San Chez Bistro Unveils New Outdoor Mural E-mail
There’s a new mural on the deck of San Chez Bistro in downtown Grand Rapids. Painted by local artists and siblings Stephanie and Brandon Behning, the twenty foot high and ten foot wide scene was inspired by the countryside and vineyards of Spain.

“We had been planning a mural with the Torres wine theme and the outdoor vineyard feel for quite a number of years,” said Dan Gendler, President of San Chez Restaurants, Inc.
Gus Macker Tourney Set to Tip Off E-mail
After being cancelled earlier this year, the 3-on-3 basketball tournament and Grand Rapids Public Schools fundraiser will take place after all, June 10 and 11 at Fifth Third Ballpark. A substantial donation from Spectrum Health and additional support from a number of local companies made Gus Macker financially viable.

Festival Ends on a Sunny Note E-mail
Despite inclement weather on Friday and Saturday, record crowds and extended hours on Sunday helped Festival of the Arts end the weekend on a high note. Although exact attendance and income figures will not be ready until later this month, preliminary numbers indicate that 2006 was indeed a success.

Mitch Albom’s Comedy Makes Grand Rapids Debut E-mail
Already a successful best-selling author, sports columnist and radio show host, Michigan resident Mitch Albom has also recently added playwright to his repertoire. Duck Hunter Shoots Angel made its debut at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre in 2004 and was instantly regarded as a hit, becoming the most successful play ever staged there. Beginning June 8, Circle Theatre will present the quirky comedy to Grand Rapids audiences for the first time.

Festival of the Arts Begins This Weekend E-mail
The largest all-volunteer festival in the nation begins at noon this Friday at Calder Plaza and extends throughout downtown Grand Rapids. This year is the 36th for the annual event that promotes and celebrates visual, performing and culinary arts.

Otterness Installation Completed Downtown E-mail
Frederick Meijer Gardens has finished dotting the downtown landscape with bronze sculptures for its Tom Otterness exhibition which officially opened June 1. To date, all of the 40 statues have been installed, including the iconic Horse and Rider on Calder Plaza. That sculpture sits atop a six foot high pedestal about 100 yards away from La Grande Vitesse and features a masked woman riding upon her masked horse.

Interactive Otterness Sculpture Map

Guide to Downtown E-mail
Downtown Grand Rapids is undergoing a Renaissance. Over the past decade, with the addition of the DeVos Place Convention center, dozens of restaurants, bars and shops and an outdoor amphitheater, the central city has become an entertainment, financial and health services hub for the region. Check out our neighborhood guide that features everything Downtown has to offer.

GRNow Downtown Guide

Bay Pointe’s New Chef Hopes to Put Restaurant on the Map E-mail
by Josh Depenbrok

The restaurant at Shelbyville’s Bay Pointe Inn & Resort hasn’t been among the most well-known dining establishments in West Michigan, but new Executive Chef Jeremy Lieb hopes to change that.

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