Arts & Entertainment: Present tense and past tense

Present Tense (Recent highlights)

In November 2016, I moved from MLive/Grand Rapids Press to WKTV community television’s WKTV Journal online publication. The beat goes on.

The latest big thing is a feature on Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s 2017 show at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

But then there was that wild night with the Avett Brothers in concert. (And a great interview with Scott Avett.)

Also new, in 2017, I am covering the Beer City USA scene in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

So here are some “Beer Guy” stories:

Planning to have a beer soon at Two Guys Brewery, December 2016

Past Tense (Oldies but goodies)


Cecile McLorin Salvant at St. Cecilia Music, review December 2016

Grand Rapids Symphony’s David Lockington interview, May 2015

Rhiannon Giddens interview and CD review, April 2015

Over The Rhine CD review, December 2014

String Cheese Incident interview (for Electric Forest Festival) June 2014.

Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes” CD review, February 2014

Lyle Lovett conncert review, August 2013

David Byrne & St. Vincent concert review, July 2013

Los Lobos w/Alejandro Escovedo concert review, June 2013

David Byrne at Meijer Gardens preview, June 2013

Los Lobos at MoCA, March 2012

Talea Ensemble at EMPAC, March 2012


Annabelle Lopez Ochoa at Grand Rapids Ballet’s MoveMedia, March 2014

Chunky Move at Jacobs Pillow, March 2012


I conducted a great interview with the very British actor Julian Sands about his one-man stage production of the works of the very British playwright Harold Pinter. MLive’s On The Town ran a short story but here is the complete  Julian Sands Q&A from November 2015.

Showtimes’ Ray Donovan Series preview/review, June 2013

Arts News:

What’s up with those collectible artist cards? ArtPrize 2015 in Grand Rapids, fall 2015

Tadao Ando at The Clark, October 2011

Oldies But Goodies: Jay O’Callahan at Bethlehem, September 1999





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