The holiday season serves as a counterpoint to the fast-paced nature of the lives people lead, and the typical desire to find what’s new and different before boredom sets in.

Growing up, singer Diane Penning recalls two experiences that made the excitement of the holidays come alive in her house: The arrival of the Sears Roebuck Christmas catalog, and listening to holiday records like the Firestone Tires Longines Symphonette albums.

Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ delights all ages with talent and magic

Written by Kayla Sosa | Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:50 |

The lights go dark. From underneath the stage comes a mermaid, or rather a silhouette of a mermaid, swimming up — blue, silky curtains reflecting water behind her. The music is subtle, but moody. At that moment, the audience knows they’re in for a performance.

In its 38 years rooted in Kalamazoo as Michigan’s preeminent modern dance company, Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers has featured different company members, collaborated with various musicians and other dancers and choreographers, and otherwise found ways to change it all up just enough to keep its audiences engaged without compromising Cori Terry’s fundamental style and vision for the company.

One of the more amazing aspects of a classical piano concert is to see the artist play entirely from memory.

Review: Pigeon Creek’s ‘As You Like It’ is funny and relevant as ever

Written by John Kissane | Sunday, 11 November 2018 13:28 |

On Friday, November 9, two dozen souls braved the weather and went to Dog Story Theater, where they warmed themselves with Pigeon Creek’s production of As You Like It, Shakespeare’s coziest and most accommodating comedy.

Review: ‘eLLe’ lovingly captures the modern experience

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:10 |

The homegrown episodic play series “eLLe: New Positions,” the sixth season opener for Queer Theatre Kalamazoo, transforms the basement space of downtown Kalamazoo’s First Baptist Church into “the most wonderful play party in West Michigan."

Review: ‘A Doll’s House’ is a tremendously moving examination of love and freedom

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:34 |

Nora slammed the door on her husband and three children more than 140 years ago when she walked out of her married life in Henrik Ibsen’s proto-feminist masterpiece “A Doll’s House.” But now she’s back in Lucas Hnath’s critically-acclaimed and Tony Award-winning “A Doll’s House, Part 2” to answer and raise further questions in a tremendously moving yet remarkably unadorned production of the 2017 play at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo.

Sip, munch and cheers: Cocktail Week GR

Written by Elma Talundzic | Friday, 02 November 2018 14:37 |

Grand Rapids proudly holds the title of Beer City, but it’s safe to say there is some major talent in crafting other libations. If you prefer a stiffer drink, throw on a suit or your little black dress and join Cocktail Week GR as it enters its fourth year of celebrating Michigan craft spirits.

Grindhouse Film Festival comes to Comic Con

Written by Kara Toay | Friday, 02 November 2018 13:06 |

The lights dim and cameras roll as people settle into their seats once again for the sixth year of the Grand Rapids Comic Con Film Fest, where local independent filmmakers can show off their short films. This year, however, the Grindhouse Film Festival is joining the lineup.

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