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Three Guys, 30 Instruments

Three Guys, 30 Instruments

Written by Audria Larsen

Gags, gusto and far more than simple guitar riffs mark New Odyssey's unique stage show.

Three guys wield 30 instruments and combine their individual virtuosity to form a raucous production featuring comedy, skits and audience participation.

"Once it gets going, they start putting on costumes and getting people onstage," said Sandy Harmon, general manager of Haworth Inn.

Gary Todd, Michael Jay and Gary Polkow -- the men behind New Odyssey -- are a power-packed team with eclectic backgrounds ranging in areas like musical theater, acrobatic tumbling and even synthesizer production. And, according to Harmon, they're three of the nicest men you would ever want to meet.

Tubas, banjos and drums are just a few of the instruments the trio wields.

"They play a lot of oldies that people know, and it's family friendly and very energetic," Harmon said.

Hope Geology Students to Travel from Holland to Halland (Sweden)

HOLLAND – A group of three Hope College geology students will have a unique opportunity to participate in a research project in Sweden later this month.

The students, junior Nate Erber of Rockford, junior Dean Hazle of East Grand Rapids, and sophomore Leah LaBarge of Hudsonville, will spend three weeks as interns with the Geological Survey of Sweden, making detailed maps of rocks along the coast of the province of Halland, the only team from abroad to do so.

“The survey is mapping this area on a very large scale,” said the students’ Hope faculty mentor, Dr. Edward Hansen, professor of geological and environmental science, who will be accompanying the group.  “We’ll go into a few places and map it in a detail that the survey can’t.”

Michatucky @ Casey's in Holland

Michatucky @ Casey's in Holland

Shop local, eat local, stay-cation and why not listen and party local! West Michigan is very fortunate to have so many talented local bands. Join the guys of Michatucky at Casey's in Holland this Saturday, April 30th.

It's impossible to describe what Michatucky does in one sentence. The band is really a product of its influences -- and yet like nothing you have ever heard in a band around West Michigan. Michatucky members Michael Price, BJ Abner, Jay Johnson and Tony Brooks (yep, from the B-93 family) have fused together a brand of country that's, well, it's kinda like travelin' down a red dirt road listening to Waylon and Skynyrd, Willie and Ragweed, Merle and Tom Petty, Johnny and Green Day -- all jumbled up on just one radio station. You never know what Michatucky's gonna play next -- but you KNOW it's gonna be full-throttle and fun. High energy?

Casey's Food & Spirits is located at 91 Douglas Avenue in Holland.

Tulipalooza Battle of the Bands - Grand Haven and Holland

Tulipalooza Battle of the Bands second round is taking place at Kirby Grill in Grand Haven this Thursday, April 28 at 8pm. Come on out and support local music. Next Thursday, May 5 will feature the final round of Battle of the Bands in Holland, at Park Theatre. For more information on this event and the Tulip Time Festival Tulipalooza event visit http://www.tuliptime.com/tulipalooza.

Taylor Lautner Gears Up For New Movie in September

Taylor Lautner Gears Up For New Movie in September

For Hudsonville native, Taylor Lautner, it's finally time to step out of the "Twilight" shadow. Lautner's first post-"Twilight" movie, the thriller, "Abduction," could be the movie to turn him into a bonafide action star.

In an interview with MTV, Lautner said he was a bit star struck by the cast that includes Sigourney Weaver. "When I found out that they were going to be in the movie I was ecstatic, but on the same hand, I mean, I was freaking out. I was," Lautner said with a laugh. "But as soon as you meet them, no joke, they are literally the nicest people I've ever met. They put you at complete ease, and it was an honor working with them."

"Abuction" opens nationwide on September 23rd, just two months before his return as Jacob Black in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1."

Congressional Art Competition Entries Due to Rep. Huizenga’s Office By April 25


High school artists in the 2nd District are reminded that the deadline for the Congressional Art Competition is next Monday, April 25. Whether it’s paintings, photography, or computer-generated art, U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, is calling for entries from across the 2nd District for the 2011 Congressional Art Competition.

Hope College senior wins Grand Rapids opera competition

Hope College senior wins Grand Rapids opera competition

HOLLAND – Hope College senior Sarah Ashcroft of Holland has won the 2011 Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition, held on Sunday, April 17, at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.

Ashcroft was one of seven finalists—three of whom were from Hope—from Grand Rapids-area colleges and universities competing in the event after having been chosen from among 10 select contestants during an initial round in February.

Ashcroft, who is a 2007 graduate of West Ottawa High School and the daughter of Karin Ashcroft of Holland, is majoring in vocal music performance and vocal music education.  The first-place recognition is one of multiple major singing honors that she has won this year—and across her undergraduate career.

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