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Tom Springer’s new book, “The Star in the Sycamore,” was 12 years in the making, but it was worth the wait. It’s been a long time in writer years since Springer’s first book, “Looking for Hickories: The Forgotten Wildness of the Rural Midwest,” introduced his views on the natural world. more
Champions Sports Bar & Grill, a local favorite joint operating out of Holt for the past 20 years, is permanently closing its doors. Champions joins a long list of restaurants that have shuttered since 2020.  more
When Henrik Ibsen wrote “A Doll’s House” in 1879, he had no idea his play would become a lasting symbol of feminist empowerment. Ibsen certainly never conceived that his script would end up on a Zoom computer program. more
Fat Tuesday is near — that means it’s time to prepare for one of Lansing’s favorite winter traditions: consuming boatloads of paczkis. more
Valentine’s Day might be tricky to celebrate this year thanks to the coronavirus. It will be like we’re all in long-distance relationships. But we can always revisit fond memories that make us either blush, laugh or — if they were awkward — cringe. more
Veterinarian Ron Erskine knows a good story when he hears it. His second book, “Prometheus Scorned,” which features hero Malcolm Cromarty, weaves a complex tale involving greed, an arsonist and the Pennsylvania Amish community. more
At this point, it’s still too early to tell when live music will return and music venues will revive. With that in mind, Turn it Down! will be checking in with local musicians to see what they’re doing to keep active during the pandemic. The first of this series features local folk troubadour Monte Pride. more
After years of dormancy following the closure of its storefront in 2017, the East Lansing Food Co-op is working to finalize plans to return this summer as part of the Allen Neighborhood Center. The project, tentatively titled the Eastside Lansing Food Co-Op, will see the co-op return later this year as a functioning grocery store.  more
PG Group — a local cannabis company that has long operated a glitzy Pennsylvania Avenue dispensary on Lansing’s southside — expanded its Pure Options moniker to its two other locations, rebranding Old 27 Wellness and Stateside Wellness into one unified nameplate.  more
The Eastside Lansing Food Co-op, ELFCO, is re-opening in the Allen Neighborhood Center. more
Aside from a small batch of limited-run singles, Plain Brown Wrapper is now cemented deep within Lansing’s murky ’60s and ‘70s rock folklore. more
Nearly 40 years later, Michael Burton, the first African-American to design automobiles for Ford, Chrysler and GM, was star of a high-end Buick Enclave TV spot, at the peak of his power as an artist, industrial designer and suave screen presence. more
James Defrees started 517 Coffee Co. in his basement about seven years ago. He only had six hundred bucks to get from those humble beginnings, and he established himself as a wholesaler — selling his beans at multiple locations across Lansing. more
Michigan State University’s Dr. William G. Anderson lecture series From Slavery to Freedom returns for its 21st year with a lineup of virtual speeches, featuring filmmaker Dr. Monique Morris, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and Cornel West, associate professor of public philosophy at Harvard Univerity and professor emeritus at Princeton University.  more
Why is there a Black History Month?   One answer is found in a study of Detroit newspapers.   more
When Lansing musician Ozay Moore formed the All of the Above Hip Hop Academy, he wanted to create a learning center for youth to absorb all of the rich cultural teachings hip-hop has to offer. More than a decade later, he’s helped build one of Lansing’s most unique nonprofit youth extracurricular programs, where Lansing students learn to express themselves positively through rhyming, breakdancing and beat production.  more
Just past midnight on Jan. 30, Lansing and beyond lost a theater icon. Rosalyn Carmen Decker, a gifted actress who always deserved a spotlight but never sought one outside the stage, died at Sparrow Hospital from pneumonia. more
The latest state projections suggest Michigan’s cannabis market will generate nearly $1 billion in annual revenue by the end of the fiscal year — including $100 million in tax revenues for public schools. But apparently that just wasn’t enough for Homegrown Cannabis Co. in Lansing.  more
Citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra has canceled the remainder of its 2021 season. more
On this edition of City Pulse On the Air, arts editor Skyler Ashley fills in for publisher Berl Schwartz. Ashley interviews Bob Fish, co-founder and co-CEO of Biggby Coffee. Fish delves into the … more
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