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AllArtWorks: Helping Artists Sell

Written by Michaela Stock | Tuesday, 23 May 2023 13:30 |

When it comes to being an artist, creating art is only the first step. A finished work leaves behind questions, like where it can be shared, and how it can be sold. That’s where AllArtWorks comes in. 

Masters of Voice and Piano at The Gilmore

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 15 May 2023 10:11 |

On Saturday, May 27, Kalamazoo’s Chenery Auditorium will welcome to its stage two world-renowned musicians: soprano Renée Fleming and pianist Evgeny Kissin. Audience members will experience some of the best music ever written, including pieces by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Duparc, performed by musicians who have demonstrated mastery of the art form for decades.

Review: The Tale of 'Hadestown' Deserves to be Told Again and Again

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 11 May 2023 10:12 |

As long as humans exist to share stories, we will undoubtedly reimagine and retell those tales that originated as classic mythology.

Middle school is its own world, one populated by awkward creatures and overhung with threatening skies. If you live there, you’re still discovering who you are, and deciding how much of yourself you want to reveal. Or maybe not; maybe you’re openly yourself, in all your bonkers glory.

Becoming Hadestown's Hermes

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 08 May 2023 09:35 |

The central conceit of Hadestown easily numbers among the best of any Broadway musical ever: the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in a post-apocalyptic New Orleans, soaked in that near-mythic city’s distinctive music. 

Review: 'Something Rotten!' is Fresh, Fun and Very Funny

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 01 May 2023 11:36 |

2023 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio, the first-ever collection of William Shakespeare’s plays. A copy sold at auction in October of 2020 for $9,978,000, which is a lot, but not so bad when you factor in the free shipping.

Review: Ballet + Broadway is a Marvelous Showcase of Versatility

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 25 April 2023 09:19 |

If there’s one thing Grand Rapids Ballet has proven in its 50-plus years, it is the company’s terrific versatility. This isn’t simply the only professional ballet company in Michigan; Grand Rapids Ballet continuously stretches the boundaries of what’s possible for magnificently classically-trained dancers to create on stage, from the lexicon of classical ballet, yes—but also beyond.

Review: Farmers Alley Theatre's 'Chicken & Biscuits' is Well-Crafted Comfort Food

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 22 April 2023 11:39 |

“Lord, bless me with the patience to deal with my family, for they know not what they do. . . .” says Jenkins family matriarch Baneatta at the start of Douglas Lyons’ comedic play Chicken and Biscuits, currently in production at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo.

Something Not So Rotten at GR Civic

Written by Zachary Avery | Monday, 17 April 2023 14:58 |

After other such entertaining productions as School of Rock, Mary Poppins, and Once On This Island, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is finishing out their mainstage season with yet another musical: “Something Rotten!”

Review: Face Off Theatre's New Show is an Immensely Powerful, Necessary Experience

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 15 April 2023 14:33 |

To say that What to Send Up When It Goes Down by Alesha Harris is a powerful piece of theatre—or even that it is theatre unlike anything you’ve likely seen before—is an understatement. 

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