LEAP calls Red Cedar Hyatt announcement prematureby Mickey Hirten
Developers of the $200 million-plus Red Cedar Renaissance project are negotiating with Hyatt International for a fullservice hotel fronting Michigan Avenue. But there are enough outstanding questions about financing for the development and the quality of the project that the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, which along with the city is negotiating the project, is calling the announcement premature.
Monks share blessings, smiles and peace in Lansingby Belinda Thurston
More than 60 people attended a last minute stop on a Tibetan monk tour of the United States Sunday at The Light House Chapel. The Monks of Ganden Shartse Dokhang are touring to share their culture, philosophy and arts, and to raise money to build dorms and a prayer hall at their monastery in Southern India.
While law schools enrollments throughout the country are off significantly, the decline has been devastating for Lansingīs Cooley law school. An analysis published in February by The National Jurist magazine quantified the collapse when it reported: “Eighteen law schools saw enrollment drop by more than 30 percent, led by University of La Verne (down 66.2 percent) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (down 40.6 percent). Cooley Law School, with five campuses in Michigan and Florida, dropped from 3,931 students in 2010-2011 to 2,334 students in 2013-2014, the single largest drop in raw numbers.”
Standing ovation for Beachler at interactive annual theater awardsby Paul Wozniak
The 2014 City Pulse Pulsars, recognizing the best in Lansing theater, were handed out Monday night at Over the Ledge Theatre in Grand Ledge. Kelly Stuible and Veronica Gracia- Wing hosted the evening’s festivities. Instead of scheduled presenters and entertainers, Stuible and Gracia-Wing invited audience members to read the nominees and winners from the screen. Winners in “musical” categories were asked to sing for their award.
2014 Renegade Theatre Festival gives reviewers plenty to coverby City Pulse
From sleepers to yawners, "Campfire" to "Cock," real-life stories to imaginary friends, the 2014 Renegade Theatre Festival didnīt just run the gamut, it pole-vaulted over it, Roto-tilled it and planted purple petunias on top. Thankfully, City Pulseīs skulking band of undercover critics were on hand to chronicle Lansingīs end-of-summer cornucopia of productions from local theater companies and independents.
Art fairs pile onto Renegade Festival to create a sensory overloadby Jonathan Griffith
Over the weekend, the Renegade Theatre Festival filled the historic buildings and streets of Lansing’s northern enclave, as it has for the past eight years. Spaces profane and sacred, from Zoobieīs tavern to the Quaker meeting house (and a few galleries in between) hummed with exhibits and performances. There was only one way to shove an art fair into the mix: by taking it to the streets.
A conversation with John Lewis to cover race struggles in the U.S.by Bill Castanier
Today’s news is tomorrow’s history. This season’s One Book, One Community lineup will challenge readers to see history with the fresh eyes lest we forget. Monday the season kicks off with a Civil Rights legendīs ugly but inspirational story. Georgia Congressman John Lewis will address incoming MSU freshmen before kicking off the book program that evening at 7 p.m. at the Hannah Community Center. Both events are free and open to the public.
Methodists’ rift over gay marriage could divide churchby Lawrence Cosentino
If the Rev. Jennifer Browne were gay, she wouldnīt bother to warm a pew in her own church, University United Methodist in East Lansing. "Iīd be out the door in a second," she said. "Even as a straight person, I couldnīt be part of a congregation that wasnīt completely affirming of who LGBT persons are."
The controversy around Michfest and transgender equalityby Emily Dievendorf & Lisa Vogel
Equality Michigan issued a call July 29 to boycott the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (Aug. 5-10) for non-inclusion of transgender women. The call sparked a firestorm of reaction in the media and among friends centering around non-discrimination, feminism and the essence of female-identification.
Thursday, Aug. 28by Jonathan Griffith
The Broad Art Museumīs "Land Grant" series is ready to play another thought provoking riff on the land-grant origins of MSU, a multi-media meditation on wealth, exploitation and natural resources called "Forest Law." “It’s in our tradition of addressing global issues with an open and experimental nature,” says Yesomi Umolu, assistant curator for the Broad Museum and curator of “Forest Law.”
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Sarah Winterbottom
Tabooliby Jonathan Griffith
When the Avengers sat down to a post-movie credits meal of chicken shawarma, some folks thought the mainstreaming of Mediterranean cuisine couldnīt go any farther. They were wrong. The “make your own” model pioneered by burrito joints and sandwich shops is the next frontier. Joining Jerusalem Bakery on Lansing’s Michigan Avenue is Tabooli, a Mediterraneanstyle restaurant borrowing ideas laid down by places like Chipotle and Panera.