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Steven Depolo
Steven Depolo
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ArtPrize 2014: 20 Sweet Venues to Explore Over 19 Days

ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and exhibition that runs today through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

Here are 20 sweet venues to check out during ArtPrize, and these are just the tip of the artistic iceberg for the public art extravaganza.

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Courtesy: barrymanilow.com
Courtesy: barrymanilow.com
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Barry Manilow Sings ‘Dream’ Duets in New Album

Duets seems to be the new craze lately for some of our favorite artists. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand with her Partners favorites, and now, Barry Manilow.

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Matt Milhouse
Matt Milhouse
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ArtPrize 2014: How to Vote

The public vote is what sets ArtPrize apart from other art events and competitions. It's also the easiest way to become involved in ArtPrize.

Learn how to vote at ArtPrize 2014.

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Mike Simons/Getty Images
Mike Simons/Getty Images
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Coming Downtown for ArtPrize? Here’s How to Deal with Panhandlers

Coming to ArtPrize? While you're enjoying the various pieces throughout Grand Rapids (especially downtown), it's highly likely that you'll be approached by someone asking for money, food or cigarettes.

No, it's not the shiny and positive thing that most people want to talk about during ArtPrize and I understand that.  But because you may not be from a larger city or a frequent downtown GR visitor or very comfortable in a downtown setting in general, I want you to be aware of potential panhandlers and know how to react.

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Ellie Goulding performance
Ellie Goulding performance
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ArtPrize 2014: Music Hub is St. Cecilia Music Center

St. Cecilia Music Center is the official ArtPrize music hub for ArtPrize 2014.

St. Cecilia Music Center is again also organizing the ArtPrize music busking sites at public places, with expanded locations for this year.

The busking sites will be in action from Sept. 25 (Thursday) to Oct. 4.

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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s Performing Original Play ‘The Boatwright’ [Video]


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
and its School of Theatre Arts have combined on a special production for the inaugural American Association of Community Theatre's NewPlayFest.

"The Boatwright,"
the story of a retired Kansas state trooper who decides to build a sailboat to single-handedly traverse the Atlantic Ocean and the troubled neighbor who helps him, is on stage through Sunday at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

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Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
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Singer Al Stewart Coming to Saugatuck in October

Pop-rock star Al Stewart brings his greatest hits and new works to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (400 Culver Street) one night only on October 4, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.

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You Tube
You Tube
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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Jimmy Fallon Have a “Lip-Sync Off” [Video]

This was such a fun moment on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the other night. Jimmy had Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on, promoting the new season of The Voice, and they had a lip-sync contest. Too much fun!

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Walk Among Tombstones
Universal
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New Movies This Week: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones,’ ‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ and ‘Tusk’

What had been a pretty slow month of September, movie-wise, is about to get a major jolt, with four new films hitting theaters this week. Here's a look at your suddenly bountiful choices:

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
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ArtPrize Inspires Grand Rapids Symphony Concert

In the spirt of the fifth annual ArtPrize competition, the Grand Rapids Symphony presents "Inspired By Art." The concert is the Crowe Horwath MusicNOW series opener for the 2014-15 Season.

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Photo courtesy of CityFlatsHotel
Photo courtesy of CityFlatsHotel
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ArtPrize 2014: Arena District Preview’s Tonight

ArtPrize 2014 doesn't start for a week, but there have already been many opportunities to view art and meet ArtPrize artists.

Arena District is hosting their ArtPrize preview tonight.

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You Tube
You Tube
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Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’ Jazz-ed Up [Video]

Here is some great fun and music for a Sunday morning. This is a jazz-ed up rendition of Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" and it is thoroughly enjoyable.

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