Votapek wows hometown crowd with two concertos plus encore
Sept. 19 2012
There is no elevator to the top of Ralph Votapek. You have to take the stairs to get to the summit. But once you get there, the view is panoramic, the air is clean, and you feel like you're on top of the...
Missing pieces, disjointed performances fail to keep Anderson's latest film together
Sept. 19 2012
Following World War II, Americans began to question the conventions of society as never before, explaining the enormous popularity of novels like Somerset Maugham’s "The Razor’s Edge" and the...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Sept. 19 2012
Breathe Owl Breathe, an East Jordan, Mich. folk group, blends guitar, banjo, cello and vocals into an earthy indie folk sound. The trio's original songs are subtle and heartfelt, but sometimes come with...
Rizzi Designs & Perspective2
Sept. 12 2012
Perspective2 in Old Town will change names as the building transfers ownership this week, but don’t expect too many differences
Votapek launches Lansing Symphony season with rare two-concerto mission
Sept. 12 2012
In 1962, 23-year-old Ralph Votapek won the first Van Cliburn piano competition, serving a double dip knuckle crunch in a waffle cone: Beethoven's magisterial Fourth Piano Concerto and Prokofiev's volcanic...
'Spring Awakening' blooms at Riverwalk this weekend
Sept. 12 2012
In 1906, a highly controversial stage play about teenage sexuality was ruffling the collars of conservative German theatergoers. It was called "Frühlingserwachen," and it addressed a host of verboten...
Over the Ledge scores with heartbreaking, hilarious musical comedy
Sept. 12 2012
It seems like productions of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" are outnumbering actual spelling bees lately. But if you're concerned that Over the Ledge Theatre Co.'s production of the show...
Sept. 12 2012
Sari van Anders of the University of Michigan is the second speaker in MSU's semester-long series "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation." Her lecture, 4 p.m. Monday, is in Wells Hall room 115B...
Timothy Busfield returns to his roots for LCC show opening this weekend
Sept. 12 2012
Before he hit it big with cultural touchstones "thirtysomething" and "Field of Dreams," East Lansing native Timothy Busfield split his time rounding the bases and treading the boards at East Lansing High...
Lily Tomlin brings her one-woman act to Wharton this weekend
Sept. 12 2012
She squirmed. She fidgeted. She talked like a little kid. And she told weird stories in the seat of a ridiculously oversized rocking chair. As a kid, some part of me knew that this person I saw on TV was...
East Nashville's Todd Snider brings 'agnostic hymns and stoner fables' to Lansing
Sept. 12 2012
I genuinely believed Todd Snider when he said he was unsure if Saturday night will be his first time playing in Lansing
New memoir details author's friendship with Sparky Anderson
Sept. 12 2012
Dan Ewald has written 13 books focusing on renowned Michigan sports figures, including Bo Schembechler, Al Kaline and George Kell, but he says his new book "Sparky and Me," a biography of legendary Detroit...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Sept. 12 2012
For those looking to relax by the water with some jazz piano, Thursday at the Waterfront Bar & Grill in the Lansing City Market may be just the spot. The evening features a performance from the Arlene...
Alternative and Complementary Care Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions
Sept. 5 2012
The school year's back, and with it come tense shoulders from hunching over keyboards, anxiety from juggling a variety of activities and headaches from too much, um, studying. Yeah, that's it, studying....
Celebrity guest directors, film adaptations make for a diverse upcoming theater season
Sept. 5 2012
Spielberg shares equal stage time with Shakespeare (sort of) in this diverse theater season that tries to leave no audience behind. This season's crop of choices includes heavy hitters such as McNally,...
What's playing and where
Sept. 5 2012
All titles and dates are subject to change. Please call the theaters or visit their websites for updates and ticket prices
REO Town reinventing itself as place 'where art is made.'
Sept. 5 2012
If you drive south on Washington Square out of downtown Lansing, just beyond I-496 you'll hit REO Town. At least, you used to. Now you hit a Road Closed sign, a Sidewalk Closed sign, and, to top it all...
Lansing songstress orchestrates stylish performance event
Sept. 5 2012
The blues has always been sodden in gloom. Even the late gospel vocalist Mahalia Jackson once said, "Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help." But that’s not true for Twyla Birdsong
Sept. 5 2012
City Pulse will interview speakers coming to Michigan State University for the semester-long "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation" speaker series. The series, organized by MSU neuroscience...
Lansing-area fighter takes on a new career working with youths
Sept. 5 2012
It's a sweltering late summer morning, and a handful of Lansing-area kids are spending the end of their respective vacations jumping rope inside a muggy boxing gym. A Kanye West song thumping over the...

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