A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Jan. 23 2013
The Steel Wheels, a Virginia-based four-piece folk band, returns to The Ten Pound Fiddle on Friday. The Steel Wheels tap into Americana traditions, but add a fresh-sounding acoustic fervor
Secrets Nightclub & The House of Eden Rock
Jan. 16 2013
Over the last couple months, downtown Lansing bars J's Pub (formerly Brannigan Brothers), Secrets Nightclub (formerly Club X-Cel) and The House of Eden Rock (formerly the Wild Beaver Saloon) have made...
Conceptual art exhibit enters final stage: the walls of strangers
Jan. 16 2013
If you have a portrait hanging in your living room, chances are it's from a major life milestone —a graduation, a wedding, the beginning of a senior year — and certainly of someone you know....
MSU's annual musical King tribute stretches a big tent bigger
Jan. 16 2013
Michigan State University's annual musical and spoken word tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. is still known by its original name, "Jazz: Spirituals, Prayers and Protest" — a big tent to begin with...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Jan. 16 2013
While he may spend his days teaching and selling at Elderly Instruments, at night Elden Kelly impresses audiences with his vocals and virtuoso guitar skills. His eclectic jazz style blends a broad range...
Dysfunction delights in epic drama
Jan. 16 2013
It's one of the basic rules of storytelling: your own family's dysfunction makes you neurotic; someone else's dysfunction is good drama (or comedy, as the case may be). The clan in "August: Osage County"...
Jerry's Hairport & Modern Barbers
Jan. 9 2013
On Dec. 28, the ownership of two longstanding Lansing barbershops — Jerry's Hairport and Modern Barbers — changed hands. The common date was nothing more than a coincidence, but both situations...
At 50, MSU grad Rose Cooper brings hope to slackers everywhere
Jan. 9 2013
Inspiration can be a drag. Take the guilt-inducing paragons who taunt us on the interstate: "Climbed Everest. Blind." Desmond Tutu, Steve Jobs, Jackie Robinson. Sure, we can relate. Thank God, millions...
Haslett-born opera singer finding success overseas
Jan. 9 2013
Mid-Michigan isn't exactly a booming opera scene — perhaps that's why vocalist Brenden Gunnell, a 2002 graduate of Haslett High School, decided to relocate to Oslo, Norway
WKAR launches bold new daily radio show focusing on local content
Jan. 9 2013
When 90.5 WKAR-FM debuted in October 1948, it was Lansing's first FM radio station. For most of its 64 years, it has been content to broadcast public radio fare like "All Things Considered" and classical...
Riverwalk undertakes ambitious play with ambitious set
Jan. 9 2013
"If you build it, he will come" is one of the most iconic lines in movie history. Local director Emily English Clark may not have built the set for "August: Osage County," the play she's directing —...
Actress draws on a lifetime of theater for role in 'Billy Elliot'
Jan. 9 2013
For eight years, "Billy Elliot the Musical" has been racking up awards and knocking audiences out on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether it's Elton John's rousing music or the story's believe-in-yourself-no-matter-what-others-say...
Lansing Symphony, violinist Philippe Quint go for the jugular in first concert of 2012
Jan. 9 2013
Imagine two contrasting romantic scenes. In the first, a beautiful person comes into sudden view, coils around you and bite-kisses your lower lip without mercy for about 17 minutes. In the second, you...
Annual event celebrates Michigan-based literature
Jan. 9 2013
The 11-year-old program Michigan Notable Books, which is coordinated by the Library of Michigan, highlights local authors and stories and promotes reading. To be selected, books must be published in the...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Jan. 9 2013
A night Latin entertainment happens Friday at The Firm. The event, dubbed "Latin Xplosionar," is "a celebration of culture and dance," according to the organizers. The night will feature two DJs spinning...
Madness, money and music: The legacy of Lansing’s 1960s rock scene
Jan. 4 2013
Soon after Feb. 9, 1964, Lansing area teens began filing into Marshall Music in search of guitars, organs, amplifiers and drum kits. Those school kids had just witnessed the Beatles perform on "The Ed...
The opening bell rings on 5th annual top of the town slugfest
Jan. 3 2013
Scene: the refrigerated dressing room of Kid California, a fighting piece of sushi past his prime. It's after midnight. Kid's trainer, Salm Salmon, is rubbing him down
'Red Violin,' Brahms anchor first LSO concert of 2013
Jan. 2 2013
The birches are bare and solace is scarce in mid-Michigan, but the Lansing Symphony's first concert of 2013 promises a pore-clearing steam bath of epic proportions
Cellist's CD project has global spin
Jan. 2 2013
When 24-year-old Okemos cellist Marta Bagratuni thought about making a debut CD, she dreaded soldiering through a "normal" recital of well-worn classics. Instead, she came up with "Pieces of the World,"...
Jan. 2 2013
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