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December 2023 Arts Calendar

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 04 December 2023 10:17 |

In 2023, arts organizations are back on their feet and offering incredible seasons of art, conversations, fun and community involvement. This month, you can visit the theaters for big Broadway shows and intimate plays, listen to symphonies play the classics and modern pieces, and head to local museums for a variety of stunning art. Check it out.

A Legacy Lives On: Oil & Sugar

Written by Zachary Avery | Friday, 01 December 2023 11:56 |

On May 10 of this year, a beloved theatre arts practitioner, professor and director passed away. His name was Randy Wyatt, and besides acting as an indescribable force for positive good in his local community, he had also received renown as a regional playwright.

November 2023 West Michigan Arts Calendar

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 06 November 2023 11:47 |

In 2023, arts organizations are largely back on their feet and offering incredible seasons of art, conversations, fun and community involvement. 

Every Dog Has Its Day: Dog Story Theater Returns

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 06 November 2023 11:44 |

On June 27th, 2020, Dog Story Theater closed its doors. COVID-19 had pushed the organization, which operated with thin margins at the best of times, past its breaking point. At the time, there was no clarity as to when live theater might resume or when audiences would feel safe returning. “We will feel its loss keenly,” the group announced.

Harmony and Togetherness: The Winners of ArtPrize

Written by Zachary Avery | Monday, 30 October 2023 10:44 |

The first thing you may notice when visiting Abdoulaye Conde’s “Raining Wisdom” mural at 45 Ottawa NW, besides its impressive size, is its intriguing use of bold, black lines to separate colors and create an unfolding mosaic pattern.

Review: 'Mean Girls' on Broadway Puts a Fun Twist On a Cult Classic

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 25 October 2023 16:26 |

Amid the sea of musicals adapted from film, some work better than others. And in the case of “Mean Girls”, now on tour at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, based on the cult classic 2004 film written by Tina Fey, the musical in many ways improves upon the film.

Review: Face Off Theatre Makes a Deep Impact Once Again with 'Exit Strategy'

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 23 October 2023 15:20 |

It’s the final year for a failing Chicago high school, just one of many that graduates fewer than half their students and is therefore slated for the sledgehammer. Not only do they have 20 computers for 3,000 students, they can’t sufficiently stock the bathrooms with toilet paper.

Review: 'Murderess' at The New Vic is a Dreadfully Good Time

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 16 October 2023 16:47 |

Given how few and far between women killers have been in history, as a culture we can’t look away when a murderess emerges. We’re fascinated—so much so that an up-close-and-personal story of women who murdered more than 100 years ago is exceptionally gripping.

How Environment Affects Art at Ox-Bow

Written by Zachary Avery | Tuesday, 10 October 2023 15:55 |

In an area like West Michigan, where art and nature so oftentimes mingle in harmony, there is still perhaps no place quite like Ox-Bow.

In Grand Rapids Ballet’s season opener, “Contemporary Visions”, “contemporary” refers to the once revolutionary style of dance that offers storytelling through a blend of classical ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern dance; as well as breath and emotionality with freedom of movement and musicality; but it also speaks to this particular revolutionary cultural moment.

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