City of Lansing bills residents over $90,000 for unshoveled sidewalksby Todd A. Heywood
Pollution at Erickson, threat of suit over Eckert shadow BWL´s aging fleetby 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.
While Lansing, nation await ruling on same-sex marriage, for one couple it´s already too lateby 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.
Joshua Davis advances to top six on “The Voice”by Ty Forquer
Lansing comic convention looking for a successful formulaby 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.
Lansing Peace Vigil tries to attract attention with magnetsby 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.
Wharton Center gig is a homecoming for drummer Lawrence Leathersby 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.
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.
Michigan authors host Independent Bookstore Day events in Greater Lansingby 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.
Saturday, May 2by 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.
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby 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.
Burgdorf’s Winery builds on 10 years of experienceby 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.
2 Budz Provision Center shows promise, room for improvmentby 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.