April 23

Discontent at the market

Lansing officials say City Market vendors should adapt to lack of parking; Bernero calls the problem a ‘growth spurt’

by Andy Balaskovitz

One by one, vendors at the Lansing City Market would furrow their brows or shrug their shoulders when asked: How are things going at the market?


Eyecandy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA

Property: Manufacturers Bank of Lansing/ Comerica Bank, 101 N. Washington Square, Lansing Owner: Comerica Inc. Assessed value: $600,000 In spite of its commanding presence and exposed location, this impressive building is often overlooked. Approaching from the east a...


Song and dance man

A Lansing State Journal story catches J. Peter Lark withholding information from his bosses about serious workplace violations at the Lansing Board of Water and Light

by Mickey Hirten

If he needs to change jobs, J. Peter Lark, Lansing Board of Water and Light’s general manager, could easily play the fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago.” He’s got the suits. He’s got the coif. And Lark plays his board of commissioners the way Flynn plays juries.


When anchors spend, we win

How the local economy could thrive if major institutions adopt local-purchasing policies

by Terry Link

In the last column, I referred to Michigan State University as an anchor in our community. It is the kind of institution that isn’t likely to pick up and move away because profits don’t meet the owners’ expectations. Other anchor institutions like hospitals, government and schools are more deeply connected to place.


From the farm to Congress

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing says upbringing will resonate with rural 8th Congressional District voters

by Andy Balaskovitz

A humble, hard-working farmer from Bunker Hill Township. Responsible with money, progressive on social issues. That’s the portrait Eric Schertzing paints of himself — and it is one that he believes will make him the next congressman from Michigan’s 8th District.

Arts and Culture

Inner space

Broad maximizes unusual dimensions with unconventional art

by Jonathan Griffith

Not every art installation benefits from being displayed in one of the Broad Art Museum’s improbably shaped galleries, with all their obtuse angles and razor sharp architectural edges. Two-dimensional pieces hung in rectangular frames look oddly … square … at the Broad, a building that proudly boasts a lack of right angles.

Arts and Culture

Herrmann’s history

Celebrated Lansing home is the setting for Historical Society fundraiser

by Bill Castanier

The historic house at 520 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing is part of the bustling Lansing Community College campus, and home of the college’s president Brent Knight, and his wife, Rise. But in 1893, the year it was built by German immigrant/entrepre neur John T. Herrmann, the house’s environs were considerably more rural: A German friend, already in Lansing, had lured Herrmann to the area in a letter, by writing: “Come to Lansing — you could shoot a deer from the back porch.”

Arts and Culture

Free love

Lansing Symphony launches outdoor concert series with trip to the ‘60s


This spring, the Lansing Symphony reached out to local orchestra fans to choose a theme for its second free Summer Pops Concert and the people answered: Take us back the ‘60s, man.

Arts and Culture

Earth bound

Common Ground announces hip hop, classic funk to lineup

by City Pulse Staff

The full lineup of headliners was released this week for the 15th annual Common Ground Festival. Eclectic funksters Earth, Wind & Fire will be the Sunday night closers on July 13, while Detroit-born Big Sean will anchor Friday night’s hip-hop-themed night on July 11. Former Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J opens for Big Sean. Fitz and The Tantrums, a Los Angeles-based neo soul/ indie pop band, was announced for July 12.

Arts and Culture

Out On the Town

by City Pulse Staff

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 >> CYRILLE AIMÉE Born near Paris, based in Brooklyn, 29-year-old vocal star Cyrille Aimée caused a big stir at last June´s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing. (To pronounce her name correctly, imagine an advanced degree in th...

Arts and Culture

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

Slick Rick at The Loft - Friday, April 25 Hip-hop icon Slick Rick (real name Richard Walters) headlines his first American tour since his highly publicized immigration case. The Loft show features openers DJ Ruckus, Josef Coney Island, Rafa’el De La Ghetto, Oz...

Arts and Culture

New In Town



A new Lansing business opens this week dedicated to the city’s central natural feature: The Grand River. Trey Rouss, owner of The Power of Water, opened the watercraft sales/rental/ education shop within throwing distance of the river. He thinks the waterway gets a bad rap.

Arts and Culture

Love poems?

Old Town Poetry Series ends its season with open mic event

by Kyle Koehler
Courtesy image

Wednesday, April 23 – With spring finally thawing out the bitterness of winter, the Old Town Poetry Series ends its season with one more event. On Thursday, local poets Ann Andrews and Dorothy Brooks will appear at the Creole Gallery in Old Town to read from their works and lead an open mic session.


04/23/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Scott Keith, president and CEO of the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority; Kyle Melinn of MIRS; Jack Spencer of Michigan Capitol Confidential; Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics; and The Whiskey Pickers.

Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

All Doc And No Action And Apartment 2B Or Not 2B

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, Apr. 23 — Q: I’ve been going to the same primary care doctor for a few years. I’m very attracted to him, and I believe he’s attracted to me, too. There’s always been a dynamic between us. I thought it was his “bedside manner,” but when I asked others, they didn’t have the same experience with him. I know he isn’t married. Also, I am very healthy and only see him annually for “well checks.” Do you have any advice on whether I should do anything?


Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council approves tax incentives for GM, Montgomery Drain petition

by Andy Balaskovitz

Monday, April 21 — The Lansing City Council tonight unanimously approved a pair of tax incentives for General Motors Co., as well as gave Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann unanimous support for moving forward on the Red Cedar Renaissance project.


"City Pulse Newsmakers"

This week's guests are Kyle Melinn of MIRS; Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics; and Jack Spencer of Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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This week from Capital News Service

Inadequate bridge funding, weather hits golf courses, early-teen pregnancies are up and more

by CNS correspondents
Mackinac Trail Bridge over Chubb Creek, Mackinac County. Credit: County Road Association of Michigan.

Friday, April 16 — This week’s file from Capital News Service includes stories on inadequate state funding for bridges; a new report showing teen pregnancies are generally down, except among 10-14-year-olds; a pending state Supreme Court decision that could have implications on disclosure of personal information; and more.

Arts and Culture

Book club

Capital Area District Library announces summer events schedule for kids

by City Pulse Staff
The Capital Area District Library\'s Fizz, Boom, Read! program starts June 10, which is geared toward kids ages 3-17. Courtesy photo.

Thursday, April 17 — The Capital Area District Library has announced its slate of free summer youth activities. The program, Fizz, Boom, Read!, will bring a mix of magicians, live animals, drum circles and live actors to the library’s five branches.

Arts and Culture

Something to hold

What are record-store owners’ picks on Record Store Day?

by RJ Wolcott
Some of the options at Flat Black and Circular in East Lansing. RJ Wolcott/City Pulse

Thursday, April 17 — A seemingly endless array of album artwork abounds as the sounds of the ‘70s welcome visitors to The Record Lounge, 111 Division St. in East Lansing. Plastered on the shops’ exterior windows are advertisements for Saturday’s upcoming event, Record Store Day, the most significant event for owners and aficionados across the country.

Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Used Book Roundup!

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, April 17 — There are few perks better than working in a place with thousands of used books waiting to be explored whenever the mood strikes. There are surprises and delights on every shelf. I'm happy to report on what I find, so here are the highlights of the most recent expedition. This list comes from the Grand Rapids store, so folks in Lansing will need to check on the availability of these. And they're first come, first served, so if you see something you have to have, give us a call and we'll set it aside for you. Here's what we're reading:


04/16/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Frank Ravitch, Walter H. Stowers chair in law and religion at MSU; Brad van Guilder of Sierra Club; Sam Porter, Microbrew and Music Festival founder; Mike Lasher of New Belgium Brewing Co.; Jarrett Skorup, research associate for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy; and Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy.

Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Gone With The Windex And Plenty Of Fishy

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, Apr.16 — Q: I’m a woman sharing a house with several roommates. We’re all in our mid-20s. This one male roommate and I sometimes cook meals together, and we share a bathroom (since we’re both cleaner than the other roommates) and deep-...

Arts and Culture

Tasty beer, tasteless comedy

Craft beers and raunchy comedy on tap for Brew Ha-Ha at The Loft

by Kyle Koehler
Comedian Michael Lasher is organizing Brew Ha-Ha Thursday at The Loft. Photo courtesy of Tom Wright.

Tuesday, April 15 — Few things go hand-in-hand better than copious amounts of beer and questionably tasteful comedy. Brew Ha-Ha, the unofficial pre-party for this weekend’s Microbrew & Music Festival, takes this knowledge to heart for an event Thursday night at The Loft.


Sierra Club to BWL: Retire Eckert by 2017

Environmental group urges Lansing Board of Water and Light to invest in long-term renewable energy, not short-term “Band-Aid” fixes to aging coal plant

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Board of Water and Light\'s Eckert plant along the Grand River, south of downtown Lansing. Courtesy photo.

Monday, April 14 — The Sierra Club over the weekend formally urged the Lansing Board of Water and Light to not spend millions on short-term pollution controls at its aging coal-fired Eckert plant, but rather on sustainable energy and upgrading transmission.

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