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. 

Family arguments are, for the most part, unavoidable. Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, playing at Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids this month, portrays a small family dynamic that takes those arguments from zero to 100 in a matter of seconds. 

Just Getting Started: The life of a ballet trainee

Written by Michaela Stock | Monday, 25 February 2019 15:12 |

Life as a teenager can be tough enough without throwing a full-time commitment in the mix, but when it’s your passion, the effort is beyond worth it.

Review: ‘Mahalia’ is full of soul and touches the heart

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 24 February 2019 14:27 |

“Mahalia, A Gospel Musical” is so much more than a biographical musical about the great Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel. Full of the gorgeous church hymns and old spirituals she sang with her tremendously soulful and powerful voice, it does, indeed, tell the story of her rise to fame in the 20th Century. But in so doing, it also elucidates a crucial piece of American history.

Rolling the Dice: Turning roleplaying games into theater

Written by John Kissane | Friday, 22 February 2019 15:29 |

Cari Scholtens and Jil Farheart look pretty much the same: they’re both tall, lean brunettes. But Farheart has a scar on her cheek. And while Scholtens owns a plastic sword and axe, Farheart’s sword and axe are necessarily steel; she’s a bounty hunter, and uses them when she has to. In a world of dark cults, vicious monsters, and the ever-present threat of violence, “when she has to” is pretty often.

Review: 'Doubt' is a brilliantly written and performed drama that lingers

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 11 February 2019 12:29 |

When John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning drama “Doubt: A Parable” came out amid the first of Catholic priest sex abuse revelations 15 years ago, it was powerful and shocking.

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