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Switchfoot & Anberlin, Gillian Welch, Bruce Cockburn kick off Calvin Concert series in Grand Rapids

Switchfoot & Anberlin, Gillian Welch, Bruce Cockburn kick off Calvin Concert series in Grand Rapids

Written by REVUE Minion

Calvin College has announced the first few artists for its 2011-12 concert series, including a pair of popular rock bands with Christian contemporary roots, a Grammy-winning Americana artist, and one of Canada's favorite sons in the folk genre.

Calvin also announced a free concert featuring an up-and-coming world music artist who dueted with Dave Matthews on his most recent album.

How an Urban Garden Grows

How an Urban Garden Grows

By Angela Klinske

The idea of growing a garden may seem simple: till the soil, plant a seed, water it and watch it grow. But what if your soil is contaminated? What if you don’t own a garden hose? What if you don’t have access to a working refrigerator to store produce?

That is where Our Kitchen Table comes in.

Grill Your Veggies to Perfection

Grill Your Veggies to Perfection

Written by Matthew Russell

Apart from mosquitoes, ants and sunburn, grilling season is just about the perfect time of year. And while many conjure thoughts of short ribs slathered with sauce when they think of barbecue, the start of summer holds opportunity for delicious dishes for herbivores, too.

Because of the size and shape of many vegetables apart from, say, corn on the cob, being tossed on a standard grill is akin to being thrown directly into a fire. And cooking your veggies evenly without scorching them to carbon is quite another task. There's hope, though, and it comes in several forms.

Jousting a line of mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and cob-lets with soaked shish kebob sticks has long been a trick of the vegetable griller, but new flexible grilling skewers offer an even better option.

West Michigan Music Sampler

West Michigan Music Sampler

Written by REVUE Minion

One of the best things about working at REVUE is that we get to sample local music every day. For free.

For this year’s second annual Music Issue, we asked some of our favorite West Michigan artists to share their music with you, our readers. For free. They happily obliged with new music, including several who sent over previously unreleased tracks. You can listen to the tracks below or download them for free during the month of July 2011 at revue.bandcamp.com. Be sure to read our take on these artists in this month's REVUE and visit...

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ArtPrize host help & hospitality for artists reception is Wednesday

ArtPrize host help & hospitality for artists reception is Wednesday

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – ArtPrize is looking for a few good Grand Rapidians to volunteer to help artists during the 2011 event, which takes place Sept. 21 – Oct. 9. The organization will host Help & Hospitality for Artists on Wednesday, June 22, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the ByrneBoehm Gallery in Grand Rapids to help new volunteers sign up and connect with other, potential volunteers.
 
In 2010, ArtPrize had more than 1200 volunteers, nearly 100 were artist hosts. Without volunteers to serve as host families, ArtPrize would not be possible. It could not bring artists into the city or create the connections and conversations around art that are unique to the event. ArtPrize is hoping to augment this group of artist hosts by identifying ways that the local community can help support the artists, either through materials acquisition, preparation space or an extra set of hands.

Opening Event for new Refugee Support Program

Opening Event for new Refugee Support Program

by Refugee Support Program in NON-PROFIT

South Wyoming United Methodist Church has founded a new organization to assist Grand Rapids area refugees with a variety of issues.  We are starting a transportation program to assist refugees in attending local programs specific to refugee needs and a cultural broker program to connect refugees to volunteers who can help them adjust to life in the United States.  This summer we are exploring what other areas to grow into that will best meet the needs of refugees in Grand Rapids in collaboration with other area agencies.
 

G-Sync: Differents Welcome

G-Sync: Differents Welcome

By Tommy Allen, Lifestyles Editor

We're a decade into the new Millenium, fighting the same battles over and over. Tolerating the same subtle barriers that divided communities throughout the last one. Standing by as schisms unravel into vast chasms that cannot be bridged, dividing families and setting terms for relationships.

When they tell us it's more American to restrict certain freedoms, George Orwell weeps. When they tell us it's more Christ-like to interfere with love, the Devil laughs. When we export these contradictions internationally, the gross domestic product is unfettered confusion.

However, here is where I live and so, subscribing to the principle of "Think Global, Act Local," I hitch my wagon to the region in the hope that our shared quest for good flows upward.