Lansing, CATA and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission at odds over representationby Todd Heywood
Iciclesby Daniel Bollman, AIA
Although beautiful themselves, icicles indicate a critical, possibly detrimental condition. The constant series of winter freezes and thaws encourage the formation of large icicles. As evidenced by the storm that struck the Lansing area last winter, ice is heavy and if not removed, can damage trees, utility wires and buildings. A standard gutter filled with ice weighs an additional five pounds per each lineal foot. Extended along the length of a building, the additional weight can detach the eavestrough or distort the eave.
Sharpton challenges Wharton Center crowd to make more black historyby Lawrence Cosentino
As about 600 people assembled to hear a speech by the Rev. Al Sharpton at Michigan State University´s Wharton Center Feb. 26, several attendees noted, with a touch of regret, that they were missing the MSU- Minnesota basketball game. Sharpton gave them reason to be happy with their choice, and not just because the Spartans lost that night. No Big 10 squad mixes defense with offense as deftly as Sharpton does all by himself.
Michigan Prop 1 road funding ballot language bundles and confusesby Mickey Hirten
East Lansing halted investigation at wastewater treatment plantby Todd Heywood
When city of East Lansing officials learned of a mercury spill at its wastewater treatment plant, it launched an internal investigation to find out what happened. But four months into it the city pulled the plug on its own investigation altogether, after receiving a MIOSHA report about unsafe practices for employees. The spill resulted in thousands of dollars in fines from state safety regulators.
Broad museum team creates magic behind the masterpiecesby Lawrence Cosentino
Artists get big ideas when they see the stark angles and converging lines of MSU´s Broad Art Museum. Like a stiff shot of architectural absinthe, the building makes strange sugarplums dance in artists´ heads: a mountain of 20,000 pieces of crumpled paper, a jawlike extrusion of pink ooze and false teeth 83 feet long, a one-ton steel cube, a roomful of perpetually bouncing racquetballs, a three-ton boat made of salt.
LANSING SYMPHONY HIKES INTO UNCHARTED TERRAIN WITH NEW MUSIC BY LOCAL COMPOSERby Lawrence Cosentino
A vision of a man walking up a mountain, and a collaboration that got gloriously out of hand, promise to push Saturday´s Lansing Symphony concert into exciting new territory. Well-known music by Elgar and Mozart is on the docket, but the night´s most striking feature is a large-scaled, luminous new work with deep local roots: “Seven Ascents for Flute and Orchestra,” by MSU-based composer Marjan Helms with LSO principal flutist Richard Sherman as soloist.
Peter Yarrow on activism, motivation and the state of folk musicby Ty Forquer
Flint Eastwood ignites the crowd at the Loftby Sarah Spohn
One word: Flint. It’s both a Michigan city and a hard quartz that sparks fire when struck. Two words: Flint Eastwood. Selfdescribed as “a Spaghetti-Western cooked in the ovens of Detroit,” this outlaw-country-tinged indie-dance band is igniting a spark across the country with its powerful tunes. The band made a stop in Lansing Friday night at the Loft. Opening acts were Tidal, Marvels, and East Lansing indie-rock band Lights and Caves.
‘The Little Dog Laughed’ will make you laugh a lotby Paul Wozniak
To be clear, “The Little Dog Laughed,” running in Riverwalk Theatre’s black box space, is not a Midwestern Review story. There are no heartland values in this stinging satire of Hollywood’s sexual mores. But for those willing to take the leap, Douglas Carter Beane’s script is witty, hilarious and brutally honest.
MSU neuroscience researcher tells her story of trauma, science and recoveryby Bill Castanier
As a neuroscience researcher, Apryl Pooley has dedicated her life to the rigors of scientific exploration. But it wasn’t until she turned that knowledge inward that she was able to overcome her personal demons. Pooley’s dramatic story of turning personal trauma into a fulfilling life is told in her debut memoir, “Shadow Brain:
Saturday, March 7by Ty Forquer
Igor Stravinsky, now regarded as one the 20th century’s greatest composers, spent most of his life chasing the ghosts of past success. The Russian composer’s three greatest works — the ballets “The Firebird,” “Petrushka” and “The Rite of Spring” — were penned between 1909 and 1913, before Stravinsky had reached his 32nd birthday. Political unrest in Russia (and eventually the USSR), however, made it difficult for Stravinsky to collect royalties on his music, and medical difficulties followed his family like a proverbial curse.
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
The Avenue Café is becoming known for its Americana-punk shows thanks to Steve King. The café’s event manager has a knack for bringing in banjowielding troubadours from across the country. King’s next frenetic-folk show is Friday. Headlining is the Handog Hearts, the rootsy one-man-band project of Indianapolis-based singer/songwriter Austin Stirling. The Hangdog Hearts started as a full band in 2012, but Stirling quickly stripped it down to a solo project and honed his soulful “angry-Gypsy-folk” sound. Its latest release is 2013’s “Under the Floorboards.” Openers at the Avenue are Brother Doug and songwriter James Hunnicutt, a Farmageddon Records artist. Over the years, Hunnicutt, a Washington state native, has recorded or played with a number of rustic-roots bands including Joe Buck Yourself, the Goddamn Gallows and Shooter Jennings, to name only a few.
American Fifth Spiritsby ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week I promised you an update on American Fifth Spirits, the smallbatch liquor distillery across from the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. I mentioned that although it had started production and distribution, construction on the tasting room, which was supposed to open last summer, had stalled. And now we know why.
Exploring wines from the Southern Hemisphereby Justin King
A bottle of wine can be a fantastic storytelling device. One can pop a cork on pretty much any bottle and reminisce about a once-in-a-lifetime vacation or dream of one on the horizon. The romanticism and hope — and a little inebriation — are breeding grounds for a great shared night and a little wanderlust.