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Just Kidding: Laughfest show puts a child’s wild imagination onstage

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:00 |

Adult comics will bring kids’ imaginations to life with a free show at this year’s Gilda’s Laughfest. This is the second annual show directed by local comedian Amy Gascon, who performs in various comedy and improv groups in Grand Rapids.

Jason Potgieter’s passion for puppeteering will come in handy for Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.

Big, Squishy Art: Inflatable exhibition takes over Muskegon Museum of Art

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:00 |

Pink bunnies, a life-size Trans Am, reclining Buddha — they have more in common than you think.

After watching ArtPrize explode as an international art competition, West Michigan native Tyler Loftis wanted to find a way to connect the art world in New York City, where he now lives and works as a painter, with his Midwestern roots.

Behind the Camera: Racheal Floyd

Written by Josh Veal and Justine Burdette | Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:42 |

Back when the state of Michigan had a tax incentive for films, people like Racheal Floyd had it a little easier. Big-screen movies like End of the Tour, with Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, came to Grand Rapids, but now Floyd has to go to them. After working abroad on films like Fast & Furious 8 and All Eyez On Me, and shows like Being Mary Jane, Floyd is returning home (at least, for a moment) to work on her own projects. We talked with Floyd about her aspirations for the future and her take on the film industry at large.

Review: “Ragtime” expertly captures multifaceted, timely story

Written by James Sanford | Monday, 27 February 2017 10:59 |

E.L. Doctorow's 1975 best-seller, “Ragtime,” probably would not rank high on anyone’s list of books that cry out to be turned into musicals. A portrait of America in the early 20th century, it follows an anonymous, well-to-do family from New Rochelle, N.Y., as they make “Forrest Gump”-ian connections with some of the major figures of the day, brushing up against a few controversies along the way.

Review: "The Sound of Music" offers a solid adaptation of the famous classic

Written by Troy Reimink | Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:03 |

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” is so stacked with classic songs that even seeing them all listed together dizzies the head — “My Favorite Things,” “Maria,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” the title piece about the hills being alive with … well, you know.

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.

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