When the organizers of Grand Rapids Film Festival look at a blank movie screen, they see a field of possibility?a fresh canvas onto which writers, actors, and filmmakers can channel their dreams. The festival showcases those dreams once each year during a multiday juried film competition, which takes place throughout the city.
The festival generally bypasses mainstream flicks in favor of underground cinema, eye-opening documentaries, and films that highlight the region. There's something for virtually every viewer, from the family-friendly movies shown at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to the edgier films played during a brew-n-view segment at Pyramid Scheme.
Fitness Together is all about synergy. Specialized in one-on-one training, the center?s certified trainers design fitness programs that unite strength training, cardio routines, and nutrition plans that work together to catalyze weight loss. The plans? strength-training component, dubbed Aspire 8, fuses resistance training and cross training to build solid core muscles without ever having to tear a phonebook in half. During Cardio Together regimens, the trainers get patrons? heart rates pumping with a mix of aerobic workouts. Finally, the education-oriented Nutrition Together programs teach patrons how to make more healthy food choices, leading to a lifetime of nutritious eating habits.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The non-profit Arena District's goal is simple, yet great: to promote the cultural growth of Grand Rapids and ensure a thriving downtown community. They encourage restaurants, entertainment, and culture to expand, and champion common interests for all downtown businesses. To this end, the Arena District curates fun-filled events throughout the year, including everything from art shows and culture-club meetings to talent competitions. They also maintain a directory of centrally located bars and eateries and even have a map highlighting nightlife and available parking.
In combining a handful of things Michigan is known for?fresh water, organic grains, fruit, and microbrewing?into their process, Flat Lander's Bar has written its own destiny with its own title: the barstillery. That word alone encompasses Flat Lander's premium, custom-distilled spirits, which, in the spirit of moonshining, get blended offsite and delivered to the bar. Flat Lander's Appleshine is one of those: a blend of white whisky, Michigan apple cider, and other secret ingredients ready to heat up the belly with each sip.
Along with moonshines, Flat Lander's also has built a "hillbilly chic" menu with everything from pork shanks and bourbon barbecue-smoked ribs to house-made sausages. The dining room rather fits the meal too, located in an old sawmill building with plenty of original architecture, including a charred old-growth hardwood interior. One newer standout is the bird cage stage, where bands come to pluck and play their folksy, bluesy, an countrified music.
Studio owner Ryan Cunningham, a guitarist for more than 20 years, shares lessons and skills acquired while he procured a degree in classical guitar and audio production with a minor in modern air mandolin. With six years' experience as the owner and sole instructor at Mercury Guitar Studio, Cunningham devises curriculums that guide pupils of all ages in whatever direction their musical interests may lead. In addition to teaching guitar and bass-guitar lessons for beginning and intermediate musicians, Cunningham records music at his studio and has practiced crowd surfing during performances with local bands.