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Aaron Nemec/ArtPrize 2014
Aaron Nemec/ArtPrize 2014
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Producer Joe’s ArtPrize Contribution [Video]

Here in Grand Rapids there's an annual art contest called ArtPrize.

It's a 19-day city-wide art exhibit in which artists display their work for everyone to see. People and a juried panel then vote on which pieces they think are the best and the winners receive $560,000 in cash prizes. There are many mediums, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and even performance art.

One piece was titled "Hey YouTube, It's Me."

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Producer Joe/Free Beer & Hot Wings
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Free Beer & Hot Wings Flashback: Flashback: Producer Joe’s Bed of Nails Challenge [Video]

We took a call from Shane this morning, who does a sideshow act including laying on a bed of nails.

It reminded us of the time five years ago when Producer Joe and Hot Wings did the same thing when a sideshow act came through the radio station.

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'Free Beer & Hot Wings' Live Show -- 97.9 WGRD
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‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ Live Show at Rightway Auto Was a Lot of Fun

Thanks to everyone who came out on Friday morning for the "Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" live show at Rightway Auto in Wyoming!

The guys had a great time, and you guys were a big part of why it was so fun!

Producer Joe managed to screw up "Name That Blank," but everyone still had fun with it. And "Paired With An Idiot" got all the way down to Rochambeau between Joe and Free Beer.

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John Eisenschenk
John Eisenschenk
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 12

ArtPrize 2014, Grand Rapids' sixth annual public art extravaganza, wraps up today.

So, head to downtown Grand Rapids to check out the winners and revisit your favorites before ArtPrize closes at 6 p.m.

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Anila Quayyum Agha’s "Intersections" -- Ann-Marie Jurek
Anila Quayyum Agha’s "Intersections" -- Ann-Marie Jurek
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 11

And the envelopes please.

On Friday night in ceremonies at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre with a watch party at Rosa Park Circle, ArtPrize 2014 handed out its awards.

The big winner was Indianapolis artist Anila Quayyum Agha's Grand Rapids Art Museum installation titled "Intersections."

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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration
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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Sizzles Nov. 8 at The DeltaPlex [Sponsored]

BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration is returning for its second annual event in November at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features bacon-inspired dishes and drinks, with tickets going on sale this morning for the Nov. 8 celebration.

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Steven Depolo
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 10

Rick DeVos' brainchild is six years old this fall.

And for something originally imagined as a possible film festival, its 32-year-old founder admits ArtPrize has grown enough he's now able to take it in and enjoy it.

"In the earliest days, it was to do something that people would have to talk about," DeVos said Thursday at The ArtPrize Hub. "I always thought Grand Rapids could use a great cultural event."

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Chelsea Lassen gives her rental car a hug after a homeless man found and returned her car keys in Grand Rapids Wednesday.
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Unlocking ArtPrize: Woman’s Faith In Humanity Restored

When Chelsea Lassen decided to spend an afternoon with friends exploring ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Wednesday, she didn’t expect to leave in a panic.

“After leaving dinner hours later, I unzipped my pocket only to f

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Producer Joe/Free Beer & Hot Wings
Producer Joe/Free Beer & Hot Wings
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: A Look Inside Dumber Than Joe Trivia

Each Thursday on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show," we play Dumber Than Zane Trivia for a $500 cash prize.

With Eric Zane off today, Producer Joe stepped in for his version, "Dumber Than Joe Trivia."

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Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite's 'My Norwegian Pram' -- Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite's 'My Norwegian Pram' -- Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 9

This is the last day to vote for ArtPrize 2014.

Today (Thursday, Oct. 9) is the 16th day of ArtPrize's 19-day run, with 1,825 artists represented by 1,536 entries at 174 venues in downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The ArtPrize 2014finalists for public voting and juried honors are in, and the top 20 in four categories on both lists get narrowed down through 11:59 p.m. tonight.

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Edgar Evans via Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
Edgar Evans via Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 8

There are just two more days to vote for ArtPrize 2014.

Today (Wednesday, Oct. 8) is the 15th day of ArtPrize's 19-day run, with 1,825 artists represented by 1,536 entries at 174 venues in downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The ArtPrize 2014finalists for public voting and juried honors are in, and the top 20 in four categories on both lists get narrowed down through 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

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Black Veil Brides Unleashes ‘Heart of Fire’ Clip [Video/Audio]

Black Veil Brides are turning up the heat with their latest video for 'Heart on Fire.'

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