Frontier Ruckus' Matt Milia talks songwriting, touring and nostalgia
April 12 2017
Frontier Ruckus cut its teeth in the Michigan music scene of the early 2000s, quickly earning a devoted fan base with its potent mix of melancholy nostalgia, quirky instrumentation and folk-inspired delivery
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,...
Kristine Thatcher looks back on working with ‘The Nerd’ playwright
Nov. 23 2016
Shue wrote two popular farces, “The Nerd” and “The Foreigner,” and had begun to write for television when he died at 39 in a 1985 plane crash. Thatcher, 65, a Lansing native, worked...
Guest soloist pivots from Ravel to Beethoven in symphony opener
Sept. 7 2016
Last week, the featured soloist asked Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt to change the program — a rare event in the symphonic world — from Ravel’s exquisite Concerto for the Left...
Aug. 24 2016
August 2nd was a pretty good day politically for the LGBTQ community in mid-Michigan. That was the day of the Democratic and Republican primaries. Candidates were selected to run for those parties in November
Vote Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016
July 13 2016
Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4) DiAnne Warfield (Dem) – Very Positive Jim Dravenstatt-Moceri (Dem) – Positive Tom Lenard (Dem) – Positive Patrick Brown (Dem) – Mixed...
May 18 2016
Samonsky plays the lead male role, Robert, in the touring version of “The Bridges of Madison County,” opening at the Wharton Center Thursday. He has appeared in Broadway productions of “South...
Bobby McFerrin discusses his musical journey, love of collaboration
Feb. 3 2016
Bobby McFerrin has worked with some of the music world’s premier talent in a variety of genres, from Chick Corea to Questlove to the Vienna Philharmonic. But this weekend he will take the stage flanked...
MSU Opera’s ‘A Room With a View’ tackles Victorian-era sexuality
Nov. 18 2015
A commanding voice called from the orchestra pit. “It’s very disconcerting when I can’t hear you.”
Author Johnathan Rand on his road to youth thriller success
Sept. 22 2015
Rand’s own roots are firmly planted in Michigan soil, the fertile ground for the bountiful ideas found in his Michigan Chillers and American Chillers series
Joshua davis reflects on ‘the voice,’´ looks to the future
May 27 2015
Joshua Davis’ improbable run on “The Voice” ended on May 19’s season finale, with the former Lansing resident and Steppin’ In It frontman finishing in third place behind champion...
Nov. 5 2014
Nick Eyde is a footballer and a philosopher, a cosmopolitan man and a hometown boy. He oscillates. He stirs the drink without half trying. "Nick is a very interesting fellow," his father, Lansing real...
Local TV, radio changes break new ground, say goodbye to longtime personalities
Aug. 14 2014
Contrary to media doomsday polemicists, the Internet did not kill television, just as TV didn’t kill radio in the ‘50s and radio did not kill newspapers in the ‘20s. As you’re reading...
Om of Medicine is a hidden gem
April 15 2015
In downtown Ann Arbor, it can get very busy with people rushing around everywhere. The first time I went to Om of Medicine a couple years ago, I honestly walked right by the entrance. Twice. There is...
Travel writer has new bucket-list items for second edition of ‘1,000 Places’
Oct. 8 2014
Patricia Schultz’s first memory of travel was with her family to the Jersey Shore when she was 4. “It was very exotic for me,” said the author of “1,000 Places to See Before You...
Lily Tomlin brings her one-woman act to Wharton this weekend
Sept. 12 2012
She squirmed. She fidgeted. She talked like a little kid. And she told weird stories in the seat of a ridiculously oversized rocking chair. As a kid, some part of me knew that this person I saw on TV was...
Documentary about AA founder gets local special engagement
April 24 2013
How do you make a documentary film about a person who spent his life diligently avoiding the camera, denying even Time magazine so much as a shot of the back of his head? Filmmakers Kevin Hanlon and Dan...
When two couples clash, brutal laughs result in Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s ‘God of Carnage’
Nov. 2 2011
By CHRISTOPHER HORB We seem to live in an age when uncouth behavior is showcased and celebrated across the reality-TV spectrum and audiences can t get enough of it. It s clear there is fun to be had in...
Michigan State University offers up double bill
Sept. 14 2011
Lammers is the director of “Return to the Upright Position,” a performance collaboration written in the six months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The show is half of a double-bill alongside...
Soprano reunites with LSO for a holiday pops concert
Dec. 7 2011
Vocalist Diane Penning has a Christmas party to plan for her husband, three sons and 35 of their closest family members. But not until she sings with three Michigan orchestras at their holiday pops concerts

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