Jan. 11 2017
The first big metal show of the year hits Mac’s Bar Saturday. The first ever Oigs Fest is an all-day show featuring 10 heavy bands, including the Lurking Corpses, Dagon, Cavalcade and the Revenant....
Carole King musical will make you feel like a natural person
Jan. 11 2017
Behind every great song is a great songwriter. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” highlights one such songwriter and the inspiring true story of her successful transition from anonymity...
Open Mike Eagle talks quirky titles, writing process and getting started in hip hop
Jan. 11 2017
Innovative rapper Open Mike Eagle, real name Michael Eagle, began his career in the mid-‘90s in Chicago, where he developed a punchline style consistent with the region and era. But by 18, he had...
Sarah Chang and Andrew von Oeyen bring star power to Prague Philharmonia tour
Jan. 11 2017
The rare pairing of two major soloists on the Prague Philharmonia’s Jan. 18 concert at the Wharton Center makes you wonder: Have the classical poobahs resorted to throwing multiple stars on the same...
Comedy trio branches out to host national comedians, offer workshops
Jan. 11 2017
When local comedian Emily Syrja didn’t see the opportunities she wanted in the local comedy scene, she decided to create her own. Syrja started hosting pop-up comedy shows at her house to create...
Lansing Symphony, Tanya Ell reach into the heart of Dvorák
Jan. 11 2017
As they might say if ESPN did orchestral highlights, it was the bottom of the slow movement and the cadenza was in full swing. Just when Ell seemed to have poured out the last dregs of unfulfilled longing,...
The Grid Arcade and Bar
Jan. 11 2017
For the last few months, a sign in the former Chrome Cat building in Old Town has teased that a new business is “coming soon.” The sign features the title character from the movie “Wreck-It...
Cleveland Orchestra cellist Tanya Ell makes her solo debut with Lansing Symphony
Jan. 4 2017
This has not been an ordinary trip home for cellist Tanya Ell, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s guest soloist Saturday
Jan. 4 2017
Hot Mulligan, a Lansing-based emo/pop-punk quintet, releases its new EP, “Opportunities,” Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Also performing the all-ages show are Kayak Jones, Convenient Trash, Backpacks,...
Jan. 4 2017
Douglas McGrath first learned about Carole King thanks to a mistake. As a child, he and his sister were playing with some 45 RPM records when his sister misread the songwriting credit
New retrospective reveals untold stories, inspires nostalgia
Jan. 4 2017
Today’s earbuds seem to be permanently attached to the ears of millions, perhaps billions, of music aficionados. But for music fans of a certain age, the transistor radio was once the cutting edge...
‘Current State’ shift leaves room for more classical music and ‘All Things Considered’
Jan. 4 2017
Regular WKAR radio listeners have probably noticed that its “Current State” program has disappeared from the airwaves in recent weeks. The show has been on hiatus since Dec. 12 as it prepares...
Jan. 4 2017
Flowers are pretty scarce around New Year´s Day, so we decided to celebrate another spin around the sun by picking a bouquet of 10 interesting people who reflect the variety and vitality of life...
2017 Preview
Jan. 4 2017
Looking ahead at some of the new businesses coming to Lansing in 2017, we see a trend toward upscale dining, with at least three new restaurants coming that put an emphasis on chef-driven cuisine. But...
Jan. 2 2017
MONDAY, Jan. 2 — Add one more Lansing bar to the list of businesses that didn't make it into 2017.A sign posted yesterday on the door of South Lansing's Colonial Bar & Grille (3425 S. Martin L
‘La La Land’ a delightful but shallow slice of musical nostalgia
Dec. 29 2016
I have to admit that this movie is an utter delight. But that’s also what gives me pause. It’s a movie that is trying very hard — almost too hard — to get you to like it, and it...
Unexpected themes emerged in this year’s theater season
Dec. 28 2016
Looking back on the local theater I saw in 2016, I sometimes found myself missing men and enjoying pain. Hmm … I suppose I should explain. Two themes appeared over and over in the past year....
Dec. 28 2016
Couples engaged to be married have a lot on their plates as they begin planning their weddings. Whereas tradition once demanded parents of the bride pay for a couple’s wedding, nowadays more and...
Dec. 28 2016
Weddings require a lot of planning. Couples hosting large weddings or even intimate gatherings can easily be overwhelmed by the amount of planning they must do to make their weddings into events they will...
Dec. 28 2016
Many elements combine to make traditional wedding receptions special. But many veteran wedding guests would agree that the right playlist once guests hit the reception hall dance floor can turn an ordinary...

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