A Legacy Discovered and Defined

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Friday, 27 December 2013 10:12 |

A peculiar opportunity can sometimes find a perfect fit at smaller arts organizations in West Michigan. Just such an opportunity arose recently at Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA), according to Executive Director Kristin Jass Armstrong.

Local artists band together for typhoon relief

Written by Nolan Krebs | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:37 |

It’s been more than a month since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, claiming the lives of more than 5,600 people and displacing an estimated 4.4 million.

WEEKEND WARRIOR: A rundown of the weekend for theater nerds

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Thursday, 05 December 2013 17:52 |

This week, Barbara the web minion is focusing in on all the great theater action going on around West Michigan. Whether you want to get into the Christmas spirit, or just enjoy some classical performances, she has you covered.

Grand Rapids Public Museum Plays With LEGOs This Spring

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:30 |

The Grand Rapids Public Museum will be opening a new exhibit on March 1, 2014, called Dream it, Build it: A LEGO Certified Professional Exhibit.

Oh, Mamma!: Mamma Mia! hits Miller Auditorium

Written by Allison Parker | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:19 |

Suppose your ex suddenly shows up at your door. Suppose there's a good chance this ex could be your child's father. Now suppose it's not just one possible baby daddy at your door, but three. Oh—one more minor detail here—suppose these men arrive just in time for your daughter's wedding.

Cangue League Changes Everything You Know About Opera

Written by Madeline McMahon | Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:52 |

Push back all of the stereotypical operas and focus in on what an opera is not. Instead of singers bellowing out pitches from A flats to G sharps, Cangue League throws those stereotypes out with its performance, The Death of Schopenhauer.

November Theatre: SPANK!; A Streetcar Named Desire; West Side Story

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 24 October 2013 16:16 |

When Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey began their startling BDSM relationship, women everywhere couldn't stop cracking open the seductive silver cover of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey.

Producer Joe's ArtPrize Best and Worst

Written by Joe "Producer Joe" Gasmann | Thursday, 24 October 2013 13:51 |

ArtPrize V was as lame and limp as the plump West Michigan gypsies that jammed our streets like the asses that pack their husky Wranglers. The most impressive part of it all was my amazement when one of the 49,000 "art experts" managed to walk more than a block without their heart exploding or eating their fists.

Grand Haven Nurtures Collaboration for Artists

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Monday, 21 October 2013 10:51 |

The picturesque lakeside town of Grand Haven doesn't have an official art museum, but that may be what adds to the unique mix as an emerging area for fine art appreciation.

Newer Isn't Always Better: GR Ballet Performs Dracula

Written by Shelby Pendowski | Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:39 |

Before glittering diamond skin, vegetarianism and werewolf hatred came around to screw up classic lore, vampires owned the night, seducing countless victims. In 1897, Bram Stoker sculpted the first iconic vampire: Dracula.

In Stoker's novel, Dracula possessed all the legend qualities – lust for human blood, the ability to fly as a bat, repelled by garlic, allergic to the sun – to display this horror character.

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