From Lansing and Orlando, shock sadness and unity

As the cast of Riverwalk Theater’s production of “Rent” slowly merged back into the crowd of people — some wearing “Love Wins” t-shirts, others wrapped in rainbow flags — standing before the steps of the state Capitol Sunday evening, another group of people quietly walked up. They stood at the back of the gathering of politicians and members of the LGBT community. There were men and children and women wearing hijabs. They were members of the Islamic Center of Greater Lansing, present to stand with the community. Todd Heywood reports on Greater Lansing’s response to the Orlando shootings.

Hirten: Baseball and bands

If you've driven past the Outfield project looming over Cooley Law School Stadium ball field and wondered what it's like inside, I can tell you. It's pitch perfect. Forgive the pun. Mickey Hirten takes a look at some of downtown Lansing’s newest apartments.

Introducing The LGBT News

It is just a coincidence — but a very appropriate one — that this week City Pulse begins publishing the monthly LAHR newsletter, The LGBT News, in our pages.

LAHR is the Lansing Association for Human Rights, which for 37 years has helped lead the effort to expand gay rights in our community. In that time, much has changed for the better for lesbian, gay, transgender and bi people — but as Sunday’s tragedy in Orlando clearly shows, much hasn’t.

Tents and tentacles

Now in its 20th year, East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is a soulful, swinging cephalopod, a regional event with tentacles stretching in all directions.

Under the aegis of artistic director Rodney Whitaker, who is also director of jazz studies across the street at Michigan State University, the festival has reached out to absorb the unique jazz scenes of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Chicago and beyond, with styles ranging from Sinatra-style big band swing to Latin, bebop and fire-breathing free jazz. Lawrence Cosentino takes a look at this year’s slate of artists.

Books in the wild

Some kids can’t get enough of the outdoors, while others are perfectly content to stay inside and read all day. A new installation in Haslett’s Orlando Park is hoping to appeal to both. City Pulse takes a look at StoryWalk, which was unveiled earlier this month.

Cranespotting

Bob Tarte’s “Feather Brained” is an enjoyable way to learn about the history of bird watching and all of its quirks. As with Tarte’s previous bird books, “Enslaved by Ducks” and “Fowl Weather,” the journey is incredibly funny. Bill Castanier talks to the author about his latest book.

Check out these stories and more in Wednesday’s issue of City Pulse.

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