Star wattage lights up dark comedy, 'Vigil'
Sept. 19 2012
What exactly does a man say to a barely recognizable family member he hasn't seen in 30 years, and what if she's not as close to death as he was led to believe? Morris Panych, the playwright behind Lansing...
Versatile TV-6 newsman has big plans for his next 3 years in Lansing
Sept. 19 2012
Spending an afternoon on a bar patio with Evan Pinsonnault, you don’t so much get the feeling you're hanging out with a TV morning news anchor as you are being charmed by a consummate performer....
Sept. 19 2012
Dennis McFadden, of the University of Texas at Austin, is the third speaker in MSU's semester-long series "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation," which aims to demonstrate that homosexuality...
MSU repertory theater goes meta with overlapping, Chekhovian-themed shows
Sept. 19 2012
A play can take anywhere from weeks to years to get off the ground, with hours of rehearsals, costume fittings and making sure each beat has been perfected. Directing two shows at one time? Some would...
BluesFest rolls through Old Town this weekend, highlighting a unique Lansing sound
Sept. 19 2012
In Lansing, there are two key fixtures that support the area's vibrant blues scene, keeping that 12-bar chord progression within two degrees of separation at any time: The Green Door, which has become...
Disaster-prone Williamston pub expands with live performance venue
Sept. 19 2012
When a business proprietor experiences three disasters in as many years, finding a willing insurance company gets to be a thorny state of affairs. Perhaps that's why bar owner Craig Banwell keeps his insurance...
Multimedia project gives some love to Michigan Avenue
Sept. 19 2012
The road running from Michigan State University to the Capitol may share the name of Chicago's biggest shopping district, but the East Lansing-to-Lansing version of Michigan Avenue is no Magnificent Mile....
Votapek wows hometown crowd with two concertos plus encore
Sept. 19 2012
There is no elevator to the top of Ralph Votapek. You have to take the stairs to get to the summit. But once you get there, the view is panoramic, the air is clean, and you feel like you're on top of the...
Missing pieces, disjointed performances fail to keep Anderson's latest film together
Sept. 19 2012
Following World War II, Americans began to question the conventions of society as never before, explaining the enormous popularity of novels like Somerset Maugham’s "The Razor’s Edge" and the...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Sept. 19 2012
Breathe Owl Breathe, an East Jordan, Mich. folk group, blends guitar, banjo, cello and vocals into an earthy indie folk sound. The trio's original songs are subtle and heartfelt, but sometimes come with...
Rizzi Designs & Perspective2
Sept. 12 2012
Perspective2 in Old Town will change names as the building transfers ownership this week, but don’t expect too many differences
Votapek launches Lansing Symphony season with rare two-concerto mission
Sept. 12 2012
In 1962, 23-year-old Ralph Votapek won the first Van Cliburn piano competition, serving a double dip knuckle crunch in a waffle cone: Beethoven's magisterial Fourth Piano Concerto and Prokofiev's volcanic...
'Spring Awakening' blooms at Riverwalk this weekend
Sept. 12 2012
In 1906, a highly controversial stage play about teenage sexuality was ruffling the collars of conservative German theatergoers. It was called "Frühlingserwachen," and it addressed a host of verboten...
Over the Ledge scores with heartbreaking, hilarious musical comedy
Sept. 12 2012
It seems like productions of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" are outnumbering actual spelling bees lately. But if you're concerned that Over the Ledge Theatre Co.'s production of the show...
Sept. 12 2012
Sari van Anders of the University of Michigan is the second speaker in MSU's semester-long series "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation." Her lecture, 4 p.m. Monday, is in Wells Hall room 115B...
Timothy Busfield returns to his roots for LCC show opening this weekend
Sept. 12 2012
Before he hit it big with cultural touchstones "thirtysomething" and "Field of Dreams," East Lansing native Timothy Busfield split his time rounding the bases and treading the boards at East Lansing High...
Lily Tomlin brings her one-woman act to Wharton this weekend
Sept. 12 2012
She squirmed. She fidgeted. She talked like a little kid. And she told weird stories in the seat of a ridiculously oversized rocking chair. As a kid, some part of me knew that this person I saw on TV was...
East Nashville's Todd Snider brings 'agnostic hymns and stoner fables' to Lansing
Sept. 12 2012
I genuinely believed Todd Snider when he said he was unsure if Saturday night will be his first time playing in Lansing
New memoir details author's friendship with Sparky Anderson
Sept. 12 2012
Dan Ewald has written 13 books focusing on renowned Michigan sports figures, including Bo Schembechler, Al Kaline and George Kell, but he says his new book "Sparky and Me," a biography of legendary Detroit...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Sept. 12 2012
For those looking to relax by the water with some jazz piano, Thursday at the Waterfront Bar & Grill in the Lansing City Market may be just the spot. The evening features a performance from the Arlene...

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