Review: Uplifting, infectious energy makes ‘The Wiz’ a magical experience

Written by James Sanford | Monday, 10 April 2017 12:49 |

More than 40 years after it landed on Broadway, there’s still a whole lot of magic left in The Wiz. Behold and believe: Director Jay Berkow’s buoyant, utterly delightful Western Michigan University Theatre production of this African-American revamp of The Wizard of Oz conclusively proves Wicked does not have the market cornered when it comes to Oz-centric musicals.

Kansas to play DeVos Performance Hall

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 10 April 2017 10:30 |

Classic rock legends Kansas are set to take the stage at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids on June 24 at 8 p.m.

Review: "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" is funny, insightful and relevant

Written by James Sanford | Saturday, 08 April 2017 18:28 |

In the theater, timing is everything, and it’s difficult to imagine a better week than this one for the Kalamazoo Civic to open “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” Lynn Nottage’s bittersweet look at the so-called golden age of Hollywood, when African-American actors frequently found themselves with two kinds of parts to choose from.

Strip Mall Sensations: Hidden excellence in pedestrian plazas

Written by Elma Talundzic | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:34 |

When it comes to dining, strip malls get a bad reputation. The universally drab architecture of strip-mall buildings could make you think they hold no culinary gems. However, we all know it’s what’s inside that counts. With excellent food from all over the world, here’s a few strip mall sensations that deserve a visit.

You Can Go Home Again: Excellent meals plucked from the family tree

Written by Missy Black | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:30 |

Family recipes on the menu bring back the power of food made from love, magic and a little history. Whether it’s your mom, nonna or uncle’s secret sauce, you can rest assured no one slaps their name on a dish unless it has achieved perfection through generational lore. 

Let’s Do Brunch: Eggs, pancakes and bloodies galore

Written by Kelly Brown | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:58 |

Brunch is no longer just a late breakfast for lazy folk. No — this weekend tradition is a sacred event dedicated to early morning drinking and specialty menus, far superior to your standard breakfast offerings. Read up on where to find stellar brunch menus and Bloody Mary bars. 

7 Monks Taproom sets opening date

Written by Revue Staff | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 11:26 |

On April 21, 7 Monks Taproom on Michigan Street will open its doors to the public at 4 p.m.

The Fast Supper: Kalamazoo heats up late night with Food Truck Rally

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 10:25 |

Eager to feed the demand for after-hours eats and pop-up excitement in Kalamazoo, local food trucks last year hosted the city’s first-ever Food Truck Rally. Now, the five-event series has just announced another run for 2017 following the mouthwatering praise it earned during last spring and fall.

The Final Course: Exquisite desserts from local eateries

Written by Missy Black | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 10:20 |

If you’re the kind to flip immediately to a menu’s dessert page, maybe you can help us settle a score: We’re pitting rich, sensual chocolate against nature’s best to see which one makes for the ultimate sweet treat. These are the kinds of delicacies that warrant a visit all on their own, but you can grab some dinner while you’re at it too, we suppose.

“Authentic” is the kind of adjective applied to food so indiscriminately that one forgets what it was supposed to signify in the first place. (See also: “organic,” “natural,” “artisanal.”) But even if the idea of food authenticity hadn’t been mostly marketed into meaninglessness, it’s a slippery concept to begin with.

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