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When the Fox Movietone News production staff pulled up outside the home of Carl and Sadie Morlok on Lansing’s east side in September 1930 to film the couple’s quadruplet daughters, the event was featured on the front page of the Lansing State Journal. more
If you live near Lansing, you’ve seen the state Capitol. But have you seen it through someone else’s tears? Maybe you’ve been to Cooley Gardens, a leafy, floral oasis in the concrete fastness of the city’s near south side. But have you fallen in love there? Surely, you’ve been to Curious Books in East Lansing. But why did you go and what did you find? more
TUESDAY, Sept. 19 — The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, a 135-member emsemble that turned 225 years old this year, will present a free performance at the Wharton Center … more
Mandy Gonzalez is known for major Broadway roles, TV and movie appearances, authoring young-adult books and being a breast cancer research advocate. Tens of thousands follow her on her social media pages, and she has an acclaimed LP, “Fearless,” that features her colossal voice.  more
“It’s a sleepy little town on a river bend,” Dimondale native Camron Gnass said of his lifelong home. “It’s more of a bedroom community than it is anything with real commerce. There’s just kind of one main blinker-light there, and other than that it’s a kind of off-the-beaten path.” more
Antsy types who usually skip the video art at Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum might want to slow down, sit on a bench for six minutes and lose themselves in a deeply moving video by South African-American artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. more
It’s the last weekend of summer before classes begin at Michigan State University, and it seems some local organizations have been waiting for students to return before offering their biggest events of the season. more
Welcome back, Spartans! I hope you’ve had a relaxing and fun-filled summer. Now that the school year is ramping up, East Lansing is ready to greet you with plenty of fun events, both at Michigan State University and in the community beyond. Before we get to that, however, let’s look at some updates on the city’s landscape. more
The Clinton County Arts Council and City of St. Johns’ free outdoor concert series has four shows left to go before the summer wraps up. Bill Tennant, one of the founding members of the arts … more
Last year, when I wrote about the state of Lansing hip-hop, I said I felt that a collection of the greatest voices ever to represent the genre was born in Lansing. While that remains true, I also … more
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
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