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Grand Rapids in Top 100 Best Places to Live in America

 Livability.com has just released its second-annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list. This edition features a new city atop the list, which is the culmination of months of exclusive research into what factors most influence the livability of America’s small to mid-sized cities. More than 30 states are represented, from coast to coast, and Grand Rapids made the list, coming in at number 96!

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Courtesy Wege Foundation
Courtesy Wege Foundation
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St. Cecilia Music Center Receives Surprise Gift from Peter Wege Estate

St. Cecilia Music Center’s Executive Director Cathy Holbrook announced today that St. Cecilia Music Center is the recipient of a $1,000,000 endowment gift from the estate of Peter M. Wege. The Center plans to dedicate next week’s annual Great Artist Gala to Mr. Wege in recognition of this generous gift.

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Alex Podesta
Alex Podesta
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ArtPrize 2014: 25 Artists’ Entries Which Received $50,000 in Grant Money

A new grant has helped to make it possible for 25 artists to enter ArtPrize in 2014.

See who the artists are and where to find their entries.

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ArtPrize 2014: ArtPrize Entry Ignites Controversy [Photos]

Silhouettes of soldiers, with guns, on top of the UICA building seems to be causing a bit of controversy.

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Screen Gems
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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘No Good Deed’ Dethrones ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

After a month at the top, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has finally fallen from the number one spot on the box office charts. All it took was a modestly budgeted thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.

But 'No Good Deed' didn't just push Marvel off its throne -- it exceeded all expectations and looks like it may be the rare September release to actually be a hit.

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ArtPrize About to Begin With Controversial Work at UICA

It's two weeks before the start of ArtPrize, and there is already some controversy about one of the exhibits.

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‘Christian Mingle’ Trailer: This Is a Real Movie [Video]

Christian movies are kind of a big deal right now, so it sort of makes sense, we guess (?), for dating website ChristianMingle.com to get in on the action with their very own film -- no, actually it makes absolutely no sense at all, but here is the trailer for 'Christian Mingle,' a film directed by Corbin Bernsen, of all people, and starring former Mean Girl Lacey Chabert opposite some guy suffering from Average White Guy face.

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(Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
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Wyoming Teacher Suspended After Tweeting About Student

A teacher in Wyoming is facing a 13-day suspension after Tweeting about one of her students.

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Director Bruce Tinker, Playwright Bo Wilson, Andy Rent
Director Bruce Tinker, Playwright Bo Wilson, Andy Rent
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The Boatwright Opens Tonight at Civic Theatre [Audio]

 

Bo Wilson, playwright of The Boatwright, and in town for final rehearsals and opening night of his award winning play at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, says he hopes audiences walk away from the play exclaiming what a wonderful night at the theater, and possibly find a piece of themselves in the deeply rich characters.

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Photo courtesy of Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy of Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids
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ArtPrize 2014: 300-Plus Member Interfaith Choir to Perform September 28

Over 300 people will come together during ArtPrize as part of an interfaith choir for a one-time performance.

The ArtPrize entry is titled "Voices of the City".

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Youth Deer Feature at Dansville SGA -- Michigan DNR
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Free Michigan Junior Deer Hunting Licenses Available at Meijer on Friday, Saturday

Hunters ages 16 years old and younger can get a free junior deer hunting license at all Meijer stores in Michigan on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 12 and 13).

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Bill Could Let Drivers Do Community Service Instead Of Paying Fines

The Michigan Senate has approved a bill that would let drivers who owe extra "responsibility" fees for certain driving offenses to instead do 10 hours of community service.

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