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It’s slightly jarring to see the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre mainstage completely exposed as director Todd Espeland’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” begins: At first, there is nothing on the stage except a dozen or so empty chairs.

The Michigan Accent: Not A Myth

Written by Troy Reimink | Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:46 |

Contrary to what Midwesterners often think, we do speak with an accent. And it’s a funny one at that, depending whom you ask. 

It’s achieved by “talking as though your lower jaw has fallen off and you have to form words with the rest of your face,” according to Edward McClelland.

So the author explains in his new book, “How To Speak Midwestern,” which is both a cultural history of and field guide to the varieties of speech throughout middle (real?) America. 

Michigan Filmmaker’s Fantasy Becomes Reality with "The Taker’s Crown"

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:16 |

Fantasy has always been near and dear to Josiah Swanson’s heart. In fact, the director, producer and founder of the Muskegon-based WhiteShore Films lists The Lord of the Rings as one of his biggest inspirations for becoming a filmmaker.

At first glance, you might wonder how the work of S.E. Hinton could possibly connect with today’s teens. Something of a trailblazer in the 1960s, Hinton was barely out of high school when she sold “The Outsiders,” a strikingly honest look at high school life and gang rivalries that her publishers feared would be overlooked if critics knew it was written by a woman (the initials stand for Susan Eloise).

When Love Blossoms: Q&A with Kaci Muller, owner of Damsel Floral

Written by Missy Black | Saturday, 11 February 2017 12:31 |

Kaci Muller is the owner, creative director and lead designer at Damsel Floral, a shop that offers organically-inspired garden florals. 

Flowers are her art — using colors and textures to express emotion, Muller is in the business of helping people celebrate. From full-event floral design to individually-ordered custom pieces for Valentine’s Day, she’s a florist who believes that if you’re giving flowers, you’re committed to bringing something special to the table. 

We asked Muller to explain her approach with a few floral prompts.

I Can Love You Like That: Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 09 February 2017 09:59 |

There’s a lot of ways to love, and everyone does it different. Inspired by the popular book The Five Love Languages, we put a local spin on author Gary Chapman’s five ways to express and experience love. I mean, it’s hard enough to find someone — let’s make keeping them around as easy as possible.

Date Night: Where to Take Bae for Valentine’s Day

Written by Elma Talundzic | Thursday, 09 February 2017 09:42 |

If you’ve got little hearts fluttering over your head and you can’t stop thinking about your main squeeze, you’re smitten. Love is in the air, so you might as well celebrate the fact you’ve been hit with Cupid’s arrow. One side effect, though: Being so stricken can make you forgetful. If you still haven’t planned something for the big day, we’ve got you covered. Here’s just a few date night possibilities. 

Grand Rapids filmmakers take top prizes at Made-in-Michigan Film Festival

Written by Revue Staff | Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:37 |

Daniel Falicki and Joel Potrykus, both of Grand Rapids, took home top awards each at the 8th annual Made-in-Michigan Film Festival for their feature films, “Accidental Exorcist” and “The Alchemist Cookbook,” respectively.

Michigan-made “Elder Island” now available to stream

Written by Revue Staff | Wednesday, 08 February 2017 15:23 |

As of yesterday, a movie based on the dark history of Beaver Island is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Vimeo, Vudu and other streaming sites.

On the Road Again: Stephen Lynch

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 07 February 2017 09:40 |

On a random Wednesday in December, I decided to meander down to Louie's Trophy House Grill to participate in Open Mic Night, not having done so for months. After ordering the first of my standard Bell's Two Hearted Ale pre-game beers, I sat down with host Megan Dooley to chit-chat for a bit and catch up on life. But before too long, she let me in on this particular night's little secret.

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