Pulitzer Prize-winning MSU grad reflects on his early struggles
May 1 2013
A woman from a local book club recently accosted me about Richard Ford's novel, "Canada." She'd read my review, but was perplexed by its lack of kinetic action
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
May 1 2013
Local radio personality and avid record collector Richard "Dick" Andrews died on March 13 at 71. A memorial service stocked with food and live music will be Sunday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1039...
Call for prices
April 26 2013
Friday, April 26 — Cody Sehl, an undergraduate at Michigan State University, has a style vision that is as unique as his jacket. Although he’s had years of experience behind a sewing machine,...
HopCat / Zoobie's / Travelers Pub
April 24 2013
On Monday, HopCat-East Lansing held a ceremonial groundbreaking — and fittingly, it was a hop bine planting. (Hops are the aromatic plants used to flavor some beers.) The restaurant/brewpub opens...
Lansing artist collective elevates its profile with open house
April 24 2013
Career artists, for the most part, tend to be self-contained. To paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut, they instinctively know that opening the window on their creative process could make their work catch cold. But...
Pain, politeness and pride at the 2013 Lansing Marathon
April 24 2013
The quick hustled past the dead at Mile 9 of the 2013 Lansing Marathon early Sunday morning, as hundreds of runners streamed down the slope of northbound Aurelius Road and rounded the hills of Mt. Hope...
Lansing workshop aims to take the sting out of the birds and the bees
April 24 2013
How many sitcoms have we seen depicting bumbling parents and terrified children sitting down to have the dreaded "talk?" Pop culture really hasn't helped make that inevitable and necessary conversation...
Big lineup announced for East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
April 24 2013
While other jazz festivals shrivel, a three-way alliance among the City of East Lansing, the Wharton Center and the Michigan State University College of Music has led to more depth and breadth than ever...
MSU closes theater season with iconic musical
April 24 2013
The musical that introduced Barbra Streisand to Broadway still has much of the same charm that enchanged audiences in 1964. "Funny Girl," with music by Jules Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, and book by Isobel...
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...
Author takes a unique look at the beleaguered metropolist
April 24 2013
When he was researching his book, "Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis," Rolling Stone contributing editor Mark Binelli wanted to see a different side of Detroit than...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
April 24 2013
Married couple Samuel Seth Bernard and May Erlewine are a respected duo in the growing Michigan folk community. Friday, the pair will perform songs off their latest album, "New Flower," along with some...
City officials dig in for upcoming restaurant’s ceremonial groundbreaking
April 22 2013
Monday, April 22 — The planting of ceremonial beer hops marked the construction launch of East Lansing’s upcoming HopCat bar/restaurant today
Record Store Day bows this weekend
April 20 2013
Now in its sixth year, Record Store Day has become something of a cross between a scavenger hunt and Christmas. And Heather Frarey, owner of The Record Lounge, 111 Division St. in East Lansing, thinks...
A rundown of Lansing shows this week
April 19 2013
Friday, April 19 — Indie and alternative rock abound this week in Lansing. The Avenue Café on the East Side features indie folk rock reminiscent of Tom Petty, while The Loft and Mac’s...
Yin and yang
April 19 2013
Friday, April 19 — Comfortable or classy, loose or fitted, bright or dark — there is a galaxy of choices when it comes to picking an outfit. Indecisiveness is an issue that fashionistas face...
Lansing documentary features world-class piano playing
April 18 2013
Thursday, April 18 — At 70, some people would be slowing down and taking time to relax. Not "Boogie" Bob Baldori. The local musician and filmmaker will be at Studio C! in Okemos this Saturday for...
Maru Sushi & Grill
April 17 2013
Maru Sushi & Grill opened in its new East Lansing location this week. This is the third restaurant for owner/operator Robert Song's 4-year-old enterprise, following Maru's expansion in Grand Rapids last...
Wharton Center's classical and jazz lineup bring big names, big orchestras, top singers
April 17 2013
There aren't a lot of classical and jazz dates on the Wharton Center's 2013-14 schedule, but what's there is "cherce," as Tracy once said of Hepburn. Marquee names like Russia's St. Petersburg Philharmonic,...
MFA student show revs up the buzz at MSU's Broad Museum
April 17 2013
A tricked-out 1973 Mercedes, hand-detailed with wicked silver worms and refitted to run on restaurant grease, was parked outside the Broad Art Museum last week. In the sculpture garden. Move your limo...