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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
“My hope is to help people bring the elements of yoga into their day-to-day,” said Belinda Thurston, 52, founder of Just B Yoga in REO Town. “Because if you’re going a little crazy with anxiety and fear, now is the time to find your breath and move that anxious energy in your body.” more
Will life ever be the same again? To soften the cruelest of National Poetry Months, Lansing Poet Laureate Laura Apol posted a video of herself on her Facebook page April 1, reading Jane Kenyon’s poem “Otherwise.” more
Candice Wilmore, 71, is a retired retail sales worker and photographer. She stays in the senior living apartment complex Friendship Manor, which is near the Frandor Shopping Center. more
Chelle Peterson is the costume designer for Lansing Community College’s Department of Performing Arts. She is one of many local artists applying their talents to making masks to help with critical shortages. more
Bethanne Harms, 40, Lansing, is a stay-at-home mother and artist. more
School of Rock East Lansing, a musical education program that focuses on — you guessed it — rock ‘n’ roll, isn’t quite ready to pack up its Stratocasters and Flying V’s in face of the coronavirus. more
More than 30 years ago, when the Internet was still a vague glimmer in most people’s minds, I was on former Gov. James Blanchard’s Hi-Tech Task Force, which was charged with studying and issuing a roadmap for the future of technology communication in Michigan. more
Ray Walsh celebrated his 50th anniversary selling books in 2019, a milestone you don’t achieve in any business without trying new things. more
Heather Frarey, owner of the vintage Reo Town vinyl store The Record Lounge, is staying home these days. One of her customer’s sons built her a website so she could keep up an online storefront during the coronavirus outbreak. She said that she received three orders right when the site went live. more
Ezra Kelly, 23, is a frequent volunteer at The Fledge, a musician and performance artist. more
Christopher Baratono, 50, is a manager at Schuler Books & Music and a guitarist and songwriter with several bands, his current fulltime project being Narc Out the Reds. Since Schuler closed, Baratono is at home and is finding relief by finally having the time to play guitar and write new songs. more
Ashley Medina, 40, is a hairstylist at Bliss Salon Spa Boutique known for giving people unique cuts. more
Root is one of many Michigan residents now working from home, performing his daily tasks with a Windows laptop. His wife, Karin Root, is also an MSU employee working from home through the pandemic. more
In the old days, if you ran out of toilet paper, you reached for a 200-page Sears catalog and wiped yourself in style, with ornate renderings of fancy stoves, Lincoln hats and lace gloves. more
Bored? Perhaps a little bit lonely? Miss even the most mundane forms of human interaction? There’s a Facebook group filled with others just like you, and it’s called “Party Like it’s COVID-1999! Livestream Anything.” more
John Warmb, multi-instrumentalist and chief songwriter behind Lansing folk punk band Rent Strike, is taking the time to produce demos for his upcoming projects, should the world ever get back into order. more
If you are a reader who stockpiles books on the bedside table, you are one of the fortunate ones. Start digging in. more
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