Josh Veal

Josh Veal

Tomorrow, the smell of peonies, carnations, orchids and more will fill the halls of Grand Rapids Art Museum. Well, we don’t yet know exactly what flowers will be on display, but Art In Bloom is returning for the first time since 2015, bringing with it some can’t-miss events centered around the weekend exhibition.

With its 2016 Annual Report, ArtPrize has announced that it is no longer in debt to the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

The air of mystery around Matchbox Diner & Drinks finally has been dispelled. Since Brandywine’s Eastown location closed, residents and passersby have wondered what the little spot at 1345 Lake Dr. SE would hold next.

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.

In an age of effortless access to music of all kinds, exploring the commonalities between seemingly disparate music styles is one way to make sense of it all. Violinist Gene Hahn and cellist Jeremy Crosmer are doing just that, deconstructing the stigmas associated with different genres through their acoustic string group, ESME. 

Friday, 06 January 2017 09:57

Raking Up the Past

One lake. Two-hundred and sixty-five acres of open water. Fifty-two feet down, at its deepest point. And centuries of history. This is Reeds Lake.

When budget cuts hit schools, the axe falls first on anything that’s not considered a “core subject.” For many school administrators, music education falls into the category of a luxury, rather than a necessity. In fact, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) put math, reading, science and social studies above all else. The arts simply weren’t considered essential to being “career ready.”

Saturday, 05 November 2016 17:07

A Night In Review: Lamp Light Music Festival

Before the show could begin, I was asked to turn off a lamp. That might seem antithetical to the name: Lamp Light Music Festival, but this one moment captures the intimacy and comfort of a very special weekend.

This week, Rockford Brewing Co. took its new kitchen for a test drive with a multi-day soft opening.

Raymond Harvey has led the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for 18 years, but at the end of the 2016-2017 season, someone else will take the stand.

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