Boogie Bob prepares for a run of shows in New York
July 22 2015
Telling the story of American piano music, from early styles like rhythm & blues and stride through jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, is an ambitious undertaking. One could easily fill a textbook tracing...
Vandalay reinvents itself with new EP
July 22 2015
“Starting Over,” the latest EP from Lansing-based rock band Vandalay, is more than a collection of songs. It’s a portrait of a band at a crossroads. The EP’s title track is,...
Lansing-area artists put an adage to the test this weekend, hoping to show that one person’s trash could truly be another one’s treasure.
July 22 2015
Cesar Chavez Plaza in Old Town played host to ScrapFest Friday and Saturday, and an estimated 2,500 people came to check out 17 recycled scrap metal sculptures created by teams of local artists. In the...
New book looks at the history of M-22
July 22 2015
Tourists have been navigating the narrow roads of Northern Michigan’s M-22 since the early 1900s, checking out the beautiful beaches, idyllic farm lands, sweeping sand dunes and the seemingly lockedin-time...
Friday, July 24
July 22 2015
What happens when you combine an infestation of rats, a doublecrossing mayor, a piper who plays irresistible music and a cast and crew of 81 kids? Audiences will get a chance to find out as All-of-us...
When Particles Collide at Mac´s Bar, Wednesday, July 29
July 22 2015
When Particles Collide, an alt-rock duo from Bangor, Maine, mixes Blondie-influenced vocals with commanding, Queens of the Stone Age-style guitar riffs and a punk rock ethos. The band headlines Mac’s...
The Kushion impresses with quality products, superior service
July 22 2015
With the summer heating up, I was looking for a chill spot where I could get quality meds from a knowledgeable budtender that was on a CATA route. The Kushion Provision Center is where I found myself....
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
July 15 2015
The Plurals release 'An Onion Tied To My Belt' at the Avenue Since 2007, the Plurals have been a fixture in the Lansing music scene, releasing a string of DIY alt-rock discs on its GTG Records imprint....
What I learned from spending six days at Common Ground
July 15 2015
This was the year to do it. In past years, I would attend one or two nights of Common Ground Music Festival and think to myself, “Next year I’m going to buy a week pass and be here every night.” But...
Over the Ledge kicks off summer season
July 15 2015
Over the Ledge Theatre Co. opened its fourth season at the Ledges Playhouse with David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Proof.” The play is a tender love story that depicts the...
New release, event give insight into the writing process
July 15 2015
Tuesday’s publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” is a lesson in publishing and editing. Readers seldom get to see an original, unedited manuscript of a book in published...
Wednesday, July 22
July 15 2015
There’s nothing like live music to complement a hearty meal. Throw in fine art and friendly neighbors, and you’ve got all you could ever need to make lunchtime great. It may seem like a strange...
July 15 2015
You think baseball games, you think hot dogs, beer and maybe the old peanuts-and- Cracker Jack combo. But Cooley Law School Stadium has gone the gourmet route with its new addition, Good Hops. The specialty...
Finger Eleven brings heavy sound to Common Ground
July 8 2015
Finger Eleven vocalist Scott Anderson and his bandmates were deep in the heart of Texas on a 2007 summer tour, supporting the band’s “Them vs. You vs. Me” LP, when the guys received...
Saxophonist Phil Denny talks about new album, smooth jazz stigma
July 8 2015
Phil Denny is a one-man music business. In addition to recording and performing, the 37-year-old smooth jazz saxophonist negotiates his own contracts, books his own tours and manages his own promotional...
Lansing native Karl Pestka returns to play Common Ground
July 8 2015
Common Ground Music Festival is more than just another stop on a tour for musician Karl Pestka. Born and raised in the Lansing area, Pestka graduated from East Lansing High School and the University of...
Bill Woodland reflects on nearly 50 years of theater work
July 8 2015
William Woodland, Bill to his friends, is finally retiring from local theater — for real this time. Over a span of almost 50 years, the 80-yearold Lansing resident designed and built hundreds of...
New mystery novel is set on Michigan’s most famous island
July 8 2015
Mackinac Island, with its storied history, bikes-and-horses-only attitude, tons of fudge and a bevy of quaint cottages, has always been considered one of Michigan’s top family vacation destinations. East...
Friday, July 10
July 8 2015
Bike rides can be an adventurous thrill for some, while others may take rides for exercise. But whatever the reason, many people enjoy their time on bikes. Photographer Khalid Ibrahim and graphic designer...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
July 8 2015
Chris Cresswell, Ian Graham at Mac´s Bar, Saturday, July 11 Vocalist/guitarist Chris Cresswell has fronted Toronto-based punkrock band the Flatliners since its genesis in 2002. It wasn’t...

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