One of the most beautiful aspects about live theater is its ability to take people back to a moment in their own lives, a memory that’s ingrained in their brain from long ago or an event that recently happened. With the Wharton Center’s season opener, Come From Away, most members of the audience will probably have at least one memory or two of the event at the center of the musical: 9/11.

Review: Barn Theatre’s ‘Evil Dead’ is an instant cult classic

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 30 August 2019 18:53 |

The Barn Theatre has a way of playing to its strengths, which turns out to be all kinds of things, from big sweeping musicals to off-color farces to classic dramas to rock operas to family friendly comedies and beyond. They’ve offered much of that this year in their 73rd summer stock season, but to bring this excellent season to a close they’re offering something completely different—that yet also plays to their strengths as comedians, character actors, as well as phenomenal singers and dancers.

Museum Preview, 2019-2020

Written by Abi Safago | Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:00 |

A preview of exhibitions and events coming to West Michigan museums in the near future.

Performing Arts Season Preview, 2019-2020

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:00 |

A guide to all the plays and musicals coming to West Michigan theaters in the 2019-2020 seasons.

Music Season Preview, 2019-2020

Written by Abi Safago and Josh Veal | Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:00 |

A look at the many classical music and jazz performances happening in the 2019-2020 season.

Visual Arts Season Preview, 2019-2020

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:00 |

A complete preview of art exhibitions and events in West Michigan for the 2019-2020 season.

After finding out you had secured a landmark exhibition for your museum, simply displaying it would’ve been enough for some. Not for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, though.

At Experience Live Art, two individuals are bringing the appreciation and education of art to West Michigan residents and students.

Pioneering the Project: Project 1 reinvents the ArtPrize model

Written by John Kissane | Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:11 |

For its 10th anniversary, ArtPrize is reinventing itself. The Grand Rapids-based art festival, if not moldering, had started to show its age. Last year, MLive reported that registration for public voting numbered only 32,613 people, the lowest total in the festival’s history.

Girl Powered: Grand Rapids celebrates Rad American Women with electrical boxes

Written by Elma Talundzic | Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:08 |

You might have noticed some familiar faces floating around Grand Rapids this summer.

Back in March, The Rad Women Art Initiative took over electrical boxes across the city, launching in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. 

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