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Looking back on his band’s platinum-selling success, the Verve Pipe’s Brian Vander Ark quickly pointed to his most surreal moment from the group’s peak. more
It took over five years, including a pandemic pause, to bring one of Lansing’s least known but important and wrenching stories to the screen, and now it’s here. more
If you’re looking for a summer read that will get your pulse racing, Chris G. Thelen’s new book, “Islands of Deception,” is a safe bet. There are car, boat and plane chases; two secret staircases; and corrupt ... more
The Lansing area offers an extraordinary amount of talented theater companies. So much so that during the fall, winter and spring, theatergoers find themselves choosing between … more
WEDNESDAY, June 28 — City of Lansing officials broke ground this morning on the Ovation downtown performing arts center and announced a $1 million, five-year partnership with Michigan State … more
Two weeks ago, workers began tearing out drywall and dismantling cinderblock partitions in the lower level of MSU’s Broad Art Museum. The lower-level renovation of a campus building … more
Dennis Preston has been painting on unusual surfaces and materials since he was a little kid. He’s produced thousands of posters and caricatures; painted guitars, ukuleles and drums; and even … more
Juneteenth, a national holiday since 2021 and a state holiday in Michigan since 2020, honors the official end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, hundreds of thousands of African … more
How hot is Michael Dease? The MSU jazz trombone professor with the frictionless, ductile tone, rippling rhythmic drive and unquenchable zest for life is at the very top of his game. ... … more
There’s a perfectly positioned tree stump near the Potter Park Zoo, equipped with an accidental backrest, where you can watch the river flow, the grass sway and deer quietly graze. … more
Two blocks of downtown St. Johns were festooned with rainbows. A vendor was making bubbles that wafted in the wind under the blue sky. Children laughed and squealed as they romped in a bouncy house. … more
In the late 1970s, Lansing’s first Pride celebration didn’t include any parade floats, performances or other festival-like aspects attendees have come to expect over the years. … more
Now that Michigan is fully defrosted and the summer sun is burning hot, music fans can once again experience live tunes under blue skies at local parks and plazas. These shows are a longtime fixture … more
Ken Beachler, the founding executive director of the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and a leading member of the Lansing theatrical community, has died. He was 87. The cause of his death … more
With Memorial Day out of the way, pools are open, summer camps are starting up and a range of festivals are gearing up to celebrate music, art and more throughout the summer. This weekend, there are a few festivals to kick things off as well as car shows, art displays, a triathlon and more. more
It’s hard to budge a symphony orchestra, what with all those tubas, fiddles, harps and whatnot. The weight of tradition makes it even harder. But in the past three years, 38-year-old composer … more
It’s finally summer, which means it’s time to head out to Michigan’s coastal beaches and bask in the sunlight with a good book. Here’s a list of seven options to read before … more
As far as Williamston Theatre’s productions this season would indicate, 2023 seems to be the year of the woman. Its selections have included the coming-of-age story “Wild Horses” a … more
“Michigan,” artist Peter Stack declared, “is great because of our diversity, and celebrating that multiplicity allows us all to flourish.” Stack, who is earning a … more
As summer approaches, so do trips to the Great Lakes. Some of us are lucky enough to own or rent cottages on or near them. Others go back to favorite B&Bs, motels and cabins year after year or … more
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