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Local production of "The Mikado" raises questions on theatre and race

Submitted 04-22-2016 under OPINION

KT Herr and Deirdre Chervenka Cunningham review West Michigan Savoyard's production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, playing this weekend at Wealthy Theatre, and explore the show's attendant problems of Asian misrepresentation.

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Building community through coffee in Grand Rapids

Submitted 04-21-2016 under OPINION

Specialty coffee shops are cropping up left and right in Grand Rapids. These shops can be yet another inaccessible luxury further driving the wedge between different classes and demographics of people. Or, they can be utilized as a community builder and a tool to help bridge a gap.

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Restaurant Review: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's Cygnus 27

Submitted 04-07-2016 under OPINION

Because of the great view and intimate atmosphere I'd recommend it for cocktails, appetizers before a night out, or drinks and dessert afterwards. But for the price, there are better restaurants with better options for dinner.

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HQ youth are unrelenting, brave: My experience as an HQ Drop-In Supervisor

Submitted 04-01-2016 under OPINION

Working at HQ, a drop in center for youth who are experiencing homelessness, have run away or whose housing is unsafe or unstable, means I have the duty to share a little bit of what is like to know and be known by them.

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Panel discussion around women supporting women in Grand Rapids shows leadership growing stronger

Submitted 04-01-2016 under OPINION

On March 31st, a conversation and luncheon by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. at LINC Up Gallery on Madison brought a diverse group of women together to discuss city building with a “we can do it” attitude.

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Standing ovation for Snyder in Grand Rapids shows gross disconnect with people of Flint

Submitted 03-22-2016 under OPINION

For every individual that stood and clapped, we were reminded that, even with information, our desire to erase the experiences of others and focus on our direct experiences makes us blind to oppression.

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Women, politics, Grand Rapids: a chat with Tami VandenBerg

Submitted 03-22-2016 under OPINION

"Sometimes you have to speak louder and speak more often to be heard. And sometimes you will end up annoying people."

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Album review: 'Promise Land' by Vox Vidorra

Submitted 03-21-2016 under OPINION

All eyes are on indie-soul band Vox Vidorra after their first album, Promise Land, took home the prestigious and well-deserved album of the year award at this year’s Jammies.

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Review: comedian Ron Funches slays Pyramid Scheme crowd

Submitted 03-21-2016 under OPINION

The 33-year-old comic played four shows at the Pyramid Scheme on March 12 and 13. His offbeat humor and affable demeanor had the crowd laughing for the entirety of his nearly hour-long set.

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Author of Mayor's Book of the Year returns to Grand Rapids to talk race, equity

Submitted 03-08-2016 under OPINION

LINC and Grand Valley State University are hosting Todd Robinson, author of "A City within a City," for a community conversation, a book signing and dialogue March 24-25.

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