‘Lily, The Felon’s Daughter’ swings and misses
March 22 2018
Walking into the theater, one observes Bob Nees’ intricate set design, a highly convincing Victorian-era sitting room. Exotic set dressing by Carol Ferris and unique properties provided by Sharon...
‘Broke-ology’ tests the limits of abject poverty
March 22 2018
The title “Broke-ology” is explained up front as the study and science of being broke and, in this case, black. The play, however, is also about a whole lot more than that
March 22 2018
The 700-square-foot space is teeming with exotic flowers and succulents, but with gardening season almost here, the store’s inventory of heirloom seeds, soil mixes, gardening tools and pots has started...
A toast to the Michigan Celtic folk musician’s storied career
March 15 2018
On Friday, those who somehow haven’t heard of the multi-talented singer, as well as long-time fans, get a chance to hear Donohoe in person at Lansing’s Allen Marketplace. Her show features...
Joe Shields comes back to life trading his computer for a guitar
March 15 2018
Shields, 57, is one of the Internet’s earliest purveyors of viral content. Anybody who had an Internet connection by 2000 will remember the videos he produced under the moniker Joe Cartoon. “Frog...
March 15 2018
In 2008, nine police officers from the northern Michigan city of Clare banded together to buy a 113-year-old local bakery that was in danger of closing. The officers, essentially the city’s entire...
Shakespeare parody brings the laughs
March 15 2018
Set in the Disney Epcot version of London in 1590, “Something Rotten!” makes clear from the beginning that this show is neither historical nor accurate. The chorus sings about all of their...
‘Something Rotten!’ star discusses musical theater
March 15 2018
Nick and Nigel Bottom are writers in the Renaissance trying to compete with Shakespeare. Now, we say all of that tongue-in-cheek, because the show is a contemporary comedy. It’s brought to you by...
How thousands of young women were inflicted with radium poisoning
March 15 2018
“The Radium Girls” sounds like the name of a 50s sci-fi horror movie, and the similarities extend beyond the title. Characters in the book have radium poisoning and suffer true horror —...
New art exhibit examines the male figure
March 15 2018
As a pianist, Kvitko has embarked on sprawling solo tours, including gigs at Carnegie Hall. He composed the incidental music for Steven Dietz’s production of “Dracula,” which was noted...
Eleven artists featured in new gallery
March 8 2018
“They’re very diverse, ranging from recent graduates of MSU, RCAH in fact, to folk who are retired after a career of working and making art,” said Carolyn Loeb, LookOut!’s curator...
New art exhibit from by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing opens
March 8 2018
Works being displayed on the billboards will include the creators’ names, school and grade. Most of the billboards will be located in Lansing, while some of them will dot different locations in the...
MSU alum pens advice book based on ‘Harry Potter’
March 8 2018
Over 10 years, Rowling wrote seven books in the series, all of which received a blockbuster film adaptation. Spinoffs, which have continued to this day, include video games, the “Fantastic Beasts”...
‘White Buffalo’ explores Native American mythology
March 8 2018
Emily Clark is Carol Gelling, a burned-out, overwrought farmer in Blackhawk, Wisconsin, who discovers the calf while walking her small acreage. A flood of phone calls and visitors ensue, based on a photo...
March 8 2018
She pulls together main stage, black box, and summer stage productions at Lansing Community College, and this doesn’t count the LCC dance and music productions, nor her immersion as a co-founder...
Wally Pleasant returns for annual show, new album
March 8 2018
Comedic singer-songwriter Wally Pleasant is gearing up for a return to the stage and studio. Following two shows this weekend at the Windwalker Underground Gallery in Charlotte, likely his only performances...
March 8 2018
Lambert’s business has already become a popular favorite for pastry lovers for its inventive creations with equally memorable names, such as Unicorn Dreams, a sprinkle cookie sandwich filled with...
Talking detective fiction with the judge who signed Nassar’s ‘death warrant’
March 1 2018
The halls of the Veteran Memorial Courthouse outside Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s chambers were eerily quiet on a recent Friday afternoon. A far cry from two weeks earlier, when throngs of victims,...
Successful Kickstarter campaign brings together old friends
March 1 2018
It’s been nine years since local Lansing singer songwriter Jen Sygit released her last solo album, “So Long Pollyanna.” While the folk roots/Americana artist is not a new name in the...
Michigan Global Roots Music Festival makes world music accessible
March 1 2018
“It is very difficult for children to sit still, so we made an informal concert where they can get up, they can dance, they can move around, they can clap and sing and it’s not disruptive,”...