Common-Ground-related revenues and expenses differ in LEPFA reportsby Mickey Hirten
Lansing´s Common Ground Festival is a self-promotion machine. We already know that Jane´s Addiction (soon to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Here Come The Mummies and Grammy-nominated Alien Ant Farm will headline this summer´s showcase. Festival organizers promote what they compute as the annual economic impact to the city — nearly $4 million.
Transgender questions lead to CATA policy changeby TODD HEYWOOD
Diane was returning from window shopping at the Meridian Mall on Feb. 27. As she settled into her seat on the CATA bus to downtown Lansing, she realized in horror the unthinkable had happened. “I looked down and it looked like one of my breasts was gone,” the 52-year-old said in a phone interview. “I was scared and I was panicked.”
Lansing galleries eying Friday nights to lure new patronsby Ty Forquer
With some galleries noting flagging attendance and an aging crowd for First Sunday Gallery Walk, a movement has begun to create a new event to reinvigorate Lansing’s gallery scene. The idea, spearheaded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, is to create a monthly, neighborhood-based Friday evening art event. This event, tentatively called Art Walk, would engage local galleries, but also seek to involve local businesses and restaurants.
'Xerxes' brings delicate Baroque opera to MSUby Lawrence Cosentino
It´s a heady week for music winos. For the first time in MSU Opera Theatre´s history, director Melanie Helton is going all the way to the back of the cellar and uncorking the really good stuff — from 1738. Baroque opera is about 30 years into a worldwide resurgence at places like Cooperstown´s Glimmerglass Festival. Finally, the barge of slow ravishment is penetrating the wilds of the Red Cedar River in the form of George Frederic Handel´s “Xerxes,” the “Messiah” composer´s last operatic masterpiece.
Bradon Badeau’s art uses mythology to tap into the universalby Jonathan Griffith
Mythologist, writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell spent a fair amount of time convincing people of the timeless qualities found in myths and what our interpretations of their meaning can mean to us. He described an archetype, referred to as the Monomyth, that sees all mythic narratives as variations of one great story. He came to this conclusion based on the observation that there is a striking similarity of thematic elements found in the narratives of myths, regardless of their origin or time of creation.
Nathan Dome and Sally Hecksel deliver pitch-perfect performancesby Tom Helma
Less is, indeed, sometimes more. In the canon of theater, there are large, block-buster mega-musicals, and then there are small minimusicals. ‘They’re Playing Our Song” is one of the latter. A mini-musical of a mere 11 songs, peppered, however, with some of the most witty dialogue that playwright Neil Simon has to offer.
Riverwalk Theatre brings a comedic take on a Chekhov classicby Paul Wozniak
One does not need to be a Chekhov scholar to enjoy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” playing at Riverwalk Theatre, but a stomach for playwright Christopher Durang’s broad humor is essential. Fortunately, director Mary Job and much of the cast work hard to ground Durang’s dialogue in honest emotions and make the best of the inconsistently funny material.
‘Dogfight’ explore ugliness, inside and outby Mary C. Cusack
Peppermint Creek’s latest production, “Dogfight,” is a play about unattractive women and crass human behavior, set against the backdrop of a violent global conflict on the eve of a presidential assassination. Yet despite — or perhaps in spite of — all of that ugliness, it is an entertaining and beautiful masterpiece of love and compassion.
Harry Thomas, 69, who went simply by “D.,” died Saturday. Thomas wore many hats throughout his career, including dancer, choreographer, theater manager and chef. The latter occupation brought him to the Lansing area when he accepted a job at Nickerson Farms (now known as Fowlerville Farms).
Traverse City author gives tips for exploring Northern Michigan by bicycleby Bill Castanier
Robert Downes, author of “Biking Northern Michigan,” had two requirements for the more than 35 bike routes he details in his book. “They had to be safe and scenic,” he said in a phone conversation from his Traverse City-area home. Out of the many bicycling routes Downes writes about, he said that the M-22 Frankfort to Glen Arbor tour and the Glen Lake tour are a couple of his favorites.