Director Scott Burkell draws on his friendship with Jonathan Larson in shaping the show’s MSU production
April 14 2010
Scott Burkell met the late Jonathan Larson at the Barn Theatre in Augusta in the summer of 1980. Over the course of the season, Burkell, Larson and fellow Equity membership candidate Marin Mazzie then...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
April 14 2010
This year features a new batch of exclusive, collectible vinyl from Wilco, The Velvet Underground, John Lennon, Them Crooked Vultures, Soundgarden, TV On The Radio, Pavement, Beastie Boys, Coheed Cambria,...
‘Rocket’ puts classic rock into a symphonic setting
April 14 2010
After a long career as a guitarist, music producer and music director, Brennan began looking for ways to combine rock and symphonic music. His first project was a show built around the music of Elton John...
Ric Payne and Will Howe unleash The Wild Beaver on downtown Lansing
April 14 2010
In the next week or so, The Wild Beaver Saloon, the fourth franchise in a minichain, will open on the 200 block of S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing. With a name primed for double-entendres and...
April 14 2010
Stormfield Theatre presents three staged readings of the world premiere comedy "A Matter of Interpretation" this weekend. Michael Joseph Mitchell, Cheryl Ross Mitchell, Daryl Thompson, Bill Henson and...
For Bonnie Jo Campbell, writing about Michigan brought national acclaim
April 14 2010
Portage author Bonnie Jo Campbell has been doing the whole “trains and boats and planes” routine since her book “American Salvage” (Wayne State University Press) was named as a...
Enter a hole of noise
April 8 2010
Since the Lansing-based band released its first DIY album in 2005, McCord, along with Nicholas Richard (bass/vocals) and Hattie Danby (drums/vocals), have been sharing songwriting duties and exploring...
April 7 2010
Blues band Root Doctor Runners-up: Steppin’ In It and Frog & the Beeftones Combing traditional blues with classic soul, Root Doctorhas been entertaining Lansing for nearly 20 years....
April 7 2010
Newspaper Lansing State Journal Runners-up: City Pulse and “this category is unkind” Fine. But this does not overshadow the LSJ’s 2008 win forbest newspaper Web site...
April 7 2010
Alternative health:Better Health StoreRunners-up: Foods for Living, Creative Wellness Auto care:Lisky'sRunners-up: Spartan Car Care, University Foregin Auto Bank/credit union:MSUFCURunners-up: NuUnion,...
New Chamber series wraps up first season
April 7 2010
As principal stick man for the Lansing Symphony, Sherman is a conspicuous presence look for the silver glint and heaving shoulders but the subject of this encounter was Absolute Music, the star-studded...
There's something for everyone at Sunday's Antiquarian Book Show
April 7 2010
“It’s a collective mix of people coming to the show, and that’s part of the fun of it,” he said. “We don’t know what to expect from any given dealer because they bring...
Novel speculates on secret romantic life of ’Little Women’ author
April 7 2010
In her debut novel, McNees tells the credible but fictional tale of a romancethat might have taken place between Alcott and a young man during the summer of 1855 when the Alcott family moved to the small...
April 7 2010
Well, definitely start wearing pants fitted with those spikes they use to keep pigeons off liquor store signs, or at least sew golf cleats to the front of your jeans. Or, if this sounds like a lot of bother,...
'Chorus Line' starting to show its age
April 7 2010
“A Chorus Line” is an effective metaphor for the current economic climate, when “I’ll do anything for work” is a similarly common refrain. And you do feel the desire —...
Frantic comedy finds hilarity in hysteria
April 7 2010
The plot of Williamston Theatre’s latest offering, “It Came From Mars,” takes a standard screwball comedy plot and elevates it slightly into the realm of a meta-comedy. It came...
3D: Back to stay — or a high-tech fad?
April 7 2010
3D movies may be all the rage these days, but the craze is certainly nothing audiences haven’t seen before. Even as far back as the 1930s, filmmakers were testing the waters with novelty-short specialist...
For 'Chorus' star Ashley Yeater, every night is an audition
April 6 2010
How does a “Chorus Line” star spend her spare time between shows? For Ashley Yeater, it’s about resting in her hotel room with her dog, while Nicole Kidman sings herself to death. “I’m...
Contest challenges students to produce short films about environmental awareness
April 6 2010
What does green mean to you? Energy Works Michigan wants to know— in 90 seconds or less. The company is sponsoring the “Show Green” video competition, in which students are invited to...
Hip-hop meets slam poetry in Friday show
April 2 2010
Detroit native Black Milk will be performing at the “Born to Flow” event at Michigan State University, providing a blend of hip-hop and slam poetry. Presented by Pop Entertainment, the concert...

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