April 19 2017
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero may as well be called Mayorajuana, given his outspoken support for legalization — even though he claims never to have had even a puff. Bernero’s policy has been to...
Checking out value wines for warm weather adventures
April 5 2017
I was in a store this month and I saw two rosé packages, a canned rosé 4-pack in cardboard with the package top reading “stay basic” and a wine called Brosé. Dudes in salmon-colored...
Brian Regan talks comedy, social media and ‘Star Search’
March 29 2017
“How did he not think of Feidler on the Roof?” he asks. “‘My name is Feidler, I’m going to be on the roof — Feidler Roofing Co.’ Three in the morning, I’m...
The Woolies’ Bob Baldori looks back on 50-year friendship with Chuck Berry
March 22 2017
“He taught me how to write rock,” said the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. “He was a magician making music that was exotic yet normal,” wrote Paul McCartney on his website. Meanwhile,...
March 15 2017
Thanks to the unseasonable weather, I’m cool, but not cold, and after a long day of sitting at my desk, standing for 20 minutes feels great. Eventually I’ll shuffle my way to the front of the...
Farm to table movement takes hold in Greater Lansing
March 1 2017
The farm to table concept seems pretty intuitive: You eat what’s close because it’s easy, it’s affordable and it’s healthy. So it’s no surprise that in the last decade it’s...
Feb. 1 2017
Myrlie Evers-Williams, 83, entered the history books as the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, but that was far from the end of her story. Evers-Williams had worked closely with her husband,...
Landlords can regulate use in their properties
Jan. 18 2017
It’s been a recurring problem. Over the last several months, Donald Cuthbert has awakened to the smell of marijuana permeating his home from his neighbor’s property
South Lansing bar closes unexpectedly after 51 years
Jan. 4 2017
“I’ve been thinking about getting out for a while, but I only made the decision last Wednesday, when the insurance was due,” Kobus said. “And in this business, you really can’t...
Looking for wines to help you keep your new year’s resolutions
Jan. 4 2017
If you’re the new year’s resolution type, do your best to assimilate to gym protocol, and be aware that your presence is throwing off the habits of others who are very important in keeping...
CADL’s wintertime renovations a challenge for many homeless
Dec. 14 2016
When Mike Karl entered the downtown branch of the Capital Area District Library, he wasn’t thinking about books. Karl had only two things on his mind: to get warm, and to get to sleep
Dec. 14 2016
“Oh yeah, Crafty Palate, we should go there sometime” is something I’ve said to my wife at least a dozen times as we were drove through downtown, usually on our way to a different bar...
Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ excels at action, lacks everything else
Nov. 9 2016
Mel Gibson is the greatest strength and detriment to any film he directs, including his latest, “Hacksaw Ridge.” Whatever problems one may have with him — on or off the film set —...
LCC’s ‘Serious Money’ takes on greed and capitalism
Nov. 9 2016
While the U.S. presidential election was (hopefully) decided Tuesday night, the Lansing Community College Theatre Program’s latest production, “Serious Money,” will keep Lansing audiences...
How to keep your wine rack stocked for unexpected guests
Nov. 2 2016
There is a certain night from my early 20s that is burned into my memory. It involved my refrigerator, cans of Bud Light, expired milk, leftover pasta and sadness
Classic British sitcom on the boards at Riverwalk Theatre
Oct. 26 2016
British farce, I have been told, is an acquired taste. But in the hands of a not ready-for-prime-time cast at Riverwalk Theatre, “Are You Being Served?” is a three day-old leftover from a...
Coming transport revolution could derail BRT and more
Oct. 19 2016
Throughout greater Lansing, the reception for CATA's ambitious and costly $133 million Bus Rapid Transit plan has been as bumpy as Michigan Avenue
Poll shows Bernero vulnerable to Schor and Brown Clarke
Oct. 5 2016
Virg Bernero: “Lansing's Mayor for Life.” Maybe not
Lansing Symphony holds its own with star pianist in season opener
Sept. 14 2016
When certain species of male and female spider approach each other, things can go either way — sex or cannibalism. There was a tentative hush, a tense bit of probing, in the opening seconds of...
Aug. 17 2016
When the phone call came last Sunday, left for us to discover on our phone answering machine, it was from the Baghdad International Airport. His voice, deeper now, with a chuckle announcing he was on his...

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