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Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Holocaust, Hauntings and the Hall

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, OCT. 30 — I hope all of you have been to ArtPrize 2014. Being in the middle of it every day is what I miss most from my days in the former Schuler Books Downtown. It'll always remain a yearly "must see" for me, no matter where I roam. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Scold Rush And Zero Dark Flirty

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29 — Q: I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, when we’re out to dinner, she sometimes takes forever to order when the server is standing right there. I’ll call her out on this — tell her she was rude to keep the guy waiting. Personally, I think it’s unhealthy in the long run to keep quiet about issues, but my girlfriend gets upset whenever I give her constructive criticism. How can I convince her that she’s being too sensitive?

 
 
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Letter: Morgan is right vote for Lansing schools

Vote for Thomas Morgan for Lansing school board

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As a mother and Lansing resident, I know how important strong neighborhood schools are to our community — and that’s why I’m voting for Thomas Morgan for Lansing School Board on Nov. 4.

 
 
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Letter to the editor: East Lansing parking lot sales

Sale of parking lots good for East Lansing

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On the Nov. 4 East Lansing City ballot, voters can authorize the City to sell three small surface parking lots located on the west side of the downtown area. A “yes” vote on the ballot allows the City to sell the property for fair market value to a private developer for use in an approved, mixed-use development. A “yes” vote does not require the City to sell the property, it only permits a sale.

 
 
Podcast

10/29/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are executive director of the Ingham County Health Plan, Robin Reynolds; 8th district congressional candidate, Eric Schertzing; and executive director of the East Lansing Film Festival, Susan Woods.

 
 
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City Pulse election guide 2014: Endorsements

by City Pulse

FOR GOVERNOR:MARK SCHAUER As it turns out, Gov. Rick Snyder´s “reinvention of Michigan” schtick in 2010 meant relentlessly positive action for business interests. It would be one thing if the Michigan Chamber of Commerce´s agenda of Right to Work, c...

 
 
News

Most Lansing-area Dem seats safe

Abed and Barrett battle in Eaton´s 70th House race

by City Pulse

All Michigan voters are picking their state representatives and senators Nov. 4, but the epicenter for competitive races locally is in Delta Township. Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel, Jr., all but wrapped up the 23rd Senate District race last year when he cleared the field of any strong Democratic opposition. He does have a Republican opponent, Leslie hard rock guitarist Craig Whitehead.

 
 
News

The courage question

Why is Snyder afraid to lead on same-sex marriage?

by Mickey Hirten

Time and time again as he´s campaigned for re-election, Gov. Rick Snyder has been asked his view on same-sex marriage. Right idea, but it´s the wrong question. What we should ask the governor is why he lacks the courage to lead on the defining civil rights issue of this era.

 
 
News

Michigan wolf hunting referendum

Are wolves the villains or the victims and does hunting help?

by Belinda Thurston

The story behind the wolf hunting proposals on the Nov. 4 ballot could be a modern-day fairy tale – sometimes the wolf is the villain and sometimes the victim. Michigan´s voters may write the ending. It starts in 2012 when the Upper Peninsula wolf population was removed from the endangered species list after making a comeback from near extinction due to bounty hunters. New litters of puppies thrived and healthy packs developed in the remote wilderness.

 
 
News

Schertzing and Bishop battle

by Belinda Thurston

Short, fast and heavily funded. That’s how to describe the mad scramble that is the 8th Congressional seat race. And the outcome is anything but a given. The district, heavily Republican leaning, spans Ingham, Livingston and northern Oakland counties, including Rochester Hills. Yet, the newspaper endorsements are nodding to Eric Schertzing, the Democrat in the race, including the Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal and Livingston Daily Press & Argus (which usually endorses Republican).

 
 
News

Jones taps into new neighborhood

by Kyle Melinn

It only took a day for state Sen. Rick Jones, after learning that his newly gerrymandered 24th district included Shiawassee County, to begin meeting voters there. Whether it was the local Elks Lodge or the county´s Right to Life chapter, the Grand Ledge resident burned up Interstate 69 to Owosso so often, the Shiawassee County Chamber of Commerce website lists Jones as the county´s state senator … which isn´t even the case, yet. The redistricting lines signed into law three years ago technically take effect Jan. 1.

 
 
News

Byrnes gives Dems new hope in 7th

by Kyle Melinn

Another year, another contested election for U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, whose underperformance in the Republican-leaning 7th Congressional District biennially gives Democrats visions of victory. After facing an underfunded and underwhelming Democrat in 2012, Walberg finds himself going against top-tier opponent Pam Byrnes, the former speaker pro tem of the Michigan House and a Washtenaw County commissioner.

 
 
News

Sell a park, buy a building

by Michael Gerstein

Lansing voters will determine the fate of the Miller Road Community Center and Grand Woods Park in Delta Township Nov. 4 in two ballot proposals to sell the city properties. The local Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. has leased the 5,900-square-foot former community center at 6025 Curry Lane – one of the properties on the chopping block – since 2013. The nonprofit did not return phone calls or messages to City Pulse.

 
 
News

Health plans fill ACA holes

by Belinda Thurston

Voters are being asked Tuesday to vote for a millage to support the Ingham County Health Plan, which provides health coverage for low-income residents.

 
 
News

BWL ballot items create more voice, oversight

by Belinda Thurston

The growing chill in air brings a shiver of dread for the approaching winter along with the sour and frightening memories of the Board of Water & Light massive power outage last year. Two proposed city charter revisions on the Nov. 4 ballot stem from the utility’s failed communication and overall response to the ice storm around Christmas 2013. Between 34,000 and 40,000 businesses and households were without power, some for more than a week.

 
 
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Residents, officials at odds over EL proposal

by City Pulse Staff

Distrust is at the heart of opposition to East Lansing’s Park District ballot proposal. “This is a referendum on whether we trust the people in government who for the last decade has been lying to us,” said city resident Eliot Singer. The proposal would allow City Council to sell downtown parking lots 4, 8 and 15 in what Mayor Nathan Triplett calls “an essential procedural step toward any project moving forward to revitalize the western entrance of East Lansing’s downtown.” It does not mandate their sale.

 
 
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Regional trail system funding

Ingham County seeks tax for county trail system maintenance and improvements

by Belinda Thurston

When you run or ride your bike on a trail you don´t follow municipal lines. You meander along a stream or river. You get lost in the vista or the wildlife. And before you know it you could have crossed from East Lansing to Lansing to Delhi Township, all in an afternoon trek. The ride is a chance to appreciate the entire region’s beauty and the connection the trail system provided.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Above and beyond recognition

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inducts 11 new members

by Anne Abendroth, Beth Waldon and Krista Wilson

On Thursday, 11 women will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. This year’s collection of notable Michigan women includes an historic equestrian, a revolutionary biology researcher and a real mover and shaker. Well, not so much a shaker, but she is the founder of the country’s largest franchised moving company.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Smells like team ‘Spirit’

Supernatural comedy benefits from solid ensemble, classic script

by Tom Helma

It’s been 73 years since Noël Coward debuted his supernatural romantic comedy “Blithe Spirit.” In the years since, there have been multiple permutations, both on stage and in the movies, on the theme of one’s spouse coming back from the dead to haunt them. So the question is: Can a community theater bring an elderly stage play back to life, overcoming the notion that the theme has been done so many times that the original has entirely lost its luster? Yes, it can.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Adrenaline and High C

Symphony unleashes Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ in massive choral program

by Lawrence Cosentino

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 of some 200 massed choristers and musicians from the MSU Choral Union, State Singers, University Chorale and the full orchestra, you drop your program under the seat. The lights go down.

 
 
Arts and Culture

ELFF discovery

Mid-Michigan gets its close-up in 17th Annual East Lansing Film Festival

by City Pulse

Now that Batman and Superman have returned to their respective secret hideouts, East Lansing residents who’d gotten starry-eyed about being part of a blockbuster cinematic universe are suffering a hype hangover. But a phalanx of filmmakers at the 17th Annual East ...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Deus ex McKenna

Bill Murray reveals gets a shot at redemption in ‘St. Vincent’

by ALLAN I. ROSS

Bill Murray doesn’t have an agent. If you want to reach him about a movie project, you have to leave a message at his personal 1-800-number. It’s true. If he likes your spiel, he calls you back. If not … well, that’s probably the reason “Ghostbusters 3” still hasn’t happened.

 
 
Arts and Culture

This is Halloween …

Friday, Oct. 31 & Saturday, Nov. 1

by City Pulse

Halloween won’t fall on a Friday again until 2025, and who knows — by then an actual zombie apocalypse could turn every day into Halloween. If you’re still looking for something to do for this Friday, however, here’s a guide to some of the things...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it Down interview: Matthew Milia of Frontier Ruckus

Alexa McCarthy chats with Milia about 'Sitcom Afterlife'

by Alexa McCarthy

Frontier Ruckus has been known for its lyrically intense and dense folk records since it formed in 2003. But the band’s new record, “Sitcom Afterlife,” shows chief songwriter Matthew Milia scaling back his poetic verbiage and delving into his pop sensibilities. The Michigan-based band releases the new 10-song record, its fourth full-length, Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Milia chatted with City Pulse about the new disc and that time Alanis Morissette appeared at one of their gigs.

 
 
Arts and Culture

New in town

Vintage Junkies

by ALLAN I. ROSS

Last week, REO Town gained a new business that will anchor its southern edge: Vintage Junkies, a vintage clothing, furniture, home décor and jewelry store, moved into the former Kwast American Bakeries on South Washington Avenue. The store is the brainchild of friends Amy McMeeken and Aimée Macklin, who take the business’ name to heart. “I’ve loved vintage things since I was little,” said McMeeken, 35. “My grandmother took me to a garage sale and I bought a bracelet for 25 cents. I still have it.”

 
 

"City Pulse Newsmakers"

This week's guest are MSU trustee candidate, Terry Link and executive director of the Ingham County Health Plan, Robin Reynolds.

City Pulse Newsmakers S03 Ep27 from Lansing Public Media on Vimeo.

Watch “City Pulse Newsmakers” on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on my18. Hosted by editor & publisher Berl Schwartz.

Podcast

10/22/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are musician Rosanne Cash and MSU Trustee candidate Terry Link.

 
 
News

Cleaning Up: One game at a time

East Lansing neighborhood cleanup brings neighbors together

by KRISTA WILSON

WANTED: Eager volunteers who don’t mind getting a little dirty. The Community Relations Coalition is hosting a neighborhood cleanup Sunday, following the cross-state rivalry football matchup between the Spartans and the Wolverines Saturday.

 
 
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History lessons

Dyke Heights and Other Sights educates about Lansing’s LGBT history

by Kelly Reid
Kelly Reid/City Pulse

THURSDAY, OCT. 23 – It was a Lansing tour like no other. Dyke Heights and Other Sights: an LGBT History Tour of Lansing held Wednesday night highlighted little, to lesser known facts

 
 
News

Look, up in the sky!

Partial solar eclipse could be a sunset showstopper in Lansing

by Belinda Thurston
Abrams Planetarium, 2002 partial solar eclipse

In ancient times when there was an eclipse, people would bang on pots and pans to scare away what they thought was a dragon trying to eat the sun. They would stop when the dragon went away,

 
 
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Top dog

Seltz new Ingham County Animal Control director

by Belinda Thurston
Courtesy photo of Andy Seltz with his dogs.

The new director of the Ingham County Animal Control seems like he can handle just about anything.  He can fly a helicopter and handle alligators and venomous snakes. He’s patient;

 
 
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Being in Lansing

Meridian Township fire captain shifts into retirement with 7 a.m. pub party

by Belinda Thurston

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22 – The red neon “Open” sign at the REO Town Pub at 8 a.m. this morning wasn’t the first indication something was up. It was the black Cadillac hearse.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

The Agony Of Delete And Louvre, Actually

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22 — Q: I just had the humiliating experience of being dumped via email. I’d been seeing the guy for three months. Just days before, we had a romantic date, and he kept saying things like “We're so good together” and was very lovey-dovey. In the email, he said he realized that we aren’t compatible, because I’m too driven and career-focused and he needs a more traditional woman. Why did he never mention this before? How does a guy who was very affectionate for months suddenly take to the computer to send you a quick note that it’s over? I’m so hurt and confused by how he handled this.

 
 
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#BeACatalyst

Prosperity Project takes new approach to master planning for mid-Michigan

by Belinda Thurston

Batman and Superman decided to make a movie and came to the Broad Museum. But across the street is the abandoned Taco Bell. We’ve got new developments, incubators and restaurants in Lansing. How do we get college students to go west of Frandor into Lansing? It’s not usual to be in a conversation about regional growth and development and hear the “but.”

 
 
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Raising funds to raise the roof

Animal shelter has goal of $2 million for expanded, updated facility

by Belinda Thurston

A mother and son sits filling out paperwork to describe their cat, which went missing a week ago. They quibble over the color of hair and eyes. An older man is at one of the counters holding a red leash and choke chain collar. “Take me to Ward 4, I saw him there yesterday,” he says to the woman on the other side of the glass, eagerly describing his dog to her.

 
 
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Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA

This small, notable kiosk stands at the western edge of the Cherry Hill neighborhood and its small, yet equally notable historic district. The neighborhood was part of the city’s original plat. Such kiosks are often found in long established neighborhoods, particularly those in large cities, as a way of marking and celebrating individual neighborhoods. More recent mid-century subdivisions marked their limited entrances with similar, monumental signage.

 
 
News

Breast bullying

Let’s change the culture around breasts, big or small

by Lauren Long

If you’ve ever watched a South Park episode you probably laughed or gasped at Ms. Choksondik, the endowed grade school teacher with breasts hanging to her knees. Angelina Jolie, bursting from her Tomb Raider outfit, is the stereotype of buxom beauty. And then there’s the scintillating image of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl.

 
 
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Bishop: More of the same

Can contribute to Congress gridlock

by Mickey Hirten

The decision on whether to support Mike Bishop to replace retiring 8th District Rep. Mike Rogers is simple. If you like the way Congress governs, the partisan bile and appalling lack of governance, Bishop is your candidate.

 
 
Arts and Culture

The art of absorption

‘Future Returns’ brings panorama of modern Chinese life to Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino

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 Chinese art, curated by Wang, set to take over the second floor of the Broad Art Museum Oct. 30.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Q&A with country music icon Rosanne Cash

Cash to perform at Wharton Center

by Rich Tupica

When you’re the daughter of Johnny Cash, your Tennessee roots are apparent and profound. But while Grammy Awardwinning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash was born in Memphis in 1955, she was uprooted as a toddler to California, and for the last two decades she and her husband/ bandmate John Leventhal have raised their children in Manhattan.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Making love to history

Preservation Lansing awards recognize projects large and small

by Lawrence Cosentino

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 lines a bit this year. The newly repaired and cleaned mausoleum wh...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Comic con

Starlight opens its season with comical farce

by Paul Wozniak

Suspension of disbelief is critical to the comedy genre, where plot and the rules of reality are often discarded in service of a joke. That’s especially true Review for Starlight Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “What Is Susan’s Secret,” an “American farce” by Michael and Susan Parker riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies that boggle the mind. What the script lacks in a coherent story, however, it makes up for with the series of eccentric characters that the cast playfully brings to life.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Cut-and-paste aesthetic

New art exhibit celebrates Michigan´s place in the Rust Belt

by Jonathan Griffith

Despite the absence of corporate backing in production, Midwest creatives of all varieties with a desire to produce works have proved since the ‘80s and ‘90s that if there is a will, there is way. In “Substrate,” (SCENE) Metrospace’s new exhibit opening Friday, visitors are shown the many ways in which, albeit on a smallscale, people are taking production back.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Wish you were here

Antique postcard book provides look back at MSU’s history

by Bill Castanier

When the postcard debuted in the U.S. in the late 19th century, it revolutionized shortform communication, sort of like a primitive Facebook or Twitter. But unlike messages on modern social media, the penny postcard has become a major hobby, attracting millions of collectors nationwide. It’s highly doubtful anyone’s collecting tweets for a future museum display.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

Cruthu debuts at Kings Destroy show., Sunday, Oct. 26 Kings Destroy is taking a day off from its tour with Pentagram to headline a heavy show Sunday at the Avenue Café. Opening are Beast in the Field and Hordes. Making its Lansing debut at this show is Cruthu, a...

 
 
Arts and Culture

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS

It’s a baby for Old Town! Earlier this month, Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, moved into 1212 Turner St., former home of Gallery 1212. The baby supply store carries cloth diapers, specialty baby clothing, organic cleaning supplies and “upcycled” furniture and home decorations (old stuff that’s been fixed up and given an artistic coat of paint). Owner/ operator Lynn Ross opened Mother & Earth in 2011, but the recent move gives her a much wider audience.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Journalists, and Other Thugs

by Neil Rajala

MONDAY, OCT. 20 — I've been spending a great deal of time around artists and other creatives these days, which has been a very pleasant experience. The common thread is always books; from painters to poets, people whose restless minds are always looking for the new and untried love to talk about the books that matter to them. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

Mayor milestone

Triplett becomes youngest vice president of Michigan Municipal League

by Anne Abendroth

FRIDAY, OCT. 17 – East Lansing Mayor, Nathan Triplett, has hit another youngest milestone. The 31-year-old youngest mayor of East Lansing is also now the youngest  vice president

 
 
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‘Mending the world’

Local synagogue engages community in dialogue on public education

by City Pulse Staff

Thursday, Oct. 16 — Congregation Kehillat Israel will hold a community forum on public education at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of the synagogue’s Committee on Social Justice project.

 
 
Podcast

10/15/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are the Mayor of East Lansing, Nathan Triplett; East Lansing resident Eliot Singer; City Pulse symphony reviewer, Lawrence Cosentino; state senate Democratic candidate, Dawn Levey; and state senate Republican incumbent, Rick Jones.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Knight Terrors And You’ve Got Tail

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15 — Q: I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got laid off after my employer lost a big account. I’ve found a new job, but it’s not on my career path and it pays terribly. Still, it’s a job and it pays. I live with my boyfriend, and we’ve always split the expenses, but he’s trying to persuade me to keep looking for something better and to let him pay the bills until I find it. He keeps saying he’s “happy to do that,” but I just can’t stomach it. I’ve always supported myself and taken pride in not being the sort of woman who sponges off a man, and I’m not ready to start now.

 
 
Arts and Culture

‘Once’ bitten

Academy Award-winning film get the musical treatment at Wharton

by Beth Waldon
Ryan Link plays the Emcee in \"Once,\" at the Wharton Center this week. Courtesy photo

Monday, Oct. 13 — This week, “Once” comes to the Wharton Center for a six-day run. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, it’s the story of an Irish musician whose recent connection with a woman inspires him to take his music to the next level. The show brings 12 actor/musicians on stage, enhancing the musical touch behind the story.

 
 
News

Old Town rooftop menace?

Henry Brimmer art display debuts during Old Town Oktoberfest

by Beth Waldon
Rachael Hudson/Message Makers

FRIDAY, OCT. 10 – Old Town is under surveillance. Perched atop a Turner Street building are silhouetted figures that could cause your heart to stop for a second. One appears to have binoculars; the other, a rifle.

 
 
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Halloween showcase

Fun for all at the first “How-To-Halloween” event at the Lansing Center

by KRISTA WILSON
Krista Wilson/City Pulse

FRIDAY, OCT. 10 – A friendly Halloween decorating competition between two across-the-street neighbors sparked their collaboration for Lansing’s first “How-To-Halloween.” As the weekend segment of the line-up of tours, projects, a...

 
 
Arts and Culture

In memoriam

Memorial for longtime Lansing actress, director to be held this Sunday

by City Pulse Staff
Hinds (photo courtesy Facebook)

Friday, Oct. 10 — A memorial for longtime Lansing community theater icon Addiann Hinds has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday. Hinds died of lung cancer Sept. 22. She was 75.

 
 
News

Bike Tweed Up

Lansing Bike Party is a throwback to 1890 with Tweed Ride

by Anne Abendroth
Anne Abendroth/City Pulse

They may look a little fancier than your typical cyclists, but they are sure to be warm. Old school Schwinns with people in vintage style wool knickers will be cruising along Michigan Avenue Vintage this evening as part of the Lansing Bike Party annual Tweed R...

 
 
Podcast

10/08/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are "Atomic Girls" author Denis Kiernan; District Court Judge, Tom Boyd; and school board candidates Thomas Morgan, Joy Gleason and Guillermo Lopez.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Fashion statement

The Runway aims to design new potential for downtown Lansing

by Anne Abendroth
Anne Abendroth/City Pulse

THURSDAY, OCT. 9 – It might look retro but everything about The Runway is stylish, new and fashion-forward. The fashion and design incubator brings back the retail roots to the former Knapp’s department store in downtown Lansing. The Runway is the first tenant to open in the newly renovated historic structure. It’s located on the Washtenaw Street side of the building.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Two Kinds of Drama, with a Physics Chaser

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, OCT. 9 — Having always been fascinated by what the moon does, I found the recent blood moon spellbinding. The full moon of the night before was one of the brightest I've seen and, per my experiment on my back deck, was bright enough to read by. A celestial booklight, so to speak. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

Just say no

East Lansing shuts the door on Just Energy

by Todd A. Heywood
Courtesy photo

Lansing and East Lansing residents are encouraged to call police if representatives of Just Energy come knocking on their door. East Lansing barred the company Sept. 24 from soliciting door-to-door after applicants for peddler’s licenses were denied for criminal records.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Will Onesies Never Cease? And Take A Toad Off

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8 — Q: My married friend just had a baby and posts what’s essentially the same “Look how cuuute!” shot on Facebook several times daily. Beyond finding this annoyingly boring, I’m 32 and unhappily single, and seeing all of her blissful pix is making me envious and resentful. Is it wrong to secretly block her photos? I feel it would be better for our friendship.

 
 
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Powering up

Julie Powers named new director of the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

by Belinda Thurston
Courtesy photo

Whether she’s monitoring water quality on the Grand River, parking bicycles at music festivals or helping the elderly or disabled secure affordable and accessible housing, it’s all the same to Julie Powers. She’s helping connect and create a sustainable, healthy community.

 
 
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Same-sex marriage milestone

Supreme Court refuses to hear marriage equality cases, all eyes on Michigan now

by Todd A. Heywood

After the U.S. Supreme Court let stand same-sex marriage laws in five states today, Michigan supporters are waiting to join the club. But the proverbial jury is still out.

 
 
Podcast

10/01/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are author Dan Mishkin; Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson; photographer Ernst Floeter; Jill Fritz of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected and Drew Youngedyke of Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

 
 
News

Speaking with Silence

More than 100 ride in silence to raise bicycle safety awareness, honor those killed while riding

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

SUNDAY, OCT. 5 – They rode at a snail’s pace – 10 miles an hour – in the damp chill of this early October afternoon. They had their bright yellow jackets and helmets on. Barely a sound could be heard from the pedaling or gears changing. The riderless white bike perched atop the black SUV stood out distinctly. The rear windshield spoke for the rider: Jill Byelich, 9-2-2014.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Wing-ing it

Williamston Theatre honored with prestigious national award

by KRISTA WILSON
Williamston Theatre artistic director Tony Caselli (middle right) and Development Director Emily Sutton-Smith (middle left) traveled to New York City earlier this week to receive the American Theatre Wing\'s National Theatre Company Grant Award. They part

Friday, Oct. 3 — Last week the Williamston Theatre was honored by the American Theatre Wing as one of the most promising 12 companies in the nation. The National Theatre Co. Grant comes with a $12,000 prize, and is given to 10 or 12 theaters annually to support emerging talents nationwide.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Point and shoot%u2028

Final week to submit your photos to East Lansing Photo Contest

by Beth Waldon
The winner of last year\'s East Lansing Photo Contest: “Fox in a Patch of Woods Near Pinecrest Elementary School” by Richard Kesti.

Friday, Oct. 3 — For those who prefer looking through the lens rather than at it have less than a week to submit up to five recent photographs to be judged in the 2014 East Lansing photo contest.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Plaid tidings

Unofficial holiday to be celebrated tonight in downtown Lansing

by KRISTA WILSON
Plaidurday celebrants met at the Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town last year. This year they\'ll meet at Cooley Law School Stadium for a group photo. Courtesy photo.

Friday, Oct. 3 — On St. Patrick’s Day we wear green. On Independence Day, red white and blue. But today is Plaidurday, where patterns, not colors, are the focus.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Climb ev’ry mountain

REVIEW: “Annapurna” at Purple Rose Theatre

by Tom Helma
Richard McWilliams and Michelle Mountain star in Purple Rose Theatre Co\\\'s latest production. Photo by Sean Carter Photography

Friday, Oct. 3 — We don’t often think about it, but what do we do when a loved one from long ago — a previous mate, a once-upon-a-time lover, a log-ago marital partner, an ex-spouse — is dying? What if the relationship was tumultuous, dysfunctional, including elements of child abuse?

 
 
News

Fill 'er up

24th annual Empty Bowls event raises money for the Greater Lansing Food Bank

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

Elegance and high-end flavors were scooped out by the bowlful at Troppo restaurant today. Troppo hosted the 24th annual Empty Bowls event to raise money for the Greater Lansing Food Bank. AT&T also sponsored the event.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Flatbread special

Broad Art Museum cooks up a weekend full of activities

by KRISTA WILSON
\"The Land Grant: Flatbread Society\" at MSU\'s Broad Art Museum. Courtesy photo.

Thursday, Oc.t 2 — You can “Broad-en” your weekend with history, music and family activities at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum this weekend. The museum will host enriching exhibits that are free and open to the public.

 
 
News

Police move south

New Lansing police station a win-win for the city

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

THURSDAY, OCT. 2 – The new Lansing Police Department Operations Center is a testament to creative use of space and creative partnerships.The Lansing School District gets a tenant for a largely v

 
 
Arts and Culture

Finding a home

Diversity and our differences, how we relate matters

by Belinda Thurston

Rita Flanagan’s father left Yazoo, Miss., after his family collected enough money to get him a bus ticket out of town. He “did something,” she said, that could have gotten him killed – a glance at a white woman, or not crossing the street to clear a path for white people – she guesses. Dixya Acharya left Nepal five years ago after spending 17 years in a Bhutanese refugee camp in squalid and cramped living conditions. She was 4 when her parents abandoned their 30-plus acres of land fleeing violence in their homeland to keep their 10 children safe.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Innovate and infiltrate

Inaugural Lansing Maker Week showcases the local creative spirit

by Casey Bye

This week a dinosaur was removed from downtown Lansing. On the rooftop of 619 E. Michigan Ave., home of Jerry Jodloski’s entertainment company, Jammin’ DJs., a red inflatable T-Rex stood frozen in mid-roar for the month of September, its tiny clawed arms spread in a display of terror. Or was that a giant smile and an open-arms welcome? It’s hard to say, but given that the mega-carnivore was the unofficial mascot of the first-time event Lansing Maker Week, it’s probably the latter. (It violated city ordinance for rooftop inflatables, so it was bye-bye dino.)

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Fasten Your Bible Belt

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1 — Q: My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them and get along well with them. However, they’re very religious, and he wants me to join them in going to holiday church services. I grew up secular in a conservative town, and because of all I went through, I developed a deep distaste for religion. His family knows I’m an atheist but doesn’t know the extent of my aversion to religion. I explained to my boyfriend that the idea of sitting through church and going through the motions, given how I feel about religion, is downright upsetting to me. Though he’s no longer religious, he doesn't share my aversion, and he insists I go out of respect for him and his family. Should I just go and grin and bear it as a favor to him?

 
 
News

Seed Money

Nearly $200,000 in federal grant dollars will go to local farmers market efforts

by KRISTA WILSON

The season of giving started a little early this year for two local farmers markets groups. The Michigan Farmers Market Association in East Lansing and the Allen Neighborhood Center on Lansing’s East side, received grants totaling $190,038 from the Local Food Promotion Program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Playing to win

Busking competition sends local boy-band to be opening act at the Wharton Center

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25 - You could have thought you were in Manhattan. Barely could you walk a few feet down Washington Square before running into a musician with a jar of money.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Living dead ringers

Local TV station looking for zombies for upcoming commercial

by Anne Abendroth
Want to be in a commercial? Love the taste of human flesh? Is there ever an opportunity for you. Courtesy photo.

Friday, Sept. 26 — A local TV station is looking for zombie fans to be featured in an upcoming commercial promoting the first season of “The Walking Dead,” which crawls into local syndication on Wednesday.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Jazz, With an Egg on Top

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25 — Here is what we're reading:

 
 
Arts and Culture

Home for Holliday

Arts Council names MSU senior as new program manager

by KRISTA WILSON
Holliday

Friday, Sept. 26 — Following the departure last month of program manager Barb Whitney, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing named her replacement this week. (Whitney left to accept the position of executive director of the Lansing Art Gallery.) Michigan State University advertising senior Josh Holliday will be formally introduced as the group’s new program manager at a special meet and greet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The event will be held at the Arts Council office, 1208 Turner St. in Lansing’s Old Town district.

 
 
Podcast

9/24/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are author Dan Mishkin; Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson; photographer Ernst Floeter; school board candidates Joy Gleason and Thomas Morgan; and board incumbent Guillermo Lopez.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Heavy Meddle And Curl, Interrupted

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24 — Q: Is it okay to keep your income a secret from someone you’re dating? I recently started seeing a girl I work with (at an advertising company). She believes women at our company get paid less on average, and I suspect she’s right. Yesterday she came right out and asked me how much I make. I’m pretty sure I’m the highest-paid person on our team, but her question made me really uncomfortable, and I told her I make a lot less than I actually do. I felt bad lying to a woman I could get serious with, but I don’t want her or other co-workers knowing my salary.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Applause time

Annual arts awards open for nominations

by City Pulse Staff

Monday, Sept. 22 — You can nominate an individual, business, organization, or official for the Art Council of Greater Lansing’s, Applause Awards. Nominees should show commitment along with contributions and support for the council and the arts in the tri-county area.

 
 
News

Jump start

Sky divers to take a leap for health at Spartan football game

by Anne Abendroth
Misty Blues

You’ve got to look up in the sky to catch the pre-game show before the Spartan football game Saturday. Eight figures will dive to the field in creative and daring formations ending with a giant American flag.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Peace of the action

Local event celebrates Global Day of Peace on Sunday

by KRISTA WILSON
REO Town will hold a local celebration for the Global Day of Peace on Sunday at the AA Creative Corridor, 1133 S. Washington Ave. Courtesy photo.

Friday, Sept. 19 — This is the fourth year Lansing will celebrate Global Day of Peace, a day centered on promoting kinship, benevolence, and generosity. The day's festivities will take place on 1133 S. Washington Ave., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Taxi driver

Locally shot film gets weeklong run at Celebration! Cinema

by City Pulse Staff
William McCallum plays a terminally ill cab driver who steals his cab and drives cross country to see his estranged son in \"Buffalo.\" Courtesy photo

Friday, Sept. 19 — “Buffalo,” the fourth feature film from Lansing filmmaker Michael McCallum, receives a special weeklong run at Celebration! Cinema starting Sunday.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Adventures in Science and Waffles

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 — The weather's decidedly cooler, the long-sleeved clothes have been unpacked, I've even spent a couple of evenings reading in front of the fireplace. You know what that means, don't you? The season for getting caught up on our piles of books is upon us! Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

9/17/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are author Tom Shanahan; LSO reviewer and City Pulse write Lawrence Cosentino; school board candidate, Randy Watkins; and Democratic AG candidate, Mark Totten.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

To Leech According To Her Needs And For Whom The Wind Chimes Toll

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17 — Q: My roommate’s girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all week, even when he’s at work. (She has her own place but is never there.) She’s very wasteful with our utilities. Yesterday, after work, I found h...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Peace of art

East Lansing commemorates National Welcome Week with Peace Pole installation

by KRISTA WILSON
East Lansing unveils its new Peace Pole at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in downtown East Lansing. Courtesy photo.

Tuesday, Sept. 16 — National Welcome Week emphasizes unity between diverse groups living in mid-Michigan. As part of the weeklong event, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and St. Vincent Catholic Charities have paired together to install a Peace Pole in downtown East Lansing, near the corner of Albert Street and Abbot Road, next to the Black Cat Bistro.

 
 
News

Rise and shine

Recovery Walk highlights freedom from addiction, remembers those who died

by Belinda Thurston
Kobreek Photography

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – Kathy Reddington said she would have marched to the capitol Saturday if there were only six people. But she ended up with a lot more company walking to with a goal of erasing the stigma and raising awareness for those struggling with addiction.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Reaching high

Crowdfunding campaign could help REACH art studio expansion

by KRISTA WILSON
Courtesy photo

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – A new look for the southern gateway to REO Town is within reach. The REACH Studio Art Center is seeking donations for its major expansion that will renovate and transform five dilapidated structures on South Washington Avenue into an innovative arts facility for youth.

 
 
News

Justice for all

Minority and low-income communities unequally impacted by pollution

by KRISTA WILSON
Krista Wilson

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – Nearly 150 people from across the state recently attended a summit in the name of justice – environmental justice. “Unfinished Business: Environmental Justice in Michigan” was held last Friday to raise awareness about low-income and often minority communities that are being exposed to greater amounts of pollution than other areas. It was hosted at Union Missionary Baptist Church.

 
 
News

Uncut story

Anti-circumcision demonstrators say practice violates human rights

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston

They stood out like a sore thumb. They were hoping more like a sore penis.

 
 
Arts and Culture

VIDEO: Beerfest at the Ballpark — Fall Edition

Photos from the craft beer event at Cooley Law School Stadium

by City Pulse

Friday, Sept. 12 — The second iteration of Beerfest at the Ballpark drew hundreds of craft beer fans and curiosity seekers to Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. This was the second Beerfest this year after the spring version, held in April.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Sneaky, Scary and Rock 'n' Roll

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11 — We spent yesterday on the storm watch again. If you were in a situation to stay inside, listen to the rain and read a great book, things pretty much fell perfectly into place for you. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

9/10/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Muffitt; LSO guest violinist, Yevgeny Kutik; Carol Dunitz of "Bernhardt on Broadway; and BWL commission chairman David Price.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Dragon Heart

How an Ole Man found new life on a boat with a dragon

by Belinda Thurston

When he comes back he goes straight to Adado Riverfront Park for the Capital City Dragon Boat Race. He’ll captain the Anahata team. He’ll welcome Hau and the American Dragon Boat Association, which is bringing four boats for the event. There are 30 teams expected from around the Lansing area, many are teams of survivors of cancer, abuse and addiction.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Doody-Bound And Leica Woman Scorned

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10 — Q: You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and wanted to know how to be sure his girlfriend is on birth control. You said, “The single worst form of birth control is trusting that a woman … longing f...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Dragon Returns

Third dragon boat race twice as big, includes food trucks and vendors

by Belinda Thurston

The Capital City Dragon Boat Races are back and have a mission. It’s one of survival.

 
 
News

Giving it a try

Hawk Island Kids Triathlon gives kids a taste of grown-up action

by Belinda Thurston
Noah Luft charges up a hill in the running portion of the Hawk Island Kids Triathlon. Bryan McPhall, right, isn’t too far behind.Bethany Hartzell, La Bella Vida Photography

Goldfish, dolphins and sharks took over Hawk Island Park Sunday swimming, biking and running in the fall Hawk Island Kids Triathlon. Nearly 100 children ranging from toddlers to 14-year-olds competed.

 
 
News

Walk for Recovery

Rally and memorial service aims to erase stigma of addiction, raise awareness

by Belinda Thurston
Corey Warren

THURSDAY, Sept. 4 – Theresa Clemons has struggled with a lifetime of addiction to cocaine, heroin and alcohol. She’s been sober and clean for 15 months, has her own home and has repaired relationships with her daughters.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Getting Caught Up

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4 — In the days when I was writing this newsletter from the Schuler store in downtown Grand Rapids, I used to include a weekly list of notable books that had just been released in paperback. I've heard from a few of you that you found that list useful, either to pick up a book you were interested in at a more affordable price, or because it made the title a more viable choice for your reading group. With that in mind, here are a dozen books on my "highly recommended" list that have seen a paperback release since I first wrote about them. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

9/03/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are MIRS editor Kyle Melinn, Katie Dama Jaskolski of the Life as a Zebra foundation; and Ian Graham of Cheap Girls.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Whoa Is Me

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3 — Q: Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked for went belly up. I haven’t been on a date all year. Friends try to set me up, and I keep giving excuses for why I can’t go, but the truth is, I’ve totally lost my nerve. I’d like to change that. Money isn’t the issue. I work here and there and still have severance pay left. But despite interviewing heavily, I have yet to land a full-time gig and feel kind of like a failure, and I don’t want to discuss that on dates.

 
 
Podcast

8/27/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are art advocate Ilona Steinburg; City Pulse editor and yoga expert, Belinda Thurston; beer guide author, Kevin Rovolinski; and medical marijuana advocate Robin Schneider.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

New York, New York (and elsewhere)

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, AUG. 28 — I received an array of questions from one of this newsletter's readers last week about the book review process itself - how I got started, what the process is, how much and when I read, etc. Answering them was a good reminder for me how much I enjoy this, both the writing about what I've read and the responses from you I'm privileged to read every week. I've said it before, but thank you again for staying in touch and letting me know what you think. I'm truly grateful, and this would be a lot less fun without you. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

Bully politics

by BERL SCHWARTZ

Mary Edgar of Okemos is a quiet, grey-haired senior citizen, hardly the type you would expect to confront the angriest mayor in America, Virg Bernero. But that she did on Primary Election Day, when as precinct cochairwoman she told him he was campaigning illegally close to the polling place at Okemos Public Montessori- Central.

 
 

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Advice Goddess

Beard-Death Experience And Pouring Him A Scold One

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27 — Q: This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three weeks, he hasn’t shaved much. He has this really weird facial hair pattern (like patches on his cheeks that haven’t filled in well), and I don’t find it attractive. I didn't know how to bring this up, so I mentioned it to my roommate, and she volunteered to “casually” mention it. So, last week when he and I were having drinks before going out, she popped into the room and said, “Hey, Brad…still growing that beard? I think you look a lot better clean-shaven.” He seemed put off, and we went out to dinner shortly afterward, but the whole evening felt a bit weird. And he still has this patchy facial hair thing going on.

 
 
News

Saying goodbye in Old Town

OTCA director leaves to pursue med school

by Belinda Thurston
Louise Gradwohl

THURSDAY, Aug. 21 – The key is to keep learning. That’s what Louise Gradwohl says is the predominant mindset that has led her in life so far from ballet dancer to communications intern to director of Lansing’s most vibrant and growing neighborhoods, the Old Town Commercial Association.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book collection of peace

Oral histories chronicle lesser-known stories of social change

by Bill Castanier
Rosalie Riegle will give a lecture Saturday at the Michigan Women\'s Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing. The lecture will include material from her oral history collections.

THURSDAY, Aug. 21 — The individuals who intimately lay out their lives for us in the scores of oral histories in Rosalie Riegle’s two recent book collections have something in common: each has heard the cold steel of a jailhouse door slamming in their face.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Was It Funny for You, Too?

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, AUG. 21 — An eclectic trio this week, a reminder that the world of literature is able to cover more of the vast array of human interests and concerns that any other artform. If it interests you, worries you, or entertains you, there's undoubtedly a book on the subject. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

8/20/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are comic Mimi Gonzalez; the Reverend Jennifer Browne; writer Ruth Ebenstein; State rep. nominee Jon Hoadley; and chairwoman for Michigan Pride, Emily Horvath.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

MP3’s A Crowd And A Vicious Recycle

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 — Q: I’ve been dating a girl for two months, and I go back and forth from thinking the relationship has legs to wanting to end it. I just had a birthday, and she got me a new iPod Touch with my name engraved on the back. I told her it was too extravagant, but she insisted I keep it. For some reason, I now want to break up with her even more, but I feel guilty about ending it after she got me this pricey gift.

 
 
News

Compassion Tour

Tibetan monks bring healing meditation ceremony to Lansing this Sunday

by Belinda Thurston
Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery

FRIDAY, Aug. 15 – It started with a trip to a psychic about a leg injury. It's ending with a troupe of Tibetan monks coming to Lansing offering a healing meditation ceremony.

 
 
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Compassion Tour

Tibetan monks bring healing meditation ceremony to Lansing this Sunday

by Belinda Thurston
Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery

FRIDAY, Aug. 15 – It started with a trip to a psychic about a leg injury. It's ending with a troupe of Tibetan monks coming to Lansing offering a healing meditation ceremony.

 
 
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Cooley 'right-sizing'

Large-scale layoffs underway at WMU Cooley Law School

by Belinda Thurston
Cooley Law School

THURSDAY, Aug. 14 – Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is delivering pink slips to faculty and staff in all of its Michigan campuses. Sources in Lansing who are being laid off say the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent. A Cooley spokesman disputed those numbers, but he said he did not have numbers.

 
 
Podcast

8/13/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are City Pulse editor Belinda Thurston; Author Howard Storm; founder and artistic director of Peppermint Creek Theatre Co., Chad Badgero; City Pulse associate publisher, Mickey Hirten; Channel 6 news director Jam Sardar; and Bonnie Bucqueroux of Lansing Online News.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Under New Anger Management And Hot To Tot

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 — Q: When my boyfriend and I started dating, he was kind of a hothead. His first encounter with my friends was a game of touch football on the beach. He and another guy collided, and he lost his temper. There was a good bit of yelling, and I think people were pretty shocked. To his credit, he realized he had an anger problem. Over time, he has worked hard on it, and now he doesn’t blow up anymore. He really is a changed man, and I thought people would recognize it, but I’ve recently learned that they all still see him as the scary-angry guy. Is there any way to change that?

 
 
News

Investigation fallout

Neighborhood Watch event casualty of financial investigation, but still to go on

by Todd Heywood
Clark Street Neighborhood Watch

TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – The Clark Street Neighborhood Watch Night Out event is the first casualty of the Lansing Neighborhood Council's financial woes. The event was to receive funding - a $100 stipend for neighborhood watch programs and another $650 in grant money from the Mayor’s grant fund – for the crime and drug prevention event, coordinated by Kat Tyler.

 
 
News

Robin Williams

Locals share stories of depression, addiction and stigma

by Belinda Thurston
Robin Williams

TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – Many of us who are grieving the Monday death of comedian and actor Robin Williams are taking to our social media accounts sharing quotes, favorite movies and changing our profile pictures and cover photos.

 
 
News

Financial investigation

Lansing Neighborhood Council assets frozen

by Todd Heywood
Zuchowski

MONDAY, Aug. 11 – The Lansing Neighborhood Council’s assets have been frozen as a result of a police investigation into its finances. The move leaves some local nonprofits in limbo, unable to access their funds, because the LNC was their fiscal agent.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Ronald Reagan and Quentin Coldwater

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, AUG. 7 — It's a good week for books. One of my most-anticipated titles of the year arrived and was more than worth the wait. A new American history book is making media waves, for the wrong reasons. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
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Folk n’ flavor

Great Lakes Folk Fest adds a dash of color to East Lansing this weekend

by Simone Carter
Pierre Schryer will be part of the Fiddle Showcase at the Great Lakes Folk Festival on Saturday. Courtesy photo.

THURSDAY, Aug. 7 — A celebration of culture, tradition and community is coming to downtown East Lansing this weekend. Michigan State University Museum presents the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 8-10. Produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, the festival features music, dance and food from across America and around the world. With nearly 100 musicians and dancers, the festival features genres and performances ranging from Irish Celtic, bluegrass, klezmer, contra dance, blues, Swedish fiddle, Zydeco, old-time strings, swing jazz, and more.

 
 
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Police probe sought

City terminates funding for Lansing Neighborhood Council after scathing audit report

by Todd A. Heywood

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6 — The Bernero administration has terminated all funding to the Lansing Neighborhood Council after an audit found “serious irregularities in the accounting and cash management practices.” The action has effectively killed the 34-year-old nonprofit formed to coordinate and support the activities of neighborhood organizations. It provides a number of services on behalf of the city, such as trash cleanup and building board-ups. It receives at least $54,000 a year.

 
 
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UPDATE: 8th District race

Schertzing declares himself the fresh-air candidate

by City Pulse Staff
Eric Schertzing (left) launches his general election campaign for Congess today at Sir Pizza. With him are (from left) Mary Kay Scullion, and fellow Congressional candidates Jeffrey Hank and Ken Darga.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6 — Eric Schertzing may have found a slogan for his campaign for Congress: “I am a breath of fresh air.” That’s how he described himself today on City Pulse’s radio show after defeating three opponents in the Democratic primary race on Tuesday.

 
 
Podcast

8/06/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Congressional candidate Eric Schertzing; Just B Yoga's Belinda Thurston; MSU's Mike Jenkins; T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs; Denise DeCook of the Sterling Corporation; and State Rep. Andy Schor.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

I’m With Stupor

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, Aug. 6 — Q: A close friend has a drinking problem. His wife kicked him out, he lost his job, and he’s been a lousy father to their 1-year-old son. He begged to stay with me (his only single friend) and has been sleeping on my couch for months. Despite my lecturing him a thousand times, he’s still going out and getting wasted -- while trying to talk his wife into taking him back. She called to ask how he’s been. I said “pretty good,” though the truth is, I just want him out of my apartment.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Sharp Satire for a Cool Summer

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, July 31 — Mid-70s during the day, mid-50s at night. Honestly, I couldn't have ordered summer weather more to my liking than what we've seen so far. Reading a book in one of the local parks without melting is greatly preferable to seeking out air conditioning indoors. My apologies to those of you who like the temperatures and the humidity levels higher - maybe next year. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Empty Shelly And Grate Expectations

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, July 30 — Q: My girlfriend of a year is really pretty and sweet, and we love all the same outdoor activities. However, I feel there’s a ceiling on our connection because she lacks a strong personality of her own. Whenever we discuss something to do, she defers to me. Also, I care deeply about politics and ideas, but she doesn't read newspapers or books or develop her own opinions. Two days ago, I asked about something we’d just heard on the news, and she basically parroted my opinion back to me. I pressed her, saying, “But what do YOU think?” She couldn’t answer. This led to my suggesting that maybe she needs to see a therapist to learn to open up more. She was pretty offended, and we haven't talked much since.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Cheat Exhaustion And Fling Theory

by Amy Alkon

Monday, July 28 — Q: My girlfriend and I are mostly happy together, but we have this ongoing fight where she accuses me of wanting to cheat whenever I so much as glance at a woman she perceives to be my “type” (any woman roughly her age and ethnicity). Even flipping through a magazine that shows a woman in an ad is enough to set her off. She says I need to eliminate all contact with other women, or I'm being unfaithful. But I don't see how I can stop doing things like talking to the checker at the supermarket or looking at someone crossing the street.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Music, Music, Music

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, July 24 — One thing I love about summer is the musical soundtrack. The concerts around town, driving around with my windows down listening to my favorite new CD. And with the right book, music can be just as satisfying to read about as it is to listen to. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

07/23/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Bernie Porn of Epic MRA; medical marijuana advocate, Robin Schneider; daughter of MSU art professor Owen Brainard, Ilona Steinberg; medical marijuana advocate, Robin Schneider; and journalist, John Seigenthaler.

 
 
News

Schertzing campaign

Democratic candidate for Congress touts support from women

by City Pulse Staff

WEDNESDAY, July 23 — Sixteen women led by Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer formally endorsed Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing for Congress today on the steps of the Michigan Women’s Historical Museum today.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Million dollar gift

MSU’s LGBT Resource Center receives $1 million bequest

by Eric Finkler
Michigan State University LGBT Resource Center director Deanna Hulbert. Courtesy photo.

WEDNESDAY, July 23 — On Tuesday, the Michigan State University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center announced it had received a $1 million dollar bequest for establishing a new outreach fund. As a bequest, the donation won’t take place immediately, the center’s director, Deanna Hulbert, said the gift’s impact would be instantaneous.

 
 
News

BWL expansion

Solar panels tripled, largest in state

by Matt Mikus

TUESDAY, July 22 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light unveiled the expansion of 385 solar panels at the Cedar Street solar array Tuesday, almost tripling the generating power from 54 kW to 158 kW.

 
 
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Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three for the Road

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, July 17 — A polar vortex in July? Reminded me of a typical Keweenaw Peninsula summer where I grew up. From what I hear, the more traditional West Michigan weather is on its way back, so those of you who love the heat and humidity combo get ready to play. Me, I'm going to be grateful for that brief taste of home. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Tales From The Cryptic And You May Now Miss The Bride

by Amy Alkon

advicegoddess_headshot.jpgWednesday, July 16 — Q: My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th birthday (a Saturday). He knows I usually don’t care about my birthday, and I confess that I also judge people who care about theirs. Still, I can't help but feel that my 30th is a bit of a milestone, and I wanted to spend my birthday weekend together somewhere with my boyfriend. I understand that he doesn't want to seem ungrateful for his sister's gift, and he's courteously told me about this conflict well in advance. Do I need to just get over myself? Or should I raise my concerns?

 
 
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Take some off the top, please

LSJ shrinks as it moves to new press

by City Pulse Staff

MONDAY, July 14 — The Lansing State Journal marked its move to a new press today by giving readers a smaller paper.

 
 
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