Austin Ashley steps down, replacement search has begun
June 16 2016
THURSDAY, June 16 — The Old Town Commercial Association is looking for a new executive director. Austin Ashley, who has served in that position since June 1 last year, announced that he will step...
Delightfully vulgar ‘The Book of Mormon’ returns to Wharton Center
June 16 2016
THURSDAY, June 16 — What else is there to say about “The Book of Mormon?” It’s a scathing satire of unthinking religion — mostly of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...
June 15 2016
Since graduating from MSU in 2007, Williams studied at the Juilliard School and became firmly established in the jazz world, playing most recently in guitarist Pat Metheny’s Grammy-winning Unity...
Juanita Baldwin looks for emotional connection in painting, photography
June 15 2016
Okemos-based artist Juanita Baldwin didn’t know what she was getting into when she started taking painting lessons. A native of Chile, Baldwin was invited by a friend to watercolor classes taught...
June 15 2016
Under the spell of saxophonists Coltrane, Coleman, Ayler and Eric Dolphy, McPhee gravitated from traditional jazz of Art Blakey, Miles Davis and other 1950s and ‘60s artists to a free, muscular sound...
‘Feather Brained’ takes a humorous look at bird watching
June 15 2016
Bob Tarte has never had a “big year,” but his new book, “Feather Brained,” is a masterfully written beginner’s guide to the hobby of birding
Calendar Girls’ delivers positive message despite technical difficulties
June 15 2016
A sell-out crowd packed Owosso’s Lebowski Center Saturday as a 14-person ensemble cast took the stage in the Owosso Community Players’ production of “Calendar Girls.”
June 15 2016
The festival kicks off Thursday with a keynote speech by Sephira Bailey Shuttlesworth, wife of the late civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. Friday includes a baseball game commemorating the Negro...
June 15 2016
In 1997, Against Me! started as a Billy Bragg-influenced solo project by Laura Jane Grace. By 2001, it had evolved into a dynamic punk-rock outfit. The Florida-based band’s breakthrough record, 2002’s...
StoryWalk brings reading activity to Orlando Park
June 15 2016
StoryWalk, which was unveiled earlier this month, is a non-traditional way to get families outdoors, exercising and learning all at the same time. The installation comprises a series of signs set up along...
Summer Solstice Jazz Festival expands its reach for 20th anniversary blowout
June 15 2016
Under the aegis of artistic director Rodney Whitaker, who is also director of jazz studies across the street at Michigan State University, the festival has reached out to absorb the unique jazz scenes...
‘The Explorers Club’ serves up frantic fun
June 15 2016
In less capable hands, “The Explorer’s Club,” staged by Over the Ledge Theatre Co., could easily be a disaster. Thanks to the deft direction of LeAnn Dethlefsen, this parody of upper-class...
Lansing 5:01 kicks off with free concert
June 14 2016
TUESDAY, June 14 — Lansing 5:01 is out to prove that Greater Lansing is vibrant after 5 p.m. It’s kicking off it’s efforts with a concert tonight that starts at — you guessed it...
Ryan Bondy talks "The Book of Mormon" and his unusual path to Broadway
June 13 2016
MONDAY, June 13 — Actor Ryan Bondy, who plays Elder Price in the touring version of “The Book of Mormon,” finds a certain flattery in being cast as a Mormon missionary
‘Ed’s Whale’ set for September screenings
June 10 2016
FRIDAY, June 11 — After years of delays, “Ed’s Whale,” a documentary on Lansing artist Ed Lahti, will be revealed later this year.On a Facebook page devoted to the film, filmmaker...
‘Neighbors 2’ features familiar premise, progressive politics
June 9 2016
I hesitate to say that if you liked “Neighbors,” you’ll like “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.” While the two films are similar in many ways, “Neighbors 2” is a different...
‘The Moth Mainstage’ puts storytelling in the spotlight
June 8 2016
WEDNESDAY, June 8 — For someone who deals in storytelling for a living, Jenifer Hixson doesn’t wax poetic about “The Moth Mainstage.”“It’s five people telling true stories...
‘Chapatti’ delivers strong performances, minimal distractions
June 8 2016
The set had the amount of furniture expected in an outhouse. A single chair and a suspended beam that looked more like a missing arch from Stonehenge was all that adorned the stage for Williamston Theatre’s...
June 8 2016
Lansing-based power-pop band the Stick Arounds headline a stacked bill Friday at the Avenue Café. Opening are Welfare Beer League (Chicago-based pop punk), Scary Women (Lansing-based rock ‘n’...
Jack Hetherington finds beauty in data
June 8 2016
Jack Hetherington discovered his knack for art late in life. The 81-year-old engineer and artist taught physics and mathematics at MSU for 35 years. While charts and graphs were always part of his career,...

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