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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....
June 15 2016
Since graduating from MSU in 2007, Williams studied at the Juilliard School and became firmly established in the jazz world, playing most recently in guitarist Pat Metheny’s Grammy-winning Unity...
June 15 2016
Under the spell of saxophonists Coltrane, Coleman, Ayler and Eric Dolphy, McPhee gravitated from traditional jazz of Art Blakey, Miles Davis and other 1950s and ‘60s artists to a free, muscular sound...
June 15 2016
Under the aegis of artistic director Rodney Whitaker, who is also director of jazz studies across the street at Michigan State University, the festival has reached out to absorb the unique jazz scenes...
June 8 2016
Soft-spoken, Swiss-born Gustav Meier looked the part of the maestro, with an elegant profile and silver hair that whipped to and fro on demand. But Meier, who died May 26 at 86, was an excited kid in...
June 1 2016
For months, the singer, guitarist and songwriter for a young East Lansing rock band called the Verve Pipe had been worrying at a sad, drifting melody he couldn’t shake off. But the lyric had a nagging...
May 25 2016
While MSU has taken the wheel and started to drive its own transition from coal toward renewable energy, the state of Michigan is still fussing with a stack of road maps. That’s the impression left...
May 18 2016
South African photographer Gideon Mendel’s lush, large-format photographs of flood victims around the world are striking enough in magazines like National Geographic. “Drowning World,”...
May 18 2016
Ramrod straight, ruddy-faced and hearty, the 82-year-old champion swimmer stood at the door of his Lansing home, saying hello. Two seconds later, he was in a chair, ready to talk. How did he do that?
Muffitt in action
May 11 2016
Two monster symphonies, Beethoven’s Ninth and Shostakovich’s Fifth, the world premiere of a new percussion concerto and two nationally acclaimed guest stars highlight the Lansing Symphony’s...
May 11 2016
Last Thursday, Timothy Muffitt settled into a chair at a coffee shop near his home in Haslett. There was a lot to talk about. The night before, he closed out his 10th season as conductor and music director...