WKAR documentary chronicles Lansing’s ‘community sings’
July 27 2011
The frequent singing events are held locally at the Unitarian Universalist Church and annually at the Hannah Community Center for the Mid-Winter Singing Festival, which packs the house with hundreds of...
Bob Baldwin digs a straight groove in a zig-zag biz
July 27 2011
In February 2008, jazz pianist and composer Bob Baldwin was driving through the countryside of Westchester County, N.Y., soaking in musical inspiration, when he got a depressing text message. New York’s...
Bonnie Jo Campbell makes a major splash
July 27 2011
It’s easier to name a major author Bonnie Jo Campbell hasn’t been compared with (Edith Wharton comes to mind) than it is to tick off the long list of writers to whom she’s being compared:...
Fitfully funny ‘Flaming’ doesn’t quite roar
July 27 2011
While not a flameout, Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Flaming Idiots” is not quite as funny as it could be. In his directorial debut at Riverwalk, Josh Martin displays skill in staging...
When very bad movies happen to very good actors
July 27 2011
I was thinking about this two weeks ago when I was watching an alleged comedy called “The Best and the Brightest” (the title, as it turned out, was a double lie)
‘Merchant’ cast provides laughs, but can’t reveal the play’s darker side
July 27 2011
A complex tragic-comedy with religious overtones, sensual puns and poetically barbed insults, “Merchant” shows that expensive courtships have always had life-threatening consequences
July 27 2011
The band opens a show at Mac’s Bar Thursday in support of its new 7-inch single “Night on the Town” (Magwheel Records). In early 2010 Porter also released his debut solo album, “Party...
Touring German youth orchestra smuggles big guns into the Midwest
July 21 2011
“It blasts you out of your seat,” Klaue said. The Ahresnburg Youth Orchestra was formed in 1968, and Klaue has been the conductor since 1993. The musicans are drawn from a school in the Ahrensburg...
Two programs feature groups of varying sizes and music of all styles
July 20 2011
Melissa Lilje, artistic director of the CDP, says its 17 dances are set to a variety of tunes, including contemporary classical music, country, and hip hop. The dances are divided into two shows: Program...
How women are remaking Lansing’s oldest district
July 20 2011
Antiques and boutiques, yoga and flowers, hair and more hair. Stores with names like Love, Betti, October Moon, Grace and Polka Dots Bead-A-Full Boutique. Attorneys, non-profits and design firms bring...
Splendid acting and wonderful script make this comedy a must-see
July 20 2011
When next-door neighbor, Dr. Benjamin “Doc” Boggs (“Bless my soul, I’ve got me some genuine Yankees for neighbors!”) invites Rob to join him in a Civil War re- enactment,...
Bob Baldori found the keys to a rocking documentary
July 20 2011
No one can accuse Baldori of playing it safe on his first directorial project. “Boogie Stomp” ambitiously weaves together three plotlines: Baldori’s working relation ship and friendship...
July 20 2011
The CD release party takes place at Saturday at the Creole Gallery and features performances by vocalist Rockelle Whitaker, the folk reggae band Billiards Music; Peter, Paul and Cat; solo guitarist Elden...
MSU alum cooks up a fine courtroom drama
July 20 2011
East Lansing author R. Charles McLravy knows exactly how many yellow legal pads it will take him to write his next mystery. Writing in longhand might be a lost art, but McLravy figures he filled about...
July 20 2011
Opening the show are The Fencemen (featuring members of Small Brown Bike and Ettison Clio), along with locals Frank and Earnest, plus Aspiga from New Jersey. Narc Out the Reds also recently pressed up...
MSU prof David Stowe plugs into Christian pop
July 13 2011
In the 1970s, Jesus made his own big move into the secular world, backed by infectious tunes, electric guitars and drum kits. My new friend across the street, George, couldn’t stop talking about...
Star John Lepard talks about Williamston’s latest world premiere
July 13 2011
A culture clash becomes a comic civil war in Williamston Theatre’s “And the Creek Don’t Rise.” Penned by frequent Williamston collaborator Joseph Zettelmaier, “Creek”...
Duke Tumatoe remains true to his bluesy roots
July 13 2011
“I take inspiration from a lot of the stuff I grew up listening to: I grew on the south side of Chicago in the ’50s and ’60s I was exposed to it as a kid,” Tumatoe said. “They...
MSU student launches a new theater company, with help from a website
July 13 2011
“I heard the musical for the first time about three years ago on a CD, and I fell in love with it right away,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘One day I want to direct that.’...
Closing the curtain on a decade of Pottermania
July 13 2011
Closing the curtain on a decade of Pottermania

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