March 13 2013
The poets and musicians of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance bottled enough of New York’s fabled "Negro Metropolis" to keep you high on Harlem for the rest of your life
March 6 2013
After meeting with a group of citizens worried about the fate of North Lansing's Cristo Rey Community Center, the Catholic Diocese of Lansing has backed off its plan to merge the center with St. Vincent...
March 6 2013
It felt like a security breach at a gated community when a man in the audience at the Wharton Center alerted his wife to an unfamiliar glint on the stage before a Lansing Symphony concert Saturday night
March 6 2013
"Ahhh-TEN-shun, LAYYY-deez and gentlemen! For the first time ever, this year's City Pulse/WLNS Top of the Town Contest has TWO rounds. WELL-caaaahhhmm to the second and final round — the FINAL FIVE!!"
Feb. 27 2013
After a while, you can tell when musicians are "excited to be doing X" because it's their default mode and when they really are a little bit on fire. Composer Brian Gaber, a professor at Florida State...
Feb. 27 2013
There are questions you both love and hate to hear. Ryan Claytor gets one often: "Where do I start reading comics?" You can't blame people for asking him. Claytor, 33 writes and draws comics, teaches comic...
Feb. 27 2013
From French-ified sound effects like "knoque" to carefully beaded Lakota Sioux word balloons, comic artist Nick Bertozzi carries a loose bag of storytelling tricks — some stolen, some adapted, some...
Feb. 20 2013
The voice of Renée Fleming inevitably causes music lovers to wheel out a pastry cart of adjectives like "creamy" and "honeyed." But don't reach for the dessert too fast. Last week, the music world...
Feb. 13 2013
After 40 years of music making, hundreds of world premieres, 20 CDs and seven spins around the globe, Sunday will be among the last chances for local audiences to soak in the bracing sonic vinaigrette...
Feb. 6 2013
Randy Gelispie folded his hands and gave thanks for his meal. Settling into a booth at the Lansing Mall Panera Bread, he began to dismantle his sandwich, like a jeweler taking a watch apart
Jan. 31 2013
A strangely lopsided, unlikely architectural tableau has opened to view on South Washington Avenue in Lansing's REO Town. Deep in the south shadow of the Lansing Board of Water and Light's mountainous...
Jan. 30 2013
As seductive in college as it was in the clubs, jazz has long had the power to coax open a well-placed wallet, but a recent gift from the MSU Federal Credit Union to Michigan State University's Jazz Studies...
Jan. 30 2013
Forget FDR and Churchill, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl or fond nods from Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher. The "special relationship" between Britain and America was really cinched in 2002 when...
Jan. 16 2013
Michigan State University's annual musical and spoken word tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. is still known by its original name, "Jazz: Spirituals, Prayers and Protest" — a big tent to begin with...
Jan. 9 2013
Inspiration can be a drag. Take the guilt-inducing paragons who taunt us on the interstate: "Climbed Everest. Blind." Desmond Tutu, Steve Jobs, Jackie Robinson. Sure, we can relate. Thank God, millions...
Jan. 9 2013
Imagine two contrasting romantic scenes. In the first, a beautiful person comes into sudden view, coils around you and bite-kisses your lower lip without mercy for about 17 minutes. In the second, you...
Jan. 3 2013
Scene: the refrigerated dressing room of Kid California, a fighting piece of sushi past his prime. It's after midnight. Kid's trainer, Salm Salmon, is rubbing him down
Jan. 2 2013
The birches are bare and solace is scarce in mid-Michigan, but the Lansing Symphony's first concert of 2013 promises a pore-clearing steam bath of epic proportions
Jan. 2 2013
When 24-year-old Okemos cellist Marta Bagratuni thought about making a debut CD, she dreaded soldiering through a "normal" recital of well-worn classics. Instead, she came up with "Pieces of the World,"...
Dec. 26 2012
It wasn't hard to gather 10 Lansing-area people who died in 2012 into this year-end bouquet. Only three rules were needed

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