The inhuman experiences of the 20,000 children orphaned and traumatized by civil war that began in the late 1980s known as the Lost Boys of Sudan have been documented by journalists, documentarians and novelists, among others; yet their incredibly harrowing journeys and often triumphant stories deserve greater attention.

Review: ‘The Lion King’ is an extraordinary, incomparable visual display

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 07 April 2018 15:33 |

Disney’s The Lion King, billed as the world’s number one musical, is credited with having launched the new Broadway, the one that’s emerged over the past 20 years from a tourist- and family-friendly Times Square, cleaned up of grit, and some may argue, heart.

Review: ‘Queen of Bingo’ is more than a game

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 31 March 2018 17:40 |

In the original iteration of “The Queen of Bingo,” known as “the play you play along with” by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy, its central characters, two middle-aged, bingo-obsessed sisters, were played by men in drag. This is but one way the audience played along, as intermission also included a bingo game for which the winner received a 10-pound turkey.

An innovative program developed by Grand Rapids Art Museum positions the museum as an extension of the classroom.

Imagine you are brought to a mysterious room by someone you don’t know. You don’t know where you are, and there are two other people with you.

In 2001, the United States resettled 3,600 “lost boys” in cities across the country. Ten years earlier, these boys had walked 800 miles from Sudan to escape civil war, landing in Kenya. There, many of the boys ate nothing but grain every day.

Aquinas College’s free reading of Columbinus is, of course, a direct response to the recent school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Quite a Catch: Fontana snags Artemis Quartet for rare return

Written by Jane Simons | Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:56 |

Those on the hunt for world-renowned music should visit the Artemis Quartet at Kalamazoo College’s Stetson Chapel.

After working odd jobs for a couple of years in Traverse City, Andy Buelow, a graduate of Wisconsin’s prestigious Lawrence University, wasn’t sure of his career trajectory or what to do with a music degree.

Almost 13 years ago, the Grand Rapids Symphony (GRS) ventured beyond Michigan’s borders for the first time. The destination: Carnegie Hall, New York City’s iconic concert venue.

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