Review: Warm and unpretentious, ‘Cowboys’ is a rollicking good time

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 15 August 2018 16:14 |

To walk into The New Vic Theatre is to happen upon four dudes dressed as cowhands, sittin’ on bales of hay around an ersatz campfire making beautiful music. Somehow it feels as natural as can be, especially as welcoming as they are to the folks meandering to their seats.

Review: Barn’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is big, bold and beautiful

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 02 August 2018 21:12 |

When Beauty and the Beast hit Broadway in 1994 it was a spectacle the likes of which hadn’t ever before been seen onstage. The first of the Disney animated films sprung to life as a Broadway musical, it transformed the magic Disney formula of classic fairytale that tugs at the heartstrings and teaches a larger lesson with dynamic characters, beautiful songs, and just the right amount of humor — and amplifies it for the stage.

At World’s End: How Barn Theatre finds success in variety and disaster

Written by Jane Simons | Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:36 |

Typically in theater, when something goes wrong, it’s not the end of the world. Disaster! is one huge exception.

Love Song: Mason Street Warehouse’s 'Once' is a special kind of musical

Written by Kayla Sosa | Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:34 |

A classic love story driven by the power of music is sure to win the hearts of many in Saugatuck. Presented by Mason Street Warehouse, Once follows a Dublin street musician down on his luck who becomes inspired to keep going when a young woman is enchanted by his “haunting love songs.”

Heritage Theatre is taking a dark turn with Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, diving into the minds of famous assassins across history.

Memories of Mayer: Hope College honors a beloved professor’s life

Written by Marla Miller | Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:02 |

Popeye, boxing gloves, skulls, speaker cones, even UFOs — references to events and symbols from 20th century popular culture permeate the work of the late Billy Mayer, a well-known and well-liked Hope College art professor.

“We are addicted to our devices, we are glued to screens for work, for entertainment and for our social lives — at some point we need to find something that can provide a break. And for many, this is music,” said Julian Kuerti, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s new musical director.

A hub for social enterprise, creative pursuits and arts and job training, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology helps teens explore creative careers and adults build sustainable futures.

Sponsored Content: Burning Foot Beer Festival Returns to Muskegon

Written by Burning Foot Beer Festival | Tuesday, 31 July 2018 10:32 |

Serving as Michigan’s only barefoot beer festival on the beach, festival goers can enjoy some of the finest craft beer found in the Great Lakes region, revel in local art and food, groove to local and national music acts—all while taking in the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan. 

Sip, Savor, Sample: A firsthand preview of Restaurant Week 2018

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 30 July 2018 15:27 |

Now in its ninth year, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has more than 60 restaurants participating in the 12-day event. Each eatery creates a menu specifically intended to branch out and create something new while staying true to its core concept. It’s a chance for newcomers to try new restaurants and regulars to try new dishes, and it’s happening at nearly every restaurant in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

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