Sept. 28 2016
In a road show familiar by now to Lansing area residents, the buzz of chainsaws and roar of service trucks drifted through a sleepy Lansing neighborhood south of Eastwood Towne Center for much of last...
Sept. 21 2016
As a scrappy kid growing up in the Dominican Republic and later in Detroit, Manuel Martinez felt a kinship to Santiago, the never-say-die Cuban fisherman in Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man...
Sept. 14 2016
When certain species of male and female spider approach each other, things can go either way — sex or cannibalism. There was a tentative hush, a tense bit of probing, in the opening seconds of...
Sept. 14 2016
Guitarist Bobby Murray feels blessed to play the blues for a lot of reasons. Saturday’s headliner at Michigan BluesFest worked closely with blues legend Etta James for 22 years, and he’s traded...
Sept. 14 2016
Four projects on the downtown campus of Lansing Community College smack of mystery, but collectively they tell the latest chapter of a familiar story
Sept. 7 2016
Last week, the featured soloist asked Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt to change the program — a rare event in the symphonic world — from Ravel’s exquisite Concerto for the Left...
Sept. 7 2016
CATA’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit system for the Michigan Avenue-Grand River Avenue corridor has many features meant to make transportation safer for people with disabilities, including platforms...
Sept. 7 2016
When the half-mile Frandor-to-MSU stretch of Michigan Avenue was repaved two years ago, the Tri-County Bicycle Association successfully lobbied the state Department of Transportation to put in bike lanes....
Sept. 7 2016
Last week, I randomly collared 22 people waiting for a bus at three stops along Route 1, the Lansing metro area’s main drag along Michigan and Grand River avenues, and asked them if they knew what...
Aug. 31 2016
It’s a public health crisis. People are on the edge. One more syrupy piano tinkle, one more cheap imitation of Philip Glass, one more “Carmina Burana”-style devil chant, and somebody...
Aug. 24 2016
After suffering through a Baptist upbringing, McClurken, 62, didn’t have much use for any church. But his then-partner, pianist and recording engineer, Sergei Kvitko, has been deeply involved at...
Aug. 17 2016
“Community Heart of REO” is an unintentionally provocative name for the 56-by- 28-foot mural that fills the north side of a Quality Dairy building, 1400 S. Washington Ave., in Lansing’s...
Aug. 17 2016
It’s hard to believe we almost lost the surprisingly cozy 23,000-square-foot St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store to a fire in 2011. In spite of the imposing, almosttoo-nice-looking 2013 rebuild, the...
Aug. 3 2016
“You have two festivals, both well attended,” she marveled. “There’s been a resurgence. One of the nicest, hippest things to happen in Lansing was to have Rodney (Whitaker) as the...
Aug. 3 2016
Poco, a two-toed tree sloth, has traveled all over Michigan, doing educational programs at schools and zoos for 26 years. But he’s never been to an art museum
Aug. 3 2016
Civil unrest erupted in dozens of American cities in the 1960s. Fifty years ago this week, on Aug. 7 and 8, 1966, it was Lansing's turn
July 20 2016
Thursday morning, at Lansing's First Presbyterian Church, dance teacher Clara Martinez led a mob of 9-to-13-year-olds in a romp through "Dancing in the Streets" by Martha and the Vandellas
July 6 2016
Reporters ask your age. It’s routine. But St. Johns artist Eric Staib is not a by-the-book kind of guy
June 29 2016
The ins and outs of CATA's proposed $133 million Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, system along Lansing's Michigan Avenue- Grand River Avenue corridor would be hard enough to sort out in a calm Zen garden. A...
June 22 2016
Ants swarmed on a discarded crust of pizza in a tuft of grass, just 10 feet away from a stage set in a shady pine grove. Cellist Tomeka Reid, grounded and focused, absently kicked off her shoes in concentration....

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