The Rapidian


Vault of Midnight puts local creators on the shelves

Submitted 03-13-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Vault of Midnight's "small and local press" section gives local artists exposure and a chance to grow.


Artist feature from UICA: Jordan Gaza

Submitted 03-06-2018 under NONPROFITS

Jordan Gaza graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's Illustration program in 2016 and has been living in Grand Rapids ever since. Primarily working digitally and with gouache paint, Gaza's illustrations are both vulnerable and sincere.


Jewish Theatre's production of Torch Song Trilogy full of laughter and heartfelt emotion

Submitted 03-05-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The story centers on a New York, Jewish, homosexual, drag queen, torch singer who struggles to cope with the tragic loss of his life partner, learns to be an effective parent to his adopted son and is forced to deal with his own mother’s intolerance.


Cameron Esposito joins LaughFest 2018 to talk about the importance of honest conversation and laughter

Submitted 03-02-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

"I don't think we have gotten to a place where we can talk about community as it really is." Cameron Esposito talks about community.


Break it Down, Make it Better helps build community in Grand Rapids art world

Submitted 02-27-2018 under NEWS

Artists, curators, and venue coordinators all gathered on Friday, February 23, 2018 for the chance to take part in various workshops, roundtable discussions and presentations. The annual event was held at 106 South Division.


Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition celebrates 50th year

Submitted 02-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Under the direction of local poet and artist Christine Krieger, Kent County’s own all-ages poetry prize weathers change, welcomes new and established poets to submit their work


Artist feature from UICA: Curt Ikens

Submitted 02-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

Curt Ikens created new work for this solo show. Ikens' recent work grapples with diverse issues such as environmental sustainability, the awkward merging of Eastern and Western cultures, historicism, and child labor.


Meijer Gardens' 23rd annual Butterfly Exhibition highlights global journey taken by butterflies to reach West Michigan

Submitted 02-08-2018 under NONPROFITS

Explore the wondrous journey of thousands of butterflies as they fly freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory March 1 through April 30.


Grand Rapids welcomes the Lunar New Year with fun, festivities

Submitted 02-05-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The Chinese Association of West Michigan is hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration on February 16, 2018 at the DeVos Hall —and you're invited!


All the Way! Civic Theatre's newest offering is a hit with audiences

Submitted 01-16-2018 under OPINION

The story of passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 comes to life in this play about President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr.