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LOCAL MUSIC NEWS /// West Michigan indie/arena-rock act The Mines took a journey through Kardashian country and made it out with a little bit of cash and another line to add to the resume. The track “Runningman,” from this year’s full-length release, Fear is Easy, was featured as background music in an episode of “Access Hollywood” that aired Sept. 19 … Local country cutie Shelagh Brown recently released her debut single, “Dang Boy!” on iTunes and Amazon. It can be downloaded for $.99.

a slow piano-driven tune sung in his signature husky voice – it’s one of 10 tracks appearing on the new album.

FILM /// Celebration! Cinema recently announced its titles for the winter series, Cult Classics & Popular Picks. During January and February Celebration! will screen a bunch of popular films from yesteryear. This winter’s picks include Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner, Big, Heathers, Mallrats, Caddyshack, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan and Grease (R.I.P. Kenickie). All dates and show times are posted at


CD RELEASES /// Last year, Guided By Voices front man Robert Pollard reunited the classic mid-’90s GBV lineup and played a bunch of successful shows. While fans figured the band would go kaput after the tour, Pollard & Company were plotting a new studio album. Let’s Go Eat the Factory, which hits stores New Year’s Day, will be the band’s first release since 1996’s Under the Bushes, Under the Stars … Another cult performer, Leonard Cohen, will also release a long-awaited new album this month. The upcoming disc is called Old Ideas; it’s his twelfth studio album and is due out Jan. 31. The reclusive 77-year-old singer/ songwriter is also a poet and novelist, and is best known for poetic tunes like “Suzanne,” “So Long, Marianne” and the epic 1984 song “Hallelujah” (which was later covered by the late Jeff Buckley in 1994). Cohen recently unveiled the new single “Show Me the Place,”

LIBATIONS /// In December Founders Brewing Company announced that Curmudgeon’s Better Half would be the next release in Founders’ 750mL Backstage Series. The brew is set to be released Feb. 13, with the brewery planning two ad- ditional Backstage Series releases in 2012 … Steve and Jan Haystead are currently work- ing on opening their Bardic Wells Meadery early this year in downtown Montague. The business not only features the duo’s honey wine in its meadery, but will also incorporate a retail store and entertainment, all located in the former home of Montague Foods.

COMMUNITY /// Courtly love, chivalry and possibly the plague make a comeback at Ye Olde Juice Ball again this year. Tommy FitzGerald is throwing himself a medieval birthday party

Leonard Cohen drops ‘Old Ideas’ LP

to benefit Kids’ Food Basket, featuring period costumes, noble games, a feast fit for a king and at least a fool or two. The $20 ticket price gets you into the Renaissance riot and also covers exactly three cases of juice boxes for the kids. The event

takes place Jan. 7, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the J.W. Marriot … Jonathan Kumar, a Grand Rapids native and founder of the FoodCircles LLC web app, has created a way to help those who dine out give back to those in need. Partnering with local charity Kids Food Basket, the app raises money to donate meals to children in need when people dine at certain restaurants around the Grand Rapids area. Free upon request, otherwise a $5 dona- tion is appreciated for an immediate account; it is supported by donations and will be avail- able on all mobile platforms soon. Kumar and a list of restaurants that are looking to change the way one dines out and gives back.

Heathers hits Celebration! Cinema

Visit to sign up and start giving back.

IMPORTANT DATES Ad Deadline: Jan. 18

Editorial Deadline: Jan. 10 Delivery: Jan. 28

LECTURES /// Calvin College will be bringing big names to West Michigan this winter to speak at the January Series. The presidential race will be knee deep in January and the series will be featuring a former president’s advisor, David Gergen and Michael Gerson, a columnist for Washington Post and former speechwriter for the White House. The series of speakers last for 14 days from Jan. 4 to Jan. 24. Speakers will present from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free but limited. For more informa- tion and list of speakers, visit n

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