May 24 2017
Louisiana-based chain Sam’s Southern Eatery is on track to open next week at the former location of Jackie’s Diner in south Lansing, which closed earlier this month. Store owners Tracy and...
Not much meat, but Brown Clarke has a good outing before Chamber
May 17 2017
Good meant sounding thoughtful on difficult issues. Good also meant not going on the offensive, an important factor after nearly 12 years of incumbent Virg Bernero’s bulldog approach. Many people,...
May 17 2017
The work of East Lansing photographer David Olds recalls a time when you could wander around, virtually invisible, with a camera around your neck, your pocket filled with 35mm film cassettes and your mind’s...
May 17 2017
After years of delays and false starts, a proposed $380 million development on the city’s former Red Cedar Golf Course on Michigan Avenue could be moving swiftly to the formal approval process with...
Picnic in the pavilion? Not at Moore’s River Park
May 17 2017
The 61-year-old, two-story picnic shelter was structurally unsound, a periodic city inspection revealed
May 17 2017
Even in the Internet age, sometimes the best way to get noticed is to get out into the real world and get in front of people. The East Lansing Art Festival, which kicks off this weekend, offers artists...
New book compiles food writing of Jim Harrison
April 26 2017
Jim Harrison loved food. He loved eating it, he loved talking about it and he loved writing about it. So it’s little surprise that the first posthumous book added to his already vast oeuvre is...
Property: 1100 Trowbridge Road East Lansing
March 29 2017
This building — owned by the Boji Group and scheduled to be replaced by a $12 million office and hotel complex — was a Howard Johnson’s motel. The back of the lot is scarred with broken...
March 22 2017
The date of this edifice’s construction in 1953 is noted prominently on the cornerstone facing Grand River. However, the building’s dedication was postponed until October 1969. In accordance...
Digital antennas catching on as a way to beat cable costs
March 8 2017
When Lansing resident Meegan Holland calculated her cable bill in the summer of 2015, she realized she was paying $184 a month. That’s when she understood she needed a change
Dragonfly Boutique & Salon / Strange Matter Coffee Co.
Feb. 22 2017
About 20 miles southwest of Lansing, the rural community of Charlotte is undergoing a significant cultural and retail revitalization
Film screening revisits local nationalist group
Feb. 15 2017
“Casablanca” allowed Bogart to metaphorically redeem himself from his dark role in “Black Legion,” where he played a nativist and white supremacist who rails against immigration....
McClurken a ‘pissy rich guy,’ Yorko says on Facebook
Feb. 15 2017
“Pissy rich guy.” That’s how Lansing City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko has described James McClurken, who has filed to run for her seat this year to represent the Fourth Ward
Feb. 1 2017
Comedy fans in Lansing have two opportunities to have a good laugh and support good causes Friday night
Jan. 18 2017
“Transition” is far too mild a word to do justice to the extremes of inner turmoil, fear, and exhilaration that have accompanied major turning points in my life. I’ve made a number of...
Jan. 11 2017
According to a reader’s tip, “The AT&T building on Washington Ave. is not a bad example of brutish architecture, but the windows at street level which once held a communication timeline have...
The Grid Arcade and Bar
Jan. 11 2017
For the last few months, a sign in the former Chrome Cat building in Old Town has teased that a new business is “coming soon.” The sign features the title character from the movie “Wreck-It...
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...
Year in review
Dec. 28 2016
A rash of restaurant closings in 2016 fueled fears that the Metro Lansing dining scene was dying, contributing to the year’s overall depressing vibe compounded by an ugly, surreal election cycle...
Taking a look at classic holiday books, new and old
Dec. 21 2016
“’Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house …” New Yorker Clement Clarke Moore wrote this famous first line in 1823, and the story has since become a favorite...

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