Warning: Graphic Content

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:05 |

Graphic design gives shape to the thousands of messages we encounter every day — from soup can labels to your favorite online news source. A genre that often goes overlooked in the art world is getting this special treatment this month in a collaborative exhibition between two well-established Grand Rapids arts institutions.

American Idiot: Rock or Walk Out

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:58 |

If there's one word that does not describe Miller Auditorium's production ofAmerican Idiot, it's 'low-key.' Since its debut in 2009, the punk-rock stage musical has delighted and offended audiences alike with its rebellious music, outrageous lyrics and defiant spirit.

Mason Street Warehouse Announces Three Shows for 2013

Written by Kari Norton and Audrey Sochor | Friday, 15 February 2013 13:42 |

The award-winning professional theatre Mason Street Warehouse kicks off its 11th season at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (400 Culver St., Saugatuck) on June 21 with the musical comedy Xanadu. Forbidden love takes a whole new spin when Greek goddess meets mortal artist during the disco era—roller disco at that.

Opera Grand Rapids Delivers Sensational Musical Treat

Written by Allison Parker | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:00 |

One of opera's biggest bad boys seduces the stage in Opera Grand Rapids' production of Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni. Black humor and sexual energy blend in this dark tale of a flagrant womanizer who stands defiant even in the face of hell.

New Kids on the Block

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:09 |

Avenue of the Arts newbie Gaspard Gallery has definitely hit the ground running. The artist-run gallery, which held its first exhibit during the 2012 ArtPrize competition, has been host to some stunning photography exhibits that exude a sophistication seldom seen in galleries just starting out.

Dance Triumphs in Wharton Center's Billy Elliot

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 21 December 2012 15:55 |

The inspiring story of an unlikely dream steals the stage at Wharton Center with Billy Elliot, winner of 10 Tony Awards. Based on the 2000 film, the show focuses on aspiring ballet dancer Billy, an eleven-year-old diamond in the rough.

Urban Canvases of Detroit

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:47 |

Street art has been making headlines near and afar lately, from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles' groundbreaking exhibit to a few Gerald R. Ford stencils causing a rouse for Grand Rapids city officials.

West Side Story Takes on Modern Vibe

Written by Allison Parker | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 17:08 |

More than half a century after its original debut, West Side Story returns, ready to dazzle audiences anew with the plight of star-crossed lovers trapped within a ranging feud. Directed by David Saint, the Miller Auditorium performance is based on the 2009-2011 revival.

Things Get Real Surreal at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Written by Jennifer Cuffman | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 15:34 |

As the second installment of a three-year, three-exhibition partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art, the GRAM opened its doors to Real/Surreal Oct. 19.

Mitch Albom Brings Story of Ernie Harwell to Wealthy Theatre for Limited Run

Written by Charlsie Dewey | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 10:51 |

Visit the theater and the ballpark all in one night this September. Mitch Albom, bestselling author, playwright and journalist, is bringing his newest play, "Ernie," to Wealthy Theatre for a special 12-performance run from Sept. 12-23.

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