Over the past 25 years, much has changed in Grand Rapids. New buildings and businesses, new art and new ideas are emerging at every corner of the city. Even longstanding institutions have been shaped by the changing times.

Beyond the Books: How libraries are offering more services than ever before

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:27 |

If you walked into a library for the first time recently, it might not have been what you were expecting. These aren’t your grandma’s libraries anymore.

Getting GIFfy With It: Behind the scenes with illustrator Libby VanderPloeg

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:19 |

Grand Haven native Libby VanderPloeg praises her Grand Rapids Community College experience and offers this bit of wisdom when it comes to making it in a creative field: “Don’t wait for work to come to you. Opportunity awaits those who seek it out! And if you want to get better at what you do, do it every single day.”

Show Your Work: SC4A’s Storied Drawing presents the artistic process

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:15 |

In a world of immediacy and information overload, it’s easy to lose sight of the time and talent that goes into the stories we see and read every day.

Mitten-Made: UICA focuses on artists from around the state in summer

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:06 |

If you go to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts this month, you might see a familiar name or two.

Intensely Prepared: GR Civic readies teens for a life on the stage

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:01 |

This summer, teens at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre are taking the lead in putting on two very different, but equally challenging productions.

Backstage Heroes: Lakeshore Museum Center is shining the spotlight offstage

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:44 |

An interactive exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon is highlighting all the parts of a theater that make a production happen, especially the “backstage” roles like lighting, costuming and set design.

Review: ‘In the Heights’ soars with incredible vibrancy and talent

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 22 June 2019 08:42 |

In the second act of Grammy- and multiple Tony-award winning Broadway musical “In The Heights” (the show that launched Lin-Manuel Miranda, star creator of “Hamilton”) the Spanish word “alabanza” is introduced as a song.

Having the ability to look back on adolescence — because somehow we survived it — can be a tremendous joy, though one we may avoid to save us from reliving utterly cringe-worthy moments we’d prefer to forget.

There are reasons to see a show above and beyond the quality of the script. And in the case of the comedy “Love, Lies, and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” which runs one week only at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, those reasons are many. In this case, it’s actually a special treat to see how much an enormously talented resident company can do with their imaginations and skill to create wildly hilarious entertainment with so little.

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