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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On Sept. 25

There are 1,537 artist entries from 42 U.S. states and 51 countries at ArtPrize 2014, which opened Wednesday. With the combination of a public vote and juried honors, the sixth annual event is awarding $560,000 in prizes.

For the public vote, voting began at noon and round one closes at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 4, with the public vote finalists announced at 1 p.m. Oct. 2. Round two voting starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 with winner announced Oct. 9.

More than 13,000 votes had been cast by midnight Wednesday, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations.

Today (Thursday, Sept. 25) is the second day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

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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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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On Sept. 24

This is the opening day for ArtPrize 2014.

Welcome to the festivities for the sixth annual event, which runs today through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

As ArtPrize relates:
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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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Grand Rapids Makes Forbes List of Top 19 Opportune Cities

Forbes comprised a list of cities where it could be easier to make ones "mark" and Grand Rapids made the list!

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West Michigan RV Outlet Show Highlights How RVers Save On Vacations [Sponsored Post]

A new study just out last week shows that recreational vehicle vacations cost less than other forms of vacation travel, even when factoring in fuel prices and the cost of RV ownership.

The study found savings of 27 percent to 62 percent for a four-person group and 15 percent to 48 percent for two-person group, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

Narrow down the RV -- or RVs -- to do some vacation travel or camping in by checking out the West Michigan RV Outlet Show, which runs Thursday through Sunday -- Sept. 18 to 21 -- at Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE just off U.S. 131 in Comstock Park.

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The Orbit Room’s Future Uncertain As Longtime Manager Ted Smith Departs for HopCat Detroit

By John Sinkevics | Local Spins

Less than a year after the death of The Orbit Room owner Don Dorshimer, the future of the longtime Grand Rapids concert venue is up in the air now that manager Ted Smith is leaving to head up booking at the new HopCat in Detroit.

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The Lumineers’ Stelth Ulvang Plays Show at The Hideout Brewing Co.

By John Sinkevics | Local Spins
For a guy named Stelth, playing a surprise, unscheduled show at a place called The Hideout Brewing Co. sounds, well, perfect.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Stelth Ulvang, a member of the platinum-selling Colorado folk-rock band The Lumineers, unfurled an impromptu performance early Monday night upstairs at the cozy Grand Rapids brewery and pub.

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Andy Grammer Sings ‘Back Home’ In H.O.M.E. at The B.O.B.

Intimate and personal. That's the only way to describe Andy Grammer's for-Channel 95.7-listeners-only concert at The B.O.B. on Wednesday night.

Performing in the ground-floor House of Music and Entertainment (H.O.M.E.), the 30-year-old "Keep Your Head Up" singer-guitarist engaged an audience of just more than 200 people in his first Grand Rapids performance.

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Grand Rapids Drive Opens NBA D-League for 2014-15 Season on Nov. 15

The Grand Rapids Drive has released its schedule for the 2014-15 season, the team’s inaugural run in the NBA Development League.

The Drive opens its season with a four-game road trip with a four-game road trip starting Nov. 15 at Bakersfield, the Phoenix Suns' California-based affiliate. The team returns for its first Grand Rapids home game at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center on Nov. 26 against the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Los Angeles Lakers affiliate.

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WZZM-13: Haz-Mat Situation Unfolds at Haviland in Grand Rapids

Several emergency crews are being dispatched to a hazardous-materials situation on Grand Rapids' west side.

Public safety scanner traffic indicates a chlorine spill or leak at Haviland in the 400 block of Ann Street NW.

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Back-to-School 2014: Check Out #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Photos from Twitter, Instagram Right Here

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan today.

Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram with your back-to-school pictures from greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Let's show our pride pictorially about our students, children and kids.

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