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"City Pulse Newsmakers"

This week's guests are president/CEO of LEAP Robert Trezise and radio host Tim Barron.

Watch “City Pulse Newsmakers” on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast Ch. 16 and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on my18. Hosted by editor & publisher Berl Schwartz.

Podcast

City Pulse Radio, on Impact 89FM, 4/29/15

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Lansing Councilman Vincent Delgado; Suzanne Walkman of Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines; Lugnuts Broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler; former state sen. Gretchen Whitmer; City Pulse columnist Mickey Hirten; MIRS editor Kyle Melinn; and Scott Hagerstrom of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals.

 
 
News

Lansing report

State Police reach out to diversify ranks

by Capital News Service
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LANSING – Lots of young people in Michigan want to be State Police troopers, but almost all of them are white men. The State Police, like law enforcement agencies across the country, are struggling to recruit minorities into their ranks.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Summer fun(ds)

Area groups receive funds for summer camp scholarships

by Ariel Rogers
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FRIDAY, MAY 1 — Summer camps are a great way for youth to learn, gain skills and make friends, but paying for those camps can be a tough hurdle for many families to clear. This summer, many Greater Lansing youth in financial need will get a chance to attend camps through the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Young Creatives Program.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

All The Single M’ladies And Hitting Rocker Bottom

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, April 29 — Q: I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for most men, chivalry is dead. Maybe feminism killed it, and maybe men have just gotten lazy. Well, I was staying over at a (platonic) male friend’s house, keeping him company because he’s sick with cancer. Despite that, I woke up to him serving me breakfast in bed! Is it really so much to ask for a guy I’m actually sleeping with to at least hold the door open for me? I mean, come on!

 
 
News

Out in the cold

City of Lansing bills residents over $90,000 for unshoveled sidewalks

by Todd A. Heywood
A map of Lansing shows the locations of the more than 400 properties that are being assessed for snow removal.

Phil Siebert was in the hospital at the end of February, fighting another bout of infection from his chronic upper respiratory issues. On Feb. 23, at 1:23 p.m,. a city of Lansing official walked up to his empty home and taped a bright green notice on his door.

 
 
News

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA

When originally constructed, the house was a simple gabled building. However, in the 1980s it underwent a spectacular makeover, when it was converted into this confident Tudor.

 
 
News

That oldtime emission

Pollution at Erickson, threat of suit over Eckert shadow BWL´s aging fleet

by Lawrence Cosentino

As the Lansing Board of Water & Light charts a path out of the coal era, dustups over emissions violations at its coal-fired Erickson and Eckert power stations are adding urgency to the transition. In a letter to the BWL dated March 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that the BWL made two sets of "major modifications" to its 45-year-old Erickson power plant, one in 2010-‘11 and another in late 2012, that "resulted in a significant net emissions increase," mainly of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and particulate matter.

 
 
News

The cost of waiting

While Lansing, nation await ruling on same-sex marriage, for one couple it´s already too late

by Todd A. Heywood

In 1977, the world for the LGBT community was a different place. No presidents spoke of equality. A measure to ensure equal treatment under the law had been introduced in the U.S. House but died. East Lansing was one of a handful of local governments that barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. A guy named Harvey Milk had just become the first openly gay man in office in American history when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

 
 
News

Midas’ touch

Joshua Davis advances to top six on “The Voice”

by Ty Forquer

Last week, Michigan-based singer Joshua Davis narrowly avoided elimination from reality TV singing competition “The Voice,” needing his fans to voice their support on Twitter to activate the show’s “Instant Save” in the closing seconds of the April 21 results show.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Conventional wisdom!

Lansing comic convention looking for a successful formula

by Jonathan Griffith

It’s no secret that comic book creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were aping the formula created by DC Comic’s “Justice League” books when they set out to create “The Avengers” for Marvel Comics. The legendary duo were tasked by their publisher to create something similar when sales of DC’s all-star super-group comics greatly overshadowed anything Marvel — then known as Timely Comics — had on the stands. It took several years for the middling publisher to establish a roster of characters as iconic those assembled in DC’s Justice League, but flash forward 52 years and there’s not a single summer that goes by without Captain America, Iron Man or Thor plastered over t-shirts, billboards and TV screens everywhere. While comic enthusiasts could (and do) argue all day about the merits of the two groups, “Justice League” and “The Avengers,” while similar in their concept, are both unique.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Sticking with peace

Lansing Peace Vigil tries to attract attention with magnets

by Ariel Rogers

Sharp-eyed patrons may have noticed some small, ceramic magnets popping up in Greater Lansing businesses. The magnets advertise the time and location of the weekly Lansing Peace Vigil. Kathie Kuhn, an active member of the Peace Vigil community and a board member of the Peace Education Center, is responsible for the magnets.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Making good, flying home

Wharton Center gig is a homecoming for drummer Lawrence Leathers

by Lawrence Cosentino

When earthy, brainy, playful 26-yearold vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant hits the Wharton Center´s Pasant Theatre tonight, she’ll be in good, and appreciative, company. Lansing-born drummer Lawrence Leathers, now a deeply dug-in denizen of the New York jazz scene, is an awestruck fan as well as a collaborator.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Alone together

Rodney Whitaker is fine company ‘When We Find Ourselves Alone’

by Lawrence Cosentino

There is a beautiful paradox in the title of bassist Rodney Whitaker´s new album, “When We Find Ourselves Review Alone.” Whitaker is a singular artist in a plural universe. As a bassist, Whitaker is at the top of his art, but his instrument almost always puts him in harness to a group. As the director of jazz studies at MSU, teacher and mentor to a generation of young jazz artists, community builder in East Lansing and family man with seven children, he has chosen a path that is anything but lonely.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Anne and Anna

Michigan authors host Independent Bookstore Day events in Greater Lansing

by Bill Castanier

Two Michigan writers — one from decidedly gritty Detroit, the other from pastoral Empire on the shore of Lake Michigan — will be headliners at Schuler Books on Saturday for Independent Book Store Day. Unfortunately, the two writers, Anna Clark of Detroit and Anne-Marie Oomen of Empire, will be holding court at competing Schuler Books locations. It would have been fun to put these two Michigan authors together for a session. Clark, a freelance magazine and newspaper writer, curated “A Detroit Anthology,” a 2015 Michigan Notable Book Award winner.

 
 
Arts and Culture

A grand affair

Saturday, May 2

by Ariel Rogers

It’s that time of year for ladies to bust out their hoop skirts and gentlemen to prepare for the annual mustache contest as Victorian Days returns to Grand Ledge. Victorian Days, now in its 19th year, has extended to become a two-day event in recent years. Marilyn Smith, chairwoman of the Grand Ledge Victorian Days committee, said the event offers something for everyone.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

      Wanda Degen Ten Pound Fiddle´s 40th Birthday Party, Friday, May 1   The Ten Pound Fiddle celebrates its 40th season of concerts and dances this year, and it’s hosting a party to honor the milestone. The event is open to the pub...

 
 
Arts and Culture

New in town

by Rich Tupica

Now that international relations have warmed between the U.S. and Cuba (thanks, Obama — seriously), a good way for Metro Lansing diners to get acquainted with the Pearl of the Antilles might be to take a tour of the menu at La Cocina Cubana, a new food truck in Old Town featuring authentic Cuban cuisine. Iliana Almaguer opened the truck in January. She said business has been good from the outset, but with the recent run of spring-like weather, customers have been flocking.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Better with time

Burgdorf’s Winery builds on 10 years of experience

by Ty Forquer

Burgdorf’s Winery, located on the eastern fringes of Haslett, can be easy to miss for a first-time visitor. A small roadside sign directs visitors to the unassuming split-level home that doubles as headquarters for the budding winery and as residence for co-owners Deb and Dave Burgdorf. The Burgdorfs´ adventures in winemaking began some 35 years ago, shortly after the couple was married. Dave Burgdorf had acquired a huge batch of black raspberries, and Deb Bergdorf was at a loss trying to use them up.

 
 
Arts and Culture

The Green Report: Provisional approval

2 Budz Provision Center shows promise, room for improvment

by Steve Green

2 Budz Provision Center, on the south side of Lansing, is a small shop set back from the road with just a tiny sign. I liked the name and I often enjoy smaller shops, so I wanted to check this place out. The parking lot was small but convenient. A friend and I walked up to the front door, which was locked, and rang the doorbell.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Downtown Derby

Midtown Brewing Co. brings a Kentucky Derby party to Downtown Lansing

by Ty Forquer

Lansing residents have a chance to watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports” on the big screen Saturday as City Pulse and Midtown Brewing Co. team up to host the inaugural Downtown Lansing Kentucky Derby Party, featuring specialty drinks, prizes and complimentary food.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Getting heavy

Common Ground adds Three Days Grace and P.O.D. to 2015 lineup

by Ty Forquer
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TUESDAY, APRIL 28 — Common Ground Music Festival continues to fill its 2015 schedule, announcing a Friday night lineup of hard rock groups led by Three Days Grace, P.O.D. and All That Remains.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Return of Jerry

Jerry Seinfeld returns to the Wharton Center

by Ty Forquer
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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be return to the Wharton Center stage July 9. Known for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere, Seinfeld has set his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2015.

 
 
News

Lansing report

Drones are everywhere — here's why

by Capital News Service
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LANSING — Seems like every day we’re hearing something new about drones, whether it’s military use of drones overseas, Amazon floating the idea of creating a drone delivery system, journalists using drones to report stories — or even just a neighbor down the street who bought a drone for fun.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Stringing it together

Colombian harpist fuses jazz, Latin and folk

by Lawrence Cosentino
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THURSDAY, APRIL 23 — Edmar Castaneda can turn his harp into a trellis of flowers or a barge full of fireworks. Forest waterfalls and urban skylines shimmer from its vibrating lines. The Colombia-born harpist throws folk, Latin and jazz rhythms and melodies into a gorgeous mélange that is completely his own invention.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Monuments and machine guns

Tour explores Capitol building’s connection to Civil War

by Lawrence Cosentino
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THURSDAY, APRIL 23 — In the wake of the Civil War, one particular tour of Michigan’s brand new state Capitol building got a little too lively. Chicago historian Matt VanAcker can show you an obscure entry off the west lawn — the only one with double doors — that opened into the an armory, a military storehouse containing small arms, gun carriages and a Gatling gun.

 
 
Podcast

City Pulse Radio, on Impact 89FM, 4/22/15

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are author Alice Dreger; Artist Jessica Frelinghuysen; and state rep. Gretchen Driskell.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Eat, Pray You’ll Shut Up, Love And Toad Rash

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, April 22 — Q: I’ve always been a feelings stuffer, but I’ve been reading about vulnerability creating intimacy, blah, blah, blah, so I’m trying to be an open book. Though my boyfriend appreciates this, he keeps telling me there’s a line between expressiveness and my making everything an emotional issue to be hashed out. He last said this when I confessed that I had Googled his ex-girlfriend and felt threatened by how pretty she is. Should I have kept that to myself?

 
 
Arts and Culture

Flags of our fathers

Historian offers a rare look at historic battle flags

by Lawrence Cosentino

At a recent Civil War roundtable commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Chicago historian Matt VanAcker pulled out a battle flag from the 24th Michigan “Iron Brigade,” which suffered 80 percent casualties at Gettysburg. “Nine men died carrying that flag,” VanAcker said. “It has bloodstains on it.”

 
 
Arts and Culture

Curtains up

The Wharton Center announces 2015-16 season

by Ty Forquer

A potent mix of iconic artists, rising talents and old favorites come together in the Wharton Center’s 2015-16 season, which was announced Monday. Big time Broadway shows are the Wharton Center’s bread and butter, and next season is no exception. The se...

 
 
Arts and Culture

'Hair' connections

Actors find parallels to the present in 'Hair'

by Ariel Rogers
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TUESDAY, APRIL 21 — “Hair” may seem a bit outdated — with its heavy focus on free love, hippies and the Vietnam War — but actors from the Michigan State University Department of Theatre are proving its relevance to young adults today in their production of the classic 1960s rock musical.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Big stage, big screen

Celebration! Cinema hosts Joshua Davis watch party

by Ty Forquer
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Lansing-area supporters of Josh Davis will have a chance to watch the singer on the big screen Monday, as Celebration! Cinema hosts a “The Voice” watching party.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Have cash, will travel

Arts Council of Greater Lansing awards over $100,000 to local groups

by Ariel Rogers
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The Arts Council of Greater Lansing awarded over $100,000 to 14 local nonprofits Tuesday as it announced the 2015 recipients of the Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts and Tourism grants.

 
 
Podcast

City Pulse Radio, on Impact 89FM, 4/15/15

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Kyle Melinn of MIRS News Service; State Rep. Winnie Brinks; Journalist Jack Lessenberry; MSU student poet Jose Pantoja; and City Pulse senior writer Lawrence Cosentino.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Missouri romance

'Talley's Folly' a touching love story

by Tom Helma

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 — As you enter the Purple Rose Theatre, you are greeted by a striking stage set — a pre-World War II Victorian boat house in disrepair, golden under a rising full moon. There is a lengthy dock that stretches over a glossy mirror of shallow water in which you can see reflected stars. You can almost smell the crawfish.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it down: special edition

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Ty Forquer
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THURSDAY, APRIL 16 — Rich Tupica took a break from his regular Turn it Down format this week to tell you about a special showing of “Salad Days” at Studio C!, but this weekend still features a packed slate of live music. So here is a special, digital-only edition of Turn it Down

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Shake It Till You Make It

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, April 15 — Q: I'm new to online dating. I'm a nice, good-looking guy with a good job, but I have a muscular condition that causes me to shake a lot. I’m not looking to fool anyone, but I don’t want to advertise my condition on my profile bec...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Relatively speaking

Ixion Theatre production puts a spotlight on family connections

by Ariel Rogers

Family ties — both real and fictional — will take center stage when Ixion Theatre presents “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” this weekend. Real-life mother and daughter duo Patrice “PK” and Kaleel Van Voorhees come together to play an onstage mother and daughter duo in the production.

 
 
Arts and Culture

The green report: Medicinal mantra

Om of Medicine is a hidden gem

by Steve Green

In downtown Ann Arbor, it can get very busy with people rushing around everywhere. The first time I went to Om of Medicine a couple years ago, I honestly walked right by the entrance. Twice. There is no eye-catching sign, so it is easy for newcomers to miss. Once I made it up the stairs to the third floor of its downtown building, however, I felt that the hunt —and exercise — had paid off.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Alternative invasion

Empire of the Sun and the Flaming Lips will close Common Ground 2015

by Ty Forquer
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MONDAY, APRIL 13 — The Flaming Lips and Empire of the Sun will close out the 2015 edition of Common Ground Music Festival. While the prime slots on Friday and Saturday have not been revealed, Common Ground has announced the headliners for Sunday’s lineup.

 
 
Arts and Culture

These few lines

Historical Society of Greater Lansing hosts dramatic reading of Civil War letters

by Bill Castanier
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FRIDAY, APRIL 10 — It was March 12, 1862, when Nathan Adams, a Union Civil War soldier and member of the 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, sent the following poem to his girlfriend back home.

 
 
News

Yorko vs. Bernero

Lansing Councilwoman accuses administration of covering up housing issues

by Todd A. Heywood

FRIDAY, April 10 — Fourth Ward Councilmember Jessica Yorko has accused the Bernero administration of keeping housing inspection data from the public in order to “cover up” issues with staffing at the Code Compliance office.

 
 
Podcast

City Pulse Radio, on Impact 89FM, 4/08/15

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Lansing mayor Virg Bernero; Max Anguiano; and Carmen Benavides.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Malice In Wonderland and Two Brokeback Girls

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, April 8 — Q: My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can’t let go. She is the meanest, most vengeful and manipulative person, initially convincing the 15-year-old son she has with my boyfriend that I’m the reason “Dad won’t come back.” (He actually divorced her after she, in a fit of rage, made a false police report about him.) She also slashed my tires and spread a rumor that my boyfriend is a child molester. I love him dearly, and we feel we're soul mates, but his ex-wife is making it so hard to be happy. What can I do?

 
 
Arts and Culture

Common knowledge

Common Ground Music Festival announces more performers

by Ty Forquer
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 — Common Ground Music Festival’s 2015 lineup is beginning to fill out, including the addition of Youtube sensation Charlie Puth, dance/folk/pop band Misterwives and the recently reunited 90s alternative band Failure.

 
 
News

Lansing report

New, improved robot fish designed for Great Lakes

by Capital News Service
Photo by Danielle Woodward

LANSING — New and improved robot fish will soon track live fish and toxic algae blooms in the Great Lakes. This next-generation fish, going on its second year of development, is the third model built by Xiaobo Tan, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University, and his research team.

 
 
Podcast

4/01/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are the late Michael Rush; transgender advocate Amy Hunter; and transgender woman Diane.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Flee Circus

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, April 1 — Q: My mom left when I was young, and my former husband left me, too. Maybe because of this, I’ve noticed that I’m quick to assume that any man I’m seeing is ditching me. In the early stages of dating, if there’s a lag in calling or texting me back, I’ll lash out — block the guy on Facebook and delete him from my phone — only to feel stupid when I learn that his phone battery died or he was already asleep. As a relationship progresses, I still perceive relatively innocuous things as signs it’s over, and I keep testing a guy’s limits with demands and drama, pushing him to (finally) bail. How do I stop doing this? It’s totally unconscious in the moment.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Bringing country to the capital

Bear Creek Brothers tap into Nashville sound on its new EP

by Sarah Spohn

With a little twang and a whole lot of heart, Bear Creek Brothers are growing a new crop of Lansing county fans. With 94.1 flipping the switch from alternative rock to classic country, the duo seems to be hootin’ and hollerin’ at just the right time and place. Fusion Shows hosted the band’s debut EP release party at the Loft on Friday. An energetic crowd scuffled across the Loft’s dance floor, line-dancing skills on full display.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Mann behind the mask

Wednesday, April 1

by Ty Forquer

Nearly three years ago, Chris Mann stood under the bright lights as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” Tonight, Mann will lurk in the shadows of the Wharton Center as the phantom in a gritty, revamped “The Phantom of the Opera.”

 
 
News

Lansing report

Gerrymandering in Michigan, explained

by Capital News Service

LANSING — By all accounts, 2014 was a good election year for Republicans in Michigan. They increased their majority in the Michigan House of Representatives by three seats, now holding 63 to Democrats’ 47. Out of the 14 congressional races, Republicans won nine.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Food and Fun

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 — There's a Scottish theme to this week's newsletter. Purely by coincidence, two of the authors are from the north end of the UK. The third book? I'll let you decide what group it might belong to. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

03/25/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Lansing City Councilwomen Jody Washington and Kathie Dunbar; Arts Council of Greater Lansing Executive Director Debbie Mikula; Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson; and singer Ben Caplan.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Wane Of Terror And Baby Got Backpack

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 — Q: I’ve been seeing this guy long distance. I haven’t really been feeling it and kind of let it drop off, thinking he’d get the hint. He keeps texting and calling. I keep telling him I’m just really busy. The truth is I’ve met somebody else. Do I have to tell him?

 
 
Arts and Culture

Back for more

BackStage Pass announces sixth season lineup

by Ariel Rogers
Photo by Stacy Hoxsey

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 — BackStage Pass returned to WKAR last week for its sixth season. The award winning, Michigan-made music showcase kicked off with Harper and Midwest Kind’s live performance at last year’s BluesFest in Old Town.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Cold War kids

‘Chess’ at Wharton Center taps into local talent

by Ty Forquer
Director Jennifer Werner works with MSU students. Ty Forquer/City Pulse

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 — Local musicians and actors will have the opportunity to perform alongside some of New York’s top talent when “Chess” comes to Wharton Center this weekend.

 
 
News

Lansing pay raise

Council majority against 20 percent hike; 1 more vote needed to kill it

by staff
Jody Washington — Courtesy photo

MONDAY, MARCH 23 — A majority of the Lansing City Council has sponsored a resolution against the proposed 20 percent pay increase for them, the mayor and the city clerk.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Sounds of silence

Mummenschanz brings unique stage show to Wharton Center

by Ty Forquer
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MONDAY, MARCH 23—The performers of Mummenschanz may not say a word, but don’t expect white face paint, striped shirts or invisible box routines when they take the stage at Wharton Center Wednesday. For over 40 years, Mummenschanz has pushed the limits of mime as an art form. Calling themselves the “musicians of silence,” the troupe has crisscrossed the world with their ever-evolving stage show. Floriana Frassetto, the troupe’s artistic director and co-founder, is amazed by the journey the show has taken her on.

 
 
News

Top of the Town kickoff

City Pulse’s 2015 Top of the Town contest begins Wednesday

by staff

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 — It’s that special time of year. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, young hearts turn to thoughts of love and Lansing area businesses, service providers, and public figures vie for the coveted top spots in City Pulse’s Top of the Town Awards.

 
 
News

Lansing report

Lawmakers, agencies consider police body cameras

by Capital News Service

LANSING — The shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer and similar incidents across the country have led to calls to equip police officers with body cameras that can capture video of their actions.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Ladies first

Local singers pay tribute to Billie Holiday

by Ty Forquer
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THURSDAY, MARCH 19 — Greater Lansing’s first ladies of song will pay tribute to one of jazz music’s greatest voices tomorrow night as East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival presents “A Night of Lady Day.”

 
 
Podcast

3/18/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Alice Dreger, author of "Galileo's Middle Finger"; city councilman Vincent Delgado; and BWL interim general manager Richard Peffley.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Addictions and aliens and mummies

Common Ground announces July 8 lineup

by Ty Forquer
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Wednesday, March 18 — Jane’s Addiction and Alien Ant Farm will headline Common Ground Music Festival’s July 8 lineup. The rock-music-themed evening will also include In This Moment, Here Come The Mummies, Vandalay, Eyes Set to Kill, Kaleido and Ana.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Over the Edge

The Edge's demise only the latest shake-up in Lansing radio

by Ty Forquer
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 — Many Lansing-area listeners flipped on their radio Monday morning to hear Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings where they used to hear Bastille and Arctic Monkeys. FM station 94.1 WVIC, known until recently as the Edge, switched its format from alternative rock to classic country and rebranded itself as Duke FM.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Eyes That Light Up A Womb

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 — Q: I’m a 35-year-old guy who’s doing online dating and who’s against having kids for moral reasons. Don’t get me wrong; I love kids. I just don’t think we need any more people on this crowded, violent planet. I’m wondering whether I should make the “no kids” thing clear in my profile. I know this can be a major deal-breaker for many women.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Top of the Town to you

City Pulse/WLNS introduces 12 new categories

by STAFF

MONDAY, March 16 — New categories abound in the annual City Pulse/WLNS Top of the Town contest, which launches March 25.

 
 
News

Lansing Report

Ottawa’s McPhee could redefine education adviser role

by Capital News Service

TUESDAY, MARCH 17 — Ottawa Area Intermediate School District Superintendent Karen McPhee could “redefine” the role of the governor’s senior education policy adviser when she takes the job in April, coworkers say. McPhee will retire as superintendent, a position she has held for 11 years, at the end of the month to begin working for Gov. Rick Snyder.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Something for everyone

Riverwalk Theatre announces 2015-16 season

by Ariel Rogers
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Riverwalk Theatre has announced its 27th season, featuring 12 shows including comedies, dramas, musicals and children’s shows.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Science and Nature

by Neil Rajala

MONDAY, MARCH 16 — March is treating us well this year - far more lamb than lion, at least so far. I have friends whose tulips and crocuses (croci?) are already showing their first signs of life. Can leaves be far behind? Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Arts and Culture

Top of the Town 2015

City Pulse announces categories for Top of the Town 2015

by STAFF

MONDAY, MARCH 16 — City Pulse has announced the categories for this year's Top of the Town awards. Voting begins March 25.

 
 
News

BWL news

Interim GM willing to stay on permanently

by BERL SCHWARTZ
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FRIDAY, March 13 — The interim general manager of the Lansing Board of Water & Light would accept a permanent appointment — and wouldn’t need a long-term contract, he said Thursday.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Live and local

Addendum

by Ty Forquer

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 — Due to a miscommunication, Moriarty's was left out of our Live and Local section this week.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Roadside attraction

Youth art to appear on Greater Lansing billboards

by Ariel Rogers
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THURSDAY, MARCH 12 — Your drive to work may be a little more artsy thanks to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. The work of four local youth artists will be featured on digital billboards across the Greater Lansing area to celebrate Youth Art Month.

 
 
Podcast

3/11/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are City Pulse associate publisher Mickey Hirten; City Pulse classical music critic Lawrence Cosentino; MIRS editor Kyle Melinn; and former morning talk show host Tony Conley.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

The Sociopath Of Least Resistance and Dear In The Headlights

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 — Q: My girlfriend has been hurt, cheated on, and even ripped off in past relationships, and I’m paying the price. If I don’t text back immediately, she is convinced I’m dumping her and flips out. If I’m busy, she thinks I’m with another girl or abandoning her. When I do something sweet, she thinks I’m trying to play her. All I want is to have a nice relationship with her. Am I fighting a losing battle, or can a little good from a caring, ethical guy allow a woman to let go of a lot of bad?

 
 
News

Lansing report

Health workers to be trained to spot human trafficking

by Cheyna Roth

LANSING — Criminals who sell victims for sex or labor leave marks that are rarely noticeable to the average person, but doctors and nurses have a unique advantage to spot these red flags and intervene — if they are properly trained. This training requirement, to spot and properly respond to patients who show signs of human trafficking, was implemented by Michigan legislation that took effect in January.

 
 
Arts and Culture

If the shoe fits

‘Rodgers Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ will open Wharton Center’s 2015-2016 Broadway season

by Ty Forquer
Photo by Carol Rosegg

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 — The Wharton Center is throwing a grand ball — complete with a fairy godmother, friendly mice, a magic pumpkin and glass slippers. It announced today that “Rodgers Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will kick off its 2015-2016 Broadway season. The show opens Sept. 22.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

The Taming Of The Spew and Wait Management

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 — Q: This guy I’m dating usually texts back when I text him. But sometimes, like last night, he doesn’t write back. And I’m just texting stuff like “How was your night?” — not “OMG, I miss you.” His not responding feels so disrespectful. I want to read him the riot act.

 
 
Podcast

3/04/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt; composer Marjan Helms; and musician and activist Peter Yarrow.

 
 
News

Charges filed

Former School Board Member charged with embezzlement, other crimes

by Todd A. Heywood

Former Lansing School Board Member Nicole Armbruster has been charged with one count of embezzlement and six counts of uttering and publishing by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office. All seven charges are felonies.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Hope Fiend and Boys Will Be Decoys

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25 — Q: I met this man a few years ago, and it was like a thunderbolt struck us -- the stuff movies are made of. He told me that his female roommate was just a friend. We went on a few dates before I realized she was actually his girlfriend. He promised that they were going to break up, so I hung around for a bit, but of course it never happened. Last year, I ran into him, and he said he was no longer with that woman and wanted to date me. I turned him down flat because I figured that if he was going to lie and cheat on her, then he would do the same to me. I’m kicking myself now because I have never met anyone like him. Is it really “once a cheater, always a cheater,” or could it be different for us? I have to put this to bed in my mind because I can't stop thinking I missed out on “the one.”

 
 
Arts and Culture

Back in the saddle

Former Lansing TV news anchor hits the radio waves

by Ty Forquer

For 21 years, viewers in Lansing invited Dave Akerly into their homes. The popular anchor spent 12 years as sports director and nine years as weeknight news anchor at WLNS. As sports director he created the popular “5th Quarter,” a Friday night high school sports segment now in its 19th year. Akerly left WLNS in 2011 to work in public relations and com munications for Michigan Department of Human Services.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Still throwing copper

Former lead singer of Live looks back on its most successful album

by Ty Forquer
Courtesy Photo

MONDAY, FEB. 23 — “Lightning crashes, a young mother cries. Her placenta falls to the floor. The angel opens her eyes. The confusion sets in before the doctor can even close the door.” These lines, sung by Ed Kowalczyk, open Live’s unlikely 1995 hit, “Lightning Crashes.”

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three From the Vortex

by Neil Rajala

MONDAY, FEB. 23 — How come nobody's using the phrase "polar vortex" to describe these recent days of record-setting cold weather? I kinda miss it. Hard to believe I'm feeling nostalgic for last winter. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

Power talk

Hollister to Bernero on BWL: Slow down

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Courtesy Photo

THURSDAY, Feb. 19 — Former Lansing Mayor David Hollister had some advice today for Mayor Virg Bernero on his proposed City Charter amendments to reform the Lansing Board of Water & Light: Slow down. Pointing out that BWL’s board is “in the process of regionalizing” by bringing in nonvoting members from outside of Lansing, Hollister advised the mayor: “Be cautious and go slow.”

 
 
Arts and Culture

Ebony, ivory and artistry

Keys in the City project seeks artists to paint pianos

by Ty Forquer
Ty Forquer/City Pulse

THURSDAY, FEB. 19 — A new project is seeking artists to paint 10-12 pianos which will be placed in public spaces in Lansing and East Lansing. Organized by the Capital Area Blues Society, the Keys in the City project’s goal is “to bring beautifully hand painted pianos into public spaces for all to play.”

 
 
Podcast

2/18/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are state rep. Mike Callton; Kyle Melinn of MIRS News; special projects manager for the governor's office, Ari Adler; Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics; Joe DiSano of DiSano Strategies.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

The Wicked Witch Of The Westin And Edgar Allan Repo

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18 — Q: There's a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers and I go for drinks. She’s hot and smart and fun, and I really like her and want to ask her out. The problem is that when she laughs, she cackles in this really annoying way. I'm wondering whether, if we started dating and hit it off, I could subtly hint to her that she should change her weird, witchy laugh. Because, honestly, she’s perfect otherwise.

 
 
News

Immunization obligation?

Disease outbreaks pit public health against personal choice

by Belinda Thurston

Since 2000 measles was a distant memory, banished like polio or smallpox. But the highly contagious airborne disease is making a comeback with more than 600 cases last year and 121 so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccinations provided a wall of protection, accepted as settled medical science. But it isn’t for some. With fear whipping to a froth and resentment and blame aimed at anti-vaxxers — those who decline to inoculate their children — the issue comes down to free choice. Should vaccinations be mandatory? Should we offer philosophical objection waivers at all?

 
 
Podcast

2/11/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Sam Inglot of Progress Michigan; state sen. Rick Jones; lt. gov. Brian Calley; former Ingham Co. commissioner Mark Grebner; Lansing city councilwoman Kathie Dunbar; and attorney Colin Maguire.

 
 
Arts and Culture

In Desi’s shadow

Euriamis Losada takes on one of TV’s most iconic roles

by Ty Forquer
Photo by Hyra George

THURSDAY, FEB. 12 — Audiences will get a sense of what it was like in the early days of television as I Love Lucy Live on Stage brings their unique show to Wharton Center. Live actors will perform two episodes of the classic show, just as they would have been originally performed for live television.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Banking on art

MSUFCU exhibit showcases student art

by Ty Forquer
A World Gone Wrong by Hannah Solace

THURSDAY, FEB. 12 — Michigan State University Federal Credit Union is putting the spotlight on young artists with their MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit. For this event, which features artists from 15 area high schools, the credit union has filled their headquarters’ lobby with paintings, drawings and sculptures.

 
 
News

Lansing City Council seat

City won’t disclose who is applying to fill the vacant council seat until Friday

by Todd A. Heywood
Courtesy

THURSDAY, FEB. 12 — Business consultant and former journalist Walt Sorg has applied to fill the Lansing City Council seat. City Council is seeking an applicant to replace former at-large member Derrick Quinney. Sorg is the only candidate known to have submitted an application. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says he won’t release the names of applicants until the application process is closed.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Beak Experience And Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde The Salami

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11 — Q: I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs are real (and it turns out they are). However, I did call her out on having a nose job. She admitted it but seemed kind of upset. It’s the truth. And she’s beautiful, however she got that way. What’s the problem?

 
 
Arts and Culture

Eastside meets east Africa

New exhibit raises money for art programs in Kenya

by Ty Forquer
Ty Forquer/City Pulse

“From East Africa to the Eastside,” opened at Allen Market Place yesterday. The exhibition, curated by MSU professor Betsy Ferrer Okello, features paintings by six Kenyan artists. The artists, aged 18-35, are current or former students of Mwangaza Art School, a three-year, non-formal art college in the informal settlement area of Nyalenda in Kisumu, Kenya.

 
 
News

New Register of Deeds

Quinney selected as new Register of Deeds

by Todd A. Heywood
Todd Heywood/City Pulse

WED., FEB. 4 – Derrick Quinney was selected as Ingham county’s new Register of Deeds this afternoon. Quinney was one of three finalists for the position, vacated when Curtis Hertel, Jr. was elected to the state senate in November. Quinney was appointed effective immediately.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Belles of steel

Ensemble cast shines in 'Steel Magnolias'

by Tom Helma

Unlike the Hollywood film version of Robert Harling’s story, there are no big name divas hogging the stage. This live version has the feel of a true ensemble cast, with each of the women on stage graciously sharing moments in the spotlight. They invite the audience, women and men alike, to glimpse what is below the surface when these women are alone, in the absence of men. A rich texture of humor and honesties unfolds, in a lyrical sing-song of snappy, soft-spoken circumlocutions. These are strong, self-confidant articulate Southern women.

 
 
Podcast

02/04/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Dr. Dean Sienko; restaurant entrepreneur Sam Short; Lansing mayor Virg Bernero; BWL commissioner Dennis Louney; former BWL commissioners Nancy Wonch and Ron Callen; and director of Riverwalk Theatre's "Ain't Misbehavin'" Hope Rollins.

 
 
News

New Register of Deeds

Quinney selected as new Register of Deeds

by Todd A. Heywood
Todd Heywood/City Pulse

WED., FEB. 4 – Derrick Quinney was selected as Ingham county’s new Register of Deeds this afternoon. Quinney was one of three finalists for the position, vacated when Curtis Hertel, Jr. was elected to the state senate in November. Quinney was appointed effective immediately.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Stay-At-Home Martyr And Between The Spreadsheets

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 04 — Q: I just moved in with the love of my life. Her former boyfriend from years ago lives in her downstairs “granny unit.” My girlfriend recently revealed that along with financially subsidizing him, she’s still doing his laundry because “it's just easier.” He is 50 and previously earned a lot of money repairing computers and being a handyman, but he is not “into” working. My girlfriend is a therapist and sees a therapist, who has advised a proper separation. Amazingly, my girlfriend would rather she and I move out than insist he leave (though the home and loan are hers!). I’m worried that this will be one long, frustrating ride.

 
 
News

Justifiable deadly force

Dunnings: Lansing Township police killing of Minier justified

by Belinda Thurston
Facebook.com

TUESDAY, FEB. 3 — On Dec. 8 a Lansing Township police officer shot and killed Randall Minier, 27, of Lansing, during a traffic stop. Officer Eric Lapham fired one shot striking Minier, in the face. Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings today found Lapham had legal authority to use lethal means in self-defense.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Chief of mystery

Presentation attempts to discover the truth about Chief Okemos

by Ty Forquer
Courtesy Photo

The Historical Society of Greater Lansing will attempt to peel away the myths and find the truth about Okemos Thursday as they present “Chief Okemos: the Man and the Myth.” The chief, who is the nearby village’s namesake, is tied to Lansing history but information about him is scarce.

 
 
News

Register of deeds race

Koenig transferred tax debts two weeks before primary election

by Todd A. Heywood
Ingham County website

MONDAY, FEB. 2 —Carol Koenig, one of three finalists to be Ingham County register of deeds, was ramping up for the final two weeks of her primary campaign to retain her seat as a county commissioner last July when she transferred responsibility for overdue taxes through property transfers, records show.

 
 
News

Register of deeds

Koenig tells panel she was tardy on taxes

by Todd A. Heywood
Ingham County website

FRIDAY, JAN. 30 — Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig, who is seeking the register of deeds post, said Thursday she has been late or delinquent at times on property taxes.

 
 
News

Register of deeds race

Koenig delinquent on Lansing property tax payments

by Todd A. Heywood
Ingham County website

THURSDAY, JAN. 29 — Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig, a finalist for register of deeds, may have unpaid property taxes on three properties she used to own in the city of Lansing.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Mid-Winter's Tales

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, JAN. 29 — So far this winter hasn't been the kind of snow and cold onslaught that had us hunkering down inside to read last year, but those of us looking for any excuse can point to occasional days of flurries and do it anyway . Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

01/28/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are "Pippin" star John Rubinstein; Army public Health Commander, Dean Sienko; and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Taste odyssey

Cosmos supplies a close encounter of the food kind

by Ty Forquer
Berl Schwartz/City Pulse

After months of anticipation, Cosmos opened its doors to the public earlier today. Old Town’s newest restaurant, Cosmos features a selection of wood-fired pizzas sure to delight Lansing’s adventurous eaters.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Rant’s Tomb And Merchant Of Vroom

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28 — Q: I’m a woman in my early 20s. I do fine getting dates, but only first dates. And no, I’m not having sex with guys on the first date, but I still never hear from them again. I ran into one of these guys at a party and begged him to tell me what had gone wrong. He said, “You’re kind of intense.” I asked him to explain, and he said, “You do a lot of talking.” I do talk a lot, but I’m informed and opinionated. Do I really have to be some mute little woman to get second dates?

 
 
News

Popular pooch titles

Bella and Buddy most popular dog names in Ingham County

by Belinda Thurston
Courtesy photo

TUESDAY, JAN. 27 — Step aside Spot. Make room for Bella and Buddy. Those are the most popular dogs names in Ingham County, according to the Ingham County Treasurer’s Office.

 
 
News

Down to the deed

Three finalists chosen for Ingham County Register of Deeds

by Todd A. Heywood

Three finalists were chosen for the Ingham County Register of Deeds post today, Derrick Quinney, Carol Wood and Carol Koenig.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Return of the king

After 40 years, John Rubinstein returns to a musical he helped create

by Ty Forquer
Photo by Terry Shapiro

When “Pippin” hits the Wharton Center stage this week, it brings with it a very special guest from the musical’s past. 40 years after he originated the title role, John Rubinstein returns to the musical, this time as Pippin’s father Charlemagne.

 
 
News

LPD probe

Lansing School Board member subject of criminal investigation

by TODD HEYWOOD

THURSDAY, JAN. 22 – Nicole Armbruster, who resigned Monday from the Lansing Board of Education, is under criminal investigation by the Lansing Police Department, sources tell City Pulse. Sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the police are investigating allegations that she embezzled from the Lewton Elementary School PTA. The Lansing School District’s website said she is the PTA’s vice president and that one of her three children is a third grader. Armbruster, 35, declined to comment on the investigation when reached by telephone last night. She said she had resigned for personal reasons.

 
 
Podcast

1/21/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Lansing mayor Virg Benero; MSU dean Stephen Esquith; MSU student Moussa Traore of Mali; and military pot expert Steve Lull.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Playing With Mismatches And Seismic Matters

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21 — Q: I like this woman I’ve been seeing, but she’s really in love with me. I’ve been clear that I’m not ready to get more serious and that I’m really never going to be up for that with her. She’s chosen to stick around, but her best friend called me crying, saying I’m breaking her heart. (Yikes!) Is it wrong to stay with somebody whose feelings are much stronger than yours?

 
 
Arts and Culture

A vintage farewell

Kait's Vintage Cafe closes its doors

by Ty Forquer

Kait’s Vintage Cafe closed for the holidays, but will not be reopening.

 
 
News

Long road to freedom

Martin Luther King Jr. tribute luncheon highlights struggle for justice continues

by Belinda Thurston

MONDAY, JAN. 19 — Freedom fighter Henry “Hank” Thomas lived through some of the most violent times in American history. As an original Freedom Rider who rode buses in the South to test changes in civil rights laws, he’s been arrested 22 times. He survived a bus being burned by a mob while he and other passengers were on board. “Today you and I live in a wonderful country,” Thomas said at today’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday luncheon at the Lansing Center. But he said we all need “great resolve today.”

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Paperback Writers

by Neil Rajala

FRIDAY, JAN. 16 — Time to get caught up on titles I've raved about in hardcover (some more than once) that have had their paperback release since. Reading groups, start your engines! Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

The speed of light

Lansing among the first Michigan cities to receive fiber optic internet to the home

by Belinda Thurston

“Dear bringer of the Light(Speed) Gods, I am writing to you from the confines of the desert island (aka: The Westside Neighborhood south of 496) that is my home. I long for the days that I may bask in the Light(Speed) of your glory. Saith the, Oh Light(Speed) Gods... when shall my brethren and I that inhabit this barren wasteland of an island be in your presence, so that we may be released from the wretched curse (aka: Comcast) that has plagued our tiny island for far too long? Sincerely, Your humble servant.”

 
 
Podcast

1/14/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Lightspeed CEO Jason Schreiber; City Pulse critic, Lawrence Cosentino; and gay rights activists William Sawyer-Todd, Gina Calcagno and Anita Calcagno.

 
 
News

Another BWL firing

BWL dismisses another executive, one day after Lark

by Belinda Thurston
Courtesy photo

THURSDAY, JAN. 15 — One day after Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark was terminated, the second highest executive, Susan Devon, was let go. Devon was the chief administrative officer. “Her employment was ended at 5 p.m. (Wednesday),” said Dick Peffley, interim general manager. Peffley would not give a reason.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Urning Curve And Demotion Sickness

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14 — Q: My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she passed two years ago. I have sympathy for him, but occasionally he’ll call me by her name, and it’s really upsetting. I feel like she’s haunting his brain, and I don’t know how to do an exorcism. How do I take my rightful place in his life?

 
 
News

Give bullying the bounce

Harlem Globetrotter visits Holt school to teach bullying prevention

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14 — They got the basketball spinning. Some got their booties shaking. And they all said no to bullying. Harlem Globetrotter Herbert “Flight Time” Lang visited Wilcox Elementary School in Holt today with a message about the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention.”

 
 
News

Lights out for Lark

Lark ousted as BWL general manager in sudden special meeting

by Belinda Thurston

Embattled General Manager Peter Lark was terminated as general manager of the Lansing Board of Water & Light Tuesday night in a special meeting, six months after the Board of Commissioners reappointed him with a positive performance review. The eight-member board voted 5-3 to terminate Lark “for cause,” but it did not cite specifics. The meeting lasted only about 30 minutes.

 
 
News

Lark in danger

BWL to hold special meeting about Peter Lark’s job

by Belinda Thurston

The Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark’s job may be in danger. The BWL board is calling a special meeting for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. “Board of Water & Light Commissioners Dennis M. Louney and Tony Mullen have called a special meeting of Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at the Board of Water & Light Headquarters Depot,” the meeting notice reads.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Money for nothing and your art's for free

Greater Lansing Arts Council announces 2015 mini-grant winners

by Ty Forquer
Ty Forquer/City Pulse

Several Lansing arts organizations received a financial shot in the arm this week as the Arts Council of Greater Lansing announced their 2015 mini-grant award winners. This year, the council was able to award $21,825 in funds to nine different arts organizations and artists.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Getting Caught Up

by Neil Rajala

FRIDAY, JAN. 9 — Spending the last few weeks of the year recapping things I've already written about, while great fun, does cause me to miss a book or two that came out near the end of the year that truly deserve to be mentioned. Here are two significant titles that fit that description and will amply reward the time you spend with them. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

Market questions

What should happen with the Lansing City Market?

by Belinda Thurston

After a recent City Pulse article about the declining number of vendors and foot traffic at the Lansing City, Tim Barron said on his radio show the market “could possibly move to Old Town.” Barron, chairman of the board of the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, which manages the market, clarified Monday: “There are many plans and that’s just one possibility. There’s lots of possibilities.” But he ended it there. “I have no intention of giving an interview,” he said of his comments about the beleaguered and beloved City Market.

 
 
Podcast

1/07/15 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are MIRS editor Kyle Melinn; City Pulse associate publisher Mickey Hirten; City Pulse editor Belinda Thurston; Ten Pound Fiddle co-founder Bob Blackman; Stephen Esquith, dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at MSU.

 
 
Arts and Culture

A folk favorite

Celebrating 40 years of the Ten Pound Fiddle

by Laurie Hollinger

The Ten Pound Fiddle is 40 this year. The concert series was created much like a folk song comes together. It is both a personal and a community endeavor. The parts are simple and the feeling is deep.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Leave Story And Pal Rider

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7 — Q: I had an amazing first date with this guy: dinner, a movie, a stroll around the park, and a passionate good-night kiss. That was two weeks ago. Since then, I haven’t heard a peep. How was it awesome for me but not for him? Were we, unbeknownst to me, on two different dates?

 
 
News

Gone to the dogs

Potter Park Zoo adds two new wolves

by Belinda Thurston

Two male gray wolves from the New York State Zoo are the latest additions to Potter Park Zoo. The eight-month-old brothers share the parents of fellow Potter Park Zoo female gray wolf, Tala.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

You’ve Got Bail And Man Of Squeal

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31 — Q: I am not attracted to “nice guys.” I’m in my early 30s, and I don’t think I have low self-esteem. I don’t like to be mistreated, either. In fact, I want somebody loving and faithful, but I find the guys I “should” be dating predictable and boring. (So cliche, I know.) I seem to end up dating guys who cheat on me and have problems with the law. Is there such a thing as a good man who’s also a bad boy?

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

All Of Meh And I Would Dye For You

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23 — Q: I’m a 30-something woman, and my best friend is a guy. We talk and text day and night, and I truly adore him. All our friends think we should be dating, but I don’t feel sexually attracted to him. I agree that we’d otherwise make a perfect couple. Can chemistry grow or be built?

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

In the (Saint) Nick of Time, Pt. 2

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, Dec. 18 — As promised, the final three genres, with my favorite three titles in each. A friend wrote after last week that my list didn't match hers because we didn't read many of the same books. To which I say "perfect!" Let's help each other discover great things to read. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

12/17/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are MIRS editor, Kyle Melinn; Lansing Mayor's chief of staff, Randy Hannan; Friends of Turner-Dodge president, Michael Bebe; and pastor Melvin Jones of the Union Missionary Baptist Church.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

You Delete Me And Leave Of Absinthe

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17 — Q: I’m trying to get over my ex, but I’m constantly checking his Twitter and Facebook pages, and I get really upset. I’ll see pix of women or see that he’s gone to some event and wonder whether he met anyone there. It’s crazy-making, but I can’t seem to stop looking.

 
 
News

Market slide

City Market loses revenue; vendors say lack of marketing killing business

by Belinda Thurston

The Lansing City Market is often an empty shell of what it used to be. Why is it empty and what's the plan to help it survive?

 
 
News

Lessons learned

Community trust one year after the Gemini ice storm outage

by Belinda Thurston

In some ways greater Lansing is still thawing from the natural disaster “event” Dec. 21 that left 40,000 residents and businesses cold and dark. That “event” wasn’t the Gemini winter storm that encased the community in a half inch of ice or the power outages it caused, but the firestorm of anger, distrust, frustration and disbelief that followed as the public utility fumbled executing and communicating the restoration, which took up to 10 days for some. Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark was harshly criticized for leaving for New York City on Dec. 22 at the height of the crisis; for deleting internal emails that documented his communications about the restoration process; and for the utility’s overall lack of communication with the public and perceived lack of empathy.

 
 
News

Remembering the ice storm

Community members reflect on lessons learned

by Belinda Thurston

Neighbors helping neighbors. Counting our blessings. Local residents remember the ice storm and the long power outage from last winter.

 
 
News

Shut it down Lansing

Lansing protesters demonstrate to raise awareness about injustice

by Courtney Morra
Courtney Morra/City Pulse

FRIDAY, DEC. 12 — While some were doing holiday shopping Friday evening at the Lansing Mall, about 40 Lansing area protesters had something else on their minds. Justice. Five Lansing resid

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

In the (Saint) Nick of Time, Pt. 1

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, Dec. 11 — Happy Holidays, fellow readers! You know the end of the year is nearly upon us when I start in on my favorite reads roundup. I'm taking a slightly different approach this time, I've come up with seven categories of books I read the most, and picked my favorite three titles of 2014 in each. Not "the best" titles - that's way too subjective. Just the three in each genre that gave me the greatest pleasure to read and stayed with me the longest after I finished. Starting with four categories this week, I'll finish with three more next week. And as always, I cheated a bit by throwing in some deserving Honorable Mentions. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

Cleaning house

Lansing prepares to tighten medical marijuana dispensary rules

by Belinda Thurston

It’s Friday night and the club is hopping. Red neon signs flash, “Open,” “Darts, Pool, Big Screen TVs.” Cars line the street and are queued up at the front door of the “lounge.” This is the scene at the corner of Cedar and Holmes streets at the Got Meds Lounge, a medical marijuana dispensary. It’s one of more than a dozen illegal dispensaries operating openly in Lansing.

 
 
Podcast

12/10/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Jonathan Oosting of MLive, Tiger's announcer Mario Impemba; city councilwoman Jody Washington; and state sen.-elect, Curtis Hertel Jr.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

The Company You Keep Away And Lawn And Order

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10 — Q: I’ve got an intense attraction to this musician I’ve been dating for four months. He’s on the road a lot, plus he’s new to the city and recently out of a relationship. He says he’s not ready to get serious now and just told me he wants us to be non-monogamous. The more I try to get close the more he pulls away. My girlfriends told me to stop chasing him and be much less available. I tried being less present, which, to my surprise, made him miss me and be more attentive. I’m disgusted at the need for manipulative game playing. How much longer do I need to keep this up?

 
 
News

#AllLivesMatter

Community forum on racial issues gives voice to a movement for justice

by Belinda Thurston

The justice system is flawed. That was the overall tone at a town hall meeting Tuesday night in the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York at the hands of police.

 
 
News

Call to action

Lansing clergy calls for body cameras, town hall meeting

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

The Lansing Clergy Forum is issuing a call to action in Lansing about lethal force, racial injustice and the justice system. Pastor Melvin Jones led the press conference with his personal reaction to the verdict of no indictment in New York for the officer who killed Eric Garner. “How could the justice system regurgitate a verdict that did not bring an indictment?” Jones said. “With the Michael Brown case there are so many sides to that issue. The very fact that I don’t think that the system really worked for that community.”

 
 
Arts and Culture

Extending last call

Bernero opposes bill to let bars stay open to 4 a.m.

by City Pulse Staff
Mayor Virg Bernero is against a bill that would allow downtown bars, such as House of Eden Rock, to remain open until 4 a.m. File photo

FRIDAY, Dec. 5 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is against allowing bars to stay open an extra two hours until 4 a.m., as a bill working its way through the state Legislature would permit.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Capital cash

Capital City Film Festival receives $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant

by KRISTA WILSON
The Capital City Film Festival won a $10,000 grant this week. Courtesy photo.

Thursday, Dec. 4 — The Capital City Film Festival landed some capital cash Tuesday. A $10,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts was given to the Lansing-based media showcase under the Challenge America category. The money will go toward the nonprofit organization’s fifth annual festival, which will be held in April.

 
 
Podcast

12/03/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Dr. Peter Gulick; 1st Amendment attorney Bradley J. Shafer; the executive director of the Cristo Rey Community Center, Joseph Garcia; and the director of Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, Andrew Seltz.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

American Idle And Jurassic Spark

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3 — Q: My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent, and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a strategic planner in advertising), so I find it sad that she watches so much television — maybe two hours of it upon coming home from work. She could be spending her time doing so many other things.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Holiday events

Friday, Dec. 5-8

by Jonathan Griffith

The Holidays are here in Greater Lansing and with them comes a deluge of events and activities with a little something for everybody. There is so much to do that even the anti-Santa spirit Krampus would put down his rusty chains and bells and get tanked on some eggnog.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

Ten Pound Fiddle´s Holiday Sing, Friday Dec. 12 All talent levels are welcome to attend and sing at the 12th Annual “Holiday Sing” Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series. The event is hosted by longtime local folk-music supporter Sally Potter. The...

 
 
Food

On the bubbly

Sparkling wine recommendations for the holidays and beyond

by Justin King

In the video for his 2006 song, “Show Me What You Got,” Jay-Z is presented with a bottle of Cristal at a poker table only to dismiss it in favor of a gold bottle of Ace of Spades, aka Armand de Brignac, which sells for roughly $300 per bottle. Cut to 2014: Jay-Z bought the winery last month for an undisclosed amount.

 
 
Podcast

11/26/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Brig. Gen Michael McDaniel; Lansing activist Crystal Gause; City Pulse write Lawrence Cosentino; director of the Broad Art Museum Michael Rush; and president of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Don LeDuc

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Belittle Richard And Skirt Stake

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26 — Q: My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too much of the time. For example, if someone pronounces a word wrong or uses it incorrectly, I’ll correct them. If they talk about their fad diet, I’ll explain why it doesn’t make scientific sense. My girlfriend says I am “condescending” and make people feel bad. That’s not my intention. It’s a matter of right and wrong. How can I help her understand that I just care about getting the facts out?

 
 
News

New digs

State moves forward with $70M bond for new Senate office space

by Kyle Melinn

The Michigan Strategic Fund this morning started the ball rolling on a plan to purchase most of the Capitol View Building, which is across Allegan Street from the Capitol, for new Senate office space. The cost of purchasing all but the top two floors of the Capitol View is expected to be $51 million, but the Senate is asking the fund to sign off on $70 million in bonds to cover any unexpected future costs and prevent the state from having to go into the market twice, Secretary of the Senate Carol Viventi said after the meeting.

 
 
News

News cut

MLive restructuring will eliminate Lansing editor post

by Belinda Thurston

MONDAY, NOV. 24 — Journalism jobs continue to dwindle in Lansing. According to Meegan Holland, the Lansing Editor for MLive Media Group, the company is restructuring and eliminating her job. “I had a good run with MLive but it's time to move on,” she posted on her Facebook wall this morning. “I'll be leaving Dec. 31 after the company's latest restructuring eliminated my job.”

 
 
News

Doing all the right things

Lansing scholar, immigrant starts petition effort to keep him in the U.S.

by Belinda Thurston

Oscar Castaneda, a Lansing Guatemalan immigrant, Fulbright scholar and local soccer coach is in danger of having to leave the country. That’s why he will be glued to every word President Barack Obama has to say has to say when he addresses the nation at 8 p.m.

 
 
News

The dish on the Fleetwood

Lansing classic diner closed due to ‘mechanical failure’

by Belinda Thurston

THURSDAY, NOV. 20 — If you’ve got a hankering for Hippie Hash, it might have to wait a bit. The Fleetwood Diner, on South Cedar Street, is closed.

 
 
Podcast

11/19/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are East Lansing resident Don Powers; former state rep. Mark Meadows; election law expert, Jocelyn Benson; Ingham County drain commissioner, Pat Lindemann; LEAP president/CEO, Bob Tresize Jr.; and developer, Joel Ferguson.

 
 
News

Community Thanksgiving meals

2014 free Lansing Thanksgiving meals

by Belinda Thurston
Courtesy photo

List of free Thanksgiving meals in Lansing.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Moby Dickhead And Getting Their Clause Into Him

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19 — Q: In social situations, my boyfriend will often pretend to have read books I know he hasn’t. He doesn’t just fake it with some casual “Yeah, I read that.” He will try to say something deep and philosophical but can end up not making much sense. He’s too smart to need to do this. Is there something I can say to persuade him to stop?

 
 
News

Briefs

by City Pulse

Avoid shoveling your snow twice To avoid reshoveling after the snow plow has come down your street, the County Road Association of Michigan suggests clearing an area before your driveway large enough for the snow coming off the blade to be deposited (to the right as...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Mooney/Dick show canceled

by City Pulse Staff

Friday, Nov. 14 —'The spokeswoman for "What's Going on in America," the comedy/spoken word show that was supposed to be held Saturday at Fahrenheit Ultra-Lounge on Lansing's south side, said the show has been canceled.

 
 
News

Hand to mouth

Open Door Ministry needs Thanksgiving fixin’s

by Belinda Thurston

The Open Door Ministry needs help providing a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and low-income families. The dinner will be held next Thursday, Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m.

 
 
News

No evidence of wrongdoing

Lansing police clear Lansing Neighborhood Council

by Todd A. Heywood

Leaders of the Lansing Neighborhood Council have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a police investigation for possible misappropriation of funds. “The investigation has been completed,” Lansing Police Detective Michelle Bryant wrote in a “to whom it may concern” letter dated Nov. 12. “There is no evidence substantiating a criminal misappropriation of funds allegation. The investigation is now closed.”

 
 
Podcast

11/12/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are TV host Bob Eubanks; actor Julian Sands; and State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Scoot Force And The Awful Poof

by Amy Alkon

advicegoddess_headshot.jpgWEDNESDAY, NOV. 12 — Q: My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the back, hanging on to him — sexy and fun! But then he came home with a Vespa, the little Italian scooter. It just seems so girly. The tiny wheels make it look like a toy, and he’s a big guy, so it looks like he’s borrowed a little kid’s bike. How can I get him to take it back?

 
 
Arts and Culture

Taking the stage

Friday, Nov. 14-15

by Beth Waldon and Jonathan Griffith

For 29 years, the second weekend of November in East Lansing has been home to a celebration of regional women artists. With music, art and food, the Women in the Arts Festival supports women in their creative pursuits and the goal of creating space for women to showcase their talents.

 
 
Arts and Culture

P’s out

P Squared Wine Bar owners leave town with nary a fare-thee-well

by ALLAN I. ROSS
P Squared Wine Bar closed without telling anyone — even the landlords. Mickey Hirten/City Pulse

TUESDAY, NOV. 11 — Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening.

 
 
Podcast

11/05/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Kyle Melinn of MIRS; Susan Demas of Inside Politics; State Sen. elect Curtis Hertel Jr. D-East Lansing; and developer Nick Eyde.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Vegan eagle

SYMPHONY REVIEW: Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ soars benignly at LSO choral blowout

by Lawrence Cosentino
At Saturday’s choral concert, conductor David Rayl dialed the music from hushed reverence to earthquake. Courtesy photo.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5 —'Conductor David Rayl had a grand design for Saturday’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra choral extravaganza. He wanted listeners to gear up for Bruckner’s towering “Te Deum,” rarely performed live in these parts, by hearing the music of three composers who influenced him. The climb was a little arduous but worthwhile, and the mountain view was glorious when we got there.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Along Came Polygraph And Shrieking Beauty

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5 — Q: I’m an aspiring comedian — seriously aspiring — so I’m out most nights doing stand-up. My girlfriend gets upset about all the time I put into this and expects my nights off to be spent with her. Recently, I was going to an open mic, when a friend called and invited me to a birthday party. I ended up blowing off stand-up for the party, but later, my girlfriend asked me how stand-up went and I just said “fine.” I don’t normally lie, but looking back, I was just tired and not up for a drawn-out conversation. The next morning, I said something about the party, and she realized that I’d lied. Now she is upset and says that if I’d lie about something so insignificant, maybe I’m lying about bigger things.

 
 
News

Election Day: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

City Pulse encourages our readers to vote today.

by City Pulse

TUESDAY, NOV. 4 — Here are the candidates City Pulse endorsed in its Election Preview Issue on Oct. 29, which is available at www.lansingcitypulse.com:

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Holocaust, Hauntings and the Hall

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, OCT. 30 — I hope all of you have been to ArtPrize 2014. Being in the middle of it every day is what I miss most from my days in the former Schuler Books Downtown. It'll always remain a yearly "must see" for me, no matter where I roam. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Scold Rush And Zero Dark Flirty

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29 — Q: I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, when we’re out to dinner, she sometimes takes forever to order when the server is standing right there. I’ll call her out on this — tell her she was rude to keep the guy waiting. Personally, I think it’s unhealthy in the long run to keep quiet about issues, but my girlfriend gets upset whenever I give her constructive criticism. How can I convince her that she’s being too sensitive?

 
 
News

Letter: Morgan is right vote for Lansing schools

Vote for Thomas Morgan for Lansing school board

by

As a mother and Lansing resident, I know how important strong neighborhood schools are to our community — and that’s why I’m voting for Thomas Morgan for Lansing School Board on Nov. 4.

 
 
News

Letter to the editor: East Lansing parking lot sales

Sale of parking lots good for East Lansing

by

On the Nov. 4 East Lansing City ballot, voters can authorize the City to sell three small surface parking lots located on the west side of the downtown area. A “yes” vote on the ballot allows the City to sell the property for fair market value to a private developer for use in an approved, mixed-use development. A “yes” vote does not require the City to sell the property, it only permits a sale.

 
 
Podcast

10/29/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are executive director of the Ingham County Health Plan, Robin Reynolds; 8th district congressional candidate, Eric Schertzing; and executive director of the East Lansing Film Festival, Susan Woods.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Above and beyond recognition

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inducts 11 new members

by Anne Abendroth, Beth Waldon and Krista Wilson

On Thursday, 11 women will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. This year’s collection of notable Michigan women includes an historic equestrian, a revolutionary biology researcher and a real mover and shaker. Well, not so much a shaker, but she is the founder of the country’s largest franchised moving company.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Smells like team ‘Spirit’

Supernatural comedy benefits from solid ensemble, classic script

by Tom Helma

It’s been 73 years since Noël Coward debuted his supernatural romantic comedy “Blithe Spirit.” In the years since, there have been multiple permutations, both on stage and in the movies, on the theme of one’s spouse coming back from the dead to haunt them. So the question is: Can a community theater bring an elderly stage play back to life, overcoming the notion that the theme has been done so many times that the original has entirely lost its luster? Yes, it can.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Adrenaline and High C

Symphony unleashes Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ in massive choral program

by Lawrence Cosentino

Nobody reads the arts section to find more things to worry about, but here’s one anyway. Let’s say you go to Saturday’s annual Lansing Symphony choral blowout. Overwhelmed by the sight of some 200 massed choristers and musicians from the MSU Choral Union, State Singers, University Chorale and the full orchestra, you drop your program under the seat. The lights go down.

 
 
Arts and Culture

ELFF discovery

Mid-Michigan gets its close-up in 17th Annual East Lansing Film Festival

by City Pulse

Now that Batman and Superman have returned to their respective secret hideouts, East Lansing residents who’d gotten starry-eyed about being part of a blockbuster cinematic universe are suffering a hype hangover. But a phalanx of filmmakers at the 17th Annual East ...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Deus ex McKenna

Bill Murray gets a shot at redemption in ‘St. Vincent’

by ALLAN I. ROSS

Bill Murray doesn’t have an agent. If you want to reach him about a movie project, you have to leave a message at his personal 1-800-number. It’s true. If he likes your spiel, he calls you back. If not … well, that’s probably the reason “Ghostbusters 3” still hasn’t happened.

 
 
Arts and Culture

This is Halloween …

Friday, Oct. 31 & Saturday, Nov. 1

by City Pulse

Halloween won’t fall on a Friday again until 2025, and who knows — by then an actual zombie apocalypse could turn every day into Halloween. If you’re still looking for something to do for this Friday, however, here’s a guide to some of the things...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it Down interview: Matthew Milia of Frontier Ruckus

Alexa McCarthy chats with Milia about 'Sitcom Afterlife'

by Alexa McCarthy

Frontier Ruckus has been known for its lyrically intense and dense folk records since it formed in 2003. But the band’s new record, “Sitcom Afterlife,” shows chief songwriter Matthew Milia scaling back his poetic verbiage and delving into his pop sensibilities. The Michigan-based band releases the new 10-song record, its fourth full-length, Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Milia chatted with City Pulse about the new disc and that time Alanis Morissette appeared at one of their gigs.

 
 
Arts and Culture

New in town

Vintage Junkies

by ALLAN I. ROSS

Last week, REO Town gained a new business that will anchor its southern edge: Vintage Junkies, a vintage clothing, furniture, home décor and jewelry store, moved into the former Kwast American Bakeries on South Washington Avenue. The store is the brainchild of friends Amy McMeeken and Aimée Macklin, who take the business’ name to heart. “I’ve loved vintage things since I was little,” said McMeeken, 35. “My grandmother took me to a garage sale and I bought a bracelet for 25 cents. I still have it.”

 
 
Podcast

10/22/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are musician Rosanne Cash and MSU Trustee candidate Terry Link.

 
 
News

Cleaning Up: One game at a time

East Lansing neighborhood cleanup brings neighbors together

by KRISTA WILSON

WANTED: Eager volunteers who don’t mind getting a little dirty. The Community Relations Coalition is hosting a neighborhood cleanup Sunday, following the cross-state rivalry football matchup between the Spartans and the Wolverines Saturday.

 
 
News

History lessons

Dyke Heights and Other Sights educates about Lansing’s LGBT history

by Kelly Reid
Kelly Reid/City Pulse

THURSDAY, OCT. 23 – It was a Lansing tour like no other. Dyke Heights and Other Sights: an LGBT History Tour of Lansing held Wednesday night highlighted little, to lesser known facts

 
 
News

Look, up in the sky!

Partial solar eclipse could be a sunset showstopper in Lansing

by Belinda Thurston
Abrams Planetarium, 2002 partial solar eclipse

In ancient times when there was an eclipse, people would bang on pots and pans to scare away what they thought was a dragon trying to eat the sun. They would stop when the dragon went away,

 
 
Arts and Culture

Empty Haus

South Lansing rock venue closed for ‘legal reasons’

by Allan I. Ross

FRIDAY, Oct. 24 — Uli's Haus of Rock will be closed 90 days as the venue's management deals with “some legal issues.”

 
 
News

Top dog

Seltz new Ingham County Animal Control director

by Belinda Thurston
Courtesy photo of Andy Seltz with his dogs.

The new director of the Ingham County Animal Control seems like he can handle just about anything.  He can fly a helicopter and handle alligators and venomous snakes. He’s patient;

 
 
News

Being in Lansing

Meridian Township fire captain shifts into retirement with 7 a.m. pub party

by Belinda Thurston

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22 – The red neon “Open” sign at the REO Town Pub at 8 a.m. this morning wasn’t the first indication something was up. It was the black Cadillac hearse.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

The Agony Of Delete And Louvre, Actually

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22 — Q: I just had the humiliating experience of being dumped via email. I’d been seeing the guy for three months. Just days before, we had a romantic date, and he kept saying things like “We're so good together” and was very lovey-dovey. In the email, he said he realized that we aren’t compatible, because I’m too driven and career-focused and he needs a more traditional woman. Why did he never mention this before? How does a guy who was very affectionate for months suddenly take to the computer to send you a quick note that it’s over? I’m so hurt and confused by how he handled this.

 
 
News

#BeACatalyst

Prosperity Project takes new approach to master planning for mid-Michigan

by Belinda Thurston

Batman and Superman decided to make a movie and came to the Broad Museum. But across the street is the abandoned Taco Bell. We’ve got new developments, incubators and restaurants in Lansing. How do we get college students to go west of Frandor into Lansing? It’s not usual to be in a conversation about regional growth and development and hear the “but.”

 
 
News

Raising funds to raise the roof

Animal shelter has goal of $2 million for expanded, updated facility

by Belinda Thurston

A mother and son sits filling out paperwork to describe their cat, which went missing a week ago. They quibble over the color of hair and eyes. An older man is at one of the counters holding a red leash and choke chain collar. “Take me to Ward 4, I saw him there yesterday,” he says to the woman on the other side of the glass, eagerly describing his dog to her.

 
 
News

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA

This small, notable kiosk stands at the western edge of the Cherry Hill neighborhood and its small, yet equally notable historic district. The neighborhood was part of the city’s original plat. Such kiosks are often found in long established neighborhoods, particularly those in large cities, as a way of marking and celebrating individual neighborhoods. More recent mid-century subdivisions marked their limited entrances with similar, monumental signage.

 
 
News

Breast bullying

Let’s change the culture around breasts, big or small

by Lauren Long

If you’ve ever watched a South Park episode you probably laughed or gasped at Ms. Choksondik, the endowed grade school teacher with breasts hanging to her knees. Angelina Jolie, bursting from her Tomb Raider outfit, is the stereotype of buxom beauty. And then there’s the scintillating image of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl.

 
 
News

Bishop: More of the same

Can contribute to Congress gridlock

by Mickey Hirten

The decision on whether to support Mike Bishop to replace retiring 8th District Rep. Mike Rogers is simple. If you like the way Congress governs, the partisan bile and appalling lack of governance, Bishop is your candidate.

 
 
Arts and Culture

The art of absorption

‘Future Returns’ brings panorama of modern Chinese life to Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino

Wang Chunchen knows how to roll with change. Quick and wrenching change in the world’s most populous nation is the theme of “Future Returns,” a dizzying, diverse exhibit of contemporary Chinese art, curated by Wang, set to take over the second floor of the Broad Art Museum Oct. 30.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Q&A with country music icon Rosanne Cash

Cash to perform at Wharton Center

by Rich Tupica

When you’re the daughter of Johnny Cash, your Tennessee roots are apparent and profound. But while Grammy Awardwinning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash was born in Memphis in 1955, she was uprooted as a toddler to California, and for the last two decades she and her husband/ bandmate John Leventhal have raised their children in Manhattan.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Making love to history

Preservation Lansing awards recognize projects large and small

by Lawrence Cosentino

The categories have always seemed clear-cut in the annual Preservation Lansing awards, given each year to outstanding historical preservation projects large and small. But one nominee blurred the lines a bit this year. The newly repaired and cleaned mausoleum wh...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Comic con

Starlight opens its season with comical farce

by Paul Wozniak

Suspension of disbelief is critical to the comedy genre, where plot and the rules of reality are often discarded in service of a joke. That’s especially true Review for Starlight Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “What Is Susan’s Secret,” an “American farce” by Michael and Susan Parker riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies that boggle the mind. What the script lacks in a coherent story, however, it makes up for with the series of eccentric characters that the cast playfully brings to life.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Cut-and-paste aesthetic

New art exhibit celebrates Michigan´s place in the Rust Belt

by Jonathan Griffith

Despite the absence of corporate backing in production, Midwest creatives of all varieties with a desire to produce works have proved since the ‘80s and ‘90s that if there is a will, there is way. In “Substrate,” (SCENE) Metrospace’s new exhibit opening Friday, visitors are shown the many ways in which, albeit on a smallscale, people are taking production back.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Wish you were here

Antique postcard book provides look back at MSU’s history

by Bill Castanier

When the postcard debuted in the U.S. in the late 19th century, it revolutionized shortform communication, sort of like a primitive Facebook or Twitter. But unlike messages on modern social media, the penny postcard has become a major hobby, attracting millions of collectors nationwide. It’s highly doubtful anyone’s collecting tweets for a future museum display.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

Cruthu debuts at Kings Destroy show., Sunday, Oct. 26 Kings Destroy is taking a day off from its tour with Pentagram to headline a heavy show Sunday at the Avenue Café. Opening are Beast in the Field and Hordes. Making its Lansing debut at this show is Cruthu, a...

 
 
Arts and Culture

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS

It’s a baby for Old Town! Earlier this month, Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, moved into 1212 Turner St., former home of Gallery 1212. The baby supply store carries cloth diapers, specialty baby clothing, organic cleaning supplies and “upcycled” furniture and home decorations (old stuff that’s been fixed up and given an artistic coat of paint). Owner/ operator Lynn Ross opened Mother & Earth in 2011, but the recent move gives her a much wider audience.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Journalists, and Other Thugs

by Neil Rajala

MONDAY, OCT. 20 — I've been spending a great deal of time around artists and other creatives these days, which has been a very pleasant experience. The common thread is always books; from painters to poets, people whose restless minds are always looking for the new and untried love to talk about the books that matter to them. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

Mayor milestone

Triplett becomes youngest vice president of Michigan Municipal League

by Anne Abendroth

FRIDAY, OCT. 17 – East Lansing Mayor, Nathan Triplett, has hit another youngest milestone. The 31-year-old youngest mayor of East Lansing is also now the youngest  vice president

 
 
News

‘Mending the world’

Local synagogue engages community in dialogue on public education

by City Pulse Staff

Thursday, Oct. 16 — Congregation Kehillat Israel will hold a community forum on public education at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of the synagogue’s Committee on Social Justice project.

 
 
Podcast

10/15/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are the Mayor of East Lansing, Nathan Triplett; East Lansing resident Eliot Singer; City Pulse symphony reviewer, Lawrence Cosentino; state senate Democratic candidate, Dawn Levey; and state senate Republican incumbent, Rick Jones.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Knight Terrors And You’ve Got Tail

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15 — Q: I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got laid off after my employer lost a big account. I’ve found a new job, but it’s not on my career path and it pays terribly. Still, it’s a job and it pays. I live with my boyfriend, and we’ve always split the expenses, but he’s trying to persuade me to keep looking for something better and to let him pay the bills until I find it. He keeps saying he’s “happy to do that,” but I just can’t stomach it. I’ve always supported myself and taken pride in not being the sort of woman who sponges off a man, and I’m not ready to start now.

 
 
Arts and Culture

UNCORKED: O Canada%u2028

A tour of Niagara-area vineyards

by Alan Kerr

Wednesday, Oct. 15 — Thousands of people travel to Niagara, Canada, each year to enjoy the wonders of the falls, embrace the historic impressions of Niagara on Lake or embark upon one of the hiking trails along the Niagara Escarpment. There’s also a route that allows oenophiles to sample some of the area’s wonderful and diverse wines.

 
 
Arts and Culture

‘Once’ bitten

Academy Award-winning film get the musical treatment at Wharton

by Beth Waldon
Ryan Link plays the Emcee in \"Once,\" at the Wharton Center this week. Courtesy photo

Monday, Oct. 13 — This week, “Once” comes to the Wharton Center for a six-day run. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, it’s the story of an Irish musician whose recent connection with a woman inspires him to take his music to the next level. The show brings 12 actor/musicians on stage, enhancing the musical touch behind the story.

 
 
News

Old Town rooftop menace?

Henry Brimmer art display debuts during Old Town Oktoberfest

by Beth Waldon
Rachael Hudson/Message Makers

FRIDAY, OCT. 10 – Old Town is under surveillance. Perched atop a Turner Street building are silhouetted figures that could cause your heart to stop for a second. One appears to have binoculars; the other, a rifle.

 
 
News

Halloween showcase

Fun for all at the first “How-To-Halloween” event at the Lansing Center

by KRISTA WILSON
Krista Wilson/City Pulse

FRIDAY, OCT. 10 – A friendly Halloween decorating competition between two across-the-street neighbors sparked their collaboration for Lansing’s first “How-To-Halloween.” As the weekend segment of the line-up of tours, projects, a...

 
 
Arts and Culture

In memoriam

Memorial for longtime Lansing actress, director to be held this Sunday

by City Pulse Staff
Hinds (photo courtesy Facebook)

Friday, Oct. 10 — A memorial for longtime Lansing community theater icon Addiann Hinds has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday. Hinds died of lung cancer Sept. 22. She was 75.

 
 
News

Bike Tweed Up

Lansing Bike Party is a throwback to 1890 with Tweed Ride

by Anne Abendroth
Anne Abendroth/City Pulse

They may look a little fancier than your typical cyclists, but they are sure to be warm. Old school Schwinns with people in vintage style wool knickers will be cruising along Michigan Avenue Vintage this evening as part of the Lansing Bike Party annual Tweed R...

 
 
Podcast

10/08/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are "Atomic Girls" author Denis Kiernan; District Court Judge, Tom Boyd; and school board candidates Thomas Morgan, Joy Gleason and Guillermo Lopez.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Fashion statement

The Runway aims to design new potential for downtown Lansing

by Anne Abendroth
Anne Abendroth/City Pulse

THURSDAY, OCT. 9 – It might look retro but everything about The Runway is stylish, new and fashion-forward. The fashion and design incubator brings back the retail roots to the former Knapp’s department store in downtown Lansing. The Runway is the first tenant to open in the newly renovated historic structure. It’s located on the Washtenaw Street side of the building.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Two Kinds of Drama, with a Physics Chaser

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, OCT. 9 — Having always been fascinated by what the moon does, I found the recent blood moon spellbinding. The full moon of the night before was one of the brightest I've seen and, per my experiment on my back deck, was bright enough to read by. A celestial booklight, so to speak. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

Just say no

East Lansing shuts the door on Just Energy

by Todd A. Heywood
Courtesy photo

Lansing and East Lansing residents are encouraged to call police if representatives of Just Energy come knocking on their door. East Lansing barred the company Sept. 24 from soliciting door-to-door after applicants for peddler’s licenses were denied for criminal records.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Will Onesies Never Cease? And Take A Toad Off

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8 — Q: My married friend just had a baby and posts what’s essentially the same “Look how cuuute!” shot on Facebook several times daily. Beyond finding this annoyingly boring, I’m 32 and unhappily single, and seeing all of her blissful pix is making me envious and resentful. Is it wrong to secretly block her photos? I feel it would be better for our friendship.

 
 
News

Powering up

Julie Powers named new director of the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

by Belinda Thurston
Courtesy photo

Whether she’s monitoring water quality on the Grand River, parking bicycles at music festivals or helping the elderly or disabled secure affordable and accessible housing, it’s all the same to Julie Powers. She’s helping connect and create a sustainable, healthy community.

 
 
News

Same-sex marriage milestone

Supreme Court refuses to hear marriage equality cases, all eyes on Michigan now

by Todd A. Heywood

After the U.S. Supreme Court let stand same-sex marriage laws in five states today, Michigan supporters are waiting to join the club. But the proverbial jury is still out.

 
 
Podcast

10/01/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are author Dan Mishkin; Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson; photographer Ernst Floeter; Jill Fritz of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected and Drew Youngedyke of Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

 
 
News

Speaking with Silence

More than 100 ride in silence to raise bicycle safety awareness, honor those killed while riding

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

SUNDAY, OCT. 5 – They rode at a snail’s pace – 10 miles an hour – in the damp chill of this early October afternoon. They had their bright yellow jackets and helmets on. Barely a sound could be heard from the pedaling or gears changing. The riderless white bike perched atop the black SUV stood out distinctly. The rear windshield spoke for the rider: Jill Byelich, 9-2-2014.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Wing-ing it

Williamston Theatre honored with prestigious national award

by KRISTA WILSON
Williamston Theatre artistic director Tony Caselli (middle right) and Development Director Emily Sutton-Smith (middle left) traveled to New York City earlier this week to receive the American Theatre Wing\'s National Theatre Company Grant Award. They part

Friday, Oct. 3 — Last week the Williamston Theatre was honored by the American Theatre Wing as one of the most promising 12 companies in the nation. The National Theatre Co. Grant comes with a $12,000 prize, and is given to 10 or 12 theaters annually to support emerging talents nationwide.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Point and shoot%u2028

Final week to submit your photos to East Lansing Photo Contest

by Beth Waldon
The winner of last year\'s East Lansing Photo Contest: “Fox in a Patch of Woods Near Pinecrest Elementary School” by Richard Kesti.

Friday, Oct. 3 — For those who prefer looking through the lens rather than at it have less than a week to submit up to five recent photographs to be judged in the 2014 East Lansing photo contest.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Plaid tidings

Unofficial holiday to be celebrated tonight in downtown Lansing

by KRISTA WILSON
Plaidurday celebrants met at the Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town last year. This year they\'ll meet at Cooley Law School Stadium for a group photo. Courtesy photo.

Friday, Oct. 3 — On St. Patrick’s Day we wear green. On Independence Day, red white and blue. But today is Plaidurday, where patterns, not colors, are the focus.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Climb ev’ry mountain

REVIEW: “Annapurna” at Purple Rose Theatre

by Tom Helma
Richard McWilliams and Michelle Mountain star in Purple Rose Theatre Co\\\'s latest production. Photo by Sean Carter Photography

Friday, Oct. 3 — We don’t often think about it, but what do we do when a loved one from long ago — a previous mate, a once-upon-a-time lover, a log-ago marital partner, an ex-spouse — is dying? What if the relationship was tumultuous, dysfunctional, including elements of child abuse?

 
 
News

Fill 'er up

24th annual Empty Bowls event raises money for the Greater Lansing Food Bank

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

Elegance and high-end flavors were scooped out by the bowlful at Troppo restaurant today. Troppo hosted the 24th annual Empty Bowls event to raise money for the Greater Lansing Food Bank. AT&T also sponsored the event.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Flatbread special

Broad Art Museum cooks up a weekend full of activities

by KRISTA WILSON
\"The Land Grant: Flatbread Society\" at MSU\'s Broad Art Museum. Courtesy photo.

Thursday, Oc.t 2 — You can “Broad-en” your weekend with history, music and family activities at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum this weekend. The museum will host enriching exhibits that are free and open to the public.

 
 
News

Police move south

New Lansing police station a win-win for the city

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

THURSDAY, OCT. 2 – The new Lansing Police Department Operations Center is a testament to creative use of space and creative partnerships.The Lansing School District gets a tenant for a largely v

 
 
Arts and Culture

Finding a home

Diversity and our differences, how we relate matters

by Belinda Thurston

Rita Flanagan’s father left Yazoo, Miss., after his family collected enough money to get him a bus ticket out of town. He “did something,” she said, that could have gotten him killed – a glance at a white woman, or not crossing the street to clear a path for white people – she guesses. Dixya Acharya left Nepal five years ago after spending 17 years in a Bhutanese refugee camp in squalid and cramped living conditions. She was 4 when her parents abandoned their 30-plus acres of land fleeing violence in their homeland to keep their 10 children safe.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Innovate and infiltrate

Inaugural Lansing Maker Week showcases the local creative spirit

by Casey Bye

This week a dinosaur was removed from downtown Lansing. On the rooftop of 619 E. Michigan Ave., home of Jerry Jodloski’s entertainment company, Jammin’ DJs., a red inflatable T-Rex stood frozen in mid-roar for the month of September, its tiny clawed arms spread in a display of terror. Or was that a giant smile and an open-arms welcome? It’s hard to say, but given that the mega-carnivore was the unofficial mascot of the first-time event Lansing Maker Week, it’s probably the latter. (It violated city ordinance for rooftop inflatables, so it was bye-bye dino.)

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Fasten Your Bible Belt

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1 — Q: My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them and get along well with them. However, they’re very religious, and he wants me to join them in going to holiday church services. I grew up secular in a conservative town, and because of all I went through, I developed a deep distaste for religion. His family knows I’m an atheist but doesn’t know the extent of my aversion to religion. I explained to my boyfriend that the idea of sitting through church and going through the motions, given how I feel about religion, is downright upsetting to me. Though he’s no longer religious, he doesn't share my aversion, and he insists I go out of respect for him and his family. Should I just go and grin and bear it as a favor to him?

 
 
News

Seed Money

Nearly $200,000 in federal grant dollars will go to local farmers market efforts

by KRISTA WILSON

The season of giving started a little early this year for two local farmers markets groups. The Michigan Farmers Market Association in East Lansing and the Allen Neighborhood Center on Lansing’s East side, received grants totaling $190,038 from the Local Food Promotion Program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Playing to win

Busking competition sends local boy-band to be opening act at the Wharton Center

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston/City Pulse

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25 - You could have thought you were in Manhattan. Barely could you walk a few feet down Washington Square before running into a musician with a jar of money.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Living dead ringers

Local TV station looking for zombies for upcoming commercial

by Anne Abendroth
Want to be in a commercial? Love the taste of human flesh? Is there ever an opportunity for you. Courtesy photo.

Friday, Sept. 26 — A local TV station is looking for zombie fans to be featured in an upcoming commercial promoting the first season of “The Walking Dead,” which crawls into local syndication on Wednesday.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Jazz, With an Egg on Top

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25 — Here is what we're reading:

 
 
Arts and Culture

Home for Holliday

Arts Council names MSU senior as new program manager

by KRISTA WILSON
Holliday

Friday, Sept. 26 — Following the departure last month of program manager Barb Whitney, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing named her replacement this week. (Whitney left to accept the position of executive director of the Lansing Art Gallery.) Michigan State University advertising senior Josh Holliday will be formally introduced as the group’s new program manager at a special meet and greet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The event will be held at the Arts Council office, 1208 Turner St. in Lansing’s Old Town district.

 
 
Podcast

9/24/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are author Dan Mishkin; Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson; photographer Ernst Floeter; school board candidates Joy Gleason and Thomas Morgan; and board incumbent Guillermo Lopez.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Heavy Meddle And Curl, Interrupted

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24 — Q: Is it okay to keep your income a secret from someone you’re dating? I recently started seeing a girl I work with (at an advertising company). She believes women at our company get paid less on average, and I suspect she’s right. Yesterday she came right out and asked me how much I make. I’m pretty sure I’m the highest-paid person on our team, but her question made me really uncomfortable, and I told her I make a lot less than I actually do. I felt bad lying to a woman I could get serious with, but I don’t want her or other co-workers knowing my salary.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Applause time

Annual arts awards open for nominations

by City Pulse Staff

Monday, Sept. 22 — You can nominate an individual, business, organization, or official for the Art Council of Greater Lansing’s, Applause Awards. Nominees should show commitment along with contributions and support for the council and the arts in the tri-county area.

 
 
News

Jump start

Sky divers to take a leap for health at Spartan football game

by Anne Abendroth
Misty Blues

You’ve got to look up in the sky to catch the pre-game show before the Spartan football game Saturday. Eight figures will dive to the field in creative and daring formations ending with a giant American flag.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Peace of the action

Local event celebrates Global Day of Peace on Sunday

by KRISTA WILSON
REO Town will hold a local celebration for the Global Day of Peace on Sunday at the AA Creative Corridor, 1133 S. Washington Ave. Courtesy photo.

Friday, Sept. 19 — This is the fourth year Lansing will celebrate Global Day of Peace, a day centered on promoting kinship, benevolence, and generosity. The day's festivities will take place on 1133 S. Washington Ave., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Taxi driver

Locally shot film gets weeklong run at Celebration! Cinema

by City Pulse Staff
William McCallum plays a terminally ill cab driver who steals his cab and drives cross country to see his estranged son in \"Buffalo.\" Courtesy photo

Friday, Sept. 19 — “Buffalo,” the fourth feature film from Lansing filmmaker Michael McCallum, receives a special weeklong run at Celebration! Cinema starting Sunday.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Adventures in Science and Waffles

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 — The weather's decidedly cooler, the long-sleeved clothes have been unpacked, I've even spent a couple of evenings reading in front of the fireplace. You know what that means, don't you? The season for getting caught up on our piles of books is upon us! Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

9/17/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are author Tom Shanahan; LSO reviewer and City Pulse write Lawrence Cosentino; school board candidate, Randy Watkins; and Democratic AG candidate, Mark Totten.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

To Leech According To Her Needs And For Whom The Wind Chimes Toll

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17 — Q: My roommate’s girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all week, even when he’s at work. (She has her own place but is never there.) She’s very wasteful with our utilities. Yesterday, after work, I found h...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Peace of art

East Lansing commemorates National Welcome Week with Peace Pole installation

by KRISTA WILSON
East Lansing unveils its new Peace Pole at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in downtown East Lansing. Courtesy photo.

Tuesday, Sept. 16 — National Welcome Week emphasizes unity between diverse groups living in mid-Michigan. As part of the weeklong event, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and St. Vincent Catholic Charities have paired together to install a Peace Pole in downtown East Lansing, near the corner of Albert Street and Abbot Road, next to the Black Cat Bistro.

 
 
News

Rise and shine

Recovery Walk highlights freedom from addiction, remembers those who died

by Belinda Thurston
Kobreek Photography

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – Kathy Reddington said she would have marched to the capitol Saturday if there were only six people. But she ended up with a lot more company walking to with a goal of erasing the stigma and raising awareness for those struggling with addiction.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Reaching high

Crowdfunding campaign could help REACH art studio expansion

by KRISTA WILSON
Courtesy photo

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – A new look for the southern gateway to REO Town is within reach. The REACH Studio Art Center is seeking donations for its major expansion that will renovate and transform five dilapidated structures on South Washington Avenue into an innovative arts facility for youth.

 
 
News

Justice for all

Minority and low-income communities unequally impacted by pollution

by KRISTA WILSON
Krista Wilson

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – Nearly 150 people from across the state recently attended a summit in the name of justice – environmental justice. “Unfinished Business: Environmental Justice in Michigan” was held last Friday to raise awareness about low-income and often minority communities that are being exposed to greater amounts of pollution than other areas. It was hosted at Union Missionary Baptist Church.

 
 
News

Uncut story

Anti-circumcision demonstrators say practice violates human rights

by Belinda Thurston
Belinda Thurston

They stood out like a sore thumb. They were hoping more like a sore penis.

 
 
Arts and Culture

VIDEO: Beerfest at the Ballpark — Fall Edition

Photos from the craft beer event at Cooley Law School Stadium

by City Pulse

Friday, Sept. 12 — The second iteration of Beerfest at the Ballpark drew hundreds of craft beer fans and curiosity seekers to Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. This was the second Beerfest this year after the spring version, held in April.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Sneaky, Scary and Rock 'n' Roll

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11 — We spent yesterday on the storm watch again. If you were in a situation to stay inside, listen to the rain and read a great book, things pretty much fell perfectly into place for you. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

9/10/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Muffitt; LSO guest violinist, Yevgeny Kutik; Carol Dunitz of "Bernhardt on Broadway; and BWL commission chairman David Price.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Dragon Heart

How an Ole Man found new life on a boat with a dragon

by Belinda Thurston

When he comes back he goes straight to Adado Riverfront Park for the Capital City Dragon Boat Race. He’ll captain the Anahata team. He’ll welcome Hau and the American Dragon Boat Association, which is bringing four boats for the event. There are 30 teams expected from around the Lansing area, many are teams of survivors of cancer, abuse and addiction.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Doody-Bound And Leica Woman Scorned

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10 — Q: You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and wanted to know how to be sure his girlfriend is on birth control. You said, “The single worst form of birth control is trusting that a woman … longing f...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Dragon Returns

Third dragon boat race twice as big, includes food trucks and vendors

by Belinda Thurston

The Capital City Dragon Boat Races are back and have a mission. It’s one of survival.

 
 
News

Giving it a try

Hawk Island Kids Triathlon gives kids a taste of grown-up action

by Belinda Thurston
Noah Luft charges up a hill in the running portion of the Hawk Island Kids Triathlon. Bryan McPhall, right, isn’t too far behind.Bethany Hartzell, La Bella Vida Photography

Goldfish, dolphins and sharks took over Hawk Island Park Sunday swimming, biking and running in the fall Hawk Island Kids Triathlon. Nearly 100 children ranging from toddlers to 14-year-olds competed.

 
 
News

Walk for Recovery

Rally and memorial service aims to erase stigma of addiction, raise awareness

by Belinda Thurston
Corey Warren

THURSDAY, Sept. 4 – Theresa Clemons has struggled with a lifetime of addiction to cocaine, heroin and alcohol. She’s been sober and clean for 15 months, has her own home and has repaired relationships with her daughters.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Getting Caught Up

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4 — In the days when I was writing this newsletter from the Schuler store in downtown Grand Rapids, I used to include a weekly list of notable books that had just been released in paperback. I've heard from a few of you that you found that list useful, either to pick up a book you were interested in at a more affordable price, or because it made the title a more viable choice for your reading group. With that in mind, here are a dozen books on my "highly recommended" list that have seen a paperback release since I first wrote about them. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

9/03/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are MIRS editor Kyle Melinn, Katie Dama Jaskolski of the Life as a Zebra foundation; and Ian Graham of Cheap Girls.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Whoa Is Me

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3 — Q: Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked for went belly up. I haven’t been on a date all year. Friends try to set me up, and I keep giving excuses for why I can’t go, but the truth is, I’ve totally lost my nerve. I’d like to change that. Money isn’t the issue. I work here and there and still have severance pay left. But despite interviewing heavily, I have yet to land a full-time gig and feel kind of like a failure, and I don’t want to discuss that on dates.

 
 
Podcast

8/27/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are art advocate Ilona Steinburg; City Pulse editor and yoga expert, Belinda Thurston; beer guide author, Kevin Rovolinski; and medical marijuana advocate Robin Schneider.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

New York, New York (and elsewhere)

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, AUG. 28 — I received an array of questions from one of this newsletter's readers last week about the book review process itself - how I got started, what the process is, how much and when I read, etc. Answering them was a good reminder for me how much I enjoy this, both the writing about what I've read and the responses from you I'm privileged to read every week. I've said it before, but thank you again for staying in touch and letting me know what you think. I'm truly grateful, and this would be a lot less fun without you. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
News

Bully politics

by BERL SCHWARTZ

Mary Edgar of Okemos is a quiet, grey-haired senior citizen, hardly the type you would expect to confront the angriest mayor in America, Virg Bernero. But that she did on Primary Election Day, when as precinct cochairwoman she told him he was campaigning illegally close to the polling place at Okemos Public Montessori- Central.

 
 

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Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Beard-Death Experience And Pouring Him A Scold One

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27 — Q: This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three weeks, he hasn’t shaved much. He has this really weird facial hair pattern (like patches on his cheeks that haven’t filled in well), and I don’t find it attractive. I didn't know how to bring this up, so I mentioned it to my roommate, and she volunteered to “casually” mention it. So, last week when he and I were having drinks before going out, she popped into the room and said, “Hey, Brad…still growing that beard? I think you look a lot better clean-shaven.” He seemed put off, and we went out to dinner shortly afterward, but the whole evening felt a bit weird. And he still has this patchy facial hair thing going on.

 
 
News

Saying goodbye in Old Town

OTCA director leaves to pursue med school

by Belinda Thurston
Louise Gradwohl

THURSDAY, Aug. 21 – The key is to keep learning. That’s what Louise Gradwohl says is the predominant mindset that has led her in life so far from ballet dancer to communications intern to director of Lansing’s most vibrant and growing neighborhoods, the Old Town Commercial Association.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book collection of peace

Oral histories chronicle lesser-known stories of social change

by Bill Castanier
Rosalie Riegle will give a lecture Saturday at the Michigan Women\'s Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing. The lecture will include material from her oral history collections.

THURSDAY, Aug. 21 — The individuals who intimately lay out their lives for us in the scores of oral histories in Rosalie Riegle’s two recent book collections have something in common: each has heard the cold steel of a jailhouse door slamming in their face.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Was It Funny for You, Too?

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, AUG. 21 — An eclectic trio this week, a reminder that the world of literature is able to cover more of the vast array of human interests and concerns that any other artform. If it interests you, worries you, or entertains you, there's undoubtedly a book on the subject. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

8/20/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are comic Mimi Gonzalez; the Reverend Jennifer Browne; writer Ruth Ebenstein; State rep. nominee Jon Hoadley; and chairwoman for Michigan Pride, Emily Horvath.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

MP3’s A Crowd And A Vicious Recycle

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 — Q: I’ve been dating a girl for two months, and I go back and forth from thinking the relationship has legs to wanting to end it. I just had a birthday, and she got me a new iPod Touch with my name engraved on the back. I told her it was too extravagant, but she insisted I keep it. For some reason, I now want to break up with her even more, but I feel guilty about ending it after she got me this pricey gift.

 
 
News

Compassion Tour

Tibetan monks bring healing meditation ceremony to Lansing this Sunday

by Belinda Thurston
Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery

FRIDAY, Aug. 15 – It started with a trip to a psychic about a leg injury. It's ending with a troupe of Tibetan monks coming to Lansing offering a healing meditation ceremony.

 
 
News

Compassion Tour

Tibetan monks bring healing meditation ceremony to Lansing this Sunday

by Belinda Thurston
Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery

FRIDAY, Aug. 15 – It started with a trip to a psychic about a leg injury. It's ending with a troupe of Tibetan monks coming to Lansing offering a healing meditation ceremony.

 
 
News

Cooley 'right-sizing'

Large-scale layoffs underway at WMU Cooley Law School

by Belinda Thurston
Cooley Law School

THURSDAY, Aug. 14 – Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is delivering pink slips to faculty and staff in all of its Michigan campuses. Sources in Lansing who are being laid off say the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent. A Cooley spokesman disputed those numbers, but he said he did not have numbers.

 
 
Podcast

8/13/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are City Pulse editor Belinda Thurston; Author Howard Storm; founder and artistic director of Peppermint Creek Theatre Co., Chad Badgero; City Pulse associate publisher, Mickey Hirten; Channel 6 news director Jam Sardar; and Bonnie Bucqueroux of Lansing Online News.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Under New Anger Management And Hot To Tot

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 — Q: When my boyfriend and I started dating, he was kind of a hothead. His first encounter with my friends was a game of touch football on the beach. He and another guy collided, and he lost his temper. There was a good bit of yelling, and I think people were pretty shocked. To his credit, he realized he had an anger problem. Over time, he has worked hard on it, and now he doesn’t blow up anymore. He really is a changed man, and I thought people would recognize it, but I’ve recently learned that they all still see him as the scary-angry guy. Is there any way to change that?

 
 
News

Investigation fallout

Neighborhood Watch event casualty of financial investigation, but still to go on

by Todd Heywood
Clark Street Neighborhood Watch

TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – The Clark Street Neighborhood Watch Night Out event is the first casualty of the Lansing Neighborhood Council's financial woes. The event was to receive funding - a $100 stipend for neighborhood watch programs and another $650 in grant money from the Mayor’s grant fund – for the crime and drug prevention event, coordinated by Kat Tyler.

 
 
News

Robin Williams

Locals share stories of depression, addiction and stigma

by Belinda Thurston
Robin Williams

TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – Many of us who are grieving the Monday death of comedian and actor Robin Williams are taking to our social media accounts sharing quotes, favorite movies and changing our profile pictures and cover photos.

 
 
News

Financial investigation

Lansing Neighborhood Council assets frozen

by Todd Heywood
Zuchowski

MONDAY, Aug. 11 – The Lansing Neighborhood Council’s assets have been frozen as a result of a police investigation into its finances. The move leaves some local nonprofits in limbo, unable to access their funds, because the LNC was their fiscal agent.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Ronald Reagan and Quentin Coldwater

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, AUG. 7 — It's a good week for books. One of my most-anticipated titles of the year arrived and was more than worth the wait. A new American history book is making media waves, for the wrong reasons. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Arts and Culture

Folk n’ flavor

Great Lakes Folk Fest adds a dash of color to East Lansing this weekend

by Simone Carter
Pierre Schryer will be part of the Fiddle Showcase at the Great Lakes Folk Festival on Saturday. Courtesy photo.

THURSDAY, Aug. 7 — A celebration of culture, tradition and community is coming to downtown East Lansing this weekend. Michigan State University Museum presents the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 8-10. Produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, the festival features music, dance and food from across America and around the world. With nearly 100 musicians and dancers, the festival features genres and performances ranging from Irish Celtic, bluegrass, klezmer, contra dance, blues, Swedish fiddle, Zydeco, old-time strings, swing jazz, and more.

 
 
News

Police probe sought

City terminates funding for Lansing Neighborhood Council after scathing audit report

by Todd A. Heywood

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6 — The Bernero administration has terminated all funding to the Lansing Neighborhood Council after an audit found “serious irregularities in the accounting and cash management practices.” The action has effectively killed the 34-year-old nonprofit formed to coordinate and support the activities of neighborhood organizations. It provides a number of services on behalf of the city, such as trash cleanup and building board-ups. It receives at least $54,000 a year.

 
 
News

UPDATE: 8th District race

Schertzing declares himself the fresh-air candidate

by City Pulse Staff
Eric Schertzing (left) launches his general election campaign for Congess today at Sir Pizza. With him are (from left) Mary Kay Scullion, and fellow Congressional candidates Jeffrey Hank and Ken Darga.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6 — Eric Schertzing may have found a slogan for his campaign for Congress: “I am a breath of fresh air.” That’s how he described himself today on City Pulse’s radio show after defeating three opponents in the Democratic primary race on Tuesday.

 
 
Podcast

8/06/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Congressional candidate Eric Schertzing; Just B Yoga's Belinda Thurston; MSU's Mike Jenkins; T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs; Denise DeCook of the Sterling Corporation; and State Rep. Andy Schor.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

I’m With Stupor

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, Aug. 6 — Q: A close friend has a drinking problem. His wife kicked him out, he lost his job, and he’s been a lousy father to their 1-year-old son. He begged to stay with me (his only single friend) and has been sleeping on my couch for months. Despite my lecturing him a thousand times, he’s still going out and getting wasted -- while trying to talk his wife into taking him back. She called to ask how he’s been. I said “pretty good,” though the truth is, I just want him out of my apartment.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Sharp Satire for a Cool Summer

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, July 31 — Mid-70s during the day, mid-50s at night. Honestly, I couldn't have ordered summer weather more to my liking than what we've seen so far. Reading a book in one of the local parks without melting is greatly preferable to seeking out air conditioning indoors. My apologies to those of you who like the temperatures and the humidity levels higher - maybe next year. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Empty Shelly And Grate Expectations

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, July 30 — Q: My girlfriend of a year is really pretty and sweet, and we love all the same outdoor activities. However, I feel there’s a ceiling on our connection because she lacks a strong personality of her own. Whenever we discuss something to do, she defers to me. Also, I care deeply about politics and ideas, but she doesn't read newspapers or books or develop her own opinions. Two days ago, I asked about something we’d just heard on the news, and she basically parroted my opinion back to me. I pressed her, saying, “But what do YOU think?” She couldn’t answer. This led to my suggesting that maybe she needs to see a therapist to learn to open up more. She was pretty offended, and we haven't talked much since.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Cheat Exhaustion And Fling Theory

by Amy Alkon

Monday, July 28 — Q: My girlfriend and I are mostly happy together, but we have this ongoing fight where she accuses me of wanting to cheat whenever I so much as glance at a woman she perceives to be my “type” (any woman roughly her age and ethnicity). Even flipping through a magazine that shows a woman in an ad is enough to set her off. She says I need to eliminate all contact with other women, or I'm being unfaithful. But I don't see how I can stop doing things like talking to the checker at the supermarket or looking at someone crossing the street.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Music, Music, Music

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, July 24 — One thing I love about summer is the musical soundtrack. The concerts around town, driving around with my windows down listening to my favorite new CD. And with the right book, music can be just as satisfying to read about as it is to listen to. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

07/23/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Bernie Porn of Epic MRA; medical marijuana advocate, Robin Schneider; daughter of MSU art professor Owen Brainard, Ilona Steinberg; medical marijuana advocate, Robin Schneider; and journalist, John Seigenthaler.

 
 
News

Schertzing campaign

Democratic candidate for Congress touts support from women

by City Pulse Staff

WEDNESDAY, July 23 — Sixteen women led by Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer formally endorsed Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing for Congress today on the steps of the Michigan Women’s Historical Museum today.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Million dollar gift

MSU’s LGBT Resource Center receives $1 million bequest

by Eric Finkler
Michigan State University LGBT Resource Center director Deanna Hulbert. Courtesy photo.

WEDNESDAY, July 23 — On Tuesday, the Michigan State University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center announced it had received a $1 million dollar bequest for establishing a new outreach fund. As a bequest, the donation won’t take place immediately, the center’s director, Deanna Hulbert, said the gift’s impact would be instantaneous.

 
 
News

BWL expansion

Solar panels tripled, largest in state

by Matt Mikus

TUESDAY, July 22 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light unveiled the expansion of 385 solar panels at the Cedar Street solar array Tuesday, almost tripling the generating power from 54 kW to 158 kW.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three for the Road

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, July 17 — A polar vortex in July? Reminded me of a typical Keweenaw Peninsula summer where I grew up. From what I hear, the more traditional West Michigan weather is on its way back, so those of you who love the heat and humidity combo get ready to play. Me, I'm going to be grateful for that brief taste of home. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Tales From The Cryptic And You May Now Miss The Bride

by Amy Alkon

advicegoddess_headshot.jpgWednesday, July 16 — Q: My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th birthday (a Saturday). He knows I usually don’t care about my birthday, and I confess that I also judge people who care about theirs. Still, I can't help but feel that my 30th is a bit of a milestone, and I wanted to spend my birthday weekend together somewhere with my boyfriend. I understand that he doesn't want to seem ungrateful for his sister's gift, and he's courteously told me about this conflict well in advance. Do I need to just get over myself? Or should I raise my concerns?

 
 
News

Take some off the top, please

LSJ shrinks as it moves to new press

by City Pulse Staff

MONDAY, July 14 — The Lansing State Journal marked its move to a new press today by giving readers a smaller paper.

 
 
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