Cafe Mamo: Home Sweet Home

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 09 May 2022 13:52 |

Café Mamo feels like home. With just 32 seats, an open kitchen and endless personal touches, the Creston restaurant is cozy and inviting, but not at all cramped or exclusive. Between the atmosphere and consistently outstanding meals, Mamo has developed a devoted following in less than a year. 

Review: Circle Theatre's 'Rent' is Full of Passion and Talent

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 09 May 2022 13:13 |

Two hundred years after the premiere of Puccini’s La Bohéme, Rent debuted. A loose adaptation of the former, Rent centered its action in the East Village neighborhood of Alphabet City. It’s startling to realize that the musical, with its Doc Marten-clad women and answering machine messages, has itself become a period piece; these days, no one can afford to starve in Manhattan.

For those of us who love music, we often forget what terrific athleticism it takes to create, especially when we’re most often exposed aurally to recorded sound. But to bear witness to live performance is a different experience altogether, one that puts us in the presence of the bodies as they’re creating those sounds that move us.

Review: Prepare to be Moved by ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Written by John Kissane | Wednesday, 04 May 2022 12:06 |

Evan Hansen might not sound like the traditional lead of a musical, but he's certainly been embraced as one.

What's Going On: May 2022

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 02 May 2022 12:13 |

Events, happenings and goings-on in West Michigan for May 2022.

Review: You Can't Not Have Fun with 'Kinky Boots'

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 02 May 2022 12:02 |

In Kinky Boots, on stage at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre through May 22nd, the answer is never really in doubt: this is a comedy, after all. And it’s a bold, brash, celebratory comedy, as sparking as the red boots of its title.

From the moment Alexis J Roston opens her mouth to sing her first note as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” at Farmers Alley Theatre, you can’t help but feel as if you’re in the presence of Lady Day herself, a lucky audience member at one of her last performances.

Kaleo: A Voice of Nature

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 25 April 2022 15:18 |

Although they’re from Iceland, rising blues-rock band Kaleo takes its name from half a world away.

Behind the Bar

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 25 April 2022 14:00 |

Bartenders see it all, for better or worse. They see sober people, completely drunk people, nice people, rude people, picky people, knowledgeable people, cluess people, and everything in between.

Review: GR Ballet Closes Out 50th Season with Multigenerational Magic

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 25 April 2022 13:37 |

The final offering in Grand Rapids Ballet’s 50th anniversary season has been a long time coming.

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