Photos: Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang E-mail
Photos of Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang taken October 14, 2012 by Paul Jendrasiak at The Orbit Room.

Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang

GRNow Weekly Preview October 8-14, 2012 E-mail
The Griffins open up their home season at Van Andel Arena this week, plus 'Thank you, BEER!' opens at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Rockford Harvest Festival continues and WMEAC introduces the Urban Cycling Extravaganza.


GRNow Weekly Preview October 1-7, 2012 E-mail
October gets underway with Pulaski Days, the final week of ArtPrize, Rascall Flatts, Ingrid Michaelson, the opening of more haunted attractions like Nights of Fear, the Fall Parade of Homes and much more.


GRNow Weekly Preview September 24-30, 2012 E-mail
Another gigantic week of events includes the continuation of ArtPrize, along with Oktoberfest, Style Battle, the Wurst Festival Ever, the Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race, the opening of The Haunt and much more.


John Waters’ Homage To Trash E-mail
by Bruce Madden

Was I the only audience member who felt that John Waters standing on the Civic Theater stage with a large orange stool by his side reeked with symbolic irony? I know I wasn’t the only one who laughed out loud for the next hour and a half.

Waters, the first speaker in the Grand Rapids Artprize Speaker Series unloaded a frenetic, acidic and thoroughly comedic onslaught of the bizarre by anyone’s standards during his 90 minute creative schtick before a capacity crowd of West Michiganders.

GRNow Weekly Preview September 17-23, 2012 E-mail
It's time for ArtPrize! Beginning Wednesday see the work of over 1,500 artist at more than 160 venues in and around downtown Grand Rapids. The ridiculously busy week also includes the GR Symphony's Opening Night Spectacular, Glow in the Dark swing dancing, Holland's Live Mannequin Night, roller derby, GVSU football and the circus at Van Andel Arena.

GRNow Weekly Preview September 10-16, 2012 E-mail
It's another jam-packed week of events with the first wave of ArtPrize events, the Eastown Street Fair, a 9/11 Remembrance, KISS and Motley Crue at the Allegan County Fair, Up on the Roof, Pachanga Latina!, the West Side Pizza Shoot-Out and much more.


*ArtPrize preview: Norm the Dragon & a few downtown pics
*ArtPrize preview: Frederik Meijer Gardens
*ArtPrize preview: 'A Second Chance at Life' (the T-Rex)
*ArtPrize photos: 50 Monroe/Huntington building
*Announced: WWE Smackdown at Van Andel Arena Nov 20
WMCAT's Make It Take It returns Sep 18
*Now Open:RitaGirl's Mobile Bakery
*Sneak Preview: Perrin Brewing Company
*Sneak Preview: The Mitten Brewing Company

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Development Company Proposes Three New Buildings for Downtown GR E-mail
Rendering for 205 S. Division/26 Cherry SW Midland, Michigan-based real estate development firm Brookstone Capital, LLC is proposing to build three new six-story mixed-income apartment buildings in the Heartside Neighborhood. One complex would be constructed on the empty lot at 240 Ionia Ave SW (next to Purple East), while the other two would be built on adjacent lots at 205 South Division and 26 Cherry St SW.

The project would add 131 new housing units, 80% of which would rent restricted while the other 20% would be market rate. The modern design will feature a colored metallic facing along with plenty of glass.

To help make the project happen, Brookstone Capital, LLC is taking advantage of a new PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) resolution adopted earlier this year by the City of Grand Rapids that would allow the developer to participate in the MSHDA Low Income Housing Tax Credits program. The Downtown Development Authority approved the PILOT program today and groundbreaking could begin as quickly as September 17.

The estimated total cost of the project is $36 million.

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