Midday West Michigan

Movie Talk

Nov 20, 2015

Celebration Cinema's Ron VanTimmeren previews "Mockingjay Part 2," "The Secret in Their Eyes," "The Night Before," "Spotlight," and "The Met Opera Live: Lulu."

 Governor Rick Snyder was the first governor in the nation to speak out on refugees following last week's terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. He may have come to regret it. Because Snyder is now trying to clarify his position vis a vis what a lot of the nation's other Republican governors are saying about refugees and immigration.

Tom Collier releases "Across the Bridge"

Nov 19, 2015

Tom Collier has been a Seattle music scene mainstay for over 50 years. He's released a new recording called "Across the Bridge" celebrating the Pacific northwest.    

Las Vega-based Switch Communications has plans to purchase the former Steelcase Pyramid located in Gaines Township including a $5 billion build out for its data center. To make it happen, state policy makers will need to pass three pending bills. Also, reaction to Allegan-based Perrigo shareholders rejecting Mylan's hostile takeover bid and what's next for the pharmaceutical maker?

Jazz bass players Friesen and Moore release new album

Nov 16, 2015

David Friesen and Glen Moore are two jazz base players who have been evolving the music for decades. They've teamed up on a new duo album.


This Veteran’s Day travel with Southwest Michigan’s Talons Out Honor Flight and more than 70 World War II veterans to Washington D.C. visiting the WWII Memorial. For these veterans, it’s an emotional journey revealing haunting, decades old memories with a son or daughter traveling at their side. From the fanfare arrival at Reagan National Airport to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo homecoming, this is for many veterans their final mission, a Mission Accomplished: Talons Out Honor Flight. 

  Today on “Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan” the Grand Rapids Community Foundation honors Armen Oumedian with this year's Chaille Award for Community Philanthropy.

Our Brand Is In Crisis and two other movies opening

Oct 30, 2015

Three new movies opening in area theaters, including the dramatic comedy Our Brand Is In Crisis, starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton, Truth, starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather, and Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper from Celebration Cinema about those and a new slate of Indie flicks.

Start Garden and Emerge West Michigan discuss a merger further developing the West Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem. Also, what Michigan Chamber CEO, Rich Studley, thinks about the legislature's delay reaching a road funding plan.

The Steve Hilger Band: Food, Wine and All That Jazz

Oct 29, 2015

Food, Wine and All That Jazz is Friday night at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.  Enjoy samples from over 400 of the finest domestic wines and beers along with gourmet food selections, all for one ticket price. The entertainment will be provided by the Steve Hilger Band.  WGVU's Scott Vander Werf spoke with the group's leader.