Feb. 3 2016
Andrew Ford, a pastor at Grand Ledge Baptist Church, resolved to venture "outside his comfort zone" in 2016. He wasn't alone. Thursday, Ford joined a mob of volunteers who reported for duty with Lansing's...
Jan. 27 2016
Last week, as a frigid January passed its midpoint, a curious scene took place inside the front window of Lansing City Hall. The lobby Christmas tree was half-undressed. In its place, a couple of suspicious...
Jan. 27 2016
Some people can’t talk about anything but the one time they saw the mating dance of the lesser prairie chicken. (“I was only 30 feet away!”) They may have rafted up the Grand Canyon,...
Jan. 20 2016
Rachel Barton Pine became obsessed with playing the violin at age 3, when she heard a Bach partita in a Chicago church. She is far beyond driven now. Her violin case is plastered with stickers for Slayer,...
Jan. 13 2016
When Jane White tells people she is the director of Michigan’s Human Trafficking Task Force, about half of them give her an odd look
Dec. 30 2015
This town is heated year round (summer festivals included) with native, student and visiting musical talent, thanks largely to the white-hot boiler room that is the MSU College of Music. With so much to...
Dec. 16 2015
Etienne Charles’ new CD, “Creole Christmas,” does mess with Santa, but briefly and gently. Casual jazz fans who prefer their music “straight” need not run for the hills. The...
Dec. 16 2015
A lavish photo spread in the December 2015 edition of Vanity Fair, “Jazz on the Loose,” gave some love to 36 virtuosos under 33 who are headlining “the hottest live jazz scene since Review...
Dec. 15 2015
A dead hydrangea danced on the glass outside the Broad Art Museum café when I sat down to talk with the museum’s new assistant curator, Steven Bridges. The impromptu performance on a sunny...
Dec. 9 2015
By the time Jimmy Johnson pulled his bologna out of the smoker every Thursday at 1 p.m., people were waiting in the parking lot
Dec. 2 2015
Early Monday evening, waves of jazz broke free from a cavernous conference room and swirled up the grand spiral staircase that greets visitors to the fancy corporate digs of the MSU Federal Credit Union
Nov. 25 2015
In most love-conquers-all stories, you root for the star-crossed lovers to come together. MSU Opera Theatre’s gripping version of “A Room With A View” made me root for the sad souls...
Nov. 25 2015
For a trumpet player, Masekela seems reluctant to blow his own horn. But be forewarned: music lovers will have a rare opportunity in East Lansing to hear two venerable jazz masters, in relaxed duet format,...
Nov. 18 2015
A commanding voice called from the orchestra pit. “It’s very disconcerting when I can’t hear you.”
Nov. 11 2015
If things are meant to be used and thrown away, why do they keep coming back?
Nov. 11 2015
Halftime will unfold serenely at Saturday’s MSU vs. University of Maryland football game — at first. A lone cellist will waft a tender Chinese melody over the Spartan Stadium turf. A delicate...
Nov. 11 2015
Lansing Symphony Orchestra concerts routinely exude power, nobility and lyricism. Eccentricity? Not so much. Weirdness? Hardly ever
Nov. 11 2015
A cosponsor of a Senate bill some Hispanic leaders in Michigan view as a mandate for local police to profile Hispanics received a special recognition award at an Oct. 30 dinner honoring labor leader...
Nov. 4 2015
True to the spirit of Halloween, the soloist in the next Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert was painstakingly assembled from its constituent parts in the dark, saliva-spattered laboratory of MSU saxophone...
Nov. 4 2015
It’s a long stretch from plucky song-and-dance gal Shirley Temple to cerebral jazz pianist Bill Evans, but that’s Betty Baxter’s musical path in a nutshell

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