Sci-fi schlock fights a losing ’Battle’ with reality
March 16 2011
Last weekend, you could turn on any TV or access any Internet news site and see horrifying footage of Japanese cities crumbling or being pummeled by massive waves. Or you could go to the movies and watch...
March 16 2011
But the most attractive part of Absolute Music is the chance to get close and personal with an A-Team of Michigan State University and Lansing Symphony musicians, including pianists Deborah Moriarty and...
Annual ’Rally of Writers’ features an array of Michigan authors
March 16 2011
“Can you believe it?” she said. The conference, in its 24th year, features more than a dozen writers, including National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell of Portage. Campbell was a finalist...
March 16 2011
Metro Bowl is back with ‘Friday Night Blues’ From the 1960s through the 1980s, Metro Bowl was a Lansing hotspot for not only bowling and drinks but also live music. In the past three years...
Lansing native delves into experimental music with Loop Goat project
March 15 2011
A “loop” is a short section of sound that’s repeated continuously, creating an entirely new track. It’s something Jessica Arnold fully embraces with her solo project Loop Goat
March 9 2011
On a recent Wednesday evening, the man who just completed the feature film “Lucky” knocks on wood without irony as he discusses his filmmaking experiences. Anyone who knows anything about making...
Globetrotting St. John’s Chorus makes a stop in Lansing during national spring tour
March 9 2011
When the 46-voice St. John’s University Men’s Chorus rattles the apses and naves of Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church Saturday, local music lovers will have a chance to witness one...
March 9 2011
Two Brooklyn-based bands, Rex Complex and Railbird, joined forces and independently booked a United States tour, which stops at Mac’s Bar Friday. Opening the show are local rockers Narc Out the Reds...
Faith led Deidreanna Potter to become a harpist; now, she's performing at Red Cedar Festival
March 2 2011
Growing up in a music family, Deidreanna Potter had to choose an instrument to play. But she didn’t want a common one. Inspired by her Christian faith, Potter picked the harp at age 10. “I...
Former Joint Issue reporter looks back on 1960s Lansing
March 2 2011
After writer Ken Wachsberger was released from jail for the first time in 1970 during his senior year at Michigan State University, he was a changed man and had emerged a radical. “Jail changes you;...
Guitarist performed in November at Leroy’s Classic Bar & Grill
March 2 2011
Detroit blues legend Eddie Kirkland, 87, who played with the likes of John Lee Hooker and Otis Redding, was killed in an automobile accident Sunday while doing what he did since the 1940s touring the...
MSU musical has technological magic, but is sorely lacking in charm
Feb. 24 2011
While scenic designer G. Max Maxin has thrown tons of technological video graphic wizardry at the audience in the Michigan State University Theatre production — a spectacular unfolding of everything...
Beckett to Baum: Everybody needs something
Feb. 23 2011
Beckett’s absurdist comedy opened in 1957 and has been analyzed and debated ever since. Lansing Community College’s production features Mary Wardell as Nell, Jonas Greenberg as Nagg, Michael...
Coal-fired MSU moves toward energy transition
Feb. 23 2011
Holding hand-made valentines with slogans like “clean energy = true love,” a series of student speakers pushed MSU’s “Be Spartan Green” slogan up against the reality of its...
The singer brings together musicians from around the world in her band
Feb. 23 2011
Having spent most of her life in Jerusalem, singer Yasmin Levy was introduced to a hotbed of cultures, many of which find ways into her style of international music
Double concerto was inspired by Washington Irving
Feb. 23 2011
Master orchestrator and arranger (and Michigan State University alum) William Brohn has crafted many award-winning sonic canvases, from Broadway’s "Miss Saigon," "Wicked" and "Ragtime" (for which...
Chrome Cat and Spiral dress up their shows
Feb. 23 2011
There have been two significant changes since my last address. The first one is that the Chrome Cat in Old Town has settled on Wednesdays for its drag night. The bar began a Tuesday drag show around the...
Riverwalk’s ’Hairspray’ is a stylish sensation
Feb. 23 2011
From cult B-movie to Broadway hit, the aerosol-inspired “Hairspray” is setting the Riverwalk Theatre stage ablaze. Written and composed by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, this pro-justice...
LCC cast scores with solid production of tricky 'Endgame'
Feb. 23 2011
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the play is an intimate look at the dynamics of four people who wile away the dismal days in the isolation of what was once a grand estate. These were people of privilege,...
Band finds room to grow with 'Trouble House'
Feb. 23 2011
Joshua Barton had a huge revelation back in 1999 after stumbling upon a record by Spiritualized, an English neopsychedelia band. Further digging led him to Spacemen 3 albums, and a crop of other loud,...

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