A short list of obscure, Michigan-made Christmas songs
Dec. 14 2017
Every year, radio stations fall into the same holiday-music trap. Countless spins of the same ol’ Christmas tunes by Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney take over the airwaves. Crowded shopping centers...
Steven and Misa Mead join Mountain Town Brass holiday concert
Dec. 14 2017
We’re not talking about a couple of chartered accountants who moonlight in the town square after a pint or two. In the world of brass bands, Steven Mead is an über-poobah of the euphonium, a...
Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle brings back annual holiday show for five rounds of 'strangeness'
Dec. 14 2017
The wise showman knows how to appeal to a wide range of fans, but when you’re dealing with “the holidays” — that hot button, non-secular slush zone of unbridled joy, seasonal depression...
A face-up display of the top gift books of 2017
Dec. 14 2017
Schuler’s books in the Eastwood Towne Center displays best sellers on a table just inside the door. Manager Rhoda Wolfe said patrons are turning books to which they object, flipping inflammatory...
Ten Pound Fiddle's annual Holiday Sing, organized by Sally Potter, returns Friday to the MSU Community Music School.
Dec. 14 2017
Local musician and folk music promoter Sally Potter is no ivory tower musician. She keeps busy recording, teaching and performing throughout the year, spreading the inclusive gospel of folk music, but...
Bernero tells pot businesses to license or face consequences
Dec. 14 2017
Marijuana businesses in Lansing are facing strict deadlines to get their applications for licensing submitted or face closure. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who completes his third and last term Jan. 1,...
Dec. 14 2017
We knew it would be a tight race. State Sen. Virg Bernero was challenging Lansing Mayor Tony Benavides, who by dint of being president of the City Council had been anointed mayor after David Holister quit...
Lansing, East Lansing, Windsor Twp. only localities to opt into state medical marijuana licensing
Dec. 14 2017
To allow or not to allow — that is the question for communities across Michigan when it comes to medical marijuana facilities. Many municipalities in the greater Lansing area are taking the wait-and-see...
After citizens reject an income tax, everything is on the table
Dec. 14 2017
City Manager George Lahanas, during a special City Council meeting Sunday, provided a memo of potential cuts to parks and recreation. That hypothetical proposal includes yanking all support from the city...
Dec. 14 2017
By temperament, and perhaps talent, Virg Bernero always had the political makings of a mayor. He chafed at the measured pace of a county legislator, state representative and senator, his pre-mayoral elected...
Bloom Coffee Roasters in Lansing's Old Town district will close its cafe indefinitely next week
Dec. 14 2017
Well, maybe. Last week, Field posted a heartfelt letter on his website citing a blend of unmet expectations (his, not his customers) and impending fatherhood as reasons for the closure
Schor announces department head choices
Dec. 14 2017
Mayor-elect Andy Schor has announced the 12 members of his cabinet. Four are new faces to city government and eight are familiar ones. Here’s who’s who and what they’re doing
Schor plans to target neighborhood economic development
Dec. 14 2017
With a push and pull tension between neighborhoods and large scale developments long gnawing at city government, incoming Mayor Andy Schor is reshuffling his departments and cabinet leaders to send a message:...
Dec. 7 2017
When Terry Terry started his creative communications firm, MessageMakers, 40 years ago, he was still in college and not far removed from the years he spent as a hitchhiking thrill seeker
Dec. 7 2017
Enter Bob, aka Dr. David Steinberg (Michael Lopetrone), an occasionally employed actor who doubles as an escort for older ladies. He’s not Jewish, but it turns out he’s a pretty good actor,...
Nancy Pearl’s ‘George & Lizzie’ is racy and deep
Dec. 7 2017
Nancy Pearl, a graduate of the University of Michigan who lives in Seattle, is a librarian with national chops
Lange Choral Ensemble gets and gives the Christmas spirit
Dec. 7 2017
After months of hard work and a tricky end run around a collapsed church wall, the annual Christmas concert by the venerable Lange Choral Ensemble is finally nigh. A tradition for more than 40 years, the...
‘Finding Neverland’ stars TV veteran John Davidson as Captain Hook
Dec. 7 2017
B u t the true roots of the story which recount playwright J.M. Barrie’s creation of Peter Pan — harkens back to the early 1900s
DeWitt coffee-roasting wiz details the process behind your cup of joe
Dec. 7 2017
Walking into the small production space at Craft & Mason Coffee Roasting Co. in DeWitt, the first thing you notice is a sweet coffee aroma lingering from past roasts
Co-founder Bob Fish reveals the secrets behind Biggby’s bigness
Dec. 7 2017
It’s not hard to understand how Biggby exploded from one East Lansing café in 1995 to 230 franchises this year, with another 12 slated to open in early 2018. Just check out a famous scene...