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GR music scene heats up

Published April 18, 2012

The absolute best time to go to concerts in West Michigan is during the summer and from outdoor festivals to arena shows Grand Rapids is gearing up for a loud season.The biggest collection of music fans in West Michigan will be found at the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury. This three-day festival starts on June 28 and should be attended by about 50000 fans. Headlining the festival will be jam-band String Cheese Incident and electronic groups Bassnectar STS9 and Thievery Corporation. This annual festival includes much more than music including art camping and sports.



Annual art event moves through downtown GR

Published April 11, 2012

Art.Downtown. is an annual art show that helps introduce artists from West Michigan to art-appreciating communities. The venues are dispersed throughout downtown so patrons can ride on the Grand Rapids Trolley with guides to get from spot to spot.



April music scene

Published April 4, 2012

The Pyramid Scheme will be hosting the poprock group the Icicles on Sunday. This colorful five-piece describes themselves as 8220Cheery retro-futurist popsters.8221 The group may be most recognizable for their single 8220Sugar Sweet8221 was featured in a cellphone commercial. This should be a lighthearted show from a fun group that refuses to take themselves too seriously.



ROCK AGAINST RAPE

Published March 28, 2012

The annual concert Rock Against Rape will be held at the Fieldhouse Arena on Saturday and is a collaborative effort between different university and student organizations including Eyes Wide Open and the Women8217s Center.



Science, religion topic of upcoming annual conference

Published March 21, 2012

The worlds of science and religion are often seen as opposing forces but an upcoming conference is looking to find the balance between both.



Author Isabel Wilkerson to visit GV this week

Published March 19, 2012

Pulitzer Prize- winner Isabel Wilkerson will visit GVSU to support the Community Reading Project this week.



REVIEW: National comedian does not hold back for GV show

Published March 15, 2012

Some students may expect campus activities to be tame. This week though Spotlight Productions featured a national touring comedian that was anything but.



New artistic directors help shape chamber music in GR

Published March 14, 2012

As the arts scene continues to flourish in Grand Rapids the city8217s oldest music society has made a move to put West Michigan among the world8217s top chamber music communities.



Review: Mutemath leaves Grand Rapids deaf, but happy

Published March 5, 2012

Music fans at The Intersection on Thursday learned an important concert lesson if a drummer has to use gaffer tape looped around his head to keep his headphones on he means business.



Published March 5, 2012

GVL Chris LaFoyMutemath8217s singer is Paul Meany.



Published March 5, 2012

GVL Chris LaFoyMutemath played Thursday night.



GR event supports fight to defeat cancer through laughter

Published February 29, 2012

In 2010 the city of Grand Rapids was flooded with mysterious yellow advertisements and signs bearing only a smile. As time went on rumors began to circulate about what these logos could possibly mean all culminating to the final announcement that Grand Rapids would be hosting a comedy festival unlike any other.



MARCH'S musical forecast

Published February 29, 2012

March is typically when the Grand Rapids music scene starts to come out of hibernation. Many bands gear up for summer festivals and album releases with tours a few of which will be stopping downtown this month.



Eclectic film series in Grand Rapids redefines classics

Published February 22, 2012

Every Tuesday night the Meanwhile Bar and Wealthy Theatre combine efforts to show films that have long-since been pulled from the big screen. According to representatives from the Meanwhile these films are best enjoyed as a part of a routine that enhances the film viewing experience.



Comedian presents unique brand of laughs as part of 'Migrations of Islam'

Published February 15, 2012

Dean Obeidallah a writer social commentator and comedian will bring his unique blend of comedy to GVSU on Wednesday.



A weekend at The Scheme

Published February 9, 2012

In less than a year this venue has carved out a corner in the Grand Rapids music scene that will continue to belong to them as long as they keep inviting the right groups on stage.



9/11 seen through a different lens in upcoming play

Published February 8, 2012

Tomorrow Wajahat Ali will be in attendance for the Michigan State University theater department8217s staged reading of his play 8220Domestic Crusaders8221 at the Cook-DeWitt Center on Grand Valley State University8217s Allendale Campus.



Grand Rapids music scene ready for February

Published February 1, 2012

Grand Rapids was the host to some great shows in January including the Wu Tang Clan the Lemonheads and Class Actress. Promoters and bookers in town have been hard at work trying to keep fans happy with an equally exciting February.



Life-long dancer fosters skills at GV

Published January 25, 2012

Judi Jaekel has been dancing since she was three and has no intentions of stopping anytime soon. Her life in dance has brought her to multiple teachers and studios but for the past four years she has worked to improve her craft here at Grand Valley State University.



GV professor's play "Rust" printed in New York Times Magazine

Published January 19, 2012

8220Rust8221 is a play documenting the real-life events around the 2008 closing of the GM steel stamping plant in Wyoming Mich. Bunn8217s goal was to capture a glimpse of what an event like this closing does to a country state community and individuals.