March 30 2016
For years now, I’ve admired what the Boise Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Idaho, does with its covers. Every week, they feature original art that is unrelated to content. At the end of the...
Global folk/pop band flying high on album release
March 30 2016
When the Ragbirds began 10 years ago, no one could have mapped out the musical tailwinds it would navigate. Not even the Ragbirds’ lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, who...
Review: 'Batman v Superman' is ... maybe ... not bad?
March 29 2016
“The red capes are coming, the red capes are coming!” So says Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” This line is a microcosm...
AWOLNATION announced as Common Ground July 5 headliner
March 29 2016
Common Ground Music Festival announced this morning that electronic rock band AWOLNATION will headline its July 5 lineup
East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival marks 20 years with biggest slate ever
March 28 2016
MONDAY, March 28 — Subtle, vocal, brassy, free — more than 25 flavors of jazz promise a memorable 20th anniversary year for East Lansing’s ever-expanding Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
Author argues for united attack on invasive species
March 25 2016
LANSING — Some are slimy. Others jump at the sight of humans. But most remain mysterious — cloaked below the water’s surface — and ready to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting ecosystem.They...
MSU, China Conservatory team up for double opera bill
March 23 2016
Sunday afternoon at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, a stage full of singers, half of them American and the other half some Chinese, of danced away to the music of Leonard Bernstein, with the skyline of...
‘Motortown’ an unflinching look at psychological toll of war
March 23 2016
“Motortown” is not the kind of play that one likes, in the same way one shouldn’t like a film like “A Clockwork Orange.” Admire, certainly, but like? Nope. Lansing Community...
Local poets renew push for a state poet laureate
March 23 2016
Eight local poets, members of the Lansing Poetry Club, are once again rallying poetry enthusiasts to make the case for a state poet laureate. On March 31, the eve of National Poetry Month, the group will...
‘She Kills Monsters’ delivers nerdy fun, strong performances
March 23 2016
Unlike real life, it’s virtually impossible to die in a roleplaying game. There are spells and extra lives — or if things really get hairy, you just restart the game
Broad Art Museum makes cameo in 'Batman v Superman'
March 23 2016
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which opens nationwide this weekend, features at least one scene filmed at East Lansing’s Broad Art Museum. It includes the DC Comics “trinity”...
March 23 2016
“I come from a very musical family,” Benack said. “My mother teaches voice at Carnegie Mellon, a top music theater program. My grandfather, the first Benny Benack, was a jazz trumpet...
March 23 2016
Lansing-based thrash-metal outfit Tyrant releases its new EP, “Black Hand,” Friday at the Loft. The all-ages show also includes sets from the Revenant, Aphotic and Heed the Assailant. Tyrant,...
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman come to East Lansing
March 19 2016
SATURDAY, March 19 — The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, for the most part, looks like most other orchestras you may encounter, save for one key difference: There’s no hand-waving conductor guiding...
Review: 'Deadpool' is witty, smart, not for faint of heart
March 18 2016
FRIDAY, March 18 — I’ll answer the big question, the one that most of you are here for, first: “Should I see ‘Deadpool?’” Yes, definitely. Now for the trickier question,...
Jesse Nager talks playing Smokey Robinson in ‘Motown the Musical’
March 17 2016
THURSDAY, March 17 — Playing one of the music industry’s all-time great singers is a tall order, even more so when that singer is in the room. But Jesse Nager, who plays Smokey Robinson in...
'SNL' Castmember to perform at Wharton Center Friday
March 16 2016
WEDNESDAY, March 16 — A “Saturday Night Live” castmember is coming to MSU’s campus Friday
‘Motown the Musical’ delivers the classics with modern polish
March 16 2016
The first time I heard most of the songs that were featured in "Motown the Musical," was through a tiny plastic earpiece attached to a small, Japanese transistor radio tuned to a local '60s radio station
March 16 2016
“The play is all about how Agnes Evans is trying to learn a little bit about her sister,” said Jeff Croff, artistic director of Ixion Theatre and director of this production. “She lost...
New director Marc-Olivier Wahler brings wide ranging ideas to Broad Art Museum
March 16 2016
The search committee that recommended Wahler to MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt, who made the final hiring decision, included faculty members, administrators, members of the Broad’s board of directors...

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