Tim Burton's fitfully funny 'Dark Shadows' spoofs and salutes the old horror soap opera
March 18 2013
Long before soap operas discovered the allure of extraterrestrials, evil clones and time travel, there was “Dark Shadows,” a supernatural series that haunted weekday afternoons from 1966 to...
What happens when a radio show becomes cinematic? You get to see what you've been missing
March 18 2013
Friday, May 11 — In the weeks leading up to the debut of “This American Life Live — You Can’t Do That on Radio,” host and executive producer Ira Glass promised fans they...
Two 'Dark Shadows'-inspired movies brought Barnabas Collins and Angelique to the screen more than 40 years ago
March 18 2013
Friday, May 11 — Tim Burton isn’t the first director to bring “Dark Shadows” to the big screen. That honor goes to Dan Curtis, who created the TV series and went on to oversee...
Eight pianists, eight pianos and a 'Carnival' fill up Cobb Great Hall on Sunday
March 18 2013
Friday, May 11 — It takes 16 hands and 704 keys to create a “Piano Monster,” which is exactly what Michigan State University College of Music will conjure up Sunday, May 13. The 3 p.m....
East Lansing raising funds for sculpture to honor city icon
March 15 2013
When Mary P. Sharp was elected to East Lansing City Council in 1965, housing discrimination against racial minorities and homosexuals in the city was widely accepted. She did not accept these norms and...
Author Cecile Pineda takes on Great Lakes nuclear facilities programs
March 15 2013
Thursday, March 14 — Author Cecile Pineda will speak tonight on the threat posed by Michigan’s nuclear facilities. The event is co-hosted by the Peace Education Center in East Lansing, which...
Depth in simplicity
March 15 2013
Friday, March 15 — Khakis, a brown jacket and a blue shirt — don’t judge a book by its unassuming cover. The description of what meets the eye couldn’t be more contrary to the mojo...
Local PBS affiliate wins seven awards, including Public Television Station of the Year
March 15 2013
Friday, March 15 — For the second year in a row, local PBS affiliate WKAR-TV (Channel 23 in East Lansing) was named Public Television Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters....
A rundown of Lansing shows this weekend
March 14 2013
Thursday, March 14 — We’ve got a special St. Patrick’s Day edition of Gig Report for you this week. A variety of acoustic, rock, Celtic and metal hits local stages this weekend. With...
Filmmaker explores the 'psycho-geography' of Iran
March 14 2013
Thursday, March 14 — The Broad Art Museum is showcasing three short films by videographer and painter Bahar Behbahani at 7 tonight. The presentation will be followed by an introduction of the artist...
Lansing City Market & Spencer's Kitchen and Bar
March 13 2013
Two new food stations popped up inside Lansing City Market last week. Ofilia's El Burrito, the satellite location for Ofilia Diaz' popular south Lansing taqueria, serves both ready-to-eat and frozen Mexican...
Raiders of the lost wardrobe
March 13 2013
Friday, Nov. 8 — “I left my bullwhip at home,” David Smith chuckled when I stopped him on Turner Street in Old Town. The Indiana Jones-style hat perched on his head has enough character...
Arts Council holds it annual fundraiser Tuesday
March 13 2013
Monday, May 14 — The Arts Council of Greater Lansing hosts its sixth annual "Taste of Art and Life" fundraiser 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. The event is held at David and Nancy McKeague’s home,...
Sacha Baron Cohen wears out his welcome in record time in 'The Dictator'
March 13 2013
Perhaps you are old enough to remember the days when any “Saturday Night Live” sketch that got a few giggles suddenly became worthy of its own big-screen feature. Sure, “Wayne’s...
'Chico & Rita' is a stylish, jazzy animated romance
March 13 2013
Wednesday, May 16 — It's not just love at first sight when musician Chico catches a glimpse of sultry songbird Rita in “Chico & Rita”: It's love at first sound, too. In a dingy bar in...
Eight new acts added to the lineup of the July festival
March 13 2013
Thursday, May 17 — In 1982, Morris Day famously asked, “What Time Is It?” In 2012, he has his answer: Common Ground time.
Wine & Stein offers cold drinks, hors d'oeuvres
March 13 2013
Thursday, May 17 — While taking rambunctious kids to gaze in wonderment at Potter Park Zoo’s animals is always a memorable experience, leaving them at home for an evening isn’t such...
More than the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer was a versatile vocalist who challenged her audience
March 13 2013
Thursday, May 17 — I cannot tell you where I was the first time I heard The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” or Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” or Nirvana’s...
Brainless, offensive 'Battleship' should drive audiences to mutiny
March 13 2013
Ugh, those surplus brain cells! You try drinking them away, bashing your skull against a brick wall, but still your I.Q. remains in the triple digits. Can anything help reduce your mind to mush? Well,...
Zachary Brandon wins Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s annual Youth Competition
March 13 2013
Friday, May 18 — A violinist from Battle Creek took the top honor in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s annual Youth Competition, in which young musicians compete for the chance to solo with...

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