West Michigan Summer Festivals

Written by Revue Staff | Wednesday, 30 May 2018 14:59 |

West Michigan's 2018 Summer Festival Guide

Ten years ago, David Abbott had moved back to his hometown of Grand Rapids, unsure of what to do next. He began work at ArtPrize, which slowly but surely led him on the path to April of 2018, when he became the first-ever executive director of Festival of the Arts. In conversation, it’s immediately clear that Abbott is passionate about his community and the festival itself.

Stories of Power: ATGR holds local playwriting festival

Written by Kayla Tucker | Tuesday, 29 May 2018 13:03 |

Actors’ Theatre’s Living on the Edge playwriting festival is wrapping up this month with a final showcase of the top five scripts, written by local playwrights here in West Michigan. Each play, once fully staged, will last 8-15 minutes and they’re all written under one theme: (un)breakable.

Sitcom Onstage: 'Olive and the Bitter Herbs' is more than a rerun

Written by Kayla Tucker | Tuesday, 29 May 2018 13:00 |

Golden Girls, Mary Tyler Moore, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Cheers, The Jeffersons — if you’re suddenly feeling nostalgic, Olive and the Bitter Herbs is the show for you.

A new performing arts company has manifested in Grand Rapids, with a mission to bring entertainment as well as empowerment to the people and performers of West Michigan.

At first glance, the large-scale wall installations and sculptures look like succulents and flowers, multi-colored woven rugs, moths and butterflies.

Half a century later, the contemporary glass movement continues to gain momentum with competitions, exhibits and college programs. With Global Glass: A Survey of Form & Function, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is diving into this unique art movement.

All's Fair in Art and Crafts: Time to hit the lakeshore for fine art

Written by Marla Miller | Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:05 |

Every summer, set along boardwalks, in waterfront parks and on closed-off city blocks, art fairs take over the lakeshore with handcrafted jewelry, paintings, pottery, photography, sculpture and much more.

This month’s Kalamazoo Philharmonia and the Bach Festival Chorus performance is personal for Andrew Koehler.

Even as he’s living the dream of every working musician — out on the road playing packed venues and massive festival stages all across the country — organist/vocalist Michael Trotter Jr. admits he could have never written the script for his life right now.

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