The Rapidian


Kurt Elling Jazz Quintet, special guests to perform at St. Cecilia's

Submitted 03-15-2018 under NONPROFITS

Multi-nominated GRAMMY winner Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling will appear on Thursday, March 22, 2018 for the final Jazz Series Concert this season at St. Cecilia Music Center. He will be performing with his quintet and special guests from Chicago, Trumpeter Marquis Hill and Saxophonist John Wojceichowski


Spotlight on South Africa as 'Great Decisions' continues

Submitted 03-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

With South Africa at a strategic political crossroads, Ms. Desiree Cormier, a former State Department diplomat, shares her perspective on this strategic U.S. partner.


The Walk for Good Food: Access celebrates legacy of Hunger Walk with name change

Submitted 03-09-2018 under NONPROFITS

In changing the name of the annual Hunger Walk to the Walk for Good Food, Access of West Michigan celebrates forty years of food reform, looking ahead to future progress.


Educators on school shootings: 'Arming teachers is not the answer'

Submitted 03-06-2018 under NEWS

President Trump and the NRA have proposed arming teachers as one response to the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting that left 17 dead. Local teachers and principals say it's a bad idea, arguing they need to be armed with more resources to help students, not weapons.


Jewish Theatre's production of Torch Song Trilogy full of laughter and heartfelt emotion

Submitted 03-05-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The story centers on a New York, Jewish, homosexual, drag queen, torch singer who struggles to cope with the tragic loss of his life partner, learns to be an effective parent to his adopted son and is forced to deal with his own mother’s intolerance.


Russia will be the subject of March 12 Great Decisions presentation by POLITICO columnist

Submitted 03-05-2018 under NONPROFITS

The World Affairs Council's "Great Decisions" series on Mar. 12 features POLITICO's Susan Glasser on Russia.


Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition celebrates 50th year

Submitted 02-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Under the direction of local poet and artist Christine Krieger, Kent County’s own all-ages poetry prize weathers change, welcomes new and established poets to submit their work


Watch party turns into political announcements

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

Two local members from Oprah Winfrey's 60 minutes political focus group announce they are running for political office.


Examining the U.S. Defense Budget: An expert speaks in G.R. on February 19

Submitted 02-15-2018 under NONPROFITS

The World Affairs Council's "Great Decisions" series on Feb. 19 examines the U.S. Defense Budget. Are we getting "the right bang for our bucks"?


Small steps, big results

Submitted 02-07-2018 under NONPROFITS

A new year is often thought of as a new start. For Johnny, this January has been the realization of a long-time goal. This is a special story for me to be able to share with you: the hard work and long road that’s resulted in a new type of life for one of our graduates.