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'This is our mainstream. These are our stories.'
Jan. 10 2019
Sav Smith and Stephanie Onderchanin are producing a web series centered on the drama and lives of Lansing’s eastside neighborhood LGBTQIA community. While two episodes have been shot so far, a fundraising...
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Jan. 3 2019
The freshly minted year of 2019 holds a lot of promise for the Greater Lansing arts and entertainment scene. Yes, the end of December is painfully dull as things go dormant for the holidays. Nobody wants...
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Jan. 3 2019
Jeff Guinn writes about good friends Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and, eventually, Harvey Firestone in “Vagabonds.” Beginning in 1914, the triumvirate of inventors went on a road trip to the Florida...
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Jan. 3 2019
On the ground floor of a pole barn style structure is Lansing’s latest hangout for all things caffeine. opened up Dec. 17 below the Ministry Ink tattoo parlor on the west side. Both businesses are...
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Dec. 27 2018
Among the old places with new faces is the remodeled Art’s Pub, taken on by longtime friends of the prior owners, Greg and Nick Sinicropi. Under the Sinicropis’ ownership, the bar preserved...
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Dec. 27 2018
For the first half of its season, Greater Lansing theater showed it is alive and kicking — sometimes with high kicks and sometimes with lowbrow punches
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Dec. 27 2018
New Year’s Eve, the bonafide best party night in the United States, needs no further hype. Luckily, Lansing is more than accommodating for those who have an itch that can only be cured by a proper...
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Jazz and classical highlights of 2018
Dec. 27 2018
With apologies to William James, the varieties of musical experience in Greater Lansing — thanks to an overflowing local music scene and the region’s power to attract distinguished visiting...
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Dec. 27 2018
A year’s worth of artistic progress in a capital city is not easily summed up. There are many things I will likely miss, not only because so much has happened, but also because this issue marks the...
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Dec. 27 2018
Hands down two of the best books from this year’s mix chronicle the Flint water crisis. Anna Clark’s “The Poisoned City” uses a documentary journalistic style to detail what led...
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Dec. 20 2018
Shortly after Thanksgiving, a holiday tradition in our household is to bring out a small collection of Christmas books. Over the years, staples like “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”...
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Dec. 20 2018
Calling the head elf to replace an unwell Santa sounds like the makings of a classic Christmas movie, but it really happened to Roger “Santa Roger” Minton. Working as Twinkle Toes the elf for...
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Dec. 20 2018
Yes, it’s a grand tradition for Sauter’s DIY Lansing record label Bermuda Mohawk, with help from GTG Records, to put out a Christmas music compilation entitled “Bermuda Snowhawk”...
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Dec. 20 2018
A haunting collection of smells, a real ant colony that moonlights as a DJ, an edible blob, a car that emits feathers and many other provocative wonders are packed into the latest big exhibit at MSU’s...
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Dec. 20 2018
December is all about the visuals. Santa’s reindeer didn’t use sonar to get to your roof. Rudolph’s nose lit the way. The Three Wise Men didn’t follow that funky manger smell to...
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Dec. 12 2018
Lansing residents are split if HopCat’s move to rename its signature “crack fries” is a welcome change or hypersensitive
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Dec. 12 2018
Ink Therapy isn’t an average tattoo shop. Beyond the artistry and tattoo guns, it helps fund a network of 10 post-treatment centers for recovering addicts in Lansing
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Dec. 6 2018
The opening performance of Peppermint Creek Theatre’s “The Wild Party” almost didn’t happen. Thanks to the talent and bravery of Sally Hecksel, the show went on. Hecksel was originally...
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Dec. 6 2018
Before the Weather Channel was a few clicks away on a television or a computer, city residents could check postmarks on their daily mail for weather forecasts. Two of these rare “Lansing Weather”...
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Guitarist Mark Whitfield livens up MSU for week-long residency
Dec. 6 2018
Mark Whitfield puts jazz guitar in its rightful place —total, cosmic ubiquity. At a late afternoon gig Monday with the Michigan State University Professors of Jazz, Whitfield teleported in any direction...