Kim Nguyen: Virtual and Versatile

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:35 |

Kim Nguyen moved back from Colorado just because she missed Grand Rapids, and she’s been diving deeper into the local art scene ever since, from First Fridays to ArtPrize and Grand Rapids Zine Fest. Nguyen loves to experiment, describing her style as versatile thanks to her many interests. She’s garnered attention with both her ArtPrize entry, Quest Phasing, and her Mom Zine, a delightful collection of conversations with her mother. Nguyen will have her first solo show next year at MadCap Coffee.

JoLee Kirkikis: Choosing Forgiveness, Valuing Vulnerability

Written by Elma Talundzic | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:26 |

JoLee Kirkikis wants you to understand that there’s strength in softness. The 23-year-old Kendall College of Art and Design alumnus works her own photography into collages, also bringing in words and other materials. There’s a delicateness to both the photos themselves and the resulting collages that reverberates through her work. We talked with Kirkikis about her art and its exploration of voluntary susceptibility.

Hannah Berry: Crafting Community in Creston

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:21 |

Hannah Berry has loved art as far back as she can remember. The artist, 27, always saw herself having a career in art, except for a very brief time when she tried something else. “But then I was like, ‘What are you doing? You hate this,’” she said. So back to the literal drawing board it was. Now the Kendall College of Art and Design alumna has a gallery of her own, Lions & Rabbits, which is much more complex than just a place for people to hang their pieces. She also recently tied for first place in the Visual Artist category of our 2017 Best of the West Readers Poll. This is her story.

Museums Season Preview

Written by Kara Toay | Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:10 |

Museums Season Preview

Classical Music & Jazz 2017-2018 Season Preview

Written by Emily Claus | Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:09 |

Classical Music & Jazz 2017-2018 Season Preview

Performing Arts 2017-2018 Season Preview

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:07 |

Performing Arts 2017-2018 Season Preview

Visual Arts 2017-2018 Season Preview

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:05 |

Visual Arts 2017-2018 Season Preview

Review: ‘Hockey - The Musical’ scores big with fun songs, true comedy

Written by Dana Casadei | Friday, 25 August 2017 15:09 |

At the start of the show, the house lights go down and the curved screen at the back of the stage lights up with the face of a man named Lee Rifield. See, Rifield is the man who got Mitch Albom — yes, the guy who has written stories for the Detroit Free Press and novels like Tuesdays with Morrie — to finally write a musical about hockey, an idea Albom had brought up years prior.

Review: ‘Rent’ offers Barn Theatre’s greatest performances this season

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 25 August 2017 14:49 |

Twenty years, four Tonys, a Pulitzer, a film, a cult following, innumerable national tours and regional and high school productions later, the musical that took Broadway by storm and opened up possibilities within the rock musical genre still has the power to move its audiences to laugh, cry, think and feel real empathy.

Review: ‘Big Night Out’ is simple, elegant and enjoyable

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:23 |

The five women who perform Kalamazoo’s New Vic Theater’s Big Night Out sing old standards, Broadway classics, as well as songs from more contemporary musicals, and through them, offer what they describe as “a celebration of life.”

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