For the first time in 17 years, the Grand Rapids Symphony has a new music director. Marcelo Lehninger — replacing David Lockington, who held the position for 16 years — was the symphony's guest conductor in both February 2015 and April 2016. 

Revue talked with Lehninger about his interests, his musical philosophy, and his plans for the symphony. 

JEFF KRAUS: The ambiguous world of enigmatic domains

Written by Josh Veal and Nicole Rico | Thursday, 08 September 2016 11:31 |

Simple shapes, large swaths of color and quasi-patterns dominate the abstract landscapes of Jeff Kraus’ canvases. 

But the 31-year-old Grand Rapidian doesn’t want to tell you how to interpret his work. Rather, Kraus enjoys “the fact that each person can look at it and associate different things from their life onto it.” The art, which has been shown in galleries from Los Angeles to New York, is meant to be experienced rather than deciphered.

UICA looks back on 40 years of challenging Grand Rapids

Written by Troy Reimink | Thursday, 08 September 2016 11:24 |

“The UICA has been a major reason why I enjoy living in GR, as it has been the most professional, inspiring, forward-thinking art institution outside of Detroit, as far as I’m concerned.”

PAUL AMENTA: Going behind the scenes with the curator of SiTE:LAB

Written by Elma Talundzic | Tuesday, 06 September 2016 22:00 |

Way back in 2007, a group of sculpture students at Kendall College of Art & Design embarked on a project that’s since grown faster and larger than they ever could have expected. 

That project, first known as ACTIVESITE and later called SiTE:LAB, has been making a name for itself in the local arts scene (and beyond). Revue talked with Amenta about plans for the future, why SiTE:LAB is important, and what the general public should get out of it all.

UICA Unveils ‘superusted’

Written by Ameera Chaudhry | Thursday, 18 August 2016 17:17 |

Rust — a notorious destroyer of aged bikes, pipes and cars, takes on a new meaning at the superusted exhibition, opening August 18 at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Drawing on her experiences living in the Midwest — also known as the “Rust Belt of America,” exhibition curator Cheryl Wilgren Clyne focuses on the transformative nature of rust in superusted, which runs through Oct. 23.

GR Symphony’s Picnic Pops Hosts Boyz II Men, Bowie Tribute

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 14 July 2016 07:59 |

Bursting with star power, the Grand Rapids Symphony kicks off its 2016 Picnic Pops series with another explosive Classical Fireworks show on July 14.

The season, which runs mid-July through early August, also includes performances showcasing the music of legendary rock musicians Queen, The Beach Boys and David Bowie. Then, R&B superstars Boyz II Men join the symphony live onstage Aug. 4 for a one-night-only event to cap off the series. 

June Theatre Preview

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 07 June 2016 17:46 |

With summer in full swing, the air-conditioned confines of a local theatre house makes for an artsy escape from the humid heat. Check out some productions happening this month and mark your calendar. 

Summer Visual Art Exhibits and Happenings from GRAM to KIA

Written by Nicole Rico | Tuesday, 07 June 2016 17:05 |
Check out some art exhibits and events this summer, in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Lansing and Kalamazoo.

Shortly after rising Motown star Little Stevie Wonder found stardom in 1963, he discovered early on that hitting the textbooks was just as important as hitting the stage.

Amidst a string of now classic R&B singles, a teenage Wonder was enrolled at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing. While he graduated from the now defunct school in 1968, Wonder would pen some of his biggest hits while earning his diploma.

My Complex Romance: Tony Winner Once Tugs at Heartstrings

Written by Amanda Denomme | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 12:25 |

ONCE is the epitome of a true complex romance, as a Dublin street musician, debating on giving up his singing dreams, meets a beautiful young woman who takes strong interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be much deeper and more complicated than expected.

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