GRNow Weekly Preview December 17-23, 2012 E-mail

Tony Bennett and Mitch Albom visit Meijer Gardens this week, plus WYCE presents its annual Bubble Bash, the UICA celebrates the End of the World and the Griffins host three games at Van Andel Arena.

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GRNow Weekly Preview December 10-16, 2012 E-mail

Christmas and winter events continue this week with the GR Ballet's 'The Nutcracker', The Whoville 5K and the Edelweiss Christmas Concert, plus the Griffins are back at Van Andel Arena Friday night.

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GRNow Weekly Preview December 3-9, 2012 E-mail

The much-anticipated Grand Rapids Brewing Co. opens this week, plus the GR Symphony presents Holiday Pops, the Griffins host to games at Van Andel Arena and Coopersville hosts its annual nighttime Santa parade.

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The December Dozen: 12 holiday concerts to jingle your bells and make your spirits bright E-mail
by John Sinkevics

Stressed about the holidays? Don’t sweat it: If the world really ends Dec. 21 as some doomsday soothsayers suggest in hailing the end of the Mayan calendar, all that hand-wringing over Christmas cards and shopping lists will have been in vain anyway.

tso2 On the flip side, mockery of the impending apocalypse makes for some interesting eve-of-doom events around West Michigan.

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GRNow Weekly Preview November 26-December 2, 2012 E-mail

There's a variety of holiday events coming up this week including the Art Museum's Tree Lighting, the Rockford Santa Parade, the UICA's annual Holiday Artists' Market, the Jingle Bell Parade and more.

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GRNow Weekly Preview November 19-25, 2012 E-mail

Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate the holiday with special dinners, the Turkey Trot and a Comedy Jazz and R&B Bash. Plus, Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World opens at Meijer Gardens and the Griffins are in town for a pair of games.

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GRNow Weekly Preview November 12-18, 2011 E-mail

The Art Van Santa Parade on Saturday officially kicks off the holiday season around Grand Rapids, plus Carrie Underwood visits Van Andel Arena, fun. performs at Calvin, Founders celebrates 15 years and the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center welcomes Stomp.

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Welcome to the new world of live music: House concerts inspire musicians & fans in intimate settings E-mail
by John Sinkevics

The house concert revolution is here.

Earlier this month, upwards of 200 music devotees gathered over three days in the living rooms of four homes in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood to soak up the strains of more than 30 bands and solo artists – up-and-coming local talent as well as a few out-of-state acts – in ultra-personal fashion in the first-ever Lamp Light Music Festival.

birdfingersatlamplightbyrickbeerhorst While those numbers were relatively small, don’t be surprised if similar events keep popping up in dens, garages, decks, backyards and barns as serious-but-struggling musicians seek new ways to cut costs and deliver their music directly to audiences.

For many, it’s an increasingly popular method of sharing a “warm, glowing, casual encounter with the artist,” says John Hanson, a member of indie-folk’s Strawberry Heritage and a lead organizer of the Lamp Light Music Festival.

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