Public Relations Manager for Grand Rapids Symphony, former arts writer for Grand Rapids Press. Cultural observer, progressive thinker, history buff, wordsmith.Public Relations Manager for Grand Rapids Symphony, former arts writer for Grand Rapids Press. C

Interlochen gave guest symphony conductor Jacomo Bairos his start

Interlochen gave guest symphony conductor Jacomo Bairos his start
mlive.com — GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Jacomo Bairos spent his freshman year of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy. Hurricane Andrew, which struck his hometown of Homestead, Fla., in 1992, ensured he'd finish his education in Michigan. "My high school, which did have a good band, was just destroyed," he said.

Calvin College welcomes Pulitzer winners, 'America's Got Talent' finalist, for lecture series

Calvin College welcomes Pulitzer winners, 'America's Got Talent' finalist, for lecture series
mlive.com — GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent" and two Pulitzer Prize winners will be part of The January Series of Calvin College opening Wednesday. Dubbed a free, 15-day liberal arts education, The January Series begins this week.

3 Michigan authors each win $25,000 grants

3 Michigan authors each win $25,000 grants
mlive.com — GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Three Michigan authors begin the new year with a $25,000 boost in their literary careers. The National Endowment for the Arts in December awarded 37 grants, each worth $25,000, to fiction and creative nonfiction writers from 17 states.

Storm chaser Reed Timmer, Maria Molina wed near active volcano

Storm chaser Reed Timmer, Maria Molina wed near active volcano
mlive.com — GRAND RAPIDS, MI - West Michigan native and extreme storm chaser Reed Timmer and his fiancée, Maria Molina, were married in a ceremony with a touch of fire and brimstone. About what you'd expect at the wedding of two meteorologists. Timmer, a storm chaser for TVN Weather, and Molina, a meteorologist for FOX News, were wed Saturday, Dec.

Where you still can get your Christmas fix in Grand Rapids

Where you still can get your Christmas fix in Grand Rapids
mlive.com — GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Is the Christmas season over? Remember the 12 days of Christmas? Today's the fifth day because the first day of Christmas is Christmas Day itself. That means there are seven days to go until Twelfth Night on January 5, the final day of Christmas according to the traditional Christian calendar dating back centuries.

Ellsworth Kelly, who died Sunday, gave Grand Rapids Art Museum its signature work

Ellsworth Kelly, who died Sunday, gave Grand Rapids Art Museum its signature work
mlive.com — GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Artist Ellsworth Kelly, whose work is featured prominently in the Grand Rapids Art Museum's lobby, died Sunday at his home in New York. He was 92 years old. One of America's greatest abstract artists of the 20th century, Ellsworth took the solid shapes and vibrant colors of European abstraction and transformed it using forms distilled from everyday life.

Michigan's historic Felt Mansion decorated for Christmas

Michigan's historic Felt Mansion decorated for Christmas
mlive.com — Dorr Felt, in some respects, was the Steve Jobs of his generation. Much as Jobs' Apple and Macintosh revolutionized how computers were used, Felt's comptometer changed how businesses kept their accounts. The key-driven, mechanical calculator, the first device that could do all four math functions, was fast, as well as easy to use.

Opera Grand Rapids flash mob surprises at Brewery Vivant's 5th anniversary

Opera Grand Rapids flash mob surprises at Brewery Vivant's 5th anniversary
mlive.com — GRAND RAPIDS, MI - If life were a musical, folks would break into song and dance while washing the car, walking the dog or waiting in line for a latte at Starbucks. Brewery Vivant's fifth anniversary party on Sunday broke out in operatic chorus.

Michigan's 'The Apprentice' contestants weigh in on Donald Trump's presidential bid

Michigan's 'The Apprentice' contestants weigh in on Donald Trump's presidential bid
mlive.com — GRAND RAPIDS, MI - As Donald Trump's presidential bid brings him to Michigan, he'll find friends and foes alike. The same is true among Michiganders who have appeared with Trump on NBC's reality shows "The Apprentice" or "The Celebrity Apprentice."

Outrageous stories from Grand Rapids' 'Lost Restaurants'

Outrageous stories from Grand Rapids' 'Lost Restaurants'
mlive.com — GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Dining out, whether in the most elegant restaurants or humblest lunch counters, always has a final chapter. In Grand Rapids, more than a century ago, before garbage trucks and curbside recycling, before trash compacting, composting and food disposals, refuse from restaurants such as in the Pantlind Hotel was taken to municipal piggeries.
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