Opera Overhaul: Bringing ‘The Mikado’ into the 21st century

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 28 October 2019 10:25 |

The Mikado debuted in March of 1885 and never really left the stage. Popular at the time, it remains popular now, as beloved for its smart humor as its beautiful music.

After almost a decade, the ever-popular Bodies Revealed exhibit returns to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The exhibit, opening Nov. 16, gives viewers an inside look at the human body — a look both mesmerizing and uncanny. With 10 full body specimens and hundreds of organs, the display tells the story of each system within the body and provides information usually found only in textbooks.

With “Firebird,” Grand Rapids Ballet’s exquisite season opener, the company shows its extraordinary range, relevance, and reach under James Sofranko’s artistic direction, and that they never been stronger, better, or more beautiful as a company.

For the first time, The Barn Theatre in Augusta has emerged from its Summer Stock mainstay to offer their truly delightful rendition of The Rocky Horror Show at the most appropriately ghoulish and freaky time of the year, though it’s actually the 12th time they've performed this campy cult classic rock musical for adoring fans both old and new.

The actors in Farmers Alley Theatre’s current production of “Camelot” don mesh shirts over tank tops with tight black trousers and ornate period vests and peplum jackets in gorgeous fabrics that come off and on as needed.

Technology has given us a million ways to watch movies at home, not to mention incredible sound systems that make you feel like you’re sitting in a theater of your own. No matter how advanced our tech gets, though, nothing will ever compare to hearing a soundtrack performed in real time.

It’s a rare, special occasion when the two big art organizations in Grand Rapids team up.

The Muskegon Museum of Art has more than one ambitious exhibition taking over its remodeled galleries throughout the coming months. Whether you’re looking for the best Michigan-made art or would just like to contemplate death, the MMA has you covered. We talked with the staff about what makes these shows worth visiting — maybe more than once.

Sensory Sensation: Pilobolus is a dance company that doesn't hold back

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 26 September 2019 13:43 |

Pilobolus wants to help you come to your senses. The East Coast dance company knows you can watch performances on your phone, but that doesn’t at all compare to seeing a dance show live.

Sparking the Flame: ‘Firebird’ aims to show what the Grand Rapids Ballet can do

Written by John Kissane | Thursday, 26 September 2019 13:38 |

Having gotten lost in a great forest, Prince Ivan finds himself in the realm of Koschei the Immortal, a terrible villain whose soul lies hidden inside an egg. The prince falls in love with a princess, triggering Koschei’s wrath. It is only through the intervention of a firebird, who has herself fallen for the prince, that the egg is destroyed and happiness gained.

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