The Rapidian


Concealed Wetlands: Rendering The Invisible

Submitted 09-21-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

An art review of Taylor Bishops work "Concealed Wetlands: Rendering The Invisible" in which we explore the importance of wetlands and the meaning behind his infrared photography.


How to Look at Art, Part 1

Submitted 09-16-2013 under OPINION

This is the first in a four part series on how to look at art, using the DRIO process: Description, Relationships, Interpretation and Opinion. I discuss the "description" step in today's article.


Downtown Market brings local flavor to Grand Rapids

Submitted 09-03-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

The new Downtown Market, which offers local food and community events along with vendors, has officially opened its indoor market hall.


Eliot Lipp brings new live band, energy to The 'Stache

Submitted 08-26-2013 under OPINION

Last weekend, Brooklyn based beatmaster Eliot Lipp was brought to The Stache. With him, Lipp brought a live band, a new depth of sound, and many fantastic new tracks.


Bingeing on sweet art at "Hard Femme"

Submitted 08-19-2013 under OPINION

A review of the ambitious one-night-only show of approximately 90 works of art by local, national and international artists, based upon the theme of gender expression within the femme realm.


Local author Jason Holton publishes first book with Chapbook Press

Submitted 08-13-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Holton has published his first book of poetry, "Eventually, All of Them Are Lost," and is working on a second collection of poetry as well as a novel.


Place Unmaking

Submitted 08-13-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

As a local artist and venue operator, I now look across the street and see the empty space where the Division Avenue Arts Collective used to be. I see a place unmade. What will we do to move forward from here?


John Butler Trio fans jump onstage during memorable concert

Submitted 08-05-2013 under OPINION

At least five members of the audience jumped onstage during the encore of John Butler Trio performance at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Highlights from the show included classic jam "Ocean" and an end of the world dance party.


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

Submitted 07-10-2013 under OPINION

On an overcast and occasionally rainy evening at Meijer Gardens, David Byrne and St. Vincent shone through the clouds with a beautifully weird performance.


Umphrey's McGee celebrates America with musical fireworks

Submitted 07-05-2013 under OPINION

With no show to play on the 4th of July, jam band giants Umphrey's McGee decided to celebrate Independence Day one day early, throwing a funk-filled dance party at Frederik Meijer Gardens.