March 22 2017
Some topical theater works date quickly as the world changes around them. Others come around again as events bring the world’s attention back to certain issues. The reaction to “17 Border Crossings,”...
March 15 2017
Let’s be honest here for a minute. The gay movement has long been hijacked as a movement centered on white, gay cis-men. Don’t get me wrong – I love my white, gay comrades and I want...
March 15 2017
We choose the smoked salmon pâté and a charcuterie plate for starters. The pâté ($12) gets good marks, with the requisite smokiness smoothed out by a dill-based sour cream. The...
A Rally of Writers starts its 30th chapter
March 1 2017
Lansing has numerous hidden gems, many of them hidden in plain sight. A Rally of Writers, an annual gathering of authors, is certainly one of them
Politics push a Broadway classic back into its discomfort zone
Feb. 22 2017
Instead of settling into the complacent valley of the classics, Broadway’s “Cabaret” manages to keep dangling at the edge of the abyss
Feb. 22 2017
Mohan brings his potent mix of humor and politics to the Robin Theatre Monday for a show hosted by Comedy Coven, Lansing’s allfemale comedy trio. While Mohan’s act covers a variety of heavy...
Feb. 22 2017
State Rep. Andy Schor sat down with editor and publisher Berl Schwartz and reporter Todd Heywood for an hour and a quarter on Friday to answer questions about his decision to run for mayor of Lansing....
Rep. Andy Schor pitches a gentler style in bid for mayor of Lansing
Feb. 22 2017
After a long day as a minority voice in Michigan’s Republican-controlled Legislature, Rep. Andy Schor likes to unwind with a book before bed
Council approves new law regulating home pot growing
Feb. 15 2017
In an action that will have ramifications for home growers of medical marijuana, the Lansing City Council has approved an ordinance regulating odor and electrical use
Feb. 15 2017
It’s useful. We’re at our best when we’re inclusive. Presently we’re the LGBTQAI community. That’s quite a mouthful and pretty unwieldy as a word. There’s always a fuss...
Feb. 15 2017
But my favorite option so far is the Sammy. This breakfast sandwich features fried chicken, avocado, bacon, sprouts, arugula and a poached egg, all topped with ranch and sriracha aioli and served on ciabatta...
New poetry collection explores growing up in Metro Detroit
Feb. 8 2017
Jim Daniels is back on familiar turf with “Rowing Inland,” a new collection of poetry based on his experiences growing up in Metro Detroit
Catching up with Steppin' In It three years after the Green Door
Feb. 8 2017
Just over three years ago, Jan. 20, 2014, Steppin’ In It took the stage at the Green Door for the last time, ending a decade-plus run of Monday night gigs at the east side blues bar
Feb. 8 2017
When you’re trying out a new type of international food, it’s best to have a guide. I’ve tried Korean food a few times in the past, but I’ve had little success navigating the menu....
Comedian Shane Mauss explores the benefits of psychedelic drugs
Jan. 25 2017
Shane Mauss wants to talk to you about LCD, mushrooms and ecstasy. Well, that’s not entirely true. He wants to talk about the brain. But he knows drugs will pull an audience
City Council rift could complicate upcoming development decisions
Jan. 25 2017
The deadlock over Lansing City Council leadership is over — but the chasm between two Council factions is neither bridged nor resolved, laying the groundwork for gridlock that could impact major...
Jan. 18 2017
The phenomenal increase of income inequality is the biggest economic story of our time. As recently as 1978, the most affluent 1 percent of American households received less than 9 percent of all of...
Jan. 18 2017
When a Facebook friend posted a picture of bún bò Hue and called it “pho plus,” I knew I had to try it. It was awesome, and I’ll talk about it in a bit, but first let’s...
Lansing considers ‘sanctuary city’ status as Trump inaugural approaches
Jan. 11 2017
Monday night, a group of about 25 activists shrugged off a January cold snap to circle in front of City Hall in support of an idea that goes back to the Old Testament’s Book of Numbers
Dec. 28 2016
Say what you want about the election of Donald Trump, it defied convention. In that spirit, we recount for you 2016’s Top Ten local news stories not in boring old prose but in the style of Shakespeare’s...

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