The 12th bi-annual Grand Rapids Bach Festival has arrived, showcasing the talents of local musicians young and old through the 18th century composer’s timeless music.

There is theater that entertains, theater that makes you think, theater that touches the heart and stirs the soul, and every now and then, there’s a work of theater that achieves all of that, and in a way no other art form can.

Review: ‘Miss Saigon’ is a remarkable journey through war and love

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:51 |

Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they fall in love and go on to live happily ever after. End of story, right?

Review: RAD Fest is full of powerful, innovative, accessible dance

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 09 March 2019 16:10 |

The first of four performances of short works offered by the 10th anniversary Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival provided a little more than an hour of an eclectic variety of modern dance Friday night.

Review: You won’t want to leave ‘Once On This Island’

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 02 March 2019 15:57 |

It is hard to imagine a more perfect show for southwest Michigan at the beginning of March to stave off the dreary doldrums of winter than “Once On This Island.” Visually warm and lovely, with music and performances this delightful, it’s impossible to not be transported to the French Antilles for a little over an hour in The Kalamazoo Civic’s excellent production of this mystical, marvelous tale.

Human Canvas: The story of a West Michigan bodypainter

Written by John Kissane | Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:31 |

Liz Snyder needed money. A single mother, newly divorced, she cast around for options. She came across body painting at an Art Hop event. "You could do this," a friend nudged.

Celebrating the spirit of adventure and the art of film, Mountainfilm on Tour: Saugatuck continues to grow with a weekend of film screenings, art, music and family fun.

Cut to the Tissue: Maya Freelon takes crafty materials to new levels

Written by Jane Simons | Monday, 25 February 2019 15:39 |

On their own, sheets of tissue paper may not hold much visual appeal, but in the hands of Maya Freelon, individual pieces in varying colors and sizes become vibrant structures that tell a story.

Broad Strokes: West Michigan Symphony gets theatrical

Written by Marla Miller | Monday, 25 February 2019 15:33 |

This month, two accomplished Broadway performers are joining West Michigan Symphony for a night of Classic Broadway, featuring notable songs by some of Conductor Scott Speck’s favorite American composers. 

Lighting the Way: A light designer’s subtle work affects everything

Written by Kayla Sosa | Monday, 25 February 2019 15:18 |

Many moving parts work together to make a complete theatrical production, but one of the most subtle arts is the lighting. 

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