April 10 2013
A post-ironic pop-punk opera about the futility of rebellion, "American Idiot" is challenging. It's exciting. It's inciting. It's triumphant
April 10 2013
After last year's particularly nasty presidential campaign, Lansing voters got about a two-month reprieve before being thrust back into the heart of another election season. Sorry about that, but also,...
April 10 2013
It's not always about who won or lost, but who got the most votes. Not so fast — winning and getting the most votes are not necessarily the same thing, smart guy. At least not in the new Top of the...
April 10 2013
Old Town's going old school in a few weeks when the Old Town General Store gets up and running. Owner/operator Maria Van Atta will soon launch her debut solo enterprise next to Preuss Pets, near the corner...
April 3 2013
Nazis are easy narrative villains — the systematic slaughter of 11 million people really puts them in their own class of evil. Consequently, in literature and film, it's a bold move to depict them...
April 3 2013
The "gateway to East Lansing" is getting a little more welcoming this week with the opening of Jonna's 2 Go, the western-most location for a series of southeast Michigan-based convenience stores
March 27 2013
Last week, the Lansing Board of Education approved a five-year teachers' contract that will get the Lansing School District about $7 million closer to closing the next school year's projected $9 million...
March 27 2013
Spring is off to a relatively chilly start, but in Williamston business is in full bloom. Three new businesses celebrated grand openings last week, while a fourth moved into a space nearly six times the...
March 22 2013
In a perfect world, a visionary filmmaker such as Sam Raimi could make a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" without having it compared to its 1939 predecessor, inarguably one of the greatest motion pictures...
March 20 2013
The brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Wayne Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., is one of the country's most high-profile hate crimes, and is considered a watershed for the gay rights movement. In 2000, "The Laramie...
March 20 2013
Next week, the lights go down for the East Lansing Film Society Film Series' final month of programming before taking the summer off. So long, Werner Herzog; hey there, Iron Man — gotta give those...
March 20 2013
Last weekend, the festively named Arty Party Studio celebrated its grand opening in Okemos, and co-owner/operator Susan Brewster said the response was overwhelming — about 200 folks turned out, mostly...
March 18 2013
Somewhere between a Penthouse Forum story and a Swiftian journal entry (Taylor, not Jonathan) lies “My First Time,” a staged reading of stories culled from the aptly named website, MyFirstTime.com
March 13 2013
Jan.18, 2013 — For moviegoers, January is either seen as an opportunity to catch up on non-widely released gems that are finally making it to town (such as last summer’s “Beasts of the...
March 13 2013
Two new food stations popped up inside Lansing City Market last week. Ofilia's El Burrito, the satellite location for Ofilia Diaz' popular south Lansing taqueria, serves both ready-to-eat and frozen Mexican...
March 6 2013
If it weren't a true story, it would seem like a cliché: The dead city handling its own cremation, one abandoned building at a time. For decades, Detroit has been slipping from obsolescence into...
Feb. 27 2013
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series featuring icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights. Rev. James Lawson, 84, is the final speaker in the series. Time...
Feb. 27 2013
In its first two months, experimental film theater Studio C! in Okemos has already transformed the concept of a night at the movies for mid-Michigan filmgoers. It has food several notches above your typical...
Feb. 27 2013
Old Town's Thelma Joyce Osteen Comfort Station — or, colloquially, simply "the Comfort Station" — turns 98 this year. The building has varied in utility over the years from a public restroom...
Feb. 20 2013
Life, obviously, doesn't come with an owner's manual, but if it did, the film "Amour" would certainly make for a good final chapter — call it "What to Expect when You’re Expiring." Unflinchingly...

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