Celebration on the Grand and Wheatland: Celebrating West Michigan’s burgeoning musical talent E-mail
by John Sinkevics

Summer’s not over yet, Grand Rapidians, not by a longshot.

cranewives1 For more than three decades, West Michigan has had ample reason to celebrate the second weekend in September in riveting musical fashion.

And this year, in particular, more local bands and solo artists than ever will find the spotlight in two of the region’s biggest, most popular end-of-summer bashes: Celebration on the Grand and the Wheatland Music Festival.

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The Mitten Brewing Company: Unique brews with a baseball flair E-mail
by Chelsea Slocum

539260_10151148593594105_857232839_n Max and Chris, founders of The Mitten Brewing Company have hit this one out of the park. They are currently putting the finishing touches on a top to bottom renovation of the old firehouse on Leonard in the Westside of Grand Rapids. Personally restoring much of the building themselves, they have transformed this historical landmark from an underutilized space to a top notch brewery, restaurant, and local baseball hangout.

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 27 - September 3, 2012 E-mail
This week, new restaurant Saburba officially opens in Ada, Wynton Marsalis wraps up Meijer Gardens' Summer Concert Series and the Whitecaps host their last regular season homestand. Plus LaborFest and the Grand Crossings Bridge Walk return for the Labor Day holiday.

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Recent:
LaughFest will be back in 2013; over $200K raised for Gilda's in '12
City of GR will cut the ribbon on a pickleball facility
*Sneak Preview: The Mitten Brewing Company
Bob Dylan concert details released
*Photos: Saburba restaurant opening day
Photos from the 28th Street Metro Cruise
*Photos: Carnival of Madness Tour at Rock the Rapids
*Photos: Sneak preview of the new AK Rikk's


Real-time Newest Events & Noteworthy Events
GRNow Photos on Flickr & Facebook
See Grand Rapids' history on Pinterest
Past Popular Links

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John Sinkevics: The eight best concerts of summer 2012 E-mail
by John Sinkevics

Every summer starts with so much promise for a banner concert year in West Michigan.

grace2 Between the ever-expanding summer series at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and major outdoor festivals – from Electric Forest at Rothbury and the B93 Birthday Bash in Martin to Founders Fest, Cowpie Music Festival, Buttermilk Jamboree and Rock the Rapids, plus new downtown events such as GRandJazzFest – my seasonal calendar becomes a messy palette of scrawls, chicken scratchings and underlined “must-attend” shows.

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GRPD Will No Longer Enforce Panhandling Statute E-mail
The City of Grand Rapids announced today that the Police Department will no longer enforce a Michigan panhandling statute as the result of a Federal Court case decision. The Federal Court held that begging and panhandling qualifies as free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Here's a look at exactly what the City Attorney's office released:

On Friday, August 24, 2012, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan issued an opinion in the case of James Speet and Ernest Sims v Bill Schuette and City of Grand Rapids, et. al., Case No. 1:11-CV-972.

In this lawsuit, plaintiffs James Speet and Ernest Sims challenged the Michigan penal statute that makes begging / panhandling in a public place a criminal misdemeanor offense. MCL 750.167(1)(h). Because there is currently no City of Grand Rapids ordinance that prohibits begging / panhandling, the Grand Rapids Police Department has enforced only Michigan law regarding this issue.

In its Friday ruling, the Federal Court held that begging / panhandling qualifies as speech protected by the First Amendment, and held that the Michigan penal statute is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

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Photos: Carnival of Madness Tour at Rock the Rapids E-mail
Photos of Evanescence, Cavo, Halestorm and Chevelle taken August 23, 2012 by Mike Michael Buck at Rock the Rapids.

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 20-26, 2012 E-mail
Tons of concerts this week with Miranda Lambert, Boyz II Men, Evanescence, Toby Keith and many more at Rock the Rapids and Darius Rucker and Five for Fighting at Meijer Gardens. Also coming up: the 28th Street Metro Cruise, Grand Rapids Polish Festival, and Yassou! Greek Festival.

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Recent:
Photos from the 28th Street Metro Cruise
*Photos: Carnival of Madness Tour at Rock the Rapids
*Photos: Sneak preview of the new AK Rikk's
*Let the campaigning begin: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to visit DeVos Place
*Announced: Dropkick Murphys at The Orbit Room
*Photos: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Meijer Gardens
*Just announced: Journey, Pat Benatar & Loverboy Nov 10 at Van Andel Arena
*ArtPrize records highest volunteer turnout yet
*'Alien Chic' is the theme for this year's The Odd Ball


Real-time Newest Events & Noteworthy Events
GRNow Photos on Flickr & Facebook
See Grand Rapids' history on Pinterest
Past Popular Links

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Photos: Toby Keith at Rock the Rapids E-mail
Photos by Paul Jendrasiak from the August 22, 2012 Toby Keith concert at Rock the Rapids.

Toby Keith

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