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"City Pulse Newsmakers"

This week's guests are board candidates Julee Rodocker and Bryan Beverly and Lansing Board of Education Member Shirley Rodgers.

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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.

 
 
News

Supercharged

Charging your laptop or phone is a picnic at the Lansing City Market

by Belinda Thurston

The patio at the Lansing City Market got a little greener Tuesday. A new picnic table with a green and white umbrella provided shade from the Indian summer sunshine, but it’s the juice from the table that will really entice you to sit for a spell. The Solar Power-Dok is a solar-powered table that provides electricity to outlets (4 110 vac GFCI and 4 USB) at the table. Solar panels are affixed on the umbrella panels sending current through a conduit to a battery at the base of the table.

 
 
News

Uncharted territory

Lansing online school; 7 teachers, $9.6 M budget

by Michael Gerstein

One of the newest charter schools in Lansing has no school building or buses. There’s 372 students enrolled and seven teachers. The statewide web-based school will cost Michigan taxpayers $11.1 million, a bone of contention for some Democrats in the state Legislature.

 
 
News

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA

This building is not particularly appealing, although it demonstrates some potential. Its simple massing and elegant brick dentils are offset by unfortunate alterations at the street. The current main entrance is paired with an alternate doorway to the right, accessing the upper floor. When the building was constructed in 1919, it may have served as a neighborhood focus, conveniently providing goods or services to residents nearby and an equally convenient dwelling above the shop.

 
 
News

Briefly stated

by City Pulse

The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority was approved by the Lansing City Council 7-0 Monday bringing joint regulation of taxi service for the first time in the region. The authority will also regulate ride-share services like Uber. The authority consolidates regulations and licensing for cabs and ride shares in both cities. Officials say the effort will improve service quality and ensure the safety of riders.

 
 
News

Second time around

Snyder finding tougher sledding as the incumbent

by Mickey Hirten

There are elections where voters seem confused, perhaps ambivalent, about candidates and their performance and positions on issues. Not so this year, certainly not for Gov. Rick Snyder. That he and the Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, are essentially tied two months before the election suggests that voters have paid attention during Snyderīs first term. At this point in his first run for office, Snyder was ahead of Democratic Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero by 20 points in most polls. This time, itīs not so easy.

 
 
News

Drive-by

Ghost bike a haunting reminder of cycling fatalities

by Belinda Thurston

The pasty white bicycle leaning against the street sign at first looks like an act of vandalism imitating art. The tires are painted, along with the frame, handlebars and cables. Closer inspection reveals green plastic flowers in nearly every spoke. The bicycle at the corner of Pennsylvania and Michigan avenues is a haunting memorial to a cyclist who died at that corner in May 2013.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Case closed?

EAST LANSING COMICS WRITER DAN MISHKIN JUMPS FROM WONDER WOMAN TO THE WARREN COMMISSION

by Lawrence Cosentino

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 Dan Mishkin, makes the case that we do. Itīs a drastic turnaround for a veteran writer of escapist fantasy. Mishkin has worked on dozens of characters in a 30-year career, including a threeyear stint writing “Wonder Woman.” Heīs used to letting his imagination run amuck.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Captured and Captivated

Ernst Floeter’s journey from Hitler’s Germany to small town America

by Lawrence Cosentino

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 added “you fat swine.” In Latin. Floeter, 89, is enj...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Prize of fame

Local artists vie for the crown in sixth annual ArtPrize

by Anne Abendroth and Beth Waldon

Over the last six years, Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize contest has elevated visual art from rainy day activity into destination event. Starting today, more than 1,800 artists — including 28 from the Lansing area — will participate in the 19-day art competition in various indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Curtain call

"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" and "60/50 Theatre Project"

by City Pulse

Tiger burning bright Peppermint Creek season opener presents humans as animals with better infrastructure In Rajiv Joseph’s play, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s 12th season opener, war isn’t hell &md...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Elf defense

Acclaimed fantasy author riding high as genre enjoys mainstream success

by Bill Castanier

Imagine the plight of fantasy writer R.A. Salvatore, who grew up with “six mothers” telling him what to do. That would be his actual mother and his five sisters. “My mother had a routine (that) I’ve fought against my whole adult life,” Salvatore said in a phone conversation from his home in Massachusetts. He stresses you have “to get out of routines” to make your imagination work.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Absurd and report

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26

by Jonathan Griffith

David Letterman had his fair share of off-kilter interviews over 31 years as a late night talk show host. Crispin Glover’s manic karate demonstration, Madonna’s multiple f-bomb drops, Joaquin Phoenix’s staged meltdown. But rather than shy away from the absurd, East Lansing-based filmmaker Zachary Zweifler (top left) has embraced it in his faux talk show “Human Food.” So when he interviews strange guests such as Dirtman or Drundil the Drunken Wizard, he doesn’t worry about things getting weird. He expects them to.

 
 
Arts and Culture

New in town

The Knight Cap/Scoops in Old Town

by ALLAN I. ROSS

It looks like downtown Lansing’s longest-running restaurant will be changing ownership soon. Owner/ operator Charlie Sinadinos confirmed this week that her restaurant, The Knight Cap, has been for sale “for a short while,” and an interested party has started the process of taking over.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

Electric Six at The Loft, Monday, Sept. 29 Detroit’s Electric Six gained international acclaim in 2003 with the single “Danger! High Voltage,” a high-energy, disco-rock song featuring backing vocals from Jack White. It made it to No. 2 on the Briti...

 
 
Food

Body, mind and wallet

How to eat healthy without breaking the bank

by Danielle Welke

One of the biggest problems about trying to eat healthy — after figuring out what exactly “eating healthy” means — is the added cost. After all, it’s cheaper to eat fast food and pre-packaged dinners than it is to make a meal from scratch with all-natural ingredients, right?

 
 
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.

 
 
Advice Goddess

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.

 
 
Advice Goddess

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

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.

 
 
Advice Goddess

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.

 
 
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.

 
 
News

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.

 
 
Advice Goddess

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:

 
 
Arts and Culture

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.

 
 
News

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.

 
 
News

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.

 
 
Advice Goddess

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:

 
 
Advice Goddess

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.

 
 
Advice Goddess

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.

 
 
Arts and Culture

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?

 
 
News

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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