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Downtown Lansing, Inc. has 11 days left to reach its $30,000 fundraising goal for its “Downtown Lansing Has HEART” crowdfunding campaign with partners Patronicity and Lake Trust Credit Union. more
The big lockdown of 2020 has temporarily tamped down the fire of live jazz in Lansing to embers of memory. To behold the flame once more, and offer hope for its return, the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan is taking its annual International Jazz Day bash online. more
In August of last year, Nick Eyde of the Lansing-based Eyde Co. moved to Toledo to work on the renovation of the 28-floor Owens Corning Fiberglas Tower. more
My first response is extreme frustration. As a performing musician these past 49 years — and a folk singer at that — I can recall those many times of sudden crisis when I took to the stage for no pay, alone or with many other musicians, to benefit an urgent cause for relief. more
It wasn’t the plan, but as the coronavirus and the resulting quarantine canceled public gatherings and events, we’ve seen everything from symphonies to homebound guitarists turn to the Web to deliver virtual reality performances. more
Ted Stewart, 52, Lansing, is the owner of Metro Retro, a punky thrift shop in Old Town that specializes in vintage clothing. Stewart closed down his shop shortly after dining rooms closed at restaurants and bars across the state. more
Tuba players can’t wear masks. There’s no research yet on what happens to the coronavirus when it goes through a contrabassoon. A section of 20 cellists, sitting six feet apart from each other, is like something out of a Magritte painting. more
Ty Forquer, 38, Lansing, owns 517 Shirts, is one of three local satirists running Lansing Facts and — up until the coronavirus and shelter-in-place mandates hit Michigan — was the marketing manager for Elderly Instruments. more
After years of working independently as a defense lawyer, Nick Leydorf, 39, has seen the full extent of the absurdity of practicing law — unsolicited questions from legally troubled strangers, self-righteous sovereign citizens, frustratingly stubborn judges and more. more
Lansing’s stalwart DIY record label, GTG Records, is still finding ways to highlight Michigan musicians. Its latest project is Stay At Home With GTG Records — a series of live, recorded-at-home videos hosted daily by the label’s social media pages. more
My favorite thing is my Sanyo M9975 boombox. It was manufactured in 1976. I found it and decorated it in 2004. The boombox was sitting in a closet at my parent’s house. more
Last week, Turn It Down! dished up choice tracks from our neck of the woods. This week — with no local shows happening for the foreseeable future — I’ve assembled another batch of musicians to help me offer up even more locally sourced songs. more
Threadbare Mitten Festival director Dan Kofoed isn’t letting the coronavirus rob Lansing of locally produced independent films. more
Piper Bazard, 23, is a line cook at Ruckus Ramen and a touring musician who performs with Lansing punk groups Grey Matter and She/Her/Hers. more
While sheltering at his home studio, Lansing artist Julian Van Dyke isn’t content to plunge into half a dozen long-put-off projects to keep himself busy. One of those projects is aimed at keeping everybody else busy as well. more
Tuesday night at 7, Wilkinson and Newman will play an intimate concert of original compositions as part of the “Remotely Interested” concert series sponsored by the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. more
Okemos Music Academy announced in a press release that it’s hosting free online classes and lessons for students under the branding Cabin Fever Busters. more
Ryan Holmes, 36, of Lansing, is an artist and arts educator with Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy, where he instructs children from kindergarten to eighth grade more
See the play wearing a bathrobe and a tall, feathery hat. View it while holding a bong and a garlicky slice of pizza. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Williamston Theatre’s “These Mortal Hosts” is only available for home viewing. more
With all the music venues and live-performance spaces being temporarily closed due to COVID-19, this week’s Turn It Down! features a few Michigan-made songs for you to take in while you’re locked down inside your crib. more
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