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Summer Crop: Barn Theatre

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 22 August 2022 09:51 |

At first, to Penelope Baxter Ragotzy, Barn Theatre was just a name on a T-shirt. Ragotzy was a student at San Jose State University, where she studied under Donnamarie “Dusty” Reeds. Reeds wore the shirt, which advertised a theater near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Review: Shakespeare is Downright Fun in ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 18 August 2022 10:48 |

Gene Wolfe wrote that an exaggerated solemnity always indicates a lack of faith. Such solemnity can often be found among pilgrims traveling to the highest slopes of Mount Art. 

Green Dreams: Cannabis + Sleep

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 15 August 2022 10:46 |

More and more people are turning to cannabis to help with physical and psychological issues, including one of the biggest parts of any human’s life: Sleep.

Style Notes: Summer Magic Starts Here

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 15 August 2022 10:44 |

Make the most of the season with a spot that’s truly digging into what it means to have the best summer ever in their new, larger space. 

Review: Settle Into Life with ‘On Golden Pond’

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 15 August 2022 10:11 |

My sainted mother has advised that, when her time to die comes, she will wander off into the woods in order to spare us distress. Never mind that we won’t know where she is until a bear is found holding aloft the remains of her head.

Review: 'Rock of Ages' is the Jukebox Musical of the Summer

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 11 August 2022 09:29 |

There are a few jukebox musicals that actually improve upon the songs that make up the score. Rock of Ages transforms the hits of ‘80s rock with delightful cleverness, stringing them together with a silly story and terrific arrangements.

Brewery Outré: Above and Beyond

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 08 August 2022 12:14 |

Kalamazoo’s newest brewery is defying convention with unique yet highly drinkable beers.

Desmond Jones: Returning to the Spotlight, Shooting for the Stars

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 08 August 2022 12:12 |

Over their 10-year history as a band, the members of Desmond Jones have always found a way to keep playing their music.

Kayaks, Tubes & Canoes, Oh My!

Written by Claire Chapin | Monday, 08 August 2022 12:07 |

Summer is here — time to get in the water! While we all love our beaches here in West Michigan, the area is full of rivers, including Grand Rapids’ very own namesake.

Review: Rebellious, Joyful ‘School of Rock’ Is Beyond Fun

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 08 August 2022 11:55 |

I’ll say this for children: They’re terrible at pretending to have a good time. At least, mine are. So when Gemma (9) and Heidi (6) began singing along from their seats, I knew School of Rock was working.

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