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Celebrating the history of Detroit’s Black ‘saints’

In the introduction of her amazing new novel, “Black Bottom Saints,” Alice Randall turns the talking over to the one, the only, Joseph “Ziggy” Johnson — the legendary emcee, newspaper columnist and dance theater teacher who held court in Detroit, from 1938 to 1968.

Favorite Things: Bolis Musa and his five-point drawing of the Capitol

Bolis Musa is a Lansing-based artist who was born in Sudan. He draws unique landscapes inspired by Lansing scenery for his print company, MakeYourMarkk.

Lansterdam in Review: Back to the basics at Lansing’s first recreational pot shop

In February, Homegrown Cannabis Co. became the first provisioning center in Lansing to be fully licensed for adult-use, recreational retail sales. Several other shops have opened in recent months, but Homegrown has solidified itself as a mainstay on the local cannabis market.

Silver Bells in the living room

If it were any other year, Greater Lansing would be gearing up to gather by the tens of thousands in order to enjoy Silver Bells in the City.

Turn it Down: Michigan’s twisted history in country music

Back in the ’50s, a small batch of traditional country artists slowly shaped a new sub-genre known as rockabilly. It remained rootsy and rhythmic, but was cut with a rowdy, menacing edge. It was louder, faster and more unruly than anything before it. 

Regional planners plead for more transportation funds

In past decades, regional transportation plans promised a future of universal urban mobility, whether you owned a car or not. Brightly colored maps were bejeweled with dotted lines where light rail, bus lanes and non-motorized trails would go someday, connecting everyone to a reliable and convenient transportation web.

The residential dentist: Ingham County Land Bank celebrates 15 years

In 2005, Ingham County formed the state’s second Land Bank. The timing was worthy of Nostradamus.

Local leaders remember Mark Brown, ‘gentlemanly’ activist

Whether it was a rally to protect DREAMers, or to chastise the federal policy of separating children from their families at the border, he was there. If it was women’s rights or LGBTQ equality, he was there, smiling. And quietly, fiercely, behind the scenes Mark Brown battled systemic racial inequities.

Traditions interrupted as Lansing faces a COVID Thanksgiving

The Hertel family pigskin will have a blank on it for 2020.

Onslaught of coronavirus cases triggers a new lockdown across Michigan

Another round of statewide emergency orders that took effect this week are designed to enact a “three-week pause” on social gatherings and other group-oriented activities across Michigan.
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City Pulse Newsmakers Debate: Eaton County Sheriff candidates Tom Reich and Rick Jones
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City Pulse On the Air: Nov. 15, 2020: Matt Grossmann and Curtis Hertel Jr.
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City Pulse On the Air, Nov. 8 2020, Matt Grossmann and Kyle Melinn
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A turbulent year for local business
When COVID-19 and the ensuing statewide lockdown caused the temporary closure of a vast majority of Michigan businesses, it was only …
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Idris Goodwin: The conversation starter
Idris Goodwin is an American poet, rapper, essayist, lecturer, professor, author and playwright. He is offering five of his …
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Lansterdam in Review: Liquid THC, clear distillate darts and a sugary cannabis concoction
Bazonzoes — which opened last month across the street from Deluca’s Restaurant — is still among the newest medical …
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Turn it Down: Giant Lungs debut delivers epically bleak sounds
With a long discography that includes the heavy sounds of Red Teeth, Dr. Device, BerT and No Skull, Ryan Andrews is always working on …
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Favorite Things: Ariel Rogers and her late brother’s T-shirt collection
Ariel Rogers is a rock ‘n’ roll aficionado who played bass in a group known as Girl Band, graduated from Michigan State …
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New acupuncture practice opens in Williamston
If you’re interested in indulging in the ancient practice of acupuncture, there is a new spot in Meridian Township that has your …
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Cherry growers want to get in on the snacking trend
LANSING – Struggling Michigan cherry farmers hope to cash in on a growing consumer trend during the pandemic: We’re eating …
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Health-conscious pop-up café returns to Old Town Marquee 
Abundance Café, a locally owned pop-up café, is returning once again to the Old Town marquee to serve up delicious …
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Flash in the Pan: Baked Chiles Rellenos 
Chiles rellenos harnesses the glorious combination of chile and cheese, an unstoppable culinary force if there ever was …
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Flash in the Pan: The Four seasons of garlic
Thick socks. Steaming soup. A warm spot by the heater. A crop of garlic in the ground. These are the stuff of wintertime cozy …
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A meaty inquiry into the survival of a local barbecue joint
It’s 11:30 a.m. The dining room is dimly lit, metal music plays quietly, the televisions are screening sports and Meat Southern …
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Sidecar Slider Bar coming to Lansing
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