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
Dec. 19 2012
On a wet Sunday afternoon in mid-December, while kids waited in shopping malls to issue their squeaky capitalist manifestos to Santa Claus, an alternative gift exchange was under way at Michigan State...
Dec. 12 2012
A group of citizens opposed to a proposed consolidation of Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities is circulating a petition against the merger and pondering further action
Dec. 5 2012
Early last month, a 75-foot-tall, infundibuliform mass appeared in front of Michigan's state Capitol. The alarmed populace was told that it was merely the state's official Christmas tree, an extra large...
Nov. 14 2012
Eustacio Lozano's workload has gotten lighter in the last few years, but he doesn't sound happy about it. "Tacho," the custodian since 1989 at Lansing's Cristo Rey Community Center, at 1717 N. High St.,...
Nov. 14 2012
After two drama-drenched performances in a row, the Lansing Symphony opted to soothe rather than rile at Saturday's MasterWorks concert
Nov. 7 2012
There are pious requiems, stormy requiems, raging requiems, imploring requiems. In the end, they all start to mix in your mind, however magnificent, like sunsets

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