Engaging the ‘SENSE’s

+-*Prepare to have all of your senses engaged at the UICA’s ArtPrize Seven exhibition, opening September 12. Appropriately named SENSE, six large scale installations will appeal to taste, smell, touch, hearing, sight and even a sixth sense, intuition, in a way that aims to challenge the traditional practice of experiencing art. “I wanted to honor the theme SENSE, a theme chosen […]


ArtPrize Piece Takes a Look at Grand Rapids’ Past and Present

+-*ArtPrize visitors will be able to take a unique look at Grand Rapids’ past and present–simultaneously–thanks to an installation planned for the Amway Grand Hotel. “Time & Again” will feature three 5ft x 3ft fabric pieces surrounding the fountain inside the historic Pantlind Lobby. Historic black and white photos of downtown landmarks printed on sheer silk will hang in front of present-day color […]


GRNow Weekend Guide August 28-30, 2015

+-*Polish Festival, Red Hot Pachanga and the inaugural West Grand Block Party top another fun weekend of events around Grand Rapids. Friday, August 28 Polish Festival – The annual celebration of Polish heritage in Grand Rapids returns to Rosa Parks Circle Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the free event, check out live music and polka dancing, activities and entertainment for […]


New Flagship Store to Help Fuel South Division Resurgence

+-*Another local shop will soon join the retail resurgence along South Division. Brothers Leather Supply Co. is planning to open its first retail space and flagship store in September at 15 South Division, next to the UICA. The approximately 1,000 square foot space will showcase Brothers’ line of leather bags, journals, wallets and accessories, all designed and engineered in Grand Rapids. The company […]


New Bookstore in the Works for South Division

+-*A new co-op style bookstore offering affordable used and rare books will soon make its home along the Avenue for the Arts. Bombadil Books is planning to launch this fall in the historic Herkimer Hotel Building located at 315 South Division, and will offer services ranging from binding and restoration to community events and workshops. The concept is the brainchild of Tim Albon […]


GRNow Weekend Guide Aug 21-23

+-*Summer’s not over yet! Check out the Metro Cruise, Movies in the Park, Backyard Bourbon & BBQ and much more this weekend! Friday, August 21 28th Street Metro Cruise – Now in its eleventh year, see thousands of cool cars cruise along 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade both Friday evening and Saturday. Special events include a pin-up contest, workshops, […]

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SiTE:LAB Eyes Entire Neighborhood for ArtPrize

+-*SiTE:LAB’s ArtPrize entry will be on a larger scale than ever this year. Over the next six weeks, more than a dozen artists will begin using ten vacant structures along Rumsey Street in Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood for large-scale, site-specific installations. “It will be entirely different from anything ArtPrize visitors have seen before,” said SiTE:LAB curator Paul Amenta. Among […]


New Urban Clothing Store Opens in JA Building

+-*A new urban fashion retailer is opening in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids today. Philadelphia-based VILLA is unveiling its first West Michigan store this morning, in the historic JA Building on Fulton & Division. Specializing in fashion-driven athletic wear and shoes, the shop features brands like Nike, Starter and Puma, along with its own brand, Denim House. The Grand Rapids location […]


Baby Bull Born at Kent County Youth Fair

+-*The Kent County Youth Fair is celebrating its first live birth in 25 years. A baby bull was born on the fairgrounds at 10:53 p.m. August 13 and the public is invited to see him in the children’s barnyard through the run of the fair. The baby’s mother, Peanuts, was purchased two years ago at the Kent County Fair as […]