Purple Rose’s ’Some Couples May...’ takes on a touchy topic with sensitivity, humor and convincing performances
April 27 2011
Now playing at the Purple Rose Theater, “Couples” takes the audience through the early moments of high expectations that couples have when first embracing the idea of pregnancy and parenthood,...
April 27 2011
Pennsylvania-based folk artist Anne Hills’ voice is often compared to Judy Collins. She will perform Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle, along with songwriter David Roth. Hills has been a fixture in...
Broad musical genre brings together different styles and fans of all ages
April 20 2011
Indie-folk musicians often play shows at (SCENE) Metrospace, Basement 414, Mac’s Bar, The Loft and even intimate spaces like coffee shops and house venues. Other venues like The Pump House, a community...
WKAR’s Bob Blackman signs off after 37 years of hosting ’The Folk Tradition’
April 20 2011
On Sunday, his final show will air at 6 p.m. on WKAR, featuring Blackman’s favorite singers and musicians the ones who’ve inspired his love of folk music over the years. As for his reasons...
April 20 2011
The Ten Pound Fiddle has been the heart of the Lansing folk scene since its first concert in 1975
April 20 2011
The lineup features a couple of returning favorites and several premieres, including "Rock of Ages," which will warm the heart of any Bon Jovi/Def Leppard/Quiet Riot fans, and "The Addams Family," the...
Author Wade Rouse shares twisted holiday tales
April 20 2011
As the Saugatuck-based author notes in his latest book “It’s All Relative,” his father was an engineer with some unusual ideas about Easter egg hunts: Instead of being scattered around...
John Lepard has much to ’Scream’ about these days
April 20 2011
You’ll see Lepard about 15 minutes into the film. The Williamston Theatre executive director (and director of the theater’s recent hit “While We Were Bowling”) plays an English...
Lansing Symphony brings down the curtain on season with triumphant double dip
April 20 2011
Get too full of yourself on the concert stage and Bugs Bunny will bang the bandshell with a giant hammer until you vibrate, or make you hold a note until your face turns plaid. The Three Stooges will flick...
April 20 2011
Detroit native Kamalay, the singer, guitarist and group leader, has been playing professionally since he graduated from the University of Detroit in 1974. Artists he has worked with include Joel Mabus,...
The Capital City Film Festival gets underway Thursday with shorts, features, music and a John Hughes tribute
April 13 2011
As far as Capital City Film Festival co-founder Dominic Cochran is concerned, there’s plenty of room in Lansing for more than one film fest. After all, this is not going to be a cinematic battle...
Here’s a sampling of reviews of some of the festival films from Allan I. Ross, James Sanford and Paul Wozniak.
April 13 2011
Here’s a sampling of reviews of some of the festival films from Allan I. Ross, James Sanford and Paul Wozniak
Pianist Nel lends three hands to Ravel at LSO closer
April 13 2011
Guest soloists at symphony concerts often yawn through the same bromides: “I’m really looking forward to playing Nabob’s Ninth Nurdle I’ve played it since I was a zygote.”
Five local artists raise their profiles on new billboards
April 13 2011
Craig Mitchell Smith had noticed quite a few unrented billboards in the Lansing area. He wondered if there was something that could be done to make them more aesthetically pleasing
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trey Songz dated for July music festival
April 13 2011
The first acts have been announced for this year’s Common Ground Music Festival, and music fans should prepare for a dose of classic rock from the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd and a dash of contemporary...
Jazz Spectacular brings Jimmy Heath and a slate of stars to Michigan State University
April 13 2011
Who doesn’t like to eat frosting? If you haven’t savored the layer cake of jazz events stacked up by Michigan State University’s world-class jazz studies department throughout the year,...
Juanita Kennedy discovered a perfect medium for her art: versatile Styrofoam
April 13 2011
What is the difference between art and craft? Can a craft be honed to the point of becoming art, or is the artist aspect of a work based on ideas more than skill? When debaters tire of arguing over the...
Record Store Day features limited-edition collectibles from assorted artists
April 13 2011
“In my eyes, it’s a tacit acknowledgement by the record industry that there’s a loyal, committed group of customers who are looking for something more than the run-of-the-mill, no frills...
For director Tom McCarthy, it’s a ’Win Win’ situation
April 13 2011
BIRMINGHAM — His movie is called "Win Win." But this particular Friday morning had almost been a lose/lose for writer-director Tom McCarthy
The men who guarded JFK talk about their experiences on Nov. 22, 1963
April 13 2011
For Doug Roberts, director of the Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and a former state treasurer, Nov. 22, 1963, is etched in memory. He was a 16-year-old in the...