Review: “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” dazzles and delights beyond expectation

Written by James Sanford | Saturday, 25 March 2017 12:42 |

For artistic directors planning a theater’s season, there’s always a temptation to ride the coattails of an upcoming movie and schedule a stage version of the next potential blockbuster. But this can also be a trap.

Palette of Petals: Floral art takes over the GRAM

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:20 |

Tomorrow, the smell of peonies, carnations, orchids and more will fill the halls of Grand Rapids Art Museum. Well, we don’t yet know exactly what flowers will be on display, but Art In Bloom is returning for the first time since 2015, bringing with it some can’t-miss events centered around the weekend exhibition.

Renee Zettle-Sterling grieves through art

Written by Marla Miller | Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:52 |

After the sudden death of her brother during a hunting accident in 2002, metalsmith Renee Zettle-Sterling took an interest in how to channel grief and healing through the process of making art.

“Sell” rhymes with “hell,” something David Mamet never lets us forget in his 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner Glengarry Glen Ross, set in a Chicago real estate office that’s about as cheery and chummy as a vipers’ nest. With apologies to Arthur Miller, death for these salesmen would be a relief; they are trapped in a torturous, endless purgatory of backstabbing, back-biting and brow-beatings.

Review: 'RENT' stands the test of time

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:12 |

Tuesday night, a standing ovation met the cast of RENT after they rocked a crowd of about 2,000 at Grand Rapids’ DeVos Performance Hall.

Review: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ sells the goods

Written by Paul Wozniak | Sunday, 12 March 2017 12:31 |

Imagine getting the opportunity to work for your favorite celebrity. Now imagine you and that celebrity becoming fast friends.

“Pictures at an Exhibition” is a musical tour through a collection of paintings, drawings and sketches, including scenes from a bustling marketplace, a witch from Slavic folklore, the catacombs of Paris, and more.

Just Kidding: Laughfest show puts a child’s wild imagination onstage

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:00 |

Adult comics will bring kids’ imaginations to life with a free show at this year’s Gilda’s Laughfest. This is the second annual show directed by local comedian Amy Gascon, who performs in various comedy and improv groups in Grand Rapids.

Jason Potgieter’s passion for puppeteering will come in handy for Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.

Music always is evolving as an art form. All composers, no matter how original or innovative, were at some point influenced by their predecessors. However, no classical composer has been more pioneering than Johann Sebastian Bach. 

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