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ARTIST


More than a starving, poor revolutionary, the artist is a right-brained individual, a free and curious thinker who questions everything. BY KE L L I KOLAKOWS KI


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The monthly Kalamazoo Art Hop features tons of art by local artists and


much of it is for sale. You can hop on the Holly Jolly Trolley and explore different galleries, businesses and organizations packed with eye candy, and even create some art of your own. Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo Artistic Coordinator Adrienne Marks calls the event a winter- themed kick-off to the Christmas season.


“The air is chilly but all the streets are lit up and people are walking around … there are carolers and people out there enjoying themselves. You kind of forget that it’s freezing outside.”


Kalamazoo Art Hop Downtown Kalamazoo and Beyond Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m. kazooart.org, (269) 342-5059


DRINK


A bar that doubles as an art gallery. What better watering hole could


there be for an artist? On tap at the Meanwhile you’ll find craft beers from local breweries like Shorts, Founders and Bells. But the highlight of any artist’s visit (aside from the pinball machines) is the Vern Ehlers — a classy combination of Jameson and Vernors ginger ale. Similar in taste to a Seven & Seven and with a strong kick of Irish whiskey, it doesn’t take more than a few to lighten your spirits.


The Vern Ehler The Meanwhile 1005 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids meanwhilebar.com, (616) 233-1679


EAT


Because The Crow’s Nest is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to


9 p.m. and Friday at 8 a.m. until Sunday at 3 p.m., artists can renew their vision no matter when creative disaster hits. With breakfast and brunch-style items from $7- 12, the menu also offers plenty of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and customizable op- tions so no artist leaves starving. “We are a bunch of laid-back, food-loving musicians, writers, professors, teachers, career cooks and students,” said Matthew Dumas, kitchen master. And what’s more, the res- taurant is one floor above one of the best coffee cafes in Kalamazoo, Fourth Coast Café (open 24/7).


The Crow’s Nest 816 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 978-0490


LISTEN


Take your artsy friend to see Afro Zep at Bells Eccentric Café on Dec. 8


for energetic, African-themed renditions of Led Zeppelin hits. “We look out at the crowd and everyone is dancing,” said Guitarist Wilson. “It’s funky, it’s shake- your-butt music. It’s people who are into Zeppelin or are into world music … and they end up arm-in-arm.” Not a tribute band, Afro Zep usually has anywhere from nine to 15 musicians on stage and deliver a dynamic performance all its own.


Afro Zep Bells Eccentric Café 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo Dec. 8, 9:30 p.m. $5; bellsbeer.com, (269) 382-2332


WATCH


Violence reminiscent of cartoons and Japanese animation mixed with


the thrills of fragmented storytelling make Pulp Fiction a prime movie choice for artists. In Quentin Tarantino’s 90s hit, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson rein in a bloody-yet- comical tale that follows two mobsters, a boxer, a gangster’s wife and a couple of diner bandits.


Pulp Fiction Wealthy Street Theatre Dec. 13, 8 p.m. 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids grcmc.org/theatre, (616) 459-4788 x130


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