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Jan. 17 2019
The gentlemanly voice of former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder seems out of touch with the screamers and shouters of today’s politics
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Jan. 17 2019
It was the last time they saw each other. In April 1968, five days after King was shot, Franklin sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” to mourners at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Nearly...
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Jan. 17 2019
The enriching root of education and its potent fruit, voter registration, were life and death matters in the segregated South. King was determined to recruit help. Although his responsibilities were multiplying...
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Jan. 17 2019
Starting alone, she played a descending, chime-like benediction that instantly changed the air in the room. The strings gently took up the chiming motif, leaving Kondonassis to build counter-melodies that...
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Jan. 10 2019
Friday night, the Lansing Symphony will take part in the multi-city premiere of a new concerto by one of the world’s foremost classical composers, Jennifer Higdon, performed by the most formidable...
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Jan. 10 2019
Harps are materializing in music well outside the classical world, including tracks by Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Björk and Yoko Ono
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Jan. 10 2019
The musicians — most of whom are younger than the maestro — perform with a folk-inflected, heady spice that steamed up from a small Central European country in the 20th century, slipped under...
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Jan. 10 2019
Taking over the entire museum for several weeks, “The Transported Man” ran the gamut from a jaw-dropping upside-down, lifesized elephant sculpture by Daniel Firman to a tent full of real, flashing...
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Dec. 27 2018
After all that cities have learned about humanizing scale and design, and after all the recent talk about properly developing the Michigan Avenue corridor linking MSU to the Capitol and downtown Lansing,...
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Dec. 27 2018
National turmoil and turbulence made 2018 a tough year for many immigrants, but in the heart of Lansing’s Old Town, the year was bookended by two changes that celebrated the city’s immigrant...
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Dec. 27 2018
With apologies to William James, the varieties of musical experience in Greater Lansing — thanks to an overflowing local music scene and the region’s power to attract distinguished visiting...
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Dec. 20 2018
A haunting collection of smells, a real ant colony that moonlights as a DJ, an edible blob, a car that emits feathers and many other provocative wonders are packed into the latest big exhibit at MSU’s...
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Dec. 20 2018
Last month, some people worried about political wrangling over Thanksgiving turkey, but there are worse things. Just before the holiday, Kevin Keeler girded himself for a call from a nephew, who had serious...
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Dec. 6 2018
Mark Whitfield puts jazz guitar in its rightful place —total, cosmic ubiquity. At a late afternoon gig Monday with the Michigan State University Professors of Jazz, Whitfield teleported in any direction...
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Dec. 6 2018
There’s nothing left even to mourn. These once-vibrant city blocks had no chance to gentrify or decay over time. You can’t go back to the old house and marvel at how small it looks now, or...
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Dec. 6 2018
In 1941, a scared 15-year-old boy from East Prussia was shipped off to the icy horrors of World War II’s Russian front. To keep his spirits up, young Rudolph Stober sang as he marched. Decades later,...
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Nov. 29 2018
What other gallery would feature an array of enigmatic little canvases dotted with magnified (yet still tiny) pollen grains? There’s something almost subversive about putting high-concept art like...
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Nov. 22 2018
In a brief talk from the stage, Biedenbender said the music was inspired by the way his children see the world, reacting spontaneously to life and giving their imagination free rein. That was a red flag....
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Nov. 15 2018
“This piece is about taking a second to learn and to listen from kids,” Biedenbender Ava Ordman said. “It’s so refreshing to me, in an environment of politics and school shootings,...
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Nov. 8 2018
The weekly ritual draws a panoply of local and national artists, including the stellar professors and students at MSU Jazz Studies program, with Shoup himself usually at the drum kit. Last Tuesday, Whitaker...