‘La La Land’ a delightful but shallow slice of musical nostalgia
Dec. 29 2016
I have to admit that this movie is an utter delight. But that’s also what gives me pause. It’s a movie that is trying very hard — almost too hard — to get you to like it, and it...
Unexpected themes emerged in this year’s theater season
Dec. 28 2016
Looking back on the local theater I saw in 2016, I sometimes found myself missing men and enjoying pain. Hmm … I suppose I should explain. Two themes appeared over and over in the past year....
Dec. 28 2016
Couples engaged to be married have a lot on their plates as they begin planning their weddings. Whereas tradition once demanded parents of the bride pay for a couple’s wedding, nowadays more and...
Dec. 28 2016
Weddings require a lot of planning. Couples hosting large weddings or even intimate gatherings can easily be overwhelmed by the amount of planning they must do to make their weddings into events they will...
Dec. 28 2016
Many elements combine to make traditional wedding receptions special. But many veteran wedding guests would agree that the right playlist once guests hit the reception hall dance floor can turn an ordinary...
Dec. 28 2016
According to the bridal resource The Knot, more and more couples are opting for less pageantry and more laid back panache when planning their weddings. For those who prefer something more intimate and...
Dec. 28 2016
While some aspects of a wedding are better left to the professionals, others are primed for a little do-it-yourself cost cutting. By handling some of the work themselves, couples can save a considerable...
Dec. 28 2016
During special events, particularly those steeped in tradition, such as weddings, blended families may have to employ certain tactics to ensure the events go off without a hitch. When planning their weddings,...
Local wedding photographers share tips for getting great off-site photos
Dec. 28 2016
From Gothic architecture to sleek steel buildings to riverside parks, Greater Lansing offers plenty of choices for creative offsite wedding photos
Dec. 28 2016
It started with a movie. Local piano legend Bob Baldori, former keyboardist for the Woolies and go-to harmonica and piano player for Chuck Berry since the late ‘60s, made a documentary on the origins...
From sneakers to spies, 2016 produced good reads
Dec. 28 2016
Like a lot of readers, I’m seduced by pretty pictures in books. So it should be no surprise that three of my favorite books this year were absolutely crammed with photographs of architectural wonders...
National names, from Lansing and elsewhere, poured forth classical and jazz bliss in 2016
Dec. 28 2016
In 2016, lovers of classical and jazz music in Greater Lansing were again dazzled by dozens of superb local musicians who are also national names — or could be, if they cared to live in a city...
Local theater helps community make sense of turbulent year
Dec. 28 2016
In their own way, local productions became an emotional roadmap for the tumultuous year. In January, two productions explored grief and loss in profoundly different ways
Dec. 28 2016
BOOGIE STOMP! AT THE ROBIN THEATRE Lansing piano greats Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza offer a dance-filled evening that traverses the history of American music from the Civil War to today, including...
Dec. 28 2016
Lansing-based roots-punk band the Devil’s Cut, along with a full slate of edgy Americana-rock outfits, perform Friday at the Avenue Café. The event, dubbed A Very Krampus Xmas, benefits the...
Year in review
Dec. 28 2016
A rash of restaurant closings in 2016 fueled fears that the Metro Lansing dining scene was dying, contributing to the year’s overall depressing vibe compounded by an ugly, surreal election cycle...
Remembering Unicorn Tavern owner Tommy Malvetis
Dec. 22 2016
“Once he wasn’t able to come here every day, we knew it wouldn’t be long. This was his life. He was a fighter, but this time I think he just let go.”
Dec. 21 2016
Mac’s Bar hosts a bumpin’ holiday-themed party featuring a mashup of EDM and hip-hop artists. And of course, ugly sweaters are encouraged. Set to perform are headliners Landoh and Captain Boom,...
Taking a look at classic holiday books, new and old
Dec. 21 2016
“’Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house …” New Yorker Clement Clarke Moore wrote this famous first line in 1823, and the story has since become a favorite...
Dec. 21 2016
If you haven't finished your holiday shopping at this point, you may feel tempted to slip some cash in a card and call it a day. But if you’re looking for a personal touch, a few local art galleries...

Subscribe to Our Newsletter