On Saturday, The New York Times captured voter sentiment in Michigan with this telling headline: “A Rebound Takes Root in Michigan, but Voters’ Gloom is Hard to Shake.” If this was news to the newspaper´s readers, it isn´t to candidates for governor, Congress and other statewide offices here in Michigan.
Small taxi operations could be eliminated with new regional taxi authorityby Belinda Thurston
A taxi authority that began with a goal of regulating ride share services like Uber could end up adopting rules that squeeze out the little guy. The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority, already approved by East Lansing and awaiting the Lansing vote, would consolidate regulations and licensing for cabs and ride shares in both cities. Officials say the effort will improve service quality and ensure the safety of riders.
Taking the mystery out of selecting a good bottle of wineby ALLAN I. ROSS
As specialty wineries — including those in the booming Michigan scene — have continued expanding their vintages to a wider clientele, wine shelves in local stores have grown into whole departments. But while increased options are good for both casual consumers and wine aficionados, it can make selecting a bottle a little more challenging.
OF JUGGALOS, HOMELESSNESS AND HAVING THE TOOLS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFEby Belinda Thurston
April and Will wake up each morning, make their bed, scrounge for breakfast and head to the library. Computers and Internet are free there. They own cell phones but can’t afford minutes. She goes to Facebook and posts what’s on her mind: “Got blessed today two nice young women came up to me and a friend and gave us $5 each 4 bags of chips 2 juices and two foot long subs and one big water bottle and two cookies."
Sharrie Williams blends gospel and blues, headlines BluesFest 2014by Lawrence Cosentino
The gospel blues of Saginaw’s Sharrie Williams will bring the bells of Sunday morning to the Saturday night grooves of Old Town BluesFest. Williams’ radiant, bigger-than-pain voice fuses blues and gospel into one irresistible force, diagnosing your ills with the former and healing you with the latter.
Violinist Evgeny Kutik brings autumnal bite to Lansing Symphony openerby Lawrence Cosentino
. A fascinating Russian violinist, very much alive at 28, and a dead Russian composer who refuses to roll over at 174 dominated Friday’s Lansing Symphony opener. The ursine show of force moved me to climb into a virtual T-90 tank, point it westward and shred the sublime verse of Joni Mitchell: “I’ve looked at Slavs from both sides now/alive and dead, and still somehow/their brooding power holds me in thrall/I just can´t shake that Russian pall/at all.”
Riverwalk season opener brings iconic Brooks comedy to electrifying lifeby Paul Wozniak
It’s alive! In 2007, Mel Brooks gave his 1974 cinematic creation “Young Frankenstein” new life as a Broadway musical. Riverwalk Theatre’s production of that show works extremely hard to keep up with the monster of a Broadway spectacle, and overall successfully reanimates the playful spirit of the film — humps and all.
‘Raye of Light’ explores the players and coaches who crossed racial lines in the ‘60sby Bill Castanier
THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 & SUNDAY SEPT. 21by Jonathan Griffith
It seems Halloween starts earlier every year. The back-to-school aisles in local superstores have started filling up with candy, and costume shops have already begun taking over vacant storefronts. In that vein, two literary events this week and one spooky tour will start getting mid-Michigan in the spirit of the season.
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
While Clarence “Blowfly” Reid’s songwriting career started in the 1960s, it wasn’t until his 1971 LP, “The Weird World of Blowfly” that his cult following began to grow. His sexually explicit songs and parodies, performed in a flashy mask and cape, range from “Shittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” to raunchy originals like “Porno Freak.” Friday, the 75-year-old performer headlines at the Avenue Café; opening is the All American Funk Parade.
RENO´S NORTHby ALLAN I. ROSS
East Lansing has Reno’s East. Lansing has Reno’s West. Is it really any surprise that the sports bar and grill micro-chain would start spreading in other directions? “People loved to ask if there was ever going to be (another Reno’s), and I always said ‘maybe someday,’” said Reno’s owner Jessie Stiptack. Last week, that someday came when she started renovation — ahem, make that Reno-vation — on the former Rookie’s Bar and Grill in DeWitt Township, converting it into the third member of the Reno’s family: Reno’s North.