Review: ‘Beautiful’ is exactly that, in every way

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:30 |

“Sometimes when life doesn’t go the way you want, you find something beautiful,” declares Sarah Bockel as Carole King, singer and songwriter extraordinaire, from behind a grand piano.

The 12th bi-annual Grand Rapids Bach Festival has arrived, showcasing the talents of local musicians young and old through the 18th century composer’s timeless music.

There is theater that entertains, theater that makes you think, theater that touches the heart and stirs the soul, and every now and then, there’s a work of theater that achieves all of that, and in a way no other art form can.

Review: ‘Miss Saigon’ is a remarkable journey through war and love

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:51 |

Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they fall in love and go on to live happily ever after. End of story, right?

Review: RAD Fest is full of powerful, innovative, accessible dance

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 09 March 2019 16:10 |

The first of four performances of short works offered by the 10th anniversary Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival provided a little more than an hour of an eclectic variety of modern dance Friday night.

Mo Pop announces lineup for 7th annual festival

Written by Danata Paulino | Wednesday, 06 March 2019 18:03 |

Bringing together all the different styles of Detroit, The Mo Pop Festival is set to bring life and excitement to West RiverFront Park for the seventh year. The two-day celebration, on July 27 and 28, will once again feature bands and musicians to thrill, unique artistic creations, and Detroit's own famously delicious food.

2019 election: Grand Rapids campaigns launch amid city-police tension

Written by Andy Balaskovitz | Wednesday, 06 March 2019 12:09 |

Former Grand Rapids Public Schools Board President Wendy Falb formally launched her 2nd Ward city commission campaign Friday amid another controversial week for police-community relations.

Review: You won’t want to leave ‘Once On This Island’

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 02 March 2019 15:57 |

It is hard to imagine a more perfect show for southwest Michigan at the beginning of March to stave off the dreary doldrums of winter than “Once On This Island.” Visually warm and lovely, with music and performances this delightful, it’s impossible to not be transported to the French Antilles for a little over an hour in The Kalamazoo Civic’s excellent production of this mystical, marvelous tale.

Not Too Much of a Good Thing: Meeting alcohol in the middle

Written by Jack Raymond | Wednesday, 27 February 2019 17:13 |

Prohibition — “the noble experiment” — was a complete, counterintuitive failure. The hooch got dirtier, the crime messier, the consumption higher. Even Congress, the arbiters of such bogus legislation, had their own bootlegger, “The Man in the Green Hat”, who snuck whiskey, moonshine, scotch and more to members of office. Surprise, it didn’t stick.

Sofía Ramírez Hernández: Great feats with small steps

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 27 February 2019 17:07 |
Q&A

An artist, educator and organizer, Sofía Ramírez Hernández shares her story through her work so that others won’t have to struggle the way she did. Hers is a story of immigration, identity definition and institutionalized discrimination.

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