At 50, MSU grad Rose Cooper brings hope to slackers everywhere
Jan. 9 2013
Inspiration can be a drag. Take the guilt-inducing paragons who taunt us on the interstate: "Climbed Everest. Blind." Desmond Tutu, Steve Jobs, Jackie Robinson. Sure, we can relate. Thank God, millions...
Haslett-born opera singer finding success overseas
Jan. 9 2013
Mid-Michigan isn't exactly a booming opera scene — perhaps that's why vocalist Brenden Gunnell, a 2002 graduate of Haslett High School, decided to relocate to Oslo, Norway
WKAR launches bold new daily radio show focusing on local content
Jan. 9 2013
When 90.5 WKAR-FM debuted in October 1948, it was Lansing's first FM radio station. For most of its 64 years, it has been content to broadcast public radio fare like "All Things Considered" and classical...
Riverwalk undertakes ambitious play with ambitious set
Jan. 9 2013
"If you build it, he will come" is one of the most iconic lines in movie history. Local director Emily English Clark may not have built the set for "August: Osage County," the play she's directing —...
Actress draws on a lifetime of theater for role in 'Billy Elliot'
Jan. 9 2013
For eight years, "Billy Elliot the Musical" has been racking up awards and knocking audiences out on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether it's Elton John's rousing music or the story's believe-in-yourself-no-matter-what-others-say...
Lansing Symphony, violinist Philippe Quint go for the jugular in first concert of 2012
Jan. 9 2013
Imagine two contrasting romantic scenes. In the first, a beautiful person comes into sudden view, coils around you and bite-kisses your lower lip without mercy for about 17 minutes. In the second, you...
Annual event celebrates Michigan-based literature
Jan. 9 2013
The 11-year-old program Michigan Notable Books, which is coordinated by the Library of Michigan, highlights local authors and stories and promotes reading. To be selected, books must be published in the...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Jan. 9 2013
A night Latin entertainment happens Friday at The Firm. The event, dubbed "Latin Xplosionar," is "a celebration of culture and dance," according to the organizers. The night will feature two DJs spinning...
Madness, money and music: The legacy of Lansing’s 1960s rock scene
Jan. 4 2013
Soon after Feb. 9, 1964, Lansing area teens began filing into Marshall Music in search of guitars, organs, amplifiers and drum kits. Those school kids had just witnessed the Beatles perform on "The Ed...
The opening bell rings on 5th annual top of the town slugfest
Jan. 3 2013
Scene: the refrigerated dressing room of Kid California, a fighting piece of sushi past his prime. It's after midnight. Kid's trainer, Salm Salmon, is rubbing him down
'Red Violin,' Brahms anchor first LSO concert of 2013
Jan. 2 2013
The birches are bare and solace is scarce in mid-Michigan, but the Lansing Symphony's first concert of 2013 promises a pore-clearing steam bath of epic proportions
Cellist's CD project has global spin
Jan. 2 2013
When 24-year-old Okemos cellist Marta Bagratuni thought about making a debut CD, she dreaded soldiering through a "normal" recital of well-worn classics. Instead, she came up with "Pieces of the World,"...
Jan. 2 2013
Gallery walk & other exhibitions
Yarn art project brings smiles to park visitors at MSU
Jan. 2 2013
Don't panic now, but there's a bomb in a park on the campus of Michigan State University. However, the woman who put it there, Lynn Hershberger, isn't crazy about that word so she's changed it —...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Jan. 2 2013
Ann Arbor folkies Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys perform at The Avenue Café Friday, along with local Americana gypsy-jazz band Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle (L.U.V.S.). Lindsay Lou & the...
Here We Are Now, Entertain Us
Dec. 26 2012
Looking back on the 2012 Arts and Entertainment Scene In Greater Lansing
Comedian comes home for Christmas comedy act
Dec. 26 2012
You don't get into stand-up comedy without thinking you're funny, but re-watching your old material can be disconcerting for any comedian
Country duo carries on classic honky-tonk sound
Dec. 26 2012
When you're a happy newlywed, penning tear-in-your-beer honky-tonk tunes can be a bit fiddly. But that doesn't stop Carra Barratt Stasney, one half of Copper and Coal, a Portland, Ore.-based classic country...
Dec. 26 2012
Author readings may not measure up to the spectacle of a Wharton Center musical or the audacity of the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, but for many in the Greater Lansing community and me, they provide...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Dec. 26 2012
Although the influential, Flint-based band Kid Brother Collective only lasted from 1993 to 2004, the band still has a dedicated following. The post-hardcore band is back with a new vinyl reissue of the...

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