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Arts Issue A complete arts season preview for 2013–2014

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What’s Inside

September 2013 | Volume 25, Issue 9


15 Random Notes 18 Beer 20 Free Market 22 Eclectic 24 All Ages

SPECIAL SECTION: 27 The Arts Issue 44 Why The DAAC Matters 46 Q&A with Andrea Kowch 48 ArtPrize 52 Listening Rooms


The Arts Issue

SOUNDS: Photo: Courtesy Andrea Kowch. See Q&A on page 46.


59 Sink’s Spins 60 On Tour: Donna the Buffalo 62 On Tour: Over the Rhine


The Listening Room Experience

65 Theatre: Glengarry Glen Ross 66 Indie Film 67 Movie Previews 68 Comedy: Chad Daniels 70 Style Notes 72 Literary Life


75 Restaurant Listings 76 Taste This


Why the Daac Matters


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Letter from the Editor

W es t M ic h igan ’ s E n t ertainmen t G uide


ike many others in the community, we were really bummed when we heard D.I.T. venue, the Division Avenue Arts Collective, was closing last month. In college, I remember hearing about a really cool Michigan band named Breathe Owl Breathe playing there. A few years later, I heard this little band was doing big things. I can’t help but think the DAAC had something to do with that. I also remember going to shows to see friends perform. The great thing about the DAAC is it’s a perfect I-saw-them-when venue, as well as a venue that gives local artists a chance they would not have elsewhere. Like myself, there are many people in the community that have memories of the DAAC. It was even more so evident when social media lit up with upset posts, emotional blogs and fond memories. There really isn’t much more we can say at REVUE that hasn’t already been said. Instead, we let the artists speak for themselves. I have to garciously thank Dana Friis-Hansen, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum for donating his time to write a special editorial on this topic. We thought his experience in cities outside Grand Rapids would give great insight on why the DAAC is important and what happens next. We were right. Friis-Hansen talks about the importance of these small, D.I.T. community venues and looks to the future of the DAAC with positivity. So we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the DAAC’s future as well. Rock on.

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Advertising index 8th St. Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Alliance Beverage Distributing / Heineken. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Amore: Chef Mark Noseda Benefit. . 77 Amway Hotel Corporation . . . . . . . . 82 Arts & Eats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Bell’s Brewery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 63 Billy’s Lounge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 BOB’s Brewery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Brewery Vivant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Broadway Grand Rapids. . . . . . 4, 31 Calvin College SAO . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Cascade Optical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Celebration! Cinema. . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Circle Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 DeltaPlex. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Dog Story Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Downtown Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Dr. Grins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Elite Health Plc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Erb Thai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Firekeepers Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Fontana Chamber Arts . . . . . . . . . . 36 Forest Hills Fine Arts Center . . . . . . 63 Founders Brewing Company. . . . . . 17 Fusion Shows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Grand Haven Indie Rock Fest. . . . . . 16 Grand Rapids Art Museum . . . . . . . 64 Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. . . . . . . 26 Grand Rapids Public Library. . . . . . 26 Grand Rapids Symphony. . . . . . . . . 49 Grand Woods Lounge. . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Growco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Grand Valley State University . . . . . 51

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The Intersection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 KB Productions, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Keil Lasik Vision Center. . . . . . . . . . 30 MICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Martha’s Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Michigan Irish Music Festival. . . . . 62 Millennium Restaurants. . . . . 19, 79 Miller Auditorium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Muskegon Museum of Art . . . . . . . . 45 Mustache-a-Palooza. . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Opera Grand Rapids. . . . . . . . . . . . 71 The Orbit Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Palazzolo’s Gelato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Pyramid Scheme. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Red Jet Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Reserve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 River City Improv. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Saugatuck Brewing Company. . . . . 19 Saugatuck Center for the Arts. . . . . 69 Schmohz Brewery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Schuler Books & Music. . . . . . . . . . 73 The Score. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Seven Steps Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Sight Optical Boutique . . . . . . . . . . 49 Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. . . . . 3 St. Cecilia Music Center . . . . . . . . . 41 Take Hold Church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 University Musical Society. . . . . . . . 43 Van Singel Fine Arts Center. . . . . . . 37 Vitale’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 West Side Beer / Budweiser. . . . . . . 92 Wharton Center. . . . . . . . . . . . 10.11 Wurst Festival Ever. . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 The Yoga Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

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Random Notes

last-people-to-get-there front-row option, solving Kalamazoo’s stiff-neck problems. The theater will feature new releases, independent films and special programming.

Sports ///

Grand Rapids’ one and only roller derby team, the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls, have pushed, shoved and busted their way into the Division 1 WFTDA Playoffs this year. On Sept. 6 and 7, GRRG will be up against some of their fiercest competitors yet in Fort Wayne, Ind., including teams from Canada and the UK, who are all aiming to make it to the championship this November.

Eclectic ///

NIN drops a new album Sept. 2

On Tour ///

Boys are swingin’ by Tip Top Deluxe on Sept. 5. Special guests include Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for the 7 p.m. show.

National CD Releases ///

When Trent Reznor announced a Nine Inch Nails hiatus in 2009, fans weren’t sure if they would ever see another NIN album. Good news for NIN fans, Hesitation Marks, the band’s first album in five years, will hit the streets on Sept. 2 ... Rip-roaring psychedelic rockers King Kahn & the Shrines release Idle No More, also on Sept. 2 ... Dance your ass off to post-punk rock revivalists Arctic Monkeys. These Brits drop their new album, AM, on Sept. 9 ... British alt. rockers Placebo helped define the sound of ‘90s alternative and are back on Sept. 16 with a new album Loud Like Love ... Notable box sets are being released this month from rock pioneers hailing from two different eras. The Clash Sound System hits stores Sept. 9, and will feature the band’s entire studio catalog remastered by Mick

Jones himself, early demos, B-sides, a DVD featuring rare footage and live shows, plus dog tags, stickers, badges and a poster, along with a reprint of the bands original fanzine, Armagideon Times. Nirvana In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition comes out Sept. 23.

Film ///

Grand Rapids’ Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival was recently chosen as the Top 20 Horror/SciFi Film Festivals by MovieMaker magazine. The top 20 is chosen by the publication’s editors, while fans get to pick the top 5. The festival, which is in its eighth year, is a threeday event that focuses on independent and cult-classic films around the world, focusing in on action, thriller, suspense, sci-fi and horror genres. The dates for 2013 are Oct. 24-26 at Wealthy Theatre ... Kalamazoo is getting a new movie theater. Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo (180 Portage St.) announced plans to open in fall 2013. The theater not only has its own restaurent with a local beer menu, but seating for 900 moviegoers, and a layout that eliminates the pain-in-the-butt,

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Scene Sounds | Sights | Dining | Schedule

Andrew W.K., the man that made partying a lifestyle, brings his diverse music catalog to Battle Creek’s Planet Rock on Sept. 24. Expect to hear hits such as “Party Hard,” “Party til You Puke,” “Long Live the Party,” “It’s Time to Party,” and more. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door for the 6 p.m. show. Openers include West Michigan bands Know Lyfe, Devin & The Dead Frets, Hellifino, Piss Off The Devil and The Hex Bombs ... Aziz Ansari is coming back to Grand Rapids, but not to film 30 Minutes or Less 2. The actor/comedian recently booked two shows at Wealthy Theatre on Sept. 5, with both shows selling out in less than 12 hours ... An ode to Michigan artists, food and culture, Earthwork Harvest Gathering will take place Sept. 20-22 at Earthwork Farm in Lake City. This festival boasts four stages with Michigan performers such as Drew Nelson, Frontier Ruckus, Seth & May, The Crane Wives, Breathe Owl Breathe and more. Tickets are $35-$90. ... Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductees Big Sandy and His Fly Rite

Party hard with Andrew W.K. Sept. 24

Get ready for some pinball madness as The Pyramid Scheme hosts its 2nd Annual Weekend Pinball Event on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. With one of the greatest pinball machine collections in the Midwest (50 machines) and the hosting of the Grand Rapids Pinball League, “pinball Pyramid” has certainly become a well-known term in the Grand Rapids area. The event features a five-machine tournament on Sept. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a double elimination tournament at 6:30 p.m. General entry is open to the public at $10 with a $.50 coin drop on each machine.


Random Notes

Charity ///

In honor of Chef Mark Noseda’s untimely passing, Amore Trattoria Italiana (5080 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park) is hosting a benefit for the Chef Mark Noseda Scholarship Fund. Established in his name by Chef Noseda’s loved ones, the scholarship will help culinary students in West Michigan to pursue and become successful in the culinary industry. The benefit takes place on Sept. 22 from noon until 3 p.m. and is hosted by Noseda’s friends, including Chef Jenna Arcidiacono, Chef Randy Finch, Chef Tommy Fitzgerald and Rod Glupker. The benefit will have an auction, as well as a special meal for the event. Chef Noseda was known for being the executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group. He created menus for Grand Rapids’ Twisted Rooster and Walker’s Crooked Goose.

Chef Mark Noseda benefit Sept. 22

Art ///

Damien Dempsey at Michigan Irish Music Festival

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Festival ///

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Thanks to Michigan Irish Music Festival, we have another time of the year to be Irish. Indulge in three days of Irish music, food and culture on Sept. 13-15. New to the festival this year is The Highland Games, where competitors take part in hammer, sheaf and caber toss. Not your everyday sporting event, right? Music includes a combination of Irish performers including Celtic-rock bands The Waxies, Scythian and The Tosspints, as well as the Ireland-based We Banjo 3 and the reggae, rock, and traditional Irish fusion performer, Damien Dempsey. Tickets are $40-$10 and can be purchased at

Important Dates Ad Reservation Deadline: Sept. 18 Editorial Deadline: Sept. 5 Delivery: Sept. 30

Two art powerhouses are coming together this fall. Urban Institute for Comtemporary Arts and Ferris State’s Kendall College of Art and Design recently announced a merger, which makes the UICA a wholly owned subsidiary of the art and design school. The change keeps the UICA, which had increasing debts and monthly expenses threatening to close the venue, in its downtown location. Changes also include a new executive direction, Miranda Krajniak, as well as a full-time curator, Alexander Paschka. In addition, the UICA will present art to a wider audience, as well as broaden opportunities with its movie theater. n Random Notes is compiled by REVUE staff and minions, including Liz Badovinac, Lindsay Patton-Carson, T Stastny and Elyse Wild. For more music, art and entertainment news, including breaking concert announcements and giveaways, “Like” us on Facebook (facebook. com/revuewm) or follow us on Twitter at

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/// Beer

by Ben Darcie

Beer of the Month

Cranker’s Professor IPA


his dry IPA pours a brilliantly clear, deep gold with a bright, white head. The aroma is loaded with citrus hops and a soft, malt presence. This brew is light bodied, which showcases the huge display of citrus hops, and finishes dry, which lets the bitterness stay with you all the way to the next sip.

Photos: Ben Darcie

Beer News

Brewery Spotlight:

Cellar Brewing Company

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h e sto ry o f C e l la r B r ewi n g C o m pany b e g i n s a little m o re o d d ly than m o st. Chuck Brown was an operations director for Grand Valley State University and was thinking about taking his life in another direction. Being a homebrewer, he began to draw up a business plan to open his own brewery in Allendale. One day, the catering director burst into his office and said there was a brewery for sale on Craigslist. Brown didn’t take him seriously at first, until he was watching the news the next night and saw Michigan Beer Cellar Owner Dan Humphreys talking about his unusual sales method. “I had totally dismissed the whole thing. I thought it was just equipment,” Brown said. “I gave Dan a call and came up that Saturday to meet him.” Humphreys and Brown met every Saturday for the following months, with Humphreys teaching Brown everything about his establishment and operation, and in January 2013, they signed the purchase agreement. Humphreys stayed with him another six weeks, ensuring a smooth transition of ownership, and then said goodbye to his brewery. “He was here on a consulting capacity,” Brown said. “At one point we said, ‘We’re good,’ shook hands, and parted ways. He still pops in from time to time.”

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The taproom is very large and open, with a long bar along the east wall and plenty of open seating, including large sofas and armchairs on the main floor. There is a beer garden out back where you can sit in the sun and enjoy your brew, or you can stay inside for any of the musical acts in the taproom, or even a football game on the big projector screen. Now owner and brewmaster, Brown retained the existing staff, along with headbrewer Ben Laninga, who had been brewing at the Cellar for a year and a half. “We try to keep it varied so the taplist isn’t the same every time people come in,” Laninga said. Cellar Brewing maintains a “customer driven” taplist, featuring standards, as well as beers that customers would like to see. The beer styles are varied, and they also offer wine and spirits. Some highlights of the taplist upon my visit were Hyperion Imperial Irish Red, Black Magic RYPA, Monkeywrench IPA, Vanilla Porter and Brit’s Best ESB. “We try to keep all the different styles well represented,” Brown said. “With 16 taps, it’s pretty easy to have a style that anyone can like.” The taplist retains a lot of Michigan Beer Cellar’s spirit, but fills in a few holes that were missing. Brown said it’s not about creating a new foundation, it’s about building on the one already there.

“We don’t have to have a crazy orange-jalapeno beer — there are other people doing that, and that’s fine. I just want to make good, solid beers.” “You don’t have to have the wildest, craziest, far-out beer,” Brown said. “We don’t have to have a crazy orange-jalapeno beer — there are other people out there that are doing that, and that’s fine. I just want to make good, solid beers.” “We have a couple beers that get outsideof-the-box,” Laninga added. “Not too far, but just enough to stand out.” CBC also features an extensive liquor program, featuring infused vodkas and some whiskeys for mixed drinks (for non-beer drinkers), including two single-malt whiskeys that are currently aging for release down the road. They also feature more than 15 wines, most of which are made in house, including Sweet Cherry Peach and Michigan Apple Delight. CBC will release Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Black Magic RYPA early this month, along with Barrel Aged Hyperion Imperial Irish Red.

On Sept. 7, Michigan Brewer’s Guild hosts its UP Fall Beer Festival. Choose carefully from the more than 300 brews laid before you at Mattison Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. For more information, visit Enjoy microwbrews, music and food on Lake Michigan’s shore Sept. 28 at Weko Beach Brewer’s Festival. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, visit

“We’ve created some distance between Michigan Beer Cellar and Cellar Brewing Company,” Brown said. “We’re really starting to have a different identity than what was here before.” CBC distributes in bottles currently and is looking toward canning in the future, opening a kitchen to serve some killer pub fare (it currently has a sandwich kitchen and snacks). “I’ve been very happy with everything Chuck has done since he’s come here, it’s been nothing but positive,” Laninga said. “Every day we’re moving in a good direction.” n 500 E Division St., Sparta (616) 883-0777,

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Free Market

New and exciting things happening in the businesses and nonprofits in West Michigan.


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nsiders know to shop on the regular at Art of the Table (606 Wealthy St. SE). There’s much to like at the specialty food, beverage and tabletop store located in the Heritage Hill section of Grand Rapids. Now with their new loyalty program, you can get paid to eat like a king. Owner Amy Ruis and her staff can enroll you in the loyalty program by entering your name in their fancy electronic television typewriter. Then, for every $100 you spend on beer, wine or liquor, you get a buck ($1) back. One customer saved up her bucks to buy a special bottle of champagne for her wedding. Another couple likes to “let it ride” until they get to an amount that will buy them a splurge bottle. Many spend it each time they reach the hundred dollar milestone. The computer keeps track of everything, just like the NSA, my pets. Poppa Steve is saving his bucks to buy a bottle of The Macallan 1926.

Big changes are happening at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (2 W. Fulton), Grand Rapids’ contemporary arts space. The UICA recently added a little pep to its step by opening a new retail and exhibition space. Called The Shop, the former knick-knackery has been re-imagined by curator Curator Maggie Vance to display fine arts and home design items with personality, quirky character and lovely aesthetic. More than 20 artists are represented selling handmade original works in the brightly lit shop cocooned within a downtown parking ramp. The chic merchandise includes ceramics, wearables, jewelry and works on paper. “By diversifying The Shop and utilizing West Michigan’s talent, we have been able to cater to many people’s interests, budgets and personalities,” Maggie said. Look for autumnal hand-crafted finds and holiday gift ideas beginning in September.

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The Shop at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids Head downtown and you will come across Woking Taco outside of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (101 Monroe Center NW). The new addition to Grand Rapids’ soon-to-be thriving street food scene was launched by Kyle Lenkey and his mentor Benjamin Gott, founder of Boxed Water Is Better. A former GVSU student, Kyle was casting about for business opportunities while kicking off his career in private equities. He and Benjamin got the idea to reinvent carnival and botulism stalwart

the walking taco. By using Chinese takeout containers, they knew that they could quickly and easily serve a tasty meal in nearly any locale. They spent the past several months learning the food trade, jumping through regulatory hoops and modifying a hotdog cart from the Concessions Cart Company of Jackson, Mich., which is the Cadillac of munchy mobiles. You can order chicken or veggie Woking Tacos, which cost $5. Both come with Fritos and fresh lettuce, beans and rice and the secret Woking

Woking Taco melds two fave take-out cuisines. PHOTO: STEVEN DE POLO

Taco seasoning. Look for Woking Tacos on Monroe Center five days per week through November. Just Add Water (450 Center St.) is a new beach lifestyle store that opened this summer in Douglas. Offering everything you need for in, on and around the water, Just Add Water fills a critical need for buying more cute stuff on the lakeshore. Located at the corner of Center and Ferry on your way to Oval Beach, the adorable blue shop has a sandy beach in front, along with colorful chairs and paddleboards and other resort accoutrements. It was too much for the bronzed Miss Carolita, who demanded that this reporter brake his 1962 Stingray for some high-quality browsing. A half hour later, our bags were bursting with adorable T-shirts and prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella and a bottle of wine. Yum. Our daughters found the perfect water shoes and a ball that skips on the water. Owner Margo Mikolitis understands the resort lifestyle as co-owner of Lakeshore Lodging, a successful property management company she operates with her husband, Mark. “We felt that

the community needed a neighborhood store that could anchor the west end of the downtown,” Margo said. The shop is popular with locals, as well as boaters and vacationers who often stop in to say goodbye at the end of their stay in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. n

Freebies The Division Avenue Ar ts Collective (DAAC), which went defunct in July, will be holding periodical public planning charrettes to explore how best to serve the market of pre-pubescent suburban cognoscenti of heavy metal. The Holland Farmers Market Chef Series continues: Chef Mitchiel Paul from deBoer Bakery will teach how to make Hippy Hash on Sept. 7, while Alonzo and Rosario Salinas, from Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, will use fresh market ingredients to make authentic Mexican dishes on Sept. 14.


























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September Eclectic Events Summer breezes have faded, ladies are donning thigh-high socks and somewhere, Frank Sinatra is crooning “September Song.” This month is all about lamenting summer’s end and relishing the season change, so rev your engines, stomp grapes, spit blood and escape to Armadillo Acres. By Audria Larsen

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Beardsley Theater, Muskegon Sept. 20–Oct. 5, show times at 3 and 7:30 p.m., (231) 722-3852

Theater doesn’t have to be high-brow. While not exactly the Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virgina, this show promises to take you on a romp through Armadillo Acres, deemed “Florida’s most exclusive trailer park.” A married couple, Jeannie and Phil, find their life shaken up when Pippi, a stripper on the lam, enters the scene. A love triangle ensues, complete with song and dance, a Greek chorus and an abundance of stereotypes, which make for a wacky evening that spans musical genres, from county and pop to rockabilly. With a set filled with retro-styled trailers and dance routines incorporating lawn chairs and pregnant gals, this will be a night of theater unlike any other. Unless, of course, you recognize some of your own neighbors in these fictional characters.

Grand Haven Salmon Festival

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Downtown Grand Haven Sept. 13–15

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This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Grand Haven Salmon Festival, which pays tribute to much more than the annual salmon migration. The three-day event pays homage to the end of summer and serves to ring in harvest season, while also celebrating the waterways and the abundance of natural resources in Michigan. “I really think it’s an opportunity for people to be able to come together,” said Marci Cisneros, festival director. “It’s an outdoor event and generally we have wonderful weather.” Along the waterfront you can enjoy everything from a gourmet salmon cook-off contest, the Big King Salmon fishing contest and the Fresh Catch Fish Boil, to live jazz, a merchant market and beer and wine tasting. Several of Michigan’s top wineries will be

present and if sipping isn’t enough, patrons can get in on wine stomping, too. Additionally, an abundance of family friendly activities will keep the tots happy. “We have non-profits that are environment and community related and they bring an educational component to the event. They are able to engage the kids and parents, offering activities and education. We are encouraging the get-outdoors concept and being good stewards of the environment,” Cisneros said. On top of fun ways to learn about nature and delicious victuals, the festival strives to become increasingly more sustainable with each passing year by focusing on compostable products and recyclables. For these efforts, officials have partnered with Chef Container, which weighs the event’s compost. Last year, the festival was able to “reduce trash by more than half,” Cisneros said.

9th Annual Creston Car Show

1560 Plainfield Ave., Grand Rapids Sept. 7, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 9 a.m. car registration, (616) 364-6222 Free!

The annual Creston Car Show is back and taking over the North Quarter for the ninth year, bringing you cars, trucks and motorcycles from bygone days and modern times. Check old-

timey antique vehicles, showy muscle cars, hot rods, custom jobs and foreign imports along with brawny choppers and hogs. More than just a car show, the event seeks to highlight local businesses along the stretch of Plainfield, which will be conveniently closed to traffic, creating a street party atmosphere. Kiddos can keep busy with activities and games like Air Hoops, with fun prizes to be won. And, Red Jet Café is offering up decadent pies for their pie eating contest. The afternoon ends with a car cruise through the grounds of Grand Rapids’ Home for the Veterans. Proceeds from the afternoon will be donated to a local charity.

Zombie Walk

Adado Riverfront Park, Downtown Lansing Sept. 28, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (9 a.m. registration) $20 for participants, Free! to public

The Lansing Zombie Walk is in its fourth year, but this time the moaning lurchers are getting whipped into shape. Instead of terrorizing the runners, the zombies are set to sprint, jog and dash alongside regular folks. Following the race, participants can enjoy a three-legged zombie race, an obstacle course and maybe even a special zombified Zumba workout. The day wraps with a giant group photo at the Capitol Building. This year, the event benefits the Downtown Lansing Women’s Center. n

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grandmother photography exhibit showcases images and stories of grandmothers worldwide who are acting courageously and effectively to create a better future for grandchildren everywhere. “It’s something totally different,” said Kate Moore, director of marketing and public relations. Highlighting grandmas as part of an activist movement is “taking a little bit of a risk with topics that aren’t mainstream, but barrier breaking to the museum.” Issues are real and powerful and a great learning experience for students as these wise grandmothers make a huge difference in the world. One example is grandmothers in India that are becoming solar engineers making it safe to walk their village at night and providing light so midwives can effectively deliver babies at night. Look for related programming such as lunch lectures about education, health issues, the environment or the arts.

BACK AT IT! Pop quiz: School has started so the party is over, right? Not so. We gathered some activities that are fun (and snuck in some schoolin’). By Missy Black

Live Mannequin Night Downtown Holland Sept. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Free!

Schedule | Dining | sights | Sounds Scene, (616) 796-1210 This year’s super cool Children’s Literature theme is sure to get kids inspired to read more while mommy is inspired to shell out the cash and shop. Taking the “two birds with one stone” approach, Downtown Holland businesses connect literature with their specific store and add in live models for a hoot of a time peeking through windows. Kids will love the creative process and art form. “There are so many opportunities with children’s books,” Event Planner Cynthia Hagedorn said. “It’s like curating a gallery showing that just happens to be downtown.” Put on by the Principle Shopping District, you can expect anywhere from 40 to 50 stores that get in the spirit with 100 to 150 live models (wait ‘til the kids figure that one out) that culminate into quirky commerce and exposure for stores with a wacky twist of entertainment. Moynihan Gallery, Alpen Rose Restaurant and Tip Toes are just a few of the venues to visit. Go as a family and fall in love again with some of your favorite stories, characters and settings.�

Family Art Day

Downtown Grand Haven Sept. 21, parade starts at 10 a.m. Free!

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It’s a day for the family and the arts at the Waterfront Stadium, where canvas painting, live entertainment and free food are offered. This event features interactive painting for children with participating ArtWalk artists — and let’s get real, what child isn’t into art? Children’s works will be displayed for the community, but the big kickoff to all this creativity starts with a bike parade. Bikers “artistically modify their bike,” says Allison Revell, marketing and promotions coordinator. “Kids will love doing up their bike prior to the parade and check out what everybody else has done.” At the end of the parade, the community votes in different age groups all the way up to an adult category — so no slacking, moms and dads. Event organizers ask that you register your bike so they can get an idea of how many people are planning on joining the fun. This event is all about “teaching the younger generations to appreciate the artistic community and artistic works. It’s a platform they can easily understand and work on themselves.”

Pets & Kids: A Happy And Safe Relationship Kent District Library, Caledonia Township Branch 6260 92nd St. SE, Caledonia Sept. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free!, (616) 784-2007 Family time can be learning time, too with this information session at the Kent District Library’s Caledonia Branch. This one-hour presentation from the Humane Society of West Michigan features a session for parents and a concurrent session for kids. Moms and dads learn how to read signs of stress in animals, find out what animal might be best for the family and discuss how to solve behavioral issues. Children play safely with an education dog and learn how to be safe around animals (including animals they don’t know) and about dog bite prevention. “People coming are probably in the stage of getting a pet and it’s a great chance to learn more,” says Branch Manager Liz Guarino. “People often go into getting a pet without understanding the full responsibility — it’s a lifetime commitment.” Pre-registration is required for this fun and interactive program, and space is limited. n

Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon

The Grand Rapids Public Museum 272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids Sept. 6-Feb. 2 $8/adults, $3/ages 3 to 18, free admission/ages 2 & under, (616) 456-3977 We learn a lot from our grandmothers. The Grand Rapids Public Museum knows this and shares the powerful role of the grandmother at large around the world and right here in our city. The

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Arts Issue

A complete arts season preview for 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2014

While many may be in summer mourning, at least there is one great thing about fall we can all agree on: the diverse entertainment options local arts groups give us. With ArtPrize in its fifth year, the UICA and Kendall College for Arts and Design merging and Miller Auditorium and Broadway Grand Rapids continuing to bring in touring Broadway hits, there is no doubt that our arts scene is growing by the year. See what West Michigan arts groups have in store for the 2013-2014 season. Read on for more. Â by REVUE Staff and Minions

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De Pree Art Center & Gallery

275 Columbia Ave., Holland, (616) 395-7500

The new annual art series “Breaking Artistic Barriers” brings a diverse amount of artists and discussions to the gallery this season. The series focuses on applying the 16th-century Italian concept of “disengo,” or the exploration of the artist’s creative mind, to modern art mediums and theory. Exhibits include photography and art from established artists, not to mention the many works of up-and-coming Hope College student artists. Charles Spencer Anderson/Laurie DeMartino/French Paper: Aug. 30-Oct. 6 Art History Lecture, Dr. Evelyn Lincoln, Brown University: Sept. 20 Juried Student Show: Nov. 1-Dec. 8 Sarah Lindley: Jan. 10-Feb. 7 Steven Milanowski: Feb. 21-March 21 Graduating Senior Show: April 11-May 9

Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass: Frederik

Meijer Gardens, Sept. 18–Jan. 5

visual art (106) Gallery and Studio (Calvin College)

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106 S. Division, Grand Rapids, (616) 526-6271

The (106) Gallery is part of a reclaimed building housing more than a dozen live/ work artist units. This facility is operated by the Calvin College Department of Art and Art History and houses faculty studios and a gallery. Exhibitions embrace faculty, student and community artwork.

Black Arts and Cultural Center

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall 201, Kalamazoo, (269) 349-1035 The Black Arts and Cultural Center is well known for the artists, writers, theater and community involvement that make up its events. This fall, there will be local art that includes even high school artists and the featured play is Stick Fly, a story of the affluent LeVay family and the events that occur at a

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family reunion that bring up tensions involving race and privilege.

Grand Rapids, (616) 401-7533

Art Hop: James C. Palmore: Sept. 6 Art Hop: High School Area Exhibition: Oct. 4 Art Hop: Alphabet Medley Exhibition: Oct. 4 Stick Fly: Oct. 18-27

Artist-owned and operated, located on the Avenue for the Arts. Gaspard Gallery is a contemporary art gallery featuring work from local and regional artists.

Frederik Meijer Gardens

Con Artist Crew Gallery

As the summer concert series winds down with the Indigo Girls, Meijer Gardens hosts both annual events and new exhibits. Chrysanthemums and More! as well as Art Prize return, while Shattered is a new exhibit looking at glass as a medium of sculpture.

Founded in 2011 with a mission of changing the perception of art in Grand Rapids, Con Artist Crew gallery has grown into a place that hosts artistic creation and educates visitors on artistic theories and explorations. It hosts a variety of shows, including local, national and international work, and often partners with other area organizations and individuals on projects, showcasing the impact art can have in the community. Located in a warehouse district on the southwest side of town long known for its artists’ studios, CAC gallery carries on the tradition of experimentation and art as a vehicle for change. Shows are posted monthly on the gallery’s Facebook page.

1000 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, (616) 957-1580

Indigo Girls: Sept. 5 Chrysanthemums and More!: Sept. 20-Oct. 27 Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass: Sept. 18- Jan. 5 Art Prize: Sept. 18- Oct. 6

Gaspard Gallery 235 S. Division Ave. Apt. 111,

1111 Godfrey #N198, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, (616) 831-1000 In the wake of the Christian and biblically inspired Jansma Print Collection, GRAM combines art and nature in its ArtPrize 2013 Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature. The exhibition offers a unique fusion of natural science, the supernatural and the world around us, featuring multiple artists and discussions about art, science and nature. Take a step back in time to experience past artists’ relationships with nature, as well, in Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting.

The Jansma Print Collection at the Grand Rapids Art Museum: Five Centuries of Masterpieces: Ends Sept. 1 ArtPrize 2013 at GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature: Sept. 12-Oct. 6 ArtPrize 2013: Sept. 18-Oct. 6 Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820-1950: Oct. 20-Jan. 12 Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection: Jan. 31-April 14

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, (269) 349-7775

This season at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, there are inspirations from all around the world. Artists will be exploring media such as bamboo and glass to create inspira-

Compiled and Written by Liz Badovinac and Avery Johnson tional and thought-provoking pieces. Expect throwbacks to some of America’s earliest art exhibits beside scenes of horror and mystery this season.

galleries feature works from artists all over the world, in addition to up-and-coming talent from the college’s own students.

Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art: June 22-Sept. 15 A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle: June 22-Sept. 15 For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show +100: June 29-Sept. 29 Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?: Sept. 14-Dec. 1 Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China: Sept. 21-Feb. 2 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review: Sept. 28-Dec. 8 BOO! Images of the Macabre: Oct. 5-Jan. 26 Impressions: Selections from Stewart & Stewart: Dec. 21-Feb. 23 Environmental Impact: Feb. 22-May 4 Young Artists of Kalamazoo County: March 8-30 High School Area School: April 12-May 18 West Michigan Area Show: May 17-Aug. 16 Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light: May 31-Aug. 23

Muskegon Museum of Art

Kendall College Galleries 17 Pearl St., Grand Rapids, (616) 451-2787

Kendall’s galleries are free and open to the public. And if that’s not good enough, these

296 W. Webster Ave, Muskegon, (231) 720-2570 There will be various media, time periods, and world regions on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art. In addition, sculptures and postcards, modern and 19th-century art, as well as works from here in America as well as Asia are on display, each offering something unique and diverse. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields: Aug. 15-Oct. 27 The French Connection: 19th Century French Art from the Tabler Collection and 19th Century American Art from the Baker/Pisano Collection: Sept. 5-Nov. 10 Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone: Sept. 12-Nov. 3 Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection: Sept. 12-Nov. 7 Jason Quigno: Harmony in the Stone: Oct. 31-Jan. 19 Festival of Trees: Nov. 21-Dec. 1 Pauline Palmer, Impressionist: Chicago’s Painter Lady: Nov. 21-Feb. 23

Q&A: Alexander Paschka UICA exhibitions curator

What are your goals as the UICA’s first full-time exhibitions curator? My goal as curator is to honor what Charles Eames called ‘The Guest/Host Relationship’ and make sure the community is invited into the new space, feels comfortable, feels welcome, and wants to return. I plan to increase the quantity of exhibitions so we can synchronize with the pulse of the community to stay relevant and in step. UICA needs to be reintroduced to the artists and designers of the region as a resource, while at the same time, raising the national and international awareness of the institution. You’ve had previous experience managing and developing apps. How has technology affected the contemporary art world? I have always been involved with technology on some level and have really noticed it reaching a maturity with a finessed ability to communicate the human condition. Just as photography struggled to be recognized as fine art historically, technology is experiencing that struggle in the current day. Interactivity, collaboration and distribution have all been affected by new mediums. The rise of experience designs that use technology in new ways can find some of their roots in the art happenings of the mid-20th century.

BOO! Images of the Macabre:

Interview conducted and condensed by Alexandra Fluegel. Edited by Lindsay Patton-Carson.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Oct. 5–Jan. 6. Pictured: Federico Castellon, Poseidon’s Friend, 1963, lithograph. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

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Recently, celebrities have made headlines for their dabbles in performance art (Tilda Swinton and most recently, Jay-Z), what the hell is this about? I think the recent disruption of traditional distribution systems enables artists to be more empowered in their ability to self-publish. This empowerment leads to a creative exploration of media. Combine that with a reduced quantity of pop stars that large corporations can promote, one finds celebrities in a really interesting position where they are the vehicles for designers and artists to integrate their works into. When Jay-Z says, “I’m not a businessman/I’m a business, man,” it reminds us of Andy Warhol espousing. “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”



Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting: Grand Rapids Art

Museum, Oct. 20-Jan. 12. Pictured: Winslow Homer, Driftwood, 1909. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Michael L. Keil, D.O., FAOCO 2500 E. Beltline SE, Suite C Grand Rapids, MI (616) 365-5775

The Woodcarving of Lamidi Fakeye: Dec. 12-Feb. 9 Papercuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper Cutting: Jan. 9-March 16 Postcard Salon: Jan. 30-Feb. 13 The Sculpture of Stephen de Staebler: Elegies in Clay: Feb. 20-April 27 Children of the Court, Ancient China, and Japan: Sculpture by Vivian Wang: Feb. 20-April 27 Take Me Out...Ballgames and other Diversions: March 6-May 25 Expressions 2014: 32nd Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition: March 25-April 27 86th Regional Exhibition: May 22-Aug. 20

Richard App Gallery

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910 Cherry St., Grand Rapids, (616) 458-4226

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Serving the West Michigan community for more than 20 years, specializing in fine art from local and national artists. Known for strong, lively pop-up shows and a tradition of working with the community on projects large and small.

identifiable work in the city – Roberts’ work often contains fun phrases and witticisms, their pieces are prominent fixtures in many neighborhoods and area businesses, giving art the power to aid in urban revitalization. Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.


2 Fulton West, Grand Rapids, (616) 454-7000 UICA gets playful during this year’s ArtPrize with its 2013 exhibition PLAY. Experience art first-hand, as many pieces are interactive and hands-on. On Sept. 14, the UICA mixes sophistication with oddity with its annual Odd Ball. Tickets are $89 for members, $129 for non-members and this year’s theme is DARKDANGEROUSDARING. Odd Ball: Sept. 14 PLAY: Sept. 17-Oct. 6 Pulso/Pulso: Oct. 30–Dec. 4 Tom Duimstra: Zero +: Nov. 15–Feb. 16 Mary Ann Aitken: Black Abstract: Nov. 15–Feb. 16 Holiday Artists’ Market: Dec. 6–7

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sanctuary Folk Art 140 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, (616) 454-0401

Located on South Division since 1999, Sanctuary Folk Art showcases the work of husband-wife owners Reb Roberts and Carmella Loftis. Easily some of the most

Odd Ball: UICA, Sept. 14

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The Wizard of Oz:

Broadway Grand Rapids, April 22–27

performing arts Actors’ Theatre

143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, (616) 234-3817

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This season, renowned Actors’ Theatre brings Love! Valor! Compassion!, a story of love and death to stage for the first time, as well as the new musicals Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a re-imagining of history, and Grey Gardens, based on a classic documentary. Love! Valor! Compassion!: Sept. 19-28 Venus in Fur: Dec. 12-21 Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Feb. 6-22 God of Carnage: April 17-26 Grey Gardens: June 5-14

Angels in America: Sept. 25-29 Tempest HS Residency: Oct. 16-20 University Wits: Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 6-10 Cangue League: Nov. 13-17 Southside: Musical: Nov. 27-Dec. 8

Holidaze and Mamma Mia! will be two special events Broadway Grand Rapids hosts. Jersey Boys: Oct. 1-6 West Side Story: Nov. 12-17 Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Dec. 26-29 Sister Act: Feb 4-9 Wizard of Oz: April 22-27 Mamma Mia!: March 18-20

Fancy Pants Theater

246 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, (269) 599-7390

Calvin Theatre Company

3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, (616) 526-6282

Venus in Fur: Actors’ Theatre, Dec. 12–21

Broadway Grand Rapids

Calvin College’s theatre company presents the Victorian classic An Ideal Husband to kick off its season, followed by the magical Into the Woods. To follow up the main portion of the season, they will be showing a psychedelic take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Last of all, they will have 10 Minute Plays.

Broadway Grand Rapids will have some big names this coming season. Hits like Jersey Boys and Sister Act will be in Grand Rapids for the first time, in addition to hot shows like West Side Story and Wizard of Oz. In addition to the regular season, Cirque Dreams

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde: Nov. 7-9, 14-16 Into the Woods Act 1: Feb. 6-8 13-15 A Midsummer Night’s Dream: April 10-12, 24-26, 29-30 10-Minute Plays for Stage and Screen: (TBD)

From better known plays such as Troilus and Cressida to lesser known works such as Southside: Musical, Dog Story Theater keeps things diverse by bringing in various talent throughout the area.

122 Lyon St. NW, Grand Rapids, (616) 235-6285

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Dog Story Theater 1115 Taylor NW, Grand Rapids, (616) 894-1252

Circle Mirror Transformation: Through Sept. 1

This Kalamazoo-based theater has a wide variety of shows this season. The audience is not quite sure what to expect when the annual holiday show gets put into the hands of its actors, as they put a new take on an old fairytale. Also on the bill this season, there is Takeoff, the story of a father and daughter regaining a relationship, and Kiss of the Spider Woman, which features two prisoners and the fantasy that they create. Takeoff: Sept. 13-22 Kiss of the Spider Woman: Oct. 25-Nov. 3 Rumplestiltskin: The True Hero: Dec. 6-22 The Triple ExMuss Holiday Show: Dec. 19-22

Farmers Alley Theatre

221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, (269) 343-2727 The humor and drama at Farmers Alley Theatre proves to be thought provoking with award-winning plays, Broadway hits and theoccasional cabaret setting. Opening the season is Ring of Fire, based on the music of Johnny Cash. Along the way, Farmers Alley features the saucy Caberet and closes with the award-winning, one-act [title of show]. Ring of Fire: September-October Collected Stories: November I Love a Piano: December Clybourne Park: February Old Wicked Songs: April-May Cabaret: June [title of show]: July-August

Gilmore Theatre/ WMU Theatre

1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, (269) 387-6222

The greedy salesmen of Glengarry Glenn Ross, 19th century ladies and gentlemen of Pride & Prejudice and shape-shifting men and animals of The King Stag all hit the WMU stage this season. Performances of American favorites Ragtime and 9 to 5 The Musical are featured alongside cultural treasures in Seven, while Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo also dot the schedule, making for an immersive, promising experience.

Glengarry Glenn Ross: Sept. 26-28, Oct. 3-6 Noises Off: Oct. 10-12, 17-20 Pride & Prejudice: Oct. 24-27, Nov. 1-3 Ragtime: Nov. 14-16, Nov. 21-24 Late Night Broadway: Dec. 5-7 Seven: Jan. 23-25, 30-31, Feb. 1-2 Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo: Feb. 6-8, 12-13, 15-16 9 to 5 The Musical: March 13-15, 20-23 The King Stag: April 3-5, 10-13

Grand Rapids Ballet Company

341 Ellsworth Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, (616) 454-4771 Dracula comes to reclaim his legacy this fall — through dance. Watch the frightening, strangely sensual tale unfold as the secret world of a tortured demon collides with the relatively normal life of a young woman. If you find this evil vs. good interaction intriguing, follow it up with the Junior Company performance of Beauty & the Beast, or simply witness history being made with Olivier Wevers’s World Premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Season Kickoff Party: Sept. 28 Junior Company Performance: Oct. 11-13 Dracula: Oct. 25-27, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 The Nutcracker: Dec. 13-15, 20-22 Clara’s Nutcracker Party: Dec. 15 Rubies: Feb. 14-16, 21-23 Spring Gala: March 15 MOVEMEDIA Program I: March 28-30 Spring Break for Kids!: April 8-10 MOVEMEDIA Program II: April 25-27 Beauty and the Beast: May 2-4 Midsummer Night’s Dream: May 9-11, 16-18

Q&A: Rachael Riley

dancer at Grand Rapids Ballet Company In addition to performing with the Grand Rapids Ballet, you’ve also choreographed a number of works. What is it like having your colleagues perform your creations? Working with colleagues is always a wonderful experience. As a choreographer going into the studio, I already have an idea of the dancers’ strengths and their style, since I work alongside them every day. Choreographing a ballet doesn’t typically start in a studio, it starts with either finding a piece of music that inspires the choreographer or an idea/story that the choreographer wants to express to the audience. A choreographer can also simply be inspired by a particular dancer’s talent or style. Dancers’ tootsies take a lot of punishment, is there anything you do to maintain “happy feet?” Every dancer is different when it comes to her shoes. We all have our own special rituals and need slightly different things out of the shoe depending on the dancer’s feet and/or what role the dancer is dancing. It is true that dancers’ feet take a lot of punishment, but in reality, it is the entire body, not just the feet, that is sore at the end of the day. It’s how we take care of ourselves every day that allows us to do what we do. Company class may start at 9:30 a.m., but dancers are in the studio preparing, stretching and warming up long before that. Some dancers do cross training such as yoga and pilates to help strengthen their body and prevent injuries. Massage and acupuncture are two of my personal favorites. And of course ice baths, ice massages and epsom salt baths are a ballet dancer’s best friend at the end of a long day.

Do you and the other dancers ever hit the town and show off your skills on the dance floor? Ballet dancers are not just dancers by profession; we dance because that is what we are passionate about. Most dancers I know (including myself) hear music and without even realizing it, are moving along with the beat. Interview conducted and condensed by Alexandra Fluegel. Edited by Lindsay Patton-Carson.

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What’s your dream role? I don’t know if I would say I have a “dream role.” However, I would love to someday dance the pas de deux After the Rain choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. It’s a beautiful and captivating piece that moves my soul when I watch it.


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My Year in Vietnam: Vietnam Veterans Share Their Stories: Sept. 25-April 9 Much Ado About Nothing: Sept. 27-29, Oct. 3-6 West Michigan Academic Consortium Conference: Oct. 15 Beyond Therapy: Oct. 25-27 Kindertransport: Nov. 15-17, Nov. 21-23 Amahl and the Night Visitors: Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1 Urinetown, The Musical: Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7-8 Sex and the Supernatural: March 28-30, April 3-6

Holland Civic Theatre

50 W 9th St., Holland, (616) 396-2021 Holland Civic will have an array of different shows this season. There are a couple comedies, such as Come Blow Your Horn and Charlie’s Aunt, as well as plays based around special events, such as Tulip Time. There will also be some kid-friendly plays, including the classic Charlotte’s Web. Welcome to Mitford: Oct. 3-19 The Only Christmas Pageant in Town: Nov. 29-Dec. 14 Trap for a Lonely Man: Jan. 30-Feb. 15 Come Blow Your Horn: March 27-April 12 Tulip Time Show: May 3-10 Charlotte’s Web: July 10-19 Charlie’s Aunt: Aug. 8-17

Puppet Up Uncensored!: Miller Auditorium, March 15

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

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30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, (616) 222-6650 “The game is afoot!” at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Kicking the season off with the witty Sherlock Holmes, followed by the dystopian environment in The Giver and the zany Junie B. Jones, Civic Theatre breathes life into classic settings and brings back many old favorites. The shows accommodate a large variety of ages, from the adult-oriented Clybourne Park to kid-favorite Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical, making for a diverse experience. Sherlock Holmes Final Adventure: Sept. 6-21 The Giver: Oct. 18-27 The Sound of Music: Nov. 15-Dec. 15 Clybourne Park: Jan. 17-Feb. 2 Les Misérables: Feb. 28-March 23 Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells and Batman Smells: April 18-27

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9 to 5: The Musical: May 30-June 15 Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical: July 25-Aug. 3 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: July 25-Aug. 3

GVSU Fall Arts

121 Lake Superior Hall, Allendale, (616) 331-2300 Much ado about something is definitely happening at GVSU, as Shakespeare makes a return with a classic comedy. Experience enough laughs and melt-your-heart moments to last a lifetime in this play, and then head to Kindertransport to take a walk through some much more serious, but no less riveting, history. Have even more fun by participating in the 2013 Fall Arts Celebration, an ongoing series that features speakers, dance, music and theatre, all taking place at or around GVSU’s beautiful campus and facilities. Fall Arts Celebration 2013: Sept. 11-Dec. 9 James W. Carey Memorial Lecture: Sept. 24

Hope College Great Performance Series 141 E 12th St., Holland, (616) 395-7860

Hope College’s Great Performance Series will cover an array of different art forms, including ballet, theater and many music genres. Those looking for Celtic music will find something in Cherish the Ladies, and those looking for classical will enjoy Trio Solisti. Even the theater includes distinct works such as Twelfth Night and Fahrenheit 451. Ballet X: Sept. 19-20 CALJE: Oct. 24 Trio Solisti: Nov. 22 eighth blackbird: Jan. 31 Aquila Theatre: Feb. 18-19 Cherish the Ladies: March 27

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids

2727 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids, (616) 234-3595

The Jewish Theatre presents “A Season of Survivors,” its 21st performance season. First, dive into the post-Confederate South in The Whipping Man, a play that follows the journey of a young Jewish Confederate soldier coming home to two former slaves. Fast-forward to The Milliner, a part of Holocaust literature that tracks a hatmaker’s attempts to resist the Nazi invasion of his home. The season finishes with Driving Miss Daisy, which takes place in a pre-civil rights movement America. The Whipping Man: Oct. 17, 19, 20, 24, 26-27 The Milliner: Jan. 8-9, 11-12, 15, 18-19 Driving Miss Daisy: March 20, 22-23, 27, 29-30

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre 329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, (269) 343-1313

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre celebrates its 85th anniversary this year by pulling together a great lineup of shows. Many have won awards and have been performed on Broadway. Each of them comes with its own character, whether you are looking for something funny, family friendly or uplifting. Les Miserables: Sept. 27-Oct. 13 Nancy Drew: Girl Detective: Oct. 18-26 Songs from the Silver Screen: Nov. 8-16 Peter Pan: Nov. 29-Dec. 15 Arsenic and Old Lace: Jan. 10-25 Into the Woods: Jan. 24-Feb. 8 The Miracle Worker: Feb. 14-March 1 Good People: Feb. 28-March 15 Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat: March 14-21 Boeing, Boeing: April 4-19 Irena’s Vow: April 25-27 Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun: May 2-18 The Magical Adventures of Merlin: May 9-17

Master Arts Theatre

75 77th St. SW, Grand Rapids, (616) 455-1001 In its 18th full season, Master Arts Theatre is planning on breaking out of the underground. During 2013, it will be showing Oliver, the musical based on Dickens’ novel, and It’s a Wonderful Life during the winter. After the New Year, Master Arts presents the uplifting Stand and Deliver, and the family friendly comedy Leaving Iowa. Oliver: Sept. 12- Oct. 5 It’s a Wonderful Life: Nov. 21- Dec. 14 Stand and Deliver: Feb. 13-March 1 Leaving Iowa: April 24- May 17

Q&A: Shelagh Brown singer at Farmer’s Alley Theatre

You received your degree in Musical Theatre from Western Michigan Universtiy and you’re also an up-and-coming country singer. What gave you your start? I started in the basement of our house in Portage. My dad passed away about five years ago, but he had his own studio when I was a kid, so I grew up with music all around me. My parents were worship leaders at church and in country bands, and when I was little I used to hang out with them while they were practicing. I’d sing all my mom’s parts. Now you’re doing your own duets, most notably with country star Josh Gracin – are you guys best buds or what? [Laughs]. Well, I won a contest to perform a song with him, and since then, I have gotten to know him a bit more. I’ve been able to build friendships with him and his band, and the song we recorded is featured on his album, Redemption. I’ve also gotten the chance to perform with him when he comes back to Michigan.

Miller Auditorium 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, (269) 387-2309

Whether you are looking for family fun, something to laugh at, or an old classic, Miller Auditorium has everything to offer. With comedy from Whose Line is it Anyway? alum to the family friendly Disney Live!, there are performances for every personality type. Even a good Fifty Shades of Grey parody (Spank!) is in the mix.

Muskegon Civic Theatre

425 W. Western Ave #401, Muskegon, (231) 722-3852 Though this may seem to be a comedy-heavy season at Muskegon Civic, there is some drama to add a contrast. Here you will find mystery, the power of friendship, love, and, of course, a good trailer park comedy. The Great American Trailer Park Musical: Sept. 20-19 Oct.3-5 The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays: Nov. 22-30 Dec. 1-8

Speaking of letting loose, what would you have done if you were T. Swift when Kanye West didn’t let her finish at the 2009 MTV VMA’s? Honestly, I probably would have tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, I’m not done yet” and given him the silent stare. Or affectionately known as the “stank eye.” Yes, haha! Make him feel a little awkward. Kanye West doesn’t feel awkward. Ever. Touché. Interview conducted and condensed by Alexandra Fluegel. Edited by Lindsay Patton-Carson.

Time Stands Still: Jan. 17-25 The Dixie Swim Club: Feb. 21-28 March 1-8 Legally Blonde the Musical: May 1-4

Stark Turn Players See Dog Story Theater

The Stark Turn Players, which perform at Dog Story Theatre, will be following tradition this year by presenting its annual horror parody, and continuing the new tradition by reviving its playwriting contest. All of the shows this season will include the input of local writers. Children of the Corny: Oct. 24-27 2nd Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest: Feb. 14-16 Playwriting Contest Winners on Tap for New Shows: May 1-4

Van Singel Fine Arts Center 8500 Burlingame SW, Byron Center, (616) 878-6800

Van Singel is the place to be to celebrate the music of Johnny Cash, The Moxie Strings, The Hitmen, Broadway and more this season with performances ranging from concerts to musicals. The Church Basement Ladies are also back, here to fill your ears with song in the comic, all-new musical, A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement. Other theatrical works include the comedy The Wonder Bread Years: A Fresh and Funny Slice of Americana. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash: Sept. 19 Broadway Rox: The Best of Broadway Rocked by Broadway’s Best!: Oct. 17 The Wonder Bread Years: A Fresh and Funny Slice of Americana: Nov. 21 The Hitmen: Jan. 24 The Moxie Strings: Jan. 31 Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement: March 20-21 Glenn Bulthuis & The Tonedeafs: The Music of the Beatles: April 24 Cool Jazz: May 2

Wharton Center

750 E. Shaw Ln., East Lansing, (517) 353-1982

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Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain: Oct. 5 Sinbad: Oct. 11 The Price is Right Live: Oct. 15 Fancy Nancy the Musical: Oct. 19 The Addams Family: Oct. 22-23 The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra: Nov. 3 Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy: Nov. 8 Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody: Nov. 16 Jim Brickman The Magic of Christmas: Dec. 1 Mamma Mia!: Dec. 10-11 Dave Koz and Friends Christmas: Dec. 12 Hello, Dolly!: Jan. 8 Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella: Jan. 12

Rock of Ages: Jan. 23 Memphis: Feb. 11-12 Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: The Two Man Group: Feb. 15 Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival: Feb. 22 Pink Martini: March 11 The Fantasticks: March 14 Puppet Up Uncensored!: March 15 Million Dollar Quartet: March 18-19 One Night of Queen: March 28 Pilobolus: April 15

You perform a lot around the state, do the nerves get to you more in front of audiences where there are people you know? Actually, for me it’s the opposite. I tend to let loose a little more, and I’m not as nervous. I take a little more note with how people are reacting to my music when there aren’t familiar faces.


The Book of Mormon: Wharton Center, June 10–15

2013.2014 SEASON Join Fontana as we embark on a new season of the most amazing music in the world! Edgar Meyer, double bass Saturday, September 28, 2013 · 8 pm Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU

Nicholas Phan, tenor

Saturday, October 19, 2013 · 8 pm Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU


Saturday, November 9, 2013 · 8 pm Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU

Meredith Arwady, contralto Saturday, December 7, 2013 · 8 pm Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU

Photo: Joan Marcus

Becca Stevens Band

Friday, February 7, 2014 · 8 pm Bell’s Eccentric Café

St. Lawrence String Quartet jaCOB aND NaOMi StUCki MEMORial CONCERt

Saturday, March 1, 2014 · 8 pm Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU

Dublin Guitar Quartet Friday, March 28, 2014 · 8 pm Wellspring theater, Epic Center

Imani Winds

Saturday, april 12, 2014 · 8 pm Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU

Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party Schedule | Dining | sights | Sounds Scene

a COllaBORatiON WitH tHE gilMORE kEyBOaRD FEStival

Sunday, april 27, 2014 · 4 pm & 7 pm Williams theatre, gilmore theatre Complex, WMU

SUBSCRIPTIONS & SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW 269 382 7774 359 S Kalamazoo Mall

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The Wharton Center has an event nearly every day during its upcoming season. Not just that, events include an exhaustive list music, theater, ballet, comedy and more, and more ... and more. Performers at Wharton come from around town and around the world to hold these numerous concerts and performances. Chonda Pierce: Girl Talk: Sept. 14 Widows: Sept. 17-21 Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll World Tour: Sept. 28 Arlo Guthrie: Oct. 3 Flashdance the Musical: Oct. 8-13 William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: Oct. 11-20 Johnny Mathis: Oct. 17 Bale Folclorico Da Bahia: Oct. 27 Steven Pinker: Oct. 28 Alton Brown: Edible Inevitable Tour: Nov. 1 Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Masters of the Fiddle: Nov. 7 Estonian National Symohony Orchestra: Nov. 8 Off With Her Head: Nov. 8-10 The Shape of a Girl: Nov. 15 Mamma Mia!: Nov. 15-17 Xanadu: Nov. 15-24 Yo Yo Ma and Kathryn Scott: Nov. 18 Rachel York: A Cabaret Performance: Nov. 24 Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna: Dec. 3 Ghost the Musical: Dec. 10-15 Pops Series: Holiday Pops: Dec.22 Moscow Festival Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty: Jan. 9 Tales from the Arabian Nights: Jan.12 Peter and the Starcatcher: Jan. 22-26

Stuart Pimsler: Dance & Theater: Jan. 23 Repertory Dance Concert: Brought into Being: Jan. 30-Feb. 2 Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly: Feb. 9 Tony Kushner: Feb. 10 Eisenhower Dance: Red, Hot and Blue: Feb. 12 Pops Series: Lights, Camera...The Oscars!: Feb. 14 Cyrano de Bergerac: Feb. 14-23 The Acting Company: William Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Feb. 15 The Acting Company: Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Feb. 15 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Feb. 18-23 St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra: Feb. 24 The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Stories: March 9 Tao: Phoenix Rising: March 16 The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: March 18-23 The Serpent Lady: March 18-23 Leana Wen, MD: March 24 Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60!: March 27 The Frog Bride: March 30 Pilobolus: April 8 Peter Pan: April 11-20 Pops Series: Satisfaction: Rolling Stones Tribute: April 12 Cyrille Aimee & Friends: April 24 The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf: April 27 The Book of Mormon: June 10-15

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Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute:

Dec. 16 at Forest Hills Fine Art Center

music Fontana Chamber Arts

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

Fontana is the kind of place where you can see Bach and bluegrass fused together, such as with season opener, Edgar Meyer. Fontana is also matching up its artists with casual, fun environments, such as its show at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe with the Becca Stevens Band.

This season at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, there will be shows from top performers, as well as new twists on familiar concepts. The season will start with two acoustic shows with award-winning artists, continue with the familiar Addams family and a Beatles tribute band, and go on to an R&B group that uses only their voices for instruments. The season will end with Air Supply and a show that displays the local talent.

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359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, (269) 382-7774

Edgar Meyer: Sept. 28 Nicholas Phan, tenor: Oct. 19 Fretwork: Nov. 9 Meredith Arwady: Dec. 7 Becca Stevens Band: Feb. 7 St. Lawrence String Quartet: March 1 Dublin Guitar Quartet: March 28 Imani Winds: April 12 Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party: April 27

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600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, (616) 493-8966

An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin: Oct. 10 An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt: Oct. 30 Fab 4: The Ultimate Tribute: Dec. 16 The Addams Family Musical: Jan. 26 Naturally 7: Feb. 4 Air Supply: March 1 10th Anniversary Celebration: April 19

Grand Rapids Symphony

300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, (616) 454-9451 To say that Grand Rapids Symphony has a packed season filled with diverse performances from around the globe would be an understatement. This season features classics from Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, and contemporary soundtrack renditions from Pixar films and the Legend of Zelda video game. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the frequent, free “Upbeat” talks that commonly occur an hour before the concert to provide insight into the performed music and its artists. The Rite of Spring at 100: Sept. 20-21 Boston Pops Series Tribute: Sept. 27-29 Musical Visions: Oct. 5 Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto: Oct. 11-12 Percussion Explosion: Oct. 13 Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Oct. 19 Mozart and Schubert: Oct. 25-26 Pixar in Concert: Nov. 8-10 Classical Coffee Concert: Nov. 15 The Classical Concert: Nov. 15 Mozart’s Requiem: Nov. 22-23 Nestle Gerber Holiday Pops: Dec. 5-8 Cirque de Noel with Cirque de la Symphonie: Dec. 17-19 Brahms’ First Symphony: Jan. 10-11

‘60s Hits with The Midtown Men: Jan. 17-19 Peter and the Wolf: Jan. 25 Russian Masters: Jan. 31-Feb. 1 Music, Art, Dance: Feb. 8 Baroque Coffee Concert: Feb. 14 The Baroque Concert: Feb. 14 The Music of The Rolling Stones: Feb. 15 Hadelich Plays Brahms: Feb. 21-22

Caroline Goulding: Guest performer with Grand Rapids Symphony, Oct. 11-12

Symphony With Soul: March 1 Symphonic Dances: March 14-15 Symphony Idol with Matt Giraud, Lakisha Jones, Haley Scarnato: March 21-23 The Snowman: March 22 Bach’s St. Matthew Passion: March 28-29 Orchestra From Planet X with Magic Circle Mime Company: March 30 Musical Connections: April 5 Romantic Coffee Concert – Gilmore Festival Concert: April 25 The Romantic Concert – Gilmore Festival Concert: April 25 Brilliant Beethoven – Gilmore Festival Concert: May 2-3 Glenn Miller Orchestra: May 16-18

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall 100, Kalamazoo, (269) 349-7759 The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will perform mainly classical music this season, with some exceptions. The season is split into a Symphonic Series, POPS Series, a Special Event, World of & Classics Uncorked Series, and the Family Discovery Series. Within each of these, there are musical events that are spread out over the course of the season. Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2: Sept. 21 The World of Britten: Oct. 6 Brahms and Mozart: Oct. 12 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Friends: Oct. 26

Scheherazade: Nov. 15 Classics Uncorked I: Nov. 22 Family Nutcracker: Dec. 7-8 Sounds of the Season: Dec. 21 The World of Schubert: Jan. 5 Midori: Feb. 1 The Remarkable Farkle McBride: Feb. 9 Chris Botti: Feb. 14 Fleisher Performs Ravel: Feb. 28 Classics Uncorked II: March 14 The Music of Led Zeppelin: March 22 Otello: April 4

Opera Grand Rapids

161 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, (616) 451-2741 This season’s shows at Opera Grand Rapids offer a variety of different backgrounds from various countries. The first of the season is a popular show in English, while the second is one of Mozart’s masterpieces in German. The last is an Italian show. All include English titles, so even those who are not versed in German and Italian can enjoy them. A Streetcar Named Desire: Nov. 1-2 The Abduction from the Seraglio: March 7-8 Madama Butterfly: May 9-10

Saugatuck Center for the Arts 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, (269) 857-2399

Since its beginning in 2003, Saugatuck Center for the Arts has been devoted to bringing the arts to the Saugatuck community. Those who started SCA had the goal to make it the hub for community events and economic growth. Expect that to continue through this season with special, intimate concerts in SCA’s unique space.

St. Cecilia Music Center 24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, (616) 459-2224

The Abduction from the Seraglio: Opera Grand Rapids, March 7-8

Jazz duo David Sanborn and Bob James emerge once again to take the stage and wow the crowds with music, kicking off SCMC’s 2013-14 season. Followed by new names like Gregory Porter, the Jazz Series

president and CEO of West Michigan Symphony It’s been said that classical music is a fading genre, so what does the West Michigan Symphony do to encourage new generations of listeners and concert attendees? We’re doing The Block. Like The Block is Hot? Are you saying you’re doing a symphonic rendition of the 1999 debut studio album by the rapper Lil’ Wayne aka Weezy aka Weezy F. Baby? No. The Block is the West Michigan Symphony’s new 120-seat performance and education space. It’s a simple, accessible, inspirational space where honest music can happen … not to you, but with you. The performances will be diverse and highly entertaining, and our own Symphony musicians will be bringing something new and we’ll be bringing musical artists from around the country to continue to expand on what The Block intends to be. So, no Weezy? No, not likely. The Block will include an intriguing, cross-pollinated mix of music that can be intimate or explosive. From timpanists who perform on cardboard boxes to klezmer-meets-Bollywood with a splash of bluegrass, from jazz to Broadway-influenced cabaret performances. OK, so who are The Blockheads? The Blockheads! We are looking for a street team to get the word out on the streets of West Michigan with posters and flyers. We also want volunteers to help us on concert weeks to set up and teardown, take tickets, usher and welcome guests. There will be perks! Interview conducted and condensed by Alexandra Fluegel. Edited by Lindsay Patton-Carson.

this year certainly shows its customary promise. Not to be out-shined, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center features the return of Wu Han, while the Fresh Folk Series hosts many local artists in an intimate setting. Great Artist Gala David Sanborn and Bob James: Oct. 24 Rachael and Dominic Davis and Troll for Trout: Nov. 7 Wu Han and Escher String Quartet: Nov. 21 “Round Robin”: Jan. 9 Homecoming with the Davis and Brewer Family: Jan. 23 Gregory Porter: Feb. 20 David Finckel and 4 CMS musicians: March 6 Regina Carter: March 20

Potato Moon and The Northern Skies: April 10 David Shifrin and CMS musicians: May 8

University Musical Society

881 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, (734) 764-2538 The University Musical Society at University of Michigan has a huge selection of performers this year. In all, expect 68 performances over the course of the season. These include choral performances, chamber music, theater, dance, jazz, world music and more.

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Ann Hampton Callaway in Concert: Sept. 12 Tiempo Libre in Concert: Oct. 5 Cowboy Junkies in Concert: Oct. 25 Paul Byrom, Irish Tenor; March 1

Q&A: Carla Hill


Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party: Sept. 6 at University Musical Society; April 27, 2014, at Fontana Chamber Arts

Schedule | Dining | sights | Sounds Scene

Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party: Sept. 6 Audra McDonald: Sept. 15 Complicite and Setagaya Public Theatre: Sept. 18-21 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Sept. 27-28 Chanticleer: Oct. 10 Buika: Oct. 11 Takacs Quartet: Oct. 12 Chris Thile: Oct 18 Andras Schiff: Oct. 25 The Manganiyar Seduction: Oct. 27 Blind Summit: Oct. 29- Nov. 3 Ballet Prelijocaj: Nov. 1-2 Apollo’s Fire: Nov. 3 Steve Lehmen Octet: Nov. 9 James Blake: Nov. 11 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: Nov. 12 Hagen Quartet: Nov. 13 San Fransico Symphony: Nov. 16 Brooklyn Rider: Nov. 24 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and UMS Choral Union: Dec. 7-8

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Rob Drummond: Jan. 7-12 Colin Stetson: Jan. 15-16 Kronos Quartet: Jan. 17-18 Denis Matsuev: Jan. 26 Fred Hersch Trio: Jan. 30 Ariel Quartet: Feb. 5 Kremerata Baltica: Feb. 6 Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Feb. 7 St. Lawrence String Quartet: Feb. 14 Compagnie Kafig: Feb. 14-15 Joshua Bell: Feb. 16 Theatre les Bouffes du Nord: Feb. 19-22 St. Petersburg Philharmonic: Feb. 22 Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedro Martinez: March 14 Alfredo Rodriguez Trio and Pedrito Martinez Group: March 14 Zubin Mehta: March 15 Elias String Quartet: March 18 Tara Erraught: March 20 Asif Ali Khan: March 21 Wendy Whelan: March 25 Tenebrae: March 27 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: March 30 UMS Choral Union: April 4 Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: April 10 Academie fur Alte Musik Berlin: April 13

West Michigan Symphony

425 W Western Ave #409, Muskegon, (231) 726-3231

Cowboy Junkies: Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Oct. 25

Hungarian melodies, Scottish Airs, Russian masterpieces and spicy pop-country songs fill the halls of West Michigan Symphony this season, guaranteeing, to say the least, an exotic flavor of music. Enjoy the incredible selection of lineups with big names like Carrie Underwood, Gabriela Martinez and Broadway’s Teri Dale Hansen and Nat Chandler.

Cirque de la Symphonie: Sept. 27-28 Gypsy Fire: Nov. 1-2 Swingin’ Holiday Celebration: Dec. 13-14 Surprise and Classical Symphonies: Feb. 7 Beethoven and Blue Jeans: March 7-8 Simple Songs: April 18-19 Russian Rhapsody: May 16-17 Music City Hitmakers: June 6-7


301 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, (616) 331-6630 WGVU will actively engage communities and families during its 40th anniversary this year. There will be musical performances by names we all know and love, theater, as well as activities for the kiddos. Even if you cannot attend some of the performances, many of them will be aired on WGVU HD. Cool Teacher Contest: Sept. 2 WGVU Engage Veterans Salute: Sept. 21 Great Performances at 40: Oct. 18 Food, Wine, & All That Jazz: Oct. 25 Moby Dick from San Francisco Opera: Nov. 1 WGVU’s 40th Anniversary Celebration: Nov. 5-12 Stephen Sondheim’s Company with the New York Philharmonic: Nov. 8 Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!: Nov. 15 Nashville 2.0: Nov. 22 Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn: Nov. 29 Great Wine and Food Symposium: Feb. 28 Real Oldies Car Show: May 31 Real Oldies Concert at the Ballpark: May 31

GreatSeason! great artist gala

OCTOBER 24, 2013 Saxophonist David Sanborn & pianist Bob James together again in their first combined effort since multi-platinum album, Double Vision, for SCMC’s annual fundraiser.

chamber music

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 Virtuoso pianist Wu Han & Escher String Quartet MARCH 6, 2014 World-renowned cellist David Finckel & CMS musicians MAY 8, 2014 Avery Fisher Prize-winning clarinetist David Shifrin & CMS musicians

The Chamber Music Society

of Lincoln Center



JANUARY 23, 2014 Homecoming - The Davis & Brewer Family Reunion FEBRUARY 20, 2014 Gregory Porter - Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer MARCH 20, 2014 Regina Carter - Exquisite violinist, stirring and joyful

Showcasing the world’s most

Amazing Artists


fresh folk

NOVEMBER 7, 2013 Rachael and Dominic Davis & Troll for Trout JANUARY 9, 2014 Drew Nelson, Jen Sygit, Jimmie Stagger, Josh Rose, Mark Sala & May Erlewine APRIL 10, 2014 Potato Moon & The Northern Skies 616.459.2224

Contemporary & Acoustic

Fresh Folk Series


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“Dinosaurs Unearthed”: Opening

Oct. 26 at Grand Rapids Public Museum


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museums & history Gerald R Ford Museum

303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, (616) 254-0400 This year the Gerald R. Ford Museum will be participating in ArtPrize, hosting 25 artists including some alumni. There will also be lectures and special events, such as the lecture by Ike Bluff on his book. The main focus of upcoming events is the holiday season, so feel free to bring the family. Growing Up Grand: Through May ArtPrize: Sept. 18-Oct. 6 Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World: Oct. 10 Annual Outdoor Tree Lighting: Nov. 20 Holiday Open House: Dec. 8

Grand Rapids Public Museum

272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, (616) 456-3977 Grandmother Power is a display of photography that the museum collected. It shows the ways in which grandmothers all over the

world have worked to make a better future for the coming generations. There are also plans to highlight local grandmothers and take the exhibit on tour nationally and internationally. Dinosaurs Unearthed looks at the new discoveries made that may shake our long-held beliefs about dinosaurs. Here you will see life-sized recreations of the prehistoric creatures. Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon: Sept. 6-Feb. 2 Dinosaurs Unearthed: Oct. 26-April 27

Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N Rose St., Kalamazoo, (269) 373-7990

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will be rocking this fall. There will be some Americana to start Art Hop, some blues and swing, eclectic bohemian dance, blues, classical, and of course, a little bit of rock. These performances will be a great addition to the exhibits and other sights at the museum. They will also be continuing their Sunday lecture series, which will be hosting many engaging speakers.

Decades of Dazzling Dresses: Through Jan. 19 Search for Freedom: The History and Archaeology of Ramptown and the Michigan Underground Railroad: Sept. 1-Oct. 31 Working Together to Achieve Justice Through the Underground Railroad in Southwest Michigan: Sept. 15 Where do the Children Play?: Sept. 29 Art Hop: Stuart Shaw and the Valley Runners: Oct. 4 Wild Music, Sounds & Songs of Life: Oct. 5-Jan. 5 Speaking of Unmentionables: The Rise and Fall of Ladies Underwear: Oct. 6 Chuck Whiting and his Rowdy Friends: Oct. 11 Alamo Township: Oct. 13 Boheme Tribal Belly Dance and Wissal: Oct. 18 Black History Tour: Oct. 20 Bring out your Dead! The History of Cemeteries in 19th Century Kalamazoo County: Oct. 27 Duffield/Caron Project: Nov. 8 Brady Township: Nov. 10 Comet ISON Emerges from Behind the Sun: Nov. 17 Charleston Township: Nov. 24 Art Hop: Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra: Dec. 6 Charles B. Hays: Home Builder: Dec. 8 Beyond Sight: Dec. 13 The Townships of Kalamazoo CountyClimax Township: Dec. 22 Speed Demons and Other Scofflaws: Jan. 12 The Townships of Kalamazoo County: Comstock Township: Jan. 26 n



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A Vibrant Cultural Core Includes Emerging Artists By Dana Friis-Hansen

In July, we found out all-ages, D.I.T. (do it together) venue the Division Avenue Arts Collective would close its doors at 115 S. Division Ave. on Aug. 1. The news came from a letter posted on the DAAC’s homepage titled “Sad News.” In it, readers found out the space where the DAAC resided for nearly 10 years had been sold. Recently, a town hall meeting was held in order to determine the next step for the venue.

Concert goers at the DAAC, circa 2005.

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here ’ s been a lot of ink spilled lately about the closing of the longtime home of the Division Avenue Arts Collective, and this is sad news indeed. Just short of its tenth year, this key anchor on the Avenue for the Arts played a vital role as an open platform for experimentation and cross-fertilization, especially for young and emerging artists. Although I’m a relative newcomer to Grand Rapids, the editor of REVUE thought I might have some insight. Recruited from Austin to be the director of the Grand Rapids Art Museum in July 2011, I’ve worked with contemporary art in New York, Houston, Boston and Tokyo. Considering GR, I researched the community’s civic engagement, innovation and openness to creativity — essential for a forward-focused art museum. From what I found online — and even more through experiences since I moved here — I know that the creative community of Grand Rapids is strong, deep, diverse and rich with potential. I have faith that wherever DAAC lands next, it will ignite fires of artistic and community innovation, but a downtown DAAC will help build a better cultural core. Let’s step back from DAAC and give their leaders time to reimagine their future. When DAAC rises again, I hope it can

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play an active role in shaping a more sustainable creative ecosystem for our city, and be part of the upcoming civic dialogue focused on the future of downtown, including creative zones where the rules of the real estate marketplace work differently. We need to plan for platforms like DAAC. Richard Florida, the sociologist who popularized the term “Creative Class,” wrote that to thrive in the future, a city needs a convergence of a concentration of talented and creative people, a high velocity of ideas, and a high metabolism. With artists, entrepreneurs and medical researchers living and working within blocks of museums, high schools, art schools and universities, local restaurants and farmers markets, active urban parks and a beautiful river, the possibilities to catalyze a livable, sustainable and more creative city are multiplied exponentially.

As we in GR look forward, I am hopeful that our leaders will reach out to connect our arts ecosystem, our creative community, and local businesses to seek a path toward high-density, richly diverse, energizing urban environment that attracts, supports and retains artists and innovators of all types, generations, and cultural backgrounds. A vibrant cultural core requires opportunity for emerging artists. n Dana Friis-Hansen is Director and CEO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, taking the helm in July of 2011. Prior to joining GRAM, he most recently served as Executive Director of the Austin Museum of Art. FriisHansen is an accomplished curator, writer, and editor with dozens of exhibitions, catalogues, books, articles, and published papers to his credit.

In their own words We asked a handful of people involved in the local arts community for their memories and musings on the DAAC. Here’s what they have to say: “An old boyfriend of mine took me on our first date there to see Kimya Dawson, and it was the most intimate, personal, unforgettable show I’d ever seen ... I loved that at the DAAC the performances felt like little gatherings – even when the place was packed wall-to-wall and stiflingly humid, with people standing almost on top of each other. I loved that you could get right up to the edge of the stage and stand inches from the artists who sing your favorite break-up/crying songs, and afterwards have a beer with them.” —Sarah Jean Anderson, artist and comedienne “I think it’s looking pretty grim as far as the music scene goes. It was $80 to rent the room at the DAAC, then you make 10 percent of the ticket sales, whereas at The Intersection, you pay $400 for the room alone and only get back 20 percent of the tickets you have to sell.” —Derek McAllister, vocalist/guitarist for Grand Rapids pop-punk band Small Town Victory

“Via the DAAC’s Sunday Soup program, artists proved they would be there for each other as this mini-arts grant program awarded monies to creative projects in our community pitched to the audience/funders ... and always over a bowl of homemade soup. It was so rewarding to everyone even if you were not the winner that month.” —Tommy Allen, artist and lifestyle editor for Rapid Growth Media “The DAAC matters because it is a rare space that supports citizens in making and presenting new culture. It has produced shows, but also has produced meaningful organizational culture and many gifted cultural thinkers, workers, and leaders ... What is remarkable is the DAAC’s consistent organizational inventiveness. Despite all of the great shows and projects, the persistence and imaginative tactics used to sustain the organization stand out as quite rare and unique.” —Paul Wittenbraker, artist and Grand Valley State University professor

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“The issue with not having an experimental, cost effective venue for artists and bands to show and perform in is that they are forced ‘underground’ into basements and spaces that aren’t always safe and certainly aren’t open to the public. While those shows can be fun, it means there isn’t a middle space for creatives to move from the basement into venues that are bars, restaurants or galleries. My concern is that challenging non-commercial works are going to get substantially less recognition.” —Jenn Schaub, former DAAC board member

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Midwestpiration Q&A with Andrea Kowch, artist


n 2012, SCOPE NYC named you one of the world’s top 100 artists. How did you feel when you found out about the honor? I was ecstatic when I got the news, because it was an international call for entry. I felt very honored to be featured ... It was a great feeling.

How did it affect your career? It basically continued on as normal ... but all the exposure has been great. You’re originally from Michigan. Which area? I was born in Detroit and I’ve been residing in the metro Detroit area ever since. Clearly, the experience growing up in the Midwest has affected you artistically. As a child, memories of going out to the farms in the autumns and summers, they come back to me now as I paint. Just the landscape of Michigan has been a constant source of inspiration ... No matter where I’m at, it’s always home for me. The fields, the expanse, the wide-open skies. All of those elements that are so Michigan and where we’re from – it’s just who I am and where I come from. It just finds its way into my work constantly and it’s a jumping point as far as using a backdrop and creating this world that I create with my own emotions and stories that are interwoven. You’re based in Sterling Heights, but your gallery (Richard J. Demato Gallery) is in New York. I assume you do a lot of traveling. I do [travel] quite a bit for shows and business and work and everything. I was recently over there for the ArtHamptons International Fine Arts Fair to promote my work, and that was a really great experience.

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Last year, you made ArtPrize’s top 25. How was your overall experience? ArtPrize was an excellent experience. I actually entered the first year, in 2009, and then I got involved with my gallery and had been working full time with that. I was talking with my gallery and they suggested I enter my painting (“Sojourn”) in ArtPrize. I really didn’t have that much expectation going into it. I did try, in the sense of getting involved in a great venue, which was the GRAM, and I felt very fortunate to be included in their exhibition. And I just sort of let it go to see how the people would respond. Did you expect to win? Victory is always a great thing ... but at the end of the day, I felt so honored to be featured in the 25 and now the painting is featured permanently in the GRAM’s collection. And that’s the hugest victory for me. How did “Sojourn” gain a permanent position at the GRAM? I guess what they told me was they were seeing how people connected so much with the work and the response was so great toward it. They spoke with my gallery and I ... and everything worked out and they purchased it, and there it is. To this day, it’s surreal and wonderful to imagine it’s there because it’s my first placement in a museum and what better place to start here at home in Michigan.

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Currently, you’re showing at Muskegon Museum of Art. How did that get set up and what’s that been like so far?

Left: An early work by Kowch, “No Turning back,” 24x48, acrylic-on-canvas. Below: “An Invitation,” 60x48,


That sort of happened along the journey right before ArtPrize. I don’t really know the details of how it all came about, but [a collector] spoke with the Muskegon Museum and they looked at my work and contacted my gallery and we started talking and having meetings and everything snowballed from there. You also released a book to accompany the exhibition at MMA. In itself was an amazing, amazing experience to be present one-on-one with the museum and the designer. I actually went to press checks to see the book being made. It’s wonderful. I’m very happy with the way things turned out. You’ve been compared to director Alfred Hitchcock and realist painter Andrew Wyeth. Do you agree with that? Sometimes it’s nice to hear what people are gathering from the work, and you keep it in the back of your mind as kind of a guide of what genre you’re fitting into. But it’s not really a matter of that for me. But of course, all of those comparisons are a great honor for me. I love Hitchcock, I love Wyeth. All of those things that have that mysterious aspect to them are parts of me and the work that I do. What are you working on now? I’m working on a series of portraits of my characters.

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Your characters show up throughout your paintings. Do you create personalities and backstories for them? I would say I do in many ways. I work with actual models who are my friends. These characters just kind of came into being on their own as I painted. All of them in one way or another are different parts of me, acting out different feelings. Is there one particular piece of yours that you hold close to you? All of them have certain things about them that I love. I would say to this day, one of my earliest paintings – “No Turning Back,” it’s a girl with flames – that painting for me, as an early work, was a very personal piece and it actually was a piece that created this whole journey that I’m on. My gallery found me by seeing that piece and I feel led to everything that’s happening now [through that piece]. It sounds like you appreciate how it set everything in motion. Definitely. n Interview conducted, condensed and edited by Lindsay Patton-Carson. Photo: Alexandra Agapiou

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Stephen Hendee’s 2013 ArtPrize entry at Site:Lab

Events “Can Art Save Cities?” Grand Prize Jury Panel Discussion

Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.


During the past four years of ArtPrize, two related questions continue to surface: One, how is the audience for contemporary art formed, and what role should that audience have in the interpretation and valuation of art? And two, what role does contemporary art have in the revitalization of post-industrial cities? For the first time this year, the threeperson committee that selects the Juried Grand Prize will participate in a panel discussion and feature each of the jurors presenting insights from their practice as artists, curators, administrators and activists. A moderated conversation will investigate the popular notion that struggling cities can be revived by simply injecting contemporary art.

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Venues Site:Lab at 54 Jefferson — Last year, Site:Lab at 54 Jefferson won the award for Best Venue for its transformation of the former Public Museum, and three site-specific installations also received juried awards, including the inaugural $100,000 Juried Grand Prize. This year, Site:Lab hosted 54Jeff: An Ideas Competition, an open, one-stage competition that sought ideas for the repurposing of 54 Jefferson that define a vision for the building as a public space. Winners will be selected by a separate jury, including Executive Director of the Cranbrook Academy and former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine Reed Kroloff, and awarded prize money. A selection of submissions, including all prize winners, will be on display during ArtPrize. Kendall College of Art and Design at Old Federal Building — This year’s exhibition, titled “Designed to Win,” features nine, high-quality entries in a variety of media. Be prepared to look in the air and on the walls, as the exhibition is host to a handful of 3-D entries that use found objects, viewers’ bodies, and space in creative ways. Not only is this show ‘designed to win,’ it is also designed to make you think, as some entries have strong themes that encourage self-reflection and inquiry.

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Gillett Bridge — The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis staged an open call for Minnesota-based artists to consider what they would do with the popular pedestrian bridge and a $5,000 grant. A panel reviewed applicants and selected five to present their ideas to an audience and panel of judges, who selected Daniel Feinberg and Alexander Hanson’s “Temporary Pursuit of Performance” installation as the winner. The installation will consist of an aging SUV parked on the bridge with a wooden bridge built over it, which may not sound that cool, but hey, it’s what Minnesota’s serving up.

ArtPrize 2013 Sept. 18–Oct. 6 169 venues, 1,524 artists representing 47 countries and 45 states Free! Key Dates Sept. 18: Sept. 28: Sept. 29: Oct. 3: Oct. 4:

Venues Open/Round One Begins at noon Round One Ends Top Ten Announcement at 1 p.m./Round Two Begins at 2 p.m. Round Two Ends at 11 p.m. Winners Announced at ArtPrize Awards at 8 p.m.

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Walker Art Center’s The Internet Cat Video Festival Rosa Parks Circle, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.




Also, now there’s an official ArtPrize beer. Seriously. Founders is the official brewery of ArtPrize, and is releasing a new brew to commemorate this year’s competition. The Inspired Artist Black IPA comes in at 7.5% ABV, has 88 IBUs and is “a powerhouse IPA, brewed using malted midnight wheat and a unique variety of hops with tropical characteristics.” It will be available at the brewery beginning Aug. 19.

Meet the Jurors This year’s $100,000 Juried Grand Prize will be decided by a threeperson committee, and winners will also be selected in five juried categories: 2-D work, 3-D work, Time-Based work, Best Use of Urban Space, and Best Venue.

Grand Prize Jury

Anne Pasternak — President and Artistic Director of Creative Time // Creative Time is an organization that stages public art projects in New York City and around the world. Under Pasternak’s leadership, the organization has unveiled a variety of high-profile projects, including the “Tribute in Light,” the twin beacons of light that illuminated the World Trade Center site six months after 9/11. Manon Slome, PhD — President and Chief Curator of No Longer Empty // Prior to her work with No Longer Empty, a non-profit that stages exhibitions in unused urban spaces, Dr. Slome was the chief curator of the Chelsea Art Museum in New York. During that time, she curated and oversaw a program of some 40 exhibitions, symposia and museum publications, as well as monographs and scholarly essays.

Mel Chin, artist // Mel Chin’s work combines alchemy, botany and ecology. He insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. Unconventional and politically engaged, his projects also challenge the idea of the artist as the exclusive creative force behind an artwork.

Category Award Jurors

2-D Work: John Yau, New York-based poet and critic; Editor of Hyperallergic Weekend; Teaches art criticism at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. 3-D Work: Hesse McGraw, curator, writer and artist; founding director and curator of contemporary art gallery, Paragraph. Time-Based Work: Rashida Bumbray, New York-based independent curator, consultant for Creative Time. Best Use of Urban Space: Eva Franch I Gilabert, director of storefront for Art and Architecture. Best Venue: Alice Gray Stites, chief curator and director of art programming for 21cMuseum; independent curator. n

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Adonna Khare receiving last year’s top prize from Rick Devos

So You’ve Won ArtPrize, Now What?


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013 marks the fifth year

of ArtPrize, the “radically open, independently organized international art competition” that presents the winner with the largest prize in the history of art prizes. Each of the four first prize winners have walked away with racks on racks on racks — $200,000 to be exact — and the satisfaction of knowing their work struck a chord with Joe the Art Critic. But then what? Does a fate akin to the “Curse of the Lottery” befall them and their families? Do they become fixtures in Chelsea galleries dancing with Jay-Z and Marina Abramovic? Or maybe they’ve been confined to the basement tunnels of the Amway Grand Plaza, contracted to produce miniature replicas of their works in preparation for Rob Bliss’s next urban experiment — or not. All four of the previous winners seemed to have gone back to business as usual, though in the case of Adonna Khare, her studio’s a bit bigger. “I finally have a studio that is not my garage,” said the former school teacher, whose 288-square-foot, penciled mural “Elephants” took home the 2012 grand prize. She said having the new space makes her process of creating her towering pieces much easier. “I can step back, instead of always thinking about what it’s going to look like.” Khare is based in California and now creates artwork full-time. Chris LaPorte, who won in 2010 with his larger-thanlife pencil drawing “Cavalry,” has remained in his teaching position at his alma mater Aquinas College in addition to creating new work, including 2012 ArtPrize tenth-place winner “City Band.” LaPorte admits he’s never been a “starving artist,” his first lucrative art dealings came to him while drawing caricatures at Cedar Point. “I made the kind of funds that paid for my next year of college in just one summer,” he said. “It gave me the

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By Alexandra Fluegel

brain tumor and said she has spent most of her time since in recovery. “Going through something like that really makes you take stock of everything,” said the Iron Mountain, Mich. native. “My recovery has been phenomenal, I’m getting back up to speed — I’m almost there.” Tavonatti started the Svelata Foundation, an organization that aims to expose the creative processes of as many artists as possible by sponsoring artists and projects that “inspire and transform.” She said right now she is “swamped” working on the latest installment of the “Power of Words Project,” which Chris LaPorte in front of “Cavalry” allows communities to vote on one word that best describes the place’s collective future and then assists artists, students confidence to know that, no matter what, I can make a living and community members in creating a mural to represent it. drawing, somehow.” Tavonatti will return to her hometown this month to “Cavalry” is now a part of the ArtPrize permanent colbegin work on the piece that will aim to express the word lection and is housed in the Grace Hauenstein Library on the community selected: believe. the campus of Aquinas College. LaPorte has said that the As for Brooklyn-based artist Ran Ortner, the inaugural work was largely inspired by his father’s unexpected death in 2009 and that the tragedy continues to push him to create. ArtPrize champion, who transfixed the masses with his “Do I want to make something or do I want to put it off “Open Water #24,” drawing acclaim for how his painting looked “soooo real,” — he could not be reached for comsome more? I try to push myself to take advantage of the ment. According to his website, he is still exploring the time I have.” Earth’s most bountiful and beautiful resource in a studio in 2011 winner Mia Tavonatti also knows the power of pain Brooklyn, though now he has many more assistants. n as a motivator. This past May, she was diagnosed with a

“Open Water” painting by Ran Ortner

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Honor By August

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Shut Up & Listen! By Lindsay Patton-Carson

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hen it comes to seeing live music,

a little dose of shut-the-hell-up-andpay-attention is a good thing. In the past year, instances of artists fighting back when it comes to giving their fans the best music experience are more frequent. In April, a sign that rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs posted outside its show at Webster Hall in New York asked concertgoers not to watch the show through a camera or telephone screen and to “PUT THAT S*** AWAY” as a courtesy to the band and other audience members. Pop star Beyonce followed suit by calling out a fan at a concert in Atlanta to “put that damn camera down,” and on the local level, venues and artists are asking the same of their audiences. In July, Tony Lucca, a Michigan native, “The Voice” contestant and former “Mickey Mouse Club” member, recently performed two sold-out shows at Spring Lake’s Seven Steps Up (SSU), a 110-seat listening room that hosts Pin Drop Concerts, with the focus on the music only. “In 2002 I toured with NSYNC, well before people had cell phones with social media capabilities, and they were unabashedly there enjoying the concert,” Lucca said. “Now, everyone is trying to watch the show through a twoinch screen.” Owned by husband-and-wife team of Gary and Michelle Hanks, SSU hosts an average of five shows per month. And if there are audience members not listening? They literally get yellow carded. Gary and Michelle pass out yellow cards, which quietly boot out second-offender motormouths. “I’m not even sure where they are anymore. It hasn’t been an issue in a long time,” said Hanks, who added that in more than two years, they’ve only given out two yellow cards.

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Red Tail Ring

Above: Performances at Seven Steps Up.

Photos: Kevin Reedy

To keep audiences quiet, Michelle introduces the acts “The artists reach out and make friends with the along with a speech that explains the venue’s no-talking audience and the audience does it back,” Hill said of policy. And, of course, the audience knows why they’re performances at The Block. “It’s a wonderful give-and-take at the venue: the music. between the audience and the performers.” “When the audience gives you their full attention, it St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) is another example makes you dig deeper. If you’re going into a listening of a venue taking advantage of giving audiences that lisroom environment, they care on a whole different level,” tening room experience. During ArtPrize last year, SCMC Lucca said. “It’s no mystery as to why you sell more mer- started its Fresh Folk Series (formerly Local Spins Series) in chandise in those environments.” collaboration with John Sinkevics of Local Carla Hill, president and CEO of Spins and Michael Crittenden of Mackinaw West Michigan Symphony (WMS), en- “I think people Harvest Music Studio. more and more joyed her experience at SSU so much “The new folk series that we started last that she wanted to create the same kind year was specifically to give that genre of are focused in on of experience for WMS’ new venue, The musicians in Michigan a chance to play in the music and Block, in downtown Muskegon. The that kind of a setting — a concert room or this gives them venue, which seats approximately 148, listening room kind of setting,” said Cathy the opportunity to Holbrook, executive director for SCMC. opened June 2 with a performance by really hear them classical pianist Alessio Bax. Built specifically for chamber music, the “Seven Steps Up probably has the and give the musi- 130-year-old concert hall gives musicians closest configuration to ours,” Hill a chance to perform in a different kind of cians a chance to said. “The performers and artists are environment. shine so they’re experiencing the music like they’re in “There are a lot of times where you’ll go not just the back- in a [bar] and you can’t even understand a living room.” ground music.” But Hill’s not trying to take away the singer,” Holbrook said. “And people from SSU with The Block. In fact, the are yelling over the music, and it just turns two venues support each other, with into noise. ... You’re kind of going for the SSU recommending The Block to musician Neil Jacobs. social experience of the bar.” “There’s a nice give-and-take with what’s going on at Instead, the Fresh Folk Series takes artists that Seven Steps Up and what we’re doing,” Hill said. frequently perform in noisier venues and gives them a With The Block, Hill wants to explore the classical chance to present their music in a quieter, more intimate genre and present artists in a different setting than audi- setting. ences would see in larger venues. In fact, many of the “I think people more and more are focused in on the performers that play the Frauenthal Center for the Arts, music and I think this gives them the opportunity to really which hosts many of WMS’ shows, perform additional hear them and give the musicians a chance to shine so shows at The Block for a completely new experience. they’re not just the background music,” Holbrook said. n


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Experience Four Seasons at Broadway Grand Rapids


elebrating 26 years, Broadway Grand Rapids is bringing their performances to new heights, especially since announcing a partnership with Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. One of the shows that Broadway Grand Rapids is especially excited to put on this season is Jersey Boys, the hit musical that shows the rise and fall of the band The Four Seasons. Like the band’s moniker, it is divided into seasons and each of them is shown from the point of view of a different band member. “Jersey Boys is not just about the hit songs, but the story behind the music,” said Meghan Distel, director of marketing and public relations. “The show digs into the nitty-gritty backstory of friendships formed and broken, the power struggles, and tragedy that occurred all while the group fought for success.” This show is one of the many great performances Broadway Grand Rapids presents this season. “Jersey Boys kicks off a great season that also includes an updated, more urban and gritty version of West Side Story, [as well as] Sister Act, and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Wizard of Oz,” Distel said. For more information, visit

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St. Cecilia Music Center Celebrates Anniversary with Jazz Icons

o say that St. Cecilia Music Center is starting its season off with an iconic boom would sound slightly cliché and extremely inaccurate. With legendary jazz artists David Sanborn and Bob James coming to seduce SCMC’s crowds with the perfect fusion of piano and saxophone, the season is sure to begin with a feeling of pure, smooth ecstasy. Twenty-seven years after their phenomenal release of Double Vision, Sanborn and James are at it again with a tour following their newest record, Quartette Humaine. “SCMC is thrilled to kick off an important anniversary season with these stellar and world-renowned artists,” said Executive Director Cathy Holbrook, referring to the exciting 130th anniversary celebration this season brings to the SCMC. This newest performance offers unique jazz and presents an occasion to see the evolution the jazz duo has undergone throughout the years, not to mention a great way to support SCMC. “This is an amazing opportunity to see these two artists ... and have the chance to meet them after the show,” Holbrook said. The performance takes place in the Royce Auditorium on Oct. 24. For more information, David Sanborn and Bob James visit

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Grand Rapids Art Museum Spotlights American Beauty�


ith images of buffalo roaming the land, the gorgeous greens surrounding Lake George in New York and the subtle-yet-majestic pastels of the Bathing Pool in Appledore, Grand Rapids Art Museum takes the patriotic phrase “from sea to shining sea” literally this season. The exhibit, Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting, 19201950 (Oct. 20-Jan. 12), features images inspired by American landThe Buffalo Trail Photo: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston scapes, painted by renowned artists like Thomas Cole, Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe and others. Viewers learn about the history of landscape painting in the United States, while at the same time exploring some of the country’s most naturally beauteous glories. “A lot of these artists were seeing the American landscape for the first time,” said Natalie Thomas, communications coordinator at GRAM. “[They] were so inspired, they chose to share the experience through painting.” The exhibition itself originates outside of Michigan, being drawn from a collection at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and has been on display overseas as well. “[This] is only the second time this exhibition has traveled. Previously, the exhibition was on view in Japan,” Thomas said. GRAM also hosts programs for viewers of all ages, including an acrylic painting workshop, a community landscape project and other hands-on studio activities. For more information, check out

University Musical Society Celebrates 135 Years with Shun-kin


n its 135th season, the University Shun-Kin Musical Society boasts performers from all around the globe. In the past, the UMS has sought to bring uncommon and global experiences to audiences, and this season seems to be following suit. Shun-kin is a story filled with devotion, music, and self-sacrifice. Traditional Japanese elements of theater such as Kabuki and bunraku will be used to help tell the story of Shun-kin and her student. UMS is also the only Midwestern stop on the play’s tour and there will not be an opportunity to see it again until it is at UCLA in September. The theater group that is bringing this story to life, Complicite, will be collaborating with Setagaya Public Theater. “We last presented the theater company Complicite in 2008 and it is a theater company whose experimentation and commitment to collaboration is of huge interest to UMS and to our audiences,” said UMS’ Press and Marketing Manager Truly Render. “Told with unmatched elegance, stunning visuals, and surprising, seamless theatricality, Shun-kin lays bare the astonishing acts we commit in the heat of passion and in the chill of devotion.” For more information, visit

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Saugatuck Center for the Arts Brings in Three-Time Grammy Nominees, Tiempo Libre


ince its beginning in 2003, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts has been devoted to bringing the arts to the Saugatuck community. Those who started SCA had the goal to make it the hub for community events and economic growth, and they continue that goal into today. Tiempo Libre One of the musical groups that adds to the vision at SCA is Tiempo Libre, a Miami-based group that specializes in the Cuban timba music. “[Timba is a] high-energy blend of salsa, R&B, and traditional Cuban music creating a blend of high voltage jazz and seductive rhythms,” said SCA’s Marketing & PR Manager Sarah Abel. And these guys know what they are doing. They are three-time Grammy nominees who have been featured on “The Tonight Show,” “Live from the Lincoln Center” and “Dancing with the Stars.” Just in case you need another reason to see Tiempo Libre, the community outreach may be just that more convincing. “Not only will [Tiempo Libre] perform, but because they are coming to the SCA as part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, they will also host a low-cost community outreach program on the following day: An Introduction to Cuban Music at the SCA,” Abel said. For more information, visit

Grand Valley Begins Season with Fall Arts Celebration



harton Center, which is affiliated with Michigan State University, is the largest performing arts venue in the state, so it takes advantage of its size by bringing in some of the biggest and best performances in the state. Two of the many shows that the Wharton Center is proud to host are singer-songwriter Diana Krall and the musical Flashdance. The award-winning Krall will be at the center on Sept. 28. “She is known for her intonation, musicality, and voice,” said Diane Wilcox, director of marketing. “She crosses over from jazz to popular music.” When it comes to Krall’s talent, her time spent at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums and her Grammy speak for themselves. Another great performance coming to the center is Flashdance, a musical based on the popular ‘80s movie. The show is on its pre-Broadway tour, so West Michigan gets the chance to see it before it gets to New York. It will be at the Wharton Center on Oct. 1. “If you like dancing, this is t�he show for you,” Wilcox said. For more information, visit


The Addams Family Ups the Ante at Miller Auditorium


iller Auditorium, ranked one of the top 10 venues in the country, has a history that dates back to the early 20th century, but did not become a reality until 1968. Since its opening, those who have been involved have sought to keep the purpose of enriching the lives of those in comThe Addams Family munity alive and not just present the arts for their own sake. This comes out in the shows that are chosen and the attitudes of those involved. The Addams Family, a dark comedy, is not just an entertaining musical, but a story brought to life by a Drama Desk-winning composer, Olivier Award-winning costume and set designers, and a four-time Tony Award winning director. “This show is a perfect choice for Miller Auditorium, as it exemplifies a show that is both classic and beloved, but also cutting edge and exciting because it is a relatively new tour with lots of catchy new songs for the audience to enjoy,” said Marketing Assistant Morgan Butts. The Addams Family will be at Miller Auditorium on Oct. 22 and 23. For more information, visit

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utch artist Cyril Lixenberg helps Grand Valley State University breathe new life into West Michigan’s arts and humanities this season during its Fall Arts Celebration. Set to run from early September to early November, the Celebration promises diverse artistic experiences, from music and poetry to dance and lectures. “Cyril Lixenberg: An Artist’s Journey,” kicks the season off with an art exhibition that features sculptures, screen prints, drawings, paintings and other archival works from Lixenberg, not to mention a personal appearance of the artist himself during the opening reception. Heavily involved in the Grand Rapids community, Lixenberg has continuously and personally influenced GVSU’s artistic society, rendering it the location of the largest collection of his work anywhere in the world and even inspiring the creation of new archival techniques and venues. “This initial donation by Cyril triggered the creation of Grand Valley’s Print & Drawing Cabinet,” said Henry Matthews, director of galleries and collections at GVSU, as well as a longtime friend to the artist. Lixenberg has donated more than 300 of his own paper works in the past 40 years. The exhibition itself will feature nearly 140 works. For more information on this exhibit and the other five signature events for this year’s Celebration, visit

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West Michigan Symphony’s The Block Promises New Sounds


est Michigan Symphony focuses on charm and flexibility this season with the revealing of its newest venue. The Block, which seats nearly 150 guests, treats audiences to a charming, intimate concert atmosphere without sacrificing the quality and power of performance sound. “[WMS has] an image of a Block performance,” said Carla Hill, WMS president and CEO. “We program things that are going to be diverse and interesting, and sometimes totally unexpected — different Kathy Supove from what people might imagine a place like WMS would present.” Sept. 14 marks the start of four unique performances at The Block, as contemporary classics from composers like Kevin Puts and Jay Kernis are performed by WMS’s own Jennifer Walvoord and her husband, Andrew Le. � Helix Collective makes a stop on the stage on Oct. 12. The group, a collection of artists known for their dedication to a fusion of classical and world music, creates the ultimate classical dance party. Two special classical artists perform for the remainder of October. Kathleen Supove brings her “exploding piano” talent to the stage Oct. 18, playing both the inside and outside of the piano in conjunction with electronic sounds, while Neil Jacobs and his 12-string guitar explore a variety of musical genres on Oct. 26. For more information, visit

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Johnny Cash comes to Van Singel


an Singel Fine Arts Center presents Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show to kick off this season’s hot theatre performances. The musical features 34 of Johnny Cash’s most iconic and memorable songs, including “Country Boy,” Five Feet High and Rising,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “I’ve Been Everywhere” and more. The cast, made up of 16 performers, tells the story of love and the meaning of happiness in the heartland, chronicling stories of living the American Dream, growing up, returning home and dealing with the trials and blessings of home and family. With the familiar tunes of Cash driving the musical forward, the stage is filled with cowboy hats, guitars and one heck of a lot of dancing — but nothing stops the viewer from remembering Johnny Cash in all his glory and grasping the deep message embedded in the show. Because the musical features so many of Cash’s songs, it is often perceived as a tribute to Johnny Cash that runs much like a concert. The creators of the original Broadway production, however, have protested otherwise, saying that while the songs do indeed make up the show, the overall performance evokes a deeper feeling, a connection to the characters in the story. For more information about Van Singel, visit

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A Streetcar Named Desire Marks Change at Opera Grand Rapids


his season is bringing changes to Opera Grand Rapids. The company, which started as a branch of St. Cecilia Music Society, began as a group that performed at various venues in the Grand Rapids area. It began with small opera productions until its first major play at Calvin College. Today the company’s permanent base is the Betty Van Andel Opera Center, but this season there will be new stages. Two of their operas will be performed at DeVos Performance Hall, and the third will be at East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center. One of the shows at DeVos this season is A Streetcar Named Desire, an opera based on the film and the Tennessee Williams play. “For those not familiar with opera as an art form, A Streetcar Named Desire is a powerful way to experience opera within the context of a story audiences know and are comfortable with,” said Opera GR Communications Manager Sarah Mieras. The dramatic story is one that �marks one of the many exciting changes for Opera Grand Rapids. For more information, visit

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or Grand Rapids songwriter/multiinstrumentalist Nathan Kalish, show No. 146 of 2013 at The State Room in Salt Lake City, Utah, came off as a rousing and satisfying affair amid a hectic year of touring the United States and Europe. After all, the drummer for the Deadstring Brothers got a chance to play an extended one-hour opening set for a sold-out crowd with frontman Kurtis Marschke and bassist J.D. Mack, both Detroit natives. Concertgoers who came to see California’s The White Buffalo were mostly unfamiliar with the Deadstring Brothers, an alt-country-fueled rock band. Still, they greeted the band warmly, and by the end of the trio’s set, they treated the boys to a standing ovation and approving hoots. The late summer Utah show was a bright spot in a dizzying-but-promising tour for the latest lineup in Marschke’s 10-year-old project. It’s clear that sets like the one in Salt Lake City help fuel the Deadstring Brothers as they tour behind their latest Bloodshot Records album. “Every time we go back to a place, it gets better,” said Kalish, better known in West

Michigan for his work with his own band, The Wildfire, but who’s toured with the Deadstring Brothers on and off since 2010. “It’s totally working.” So is Kalish, who will crisscross the country with Marschke until December, when he takes two months off to return to Grand Rapids to play a series of Michigan dates with his own rootsy band. Kalish then heads overseas in January, before coming back to rejoin the Deadstring Brothers. He continues to work fervently on a new solo album, which is being mixed in Nashville. “I’m still doing my own music,” Kalish said. “I work on my record almost every day.” � alvin College student activities director and concert guru Ken Heffner celebrates an impressive milestone this month. When Americana/folk duo Over the Rhine — aka the college’s “house band” — returns for a Sept. 21 concert at Covenant Fine Arts Center, it will mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s first Calvin appearance. “It was the first concert I booked in my new job,” Heffner said, who estimates the


Over the Rhine college has booked about 600 concerts and sold 500,000 tickets in those 20 years. The college even created a commemorative T-shirt containing 300 band names. The mission of the two-decade-old series is to provide students and the general public “an attentive way to engage with popular culture” and “fall in love with live performance,” Heffner said, while giving artists an audience they’d “feel honored to perform before.” Meanwhile, Hope College in Holland is heading into the 10th year of its concert series which began with mostly local musicians in casual environments. Since then, the

The Grind

Vincent Hayes’ sophomore album grabs hold of listeners from the get-go. The Grand Haven guitarist-singer, who won the Jammie of the Year award (and national attention) for his debut blues recording, erupts straight out of the box on this darker, meatier follow-up. In On The Grind — recorded by Bill Chrysler and Joe Sturgill at Redwall North Studios — Hayes plays from the heart, wherever that might take him. While there are blues hues to satiate longtime fans, Hayes’ writing and sincere delivery straddle rock, funk, blues and more with a rootsy sort of charm that grows audiences and, with anthemic tracks like “Common Vision,” one that could put him on the map beyond the Great Lakes State.

Music critic and entertainment writer John Sinkevics comments on the local and national music scene at, spotlighting artists at 10 a.m. Wednesdays on Local Spins Live at News Talk 1340 AM.

Rick Chyme

The 5iveit LP In Rick Chyme parlance, 5iveit is an expression of affirmation. His expansive, collaborative and stirring new hip-hop album certainly is affirmation that he has a radiantly innovative approach to his craft. The infectious beats, unshakable melodies and potent rhymes are enhanced through guest appearances by singers Molly Bouwsma-Schultz and Edye Evans Hyde, Ryan K. Wilson, AOK, Michael Sullivan and more, with mixing by Nixon and mastering by Sir Manley. After laboring for years to mold his sound, Chyme has assembled his signature album, filled with gritty, real-life tales and marvelous segues, one that marks his ascendancy in West Michigan’s rap scene. On the catchy “Thoughts in My Mind,” Chyme raps that “every single day I’m going to push myself” and “passion prevails.” He obviously did, and it does.

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LOCAL CD Releases

Vincent Hayes

student organization-driven series has hosted national acts such as Ra Ra Riot, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cloud Nothings and Mat Kearney, with Youth Lagoon playing the first concert in the 2013-14 series on Sept. 13 at the Knickerbocker Theater. n


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with The Milk Carton Kids | Covenant Fine Arts Center | 8pm | $20

Donna the Buffalo Draws Herd of Followers to Kalamazoo | by Carly Plank




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Since its establishment in 1989, Nevins n an oth e r g e n e rati o n, they would be called Deadheads. But and Puryear have served as the band’s artistic lately, devoted fans of Donna the Buffalo wellspring. Nevins’s songs often display a strong voice made for folk rock, complihave endeared themselves to the band as “The Herd.” The name is fitting for fans willing mented by California guitar hooks, while to migrate across the country with a common Puryear’s compositions are anchored in authentic storytelling and earthy minimalism. purpose: to jam with their favorite band. “Our fans are people who love to travel, and Musical influences have never been hard to find, admitted Puryear. our shows give them a nice destination,”said “I’ve been listening to records since I was Jeb Puryear, who shares songwriting and vocal two years old. All the greats — the Beatles, duties with Tara Nevins. “Our shows may also Dylan, Marley. But there isn’t fulfill their vision of a more really anyone who hasn’t influloving society, and of finding enced me. I’m influenced by a home.” Donna the Buffalo In a fitting throwback to all of the music I enjoy.” Bell’s Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo In the midst of a nationthe love culture of the ‘60s, Sept. 26, 9:30 p.m. an era that seems to live on wide tour filled with dates at $18 advance/$20 doors 21+ well known music halls and at festivals today, the group’s, (269)382-2332 festivals, Donna the Buffalo latest album was recorded on will play at Bell’s Eccentric analog tape in an ancient New Café, a cavernous and rustic York church. Tonight, Tomorrow, and Yesterday is true to the blend of roots, space that has earned a reputation for its top zydeco and Americana the band is known tier fusion of brews and music. Luckily for The for. Although, according to Puryear, stylistic Herd, Puryear’s focus will be on the music. That is, unless Bell’s, or Michigan’s ambivalent leanings were never intended. “We don’t really adorn songs or albums weather, can change his mind. “I don’t drink beer. I’ll only have one if it’s with different styles. We’re all about the songa really hot day.” n writing and the message we want to convey.”

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Over the Rhine Explores New Musical Territory in Latest Album | by Dwayne Hoover

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n 1949, th e fam e d We ls h Detweiler and Bergquist have called poet Dylan Thomas moved to a little Nowhere Farm their home for the past eight town called Laugharne, and there had a years, and during that time have learned small writing shack where he sought in- quite a bit about its history and the nature spiration for his work during the last four years that surrounds it. And through this acclimaof his life. And it was to this very same shack tion they found what eventually became the that Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, band’s newest record, Meet Me At The End Of the husband and wife duo that make up folk/ The World. Americana outfit Over the Rhine, went seek“When we moved out here we didn’t know ing inspiration themselves. the names of much of anything in terms of the “The first time we were invited to play a trees, the birds that were singing, and the crazy music festival in England, several of us piled weeds and wildflowers that we were encounin a car and drove to Wales tering,” Detweiler said. “These to find that little shack,” said objects and things started to Detweiler. “When you make a appear in our songs, and we Over the Rhine wsg connection with somebody’s realized we had a few dozen The Milk Carton Kids writing, it’s very much a soul songs that were kind of loosely Calvin College, Grand Rapids connection. You feel com- Sept. 21, 8 p.m. revolving around our home.” $20 public, $10 with Calvin ID pelled to make that trip and The band explores some, (616) 526-6282 breathe the air or whatever. It new musical territory in the made a huge impression on new release, a 19-song double me. It felt like sacred ground.” album, including some addiSo when the two moved to their current tional vocal work from Detweiler, something home in Ohio, dubbed Nowhere Farm, they Bergquist has been encouraging him to do knew they wanted a similar space to create. more. “We always dreamed of having a little “You’ll notice Karin and I singing a bit special place set aside for writing,” Detweiler more harmony together,” Detweiler said. “Part said. “There was a little spring house here on of the story of this record is that more than the farm, and we eventually got it rehabbed ever we’re really sort of harmonizing and using and turned into a quiet room where we can the two voices in ways we never have in the get some writing done.” past. It almost feels like we’re starting a new band. That’s hard to do after 20 years.” n

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by Allison Parker


Other Performing Arts Events Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids Sept. 5-7, 11-15, 18-21; show times at 5 and 7:30 p.m. $25-27, (616) 456-6656

Unapologetically visceral and raw, Sweeny Todd is a macabre tale of one man’s unquenchable thirst for justice. When Judge Turpin exiles Benjamin Barker in order to rape his wife, Benjamin vows revenge. After boiling for 15 years in his own fury, the wronged husband returns to London, consumed by bloodlust. Benjamin promptly sets up an unusual and horrifying barbershop— one in which he gives the closest shaves possible. It’s no coincidence that the pies in the shop below contain mystery meat. Eventually, Judge Turpin does end up in the barber chair, but a heartbreaking twist changes everything.

Les Misérables

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Sept. 27-28, Oct. 3-6, 11-13; show times at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $12-23, (269)343-1313


n Glengarry Glen Ross, the letters ‘ABC’ aren’t Big Bird’s pals or the cheesy accessories of choice on Teacher Appreciation Day. That’s because in this dark psychological thriller, ‘ABC’ stands for ‘Always Be Closing,’ and if you’re not closing a deal, then someone’s closing you. Kicking off West Michigan University Theatre’s season, Glengarry Glen Ross tells the story of four fiercely competitive salesmen in a floundering real-estate agency. For these Chicago backstabbers, no measure is too extreme in the ruthless pursuit of a sealed deal. When the company announces a high-stakes sales competition, desperation soars to an unprecedented fever pitch. The top seller walks away with a Cadillac, the bottom two with a pink slip. Ramping up the raw intensity of this storyline, the WMU version of Glengarry Glen Ross features several distinctive touches. Most notably, the play adds the character Blake, who delivers the iconic ‘Always Be Closing’ speech. Although Blake never appeared in the original Glengarry Glen Ross, the play’s writer David Mamet added the character in the 1992 screenplay. Memorably portrayed by Alec Baldwin in the film, Blake has become an embodiment of the story’s harsh, cut-throat reality. “[Blake’s] character adds to the tension in a powerful, dramatic way,” Director D. Terry Williams said. “It was so clever of Mamet to add that character, and I’m so thrilled that he did. It’s a wonderful scene [Blake] is in. He lays down the law and announces the contest that really sets the tone of the play. The results of his pronouncement and threat add to the panic and desperation. [The salesmen] are now no longer colleagues but competitors.”

Another plus of this proGlengarry Glen Ross duction is the way in which its West Michigan University Theatre venue enhances the audience’s Zack L. York Arena Theatre, Kalamazoo experience. A black box space no Sept. 26-28, Oct. 3-6; show times at stranger to psychological dramas, 8 and 2 p.m. the Zack L. York Arena theatre $10-20 (WMU students $5) seats only 115 patrons and, (269) 387-6222 vides an intensely intimate feel. “When you’re in the Black Box Theatre, you are in the office with [the characters]” Williams said. “Those desks are only a couple of feet from the first row and there are only four rows. If you are in the back row, you’re only six feet from the action, so physically you are going to be psychologically engaged whether you want to be or not in a way you won’t be in a movie theatre ... I hope the audience will leave with mental exhaustion.” While savage brutality dominates, glimmers of satirical wit and dark humor release tension without diluting the play’s forcefulness. The second-place prize in the sales competition is a set of steak knives, for example. Touches like this allow the play to evoke and engage a wide range of emotions. “When the tension is almost unbearable, there’ll be a laugh. Also, a playwright can release tension with shock, and there are a lot of those moments in the play,” Williams said. “It’s a perfect storm; that’s a really good metaphor for this play because it gets pretty stormy with relationships and competition.” n

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One of the world’s most beloved musicals, Les Misérables is a triumphant celebration of redemption set in France’s 1832 June Rebellion. The age-old tension between justice and mercy takes center stage as Inspector Javert relentlessly pursues ex-convict Jean Valjean. When political turmoil boils and Valjean’s daughter becomes involved with a fiery revolutionary, Valjean finds himself battling for his country, his daughter’s lover and his own hide. The show’s hushed, tender melodies and spirited, bombastic fanfares provide the Broadway songbook with unforgettable classics.

Glengarry Glen Ross: A Perfect Storm


INDIE film

by Josh Spanninga

It’s September, which means school is officially back in session. Bummer. Whether you’re a parent confronted with endless teacher conferences or an undergrad faced with brutal exams, we know academia isn’t easy. Luckily, we found some interesting extracurricular film activities to help ease the burden of scholarly slavery.

Perrin Brewing Company Presents The Last Time I Saw Macao

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ike Saunders, organizer for the iii (pronounced “three i's”) Film Series at Wealthy Theater, has a bit of an insider's view of the independent film industry. He helped produce and acted in APE, the local film that opened the series last month, and he credits his experience of meeting other directors and producers while traveling to film festivals across the world to promote APE as the main inspiration for the iii series. “Actually getting to know and speak with the guys who made [these movies], the techniques that they used, the budget limitations that they're facing, the real independent and rogue nature with which these guys were able to make these films was just super impressive to me,” Saunders said. “I really wanted the general audience and filmmakers in Grand Rapids to see the techniques, the storytelling and the way in which they went about making these films.” On Sept. 8, Weatlhy Theater will screen the third installment in the series, a Portuguese film titled The Last Time I Saw Macao. The movie focuses on themes of memories clashing with realities in the city of Macao, and has been described as an experimental film noir. “It's put together in a very unique way,” Saunders said of the film. “And part of that was because of their budget limitations. I like that because APE is a film that we made on a very, very small budget, and that's the way we make films, and it was kind of a solidarity thing going and meeting some of these people overseas who are facing similar struggles to actually get their films made.” The series focuses on these smaller, independent productions, and the films shown often contain larger themes and ideas that separate them from movies created strictly for entertainment purposes. The three i's in the name stand for “Independent, International films to make an Impact.” Saunders has high hopes for the iii Film Series, and as long as sponsor Perrin Brewing Company continues to

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The Last Time I Saw Macao

support the series, they'll continue bringing in eye-opening, provocative independent releases to Grand Rapids.

Myrtle Beach International Film Festival Selections to Screen in South Haven


f you're bummed that you missed the film festival circuit this past summer, the Michigan Theatre in South Haven has got your back. They've teamed up with the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, which took place back in April, to bring some of the best selections back to the screen for three nights (Sept. 19-21). The MBIFF was created out of the frustration director Jerry Dalton felt over larger festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca. “They'll pick one or two independents out of the field, but a lot of them are films that are looking for what they call P and A, which is prints and advertising money," Dalton said. What this means is, while many of the films shown at Sundance didn't have the same backing as major Hollywood movies, they still had significant funds and renowned studios backing them. Dalton felt these larger-budget films were crowding what he considered the truly independent releases out of the competition, so he took matters into his own hands.

“I decided we wanted to start a true independent film festival that focused on independent filmmakers and their work,” Dalton said. And so MBIFF was formed. Each year, it receives entries from all over the world, generally with production budgets considerably lower than most movies shown in mainstream theaters. These films are played at the festival and viewed by a unique panel of judges made up of construction workers, lawyers, teachers, basically people from all walks of life. Dalton thinks it's important to leave the judging to a more diverse audience rather than filmmakers and professional critics. “I think that's the best way to get a gauge on whether the film is entertaining or meets its mark,” he said. Since its inception 10 years ago, MBIFF has partnered with various theaters across the country to help get these films up on the big screen, including the Michigan Theater. Dalton said the owners approached him asking the best way to go about creating a film festival. “We were like, 'Well, we've already got a great lineup of films, why don't we just bring it this way?'” Dalton said. “And everyone was in agreement, so that's how that happened.” For more information on the Michigan Theatre screening of the MBIFF visit n

The Family

Movie///pREVIEWS By T Stastny

Opening september 6


In the third installment of the series, Riddick (Vin Diesel) is more dangerous and vengeful than ever before. While fending for his own survival against alien predators on a deserted planet, Riddick is confronted by his intergalactic enemies, whom he quickly lures into his trap in order to get the ultimate revenge. I f h i s s ch e m e prevails, he will be able to return to his home planet and save it from total destruction.

Battle of the Year

Whatever it takes to win an international dance competition, the Americans ain’t got it, nor have they had in in the last 15 years. This year will be different though, ‘cause America’s dream team is determined to be more ready than ever. Armed with an abandoned jailhouse and a fierce choreographer, a former basketball coach (Josh Holloway) must transform an estranged group of the country’s best dancers into a synchronized dance machine.

Everything seemed like it was going to be fine because the Lamberts’ son was FINALLY out of a coma and safe from the demon’s clutches. Everything was supposed to go back to being hunky dory, right? Not right. (It never is.) Now the same crazy old lady demon who haunted Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) when he was a child is back and messing with his head. (Figures.)

Opening september 20

The Family

Meet the Manzonis, or rather, “The Blakes” - a mob family under the witness protection program sent to live in France. But their new French life starts to go awry when irresistable old family habits - everything from school fights to locker theft to grocery store mayhem - risk exposure of their true identities

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Opening september 13

Insidious 2

Opening september 27

Runner, Runner

Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) enters the online poker world in an attempt to gamble for his Princeton University tuition money. After he loses everything, he sets off to a remote island to find the culprit who cheated him. Richie soon becomes entangled in the life of wealth and luxury that his cheat offers to him. n

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by Josh Spanninga

Comedy At The B.O.B. Grand Rapids, MI 616.356.2000

“It was luck. Honestly, if they would’ve done the competition 10 times, they probably would have had 10 different winners ... There were just so many funny guys and gals.”


—Chad Daniels, on winning LaughFest’s 2012 Stand Up Competition

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had Dan i e ls i s a co m e d ian wh o s e standup act is incredibly difficult to describe. One minute he’ll be setting up intricate grammar jokes in a Demetri Martin-esque fashion, then in the blink of an eye his subject matter switches to penis jokes and locker room fare. He covers so many bases with his comedy it’s impossible to pigeonhole him, though he does believe one critic summed his act up nicely. “Somebody once described me as ‘a lovable asshole’,” Daniels said. He agrees, and adds, “I’m opinionated, but I’m also non-threatening.” Daniels’ interest in comedy started when he would sit and listen to comedy records with his grandfather.

“Watching him laugh was the funniest thing ever,” he said. While he always held onto this appreciation of comedy he never pursued it as a career until he suddenly found himself jobless. Upon being fired from his last job, he threw himself a retirement party at a bar that happened to have an open mic that same night. He tried it out, and was hooked. Since then, he’s been performing for audiences around the country, has appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “Conan,” had his own Comedy Central Presents special, and has released multiple comedy albums. He’s no stranger to West Michigan either — he won first place at the 2012 Gilda’s Laughfest Stand Up Competition, snagging the $10,000 cash prize based on votes from

the audience and celebrity judges. He remains humble about the experience. “It was luck,” Daniels said. “Honestly, if they would’ve done the competition 10 times, they probably would have had 10 different winners ... There were just so many funny guys and gals.” Daniels goes on to say that performing at LaughFest was an easy decision. “Comedy festivals are always fun. When you’re on tour, you’re maybe with one other comedian, but festivals are great because there are so many great people all in one place.” It was during LaughFest that Daniels ran into Marc Maron, host of the “WTF” podcast, and while hanging out drinking coffee, Maron nonchalantly offered to have Daniels on his podcast. “I thought it was just one of those things Hollywood guys say,” Daniels said. But it turned out Maron was dead serious, and soon Daniels found himself in the coveted position of interviewee on “WTF.” Around the same time, Daniels was releasing his latest hour-long comedy special online for free. Comedy Central, which he originally hoped would pick up the special, had recently turned it down, so Daniels decided to get creative. “I had all the material ready, and I wanted people to see it,” Daniels said. “So I figured I might as well put it up online.” n

Chad Daniels Dr. Grins, Grand Rapids Sept. 12-14, show times at 8, 9 and 10:30 p.m. $5-$10, (616) 356-2000



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This no-holds-barred documentary details the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. Sponsored by Clark Hill Entertainment Industry Team, Hidden Garden Cottages & Suites


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Renowned Dutch artist Cyril Lixenberg discusses his eye-popping, colorful screen prints, on loan from Grand Valley State University and on display in our gallery through November 9. Exhibitions Sponsor: Judy Hillman & Mike Van Meter. Intriguing Conversation Sponsor: Bill Underdown - Shoreline Realtors/Hungry Village Tours

Amaranth, 2002.486.1c On Loan from Grand Valley State University


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One of the hottest young bands today, the group is celebrated for its sophisticated performances of an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of Latin jazz and Cuban songs. Sponsored by Hilliard Lyons of Holland, Chemical Bank

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dd Brindle & Blonde to your list of cool new places to namedrop. Customer-centric with a level of craft that sets them apart, salon manager Molly Savage spins it like this: a trip to Brindle & Blonde is like “the perfect trip to the hair salon.” Staff are all about the customer and their experience providing contemporary services including cuts and color for both men and women, as well as premium extensions, bridal and event hair, make up and facial waxing. The salon sells products from trusted beauty names such as Oribe and L’Oréal and has trusted styling talents as well with the ultrahip Ann Van Weaver and Christopher Michael (both of Cheeky Strut fame) that bring that “standard of professionalism and perfection.” Add ample parking and a convenient location (600 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids) to the mix and you’ve got plenty of reasons to let them help you find your personal style.

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tion or try Word is that soon there will be a PayPal link so you can have a copy sent to you in the mail. The mag should be showing up at The Sparrows Coffee Tea & Newstand and at local salons. Over on the lakeshore there’s a little something called Le Style de Vie. It takes place on Sept. 7 at Butch’s in downtown Holland and it’s a mashup of wine and fashion, as well as a fundraiser for the Center for Women in Transition. The soiree takes place in a tent behind the restaurant, where you nibble on hors d’oeuvres, chug the wine and listen to a live jazz band with a narrated fashion show featuring “a nice mix of everything we carry from blue jeans to cocktail dresses,” says Studio K Owner Kim Petroelje, who adds that the style spectacle is set up “so that you don’t have to stop the wine tasting to watch the show.” Said show will be repeated twice with the first showing approximately around 5:30 p.m. and a second spot around 7:30 p.m. Auction items are another thing on hand to throw your money at. The fun starts at 5 pm.

Mallrats beware. There’s a new magazine in town that’s everything you’re not. à la MODE is a quarterly fashion magazine for the local Grand Rapids area with content leaning toward homeà la Mode magazine town style and designers, offering local ways to For those looking forward to fall fashions, there’s get a complete look at an affordable price. It’s something of a comeback happening according to Erika Morgan, what’s original to the area with an individual, boutique personality. owner of the darling Paperdoll Boutique in Rockford. The store “You see what’s trendy, where you can go to see it and you can bring specializes in clothing, accessories and gift items and when the magazine right into the store with you,” says Aly Nauta, it comes to fall trends (prepare yourself), expect a owner and editor in chief, of the pocketsize 7 x 10 inch lot of “grunge and plaids and menswear inspired glossy accessory. “It’s affordable and realistic,” pieces,” says Morgan (side note: find that Pearl which is a nice change of pace from skinny Jam CD). It’s all about distressed denim, models draped in overpriced frocks. The longer boyfriend sweaters, houndstooth mag will “teach you how to implement and tweed. Not into that tomboy scene? stuff or offer DIY features to bring the Blend in some floral and lace and pearls to magazine to life. It’s empowering.” tone down the dude vibe for sure. Pick out Expect profiles on successful women structured bags and short, studded boots in the area, what’s trending and spethis season and bulk up on your denim cifically, this fall’s issue hints at topics — specifically shirts and dresses. Word such as thrifting 101, legging faux pas of advice? If you buy one thing this fall, (I know, right?), a price guide to holiday Morgan pushes plaid button up shirts as your shopping and How to Do Collegiate Right style staple. Look for the store’s anniversary sale featuring The Mitten State. Take a break from coming up Oct. 24 through 26. It’s their way to thank powdering your nose and start with the Facebook customers with store discounts, sales and a party! n page for a look at the area’s newest fashion fascina- Plaid: It’s baaack!







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Other Literary Events An Irregular Heartbeat Book Release Heartside Gallery & Studio, Grand Rapids Sept. 6, 6 p.m.

As a great warm-up for ArtPrize, help Heartside Gallery and Studio celebrate its 20 year history at this free book release event. The gallery raised funds via Kickstarter to compile and publish a 100-page hardcover book that pays homage to the local artists who made this art resource what it is today. Images of more than 30 artists and their work are included, as well as autobiographies, stories, poems and jokes. Copies of the book will be available at the event.

Word – The Diatribe ArtPrize 2013 The B.O.B., Grand Rapids Sept. 18-Oct. 6

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Fueled by the efforts of poet Azizi Jasper, Duke Greene and Venison Dix of Punksuhate and others, Word is sure to be one of the most unique and compelling ArtPrize entries of 2013. Billed as a fluid display of the power, beauty and versatility of the word as an art form, the display will treat visitors of The B.O.B. with a healthy dose of what happens when words transcend the page to spill out onto the canvas of the world. In addition to a permanent exhibit, the entry will feature performances twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Poetry and Sculpture: A Meditative Space Grand Valley State University – Pew Campus Sept. 18-Oct. 6

This ArtPrize entry spotlights the collaborative efforts of GVSU students and faculty who seek to explore the intertwining possibilities of engaging poetry and interactive art installations. With materials including tree stumps, branches, wind-chimes and a wooden path, the pieces will jump out at viewers as they pass by, just as the poems written by talented amateur and professional poets will call out to be read.

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he fifth installment of ArtPrize will again feature an overwhelming amount of painstakingly planned and prepared visual stimuli, but the entry that might best embody the event’s overarching purpose was created in the spirit of pure randomness. Connected: Art from a Spiritual Perspective is the brainchild of Tammy Tappan, an artist and Kendall College alumni who is experiencing ArtPrize for the first time. The project pairs 30 artists and 30 storytellers together to probe the meaning of fundamental human concepts like love, pain and forgiveness through a collaboration of painting and writing. With the event dominated by hefty cash prizes, furious text-voting, giant animal sculptures and innumerable junk collages, viewers can easily forget that the primary mission of ArtPrize is to facilitate discussion about art and its role in our society. “We didn’t go into this thinking we would win - that’s not the objective,” Tappan said. “Really, the objective is to share the content with as many people as possible. If we can get people to think about respecting the ideas of others, we can move toward tolerance and understanding using art as a device to communicate.” First, the artists and storytellers were randomly paired and assigned a word. From there, the storytellers were to craft a short piece of writing, be it a personal story, collection of thoughts or a memory that they felt represented that word. Then, the artists were encouraged to paint not a literal depiction of the writing, but rather an inspired interpretation based on their own thoughts,

feelings and emotions. For many Connected: Art from a of the artists, it was an entirely Spiritual Perspective new and challenging experience. Harris Building, 111 S. Division “When I talked to our artists, Sept. 18-Oct. 6 it seemed like a common theme that [the experience] made them stretch themselves artistically beyond what they would typically do,” Tappan said. “They found there was always a way to convey the message outside of their comfort zone.” The resulting “conversations” will be published in book format, but Tappan felt ArtPize would be the perfect forum to display the fruits of these unique interactions. The Harris Building, a new site for 2013, will feature all 30 collaborations, displayed side-by-side, and Tappan plans on making guided tours available to viewers, aimed at helping them understand the project’s deeper meaning. The artists will also be on-site throughout ArtPrize to create impromptu paintings of still more conceptual words so that audiences can get a glimpse at this communicative process in action. “A lot of artists are resistant to commission work, because if you don’t meet the expectations of the customer, it can be a frustrating experience,” Tappan said. “One of the underlying themes of the project is that we’re all allowed an opinion and that there is no wrong answer.” n

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Dining Restaurant listings arranged by region

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.


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.


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.



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


openings and closings, editorial space, budgets, deadlines, acts of God, congressional hearings and, of course, visits and meals at restaurants throughout the region. The listings are not intended to be reviews of West Michigan restaurants, although we will inject some opinions into the listings based on experiences or the personal preferences of staff. Our intention is to expand and sharpen the content every month to make it the region’s most user-friendly and accurate dining guide. To submit or correct information

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Bombay Cuisine 1420 Lake Dr. SE 616-456-7055 INDIAN. Offering savory and subtly spiced dishes from northern India, Bombay

Brandywine 1345 Lake Dr./2844 East Beltline NE 616-774-8641/616363-1723 AMERICAN. Both locations do brisk business at breakfast, especially on Sundays, but also offer a solid lunch and dinner menu featuring sandwiches, pasta, Mexican favorites and the legendary beehive potatoes. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast.


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.


pancakes. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Eggs Florentine. 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.


Cornucopia 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 DELI. A refreshing option for on-the-go, or casual, lighter fare. Enjoy deli options such as homemade soups, salads, Panini sandwiches and freshly brewed gourmet coffee. SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Sandwiches.



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.


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.


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

Cygnus 27 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-776-6425 ECLECTIC. Enjoy the skyline as you dine atop the Glass Tower. Indulge in a variety of globally infused dishes at this AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Casual attire; no jacket required. Private dining also available. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Seasonal Sunday Brunch.


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.


Founders Brewing Company 235 Grandville SW. 616-776-1195 BREWPUB. A beer-lover’s paradise with a national reputation for flavorful, awardwinning beers. Likewise, the brewpub’s menu consists mainly of flavorful handcrafted deli sandwiches that can stand up and complement the beers (or vice versa). SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Award-winning beer, handcrafted sandwiches.


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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 handcranked 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 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

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autumn day, and you’re golden during any happy hour from 3-6 p.m. every weekday and Sunday afternoons. A luncheon highlight is the Fried Farm Egg, which is inlaid with bacon on a bed of greens with garlic mayonnaise. Another option is indulging in the stream of juice from the pickled vegetable coleslaw and spicy mayonnaise dotted with cilantro, mingling with the patte on the Pork Banh Mi. Dinner plates, which instil salivation upon each viewing, include the Seasonal Vegetables — subject to change at any moment — summer squashes and mushrooms marinated and glazed to perfection. Of note is the Pork Ragu in its red wine stewed glory. Not mentioned but deserving attention is the wood-fired pizzas. All of the standard savory clichés apply. 1429 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids;, (616) 301-0998 n

t’s hard avoiding words and phrases such as “artisan,” “authentic,” “dairy-free,” “farm-to-table,” “gluten-free,” “hand-crafted,” “healthful,” “organic,” “scratch-made,” “seasonal” or “vegan-friendly” when describing New American cuisine these days. This has been a great few years as new establishments have sprouted about West Michigan and forged strong followers; others have downright failed miserably, while some have changed hands for the better. Terra GR is of the latter. Formerly Trillium Haven, Terra GR is every New American cliché mentioned above — which is as far from negative as one can be. Protruding from the ground floor of the Kingsley Building in Eastown, Terra GR opened in July under sole ownership of Trillium Haven co-owner Ken Sung. It retains the former incarnation’s atmosphere, but strips away the pretension for a more relaxed and freeing experience. As some finer dining institutions maintain, Terra closes at 4 p.m. each day for dinner prep. For once, the separate lunch and dinner menus aren’t blandly re-worded or upgraded plates with an extra serving, but unique offerings altogether. This is refreshing, which isn’t a cliché for New American cuisine. Coupled with the laid-back, Eastown atmosphere at Gennesee and Lake Drive and an Beet lemonade and roasted squash and kale salad. PHOTO: Elyse wild

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ake a cool, breezy lunch ride on The Grand Lady (not to be mistaken for your mother) every Sunday from 1–3 p.m. Although all liquids, including water, are purchased on board, don’t let the lack of spirits darken yours with your BYOPicnic. The idyllic Grand River soiree features Captain Bill’s stories of steamboat and river history. Feast upon history and munchies as you gaze upon remnants of logging settlements and the ghost of Tom Joad’s Michigan cousin Harold — perhaps the child in you will convince Captain Bill to let you stand in the pilot house and steer the 105-foot, 70-ton river queen. You could charter a private party with catering by the Grand Villa Restaurant, but that probably wouldn’t end well with the types of people with whom you associate. Sundays at 1–3 p.m., $15 tickets/Kids under 10, free; 775 Taylor St. SE, Jenison;, (616) 457-4837

CHEAP EATS: Hogzilla BBQ I’m done barbecuing chicken wings after Labor Day, which means I hanker for it by the third week of September. Instead, I scamper over to Hogzilla BBQ in Kalamazoo (or Battle Creek if I’m creeping back from unsolved serial murders in Detroit). Fifty-cent smoked wings every Monday and Catfish Fridays bookend the work week. The catfish fillets are lightly breaded with cajun spices. And of course, there’s always the award-winning barbecue. 889 W. Columbia Ave., Battle Creek; (269)660-6225 or 911 E. Cork St., Kalamazoo; (269)364-6777,


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Join Chefs Jenna Arcidiacono, Randy Finch, Tommy FitzGerald and others in the Grand Rapids culinary community to remember and honor Chef Mark Noseda who was tragically taken from us at the young age of 35. A scholarship fund has been setup at GRCC for students entering the Secchia Culinary Institute.


Dining 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.


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.


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.


Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Dr. SE (616) 233-0063 BREWPUB. The newest addition to the Grand Rapids brewpub scene features five craft-brewed beers in addition to signature root beer for the kiddos. Harmony’s real specialty, however, is a take-out combo that features one of its gourmet wood-fire pizzas and a growler of beer. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza and brews.


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.


J Bar 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 STEAKS. Grass-fed beef selections and an ample variety of seafood, chops and house specialties. Extensive wine cellar and tastefully upscale ambiance that’s comfortable rather than stuffy. SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Choice-cut prime rib, 10-oz. Filet, 14-oz. Top Sirloin.

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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.


Maggie’s Kitchen 636 Bridge St. NW. 616-458-8583 MEXICAN. The storefront restaurant on GR’s west side has quietly built a reputation as one of the best places in town for authentic Mexican food, especially its tacos and breakfast items like huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs with onions and jalapenos). SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Tex-Mex.


Marie Catrib’s 1001 Lake Dr. 616-454-4020 ECLECTIC. The East Hills eatery has one of the most hard-to-categorize menus in West Michigan, but this line from its website begins to do it justice: “a twist of Lebanese, a hint of Yooper and yen for unique pastries.” Everything is made from scratch with local ingredients, and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Get there 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Laura Dubin Trio Sept 14, 9pm

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Dining 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.


Vitale’s Restaurants Various Grand Rapids locations. 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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.



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.


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).


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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.


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.


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.



while you drink up. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Beer. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


Union Cabaret & Grille 125 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. 269-384-6756 AMERICAN. A partnership with Western Michigan University, Union features eclectic food and cocktails, plus live jazz music performed by WMU faculty and students. SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Fries, Bloody Maries with infused vodkas. n


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Billy’s Lounge Revival ‘80s Night Coral Gables Nick Ayoub Dockers Fish House West Side Soul Surfers Dog Story Theater Circle Mirror Transformation GR Brewing Company Rachel Gleason GRAM Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water, The Jansma Collection at Grand Rapids Art Museum: Five Centuries of Masterpieces KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Mulligan’s Pub The Plurals Muskegon Museum of Art Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection

Olde World Village Blackrock Medieval Fest Red Barn Don’t Hug Me Saugatuck Center for the Arts Burger Wars, Mason Street Warehouse Theatre Presents: Closer Than Ever Spectators Sports Bar and Grill Trilogy UICA The Act of Killing, Prince Avalanche Water Street Gallery Are We There Yet? What Not Inn Christy & Velvet



Billy’s Lounge BassBin Dockers Fish House Classic Fix O’Toole’s Open Mic Night Saugatuck Center for the Arts Summer Corridor Series: Jeff Kraus



Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Baker Chapel at Grace Bible College River City Improv GRAM Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Muskegon Museum of Arts Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection UICA The Act of Killing, Prince Avalanche Wealthy Theatre Meanwhile Movie: Superman 2



The 411 Club Wednesday Open Mic Night with Adam Poling Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge Campus Karaoke Curragh Irish Pub Mike Vial GRAM Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Muskegon Museum of Arts Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection, Friends of Art ProgramThink Inside the Box: The Crate and Courier Experience Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Graham Gephart Remembrance UICA The Act of Killing, Prince Avalanche



Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge The ‘90s Holla Back Circle Theatre Sweeney Todd Double JJ Ranch Delta Frost Blues Fest

Dr. Grins Tommy Johnagin Foundry Hall Casco Band Frederik Meijer Gardens Indigo Girls GRAM Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Mulligan’s Pub Archery Muskegon Museum of Arts Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection, West Shore Graphic Arts Society Program-Print Makers of Michigan The Pyramid Scheme Coliseum with Xerxes and Daggerdown Rockford Brewing Company Flashing Blue Lights Schuler Books & Music Nutty Knitters Group Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys UICA The Act of Killing, Prince Avalanche Wealthy Theatre Aziz Ansari



The 411 Club Art Hop: The Photography Of Rory Svekric and Kasey Chaos, Comedy Showcase Allegan County Fairgrounds Allegan County Fair

Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge Highway 22 Caledonia Family Tavern Larry Reeb with Billy Gardell Cancun Connection Bar and Grill ReFurbushed Coral Gables Kevin Villo Dr. Grins Tommy Johnagin Foundry Hall American Mars, The Trio GRAM Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure Heartside Gallery and Studio Heartside Gallery & Studio Book Release Party & 20th Anniversary Celebration The Intersection Gramatik, Hurry Home and West & Run CD Release KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Mulligan’s Pub Head Muskegon Museum of Arts Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection The Pyramid Scheme Really Nelson with ecid, Matt G, Duhjuan Yay, Phil Meeh and DJ Snax Rosa Parks Circle Jim Shaneberger Schuler Books & Music on 28th Street Briar Rabbit Seven Steps Up Hannah Thomas Tip Top Bar & Grill The Brothers Comatose and Roosevelt Diggs

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As legends of the vast Canadian hardcore punk rock scene, dating back from when the three-chord noise genre was still in diapers (and, conspicuously, safety pins), D.O.A. were, of course, never dead on arrival. With a nearly 40-year career about to come to a close, the group’s commitment to carrying on is itself decidedly D.O.A. Besides, they probably wouldn’t want to circle back to rocking in diapers again. Nevertheless, D.O.A. has lead nothing, if not a truly impressive punk rock career trajectory that often gets credited with helping cofound the aforementioned hardcore subgenre of punk rock. Still, it can be argued that, D.O.A. unlike well-acknowledged contemporaries like Black Flag The Pyramid Scheme, and The Germs, D.O.A. never quite attained household Grand Rapids name recognition as much as the band might have deserved Sept. 8, 8 p.m. to. And now that the farewell tour is underway, what better $8 in advance, way to give the boys a much-earned sendoff by hitting The $10 at the door Pyramid Scheme on Sept. 8 for one last go-round on the, sneering, racuous wheel. Lighters in the air, y’all! Reported (616) 272-3758 by Emma Kat Richardson


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The 411 Club The Real Fantastics, The Jet Beats, Full Frontal Cortez Allegan County Fairgrounds Allegan County Fair Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge Battle of the Bands Butch’s Le Style de Vie Cancun Connection Bar and Grill ReFurbushed Cannonsburg Cannonsburg Pintwood Derby Coral Gables Tom Northrup Creston Business District Creston Car Show Curragh Irish Pub Formally Hip Downtown Battle Creek Miles for Memories Downtown Douglas Art & All that Jazz Dr. Grins Tommy Johnagin GRAM Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure The Hideout Brewing Company Live Music John Collins Park Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathalon/Duathalon The Intersection Mega ‘80s KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 LaFontsee Gallery New Work Millennium Park Lace Up 4 Kids Benefit Run Mulligan’s Pub Invisible Mansion Muskegon Museum of Arts Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection The Pyramid Scheme American Opera with Jake Down & The Midwest Mess, The Fever Haze, Good Day Sir, Andy & The Pandys Saugatuck Brewing Company Charlie Driscoll Schuler Books & Music on Alpine Susan Branch Book Signing Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Acid Wizard UICA Prince Avalanche, Blackfish Van Raalte Farm 5th Annual Civil War Muster Water Street Gallery It’s a Matter of Opinion

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Allegan County Fairgrounds Allegan County Fair Alpine Sports Complex Fiesta Fun Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge Revival ‘80s Night Foundry Hall Jacob Green GR Brewing Company Claire Fisher GRAM Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Muskegon Museum of Arts Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection The Pyramid Scheme D.O.A. Farewell Tour with Drug Dogs, Hex Bombs UICA Prince Avalanche, Blackfish Water Street Gallery It’s a Matter of Opinion



Allegan County Fairgrounds Allegan County Fair Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge BassBin Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure Griffin Grill & Pub Becky Gonyon The Intersection Halestorm MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen O’Toole’s Open Mic Night Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Tex Railer’s Doomtown Water Street Gallery It’s a Matter of Opinion



Allegan County Fairgrounds Allegan County Fair

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Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Foundry Hall Proud Flesh, King’s Carnival GRAM Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Louis Benton Steakhouse John U. Bacon Book Signing MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Muskegon Museum of Arts Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection Schuler Books & Music 28th Street Location “Marathon Don” Kern Talk and Booksigning UICA Prince Avalanche, Blackfish Water Street Gallery It’s a Matter of Opinion Watermark 920 Truth In Jass Orchestra Wealthy Theatre Meanwhile Movie: The Godfather Part 2



Allegan County Fairgrounds Allegan County Fair Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge Campus Karaoke Circle Theatre Sweeney Todd Curragh Irish Pub Nate Holley GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: The After Party, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure The Intersection Granger Smith KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Muskegon Museum of Arts Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection, Home School for the Arts Schuler Books & Music 28th Street Location WMCAT Student Booksigning Seven Steps Up Jonathan Edwards

Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers UICA Prince Avalanche, Blackfish



Allegan County Fairgrounds Allegan County Fair Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge The ‘90s Holla Back Circle Theatre Sweeney Todd Dr. Grins Chad Daniels GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature Opens, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure The Intersection Method Man and Redman, The Flatliners KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Master Arts Theatre Oliver MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Muskegon Museum of Arts Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone, Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Brown Bag Film, Promises of Freedom Opening Event-Solid as a Rock: Themes in 20th-Century African American Art Rockford Brewing Company An Dro Saugatuck Center for the Arts Ann Hampton Callaway

Schuler Books & Music 28th Street Location Gail M Snow Discussion and Book Signing Schuler Books & Music Alpine Location Nutty Knitters Group Seven Steps Up Jonathan Edwards Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Paul Collins Beat UICA Prince Avalanche, Blackfish



The 411 Club Paul Collins’ Beat, The Black Roses Allegan County Fairgrounds Allegan County Fair Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts wsg Vega & Pro Con Pro Bethlehem Lutheran Church MAJIC Gala Fundraiser-Dinner and Concert Cancun Connection Bar and Grill Big Cadillac Centennial Park Tulipanes Coral Gables Greg Poltrock Downtown Muskegon Michigan Irish Music Festival Dr. Grins Chad Daniels GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Haven Grand Haven Salmon Festival Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure The Intersection Seraphim KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100

Blackfish: UICA, Sept. 6–19

Knickerbocker Theatre Youth Lagoon wsg Antrium Dells The Livery Microbrewery Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line Mary Idema Pew Library Orchestra Pops Concert Master Arts Theatre Oliver! MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Mulligan’s Pub Expunk Muskegon Museum of Art Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids Soul Club with DJ Psycho River City Saloon Decades Schuler Books & Music 28th Street Location Thirty Steps to Forward CD Release Party Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill The Chop Tops UICA Blackfish Wealthy Theatre iii Film Series: Last Time I saw Macao



Allegan County Fairgrounds Allegan County Fair Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Barnes and Noble- Rivertown Crossing Michigan Author Tobin Buhk: The Shocking Story of Helmuth Schmidt Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Ein Prosit Billy’ Lounge Genetics Cancun Connection Bar and Grill Big Cadillac The Cottage Bar Chili Cook-Off Dr. Grins Chad Daniels GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure The Hideout Brewing Company Live Music Howmet Playhouse The West Shore Chorus with Four Man Fishin’ Tackle Choir The Intersection Brand New KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection? Kalamazoo State Theatre The Michigan Beer Film Premiere

Kent District Library- Spencer Township Branch Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives, A Film by Jeffrey M. Smith Louis Benton Steakhouse Live Jazz by the Steve Hilger Band Master Arts Theatre Oliver! Mulligan’s Pub MOTO Muskegon Museum of Arts Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection, Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection Fall Fantasy Super Saturday The Olde World Village, Augusta Bluegrass Music Festival The Pyramid Scheme Pinball Pyramid 2 Round Bar Winery British Car Corral Seven Steps Up Anne Heaton Sixth Street Park 10th Anniversary Grand River Clean Up Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Greg Nagy UICA Odd Ball: DARKDANGEROUSDARING, Blackfish What Not Inn Mike Raleigh



Best Bet: Indie You know, up until this point, you probably weren’t aware that anyone other than potato farmers came out of Idaho. Well, Trevor Powers, aka, Youth Lagoon, is just such an individual, and believe us, his career of choice has little if anything to do with ground spuds. Agricultural jokes Youth Lagoon aside (of which we have tons), Powers Knickerbocker Theatre, does indeed wear quite a few labels, Holland including lo-fi, psych-pop, avant-garde Sept. 13, 8 p.m. and modern psychedelia maestro, just $15 for public, to name a few. Hot on the heels of his $5 for students with ID, sophomore album release, Wondrous $10 for Hope staff with ID Bughouse, the artist known as Youth, (616) 395-7890) Lagoon is well on his way to making a name for kooky Idahoians (or is it ‘Idahoites?) desperately in need of some quality representation; and in Powers, they have just the man for the job. Besides, who doesn’t love being sucked into a dreamy realm of lilting pop melodies and experimental song bridging, if just for a solitary evening? Escapism, much like potatoes, will never go out of fashion. Reported by Emma Kat Richardson



Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge BassBin Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure Griffin Grill & Pub Chris Delgado GVSU Music from La Belle Epoque: Chamber Music for Winds from Turn of the Century Paris MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen O’Toole’s Open Mic Night The Orbit Room An Intimate Solo/ Acoustic Performance by Citizen Cope Saugatuck Brewing Company Double Nickel String Band



Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Foundry Hall Battlefield Band GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure

KIA ARTbreak: David Spyker: Strange Wonder, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection? Kent District Library East Grand Rapids Branch Meet Local Author Susan Lovell: Book Signing & “Why Novels are not Memoirs” MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection UICA Play Wealthy Theatre Meanwhile Movie: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan



Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge Campus Karaoke Curragh Irish Pub Jake Stevens Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape

and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure Griffin Grill & Pub St. Pauli’s Day The Intersection Kris Hitchcock John Ball Zoo Joel Sartore KIA Book Discussion: The Way of the Dog, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection? Kalamazoo Public LibraryCentral Chris Richards + the Subtractions MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection The Pyramid Scheme Saul Williams with Azizi Jasper



Actors’ Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge The 90’s Holla Back

Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Downtown Muskegon Founder’s Day 2013 Dr. Grins Mike Stanley Foundry Hall Honey Dewdrops Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure The Intersection Sworn In KIA Get the Picture! Gallery Talk: Manierre Dawson, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Kent County Fairgrounds West Michigan Bluegrass Fall Festival Kent District Library Comstock Park Branch Todd and Brad Reed: A Photographic Michigan Tribute Kent District Library Plainfield Township Branch Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives, A Film by Jeffrey M. Smith Master Arts Theatre Oliver! MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Mulligan’s Pub Axis & Atlas Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections

from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection Rockford Brewing Company Roosevelt Diggs Schuler Books & Music Alpine Location Nutty Knitters Group Van Andel Arena Ringling Bros. Presents Dragons



The 411 Club Already Dead Family Reunion 3 Actors’ Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge Lucas Wilson Band Cancun Connection Bar and Grill Yard Sale Underwear Coral Gables Kevin Villo DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Symphony Presents “The Rite of Spring at 100” Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Downtown Holland Live Mannequin Night Dr. Grins Mike Stanley Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire

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Scene | Sounds | Sights | Dining Schedule

Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge Revival ‘80s Night Circle Theatre Sweeney Todd Craft House Division: Fashion as an Identifier GR Brewing Company Tokyo Morose Feat. Erin Lenau GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure KIA Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection Salt of the Earth Gifts or Creatures UICA Blackfish

Youth Lagoon


Schedule Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure The Intersection Mega ‘80s Kent County Fairgrounds Fallfest Bluegrass Music Festival KIA Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Master Arts Theatre Oliver! MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen Mulligan’s Pub The Cardboard Swords Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection The Pyramid Scheme ArtPrize Artist Reception, Mustard Plug with Alexis, The Potato Babies, The Spit Spat Boys River City Saloon Litt Up Seven Steps Up Kenny White

Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys UICA Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Van Andel Arena Ringling Bros. Presents Dragons Watermark 920 Inside the Mitten: Scott Pellegrom with Blue Molly



The 411 Club Already Dead Family Reunion 3 Actors’ Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Alto Alto Harvest Festival & Car Show Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Beardsley Theater Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical Bell’s Eccentric Cafe California Guitar Trio Billy’s Lounge Hip Pocket Covenant Fine Arts Center, Calvin College Over the Rhine Cancun Connection Bar and Grill Yard Sale Underwear Coral Gables Dennie Middleton Curragh Irish Pub Aidan O’Toole Double JJ Ranch Yee-Haw for Fall

Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Dr. Grins Mike Stanley Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire Founders Brewing Company Scott H. Biram wsg Black Pistol Fire Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure The Hideout Brewing Company Live Music The Intersection Youngblood Brass Band Kent District Library Grandville Branch Get Outside! Outdoor Adventures in Michigan KIA Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Louis Benton Steakhouse Live Jazz by the Steve Hilger Band Master Arts Theatre Oliver! Monte’s White Party Mulligan’s Pub Apostles



Saul Williams: The Pyramid Scheme, Sept. 18 Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection The Pyramid Scheme Midwest Skies Album Release with Maybe Next Time, Priorities, American WiFi

Sparta Harvest on the Ridge Fest Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Karisa Wilson and The True Falsettos UICA Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Van Andel Arena Ringling Bros. Presents Dragons Wealthy Theatre Pop Scholars What Not Inn Christy & Velvet Wings Stadium Joe Satriani

Schedule Dining | Sights | Sounds | Scene

Best Bet: Rock With the exception of the most Citizen Cope hard-hearted of emotionally dead vampires, The Orbit Room, everybody loves a good ‘90s throwback. Grand Rapids Even one that didn’t start getting big until Sept. 16, doors open 2002. (You know, with music there’s always at 6:30 p.m. some decade overlap.) One of alternative $29.50 in advance, mood-rock’s favorite crooners of yore, $33 at the door Citizen Cope is undertaking an acoustic, solo tour, and hitting The Orbit Room for (616) 942-1328 what’s being described as an “intimate” show. While Cope’s (real name: Clarence Greenwood) past body of work has been known to blend hip-hop, soul and blues, along with more traditional-styled rock, this current tour tenure suggests more of a stripped-down, less beat-oriented feel, with a focus trending toward bare bones guitar strumming and deeply personal lyrics. But hey, that’s just a guess — best to stroll over to the old OR in GR for a firsthand account of a master craftsman and his most masterful. Reported by Emma Kat Richardson

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The 411 Club Jimmy Thackery Actors’ Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Beardsley Theater Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical Billy’s Lounge Revival ‘80s Night Boulder Creek Golf Club Rivertown Singles Dance Party DeVos Performance Hall An Evening with Tommy Emmanuel Double JJ Ranch Yee-Haw for Fall Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Brewing Company Jes Kramer KIA Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection Royce Auditorium Brad Fritcher + trois UICA Ain’t Them Bodies Saints



Actors’ Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Beardsley Theater Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical Billy’s Lounge BassBin Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize

Citizen Cope





SEPTEMBER 20 - $22








NOVEMBER 1 - $18





NOVEMBER 10 - $25















Schedule Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass Griffin Grill & Pub Becky Gonyon MercuryHead Gallery Debra Van Deusen O’Toole’s Open Mic Night Saugatuck Brewing Company Tony Reynolds and Wally Michaels



Best Bet: Hip Hop



Actors’ Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Beardsley Theater Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical Billy’s Lounge Campus Karaoke Curragh Irish Pub Nate Holley Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Dr. Grins Comedy for a Cure Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water The Intersection Danny Brown and Action Bronson KIA Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New

Schedule Dining | Sights | Sounds | Scene

Actors’ Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Beardsley Theater Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water The Intersection Kid Ink KIA ARTbreak: William Kentridge: Anything is Possible, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Kent District Library Grandville Branch Todd and Brad Reed: A Photographic Michigan Tribute Mulligan’s Pub Sons of Tonatiuh

Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection Planet Rock Andrew W.K. with Know Lyfe, Devin & The Dead Frets, Hellifino, Piss Off the Devil UICA Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Wealthy Theatre Meanwhile Movie: Troll 2

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Danny Brown The long-awaited union of Danny Brown and Action Bronson is here, and if the superstar co-headlining tour title is any indication, its ticket holders can expect lots of highs and absolutely no deaths. That’s right – with 2 High 2 Die, Brown and Bronson are set to embark upon what is no doubt going to be the melding of two very extraordinary minds and talents. Brown, a native of Detroit (east side, represent!) is notable for having released his sophomore album online, free of charge, and has made a name for himself by cleaning up critical acclaim while spitting rhymes like a pro several times his age. Bronson, a rapper of Albanian origins, is every bit Brown’s lyrical counterpart, with a unique commitment to bringing tunes to the fans by unorthodox, primarily digital means. Even though it’s a Wednesday, give yourself a little hump day treat and head down to the Intersection for two rappers, one cup (of beer), and an infinite number of highs. Reported by Emma Kat Richardson

Danny Brown and Action Bronson The Intersection, Grand Rapids Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, (616) 451-8232

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in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Kirkhof Center-GVSU Spotlight Productions Presents: Comedian Paul Varghese Ladies Literary Club Kishi Bashi Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection The Pyramid Scheme Signal Path UICA Ain’t Them Bodies Saints



Actor’s Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away

Beardsley Theater Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Donna the Buffalo Billy’s Lounge The 90’s Holla Back Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Dr. Grins Mike Armstrong Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Holland Museum From Craft to Industry: The Boatbuilders of Holland Holland Museum “Harnessing the Wind” Exhibit The Intersection Aaron Carter, Papadosio KIA Michele Oka Doner Lecture, Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, Copley

to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 Kent District Library Gaines Township Branch Todd and Brad Reed: A Photographic Michigan Tribute Master Arts Theatre Oliver! Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection, Brown Bag Film: Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance The Pyramid Scheme Retro D’Luxe Rockford Brewing Company SmokeStack and the Foothill Fury Schuler Books & Music Alpine Location Lori Nelson Spielman UICA Ain’t Them Bodies Saints



The 411 Club Dirtknap Reunion Show with The Dread Return and International Actors’ Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Beardsley Theater Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical Billy’s Lounge Showdown Blackhawk Bar & Grill Blackhawk Jazz & Blues Concert Series: Jen Sygit & The Lincoln County Process Cancun Connection Bar and Grill ReFurbushed Coral Gables Nick Ayoub DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Symphony Presents “Boston Pops Tribute Show” Double JJ Ranch Wicked Ranch

Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Dr. Grins Mike Armstrong Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts Cirque de la Symphonie Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water The Intersection The Crane Wives Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Les Miserables KIA Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100 The Livery Go Long Mule Master Arts Theatre Oliver! Mulligan’s Pub Haunted Leather

Muskegon Museum of Arts Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection The Pyramid Scheme Bottom 40 River City Saloon OTC Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill The Law UICA Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Van Andel Arena Professional Bull Riders Western Michigan University Theatre Fuddy Meers



Actors’ Theatre Love! Valour! Compassion! Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Battle Creek Dig ‘Em Dash Billy’s Lounge Scott Pellegrom Trio

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Schedule Dining | Sights | Sounds | Scene

Covenant Fine Arts Center, Calvin College Switchfoot Cancun Connection Bar and Grill ReFurbushed Coral Gables Kevin Villo Downtown Douglas Oktoberfest Celebration Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk, Oktoberfest Marathon Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Downtown St. Joseph Fall Festival Dr. Grins Mike Armstrong Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water The Hideout Brewing Company Live Music Howmet Playhouse Vincent Hayes Project CD Release Party KIA Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review The Livery Sarah Borges Louis Benton Steakhouse Live Jazz by the Steve Hilger Band Master Arts Theatre Oliver! Mulligan’s Pub Brickfight Muskegon Museum of Arts Smithsonian Magazine’s 9th Annual Museum Day Live, Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection, Mark Beltchenko: Narratives in Steel and Stone. Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, The French Connection

Best Bet: Multi-Instrumentalist While it’s not unusual for a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist to be involved in, well, multiple projects, what is unusual about Kishi Bashi is just how simultaneously attentive and prolific he is to all the musical pies he has his fingers in. Just over the course of two years, Bashi (real name: Kaoru Ishibashi), has released no less than three solo albums across multiple countries — there’s that ‘m’ word again — while continuKishi Bashi ing to perform regularly with high-profile hipster faves Ladies Literary Club, like Of Montreal and Regina Spektor. With a live show Grand Rapids that combines classically trained violin fiddling with Sept. 25, 8 p.m. beat-boxing (yup, that’s a thing), Bashi is a force to be, $10 for public, if not reckoned with, then certainly watched, studied, $5 for Calvin and above all, appreciated. Come check out Bashi’s students with ID live show at Ladies Literary Club to see just what all, the fuss — and vocal looping — is all about. Reported by (616) 526-6282 Emma Kat Richardson

Peter Martin Wege Theatre Season Kick-Off Party at the Ballet Rivertown Sports Grand Raggidy Roller Girls vs. Hammer City UICA Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Van Andel Arena Professional Bull Riders Weko Beach Weko Beach Brewers Festival Wharton Center Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll World Tour What Not Inn Mark Kahny Duo Whirlpool Centennial Park St. Joseph Wine and Food Festival & Public Art Auction

DaviD Janaskie, Small Business Owner, Yoga Studio student



Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge Revival ‘80s Night Coopersville The Famous Pumpkin Train Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Farmers Alley Theatre Ring of Fire Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass

the yoga


Serving the community since 1979

Free trial classes september 4-7 616.776.0836 955 Cherry SE

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Fall session begins september 9

New students 15% discount

GRAM ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM: Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Cyril Lixenberg: The Story of Steel Water Grand Rapids Brewing Company Fiona Dickinson The Intersection Alex Cuba KIA Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China, Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?, For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100, 2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review

Kishi Bashi

Kent District Library Kentwood Branch Fall into Poetry Sunday Series Salt of the Earth Anne Hills Seven Steps Up Jillette Johnson UICA Ain’t Them Bodies Saints



Art Center of Battle Creek Star Wars: In a Gallery Far, Far, Away Billy’s Lounge BassBin

Craft House Division: Fashion as an Identifier Downtown Grand Haven Grand Haven ArtWalk Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize Frederik Meijer Gardens Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass Griffin Grill & Pub Chris Delgado O’Toole’s Open Mic Night Saugatuck Brewing Company Lew Russ n

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