One of the best things about living in Grand Rapids is the city’s vibrant arts community. September is an exciting time because many of the community’s finest performing arts organizations kick off their seasons, from the ballet to the symphony to the theater.
I am particularly excited to see “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at Actors’ Theatre this month and for Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s “Ring of Fire” production. I’m also hoping to score tickets to “The Lion King” and “Hamilton” later in the year, thanks to Broadway Grand Rapids bringing those shows to town. You can find all the shows making their way to Grand Rapids stages this year beginning on p. 33. We’ve included interviews with a handful of the creatives and executive directors behind these amazing productions.
I’ve been a regular attendee of ArtPrize since its first year, so I’m very interested to see what Project 1 has in store. ArtPrize announced previously that it would become a biennial event, and during the off years, it would launch this new public art initiative. It’s been fun to read about the development of this event – from the artists tapped to participate to the locations of the public installations and the schedule of events meant to engage the community further with art – this year as they’ve been unveiled. We’ve got a fun story highlighting one of this year’s artists on p. 25.
If you enjoy cooking, you’ll love this month’s Reading Room column on p. 16, featuring “My Little Michigan Kitchen,” by Mandy McGovern. Enjoy the photos of some of McGovern’s recipes and learn about what motivated her to create a cookbook filled with Michigan recipes.
Don’t worry, if going out to eat is more your thing, our Chef Profile looks at one of Grand Rapids’ newest restaurant additions, Živio Modern European Tavern and Grill. With a menu focused on cuisines of the Balkan peninsula, Živio brings something unique to Grand Rapids.
This month, dinner and a show sound like the perfect date.
Managing Editor, Grand Rapids Magazine