Humor in Numbers: Funny Girls creates comedy by women, for everyone

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:55 |

There was a time, only a few years ago, when the Grand Rapids Improv Festival didn’t have a single all-female group in its lineup.

Taking note, a group of women came together in 2015 to fill that void with Funny Girls, a mixed-media collective of female-identifying comedians, writers, bloggers, vloggers and more.

Dawes brings new album to Kalamazoo with two-set show spanning discography

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:37 |

In the fleeting world of music, Dawes believes there’s only one guarantee: We’re all gonna die. 

That might sound awfully dark or even outright bleak, especially for a chilled-out folk-rock record released in these trying times. But for Los Angeles band Dawes, it’s a beautifully communal statement, capable of reassuring us that we’re all the same. That’s why the band titled its latest LP, We’re All Gonna Die

Funkolution: Turkuaz Helps Bring Funk to the Mainstream

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:21 |

Funk has been making a significant comeback thanks to modern bands that are helping to propel its popularity. One such group, Turkuaz, has been a major player in the genre’s resurgence. This nine-piece ensemble out of Brooklyn enjoys a dedicated national following with its relentless touring schedule and aggressive, yet accessible songs.

The 2017 Eclipse Awards Gear Up to Honor Local Talent

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:16 |

With so many of Michigan’s local, independent filmmakers’ sweat and toil to bring their films to life, they deserve a fancy, red-carpet awards ceremony to celebrate their creations. 

While big studios continue to pour millions into each of their films, there’s another style of film that has kept a steady presence in the shadow of big blockbusters: micro-budget films.  

The Public Media Network (PMN) of Kalamazoo hopes to take this uniquely frugal style of filmmaking and put it in the limelight with the third annual North By Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival. 

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.

Laura Henderson’s theater company tends to take the stage in spaces better known for beers, bar food and bands.

Music always is evolving as an art form. All composers, no matter how original or innovative, were at some point influenced by their predecessors. However, no classical composer has been more pioneering than Johann Sebastian Bach. 

Defined by specific time periods, with distinct styles and notable composers, classical music’s progression over the last 500 years has been more revolutionary than evolutionary.

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