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  • Review: ‘Almost, Maine’ is wonderfully weird and laugh-out-loud funny Review: ‘Almost, Maine’ is wonderfully weird and laugh-out-loud funny

    Maine and its people are often the butt of New England jokes, much as the U.P. and Yoopers are often viewed in a stereotypical light by those of us downstate. And yet for outsiders, there’s something terribly appealing about places far north and the requisite ways of being amid interminable winter set apart from the rest of civilization — at least to peer in at from afar.

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  • Review: ‘On Your Feet!’ is full of fun, talent and inspiration Review: ‘On Your Feet!’ is full of fun, talent and inspiration

    During Act I of “On Your Feet!” there's a moment where Gloria (Christie Prades) and Emilio (Mauricio Martínez) are talking with Phil (Devon Goffman), a record label executive who won’t back their new hit because it isn’t in Spanish. An argument ensues — for a variety of reasons — but leads to the audience finding out more about Emilio’s background and how he came to America, how he’s been there for 15 years, and how he’s worked his butt off to get where he is. Suddenly he shouts, “Look at my face. Whether you know it or not, this is what an American looks like.” Cue one of the audience’s many thunderous applauses.

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  • Frederik Meijer Gardens announces three summer shows Frederik Meijer Gardens announces three summer shows

    While the complete 30-show lineup for Frederik Meijer Gardens’ Summer Concert series won’t be announced until mid-April, three shows were announced today: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Blondie and O.A.R.

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  • Review: MOVEMEDIA Diversity is a beautiful, innovative journey beyond gender Review: MOVEMEDIA Diversity is a beautiful, innovative journey beyond gender

    There is no art form more embodied by or tethered to the human form than dance, and classical ballet historically capitalizes on romantic ideals of gender binaries. George Balanchine, arguably the most influential 20th Century choreographer of ballet, famously declared, “Ballet is woman.” Woman as femme, woman on the excruciating yet ethereal pedestal of the pointe shoe, and woman as lifted and held by man. As dance critic Alistair Macaulay points out, Balanchine’s “kind of ballet was always a man’s view of woman, and a solely heterosexual one.”

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Arts

  • Review: ‘Almost, Maine’ is wonderfully weird and laugh-out-loud funny Review: ‘Almost, Maine’ is wonderfully weird and laugh-out-loud funny

    Maine and its people are often the butt of New England jokes, much as the U.P. and Yoopers are often viewed in a stereotypical light by those of us downstate. And yet for outsiders, there’s something terribly appealing about places far north and the requisite ways of being amid interminable winter set apart from the rest of civilization — at least to peer in at from afar.

    Read more...
  • Review: ‘On Your Feet!’ is full of fun, talent and inspiration Review: ‘On Your Feet!’ is full of fun, talent and inspiration

    During Act I of “On Your Feet!” there's a moment where Gloria (Christie Prades) and Emilio (Mauricio Martínez) are talking with Phil (Devon Goffman), a record label executive who won’t back their new hit because it isn’t in Spanish. An argument ensues — for a variety of reasons — but leads to the audience finding out more about Emilio’s background and how he came to America, how he’s been there for 15 years, and how he’s worked his butt off to get where he is. Suddenly he shouts, “Look at my face. Whether you know it or not, this is what an American looks like.” Cue one of the audience’s many thunderous applauses.

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  • Review: MOVEMEDIA Diversity is a beautiful, innovative journey beyond gender Review: MOVEMEDIA Diversity is a beautiful, innovative journey beyond gender

    There is no art form more embodied by or tethered to the human form than dance, and classical ballet historically capitalizes on romantic ideals of gender binaries. George Balanchine, arguably the most influential 20th Century choreographer of ballet, famously declared, “Ballet is woman.” Woman as femme, woman on the excruciating yet ethereal pedestal of the pointe shoe, and woman as lifted and held by man. As dance critic Alistair Macaulay points out, Balanchine’s “kind of ballet was always a man’s view of woman, and a solely heterosexual one.”

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  • Review: ‘If/Then’ takes risks and executes well Review: ‘If/Then’ takes risks and executes well

    Sometimes the most compelling thing about a performance is the connection the performers build with the audience. On Friday night, this is exactly what happened at the end of Actors’ Theatre’s fine production (and Michigan premiere) of Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s mediocre “If/Then,” the 2015 musical remembered largely as a vehicle for “Wicked” and “Frozen” star Idina Menzel about a newly divorced 30-something urban planner who returns to New York City to start again only to question and double back on all the possible directions she might turn in terms of love and/or career.

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Food & Drink

  • YELLOW BEER? Michigan brewers go back to basics — with a modern twist YELLOW BEER? Michigan brewers go back to basics — with a modern twist

    Pilsners speak to me because they’re both easy drinking and complex beers if you want them to be. Luckily, Michigan craft breweries have started to embrace pilsners and lagers in growing numbers. At Revue, we decided to try several new or refreshed offerings, and those we missed in a 2016 taste-off.

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  • To Hell and Back: Scorching hot dishes in West Michigan To Hell and Back: Scorching hot dishes in West Michigan

    For some of us, getting through a meal without any pain is just too boring. Most spice fanatics opt for Indian or Thai, but if you’re looking to expand your spice horizons, West Michigan has plenty to offer. We’ve rounded up some of the most blazing hot dishes around that don’t sacrifice flavor for suffering.

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  • Dining Review: New Hotel Mertens Dining Review: New Hotel Mertens

    There’s a new French restaurant in the heart of Grand Rapids and frankly, it’s about time. Most western cooking dances around — if not completely bows in supplication to — classic French cookery and technique, but it is understandable, however, that a region so laden with Dutch heritage could dodge a brasserie for so long.

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  • Java Junkies: Michigan coffee beers, rated Java Junkies: Michigan coffee beers, rated

    The top-rated selection in a blind tasting of Michigan-made coffee-themed beers happens to be from a lakeshore brewery that’s making some waves of its own. 

    Darkstar Stout from Holland-based Big Lake Brewing LLC earned top honors in the Revue coffee beer taste off. The beer slightly edged out selections from Short’s Brewing Co. and Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.

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Music

Artist Spotlight

  • 10 Local Bands to Watch in 2018 10 Local Bands to Watch in 2018

    There’s no better time than the New Year to discover some great new music. West Michigan continues to overflow with an absolute wellspring of creative talent and the abundance of artists on the brink of breaking out has never been greater. So as you’re making New Year’s resolutions to broaden your horizons and welcome 2018 with fresh eyes and ears, take note of some of the names on this list — you might just end up listening all year. 

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