Two Lansing men recall their journey from Cuba to Lansing 50 years ago
Nov. 16 2011
The unprecedented airlift was arranged by frightened Cuban parents, anti-Castro dissidents, Miami s Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the United States government including the CIA, according to some historians....
Wanda Degen ponders her future after 25 years as East Lansing Art Festival performance coordinator
Nov. 16 2011
In the summer of 1967, between eighth and ninth grade, young Wanda Degen decided to have a hippie party. She went to a head shop in her little hometown of Montague Whitehall, on the dunes of west Michigan,...
Some business owners say the downtown bar crowd is out of control: ‘It’s just kind of a zoo down here’
Nov. 16 2011
Early last Thursday, local event promoter and hip-hop fan Ygnacio Notch Bermudez, 35, was shot to death outside The Loft, a live music venue and bar at 414 E. Michigan Ave. The murder is the latest...
Looking back on the career of a four-legged legend
Nov. 16 2011
Prints of two of Rinty’s blockbusters, "Jaws of Steel" and "Clash of the Wolves," were discovered a few years ago in the cabinet of a movie theater in South Africa. Orlean brought the...
Nellie McKay plays doomed convict Barbara Graham
Nov. 16 2011
In 2006 the Manhattan-based jazz-pop singer and multi-instrumentalist ditched Columbia Records, due to artistic differences: She loudly supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, gay rights,...
Silver Bells in the City rings in holiday season for downtown Lansing
Nov. 16 2011
Silver Bells in the City had humble beginnings, according to coordinator Mindy Biladeau, who says it started with a few people singing Christmas carols around the state Christmas tree. On the third year,...
Sugar-sweet ‘Stratagem’ is zestfully played, but the fun goes on too long
Nov. 16 2011
Michigan State University s Department of Theatre s production of The Beaux Stratagem is a sweet comedy of errors that reminds one of Brach s Neapolitan Sundaes candies found in the bulk candy...
Capital Area Blues Society and Greater Lansing Food Bank join forces for a fundraiser
Nov. 16 2011
As Lansing residents prepare to stuff their turkeys and mash their potatoes, local charities will be collecting donations for the area s poor and hungry. To celebrate the season of giving, two local...
Nov. 16 2011
W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan s comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance was written in 1879. That presents a few challenges for the Michigan State Opera cast, according to director Melanie Helton
Republished 1965 novel still has much to say about Indian law
Nov. 16 2011
Voelker, who spent most of his life in the Upper Peninsula, also creates a window into the customs and language of the Cornish mining community around Ishpeming, where he lived
Snorting hope & You’ve got stale
Nov. 16 2011
Some women do volunteer work; some women date it. You and your boyfriend are a classic combination, the drug addict and the enabler. Addict behavior is immature brat behavior throwing over tomorrow to...
Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts drops vinyl LP
Nov. 16 2011
Jake Simmons, one of two songwriting talents behind the now-defunct West Michigan indie band Dead Scene Radio, is back with his new band, Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts. The band plays an all-ages...
Czech photographer reveals the colors of a carnival in MSU exhibit
Nov. 9 2011
On Death and Horses and Other People, the Michigan State University Museum s new show within Mask: Secrets and Revelations features photos of masked attendees at the Masopust carnival in Roztoky,...
The laughs are lacerating in wonderfully played ‘God of Carnage’
Nov. 9 2011
Originally written in Review French and translated by Christopher Hampton, Carnage was a major success in Zürich, Paris, London and New York
Kevin McKillip ropes you in as the wisecracking, lasso-twirling Will Rogers
Nov. 9 2011
As the late humorist/cow- boy/actor and all-around celebrity, Kevin McKillip pays tribute to Rogers in his self-com- posed one-man show, Will Rogers: An American Original at Stormfield Theatre. Rogers...
Over The Ledge Theater debuts with a compelling production of ’The Guys’
Nov. 9 2011
Those who saw Michigan State University Theatre Department s Two 9/11 Plays in September may find The Guys to be slow and sedate. In actuality the pieces complement each other well. The MSU plays were...
’Stratagem’ follows two foppish fortune-hunters
Nov. 9 2011
Wes Haskell, a third-year master of fine arts student at Michigan State University, says The Beaux Stratagem is a step away from the kinds of guys he usually portrays. I tend to play the "nice guy-next-door"...
Powerful ‘Shrike’ explores malicious mind games
Nov. 9 2011
Set designer Fred Englegau has created a great, seemingly soothing yet sinister mental hospital ward that is as seriously anal-retentive and super-organized as a Martha Stewart Thanksgiving dinner table,...
Lansing Symphony brass brings it for Bruckner
Nov. 9 2011
Saturday s big surprise wasn t the finely wrought, seamless, muscular performance of Bruckner s Fourth the symphony delivered. By now, we re used to seeing music director Timothy Muffitt and the LSO deliver...
Lansing Area AIDS Network hosts seventh annual Red Ribbon Gala
Nov. 9 2011
Nonprofits have weathered some difficult challenges in the past decade, and the Lansing Area AIDS Network is no exception. Jacob Distel, executive director of LAAN, says the annual Red Ribbon Gala is an...

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