The Ying String Quartet has animated legendary masterpieces at esteemed venues including the White House, the Sydney Opera House, and Carnegie Hall, and was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award. Enter the St. Cecilia Music Center's historical Royce Auditorium for a program of string-suspended life forms beginning with Anton Arensky's kinetic Quartet No. 2 in A Minor. Samuel Barber's spirited String Quartet follows, with sweeping melodies dramatic enough to whisk any dulcet diva off her precariously balanced feet. The evening comes to a close with a playful four-movement piece by Beethoven. After the final note, mingle with quartet members to gain first-hand string-tickling insight.
Under the direction of executive chef Clark Frain, the cooks at Judson's Steak House prepare steaks as well as seafood and chops. Steak cuts range from an 8-ounce filet mignon stuffed with boursin cheese and wrapped in bacon to a 24-ounce tomahawk rib eye. Grilled salmon glistens with a maple-dijon glaze, and bourbon maple syrup sweetens house-rubbed double bone-in pork chops.
The black-tie-and-tennis-shoe dress code at Tuxes & Tennies prompts a night of revelry and fun to raise money for the Humane Society of West Michigan, providing food, vaccines, and other essentials to animals in need. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., the good-spirited jamboree encourages merrymaking with wild jungle decorations, '80s music, and dancing fueled by libations from the cash bar and really invasive disco balls. After working up an appetite from rug cutting and crowd surfing, guests can refuel with light appetizers or by admiring the sneakers of party mates.
O'Leary Paint rejuvenates drab domiciles with quality wall coatings manufactured in Michigan and geared toward the state’s climate. O'Leary's house-produced paints are Green Wise–certified for adhering to stringent environmental standards and contain no volatile organic compounds. These liquid wall covers are produced using renewable electricity and packaged in containers made from 100 percent recycled materials. O'Leary also stocks a selection of Benjamin Moore paints, offering customers a panoply of choices for refreshing vertical surfaces marred by the grubby handprints, crayon drawings, and height markings of swiftly growing poltergeists.
From malt extract to fermenters and cappers, the art of home brewing involves lots of ingredients and tools to wrap one's head around. That's why Ben, Nick, and Andrew, the three resident experts at O'Connor's Home Brew Supply, offer their expertise to customers crafting their first batches. The trio happily walks beginners through every step of the process and even hosts a seminar that reviews the fundamentals of home brewing. O'Connor's stock of starter beer- and winemaking kits likewise caters to first-timers. Once they're ready to graduate to more advanced equipment, brewers can browse O'Connor's extensive selection of products, which ranges from yeast and hops to bottling equipment and corks.