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The photographer has turned his hobby into an obsession that requires a Leica S2-P. When not droning on about f-stops and depth of focus, he is gossiping about other photographers and stealing their clients. Greasy, sleazy and friendless, this artist would sell photos of his mom in a bikini for ten bucks. On Etsy. BY S T EVE N DE POLO


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The Allegan County Fair, Sept. 7-15, 2012, dates back to 1852 when the first fair was held at the County Court House,


which was also the Baptist Church. Today, it is one of the largest and most popular fairs in the state. Photographers will find plenty of subjects with the horse show, champion animals, arts and crafts, food displays, carnival games and neon-lit Ferris wheel. Don’t forget Rocky the Rooster, the fiberglass fowl who guards the fairgrounds gate.


Allegan County Fair 150 Allegan County Fair Dr., Allegan allegancountyfair.com, (269) 673-6501


DRINK


Photographers need to see and be seen at the Sparrows coffee shop. Owner Lori


Slager tolerates the crew of misfits because their late-nights require copious cups of java. The beverage of choice is the Ansel Adams.


“[The Ansel Adams] is a combination of that strong coffee taste and all that sweet stuff.” Two shots of espresso are poured into a cup of brewed coffee and sweetened condensed milk, then topped with whipped cream. Served with a knife for stirring and stabbing in the back. It’s sickly sweet on the surface with a heart of bitterness. Sound familiar?


The Sparrows 1035 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids thesparrowsgr.com, (616) 608-3375


LISTEN


The Concussions is an instru- mental band inspired by ‘60s surf music. The photo-


friendly band includes Dick Chiclet on guitar, Matt Mason on bass, Claude Nine on guitar and Billy Vits on drums, but you wouldn’t know that because they always wear masks. Skeleton masks. First for Halloween and now for every show. The band is striking in their dark suits and masks, which make performing nearly impossible. With their identities hidden, they play fast and fierce.


The Concussions theconcussions.com


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Just Good Food is a great place to nosh while taking photos of the colorful and tasty sandwiches and salads. This eclec-


tic grocer and fresh deli is located in the basement of the Rose Street Market Building in downtown Kalamazoo. The deli offers an overwhelming selection of sandwiches and some of the tastiest vegetarian food in town. With an out-of-the way location, co-owner Olinda Sandoval can afford to offer healthy portions and high quality ingredients.


Just Good Food 303 N Rose St.,


Kalamazoo (269) 383-1033 WATCH


Staged every spring, Trip the Light is a heady mix of experi-


mental music and the beauty of the human body in movement. Dance in the Annex produces Trip the Light to highlight local dance artists, performance artists, musi- cians and actors. Musicians submit their original compositions and then the dancers have


four months to choreograph and rehearse their performances. The program is organized by Dance in the Annex co-founder and artistic director Amy Wilson. “I try to curate the event in a way that flows and has a good feel from beginning to end,” she said.


Trip The Light Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy St. SE danceintheannex.com


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