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.

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).

Created as a speakeasy-style venue to hear live blues in downtown Muskegon, The Alley Door Club even had an alley door entrance when it kicked off 11 years ago.

During a time of year when there is not a lot to do in Muskegon and there aren’t many people around, Alley Door’s longevity is a testament to its success. The club added craft beer to the lineup last year and will celebrate another season with local and regional musicians and beer on tap from West Michigan breweries. For those who don’t like beer, there’s also a full bar. 

Opera GR appoints new artistic director

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 06 February 2017 16:43 |

Opera Grand Rapids has hired Maestro James Meena as its new artistic director, beginning in the 2017-2018 season.

At “Mozart, Mahler and Marcelo,” the Grand Rapids Symphony presented an evening of musical contrasts.

Review: The Vagina Monologues prove to be fun, emotional experience

Written by Kayla Tucker | Saturday, 04 February 2017 14:06 |

Last night, Grand Rapids community members crowded into an apartment-turned-venue off South Division Avenue to see “The Vagina Monologues.”

From One ‘Cult’ to Another

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

Poet. Writer. Activist. Storyteller. Grand Rapids native Rachel Gleason is all of these and many more.

Q&A: Christopher Bruce, Director of Learning and Creativity, GRAM

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

Since beginning as an intern in 2010, Christopher Bruce has moved through every education position the Grand Rapids Art Museum has had to offer. Bruce said that experience gives him an interesting perspective for his new role as director of learning and creativity, as he’s seen what works, what doesn’t and why they tried it all.

Puppet Therapy: “Hand to God” deals with grief through humor

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

With “Hand to God,” Actor’s Theatre Grand Rapids will tackle arguably the greatest pain imaginable with a strange blend of dark humor and serious emotions. The show, created by Robert Askins, focuses on 16-year-old Jason, who just lost his father. 

The Actor Doth Protest Too Much: I Hate Hamlet takes Muskegon Civic Theatre’s stage

Written by Marla Miller | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

The cast and crew in Muskegon Civic Theatre’s production of I Hate Hamlet laughed out loud when they first read the script, and they’re betting theatergoers will too. 

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