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.

Kalamazoo and Moscow are colliding this month when a Russian piano virtuoso is performing with the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

As a kid, Grand Rapids native Mary Tuuk found herself in the audience of the Grand Rapids Symphony often. Now, the Calvin College alumna will be taking a different seat, one behind the desk labeled “GRS President and CEO.” She’ll be bringing a unique combination of skills to the job, including her business experience, such as her most recent role as chief compliance officer/senior vice president of properties and real estate with Meijer, Inc.

Designing Drama: How a costume designer brings Broadway plays to life

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:33 |

It takes some of us more than 20 minutes just to pick out an outfit, let alone design one from scratch — not Linda Cho.

Stage to Stage: Shane German has spent a lifetime performing

Written by Kayla Sosa | Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:23 |

Shane German, local WYCE music director and actor, moved to Grand Rapids three years ago. Since then, he has been in 14 shows, including Jewish Theatre’s Torch Song Trilogy Act III: Women and Children First, in which he just won the Grand Award this year for outstanding lead actor in a play. The play went on to win outstanding play, and other cast members took home awards as well. Coming off of the hype, German is both inspired and exhausted from the experience.

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