Nov. 5 2014
Dwarfed by the giant Knapp´s Centre building last week, wrapped in a scarf, MSU art professor Susan Bandes looked like she was seeing off a relative departing on the S.S. Normandie, circa 1937. Gleaming...
Nov. 5 2014
Designers and builders turned themselves inside out to re-create the streamlined shell of Knapp´s Department Store and fit the building out for new uses, but there was nothing they could do to turn...
Nov. 5 2014
Today, shoppers shamble, zombie-like, through harshly lit megastores with selfcheckouts and few flesh-and-blood points of contact. The sight of the refurbished Knapp´s Centre in late October 2014,...
Nov. 5 2014
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5 —Conductor David Rayl had a grand design for Saturday’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra choral extravaganza. He wanted listeners to gear up for Bruckner’s towering “Te...
Oct. 29 2014
Nobody reads the arts section to find more things to worry about, but here’s one anyway. Let’s say you go to Saturday’s annual Lansing Symphony choral blowout. Overwhelmed by the sight...
Oct. 22 2014
Wang Chunchen knows how to roll with change. Quick and wrenching change in the world’s most populous nation is the theme of “Future Returns,” a dizzying, diverse exhibit of contemporary...
Oct. 22 2014
The categories have always seemed clear-cut in the annual Preservation Lansing awards, given each year to outstanding historical preservation projects large and small. But one nominee blurred the...
Oct. 22 2014
City Pulse’s Lansing Symphony reviewer offers up a few selections to load up your iPod for a kicking’ bar crawl — old school
Oct. 15 2014
The days begin with tender beams of light, but few evenings behave that way. Thanks to Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt’s taste for substantial, unusual curtain-raisers, Saturday night’s...
Oct. 8 2014
A young piano soloist and a baby-fresh piece of music (by classical standards, at least) promise to liven up Saturday’s Lansing Symphony slate. But Maestro Timothy Muffitt is not rolling the dice....
Oct. 8 2014
Christian McBride, one of the greatest bassists in jazz history and a veteran of over 300 recordings, has played with Sonny Rollins, James Brown and Sting. He’s traded licks with Philadelphia rappers,...
Oct. 1 2014
A century of storms and lulls haven´t put much of a dent in St. Paul´s Episcopal Church in downtown Lansing. The arched mass of stained glass embedded in the church´s south wall, facing...
Oct. 1 2014
In 2012, New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint got a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Toussaint is among a handful of artists who are in both the rock ‘n’ roll and the...
Sept. 24 2014
There are hundreds of books about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Do we need another? “The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation,” written by East Lansing comics creator...
Sept. 24 2014
Ernst Floeter makes a convincing Uncle Sam at Grand Ledge’s Yankee Doodle Days Parade. It boggles the mind to think he ever said heil to Hitler. To be fair, he was only 8 years old. And he...
Sept. 17 2014
The gospel blues of Saginaw’s Sharrie Williams will bring the bells of Sunday morning to the Saturday night grooves of Old Town BluesFest. Williams’ radiant, bigger-than-pain voice fuses...
Sept. 17 2014
. A fascinating Russian violinist, very much alive at 28, and a dead Russian composer who refuses to roll over at 174 dominated Friday’s Lansing Symphony opener. The ursine show of force moved me...
Sept. 10 2014
Bob Albaugh straddled the rubble of a demolished house in Hamlin Township, near Eaton Rapids, last Thursday evening. "Everything in this house was built for a particular purpose," he said. The extra...
Sept. 10 2014
You don´t need to unpack a violinist’s backstory to appreciate a tone that runs from caramel to glacial melt to bat’s blood, as the music demands. Russian-born Yevgeny Kutik, 28, will...
Aug. 27 2014
Ivy covered walls are back in style. A little more than six years ago, Lansing Community College President Brent Knight inherited a downtown campus that was cutting edge in 1957 — a brutalist bunker...

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