Feb. 8 2017
MSU’s “Slavery to Freedom” speaker series has featured some lofty rhetoric from the likes of Cornel West and Harry Belafonte, but Mae Jemison is the first one to address the audience...
Feb. 8 2017
A rising chorus of voices is calling for Lansing to openly declare itself a sanctuary city, where local officials limit cooperation with federal immigration agents, as a substantive shield and symbolic...
Feb. 1 2017
There is no one in jazz, or in all of music, quite like Israeli-born clarinetist Anat Cohen
Feb. 1 2017
In a race against time, the Ingham County Health Department and other local agencies are working to set up a needle exchange program to head off a potential outbreak of HIV and other communicable diseases...
Jan. 25 2017
Last month, George Howard went into the recording studio for the first time in his life. So what? A lot of saxophone players make a lot of records — maybe too many. Why care about this one?
Jan. 25 2017
When you put a power substation next to a park, do you try to hide it, hope people ignore it or lean into its industrial look?
Jan. 18 2017
“It’s round and warm, but there’s passion and articulation and it’s really swinging and the harmony is so clear and it feels so good,” he rhapsodized, turning the word “and”...
Jan. 18 2017
Get out there and see what Donald Trump supporters are thinking. It’s already a journalism cliche
Jan. 11 2017
The rare pairing of two major soloists on the Prague Philharmonia’s Jan. 18 concert at the Wharton Center makes you wonder: Have the classical poobahs resorted to throwing multiple stars on the same...
Jan. 11 2017
As they might say if ESPN did orchestral highlights, it was the bottom of the slow movement and the cadenza was in full swing. Just when Ell seemed to have poured out the last dregs of unfulfilled longing,...
Jan. 11 2017
Monday night, a group of about 25 activists shrugged off a January cold snap to circle in front of City Hall in support of an idea that goes back to the Old Testament’s Book of Numbers
Jan. 4 2017
This has not been an ordinary trip home for cellist Tanya Ell, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s guest soloist Saturday
Jan. 4 2017
Flowers are pretty scarce around New Year´s Day, so we decided to celebrate another spin around the sun by picking a bouquet of 10 interesting people who reflect the variety and vitality of life...
Dec. 28 2016
In 2016, lovers of classical and jazz music in Greater Lansing were again dazzled by dozens of superb local musicians who are also national names — or could be, if they cared to live in a city...
Dec. 28 2016
Moon built nearly 300 buildings over a 60-year career, only about 30 of which survive. His own house was one of his best. The porch, a curvy confection of gingerbread with many sculptured details and its...
Dec. 22 2016
“Once he wasn’t able to come here every day, we knew it wouldn’t be long. This was his life. He was a fighter, but this time I think he just let go.”
Dec. 21 2016
There were no festive add-ons, no guest vocalists, not even a stocking or candy cane in sight, but the MSU Professors of Jazz opened up a bottomless, Santa-sized sack of swing for a packed and delighted...
Dec. 14 2016
The more they dread Stark, the better she likes it. At 86, she is Exhibit A in her own long-running class on dealing with workplace diversity
Dec. 7 2016
Designer birdhouses, punk rock, luminescent organisms, rare isotopes, worm eating and virtual reality are a few of the sugarplums dancing in the head of Marc- Olivier Wahler, the new director of Michigan...
Dec. 7 2016
A six-course banquet that lightens your heart, instead of giving you acid reflux, sounds like a miracle. The Brandenburg Concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach start at miraculous and go upward from there