Detroit author writes requiem for rotting metropolis
Feb. 27 2013
Detroit author and journalist Charlie LeDuff doesn't need a white suit, acid or a rich boy's swagger to prove that he belongs among the greats of New (now old) Journalism. His new book not only gives him...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Feb. 27 2013
Fans of jazz and gumbo might want to stop by The Avenue Café every Thursday for a free performance by the Peter Nelson Jazz Quartet and a chance to order from the New Orleans-inspired menu
Lansing rapper keeps busy
Feb. 23 2013
Aside from recording over 10 mix tapes, he has a strong focus on the business side of music, including promotions, marketing and management. Perm’s label, Street Dream Entertainment, has become his...
All is not as it seems in Riverwalk's 'Sleuth'
Feb. 21 2013
"Sleuth," Riverwalk Theatre's latest production, is a classic cat-and-mouse story that remains entertaining, despite being somewhat dated
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Feb. 21 2013
The East Lansing-based band East Harvest plays an eclectic mix of acoustic indie, soul, and reggae rock. The band, which is releasing its "Restless" EP Saturday at an all-ages show at Mac's Bar, features...
Bonnie's Place & City Limits East
Feb. 20 2013
After months of speculation, at least one part of a local rumor is true: Lansing bar and grill Bonnie's Place, 415 E. Saginaw St., will close on Saturday. Owner/operator Scott Feltenberger, who bought...
Renée Fleming to give rare recital at Wharton Center
Feb. 20 2013
The voice of Renée Fleming inevitably causes music lovers to wheel out a pastry cart of adjectives like "creamy" and "honeyed." But don't reach for the dessert too fast. Last week, the music world...
Local musician's 'eye-opening' experience in Israel inspires album
Feb. 20 2013
Most albums start in practice rooms or music venues where songs take their shape. But the roots of Joshua Davis' new album, "A Miracle of Birds," run all the way to the West Bank in the Middle East, a...
Portable Feast and Friends
Feb. 15 2013
This week, a fascinating three-year-long game of restaurant switcheroo comes to an end when Portable Feast and Friends returns to its former Old Town digs. After closing in 2009 and embarking on a different...
Movie makes seamless slide to stage in musical comedy
Feb. 15 2013
This was the first time I can remember the curtain falling down at the end of Act I and thinking, "That's it?" As in, "Are we already halfway thr— oh yeah, I guess we did get a lot done there. Wow,...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Feb. 14 2013
Detroit prog-rockers Stikyft return to Lansing Saturday for a gig at The Loft. The "gypsy art-rock" band takes from a variety of genres, from jazz and Latin, to rock, jam and metal. Fans of Shocking Blue...
EagleMonk Pub and Brewery
Feb. 13 2013
Lansing is in the middle of a brewing renaissance — and the outlook is only getting sudsier. In the last year, we've seen an influx of homebrew supply stores, a flurry of craft beer taps pop up...
Feb. 13 2013
Oh, Valentine's Day. It is such a love-hate relationship with you. Your evolution from celebrating martyrdom to celebrating consumerism has been a long — and at times, awkward — journey. But...
After four decades, the Verdehr Trio 'tapering off' with concert series
Feb. 13 2013
After 40 years of music making, hundreds of world premieres, 20 CDs and seven spins around the globe, Sunday will be among the last chances for local audiences to soak in the bracing sonic vinaigrette...
'The status quo does not mean democracy'
Feb. 13 2013
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series commemorating Black History Month featuring three speakers who have become icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights....
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...

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