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RapidChat: James Meena, Opera Grand Rapids' new artistic director

Forget about Netflix. Opera Grand Rapids' new artistic director, James Meena, is determined to make people of all ages fall in love with a different form of entertainment: the opera.

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Boys can dance, too: Grand Rapids ballet companies encourage all children to take to the stage

Ballet companies throughout Grand Rapids are breaking down negative stereotypes of boys in ballet and are making sure all children have the chance to explore a passion for dance.

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A city for everyone: Changing what development means for Grand Rapids in 2017

From a dramatically different riverfront that’s meant to transform the city into an “urban playground for all ages” to a massive downtown theater complex and city-led talks centering around affordable housing and displacement, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty monumental year for development in Grand Rapids.

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Bye-bye boys' club: Tackling inclusive growth in Grand Rapids' improv comedy scene is no joke

Grand Rapids' comedy scene is quickly growing. As it does, comedians are taking on equity issues that have long plagued comedy, both here and nationally, in a move they're hoping will make the city's laugh landscape a whole lot stronger and more inclusive.

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RapidChat: Sara Visser on blogging in Beer City, what it takes to be a successful writer & more

Inspired by the colorful fashion and delectable food that surrounded her, Sara Visser first got her start blogging while living in the windy city of Chicago. After realizing the influence her personal brand had on her community, and the networking opportunities that came along with so-called "hobby," she carried this passion of hers back to her home state of Michigan with The GR Guide.
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