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Punks With Lunch Lansing has more to offer than just a free meal. At a typical food distribution event you can find harm reduction supplies, hula-hooping lessons, free clothing and even live music. The vibe is lively and welcoming. The organization tries to help out the community in every way it can. more
Nurturing a houseplant is a soothing hobby. You get to watch your plant thrive and positively respond to the love that you give it. Many people took to gardening during the pandemic as a way to distract themselves from the chaos of the outside world. more
The late Thomas Louis Taylor Jr., better known in the Michigan music scene as simply Tom Taylor, was a pivotal figure in Lansing’s thriving ’90s rock scene thanks to his majestic power-pop band, The dt’s. more
Local organizations Downtown Lansing Inc. and Capital Point Investments have organized a fun day of unique activities spread out all across Downtown Lansing this Saturday. Those who venture downtown … more
On this revamped edition of City Pulse On the Air, arts editor Skyler Ashley interviews frequent City Pulse collaborator Nevin Speerbrecker. more
Deadtime Stories, a REO Town book shop dedicated to true crime, paranormal and other horror-tinged fare, is expanding to include a gift shop, even more media including films and, eventually, an ice cream parlor. more
A new festival is coming to Lansing that aims to prove just how fun the paranormal can be. more
Each June, Mackinac Island’s thousands of lilac bushes go in bloom and transform the island into a majestic profusion of purples, whites and pinks. more
Aaron Anthony Aikman is known around town for his vivid recreation of famous fictional vehicles, whether that’s Ecto-1 from “Ghostbusters” or one of the transports from “Jurassic Park.” But, his favorite creation of all is his faithful replica of KITT, a talking Pontiac Trans Am famously driven by David Hasselhoff in “Knight Rider.” more
Blair, who served as Michigan’s governor during the Civil War, is depicted in bronze standing with his left hand resting on a Civil War battle flag. But walk around the back of the monument dedicated in 1898, read one of three quotes from Blair, and you’ll see something that makes the monument almost one of a kind. more
Now on its second LP, the Conspicuous Bystanders continue to perfect its brand of dramatic rock ’n roll that is powerfully gritty yet dynamically soulful. more
In 2021, few bystanders will bat an eye at an LGBTQ pride parade, and cantankerous right-wing protesters often find themselves drowned out by a rainbow sea of bodies. While there’s work required toward LGBTQ acceptance forevermore, events like pride rallies, marches and parades become more normalized as each year passes. But this acceptance didn’t come from nowhere — it took decades of hard work and statewide networking and organizing efforts.  more
For all their diversity, this year’s recipients share two rare attributes. They excel at bringing people together and they are passionate and tireless builders of safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community. more
Tim Retzloff is an historian who teaches LGBTQ studies at Michigan State University as an adjunct assistant professor. His favorite thing is none other than a signed copy of the script to his favorite film, the 1971 classic dark comedy “Harold and Maude.” more
In 2001, after much hand-wringing, The New York Times began accepting engagement and wedding announcements for gay marriages. The very first one arrived when the paper ran Daniel Andrew Gross and Steven Goldstein’s wedding announcement. Just one year earlier, it had declined to run a similar announcement. more
Dungeons & Dragons, the most popular tabletop roleplaying game in existence, gives players a chance to create a fantastical identity and explore whole new worlds from the comfort of their kitchen tables. Under the guidance of a Dungeon Master, or DM, players can engage in battle, embark on quests or just mess around.  more
Farm-to-table is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in the restaurant industry. Some restaurants may guarantee farm fresh food but fail to follow through on that promise. Risen Breakfast and Bakery, opening in downtown Mason this fall, will source all of its ingredients from local farms in the area. more
On Halloween 2016, The Dicks played its final show at Grizzly Hall in Austin, Texas—the city that birthed the trailblazing hardcore punk band. This last hurrah came 36 years after the raucous band’s formation in 1980—the onset of the Reagan era. more
Greenwood District Studios, founded by a Lansing-based comedian and filmmaker known only by his stage name Amaru, is a Black-owned independent film studio that has made a home in the former building that housed the Lansing Mall Cinema, located across the street from the Lansing Mall.   more
Charlotte Bluegrass Festival, which has been hosted annually for nearly five decades, is returning Thursday through Saturday (June 24-26) after being interrupted last year by the coronavirus pandemic.  more
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