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Andy Rent

Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, Andy also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, and probably is the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. Andy is originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, Andy stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. He moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where he met his wife Kathy. Andy is deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. He has served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. He also assists the Salvation Army, DeGage Ministries, JDRF, Disability Advocates, Hope Network, and various other non-profit organizations. Interests: I love golf, travel, reading, dining out, theater and movies. And, of course my children and grand children. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 8 grandchildren. They have a busy life. Music: I love all kinds - especially jazz, blues, and classical, rock and pop hits. The best part about my job: The ability to make a difference in the community.
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Artistic Director Robert Lyall Leaving Opera Grand Rapids

Opera Grand Rapids’ Artistic Director Robert Lyall announced he will resign following next month’s production of Britten’s “Noah’s Flood” after a 26-year tenure. Lyall was named General and Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) in December of 1998, and he has since retained positions with both NOOA and Opera Grand Rapids. Upon his departure, Lyall will devote his energy to further plans and aspirations for NOOA’s forthcoming seasons.

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A New Way to Clean the Dishes at Home? [Video]

I do a lot of cooking at home.  Doing a morning radio show means that I'm home by early afternoon, and with my wife, Kathy, working, I'll usually cook dinner.

It's fun cooking my latest creation, but the cleanup, that's another issue.  Yuk! Okay, the dishwasher helps, but if I've messed up some pots and pans, I'm scrubbing, that is until now!

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Courtesy Dog Story Theater
Courtesy Dog Story Theater
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Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company Returns to Grand Rapids

Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson Ave. SE in downtown Grand Rapids, always presents an eclectic brand of theater. It welcomes back Grand Haven-based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company this month with the classic "All's Well That Ends Well."

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Gilda's LaughFest
Gilda's LaughFest
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Gilda’s LaughFest 2015 Announces More Comedy Performances for 11-Day Festival

Jim Jefferies, Nick Thune and Brody Stevens, Costaki Economopoulos, Blackout Diaries, Big Jay Oakerson with Ben Roy, The Homegrown Show and Ryan Hamilton have been added to the roster of performers for Gilda's LaughFest 2015 in March.

In addition, Iliza Shlesinger has added new shows on March 7 to her LaughFest appearance after selling out her two previously announced shows.

Gilda’s LaughFest runs March 5 to 15, with individual tickets for all performances going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Kiss Cam at Basketball Game Finds Fighting Couple [Video]

At a Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey game when they use the "Kiss Cam" on the video screen, and you get photographed with your sweetie, you're supposed to kiss, right? It's pretty cute, and most couples kiss and the crowd loves it.

Ah, ah, ah, not so fast there, sparky.  That's supposed to be the case, but in Chicago, at a Bulls basketball game, it didn't exactly happen that way.  But, have no fear, the Bulls mascot saves the day, and it's priceless!

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Courtesy UICA
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Up Close and Personal With Artist, Artwork and Collectors at the UICA

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is holding three events in the upcoming weeks to bring visitors closer to the artwork, the artists, and the collectors associated with their current exhibitions, Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection, and Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman.

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Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Homes Show at DeVos Place This Weekend

Our area's newest consumer show opens with a bang at DeVos Place this week, as the Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Homes Show welcomes, not only wonderful displays, but an amazing line-up of talent to its seminar stages.

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Did Santa Visit Your House? He Certainly Visited Archie! [Video]

We're into the new year, but I couldn't resist one final look back at Christmas.

It's so much more fun if you have little kids in the house over Christmas. I remember being more excited than our kids, watching them find the presents Santa left for them. Okay, maybe not "more," but still pretty excited.

I found this video of Little Archie coming down stairs on Christmas morning to find...well, take a look.  It's too sweet.

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2014 Was a Good, Bad, Interesting Year? See for Yourself [Video]

Are you already missing the good-old days of 2014?

No? Yes?

There were some fascinating things that happened. Some funny, some sad.

Here's a four-minute video re-cap of some of the highlights if you missed anything.

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The Australian Bee Gees Show Coming To DeVos Performance Hall in March

The Bee Gees are coming to Grand Rapids! Okay, they're not together, anymore, and one has died, but the next-best thing is coming, The Australian Bee Gees Show on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, March 20th.

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