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Movie Review: "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" at UICA

by (UICA)

Submitted 06-27-2017 under OPINION

Want to see boxing fans’ jaws hit the mat? Show them Juho Kuosmanen’s The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, a sports biopic that charts the days leading up to the titular real-life boxer’s infamous 1962 World Featherweight...

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Local production of "The Mikado" raises questions on theatre and race

by (kt.herr)

Submitted 04-22-2016 under OPINION

What are acceptable vestiges for art to speak through? This is the simple question that so many other questions seem to boil down to as we reflect on West Michigan Savoyards’ latest production of "The Mikado", showing this weekend at...

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Restaurant Review: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's Cygnus 27

by (rmclaughlin)

Submitted 04-07-2016 under OPINION

Located on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Cygnus 27 has incorporated Latin flavors within the last year to their seasonal menu put forth by Chef Tim Moreno. With a modern minimalist decor and extremely dim (and somehow yellowish...

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Album review: 'Promise Land' by Vox Vidorra

by (JordanSchulte)

Submitted 03-21-2016 under OPINION

It would be tempting for Vox Vidorra listeners to focus entirely on singer/frontwoman Molly Bouwsma-Schultz. She is a quite a personality—her powerful voice and commanding stage presence demand the attention of a crowd. But to ignore the other...

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UICA shows us how to take art collecting to the next level

by (RickBeerhorst)

Submitted 04-13-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The current show at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA) with the poetic title of "Power Objects: The Future Has a Primitive Heart" provides us with a wonderful example of what it means to build an art collection with a singular vision....

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Exploring Free Radical 2014 : Experiences with two galleries among many

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 11-12-2014 under NONPROFITS

If you made your way along the South Division business district last weekend, it would have been hard not to have absorbed some inspiration from all the temporary gallery spaces showcasing West Michigan's creative scene. With over 20 storefront...

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Beauty lies in the eye

by (ajpaschka)

Submitted 12-27-2013 under OPINION

Recently, I was able to view the creation of "Beholder," a book produced by Gaspard Gallery with words by Jacob Bullard, design by Ben Biondo and photography by artist Chris Cox. I’m lucky to own one due to the limited edition of the...

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HopCat hype proves true on most counts

by (Marie Orttenburger)

Submitted 11-20-2013 under OPINION

If you've lived in Grand Rapids for a while, there's a fair chance you've been to HopCat. If you don't live in Grand Rapids, it's probably one of the first places you go to have a brew in Beer City U.S.A. Rated the number one...

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David Byrne and St. Vincent burn down the house at Meijer Gardens

by (yuengerr)

Submitted 07-10-2013 under OPINION

David Byrne has always been an eclectic musician. During his days as the frontman of Talking Heads, hoards of people were turned on to his quirky, uplifting-yet-serious songs including hits like “Life During Wartime” and “Psycho...

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Umphrey's McGee celebrates America with musical fireworks

by (yuengerr)

Submitted 07-05-2013 under OPINION

“Yes Michigan, it is great to be back” were the words that greeted fans of Umphrey’s McGee on a refreshingly cloudy day at Frederik Meijer Gardens.  Umphrey’s first played Grand Rapids in 1999 to a very small crowd at...

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