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
Oct. 28 2015
Few Fortune 500 CEOs get the chance to weigh a loan application from a hotel where, a few decades earlier, they were nearly thrown out of the lobby for having the wrong skin color. Few executives are asked...
Oct. 21 2015
Nobody knows whether Mark Twain stopped by Kositchek’s Clothiers in downtown Lansing when he lectured at Mead’s Hall in 1871, but he could have
Oct. 15 2015
THURSDAY, Oct. 15 — I had a date with Bonnie Bucqueroux and now I'll never make it. We were going to pull up a couple of chairs and watch the world end. It would have been grand
Oct. 14 2015
The able scouts of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra showed how to kindle a cold-weather fire the hard way at Friday’s über-romantic MasterWorks concert
Oct. 7 2015
In a charming, off-the-cuff YouTube series, Joshua Roman parks his chair, himself and his cello in alleys, gardens, parks and rooftops of cities he’s touring — from Sri Lanka to New York to...
Oct. 7 2015
An $8 million, five-story mixed-use development, partially plated with stainless steel left over from the construction of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, is set to go up at the southwest corner...
Oct. 7 2015
To be thrown into an identity crisis at the age of 3 is a little early, but that’s what is happening to MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum as it nears its third birthday, coming in November
Oct. 2 2015
FRIDAY, Oct. 2 — An $8 million, five-story mixed-use development, partially plated with stainless steel left over from the construction of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, is set to go up a
Sept. 23 2015
All night, he sliced like a shark through the romantic billows and surges of an orchestra that’s already in mid-season form. Four works by Gershwin, including the famous “Rhapsody in Blue,”...

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