June 17 2015
“Art is long, life is short.” Michael Rush, the Broad Art Museum’s founding director, was not a fan of clichés, but the ancient Roman dictum was too apt for MSU President Lou Anna...
June 10 2015
For all his twirling melodies, intricate harmonies and meditative ballads, Chicago vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz glories in the sound of his tintinnabulating toy the way a baby rocks a rattle. “The...
June 10 2015
A bumper crop of farmers markets is spreading across Michigan, ranging in size from Detroit’s bustling, 4.5-acre Eastern Market to the dozen-and-a-half booths of the tiny Bath market just north of...
June 3 2015
Clarinets have a reputation as the splashing, raucous waterfowl of the orchestral ecosystem, indelicate tubes that Review emit goosey honks and lubricious smears. There’s not much duck in Guy Yehuda,...
June 2 2015
Snobs will tell you that wine pairings are a delicate matter. They are not. Wine, in general, goes with everything. Every wine goes with every other thing. All you have to do is plug away, like an old...
May 27 2015
From gutbucket thumps to gossamer tones, guitar chords to vocal cords, straightahead to way-out-there, the 19th annual East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival has announced its most diverse, high-caliber...
May 20 2015
Lady walks into a bar. Bartender gives her a drink called a Concerto for Four Saxophones and Orchestra. Voo, voo, voo, wah! Lady´s head expands. “What was that?” “The usual.” Slipping...
May 20 2015
By now, people expect rapture — if not The Rapture — from Lansing Symphony Orchestra season finales. Friday’s splendid concert, the final salvo of the 2014-15 season, brought rapture,...
May 13 2015
They reasoned. They pleaded. They cried. They bucked the sheriff. They hauled out visual aids. In the end, they toppled the invading tower — for now. A group of Clinton County residents got a whirlwind...
May 13 2015
Thanks to a good reputation and a bit of luck, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra will play the world premiere of a tuneful piece for piano and orchestra by one of the nation’s top composers at Friday’s...
May 6 2015
The kids are not all right. Last week, Karen Bishop, a 35-year nurse and specialist in what she calls food allergies, showed me pictures of children with frightening and photogenic problems
May 6 2015
Back in the 1930s, Lansing wheel magnate Harry Harper and his wife, Ragna, threw “tulip time teas” at their cozy 35-room crib at 1408 Cambridge Road each May. They weren´t formal affairs....
April 29 2015
As the Lansing Board of Water & Light charts a path out of the coal era, dustups over emissions violations at its coal-fired Erickson and Eckert power stations are adding urgency to the transition. In...
April 29 2015
When earthy, brainy, playful 26-yearold vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant hits the Wharton Center´s Pasant Theatre tonight, she’ll be in good, and appreciative, company. Lansing-born...
April 29 2015
There is a beautiful paradox in the title of bassist Rodney Whitaker´s new album, “When We Find Ourselves Review Alone.” Whitaker is a singular artist in a plural universe. As a bassist,...
April 23 2015
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 — Edmar Castaneda can turn his harp into a trellis of flowers or a barge full of fireworks. Forest waterfalls and urban skylines shimmer from its vibrating lines. The Colombia-born...
April 23 2015
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 — In the wake of the Civil War, one particular tour of Michigan’s brand new state Capitol building got a little too lively. Chicago historian Matt VanAcker can show you an...
April 22 2015
Who says you can´t milk a horse? Chalk up another daring deed for Lansing´s Luther Byron Baker, the detective who led the militia unit that tracked down and killed John Wilkes Booth. For years...
April 22 2015
At a recent Civil War roundtable commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Chicago historian Matt VanAcker pulled out a battle flag from the 24th Michigan “Iron Brigade,”...
April 15 2015
Two exhilarating greater Lansing events mixed silent film and live music last weekend. Saturday´s mashup of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the Capital City Film Festival was great fun, but the...

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