Review: ‘The Days are Shorter’ creates surreal, remarkable moments

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 12 January 2018 13:47 |

Julia is extraordinary, and, at 53, she should be tired of hiding. This is what the voices in her head tell her, anyway. They’ve kept her from sleeping for more than a week, and everyone she encounters lets her know how terrible she looks.

Review: ‘Sunset Baby’ finds hope in revolution with talent and passion

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 05 January 2018 15:53 |

The fierce protagonist in Dominique Morisseau’s brilliant play “Sunset Baby” was named after Nina Simone. She was able to turn “the madness that rages inside” into power, “and that’s what we wanted for you,” Nina’s estranged father tells her.

Pushing Frauenthal Forward: A chat with the center’s new executive director

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:33 |

Though relatively new to working in Muskegon’s downtown entertainment scene, Eric Messing recalls it as the place where he was first exposed to the performing arts.

Me, My Anton and I: A one-man play about Chekhov comes to GVSU

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:28 |

Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and his life will be recreated onstage this month in a one-man drama, Anton, Himself: First and Last.

No Limits: 'All The Way' reminds us not to take our rights for granted

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:26 |

When we think of Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States, we tend to think of the Vietnam War. Not many know that just days after LBJ stepped in as president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he approached Congress with his first priority as president: the Civil Rights Act of 1965.

Nifty Fifty: Miller Auditorium celebrates its semicentennial anniversary

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:20 |

“Miller.” For many residents of Southwest Michigan, that one word conjures up visions of an auditorium that has spent 50 years as a backdrop for performers, making them laugh, cry, ponder and cheer.

Recurring Dream: Opera GR remembers MLK’s legacy

Written by Samara Napolitan | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:16 |

One spring morning in 1968, a young preacher prepares to travel from Atlanta to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers.

Harlem is Here: Dawoud Bey brings the New York neighborhood to Kalamazoo

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:13 |

This winter, a visual tour of Harlem will transport Kalamazoo Institute of Arts visitors to one of the most iconic communities in the world.

An array of unique art and site-specific installations that explore themes of identity, both personal and political, make up the UICA’s winter exhibition.

Ava Ordman has been playing trombone for more than half a century. For 24 years, she performed as principal trombonist with the Grand Rapids Symphony, and during her tenure there she recorded Donald Erb’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.

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