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Auditorium will give local fans the opportu- nity to ask him questions, listen to Valastro family stories and watch live demonstrations of the baking techniques he learned as an apprentice at Carlo’s Bakery. The show is at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2011, but tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $28.75 to $48.75.


Nicholas Thomasma and Bandwagon CD Release July 23 at Founders.


locations, folksy-pop-bluegrass rocker Nicholas James Thomasma (along with his Bandwagon) will bring his talents back to his native Grand Rapids to release his third album, Saturday Night, at Founders Brewing Company. The show is July 23 with a $5 cover. Music will start at 9:30, opened by Chicago artists Trevor McSpadden and the Peacekeepers, and will continue with two sets by Nicholas James and the Bandwagon. Must be 21 and up to attend.


BEER /// Kalamazoo’s Central City Tap House has been hosting local brew- eries for events like beer dinners, release parties and meet-and-greets since January 2011. Their hosting pick for July will be Short’s Brewing Company from Bellaire, Michigan, which will invade the Tap House for a full week beginning July 11. Short’s, which has been brewing since 2004, will take over nine of Central City’s 20 taps with an assortment of its own brews such as Bludgeon Yer Eye IPA and Spruce Pilsner and will even host a four-course beer dinner on July 14 at 6 p.m. For more information or to make reserva- tions for the beer dinner, call (269) 492-0100 … Toga! Toga! Grab a bed sheet and head over to Bell’s Eccentric Café on July 16 for its third annual Toga Party. Live music includes Sophistafunk and Funktion … On July 17, Greenbush Brewing Company will host a beer dinner with five courses to be paired with five beers. Tickets are $50.


DINING /// Any die-hard fan of TLC’s “Cake Boss” would give their sweet tooth for a chance to see the show’s star, Buddy Valastro, live. Western Michigan University’s Miller


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ART /// GRAM on the Green begins July 8 and con- tinues to Aug. 19 with giant chess sets, Jenga games, ballroom dancing and live music. The band lineup for the summer kicks off with Marshland Express. Other bands include: End Times Orchestra, An Dro, Brandon Hill, Fauxgrass Quartet, The Concussions and Dave Hardin. Bands play at 6 and 7:30 p.m. with a break in between for Big O’s Café pizza, art discussions and more. Outdoor activities and concerts are free: museum admission is $5 after 5 p.m.


COMMUNITY /// Freshly opened Nourish Organic Market (634 Wealthy St. SE Grand Rapids) of- fers organic items such as fruits and vegetables and grass-fed meat and dairy products. Most of the market’s products come straight from the producers. The rest come from selected manufacturers. Nourish is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday


through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday … From July 15-21, local Grand Rapids restaurants will create a sandwich that represents Grand Rapids in a competi-


tion called Grandwich. Each participating restaurant will create their version of what the Grandwich should be. For two weeks, the participating restaurants will put their sandwiches on their menus giving the public the opportunity to vote on their favorite. The top 10 sandwiches will be judged by a panel. Vote at downtowngr.org. The top 10 sandwiches will be announced on Aug. 1.


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Editorial Deadline: July 10 Delivery: July 26


THEATRE /// On July 7, Holland Park Theater along with Gemsongs Productions announced its first Pay per View Simulcast collaboration to be broadcast from the theater. Nashville teen band HeyHiHello will debut its new song “Wizard Love” along with special guest, Meeka Kitty. Opening the evening is local artist Garrett Borns along with Beau Cassidy & The Fates (Cassidy is the 20-year-old son of David Cassidy). Advance tickets are available now for $2.49. n


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