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Aquinas College spring play opens cast to community members to promote social change

Submitted 03-29-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Randy Wyatt, associate professor of theatre for Aquinas College, discusses the spring 2017 play at Aquinas, Love and Information by Caryl Churchill.


Celebrating Mexicains Sans Frontieres with ten years of community involvement

Submitted 03-22-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Hugo Claudin, owner of Mexicains Sans Frontieres, discusses the current climate in Grand Rapids, his event space, and events to come. This includes internationally known poet Ana Castillo on March 25.


New craft beer bottle shop opens downtown

Submitted 03-21-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Craft Beer Cellar opens their thirty-first bottle shop in Grand Rapids, brings a broad beer selection to the downtown area.


The Right Now returns to Founders Brewing to kick off eight show tour

Submitted 03-03-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Soul pop band The Right Now kicks off an eight show tour at Founders Brewing on March 25 to debut their new album: Starlight.


WYCE Catalyst Radio - Programmers Hall of Fame 2017

Submitted 03-01-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of WYCE! In celebration of the hundreds of volunteer programmers who have made it all possible, we are establishing the WYCE Programmer Hall of Fame. Join us at Jammies XVIII as we honor our first four inductees! Today, host Jessica Gladden speaks with two members of


"Let's Talk GR Music" latest meeting covers marketing, promotion

Submitted 02-28-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

I look back at recent meeting with John Sinkevics of


Building community by supporting our refugee neighbors

Submitted 02-23-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Through textile work, community engagement, and sustainability, Treetops Collective is a valuable resource for refugee women and bridging the gap between refugees and locals to better support each other.


Taste of Soul Sunday to celebrate African American history, culture

Submitted 02-14-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Taste of Soul Sunday will be held this Sunday, February 19 at the Grand Rapids Public Library’s downtown Main Branch.


Interview with Jeff Smith, founder of "The Grand Rapids People's History Project"

Submitted 02-13-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Jeff Smith discusses the inspiration behind the project, memorable reactions and future plans


Carrying local music's 'do-it together' torch: A look at the Upper Room

Submitted 02-10-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

In recent years, a number of smaller, accessible concert venues have shut down or moved away from downtown. The Upper Room hopes to keep Grand Rapids' Do-it-Together music scene going during the downswing.