Demolished house near Eaton Rapids brought visions of fugitive slavesby Lawrence Cosentino
Bob Albaugh straddled the rubble of a demolished house in Hamlin Township, near Eaton Rapids, last Thursday evening. "Everything in this house was built for a particular purpose," he said. The extra large cistern with no water line, the smooth beam in the attic, the trap-door in the kitchen — to Bob and his wife, Pat, who owned the house at 9740 Kinneville Road, it all added up to one thing: The timber-framed hulk was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
This property once served as a corner grocery, built in the 1920s by Anna and Michael Scieszka, who had recently emigrated from Poland. The simple wood-framed building sat a few steps above the sidewalk on a rusticated concrete block foundation. Like many small, family-owned groceries of the era, the building supplied the needs of its immediate neighborhood with fresh groceries and produce.
We know that big money in many forms shapes our government. Politicians may claim that the interests of large contributors, accompanied by the checks they write, donīt influence their agendas and votes. But something has distorted our political system, and big money certainly is one of the corrosive factors.
How an Ole Man found new life on a boat with a dragonby 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.
Yevgeny Kutik opens Lansing Symphony season with arch-romantic concertoby Lawrence Cosentino
You donīt need to unpack a violinist’s backstory to appreciate a tone that runs from caramel to glacial melt to bat’s blood, as the music demands. Russian-born Yevgeny Kutik, 28, will probably lean toward the caramel when he plays Max Bruch’s arch-romantic violin concerto to start the Lansing Symphony’s 85th season Friday.
Michigan woman brings Bernhardt musical to East Lansingby Allan I. Ross
If television had been around when Sarah Bernhardt was alive, she undoubtedly would have had an envelope-pushing reality show and been a fixture on “TMZ.” The 19th century French actress/artist sent tongues wagging worldwide with her risqué artistic endeavors and unconcealed sexual exploits, paving the way for Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and Miley Cyrus to inherit her mantle of Most Scandalous Woman Alive. Not bad for a self-trained courtesan’s daughter who died before the 1920s could even get roaring.
The whole ball of beeswax about the 4th annual Art Attack!by Jonathan Griffith
In the winter of 1960, the comics world saw its first super team-up when DC’s mightiest heroes — including Aquaman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman — formed the first iteration of the Justice League to battle a giant space echinoderm. So when economic downturn and loss of regional awareness threatened Lansing’s historic REO Town district, a similar team-up of exceptional entities united with a common goal. And thus the Art Attack! festival was formed, comprising local artists, musicians and food vendors to battle the threat of redevelopment and to raise awareness of a community rich in culture and creativity.
‘Life Itself,’ ‘Snowpiercer’ lead Indie Film Seriesby Allan I. Ross
In “Life Itself,” the documentary about late Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, one of his peers brags that the Pulitzer Prize-winner could crank out a well-thoughtout review in half an hour. This piece, dear reader, took significantly longer than that, but if Ebert had lived long enough to review the visionary thriller “Snowpiercer” — and been brazen enough to combine it with an analysis of his own film — I’d be willing to bet it wouldn’t have been one of his quickies. Both films play this month at Studio C! as part of the Indie Film Series.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 11-14 & THURSDAY SEPT. 18-21by Jonathan Griffith
Mel Brooks probably had little idea that his 1974 comedy “Young Frankenstein” would become the iconic phenomenon it is today when he filmed it. Brooks reported that the original cut was over was twice as long as the film we’re familiar with and that for every three jokes, only one was even funny. Nowadays, however, you’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t directly associate “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with the film or mimic Marty Feldman’s classic “Walk this way.”
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
After a three-month hiatus from live shows, Lights and Caves, a local experimental indie rock band, returns to the stage Saturday. Openers are Signals, Alaska, Last Night Saved My Life and the Class Acts. Lights and Caves is Dillon Gorden (vocals/guitar), Evan Rudman (drums), Stefan Wiseman (bass) and Jason Marr (guitar). This week’s Turn it Down is an interview with Gorden, who gives insight on the band’s past and its upcoming album.
KNAPPīS CENTRE GRAND OPENING/THE BEER GROTTOby Allan I. Ross
The date for the grand opening of the newly renovated Knapp’s Center has been set for Nov. 13. The itinerary for the invitation-only affair hasn’t been confirmed yet, but a spokesperson for the Eyde Co., the building’s owners, confirmed the company is working with local public relations firm Truscott Rossman to create an event.
Let’s get the discussion about Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant’s location out of the way — it’s not great. As a lifelong Lansingite, there aren’t many areas of the city that make me feel uncomfortable. This is one of them. On our last visit, customers of the marijuana dispensary next door were having their custom orders prepared. The clientele was interesting.