In Bloom: Red Lotus Center for the Arts showcases local artists, promotes community

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:03 |

When artist Tanya Tice couldn’t find a piece of art to hang above her couch in her price range, she went out to the store, bought some canvas and paint and “went to town.”

Accomplished Michigan author and illustrator Patricia Polacco was once a little girl, Trisha, who saw jumbled words on the page and struggled with reading in school.

Good Vibrations: Joey DeFrancesco brings his Hammond to St. Cecilia

Written by Grant Kammer | Thursday, 31 January 2019 20:52 |

Joey DeFrancesco, a third-generation jazz musician, has been perfecting his unique blend of jazz, soul and blues for more than 40 years. Born in Philadelphia, DeFrancesco got his start on the organ at age four and began playing shows at five when his dad, “Papa” John DeFrancesco, invited him to sit in on sets.

Under the baton of Anne Harrigan, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra will take the audience at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium to Bald Mountain, the Pines of Rome and beyond with the Walt Disney classic Fantasia

Burning Up: Actors' Theatre explores loss, labor and brotherhood

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:24 |

For Jake and Pete Twitchell, it’s the 10-year anniversary of their father’s tragic death in a 1952 mining accident. The Pickaway Coal Company’s South Mountain in rural West Virginia — locally nicknamed “The Burnt Part” — is where the death of those four miners occurred, three of whom left behind children.

It’s four songs into Anastasia before audiences are really introduced to Anya (Lila Coogan) the show’s female lead. Up until that point, a lot of years go by, and quickly too, jumping from 1906 to 1917 to our final destination, 1927.

The Gilmore Keyboard Festival welcomed Russian piano virtuoso Nikita Mndoyants to the Wellspring Theater in Kalamazoo on Sunday evening for the third installment of its Rising Stars series. Rising Stars offers an opportunity to see small recitals from up-and-coming artists in the world of classical piano, and 29-year-old Mndoyants performed for a full house clearly eager to enjoy his talents in such an intimate setting.

Review: ‘And Then There Were None’ is a thrilling, captivating mystery

Written by Kayla Tucker | Sunday, 13 January 2019 14:11 |

A murder mystery took place at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for the opening night of “And Then There Were None,” based on the novel and play written by Agatha Christie and locally directed by Bruce Tinker.

The Cycle of Service: How one artist reclaims and gives back

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:04 |

At five years old, Kelly Allen turned a plastic trash can into a loom to weave bookmarks while she watched cartoons.

Downtown Decade: The GRAM celebrates 10 years in the heart of the city

Written by Marla Miller | Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:01 |

A pair of 15th century engravings by Martin Schongauer, a 17th century etching on paper by Rembrandt, and Adonna Khare’s ArtPrize 2012 winner Elephant Whirlpool exemplify the diversity of recent gifts, promised gifts and art purchases at Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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