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Pianist Geoffrey Keezer, the first guest of Michigan State University Jazz Studies’ 2023-’24 Jazz Artist in Residence program, has been compared to the greatest piano virtuosi in the world, from Vladimir Horowitz to Art Tatum. more
Harry Smith is one of those benign white-bread name that elicits thoughts of boring or dull. But if you had been riding the subway in New York City in the mid-1960s and the real Harry Smith sat next to you with his scraggly beard, unkept hair, body odor, alkie breath, a small tape recorder and large periscope glasses and was mumbling about “patterns,” you would have moved. more
The first time she heard of a dragon, Lilah Cray was 17 years old. While being religiously homeschooled in an insular Christian community in west Michigan, she was allowed to read one book, the Bible, and watch one cartoon, “Veggie Tales.” more
Fenner Nature Center invites Lansing-area residents to celebrate Michigan’s fall harvest and the traditions surrounding it at this year’s Apple Butter Festival, running 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. … more
Peckham Inc., a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization that provides paid job training for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, and its Peckham Community Partnership … more
Lansing-based DIY record label GTG Records is hosting its 16 th annual GTG Fest, a celebration of live music, independent art, culture, community and Lansing, Friday (Oct. 20) through Sunday (Oct. … more
As we head toward Halloween, this weekend offers a handful of haunting events, such as Halloween soirees, Potter Park’s Boo at the Zoo and a Halloween-themed cruise-in, plus an experimental film screening, art workshops, a fashion festival, a roller derby tournament, a 5K and much more. more
I don’t know if you’d call it a mascot, but Weston’s Kewpee Sandwich Shoppe in downtown Lansing has one of the coolest storefront signs, based on the Kewpie comic characters created … more
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
Small Talk is a children’s advocacy center, a place where children receive coordinated services and counseling in the aftermath of physical or sexual abuse. The staff is trained in a variety of methods to help survivors overcome trauma. more
To kick off its 2023-’24 season, Lansing Community College presents “Isaac’s Eye,” by Lucas Hnath, at the increasingly difficult-to-access Black Box Theatre 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 13) and Saturday (Oct. 14). more
The Michigan State University Department of Theatre’s current production, “Clue,” running through Sunday (Oct. 15), is an absurd and campy whodunit full of physical comedy, sight gags and laughs, more
The biannual Beerfest at the Ballpark returns 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 14) at Jackson Field, giving attendees ages 21 and up an opportunity to sample more than 100 craft beers from more than 30 … more
The Williamston Theatre presents the first show in its new stand-up comedy series, Comedy in Billtown, 8 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 17), featuring performances by five Michigan comedians. The … more
The Lansing metal scene has been a bit off for quite some time, thanks to the bleak weirdness of Cavalcade. The band’s otherworldly discography isn’t strictly metal, punk or sludge rock, … more
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11 — The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Shucked” is hitting the road for a North American tour and will be stopping for a run of performances at the Wharton Center during its 2024-’25 season. more
This weekend, you’ll find a host of fall festivals around Greater Lansing, plus a variety of fundraising events, art events, theater productions and even a fall-themed race. more
Life goes by fast. One minute, you’re a 9-year-old girl, squinting at the sun, swinging on a tire and trying hard to avoid the old lady who yells at you when you walk past her garden. more
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, thousands of orphaned and abandoned children were loaded onto trains heading westbound from the East Coast. The trains would stop along the way so the children could be put on display like livestock and selected for adoption. more
A classic whodunit, produced by Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, takes the stage at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre beginning Friday (Oct. 6), featuring an ensemble cast, a board-game-esque set, complex comedic timing and — the ancient Greeks will hate this one — plenty of death on stage. more
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