Local author conjures up historical fiction based on real Lansing tragedy
Feb. 13 2013
Ghosts, UFOs and other unexplained happenings provide fodder for plenty of spooky mystery novels, but author Barbara Darling Saxena said the central plot for her debut thriller, "Souviens," came to her...
ArtGasm fails to achieve climax, but shows 'big city' promise
Feb. 13 2013
It had live music, spoken word performances, fire spinning and half-naked women serving as paint canvases, but multiple organizing snafus made ArtGasm — an experimental event that was held in a REO...
Guitar Center
Feb. 6 2013
Guitar Center is the largest chain music store in the world, and this week Lansing gets a store of its own. On Thursday, the California-based company opens its 242nd location in the Frandor Shopping Center...
A press roll through jazz history with drummer Randy Gelispie
Feb. 6 2013
Randy Gelispie folded his hands and gave thanks for his meal. Settling into a booth at the Lansing Mall Panera Bread, he began to dismantle his sandwich, like a jeweler taking a watch apart
Local mall's gallery project dissolves after three years
Feb. 6 2013
Less than three years after it began, Meridian Mall's fledgling "art mecca" will soon be uninstalled, having never made it past its first phase. It's an inauspicious end to what was supposed have been...
Istanbul transgender community on display at MSU photo exhibit
Feb. 6 2013
Stepping into a photo gallery at the Michigan State University Museum, a playful woman on a rooftop greets you. This is Filiz, a transgender in Istanbul
Daughter of civil rights icons: 'We have a moral obligation to help others'
Feb. 6 2013
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series commemorating Black History Month. Three different speakers will be featured who have become icons of the African-American struggle...
Feb. 6 2013
Attempting to pronounce the acronym for the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference phonetically makes you sound like you're trying to summon an archaic deity of some sort. (Our...
'RuPaul’s Drag Race' star stops at Spiral
Feb. 6 2013
Before Latrice Royale was a world-famous, plus-sized drag queen and reality TV star, she was Timothy Wilcots, a child of the '70s growing up in Compton, Calif., just blocks away from gangsta rap legends...
Out & About
Feb. 6 2013
Need to step away from the conference for some grub or entertainment? We've got you covered — there's plenty to do in Lansing, East Lansing and Okemos this weekend. Here's a list of bars, restaurants,...
Williamston show examines eccentric post-9/11 nuclear family
Feb. 6 2013
How do we respond, how do we recover from a national trauma? "End Days," now playing at the Williamston Theater, shows the unfolding impact of the 9/11 experience on a nuclear family. Although there may...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Feb. 6 2013
Over the past three years The FunDubMentals have been playing its hybrid of reggae/dub/ska/roots music across the state. In 2010, they were voted "Best New Band" in the Northern Express Magazine. Friday,...
$1 million gift to MSU Jazz Studies program is a 'game-changer'
Jan. 30 2013
As seductive in college as it was in the clubs, jazz has long had the power to coax open a well-placed wallet, but a recent gift from the MSU Federal Credit Union to Michigan State University's Jazz Studies...
Jan. 30 2013
Things happening throughout the month
MSU exhibit mixes science and art
Jan. 30 2013
It's not often that art intersects with science, but on Sunday, visitors to the MSU Museum will be treated to an exhibit that's equal parts experiment and sculpture
Despite some missteps, Peppermint Creek musical still has energy
Jan. 30 2013
If the last Hispanic characters you remember from a Broadway musical are Maria and Bernardo from "West Side Story," "In the Heights" hopes to update your memory. "In the Heights" is a feast of styles and...
BBC Orchestra, Keith Lockhart brings high British melancholy to Wharton
Jan. 30 2013
Forget FDR and Churchill, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl or fond nods from Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher. The "special relationship" between Britain and America was really cinched in 2002 when...
Jan. 30 2013
Gallery walk & other exhibitions
Local women's book club celebrates 50 years of literary greats
Jan. 30 2013
The Whitehills Book Club is unlike typical book clubs, which gravitate toward bestsellers and popular fiction. It's not because the women who compose the group, mostly residents of the Whitehills subdivision...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Jan. 30 2013
If you love poppy punk and football, you're in luck — this show doubles as a Super Bowl Party. For the past five years, Way to Fall has been steadily gigging and recording its brand of pop-core,...

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