Pressure is on for BWL to plan beyond aging coal plantsby Lawrence Cosentino
This grand icon of Michigan State University was built in 1928-29. It is located on the former site of College Hall, which served as the first instructional building at MSU and had collapsed in the previous decade. The tower rises above its brick covered plaza to a height of 104 feet, overlooking the Campus Circle.
Fearing reprisals, laid-off LSJ worker calls for boycott with 103 jobs lostby BECKY McKENDRY
Supreme Court, A.G., embrace cruel and unusual punishmentby Mickey Hirten
‘Oddball Michigan’ author serves up a seminar in roadside diversityby Lawrence Cosentino
If you’re looking for a summer guide to Michigan’s storied waterfalls, wooded trails and crystal lakes, Jerome Pohlen’s “Oddball Michigan” is not it. But if you need to know where all the giant hot dogs and colossal cows are, or where to find the Watergate burglars’ tools or the last place Jimmy Hoffa was seen alive, he’s your man. The Chicago-based traveler/author is drawn to “really strange places,” and he’s found 450 of them in Michigan.
Several Lansing-area oddities made it into Jerome Pohlenīs “Oddball Michigan” (see related story) but there are plenty more. Here are some things he missed.by City Pulse
Q&A with Common Ground festival organizer Scott Keithby ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week was the 15th year for the annual Lansing music festival Common Ground, featuring alt-rockers, country twangers and R&B veterans Earth, Wind and Fire. Scott Keith is the President and CEO of the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority Keith and chairman of Center Park Productions, the public entity that plans, organizes and executes the festival each year.
A training guide for your first endurance raceby Nathan Kark
Endurance sports are all about suffering — the threat of exceeding your personal limitations and self-destructing is absolutely real. Every athlete has his own pre-race fear, regardless how many races he may have completed. But fear is a good thing — it means an athlete cares. However, it’s critical to balance fear with confidence. That way, once the starter gun goes off, confidence can turn fear into focus, and focus will lead the way to the finish.
Great ‘Apes’ delivers thoughtful examination of humanity, chimps with firearmsby ALLAN I. ROSS
In the 1981 film “Quest for Fire,” three early humans seek out a new pilot light that will keep their tribal fire sustained. It’s the simplest story ever told: Man have flame, man lose flame, man look for flame without being eaten by saber-toothed lions. The filmmakers tried to create as authentic a film as possible, even developed proto-languages based on the earliest known human words, and for 100 unsubtitled minutes you can see what it was like for our earliest ancestors to realize the power of their intelligence and experience the dawning of consciousness. It was a groundbreaking film that has for years been without equal.
July art exhibits use books as more than just inspirationby Jonathan Griffith
C.S. Lewis once said if an author is not concerned with originality and simply tries to tell the truth, then nine times out of 10 they produce something original without even knowing it. Any truth to be found in MICA Gallery’s new exhibit, “NEXT: Anamnesis,” is best left up for the viewer to decide. But originality in the pieces is hard to ignore, even if some of them are utilizing Lewis’ work. Physically.
Friday, July 18by Eric Finkler
Twenty-three years after the release of “Hook,” Steven Spielberg’s sequel to L.M. Barry’s book “Peter Pan,” one of the film’s chants about one of the Lost Boys, Rufio, is still quick to escape from Ozay Moore’s lips. This Friday, Moore opens the Turner Street’s Outdoor Theater feature of “Hook,” hosted by the Capital City Film Festival and the Old Town Commercial Association. Moore will provide his blend of classic hip hop and conscious rap for the free community event.
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
DEFYE/SMITH FLORAL & GREENHOUSESby Allan I. Ross
Last month, Lansing-based fashion line DEFYE moved its headquarters from inside the Meridian Mall into the John Bean building, south of downtown Lansing. Owner/ designer Michael Doherty, 35, said he made the move in order to focus more on production and distribution of his clothing than retail.
How the rise in gluten-free dining options helps more than just celiac sufferersby Danielle Welke
You may have noticed the term “gluten-free” sneaking into restaurant menus and choices for the items at the grocery store in the past few years. Given the small percentage of Americans (about 1 percent) who suffer from celiac disease, the condition that causes gluten allergies by preventing the body from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy, you wouldn’t think that gluten-free fare would have such a demand. However, as non-celiac people find that gluten-free diets give them a healthier gut and a sense of better overall well being, gluten-free pastas, breads and other items are on the rise. If you don’t have a gluten allergy, though, what does it mean for you?