Mildly subversive ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ goes for big laughs
Feb. 17 2017
If you’re looking for an enjoyable, kid-friendly film for the family, look no further than “The Lego Batman Movie.” The “kid-friendly” part might just be what kills the movie...
Lansing Symphony, Sharon Isbin serve up smashing night of Latin music
Feb. 15 2017
Andrew Spencer was smiling so much it must have hurt his face Saturday night. Don’t think we didn’t notice
Feb. 15 2017
Young Pioneer, formed in 2012, is technically a Brighton-based indie rock band, but last summer it grew some Lansing roots when local musicians Jason Marr and Austin Howard joined the band. Marr is known...
Feb. 15 2017
“My mom pushed me into it when I was in fifth grade, trying to get me to make some new friends and get me out of my neighborhood a little bit,” Sylvester said. “So she signed me up for...
Ambitious dance work takes on human trafficking, addiction and abuse
Feb. 15 2017
Human trafficking, prostitution, heroin addiction — these are not typical topics for a dance performance. But “Among the Darkest Shadows,” a cross-country multi-partner collaboration...
Local mom asks Meijer for healthy checkout aisles
Feb. 15 2017
Local photographer and artist Jane Kramer started a petition on change. org after she couldn’t get past Meijer’s customer service desk last fall
Film screening revisits local nationalist group
Feb. 15 2017
“Casablanca” allowed Bogart to metaphorically redeem himself from his dark role in “Black Legion,” where he played a nativist and white supremacist who rails against immigration....
New book looks at events leading to Kent State shootings
Feb. 15 2017
“Four dead in Ohio.” Those four words, from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s hastily recorded protest song “Ohio,” were haunting in their simplicity
Peppermint Creek’s ‘Heathers’ delivers laughs with dark humor
Feb. 15 2017
“Heathers: The Musical” is a dark — more like black — satire. If you haven’t seen the ‘80s cult film on which it’s based, you’ve now been warned. That said,...
Feb. 15 2017
After sitting vacant for nearly a year and a half, a prime downtown Lansing nightclub location will reopen next week as a hookah lounge. On Wednesday, owner/operator Adam Murshed will host a grand opening...
Comedian Jono Zalay talks neuroscience, comedy and giving cocaine to rats
Feb. 14 2017
Lots of people who hold two titles at once, it’s nothing new. You can be a mother and a CEO, a teacher and a soccer coach, the list goes on and on. But how about a comedian scientist?
Eric Bayley runs down his favorite movies from last year
Feb. 13 2017
Contrary to a misconception that cropped up in 2016, movies are not dead. The year was a great year for cinema. There are always truly great films being made, just not always in Hollywood. And t
‘The Founder’ serves up a film that’s heavy on facts, light on intrigue
Feb. 10 2017
“The Founder” isn’t necessarily a bad movie, but there’s no real reason it needed to be a movie. Nothing about the film’s presentation, the way it delivers its story, justifies...
City of Lansing announces investment in arts
Feb. 8 2017
Courtesy imageA rendering of last year's Arts Impact Project, which will be completed by artist Ivan Iler this summer. WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, along with representative
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Feb. 8 2017
From romantic dinners and dances to drag performers and Dungeons & Dragons, Greater Lansing has a wide variety of Valentine’s Day activities to choose from
Feb. 8 2017
Lansing’s own Dead Hour Noise and the Jackpine Snag perform Friday at the Avenue Café; Hastings-based progressive-thrash band 6 Prong Paw opens the show. Dead Hour Noise, a metal/punk/grind...
MSU’s “Blood at the Root” pulses with vital questions
Feb. 8 2017
There are no easy answers in “Blood at the Root,” but there are a lot of good questions. Written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by guest director Steve H. Broadnax III, the Michigan State...
Twin Peaks’ Cadien Lake James talks Coachella, life on the road and future goals
Feb. 8 2017
For most of our readers, the name Twin Peaks brings to mind Mark Frost and David Lynch’s 1990s TV drama. But for a growing number of indie rock fans, the name is associated with a Chica- go-based...
Feb. 8 2017
For those looking for something more creative than flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day, Broadway actors Jarrod Spector and Kelli Bartlett offer a romantic homage to celebrity couples. Their...
‘A Painted Window’ peers into the life of a fallen woman
Feb. 8 2017
The elders among us may remember a closing line from the classic noir TV show, “The Naked City”: “There are 8 million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.” The...