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As we head into October, this weekend offers an Oktoberfest party, a Halloween-themed burlesque and comedy show, a Muslim cultural festival, a charity golf tournament, a daylong literature and writing event and much more. more
When Doug DeLind graduated from Michigan State University in 1976, he was one of 16 students with a bachelor’s of fine arts in ceramics. As he looked around for job postings, he found exactly two. more
If you’re a writer, want to be a writer or just enjoy reading, be sure to attend the Lansing Book Party 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 30) at various bookstores and venues throughout the city, more
The Williamston Theatre’s 17th season begins with “On the Market,” by Jason Odell Williams, a roving, sentimental romp through middle-aged love — and the lack thereof. When … more
1112 E César E. Chávez Ave., Lansing   Good news: This eyesore is a work in progress. Located in Lansing’s Northtown neighborhood near the corner of César E. … more
Mandy Gonzalez has earned the right to be a supercilious diva. Instead, her concert yesterday evening revealed how approachable and humble she can be. more
This weekend, Greater Lansing offers two horse shows, plenty of art exhibitions, theater productions, a euchre tournament, a fall festival, a comedy show and much more. more
The monarch butterflies that flit through light-filled oil paintings by artist Jaime Vanegas Castro, on view in Casa de Rosado Galeria & Cultural Center’s main gallery, will soon begin their annual journey back to Mexico. 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
Julia Miller looks like an anarchist: tight red plaid pants with straps hanging down, black zippers in strange places, and a black Misfits t-shirt with the neck cut out. Her hair could be black, with red, or pink, or green tips, and is usually tucked up under a black hat. She wears brightly-colored eyeshadow under owlish glasses, and her lipstick is always perfectly applied, either black or red. more
Avocados, artichokes, asparagus, apples, basil, bisque, broccoli, bread, beets, bananas, beans, bell peppers, butter, carrots, cabbage, coffee, chicken, chai, cookies, cauliflower, couscous, chili, … more
A lively and varied sampling of art shines from the walls of Old Town’s MICA Gallery this month, like shells and stones deposited decades ago by the tide of time, still wet with life from the passionate hands that created them. more
Dave McVeigh and Jim Bolone, authors of the widely popular 2021 novel “The Dockporter,” have penned an excellent prequel adventure, “Somewhere in Crime,” involving Michigan’s idyllic Mackinac Island, the cult film “Somewhere in Time,” a cold-case murder and a young boy’s coming of age. more
There was nothing tentative about the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s 2023-’24 season opener Thursday (Sept. 14). A bulked-up, trimmed-down, energized, REM-sleep-refreshed orchestra and its ramrod-vigorous music director, Timothy Muffitt, left all the settling in and throat clearing to the audience and got right down to carpet-peeling, rafter-rattling business. more
Riverwalk Theatre’s 35th season opener had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The 75-minute show galloped through a hilarious, harrowing story of an elite white liberal … more
her name is Delicious, and she is wearing a gown of the heaviest jewels—   a gown of only the heaviest jewels, sparkling.   she is challenging you … more
Next to Berkey Hall Hollywood filmed a scene from Batman with Ben Affleck   Bruce Wayne was there ill-prepared for battle in his tuxedo   Henry Cavill was ready handsome … more
In the late 1970s, Jim Barnes and his partner, Mark, lived with their book-eating basset, Sammy, in a second-floor walkup on Chestnut Street. I had recently left my parents’ barren suburb, and … more
I live half a football field from Michigan Avenue. It’s the pathway to the Capitol, home of the biggest hospital complex, with a cancer ward for my partner and a heart institute for my sister. … more
She’s a splotchy Virgin with the spent spray paint of her anonymous violators.   She stands always erect surrounded by an inverted halo of dull asphalt and cement,   … more
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