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A packed Pride weekend

The third annual Lansing Pride Festival runs 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Old Town.
The third annual Lansing Pride Festival will take over Old Town on Saturday, but beyond that, there will be a bar crawl, drag shows and more this weekend to celebrate the area’s LGBTQ+ community. There’s also the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, Grand Ledge’s Yankee Doodle Day, Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing’s Passion of the Creative Mind celebration and much more.

Talented cast and gorgeous set anchor Lebowsky Center’s ‘Next to Normal’

The cast of “Next to Normal” at the Lebowsky Center. From left: Adam Woolsey, Chad DeKatch, Anna Anderson, Joseph Gill, Amanda DeKatch and Dante Justice.
Friday night, 11 p.m., Lansing. My daughter: “How was the play?” Me: “It’s hard to describe … a rock musical about bipolar depression and maternal loss, …

Ever-growing Lansing Pride aims to offer ‘enjoyment, happiness and love’

Lansing Pride welcomes LGBTQ+ individuals and allies of all ages, even offering a kids’ area with a variety of activities. Board President Ben Dowd said, “We want to ensure everybody feels safe in a space where they can express themselves and be who they are.”
Since the inaugural Lansing Pride Festival in 2022, which drew around 3,000 attendees and 90 vendors, the event has increased in size each year. This year, organizers expect around 10,000 attendees …

Dustin Hunt

Dustin Hunt, one of Lansing’s prolific muralists, has been busy bringing a burst of color to Lansing’s westside neighborhood. A couple of weeks ago, bright, cheery faces of children began …
Author James Lee Burke is mostly known for writing about New Orleans and New Iberia, deep in the bayou country of southern Louisiana. He can count 46 novels in his nearly 60 years of writing.

At 87, James Lee Burke finds ‘no finer life’ than fiction writing

James Lee Burke is considered one of the gods of the crime novel genre. If he wrote in any other genre, which he could easily do, he would have won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book …
At the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival’s Education Stage,  music lovers will discover a plethora of talented local students in a variety of combinations.
From the relentless rhythm attack of drummer Randy Gelispie, still swinging at 89, to the jubilant, fresh sounds of CBS “Late Show” bassist and Michigan State University alumna Endea …
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The annual 517 Juneteenth Festival, part of 517 Juneteenth weekend, runs 3:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Old Town, featuring live music, DJ sets, vendors, a kids' area and more.
This weekend, Greater Lansing will celebrate the upcoming Juneteenth holiday with festivals, a parade, a 5K and more, while Father’s Day will be honored with food and drink specials at local breweries, an opportunity to play catch on Jackson Field before a Lugnuts game and free admission to Potter Park Zoo for all dads. There’s also a golf scramble, a fishing derby, a car and bike show and much more.
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An illustration from local artist Julian Van Dyke’s 2020 book “Juneteenth, Celebrating Freedom” depicts the Black struggle for freedom in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, more than 250,000 African American slaves in Texas — the last of the country’s enslaved population — were freed after being informed of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued two-and-a-half years earlier.
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In “Hell, No, We Didn’t Go! Firsthand Accounts of Vietnam War Protest and Resistance,” Detroit-area lawyer Eli Greenbaum examines the popular schemes carried out by young men who sought to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War.
Why they didn’t go: draft-dodging stories from the Vietnam War
“Hell no, we won’t go,” “make love, not war,” “one, two, three, four, what are we fighting for?” and “girls say yes to boys who say no” are just a few of the chants that rang out during anti-Vietnam War protests.
An illustration from local artist Julian Van Dyke’s 2020 book “Juneteenth, Celebrating Freedom” depicts the Black struggle for freedom in the United States.
Let freedom ring: Greater Lansing celebrates Juneteenth
On June 19, 1865, more than 250,000 African American slaves in Texas — the last of the country’s enslaved population — were freed after being informed of the Emancipation …
In “Hell, No, We Didn’t Go! Firsthand Accounts of Vietnam War Protest and Resistance,” Detroit-area lawyer Eli Greenbaum examines the popular schemes carried out by young men who sought to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War.
Why they didn’t go: draft-dodging stories from the Vietnam War
“Hell no, we won’t go,” “make love, not war,” “one, two, three, four, what are we fighting for?” and “girls say yes to boys who say no” are just …
The Wild Honey Collective released “Volume 3,” another LP of classic-country-soaked Americana rock, on May 31.
Wild Honey returns with more cosmic folk rock
Over the last four years, the Wild Honey Collective has masterfully melded Americana music with rock ‘n’ roll and a dreamy dose of psychedelia. The local outfit has kept busy touring …
The 10th annual Lansing Beer Fest runs 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Washington Avenue between South and Elm streets in REO Town.
Biking, beer and a boozy book fair
This weekend brings annual events like Lansing Beer Fest and Delhi Township’s Youth Fishing Derby, inaugural events like the Lansing Fiesta and an arts and culture bike ride through Lansing’s east side and many more fun activities, such as a Pride-themed book fair, a pottery sale, a cruise-in and a euchre tournament.

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