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The 5 th annual FILMETRY festival, presented in partnership with the Capital City Film Festival, will premiere 11 new short films adapted from poems informed by cinema. The event begins 5:30 p.m. … more
As the 1950s jazz standard puts it, “Spring can really hang you up the most.” more
In her book, “Mother of Orphans: The True and Curious Story of Irish Alice, A Colored Man’s Widow,” Lansing author Dedria Humphries Barker tells the true story of her great-grandmother Alice Donlan, a second-generation Irish American who married a Black man in Cincinnati, Ohio, during the hostile Jim Crow era. more
By TESSA PANETH-POLLAK “Marqueetown” is a documentary about one man’s quest to restore the historic marquee of the single-screen Nordic Theater in Marquette. An Art Deco … more
By MARY CUSACK Calling a film a “slow burn” is often a compliment. In the case of “The Activated Man,” not so much. The plot is slow, and the plot holes burn through … more
“Fresh,” released in 1994, may be the least fresh offering in a lineup of much more recent films. But three decades later, the intense story about a 12-year-old losing childhood innocence … more
The schedule of events in Greater Lansing this weekend is packed, from numerous fundraising events, concerts, theater productions and film screenings to horse shows, art workshops, kids’ activities and much, much more. more
Everyone loves Duke Ellington, but few of his fans have heard his 1940s gem “Long, Strong and Consecutive,” with lyrics like this: “Kiss me long, strong and consecutive; no short snort will suit me, jack.” more
Few musicians dig deeper or glow brighter than New York-based bassist, composer, singer and bandleader Endea Owens, the special guest at this year’s MSU Jazz Spectacular. Owens is a proud representative of her hometown of Detroit and MSU, where she began her jazz education. more
Even her name dripped with mystery and romance. more
At a time when remakes, sequels and spinoffs reign supreme at movie theaters and on streaming services, one of the goals of Capital City Film Festival is to provide a breath of fresh air for moviegoers in Greater Lansing. more
It didn’t seem like a good plan to have the childless writer review a children’s play, but no one else was available. Off I went to the Kingdom of Mango Chutney, aka Dart Auditorium, more
When “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” showed up on this season’s list of Broadway shows at the Wharton Center, I winced. more
A responsive crowd can enhance the experience for both spectators and performers. I witnessed this atmosphere on opening night of the musical “Spring Awakening” at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre. more
No Skull returns with ‘Dark Tower’-inspired riffs -Q&A with vocalist and bassist Ryan Andrews Ryan Andrews of No Skull has been making loud sounds in the Lansing music scene … more
Punk takes center stage at official afterparty Aurat is a Los Angeles-based band led by Pakistani American vocalist Azeka Kamal and her music partner, bassist and producer Gil Talbot. The … more
This weekend offers an eclectic mix of events, from benefit concerts, new theater productions and a poetry showcase to a lumberjack festival, a craft supply sale, Michigan State University Science Festival activities and much more. more
Whenever a student art exhibit comes along, many folks dismiss it, assuming the museum or gallery is just checking a box, dutifully fulfilling its educational mission. more
Just a few months before the world shut down in 2020, Andrew Brewer turned down an audition for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” more
The body of literature on the Great Lakes would fill a library. Still, in his new book, “The Big Water,” Thomas Buhr takes us inland to the Au Sable River, a 138-mile-long ribbon of delight that nearly bisects Michigan’s lower peninsula from Kolke and Bradford creeks to Lake Huron at Oscoda. more
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