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Bob Bernhardt /Grand Rapids Symphony
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Conductor Bob Bernhardt Leads Grand Rapids Pops for ‘Best of Broadway’ This Weekend [Video]

New Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt will join the Grand Rapids Pops in his first performance in his new role on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Grand Rapids.

Bernhardt will be joined by Michigan native Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman for Best of Broadway, a Fox Motors Pops series concert featuring the Broadway stars from Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

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Cinderella review
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‘Cinderella’ Review: This Old Fairy Tale Still Has Some Magic

The name “Disney” brings to mind images of fair princesses, charming princes, magical fairy tales, and simple happily ever afters. In recent years, though, Disney has begun rethinking their classic properties, and releasing more thematically complex versions of their famous films. Sleeping Beauty became Maleficent, which turned a wicked witch into a sympathetic anti-hero; a whole mess of fairy tales turned into Into the Woods, where happily ever after preceded a whole bunch of death and tragedy. The ranks of Disney Princesses grew to include women like Merida, the bow-slinging heroine of Brave, and Anna and Else from Frozen, who rescued each other from an prince, rather than the other way around. Every value and concept that Disney had established and reinforced through decades of repetition was seemingly up for reconsideration and revision.

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant
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Tim Burton Will Direct Disney’s New Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Movie

With their new Cinderella just days away, Disney is continuing its streak of turning its animated classics into live-action features with the news, via the Wall Street Journal, that Dumbo is ready to make the transition from animated elephant to ... well, still-animated elephant surrounded by live-action actors. If that idea doesn’t get your ears flapping, maybe this will: the Journal says Tim Burton will be the man who’ll direct the new Dumbo.

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Ingram Publishing/ThinkStock
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West Michigan Women’s Expo Rolls in This Weekend at DeVos Place

The 17th annual West Michigan Women's Expo at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids is this weekend.

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Sonia Recchia/Getty Images
Sonia Recchia/Getty Images
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‘The End of the Tour’ Set for Limited Release on July 31

When The End of the Tour premiered at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January, it received excellent reviews and some Oscar buzz.

The End of the Tour will receive limited release July 31. The summer release is designed to capitalize on the film's Oscar buzz and give it a better chance heading into Oscar season.

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"Sally"
"Sally"
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Sally Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Sally is a beautiful six-month-old Catahoula-mix dog looking for a good home.

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Dan Lennon, president and CEO of Michigan Turkey Producers, Karen McCarthy of Consumers Energy; Ottawa County Commissioner Don Disselkoen; Laird; Brauer; Jennifer Owens, incubator board vice chairwoman; Merle Langeland, president of the Ottawa County Farm Bureau, and Larry Kooiker, president and owner of Agritek Industries, Inc.
Dan Lennon, president and CEO of Michigan Turkey Producers, Karen McCarthy of Consumers Energy; Ottawa County Commissioner Don Disselkoen; Laird; Brauer; Jennifer Owens, incubator board vice chairwoman; Merle Langeland, president of the Ottawa County Farm Bureau, and Larry Kooiker, president and owner of Agritek Industries, Inc.
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Consumers Energy Contributes $25,000 to Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator

A new statewide business incubator designed to spur agricultural innovation has received financial support from Consumers Energy.

Company representatives have presented a $25,000 contribution to officials with the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator at the Ottawa County administrative offices. The contribution will support new business development centered on commercializing ag-technology ideas and inventions.

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Matt Milhouse
Matt Milhouse
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Where and When to Drink Founders’ Kentucky Breakfast Stout During KBS Week

The annual release of Founders Brewing Co.'s Kentucky Breakfast Stout in Grand Rapids draws thousands of beer lovers.

This week, the beer is being celebrated with the second annual KBS Week.

During KBS Week, select bars and restaurants in and around Grand Rapids are holding special tappings of KBS.

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Donald Miralle/Getty Images
Donald Miralle/Getty Images
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Grand Rapids Speedskater Shares Unique View of Frozen Lake Michigan [Video]

Last week, conditions on Lake Michigan were perfect for West Michigan Speedskating Club member April Chernoby to put on her skates, start up her camera and take a spin around the lake.

A video she shared on YouTube shows just how smooth the surface of Lake Michigan was.

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Coach Tully/Grandville High School
Coach Tully/Grandville High School
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Grandville High School Wins Division 1 Competitive Cheer State Championship

The Michigan High School Competitive Cheer State Finals were held at Delta Plex in Grand Rapids last weekend.

Grandville took first place in Division 1.

Comstock Park, Kenowa Hills, and Thornapple Kellogg also had strong showings.

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Duane Burleson/Getty Images
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Michigan Men’s Basketball Coach John Beilein Gives Grand Rapids Student His Day On Court [Photos]

As a student manager for the University of Michigan basketball men's team, Ryan Kapustka has found his volunteer position to be rewarding as it gave him the ability to see the Wolverines with an up close and personal perspective.

But on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor, it got closer and more personal.

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Sony
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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Chappie’ Leads a Slow Weekend

With some of the year’s biggest movies only a month or two away, the box office seems to have entered a holding pattern. Some of the new releases are minor hits. Others crash and burn. Right now, Hollywood just seems to be crossing their fingers and hoping for the sweet, sweet summer movie season to come along and save them (or at least the April release of Furious 7). In other words, every new release underperformed this weekend.

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