Criticism mounts even before Bernero has spelled out his plans for the Lansing Board of Water & Lightby Todd Heywood
When Virg Bernero takes the stage Thursday night at Lansing Community College, it will be to deliver perhaps the most anticipated State of the City address in his 10-year tenure as mayor. Folks will be waiting for details on how he plans to fix issues with the Lansing Board of Water & Light.
Leota and Talbert Adams were inspired to build this mid-century home while traveling abroad. During a flight over the Atlantic, they spied the shadow of their plane in the clouds below. Upon their return, the Adams'euro;', who were both licensed pilots, decided to create a home shaped like an airplane.
When a big fish is canned, attorney George Brookover is on the caseby Lawrence Cosentino
In January 1954, George Brookover was perched on his dad´s shoulders, watching the big political fish go by on their way to the second-term inauguration of Michigan Gov. G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams. "Hiya, Soapy!" 4-year-old George shouted to the governor. Williams walked over and patted him on the shoulder. "Hiya, feller."
BWL resolution exposes anew City Council’s failure to communicateby Mickey Hirten
The firing of J. Peter Lark as head of Lansing Board of Water and Light neatly sets the theme for the dramatic comedy that will play out in City Hall over the coming year. The first act certainly had its Shakespearean overtones. The king, Lark, is deposed. A princeling drawn from the ranks — Dick Peffley — ascends to the throne, interim CEO. His first act? Kill the queen. He fires Lark´s second in command, chief administrative officer Sue Devon. The King´s council — BWL´s Board of Commissioners — is riven with intrigue and factions. The City Council feels slighted and is preparing for battle. This isn´t Shakespeare, it´s “Game of Thrones.”
‘Women We Are’ photo exhibit tackles body image and femininityby Belinda Thurston
Melissa Hill has a handful of her right breast, the flesh taut in a stranglehold of frustration. At the same time she is pulling a fold of skin from her left hip in a wrenching motion resembling kneading bread dough, full of loving determination. The image, frozen in black and white photography, brings home the struggle Hill faces inside her skin. “It was very emotional,” said Hill, 37. “She asked me to really kind of focus on what I saw as my flaws, and I mean after weight gain and weight loss and babies, I don’t look like a 20-something anymore, you know? And so I just went with the frustrating feeling that I get sometimes about my body and tried to express that in a kinesthetic way.”
Former Lansing DJ joins Chicago country station Big 95.5by Ty Forquer
You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. Former Lansing-area DJ Amber “Alabama” Cole is returning to her roots as she joins Chicago country music station WEBG (Big 95.5 FM). A native of Pinson, Ala., Cole was raised on a steady diet of southern food and country music. “I wore a cowboy hat to 10th grade homecoming,” she says with a laugh.
Get to know Ty Forquer, City Pulse arts and culture editorby Ty Forquer
This is my second week at City Pulse, so I suppose it’s about time you got to know me a little better. This isn’t the boring biographical stuff. If you want that let me know and I can send you a resume. We’re going to give you a glimpse of the real Ty, ya dig? Here’s a semi-arbitrary list of things you should know about me:
MICA Gallery kicks off a month of events built around the idea of loveby Jonathan Griffith
For the last 14 years, Old Town’s MICA Gallery has celebrated Valentine’s Day with its “Burning Desires” event, a live reading of poetry exploring all the complexities and pleasures surrounding the emotion of love. But this year Katrina Daniels, MICA’s program director, wanted to take it up a notch by enveloping the gallery’s space in an art exhibit inspired by the gallery’s ode to all things that make you feel warm and fuzzy. A call to artists was sent, outlining what Daniels had envisioned for the exhibit, but nothing could have prepared her for the response she got.
‘Pippin’ revival wraps a message of simplicity in three-ring spectacleby Paul Wozniak
Part of “Pippin’s” lasting appeal is its sense of defiance. The story defies convention and expectations, and this latest circus-inspired production frequently defies gravity. The cost for audiences is the almost three-hour run time and surprisingly sluggish first act. But the emotional punch at the end and incredible choreography throughout are worth the wait.
Puppets deliver surprising tenderness in ‘Or You Could Kiss Me’by Mary C. Cusack
Photographer Michael Cunningham discusses his book ´Crowns´by Bill Castanier
If Michael Cunningham has his way, the downtown branch of the Capital Area District Library will be, for one afternoon, transformed into an aviary of fancy church hats. Cunningham visits the library Sunday to discuss his photography book, “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” and invites attendees to wear their finest church hats to the presentation. If you plan to attend, however, you need to know a few things first. Peggy Knox, a subject in “Crowns,” lays out the three church hat rules:
Friday Jan. 30-31by Ty Forquer
Sometimes the most harmful racism isn’t the blatant kind, it’s the hidden kind that lurks just underneath the surface. Set in South Africa in the 1950s, Athol Fugard’s “ ‘Master Harold’… and the Boys” is the story of three men as they navigate the racial tensions of the apartheid system. While the play is set more than six decades and 8,000 miles away, its message is potent in a nation still reeling from the events surrounding the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
Not all rock shows are organized solely to benefit musicians’ egos. The annual Greater Lansing Food Bank Benefit, now in its fifth year, has become an institution in the Lansing rock scene. The event features live music by local indie and alt-rock bands while also collecting grub for the food bank. Attendees who donate a non-perishable food item save $2 off admission. One of the performers is Jackpine Snag, a doomy grunge-blues band featuring guitarist/vocalist Joe Hart, bassist Jason Roedel and drummer Todd Karinen. Karinen is also the founder and organizer of the event.
Downtown Lansing’s new bar is hot. Literally hot — it’s in the low- to mid- 90s inside. “It’s not even as hot as it could be,” said Patty Sutherland. “Hot yoga is normally (done) above 100 (degrees), so I actually call this ‘warming up to hot yoga.’” Sutherland is co-owner of Firefly Hot Yoga Bar. And no, despite the name, this is not that kind of bar — it’s a yoga bar, where you do poses, not shots, to unwind. Sutherland, who also owns the 3-year-old East Lansing Hot Yoga in Trowbridge Plaza, has enjoyed the new location.