Feb. 15 2017
To all of my brave ones – who live boldly as yourselves, despite, and sometimes in spite of, the people who try to dim your radiant light. To those who, as Janelle Monae says, “defy every label.”...
Lansing Symphony, Sharon Isbin serve up smashing night of Latin music
Feb. 15 2017
Andrew Spencer was smiling so much it must have hurt his face Saturday night. Don’t think we didn’t notice
Feb. 15 2017
Young Pioneer, formed in 2012, is technically a Brighton-based indie rock band, but last summer it grew some Lansing roots when local musicians Jason Marr and Austin Howard joined the band. Marr is known...
Feb. 15 2017
“My mom pushed me into it when I was in fifth grade, trying to get me to make some new friends and get me out of my neighborhood a little bit,” Sylvester said. “So she signed me up for...
Feb. 15 2017
But my favorite option so far is the Sammy. This breakfast sandwich features fried chicken, avocado, bacon, sprouts, arugula and a poached egg, all topped with ranch and sriracha aioli and served on ciabatta...
Feb. 15 2017
Zoe remembers the first time she saw Amanda, and the second, and the third, but it wasn’t because it was love at first sight. Amanda leaves an impression, and nobody can dispute that. You may not...
Ambitious dance work takes on human trafficking, addiction and abuse
Feb. 15 2017
Human trafficking, prostitution, heroin addiction — these are not typical topics for a dance performance. But “Among the Darkest Shadows,” a cross-country multi-partner collaboration...
Council approves new law regulating home pot growing
Feb. 15 2017
In an action that will have ramifications for home growers of medical marijuana, the Lansing City Council has approved an ordinance regulating odor and electrical use
Local mom asks Meijer for healthy checkout aisles
Feb. 15 2017
Local photographer and artist Jane Kramer started a petition on change. org after she couldn’t get past Meijer’s customer service desk last fall
Feb. 15 2017
Architectural critics often divide their subjects into ‘capital A’ Architecture and ‘small a’ architecture. The former category includes famous museums, large monuments and examples...
Film screening revisits local nationalist group
Feb. 15 2017
“Casablanca” allowed Bogart to metaphorically redeem himself from his dark role in “Black Legion,” where he played a nativist and white supremacist who rails against immigration....
Feb. 15 2017
It’s as if the place were never meant to be. Yet there it sits, down a forlorn dead-end street, behind a car wash and flanked by buildings whose commerce is God-knows-what
Journalist sees silver lining in America’s racial discord
Feb. 15 2017
Back in 2014, journalist Jonathan Capehart wrote this headline for a Washington Post blog: ‘‘Black lives matter’ to everyone – finally.”
Lansing is finding out in sanctuary city debate
Feb. 15 2017
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, Shakespeare wrote. And that may be the case in Lansing in the debate over whether the city should declare itself a sanctuary city
New book looks at events leading to Kent State shootings
Feb. 15 2017
“Four dead in Ohio.” Those four words, from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s hastily recorded protest song “Ohio,” were haunting in their simplicity
Dirt trails along the Grand River open up a Lansing wilderness
Feb. 15 2017
Dirt trails along the Grand River open up a Lansing wildernessAt an obscure trailhead hidden behind a backyard in southwest Lansing, a laminated card is crudely duct taped to a fence pole: “No motorized...
Peppermint Creek’s ‘Heathers’ delivers laughs with dark humor
Feb. 15 2017
“Heathers: The Musical” is a dark — more like black — satire. If you haven’t seen the ‘80s cult film on which it’s based, you’ve now been warned. That said,...
Feb. 15 2017
After sitting vacant for nearly a year and a half, a prime downtown Lansing nightclub location will reopen next week as a hookah lounge. On Wednesday, owner/operator Adam Murshed will host a grand opening...
County weighs proposals for trail extensions
Feb. 15 2017
The next time I roll from my home turf in North Lansing to talk about trails with Parks Department Director Timothy Morgan at the Ingham County seat in Mason, I may do it on two wheels
McClurken a ‘pissy rich guy,’ Yorko says on Facebook
Feb. 15 2017
“Pissy rich guy.” That’s how Lansing City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko has described James McClurken, who has filed to run for her seat this year to represent the Fourth Ward

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