Stateside's conversation with John Sinkevics, editor and publisher of Local Spins.
Each month, Stateside checks in with John Sinkevics, the editor and publisher ofLocal Spins, a site that covers West Michigan’s music scene. Sinkevics discusses new artists, their backstories and what makes their music great.
Stateside’s conversation with John Sinkevics, editor and publisher of localspins.com.
Summer has been full of music festivals in Michigan, many of them showcasing regional and local Michigan artists.
Local SpinsEditor and Publisher John Sinkevics told Stateside about groups in West Michigan. He exploredan indie rock group’s new EP, a jazz organ trio’s Beatles cover songs, and Jim Shaneberger’s blues rock band.
This week Michigan Radio is airing a series called Community Vibe. We’re showcasing one interesting thing about different towns across the state.
Today we’ll visit the neighboring communities of Saugatuck and Douglas. They’re artsy, waterfront resort towns in West Michigan. Although Saugatuck-Douglas sits in what’s known to be the Bible belt of the state, it’s also home to a vacation destination to a large gay community. Michigan Radio’s Emily Fox reports on how Saugatuck-Douglas became the gay resort of the Midwest.
West Michigan, you're getting a chance to see unique performance art in the form of music, movement, choreography, film happening Jan. 8-17 at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids.
A Gallery Exhibition of New Works in Screendance is a collection of three short films along with dance photography and video all presented by ArtPeers and Dance in the Annex.
The short film “Pull Me Back” features actor Joshua Burge (The Revenant) and tackles the theme of addiction.
Esther Fifelski, Sister Noella Poinsette and Ruben Martinez tell us about West Michigan's Hispanic heritage
The city of Holland in West Michigan has certainly made its Dutch heritage known. If the name alone isn’t enough for you, the city has held an annual Tulip Time Festival, celebrating all things Dutch for the last 86 years.
But there’s a sizeable Hispanic community in Holland. The latest census numbers indicate Hispanics make up 23% of the city’s population.
Ten years ago, two women from west Michigan started something called the "Best Prom Ever." They were Sparta High School special education teacher Renne Wyman, and a mother of one of her students, Rhonda Carlisle.
Fifteen students came to their first event. In April, 900 people attended the Best Prom Ever.
The basic idea is to give young people with disabilities the chance to socialize and dance in an environment that is safe and fun.
Michigan’s economy is changing, and our state’s investment culture must change along with it. As we work to diversify by stimulating entrepreneurship, innovation and talent attraction, among many other things, more Michigan residents with money to invest must learn to see that betting on new local businesses is worthwhile, even if the potential for them to fail is high.
The days are getting shorter, but don't resign yourself to settling in for a long, lazy season inside.
One of Grand Rapids' greatest assets is the natural beauty that surrounds this mid-size city, with amenities that you won't even find in many big cities. From small pocket parks to epic-sized Lake Michigan, you're never far away from a wooded trail, a mountain bike path, or a gorgeous beach.
As summer turns to fall, Rapid Growth rounded up ten of West Michigan's best hikes, with hidden urban hiking trails mixed in with cross-country paths that lead to the great lake even in the snowiest of months.
Have an hour or an afternoon? Looking for a hike that can happen within the city limits?
Grand Rapids contains more urban paved trails and hidden hikes than we can count. Savvy West Michiganders already know about the bounty of outdoor experiences at Blandford Nature Center, Provin Trails, Meijer Gardens, and the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve around the city's edges, plus favorites like Riverside Park and Huff Park right in the city.
Here are a few more in-town walks and hikes to get you started.
Using music to bring communities together and to help children discover music – that's the idea behind a new foundation called Walk The Beat.
There's a big event coming up Saturday in Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg to help launch the foundation.
Musician and songwriter David Palmer is the founder of the Walk The Beat Foundation.
He says the goal of the foundation is to get kids involved with music, which leads to its slogan: "Teaching the Rhythm of Life."
On August 16 from noon to 5 p.m., each one of the three cities will have open houses featuring local musicians and businesses. Visitors are welcome to go from location to location and experience different types of music.
It’s probably pretty stressful being a high school principal, for all kinds of reasons.
But Eric Alburtus, principal of Portage Central High School, spends a big chunk of his time worrying about the arts. He’s specifically worried about the kind of human beings our schools are producing, when kids must fulfill heavy requirements in math and science, yet they barely have a chance to study music, choir, theater, or the visual arts.
(For a more complete look at the state’s requirements, click here.)
What's at stake if kids in Michigan don't study the arts?
Alburtus says arts classes give kids a chance to discover new worlds and different ways of thinking and creating.
Bitter because after more than 30 years running, the last “Wyoming Riddler” treasure hunt is over. Sweet because one of the veteran hunters I followed to tell the story last month turned out to be the winner.
I watched Robert Lyons do the heavy lifting one day, shoveling about five feet of snow packed around a utility pole in single-digit temps.
There are 2,5000 dams in Michigan and more than 90% are going to hit or exceed their design life by 2020. On today's show: How concerned should we be about our aging dams, and is there the money and political will to fix them? Then, the state's chief medical doctor explains why this year's flu season seems to be a particularly rough one. And, one man from Ann Arbor is working to earn respect for dads all over America with the Dad 2.0 Summit. Also, the Detroit Zoo is not just a tourist attraction, it's a leader in animal conservation and preservation.
First on the show, the data and numbers crunchers have been working away, trying to peer into the future to figure out what lies ahead for Michigan over the next 10 years in terms of jobs and pay.
The verdict: Michigan's economic axis is tilting west. Rick Haglund's recent story for Bridge Magazine is headlined: "Future job growth favors West Michigan."
And Don Grimes is with the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy at the University of Michigan.
Tonight is the biggest bar night of the year, with many people visiting family and friends back home in Michigan. It’s a crowd employers in West Michigan are trying to reach. So they’re getting creative with their tactics.
Cindy Brown is executive director of Hello West Michigan. It’s a group made up of more than 40 businesses is trying to lure professionals back to the state.