Books & Mortar founders with the store's new owner.

Books & Mortar Starts Second Chapter with New Owner

Books & Mortar is beginning a second chapter. Two years after opening the business, the founders of the neighborhood bookstore, Jonathan Shotwell and Christopher Roe, announced earlier this week via email that they’ve sold the store to Jenny Kinne.

International Carillon Concert Series plays through August

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, Julianne Vanden Wyngaard will climb 112 stairs to perform the last concert of Grand Valley State University’s International Carillon Concert Series for the summer at the Beckering Carillon – Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The series continues, however, on GVSU’s Allendale campus each Sunday through Aug. 20.
Judy Collins to perform at Royce Auditorium in February.

Ahead of Her GR Visit, Judy Collins on Hard Work & Taking Risks

As an artist, the best thing you can do is take risks, says Judy Collins. “That is really what it’s all about. You are sticking your neck out every time you step on the stage.”

Griffins Hit the Ice Next Weekend

If you haven’t purchased your tickets already for the Griffin’s season opener what are you waiting for?
West Michigan Whitecaps

GR|MAG’s Top Weekend Picks

Squeeze in a few more days of fun before the kids go back to school. The West Michigan Whitecaps are kicking off their 25th season, while the Native American Student Association is celebrating its 20th annual Celebrating All Walks of Life Pow Wow, and Cedar Springs Brewing is hosting Starkbierfest for all you German beer lovers out there.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park "Christmas & Holiday Traditions Around the World." Photo by Dean VanDis.

Meijer Gardens & Muskegon Museum of Art Deck the Halls for the Holidays

If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, take a trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for its annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition, or visit the Muskegon Museum of Art for its annual Festival of Trees.

Dash If You Dare, Zombie Dash Returns to GR

The seventh annual Zombie Dash 5K returns to Grand Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 20. In this fun, role-play race, runners represent a small band of survivors who avoided a viral outbreak. In this dystopian plot, racers are on a mission to scout out the urban quarantine area at dusk and survive the ravenous zombies who roam at night.

GR|MAG’s Top Weekend Picks

The biggest football game of the year for Michiganders takes place this weekend when MSU and U of M kickoff against each other. So break out your maize & blue or green and white and head to your favorite sports bar to catch the game over beer and pizza.
Yolonda Lavender

Yolonda Lavender Brings Passion Into Everything She Does

A singer/songwriter, a poet, an activist, a producer and more, Kalamazoo native, Yolonda Lavender, has done it all.
Creston neighborhood artist working on mural

Get ‘Funky’ at Creston’s Street Party

A party featuring a 20-booth artists market, live music and more will hit the streets this weekend.
101 Ways to Enjoy the Mosaic by Skot Welch.

101 Ways to Create a Diverse Community in Your Own Backyard

Travel has always been one of the best ways to open your horizons and learn about other cultures and traditions, but with busy schedules and financial boundaries, that’s not always possible.
Pride & Joy The Marvin Gaye Musical stage shot

‘Pride & Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical’ Takes You Into Motown

A new jukebox musical with the songs of Marvin Gaye is performing its second-ever show in Grand Rapids.
Aerial Dance Chicago performs at GVSU Fall Arts Celebration.

Dancers Take Flight at GVSU Fall Arts Celebration

Audiences will be treated to a dance routine much different from what they’ve likely seen before during the Fall Arts Celebration at Grand Valley State University.
Madelaine Lane

Madelaine Lane: Lawyer by Day, Operatic Performer by Night

When Madelaine Lane graduated from college she couldn’t decide whether she should go to law school and achieve her life-long ambition to become an attorney or return to college and get a second degree in her new-found passion: vocal performance.
Blessing of the Elephants by Maya Grant.

Capturing the Beauty of India with the Bangalore Wanderlusters

Although artist and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) graduate Maya Grant had never been on a plane before, one morning they woke up and felt an urge to explore and feel challenged.
Hanukkah celebration with menorah, gift box and dreidel on wooden table over blackboard background

Hanukkah Offers an Opportunity for Learning & Greater Understanding

In the popular imagination, Hanukkah is the Jewish equivalent of Christmas: a central religious holiday held during the winter. Like Christmas, it’s grown bigger and more commercialized over the years, and comes complete with its own presents, decorations and songs (“so drink your gin and tonic-ah,” as Adam Sandler sings).

GR|MAG’s Top Weekend Picks

If you are a fan of the AMC show "The Walking Dead" head to 20 Monroe Live on Sunday night for the season nine premiere. Looking for fun family activities this weekend? Frederik Meijer Gardens is hosting Family Fall Day. You can also enjoy classical music with the Grand Rapids Symphony, create your own artwork at the GRAM or check out several local food vendors making vegetarian and vegan treats at VegFest.

GR|Mag’s Top Weekend Picks

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? GR|Mag has you covered.
"Past Perfect" by Jeana Eve Klein at GRAM.

Guide to GRAM’s ArtPrize Nine exhibits

ArtPrize Nine began on Wednesday and Grand Rapids Art Museum is eagerly anticipating the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will stream through its doors throughout the 19-day art competition.
DMX concert

DMX Rolls Into Grand Rapids

An award-winning rapper is bringing his tour downtown.




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