Year in review
Dec. 28 2016
A rash of restaurant closings in 2016 fueled fears that the Metro Lansing dining scene was dying, contributing to the year’s overall depressing vibe compounded by an ugly, surreal election cycle...
Remembering Unicorn Tavern owner Tommy Malvetis
Dec. 22 2016
“Once he wasn’t able to come here every day, we knew it wouldn’t be long. This was his life. He was a fighter, but this time I think he just let go.”
Dec. 21 2016
Mac’s Bar hosts a bumpin’ holiday-themed party featuring a mashup of EDM and hip-hop artists. And of course, ugly sweaters are encouraged. Set to perform are headliners Landoh and Captain Boom,...
Taking a look at classic holiday books, new and old
Dec. 21 2016
“’Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house …” New Yorker Clement Clarke Moore wrote this famous first line in 1823, and the story has since become a favorite...
Dec. 21 2016
If you haven't finished your holiday shopping at this point, you may feel tempted to slip some cash in a card and call it a day. But if you’re looking for a personal touch, a few local art galleries...
MSU Professors of Jazz skip the trimmings, go straight for the goods
Dec. 21 2016
There were no festive add-ons, no guest vocalists, not even a stocking or candy cane in sight, but the MSU Professors of Jazz opened up a bottomless, Santa-sized sack of swing for a packed and delighted...
A guide to Lansing-area online fundraising campaigns
Dec. 21 2016
Red’s Smokehouse is working to turn its barbeque stand into a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and it’s looking to the community for help
Percent for Art ordinance having an effect in East Lansing
Dec. 21 2016
After two years, East Lansing’s Percent for Art ordinance is starting to bear fruit. The ordinance, which pulls public arts funding from public and private development projects, has already funded...
Dec. 21 2016
In 2011, two Michigan State University professors used a mapping program to examine Metro Lansing pedestrian access to fresh produce
‘Rogue One’ a lackluster ‘Star Wars’ entry
Dec. 20 2016
One of the depressingly few things “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” gets right is its attempt to put the “war” in “Star Wars.” Instead of focusing on the politics and...
Charlotte dance group invited to perform at Sugar Bowl
Dec. 16 2016
This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl pits the Auburn Tigers against the Oklahoma Sooners, but the game’s halftime show will feature some Greater Lansing-grown talent.WorldStrides OnStage pr
Brilliance of ‘Moonlight’ is hard to describe
Dec. 15 2016
I noticed while reading about “Moonlight” that, unlike most film reviews and articles, the pieces didn’t give me much sense of what the film actually is. After finally seeing it myself,...
Dark comedy dominates in Wharton Center’s latest show
Dec. 14 2016
It’s nothing personal, just business — family business, that is. For the high body count in the show, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” is relatively tame. But if you...
Dec. 14 2016
East Lansing anti-folk songsmith Wally Pleasant became a fixture in the local music scene back in the ‘90s thanks to his sharp, humorous songbook. While adult life has slowed his output in recent...
Arts Council of Greater Lansing recognizes local artists, art supporters
Dec. 14 2016
Last week, over 200 local artists, art supporters, business leaders and community members gathered at MSU’s University Club to celebrate the local arts scene
Mosaic project honors civil rights activist
Dec. 14 2016
Other than a few street signs and a historical marker, this is little evidence of the nearly 15 years Malcolm X spent in Lansing. But a new community art project is hoping to offer a new perspective on...
Dec. 14 2016
Some holiday enthusiasts start unpacking the Christmas ornaments and breaking out their holiday records as soon as Thanksgiving’s leftovers are in the fridge. The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle,...
Local authors jump into adult coloring book craze
Dec. 14 2016
“Stay within the lines” was a common admonition heard by young baby boomers as they worked on their coloring books. (Those stubby crayons were no help.)
Veteran diversity trainer Joanna Stark ponders — and fights — human nature
Dec. 14 2016
The more they dread Stark, the better she likes it. At 86, she is Exhibit A in her own long-running class on dealing with workplace diversity
Ruckus Ramen / Lotsa Pizza / Famous Dave's / Crafty Palate
Dec. 14 2016
The Avenue Café is swapping American fast food for Japanese fast food. In mid-January, local DJ/aspiring restaurateur Steve “DJ Ruckus” Swart will transform his recent pop-up restaurant...

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