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RANDOM NOTES


LOCAL MUSIC /// Christina Aguilera is lucky that the Super Bowl ad for Chrysler distracted many people from her National Anthem blunder. “Imported From Detroit” quickly became a favorite from the Super Bowl LXV, espe- cially in Michigan. Grand Rapids resident Kevin Yon made the west side shine with his memorable voiceover for the commercial, while Grand Rapids recording studio Sound Post Productions was in charge of recording the voiceover for the two-minute spot for Chrysler. … Between Grammy performances Nokia’s commercial for its smart phone N8 aired featuring the song “Don’t Fence me In,” with vocals from Grand Rapids songstress Brie Stoner and Daniel Johnson …


Lucas Wilson and the Sweet J Band are reuniting as Sweet Japonic on March 25 at Billy’s Lounge. After playing and recording together for 10 years, the band broke up in 2009 when Wilson broke off to work on solo material shortly after the band released its third album, Where My Devils Go. The reunion show starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $10 cover charge and is 21 and up … We here at REVUE know a thing or two about music. That’s why we’re partnering with Calvin College to present the REVUE Showcase at Ladies Literary Club on March 11. The show starts at 8 p.m. and will feature Nathan Kalish & The Wildfire, Fiona Dickinson, Brie Stoner and Ribbons of Song. Tickets are $10 or $5 with a student ID and can be picked up at the REVUE office, or ordered online at calvin.edu/boxoffice.


NATIONAL CD RELEASES /// The Dum Dum Girls EP sheds some of the lo-fi grit of past albums for a more polished sound. He Gets Me High arrives March 1 on Sub Pop … Gucci Mane is “back ya’ll! BRRR!!!!” The rap artist, who recently got an ice cream cone ejecting lightning bolts inked onto his face, announced that The


Gucci Mane


Return of Mr. Zone 6 is coming out March 22. … After an uncomfortably silent hiatus, The


Strokes are reviving their iconic sound with a new record this month. Angles is set for US release on March 22. Other notable releases: Lupe Fiasco – Lasers, Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong


THEATRE /// Summer nights may seem far off, but you can find the cast of GREASE belting out this familiar tune in downtown Grand Rapids dur- ing the first week of March.


Join Broadway


Grand Rapids for some hand jiving fun by taking a trip to simpler times of poodle skirts, drive-ins, and T-birds. The performance is set to run March 1-6 at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. Show times are at 1, 2, 6:30, 7:30, and 8 p.m. Admission starts at $25.


Grease


MARDI GRAS /// Like the majority of people in Michigan, you probably can’t find the time or money to make it down to the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. That’s why Sazerac Lounge is bringing the Mardi Gras celebrations to Grand Rapids. Dig that Venetian mask out of the closet for the annual Masquerade Ball on March 5 and then join them for round two on March 8 for a traditional New Orleans Seafood Broil in honor of Fat Tuesday … The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is pleased to host the Mardi Gras Ball to be held at the Cultural Center St. Nicholas. The main goal of the event is to create awareness for kidney disease and celebrate life. This black-tie event will be Cultural Center on Saturday March 5 from 6-9 p.m. $150 single and $250 for a couple.


ART /// Imagine your name in the sky, with your art on display for tens of thousands to view every day. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Adams Outdoor Advertising are now making it possible for 10 talented artists to display their work on their own billboard for one year. Billboard Art is open to artists who live or operate studios in Kalamazoo County. An artist panel will review applications and select 20 candidates that will be voted on publicly to choose 10 winners. Applying artist must submit a one-page artist bio/statement, five digital images of artwork, and a $10 applica- tion fee (non-refundable). Applications are due March 14. For more information visit kiarts.org/billboardart.


COMMUNITY /// For quite some time now, Grand Rapids has offered a somewhat limited entertainment scene to the LGBT community. Mona Lisa Productions and Visionz Night Club


(243 Commerce, Grand Rapids)are changing that with Rainbow Wednesdays. Each week, Visionz and Mona Lisa will present guest DJs specializing in house, dance and club music,


as well as a special performance or celeb- rity guest spot from the LGBT community. Rainbow Wednesdays is an 18+ event, with a $5 cover at the door. n


Random Notes is compiled by REVUE staff and minions including Andrea Filter, Emily Midling, Samara Napolitan and Lindsay Patton-Carson.


For more breaking news about music, art and entertainment, visit the REVUE blog at revuewm.blogspot.com. Send your news to editor@revuewm.com.


COMING IN APRIL


Before we get to full-blown spring, we have to make it through tax season. Let us help you pinch those pennies a little harder with our annual Cheap Issue.


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March 18


Editorial Deadline: March 11 Delivery:


March 29


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