Hill Movie: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

thursday

11.07

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Jimkata wsg Weazildust Dog Story Theater Shadows at the Sanford Dr. Grins Ryan Hamilton Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories, Native American Culture Days

The Intersection Huey Mack: The Pretending Perfection Tour, WLAV Presents Steve Vai KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo Civic Theatre Me and My Shadow Kzoo Public Library Meet the Author: Ally Condie Loutit District Library Teresa Irish Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, The French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art The Pyramid Scheme Mutrix with Steve Swift River City Saloon OTC Saugatuck Center for the Arts Point Counterpoint: Cyril Lixenberg Screen Prints Schuler Books 28th Street Nancy Steltman with Laura Armenta St. Cecilia Music Center Fresh Folk Series Presents Rachael and Dominic Davis with Troll for Trout UICA C.O.G., Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Best Bet: Lecture Quick. Name a popular 21st century astrophysicist. Chances are you can only think of one: Neil deGrasse Tyson. The quick-witted Tyson joins the ranks of Bill Nye and Carl Sagan for making science downright cool. A god among redditors, fans appreciate Tyson for not only his knowledge, but his zingers aimed at James Cameron (who included a historically inaccurate night sky in Titanic) and more recently, tweets on Gravity’s flaws. He presents science in a way that is accessible for the every-person, making it interesting and not overwhelming. This month, he makes a special, FREE, appearance at Grand Valley State University’s fieldhouse to present his lecture, “Science as a Way of Knowing,” where he’ll Neil DeGrasse Tyson prove that without science, you’re just a big GVSU Fieldhouse, dummy. (Our words, not his.) Get your tickAllendale ets at GVSU’s 20/20 Information Desk at the Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Kirkhof Center on the Allendale campus. Or, Free Neil DeGrasse Tyson you can get them online for a small handling gvsu.edu, fee, because that’s what you get for being (616) 331-2020 lazy. Reported by Lindsay Patton-Carson

friday

11.08

The 411 Club Kelly Richey Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Enter the Haggis Billy’s Lounge Funkle Jesse Blackhawk Bar and Grill Who Hit John DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Symphony Pops: Pixar in Concert Dr. Grins Ryan Hamilton Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories, Native American Culture Days Grand Woods Lounge Kari Lynch Band The Intersection David Nail, Dieselboy


KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo Civic Theatre Songs from the Silver Screen Kzoo State Theatre Australia’s Thunder from Down Under Kellogg Arena Battle Creek Women’s Expo LaFontsee Galleries Annual Fall Gala Mangiamo! Chris Corey Mulligan’s Pub The Waxines Muskegon Museum of Arts The French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art, Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone River City Saloon Tricks The Pyramid Scheme Living Colour with Equal Parts Saugatuck Center for the Arts Point Counterpoint: Cyril Lixenberg Screen Prints Schuler Books 28th Street LVNMUZIQ UICA A Touch of Sin, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas VanAndel Arena Sesame Street Live ‘Make a New Friend’

saturday

11.09

sunday

11.10

Billy’s Lounge Revival ‘80s Night DeVos Performance Hall Gabriel Iglesias ‘Stand-Up Revolution’; Grand Rapids Symphony Pops: Pixar in Concert Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Founders Brewing Co. The Crane Wives Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in

Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection GWAR wsg Whitechapel Iron Regan and Band of Orcs KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo Civic Theatre Songs from the Silver Screen Loutit District Library Paul Vondiziano Muskegon Museum of Arts The French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art, Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone The Pyramid Scheme Fusion Shows Presents: Mike Mains and the Branches, Dockside Fever, West and Run Salt of the Earth Wisaal Seven Steps Up Ellis Paul UICA A Touch of Sin, After Tiller, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas VanAndel Arena Sesame Street Live ‘Make a New Friend’

monday

11.11

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Square Dance Kalamazoo Billy’s Lounge BassBin Foundry Hall tunebugs Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GR Public Library Snowblood’s Journal GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories River City Saloon OTC

tuesday

11.12

Bar Divani Sylvia Taylor Billy’s Lounge The Line Up

Megadeth

Best Bet: Metal Being a Megadeth fan can be a true exercise in frustration. People either love or hate guitarist Dave Mustaine, the band’s founder and creative force. He’s a gifted guitarist and a cunning lyricist who’s proven time and again to have the chops to create great albums and some of the best compositions of the metal genre. But for years, Mustaine seemed bent on throwing it all away through his constant struggles with addiction. Despite a revolving door of bandmates, he maintained Megadeth as a going concern, driven to new levels of creativity by a sense of frustration stemming back to 1983 when he was fired from Metallica. That drive spawned albums like Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying? (1986), Rust In Peace (1990) and Megadeth wsg Countdown to Extinction (1992) — all of which endeared Fear Factory Mustaine to his fans. But somewhere along the line, the and Nonpoint old Dave got his wires crossed and out came this different The Orbit Room, personality, one who’s constantly drunk on conspiracy Grand Rapids serum and colluding with fringe political thinkers. While Nov. 26, 6 p.m. the impact of this conversion on his songwriting and $35 in advance, playing seems negligible, it’s certainly made Mustaine $39 day of show the off-stage personality a true car wreck complete with orbitroom.com, a “New World Order” soundtrack. So resist the urge to (616) 942-1328 click on any of the “Today in Mustaine dumbassery” headlines. Just go relive those halcyon days when bullet belts were in style, and see MegaDave in his natural setting: Live on stage. You just might want to plug your ears and turn away between songs. Reported by Joe Boomgaard

DeVos Performance Hall Broadway Grand Rapids Presents West Side Story Dimnent Chapel Spencer Meyer Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories KIA ARTbreak : Natayla Critchley: Art and Local Ecology as Social

Practice, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Planet Rock Pop Evil wsg The Letter Black Eve to Adam & Black Oxygen at Planet Rock UICA A Touch of Sin, After Tiller, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas Van Andel Arena Lady Antebellum Wealthy Theatre Meanwhile Movies: The Neverending Story

wednesday

11.13

Billy’s Lounge Campus Karaoke DeVos Performance Hall Broadway Grand Rapids Presents West Side Story Fountain Street Church GRCC Diversity Lecture (John Elder Robison) ‘Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s’ Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection

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Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Corn Fed Girls Billy’s Lounge Dragon Wagon wsg Northern Skies DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Symphony Pops: Pixar in Concert Dr. Grins Ryan Hamilton Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Founders Brewing Co. 2013 Breakfast Stout Breakfast Frauenthal Center Concert with Friends 5 Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Holiday Gift Show, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes

Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories, Native American Culture Days Griswold Auditorium Uncommon Road CD Release Show The Intersection Devil Wears Prada; Grieves wsg Sweatshop Union Rick Chyme and James Gardin KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo Civic Theatre Songs from the Silver Screen Kzoo State Theatre Johnny Lang Kellogg Arena Battle Creek Women’s Expo Little River Casino Thunder From Down Under Mangiamo! Monica Da Silva Mulligan’s Pub Bury the Silence, Flood the Desert & Silent Lapse Muskegon Museum of Arts The French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art, Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Planet Rock Lies Between, Super BOB The Pyramid Scheme Maybe Next Time with The Better Fight, Way To Fall, Paper Brigade River City Saloon OTC Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Eddie Spaghetti UICA A Touch of Sin, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas VanAndel Arena Sesame Street Live ‘Make a New Friend’ Wealthy Theatre Pop Scholars, GRFAS presents Drive South

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Schedule 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories KIA Art League Lecture: Richard Kooyman, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone The Orbit Room Asking Alexandria: The Death to Destiny Tour River City Saloon OTC Schuler Books 28th Street Kristina Riggle UICA A Touch of Sin, After Tiller, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas

thursday

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11.14

DeVos Performance Hall Broadway Grand Rapids Presents West Side Story Dr. Grins Dave Koechner Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950, Creativity Uncorked GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection Monster Magnet wsg Royal Thunder Zodiac & Tru Burn; The Company We Keep wsg Child Bite Bowery (CD release) & Between Brains KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Knickerbocker Theatre Visiting Writer Series - Patricia Smith Miller Auditorium Ragtime Mulligan’s Pub Moss Folk Zen Star Beat Cult & Bermudas

Muskegon Museum of Art Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Saugatuck Center for the Arts Real to Reel: Blood Brother Tip Top Deluxe Barrence Whitfield and the Savages and The Boss Mustangs! UICA A Touch of Sin, After Tiller, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas Wellspring Theatre Old World New

friday

11.15

The B.O.B Mane Event Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Fauxgrass Wisaal & Karma Bellydance Billy’s Lounge Funktion DeVos Performance Hall Broadway Grand Rapids Presents West Side Story Dr. Grins Dave Koechner Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM Friday Nights at GRAM, America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection 40 Below Summer wsg Straight Line Stitch Dead Against Know Lyfe Withhold The Blood Martyr For Madison KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains

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and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo Civic Theatre Songs from the Silver Screen Mangiamo! Chris Corey Mulligan’s Pub Matt Ten Clay & the Howlers Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Planet Rock The Magic Men Male Revue Show The Pyramid Scheme Carielle (album release), Filmloom, Wayne Szalinski, Jake Kalmink River City Saloon OTC Schuler Books 28th Street John Douglas St. Cecilia Music Center Classical Coffee Concert UICA A Touch of Sin, After Tiller, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+ Wellspring Theatre Old World New

saturday

11.16

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Mustard Plug wsg Mushmen Billy’s Lounge Hip Pocket DeVos Performance Hall Broadway Grand Rapids Presents West Side Story Dr. Grins Dave Koechner Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Fountain Street Church Crossing Boundaries: Seeing the World Through Music Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection

Monster Magnet: The Intersection, Nov. 14

1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories Howmet Playhouse The MSU Accafellas The Intersection Cosby Sweater, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus wsg Afro Zuma and Genetics KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo Civic Theatre Songs from the Silver Screen The Livery The Crane Wives with Slim Gypsy Baggage Mangiamo! Monica Da Silva Miller Auditorium Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Mulligan’s Pub Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas & Lake Timber The Pyramid Scheme Stepdad with Flint Eastwood and Valentiger Seven Steps Up Dana Cooper Soaring Eagle Casino Hunks The Show Tip Top Deluxe Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound UICA A Touch of Sin, After Tiller, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+ Wellspring Theatre Old World New

sunday

11.17

Billy’s Lounge Revival ‘80s Night DeVos Performance Hall Broadway Grand Rapids Presents West Side Story Farmers Alley Theatre Collected Stories Founders Brewery Co. Cymbals Eat Guitars wsg Stagnant Pools Fountain Street Church Crossing Boundaries: Seeing the World Through Music Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in

John Mayer

Best Bet: Pop Love him or hate him, there’s no denying the unstoppable staying power of John Mayer. This dude has literally been running through the halls of our collective national high school and screaming at the top of his lungs since, I don’t know, freshman year? Let’s not even try to guess how many wall calendars have come and gone since then. And yeah, he’s got seven Grammys under his belt, six full-length albums and about a bajillion hit singles that both old ladies and underdeveloped sensitive-boy types alike love shriek-singing along to. Not too shabby, considering how many times Mayer has put his foot in his mouth and nearly ended his career. But that’s another rant for another day. In support of his latest effort, Paradise Valley, dates for the Born and Raised tour have been added, and tickets are still on sale. Better go check Mayer out before he checks you out … and then blabs about checking you out to Rolling Stone, while drunk. Reported by Emma Kat Richardson John Mayer Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids Nov. 27, 7 p.m. $69.50, $49.50 & $29.50 (616) 742-6600, vanandelarena.com


GABBY. PIANO. CHEESECAKE. Gabriela Martinez, solo piano Sunday, November 3, 3 pm Doors and bar open at 2 pm The New York Times calls her “compelling, elegant, and incisive.” Venezuelan pianist Gabriela “Gabby” Martinez is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist and has already amassed an impressive list of recital, concerto, and chamber music performance credits.

MODERN. BRASSY. SLIDERS. Gaudete Brass Quintet Friday, November 15, 7:30 pm Doors and bar open at 6:30 pm The Chicago-based Gaudete Brass Quintet is an outstanding young group bringing fresh ideas to brass chamber music. Gaudete is expanding the brass quintet repertoire by commissioning new works from modern composers as well as performing historically informed Renaissance music.

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Schedule Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection Trapt KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo State Theatre Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Salt of the Earth Slim Gypsy Baggage UICA A Touch of Sin, Perverts Guide to Ideology, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+ Wellspring Theatre Old World New

Gabriel Iglesias

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Comedy

Ladies, get your grooming brushes, petting fingers and chicken wings ready. That’s right, the fluffy guy is back in action, and he’s ready to be… well, see above. The jokester/fluff-ster in question here is Gabriel Iglesias: he of the Gabriel Iglesias “I’m not fat, I’m DeVos Performance Hall, fluffy” fame. Call Grand Rapids it whatever you Nov. 10, 7 p.m., $42 like, but either devosperformancehall. way, Iglesias has com, (616) 742-660 been cleaning up from a banner year, amid promises of an even bigger (or perhaps fluffier) future in store. After landing a supporting role in the widely received male stripper extravaganza Magic Mike, Iglesias returned to the preliminary world of stand-up, and Comedy Central recently released his second comedy special, “Aloha Fluffy: Parts 1 and 2.” Currently on tour in support of his ongoing commitment to all things fat AND funny, Iglesias is well worth the price of admission for any fan of good-natured, self-deprecating hilarity. But, uh, you may be asked to check the chicken wings at the door. Reported by Emma Kat Richardson

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monday

11.18

Billy’s Lounge BassBin Bobarino’s Edye Evans Hyde with The Terry Lower Ensemble Covenant Fine Arts Center Shad Foundry Hall tunebugs Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories Mulligan’s Pub Little Big League Old Dog Tavern K.L.O.B. The Pyramid Scheme Laura Stevenson, Fiona Dickson, Mat Churchill

tuesday

11.19

Bar Divani Kathy Lamar Billy’s Lounge The Line Up Fredrick Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950

GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories KIA ARTbreak : Brian O’Doherty; the most talented artist in the KIA Collection?, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Muksegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone UICA A Touch of Sin, Perverts Guide to Ideology, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+ Wealthy Theatre Meanwhile Movies: Labyrinth

wednesday

11.20

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe The Michigan Beer Film Billy’s Lounge Campus Karaoke Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection Parachute and Plain White T’s wsg Tommy and the High Pilots KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Mulligan’s Pub Swearin’ Low Cloud Away Game Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone The Orbit Room Lamb of God The Pyramid Scheme Sean Peay Benefit Show UICA A Touch of Sin, Perverts Guide to Ideology, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+

thursday

11.21

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Hey Mavis DeVos Place International Wine Beer & Food Festival Dr. Grins Adam Cayton-Holland Founders Brewing Co. Dangermuffin wsg Big Daddy Love Frauenthal Center West Michigan Symphony Presents Vienna Boys Choir Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Planet Rock Kill Devil Hill wsg Eyes Set to Kill & Girl on Fire at Planet Rock The Pyramid Scheme Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers with Good Day Good Sir, Jake Down and the Midwest Mess Riviera Theatre Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride Schuler Books 28th Street GRAAA Presents David DeBruyn St. Cecilia Music Center Heartfelt Declarations UICA A Touch of Sin, Perverts Guide to Ideology, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+ Van Singel Fine Arts Center The Wonder Bread Years

friday

11.22

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Caravan Of Thieves wsg Dustbowl Revival Billy’s Lounge Quadraphonic

The Curragh The Moxie Strings DeltaPlex Arena Rob Zombie and Korn DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Symphony Classical: Mozart’s Requiem DeVos Place International Wine Beer & Food Festival Dimnent Chapel Great Performance Series: Trio Solisti Dr. Grins Adam Cayton-Holland Four Winds Casino The Brian Setzer Orchestra Frauenthal Center Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM Friday Nights at GRAM, America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music Howmet Playhouse The Crane Wives The Intersection Minnesota wsg Regulators and Biff Tannen KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo State Theatre Warren Miller’s ‘Ticket to Ride’ Mangiamo! Chris Corey Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids Soul Club River City Saloon 4U2NV UICA Perverts Guide to Ideology, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+

saturday

11.23

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Digital Tape Machine wsg Cosby Sweater DeltaPlex Arena Shipshewana on the Road DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Symphony Classical: Mozart’s Requiem DeVos Place International Wine Beer & Food Festival Dog Story Theater Aria Flame


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Schedule and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo State Theatre Warren Miller’s ‘Ticket to Ride’ Little River Casino Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band The Livery The Smoking Flowers Mangiamo! Monica Da Silva Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life Muksegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Planet Rock Through the Ashes River City Saloon Thundering Heart Seven Steps Up Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer UICA Perverts Guide to Ideology, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+

sunday

11.24

Billy’s Lounge Revival ‘80s Night

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Dogwood Center Ralston Bowles Dr. Grins Adam Cayton-Holland Frauenthal Center Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays; The Second City Presents Happily Ever Laughter Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820–1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection Caravan of Thieves wsg Dustbowl Revival; Wayland wsg Royal Bliss Devin & The Dead Frets Hurry Home Bled Life KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains

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Driftwood Bar & Grill Stolen Horses Band Frauenthal Center Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820-1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories Kalamazoo State Theatre Warren Miller’s ‘Ticket to Ride’ KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre

Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life Miller Auditorium Ragtime Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Salt of the Earth Hey Mavis Seven Steps Up Shawn Mullins UICA Perverts Guide to Ideology, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+

monday

11.25

Billy’s Lounge BassBin Foundry Hall tunebugs Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet at Meijer Gardens, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection Jake Miller wsg Action Item & Air Dubai

Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life

tuesday

11.26

Bar Divani Diana Vandewater Billy’s Lounge The Line Up Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass, Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820-1950 GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection The Black Dahlia Murder wsg Skeletonwitch Fallujah & Wolvhammer KIA ARTbreak : The Artist and The Poet: Baskin and Hughes, Copley

to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone The Orbit Room Megadeth: The Super Collider Tour UICA Perverts Guide to Ideology, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+ Wealthy Theatre Meanwhile Movie: Jurrasic Park

wednesday

11.27

Billy’s Lounge Campus Karaoke Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass, Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World


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Schedule GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820-1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Planet Rock The Night Before Turkey with Unhinged and Bad Tattoo River City Saloon Classic Fix UICA Perverts Guide to Ideology, Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the Americas, Zero+ VanAndel Arena John Mayer Born and Raised Tour

thursday

11.28

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life The Pyramid Scheme Retro D’Luxe Thanksgiving

friday

11.29

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Greensky Bluegrass DeVos Performance Hall Straight No Chaser Dr. Grins Brian Aldridge Frauenthal Center Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Game’s Afoot of Holmes for the Holidays Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary

Sculpture in Glass, Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World GRAM Friday Nights at GRAM, America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820-1950 GR Civc Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection Kamilla wsg Johnny Logic Thunder Chicken The Dead Last The Storied Life Fred Thompson Trio KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo Civic Theatre Peter Pan Mangiamo! Chris Corey Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life Mulligan’s Pub Goddammit & How to Make Enemies and Irritate People

Muskegon Museum of Arts Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Peter Martin Wege Theatre Amahl and the Night Visitors The Pyramid Scheme Back to the ‘90s Pajama Jammy Jam Soaring Eagle Casino Terry Fator St. Cecilia Music Center ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas UICA Pulso: Arte de las Americas/ Art of the Americas, Zero+

Saturday

11.30

Bell’s Eccentric Café Greensky Bluegrass, Winter Bizarre Bazaar Billy’s Lounge Battle of the Bands The Curragh Ian Gould Dr. Grins Brian Aldridge Frauenthal Center Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Game’s Afoot of Holmes for the Holidays; Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride Frederik Meijer Gardens Bernar Venet, Shattered: Contemporary

Sculpture in Glass, Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World GRAM America Near and Far: Photographs from the Collection 1870-1930, Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820-1950 GR Civic Theatre The Sound of Music GR Public Museum Dinosaurs Unearthed, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories The Intersection Mega ‘80s KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review, BOO! Images of the Macabre Kzoo Civic Theatre Peter Pan Kellogg Arena Midwest Indoor Racing Mangiamo! Monica Da Silva Master Arts Theatre It’s A Wonderful Life Mulligan’s Pub And Out Come the Wolves, Suffer Muskegon Museum of Art Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone

The Labyrinth: Wealthy Theatre, Nov. 19 The Pyramid Scheme Sarah Jean Anderson: After School Special UICA Pulso: Arte de las Americas/ Art of the Americas, Zero+ n

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