• The Arts Issue 2017

    The Arts Issue 2017

    Check out our latest Arts Issue, featuring local artist profiles, Grand Rapids' art collectors' scene (or lack thereof), Creative Youth Center students' tour of Grand Rapids, and season previews for all West Michigan arts organizations. Read More
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  • Review: Grand Rapids Symphony kicked off the season with talent and feeling Review: Grand Rapids Symphony kicked off the season with talent and feeling

    A hint of dance, a dash of American soul, a splash of color and prodigious talent ushered in the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017-2018 season on Friday night. This season marks the first under GRS Music Director Lehninger’s full leadership, as well as the orchestra’s return to Carnegie Hall this April.

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  • Review: Collectors Show Offers an Accessible Introduction to Art Collecting Review: Collectors Show Offers an Accessible Introduction to Art Collecting

    Preview Week for ArtPrize Nine is underway. As the denizens of West Michigan encounter the “radically open” art competition, New York-based artist Tyler Loftis hopes to convey that high-quality art can be “radically accessible” too.

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  • From East to Westside: A visit to Ando Asian Kitchen & Bar From East to Westside: A visit to Ando Asian Kitchen & Bar

    You remember your first Asian restaurant. No, come on, now — not the one with a hundred blessed dishes to choose from, each with the gooey, gloopy consistency and a Day-Glo sauce to match. The real one.

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  • Andrew Woodstock: Sizing Up ArtPrize Andrew Woodstock: Sizing Up ArtPrize

    Andrew Woodstock has garnered national attention for his work. In 2012, his entry Tuskegee Airmen placed in the Top 50 in ArtPrize and now the large-scale watercolor piece resides in its new home at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. His 2016 ArtPrize entry was a little more colorful, but used the same technique as his 2012 Tuskegee Airmen and 2014’s Civil War. Honors and awards include being a featured artist at the Society of Illustrators in New York City and winning ADDY Awards for Excellence in Illustration.

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Arts

  • Review: Grand Rapids Symphony kicked off the season with talent and feeling Review: Grand Rapids Symphony kicked off the season with talent and feeling

    A hint of dance, a dash of American soul, a splash of color and prodigious talent ushered in the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017-2018 season on Friday night. This season marks the first under GRS Music Director Lehninger’s full leadership, as well as the orchestra’s return to Carnegie Hall this April.

    Read more...
  • Review: Collectors Show Offers an Accessible Introduction to Art Collecting Review: Collectors Show Offers an Accessible Introduction to Art Collecting

    Preview Week for ArtPrize Nine is underway. As the denizens of West Michigan encounter the “radically open” art competition, New York-based artist Tyler Loftis hopes to convey that high-quality art can be “radically accessible” too.

    Read more...
  • Andrew Woodstock: Sizing Up ArtPrize Andrew Woodstock: Sizing Up ArtPrize

    Andrew Woodstock has garnered national attention for his work. In 2012, his entry Tuskegee Airmen placed in the Top 50 in ArtPrize and now the large-scale watercolor piece resides in its new home at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. His 2016 ArtPrize entry was a little more colorful, but used the same technique as his 2012 Tuskegee Airmen and 2014’s Civil War. Honors and awards include being a featured artist at the Society of Illustrators in New York City and winning ADDY Awards for Excellence in Illustration.

    Read more...
  • Review: Vegas Rat Pack is a showcase of true talent, hampered only by its jokes Review: Vegas Rat Pack is a showcase of true talent, hampered only by its jokes

    On the Tuesday night after Labor Day weekend, three actors and seven musicians transformed a giant barn in Augusta, Michigan into an outrageously energetic yet intimate and beloved Vegas lounge act. Just as The Barn Theatre morphed into the Sands Hotel and Casino, 2017 became 1960 as tribute artists The Vegas Rat Pack took the stage for the summer stock theater’s final week of performances this season.

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Food & Drink

  • From East to Westside: A visit to Ando Asian Kitchen & Bar From East to Westside: A visit to Ando Asian Kitchen & Bar

    You remember your first Asian restaurant. No, come on, now — not the one with a hundred blessed dishes to choose from, each with the gooey, gloopy consistency and a Day-Glo sauce to match. The real one.

    Read more...
  • Thornapple Brewing offers something for every taste Thornapple Brewing offers something for every taste

    Here’s a common refrain every homebrewer with decent chops has heard dozens of times: “Your beer is really good. You should open a brewery.”

    While it may often be a polite declaration from a gracious recipient of free beer, it has nonetheless empowered more than a handful of hobbyists to consider making the leap into the professional leagues. 

    However, making that jump is not as easy — or as inexpensive — as it may sound.

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  • Last Call: The Velvet Underground from Donkey Last Call: The Velvet Underground from Donkey

    Justin Whitman, the bar manager at Donkey admitted to us that when he and his staff have trouble coming up with cocktail names, they tend to lean on band names. Well bravo, team. The Velvet Underground manages not only to taste like a smoky NYC bar circa 1964, its Day-Glo orange also looks like it could have doubled as a prop in Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

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  • Weekend Getaways: The Up North Drinking Edition Weekend Getaways: The Up North Drinking Edition

    Not that long ago, going up north for the weekend meant stepping back in time by leaving cellphone coverage and craft beverages behind for a few days.

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Music

  • An Outlaw Comes Back To Country: Steve Earle talks guitars, Nashville and his audience An Outlaw Comes Back To Country: Steve Earle talks guitars, Nashville and his audience

    Nashville is a town that likes folks who call themselves outlaws, but it’s a different story if you’re an actual rebel. 

    Steve Earle knows more than a bit about this. He’s a gifted singer and songwriter who became a country hit maker in 1986 with the release of his debut album, Guitar Town.

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  • Come a Little Closer: A Q&A with Tegan and Sara Come a Little Closer: A Q&A with Tegan and Sara

    In anticipation of a return to Frederik Meijer Gardens on Aug. 17, Revue had the pleasure of asking a few questions of Tegan Quin (one half of Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara). The twin sisters are currently touring in support of their 2016 LP Love You To Death, and are gearing up for a fall tour, revisiting their seminal 2007 LP The Con.

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  • There and Back Again: Afterglow returns for a show at Park Theater There and Back Again: Afterglow returns for a show at Park Theater

    One heavily packed Kia Soul, two best friends and a destination across the country began the journey that helped cultivate a career for Afterglow. Featuring lead singer and guitarist Adrian Mitchell, and backup vocalist and keyboardist Jackson Simmons, the Michigan-made alternative rock band left the Mitten for the promises and potential of the L.A. music industry in 2016. And now, almost a year later, the band is returning for its first Michigan show since.

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  • Songs We Like, July 2017 Songs We Like, July 2017

    This playlist and list of upcoming shows is a sonic collaboration between Revue and WYCE. Each of the bands featured will be performing in West Michigan in July.

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