A bouquet of gardeners share their styles, hopes and delights
March 14 2012
Last week, Dan Crow picked his way through the wind-blasted garden that surrounds his home in Perry. "It looks like a disaster," Crow said. "This is the ugliest time of year. Everything’s beat up....
Lard Of the dance & memory bank fraud
March 14 2012
Q: When I got married, I was a slim 6’2”, but I’ve gained a lot of weight. My wife gained about 20 pounds but recently lost that and more. I’ve been as high as 265, but I’m...
March 14 2012
Who says St. Patrick’s Day has to be all about Irish music? This Saturday Mac’s Bar is all about rugged American-style rocking. Black Jake & the Carnies, an Ypsilanti-based band, headlines...
Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts its 'Rouge' on at Wharton
March 7 2012
The Moulin Rouge was the most famous Parisian cabaret of them all, creating such a legacy that it was immortalized on the big screen multiple times, including 2001’s eponymously titled musical starring...
Guest pianist Philippe Bianconi plunges into a sea of Brahms with Lansing Symphony Orchestra
March 7 2012
For a globe-trotting pianist with some top-shelf awards on his mantel, Philippe Bianconi seems to have a pronounced Buddhist streak. He loves nothing more than to dissolve into something greater than himself
In Riverwalk's 'Becky's New Car,' it's up to you to help out a chatty heroine who's juggling a husband and a new suitor
March 7 2012
“Audience members get invited to come up onstage and help Becky dress, she asks them to do some tasks — which they may or may not do — and she even asks them to vote at one point on whether...
Jerry and Isaac Sprague score in a double feature
March 7 2012
In “Two Beers and a Hook Shot,” we have serious relationship drama presented in a naturalistic style: dark, painful-to-experience material. This is a play about the challenge in a father-son...
Revealed: Eddie Murphy's secret to looking younger
March 7 2012
When this comedy about a sleazy literary agent who falls under a yogi’s curse was shot, Lehman Brothers was still open for business and Sarah Palin was talking about Joe Six-Pack and the hockey moms....
March 7 2012
Keller, who is directing Lansing Community College Theatre’s “Cat on A Hot Tin Roof,” is all noisy nouns and arresting adjectives, punching out her words — “muscularity,”...
The Girl Scouts has a 100-year history of community involvement, activism and acceptance
March 7 2012
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan serves roughly 80,000 Girl Scouts throughout the state, and while selling cookies does teach young girls the “Five Skills in Daily Life” — goal setting,...
'Horse Soldiers' author Doug Stanton shares insights at MSU lecture
March 7 2012
Doug Stanton was just outgrowing his "Cat in the Hat" stage when the author Gay Talese, one of the progenitors of the "new journalism" movement, wrote a seminal article for Esquire on Frank Sinatra that...
The spinster cycle
March 7 2012
Q: I’m a 32-year-old woman with a Ph.D. I’m beyond happy with my career path, but I’m not meeting men I’m impressed with or inspired to see again. A girlfriend sent me a New York...
March 7 2012
The Dolphins are an East Lansing-based rock ´n´ roll band with a love for ‘60s tunes and vintage psychedelic sounds. The four-piece features Chris Smith (guitar, vocals), Alex Ovenhouse...
Lansing Art Gallery lets customers lease artwork before buying
Feb. 29 2012
Eyeing an original piece of art, but not quite sure if it’ll look right in your home or office? Lansing Art Gallery is hoping to help solve your dilemma this month
Cameraman. Karaoke host. Rocker. Who says Jamie Rohda can't have it all?
Feb. 29 2012
A few weeks ago, you might have seen Jamie Rohda performing with his band, Nothin 2 Lose, at the Colonial Bar. Or maybe you’ve caught one of the karaoke nights he regularly hosts on Wednesdays at...
Williamston's Western transfers to Ann Arbor
Feb. 29 2012
Two years ago, playwright Joseph Zettelmeier’s comedy “It Came From Mars” opened at Ann Arbor’s Performance Network and moved to Williamston Theatre. Zettelmeier’s “Dead...
While some of the flavor of MSU’s 'Cripple of Inishmaan' gets lost in an audio fog, Edward O'Ryan’s sharply drawn portrait of the title character is pure gold
Feb. 29 2012
While the script avoids easy Irish stereotypes (apart from some brief whisky imbibing and a sarcastic reference to a shalalie), actors remain only one level away from shouting to make their points. Without...
Riverwalk double feature unites the Sprague family — and marks director Bill Helder's swan song
Feb. 29 2012
That BoarsHead production was the world premiere of the full version of Kent R. Brown’s drama, which tells the story of angry and disillusioned Randy, about to leave home but meeting his father,...
MSU hosts a month of Japanese cultural events
Feb. 29 2012
It may not be a huge island, but Japan is a cultural treasure trove. So Michigan State University’s Asian Studies Center is expanding its annual celebration of Japan from one week to a full month
Time for 'Celebrity Rehab: Academy Awards Edition'
Feb. 29 2012
If last year’s Oscar ceremony — hosted by an all-too-eager-to-please Anne Hathaway and a nearly somnambulant James Franco — was a fascinatingly misguided mess, this year’s fiasco...

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