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Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Show showcases craft products, purveyors

Submitted 11-26-2014 under OPINION

This past weekend the seventh annual food and wine show captivated the attention of many West Michigan residents. Spanned over three days, guests could spend their time attending seminars, sampling local restaurant menus and tasting various beverages.

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Cosplay at Grand Rapids Comic Con explores media's final frontier: diversity

Submitted 11-25-2014 under OPINION

Civil rights took center stage at Grand Rapids Comic Con 2014 with Nichelle Nichols, the first woman to play a character who was not submissive to a man, and the first black woman in a position of power as Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek.

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Portrait: Artists deal with self, identity, culture at Free Radical 2014

Submitted 11-24-2014 under OPINION

Artists continue to explore self-awareness and self-presentation through portraiture work of various forms. Multiple artists at the 2014 Free Radical event are worth exploring.

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Campaign to ban use of wild animals for entertainment heats up

Submitted 11-24-2014 under OPINION

End Circus Cruelty's campaign gathers at the City Commission meeting in large numbers, urging city leaders to pass an ordinance banning the use of wild animals in Grand Rapids.

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In the actual circle with My Brightest Diamond

Submitted 11-14-2014 under OPINION

Something unique - and affirming - happened during soundcheck with My Brightest Diamond (Wealthy Theatre, 11/12.) Lead singer Shara Worden and I had an entire conversation about what she needed different with the mix, without using any words pertaining to "music." It could have been about anything.

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Exploring Free Radical 2014 : Experiences with two galleries among many

Submitted 11-12-2014 under NONPROFITS

With over 20 storefront spaces involved from Grand Rapids’ Fulton St. to Wealthy St., the entire district was permeated with installations, 2D/3D designs, shared contemplation, dialogue and the dwindling leaves of another passing fall.

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Founders sells out morning filled with music, beer, breakfast

Submitted 11-10-2014 under OPINION

Grand Rapidians’ love of breakfast and beer was showcased this weekend at Founders' 7th annual Breakfast Stout Breakfast event.

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Story Matters: Sandra Diaz recalls how she first became involved at Cook Arts Center

Submitted 11-07-2014 under NONPROFITS

Sandra Diaz explains how she felt when she first came to the USA and how she began volunteering at the Cook Arts Center.

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Story Matters: Noemi Gonzales reveals what she would change if governor

Submitted 11-06-2014 under NONPROFITS

Noemi Gonzales talks about her love of politics and what she would do if governor.

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Downtown day camp provides kids opportunity to shape our city

Submitted 11-05-2014 under VOICES

A new urban-focused day camp offers children an opportunity to learn about downtown Grand Rapids and provide input into its growth and development.

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