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Art.Downtown 2017 showcase in pictures

Submitted 04-25-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Did you miss Art.Downtown 2017? We got you covered!


Vagabonds frontman Luke Dean launches tour, full-album release

Submitted 04-24-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Luke Dean of Vagabonds delivers honest lyrics, emotional intensity in his highly anticipated full-album release.


Recycling Grand Rapids - changes and challenges

Submitted 04-21-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

How does Grand Rapids adapt to changes to the recycling processes and recycling goals for the next decade?


Mike Hessman song chronicles his storied 20-year career

Submitted 04-14-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

New West Michigan Whitecaps coach set the all-time minor league record for home runs. A recently released tune by Howie Newman explores his baseball exploits.


Light Gallery + Studio features local artists for their first Art.Downtown April 8

Submitted 04-05-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

"Matthew and I have known each other since college and often would talk about how cool it would be to have a space similar to the one we have right now. Not knowing what [Light Gallery] would become when getting the keys, we were excited for the chance to mold a place of our own together."


Review: Julien Baker transfixes audience with quiet, moving songs at Calvin College

Submitted 04-03-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Julien Baker performed on Friday, March 31, 2017.


Let's Talk GR Music covering tax, legal issues for artists

Submitted 04-03-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

A look back at our meeting with Glave Business Solutions and our conversation covering taxes and legal information for artists.


Local musicians talk community, music while preparing for GRPM Planetarium show April 6

Submitted 03-31-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Local musician Emma Loo of Emma Loo and Sam talk about their band, community involvement, and their performance on April 6 as the final concert in the series at GRPM Concerts Under the Stars.


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.