Ring in 2012 New Year’s Eve Guide

*+-Happy New Year! Here’s our annual guide to parties and live entertainment at dozens of local bars and venues, along with the list of special overnight hotel packages around GR. All events listed take place on Saturday, December 31, 2011. Highlights Hot New Year’s Eve Party – The Romantics, The Ready Set and The Downtown Fiction will headline this year’s […]

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band: How I Go About Riffing Riffing And More Riffing

*+-by Bruce Madden The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (KWSB) arrived at the Intersection on December 13, 2011 prepared to rock the joint but following an old rock concert tradition the band had to wait a bit before beginning their massive sonic onslaught. By night’s end KWSB turned the concert stage into a pile of smoking debris and rubble. More on […]

Food Trucks vs. Downtown Restaurants

*+-There’s currently a battle brewing between brick and mortar downtown restaurants and food trucks like What The Truck. Certain restaurants including Buffalo Wild Wings, Brann’s, Sundance Grill, The Gilmore Collection (The B.O.B.), Cottage Bar and more are concerned that temporary concession sales would undermine their business. A hearing date at the City of Grand Rapids has been set for December […]

The Back Forty

*+-by LeAnn Secord Since Tom Wojciakowski graduated from Western Michigan University in 1998 he has been involved in various aspects of entrepreneurship starting in the Kalamazoo area including the start up of his first dueling piano bar, Monaco Bay.

Fred Meijer Passes Away

*+-Sad news: Suzanne Geha has posted to her Facebook page that Fred Meijer has passed away. Post: “I just learned, Fred Meijer passed away. The one-stop shopping pioneer and one of the most generous men in this world is dead. This is a huge loss to our community. My deepest sympathy to his wife, Lena, sons, Hank, Doug, and Mark, […]

First Look: Christmas & Winter Holidays Guide

*+-Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Here’s our list of holiday-related events happening around Grand Rapids this November and December, 2011: Highlights Art Van Santa Parade – Presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees Saturday, November 19 at 9 a.m., the parade has been the traditional holiday season kick-off for the region for more than 100 years. See nearly 100 entries and […]

2011 Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Guide

*+-Find Thanksgiving buffets and restaurants that will be open Thanksgiving Day around Grand Rapids. Highlights Amway Grand Plaza – The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel’s Ambassador Ballroom is currently under renovation, so the annual Thanksgiving buffet won’t be happening this year. Instead, Cygnus 27, Ruth’s Chris, Bentham’s and Cornucopia will all host brunches or buffets. Follow the link for the cost […]

LaughFest 2012 Lineup & Details Announced

*+-Gilda’s LaughFest is back and bigger than ever for 2012. Between March 8 and 18, more than 40 venues in downtown Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland will host more than 200 events and comedians like Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Short, Kevin Nealon, Mike Epps, Rodney Carrington and Jim Gaffigan. Additional acts include rising stars Anthony Jeselnik, Anjelah Johnson and Bo Burnham, […]

Mellencamp: Just as he should be.

*+-by Jenny Luth Bold and full of life, John Mellencamp was just as he should be on Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. Having seen Mellencamp on tour many times and only in the arena setting, I was interested to see how he would use the smaller, yet more formal setting of DeVos Hall to his advantage […]

Monte’s Closes Its Doors

*+-by LeAnn Secord Monte’s has been an institution in the Grand Rapids nightlife scene since November of 2001. But on October 29, 2011, Monte’s closed its doors for good. Celebrating a long run as well as Halloween, Monte’s went out with style with an evening of tricks, treats and the Trolley of Terror.