West Michigan News

November 10, 2011

A nun, a wedding planner and a subliminal newscaster walk into a bar …

Don't laugh. It could happen at The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids when Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Short and Kevin Nealon are in town for LaughFest 2012.

If not them, it might be Mike Epps and Rodney Carrington and Jim Gaffigan or any of a dozen comics coming to town for the 10-day festival.

On the other hand, do laugh and get ready to laugh some more.

Today, LaughFest unveiled just a few of the headliners coming to Grand Rapids for festival of seriously funny stuff.

A few hundred fans and friends – most in yellow LaughFest shirts -- gathered at Crush at The B.O.B. to hear the news.

Category: Arts, Arts&Culture, Culture, Home, WestMichigan

June 14, 2011

Looking for a great summer travel deal? Then, you’ll want to check out our Pure Michigan one-tank trips to stretch your dollars to explore history, beaches, orchards, parks and attractions.
Category: Community, Culture, featured, Home, WestMichigan

April 14, 2011

Grand Rapids is an impressive city. Despite its modest size, it has plenty to offer in terms of attractions, both mainstream and green.
Category: Arts&Culture, Culture, Entertainment, GrandRapids, Home

February 24, 2011

Lindsay McHolme is the Community Literacy Liaison at the Literacy Center of West Michigan.  Over the past few years, she has been involved in improving literacy in the community as a Volunteer Tutor and Literacy Coordinator for the Literacy Center's Adult Tutoring Program.


Category: Community, Culture, Education, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

February 03, 2011
Habib Mandwee leans his chin into the palm of his hand and lets his mind wander to a dream. He remembers being a boy in Baghdad, Iraq, and spending long, lazy days watching the family cow graze. Perhaps, he muses, someday he might have a small farm. A cow or two grazing in the pasture, sheep, even goats...

Category: Community, Culture, Food, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

January 27, 2011
A Grand Rapids Press article announces that SiTE:LAB will transform a dilapidated downtown Grand Rapids building with its April site-specific, one-night art installation by Kendall College of Art and Design students.

Category: Arts, Arts&Culture, Community, Culture, Design, Education, GrandRapids, Innovation

September 16, 2010
Billed as one of the Midwest's premier wine destinations, Reserve wine bar will open next week in downtown Grand Rapids. Inside, wine lovers can treat their taste buds to 270 wines while they treat their eyes to a mix of contemporary and vintage design elements as well as artist Ran Ortner's "Open Water No. 24," the first winner of ArtPrize.

Category: Community, Culture, Food, GrandRapids, WestMichigan

September 16, 2010
Last year, CEOs for Cities President Carol Coletta published an article in Good entitled, "What an ArtPrize in Michigan Can Teach Us About Building Better Cities." The article highlighted multiple lessons Coletta felt could be learned from the ArtPrize model including "the value of giving people permission to be entrepreneurial," "rapid prototyping," and decentralization.
Category: Arts, Arts&Culture, Community, Culture, Entertainment, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

May 06, 2010
The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (affectionately called "The Gilmore") is a biennial celebration of music -- specifically, keyboard music. With recitals by internationally renowned classical and jazz pianists, and a contest that awards one of the most coveted prizes for up-and-coming pianists in the world, the Gilmore is one of West Michigan's cultural gems.
Category: Arts, Culture, featured, Home, Kalamazoo

April 22, 2010
Kalamazoo has a thriving music scene, with dozens of bands and established local venues.

"Kalamazoo's ever-changing music scene can attributed to the fact that it's a student town, and students graduate and move on, he says.
"'Kalamazoo, more than any other college town, seems to be on the pulse of what's new,' Martin says."
Category: Arts, Culture, Kalamazoo
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