Movement with a Message: DanceSpire offers hope while cutting a rug

Written by Kayla Tucker | Saturday, 01 July 2017 16:17 |

Deavondre Jones just wants to do two things: Dance and inspire others. With DanceSpire, the 23-year-old is doing just that, combining motivational speaking and dance routines to reach high-school and college students around the state.

This year, the Kalamazoo Blues Fest is relocating to Wings Event Center, a move that will double the number of musical acts and keep the festival in the black.

Not long after announcing she’d return to Grand Rapids for a headlining show at The Pyramid Scheme, critically acclaimed New York singer-songwriter Mitski took to social media to confess her love for our fair city, and divulged a secret, dream desire to maybe someday move here.

Happy Cat Café: The Purrfect Addition to West Michigan

Written by Kelly Brown | Friday, 30 June 2017 10:48 |

What started in Asia in the mid-90s has now made its way to West Michigan: cat cafés. Happy Cat Café is an innovative new space located on South Division in Grand Rapids. The idea to open a cat café stemmed from a broken leg. Seriously. 

Review: ‘Buddy’ is a stellar, thrilling portal to the past

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 30 June 2017 10:38 |

Nearly 60 years after Buddy Holly’s tragic plane crash death Don McLean proclaimed “the day the music died” in his pervasive ’70s hit “American Pie,” The Barn Theatre has magnificently brought both Holly and his music back to life in “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.

Beauty and the Beast: Pamper your pet with accessories and grooming

Written by Missy Black | Friday, 30 June 2017 10:28 |

This one’s for the pets: When you’re out for walkies, you obviously want to make sure you get noticed and approached. Wearing the latest styles or a snazzy collar means hellos, head scratches and belly rubs, so it’s important to keep up-to-date on your wardrobe. We’ve found some local shops that cater to your canine (and feline) closet. Woof!

Review: ‘All in the Timing’ is an intelligent, funny breath of fresh air

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 26 June 2017 10:04 |

In “All in the Timing,” David Ives’ 90-minute collection of six comic sketches, time circles back on itself, language is meaningless, monkeys as would-be Shakespeares overcome the death stare of the blank page, and the entire enterprise of human communication, not to mention the meaning of life and death, are called into question.

Review: Mason Street’s ‘Memphis’ epitomizes the magic of theater

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 25 June 2017 15:55 |

The word “magic” often gets thrown around in the theatre world, and rightfully so. When the right script and talent come together in the right time and place to positively transfix the right audience, there’s no doubt an extraordinary amount of work; but there’s also an indescribable element of magic. And when all those conditions collide at once it is a rare event indeed.

Review: ‘Working’ lacks relevance despite excellent performances

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 23 June 2017 10:44 |

In 1974, America was post-Watergate; Nixon was out, and the disastrous economy under Carter was yet to come. The Vietnam War was over. Civil Rights had been won in the courts and the legislature, if not in the culture at large. Working class people had a political party that served their interests, and they could earn a living wage and be proud of the lives they could make from their labor.

Grand Rapids Public Museum offers free day

Written by Revue Staff | Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:36 |

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is offering free entry from 12 to 5 p.m. on July 16. Explore the fun, hands-on learning opportunities on all three floors by getting transported back to the 19th century streets Grand Rapids or the wildlife of Michigan at the West Michigan Habitat.

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