New Kids on the Block

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:09 |

Avenue of the Arts newbie Gaspard Gallery has definitely hit the ground running. The artist-run gallery, which held its first exhibit during the 2012 ArtPrize competition, has been host to some stunning photography exhibits that exude a sophistication seldom seen in galleries just starting out.

Dance Triumphs in Wharton Center's Billy Elliot

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 21 December 2012 15:55 |

The inspiring story of an unlikely dream steals the stage at Wharton Center with Billy Elliot, winner of 10 Tony Awards. Based on the 2000 film, the show focuses on aspiring ballet dancer Billy, an eleven-year-old diamond in the rough.

Urban Canvases of Detroit

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:47 |

Street art has been making headlines near and afar lately, from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles' groundbreaking exhibit to a few Gerald R. Ford stencils causing a rouse for Grand Rapids city officials.

West Side Story Takes on Modern Vibe

Written by Allison Parker | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 17:08 |

More than half a century after its original debut, West Side Story returns, ready to dazzle audiences anew with the plight of star-crossed lovers trapped within a ranging feud. Directed by David Saint, the Miller Auditorium performance is based on the 2009-2011 revival.

Things Get Real Surreal at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Written by Jennifer Cuffman | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 15:34 |

As the second installment of a three-year, three-exhibition partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art, the GRAM opened its doors to Real/Surreal Oct. 19.

Mitch Albom Brings Story of Ernie Harwell to Wealthy Theatre for Limited Run

Written by Charlsie Dewey | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 10:51 |

Visit the theater and the ballpark all in one night this September. Mitch Albom, bestselling author, playwright and journalist, is bringing his newest play, "Ernie," to Wealthy Theatre for a special 12-performance run from Sept. 12-23.

ArtPrize Shakes Things Up in 2012

Written by Kelli Kolakowski | Monday, 27 August 2012 15:45 |

Each year, ArtPrize has been a catalyst for conversation and change and for its fourth competition, and in 2012, you can expect more of the same. This year, the contest hosts nearly the same number of artists and venues as the 2011 competition, but will operate minus the presence of former Executive Director Catherine Creamer.

La Boheme and the extinction of the fat lady

Written by Jared Bentley | Wednesday, 18 April 2012 17:18 |

Throughout the years, opera has fallen into a certain stereotype: Fancy, expensive, formal, elite and ritzy. But Opera Grand Rapids wants to show the community that opera is not just a fat lady in a helmet with horns; nor is it custom for attendees to wear Victorian wigs, top hats or spectacles.

National Tour of The Addams Family has Local Ties

Written by Charlsie Dewey | Thursday, 12 April 2012 13:13 |

Chris Danner is excited to bring the national tour of The Addams Family to Grand Rapids in May. That's in part because Danner has called Grand Rapids home for many years.

Art. Downtown.: Fill your night with art

Written by Josh deLacy | Tuesday, 10 April 2012 18:48 |

With 30 downtown venues and more than 350 artists, the event is one of West Michigan's largest studio hops and invites guests of all ages to explore photography, film, paintings, glasswork and a new SiTE:LAB event.

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