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Cover story:
Squaring the circle

MSU’s Broad Art Museum, celebrating its first birthday this week, was born into a wormhole of contradictory expectations. It was supposed to be a global player in the art world while putting down roots in the community; challenge and provoke people but make them feel welcome; celebrate art for art’s sake while attracting tourist dollars; and snag big donors while critiquing the economic system in which they operate. Somehow, it would honor the art inherited from its predecessor, the Kresge Art Museum, while wiping the institution out. We take a look at the Broad at age 1, and see what’s on the horizon.

City Pulse endorsements

Find out which candidates in the local races City Pulse is endorsing, including where we stand on the pot amendment.

‘Lack of cooperation’

The city of Lansing paid nearly $200,000 to a local information technology company on July 5, but the city’s internal auditor doesn’t know what for. We dig into what’s going on.

Water, colors

Art integrates itself in many places around town, from Martin Eichinger’s “Windlord” at Adado Riverfront Park to the poetry benches lining Grand River Avenue and Turner Street in Old Town. Which is why the idea of a Lansing-based hot tub retailer expanding its showroom to accommodate a performance space and artist venue isn’t as farfetched as it might seem. We talk to James McFarland, owner of Hotwater Works in Lansing’s Eastside neighborhood, to see what the changes he’s making to his retail space mean for the local arts community.

In memoriam

For nearly 30 years, Betty Price owned Liebermann’s Department Store in downtown Lansing, an institution of local retail. She died peacefully at her home in Milwaukee on Oct. 20. We talked with her friends, family and longtime customers to pay tribute the classy, comforting presence in Lansing for much of the 20th century.

Organic: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

From the road, Lansing’s Smith Floral and Greenhouses appears quaint and unassuming. Even a quick stop in can be deceiving if you stick to the front of the store. It’s not until you take a stroll through the back — and they’re happy to give curiosity-seekers a tour — that you realize how vast the space actually is and how creatively it’s being used. Last March, they devoted some of that space to growing organic produce. Take a tour of the grounds in this month’s Organic column and see what’s available.