Wharton Center unveils pop culture-powered 35th season
April 19 2017
“Broadway has become quite a magnet, especially with the new megahits like ‘Hamilton’ that seem to come out every year. It’s becoming America’s art form,” said Mike...
Nov. 16 2016
Opening is local troubadour Jen Sygit. Davey O., a Buffalo native, is known for writing rustic tunes based on blue collar American life — or, as he puts it, “songs of labor, love, laughter,...
Aug. 3 2016
This weekend, Elliot Street Lunatic performs its two full-length records in their entirety at the Robin Theatre in REO Town. Friday, the spacey indie-rock band plays its 2009 “Stories From the Void”...
Gore Gore Girls return to Lansing
May 4 2016
For almost 20 years, the Gore Gore Girls have combined the attitude of ‘60s girlgroups with the powerful rock ‘n’ roll the Motor City is known for. Think the Ronettes meets Iggy & the...
Todd Barry talks rock clubs, crowd work and coffee shops
April 27 2016
Comedian Todd Barry’s style is so dry, it can be hard to tell when he’s moved on to the next joke
March 30 2016
Binary Star has been a force in Michigan’s underground hip-hop scene since the rap duo formed in 1998. The pair of Pontiac-based emcees, One Be Lo and Senim Silla, released its first full-length...
Jan. 20 2016
The capital city and the Motor City come together at Mac’s Bar this weekend for LANSING x DETROIT, a two-night celebration of Lansing and Detroit music and art. The Friday evening show features headliners...
Jan. 13 2016
Lansing’s occult-themed comedy show, Comedy Coven, is gearing up for its one-year anniversary next month. The group, comprises local comedians Emily Syrja, Stephanie Onderchanin and Tricia Chamberlain,...
Marvels’ ‘Drudge Attire’ embraces messiness
Nov. 11 2015
While the indie rock outfit Marvels didn’t start in the capital city, the band has certainly blossomed since moving to Lansing almost two years ago
‘Nuncrackers’ brings early Christmas fun
Nov. 11 2015
Starlight Dinner Theatre knows its target audience, and director Jane Zussman knows how to please them. Its production of “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical” is a perfect example...
How one local company is making Lansing a destination for live music
May 15 2013
It's easier to complain about a lack of local entertainment options than do anything about it, but Nate Dorough isn't going to get pissed if you start ripping on the local music scene — he's too...
Tom Wopat talks jazz, Tarantino and ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ in HD
Jan. 15 2014
It’s been 28 years since Tom Wopat squealed around the fictional roads of Hazzard County in that old Dodge Charger, The General Lee, in the hit CBS show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” These...
‘Leaving Iowa’ director celebrates milestone with Riverwalk comedy
Feb. 5 2014
A typical community theater show usually takes about two months of work from first rehearsal through closing night. If you take that as your average, actor/ director Michael Schacherbauer has spent 200...
MSU repertory theater goes meta with overlapping, Chekhovian-themed shows
Sept. 19 2012
A play can take anywhere from weeks to years to get off the ground, with hours of rehearsals, costume fittings and making sure each beat has been perfected. Directing two shows at one time? Some would...
Food-themed shows rise to the top
Aug. 27 2012
Last weekend's Renegade Theatre Festival transformed Old Town into one big stage, as actors and actresses took over nine of the area's businesses and empty spaces. With show names like "Breakfast, Lunch,...
MSU's reveloving repartory shows win with highbrow drama, meta humor
Sept. 26 2012
If the 20th century Russian elite had Red Bull to mix with their vodka, they might have enjoyed their bleak existences more. The Michigan State University Theatre Department's two shows playing in repertory,...
Celebrity guest directors, film adaptations make for a diverse upcoming theater season
Sept. 5 2012
Spielberg shares equal stage time with Shakespeare (sort of) in this diverse theater season that tries to leave no audience behind. This season's crop of choices includes heavy hitters such as McNally,...
WKAR music series has a new performance space and a different look: It will now be in high-definition
May 16 2012
Zeko announced the series will be taping its first four episodes June 26 and 27 at the Albert White Performing Arts Theater in the Hannah Community Center instead of WKAR-TV’s Studio A of the Michigan...
Get ready for DJs, dancing and Tuesday night drag shows at the revamped club
Nov. 23 2011
Acker says he envisions workers from the Board of Water and Light building under construction across the street stopping by for lunch, another crowd coming in for happy hour, and the dance crowd checking...
‘The Dead Guy’ is a spotty spoof of reality TV
Oct. 12 2011
If he did, “The Dead Guy,” now at Williamston Theatre, might be a sharper satire in the vein of “Network” or “The Truman Show.” But the show’s very concept suggests...

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