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...
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...