Summer of Art

This week’s issue marks the kickoff of our Summer of Art, which puts original art from local artists on the cover for 15 weeks. This week starts with Lansing artist Tom Cocozzoli, who specializes in digitally manipulated photography.

City Pulse’s 2016 Summer Guide

Grab this week’s paper for a list of the best summer festivals and activities Greater Lansing has to offer.

$35 M for infrastructure

The developers of the Red Cedar Renaissance project on Michigan Avenue in Lansing may seek about $35 million in bonds funded through Ingham County for construction of the elaborate infrastructure needed to raise the proposed mixed-use building above the Grand River floodplain. Todd Heywood looks at the proposal and what it means to Ingham County residents.

Island of urgency

While MSU has taken the wheel and started to drive its own transition from coal toward renewable energy, the state of Michigan is still fussing with a stack of road maps. That’s the impression left by a public policy forum last week on Michigan’s energy future in downtown Lansing. Lawrence Cosentino discusses the forum in this week’s issue.

The results are (almost) in

City Pulse will celebrate the winners of this year’s Top of the Town contest June 11 at the first-ever City Pulse River Rock Concert. The Top of the Town Party will feature food and beverage options from local eateries and live music. Get all of the details in this week’s issue.

All for one

When Kyle Zeuch stepped in as director of the MSU Children’s Choirs in 2013, he knew he had big shoes to fill. He is just the third director of the group, which won two Grammy awards in 2006 while under the direction of founding director Mary Alice Stollak. Ty Forquer checks in with Zeuch as he prepares the choirs for an album release and European tour.

Caribbean dreamin’

It may seem like trop rock, the genre of Caribbean-flavored music popularized by artists like Jimmy Buffett, is best suited for cruise ships and beach resorts. But Michigan native Don Middlebrook thinks it has a place in Michigan, too. “People ask me how I can live in Michigan and think tropical, but people in the north need it more than anyone,” Middlebrook said. “It’s an escapism that everyone could use a little of.” City Pulse catches up with Middlebrook as he prepares for a busy summer of gigs.

Check out these stories and more in Wednesday’s issue of City Pulse.