Historic Lansing car dealership to be demolished to make way for housingby Allan I. Ross
Looking beyond the obvious problems caused by the vegetation that has enveloped this simple house, it seems to be sited particularly close to the busy public way. The east-facing front porch would make for pleasant evening gatherings, sheltering its users from the setting summer sun. Outside but still covered, people can interact and strengthen neighborhood connections.
Disparity stark in Baltimore’s side-by-side neighborhoodsby Mickey Hirten
Just three weeks after rioting in some of Baltimore´s poorest neighborhoods, this past weekend´s Preakness Stakes, the city´s premier sporting event, happened without incident. I was there and as in years past, it was normal for the 2015 Triple Crown race. Baltimore is two very different cities, particularly three weeks ago. They intersect at events like the Preakness or Orioles´ games at Camden Yards, but only briefly.
Neighbors contend company is scamming LEAP, cityby Todd Heywood
The Niowave pole barn saga continues with new questions raised by Walnut Neighborhood activists about expenses that the high-tech company has submitted to the city of Lansing for reimbursement. “Looks to me like Niowave scammed LEAP and the City again for the $62,000 Brownfield reimbursement, paying their own internal employees $53,853.51 and provided no explanation or breakdown of this internal charge,” activist Dale Schrader emailed other residents.
Singer Joshua Davis finishes in third place on ‘The Voice’by Ty Forquer
Joshua Davis’ improbable journey on reality TV singing competition “The Voice” ended Tuesday night, with the Traverse City-based singer ending in third place behind champion Sawyer Fredericks and runner-up Meghan Linsey. Davis, a former Lansing resident and frontman of Steppin’ In It, was in the mix until the show’s final episode.
Joshua Davis’ run on “The Voice” gives a boost to local musicby Ty Forquer
While “The Voice” has landed Michigan-based singer/songwriter Joshua Davis firmly in the national spotlight, the reflected light of television stardom has also illuminated Michigan’s formidable folk music scene. While his local musical exploits and connection to Michigan-based folk music collective Earthwork Music were never mentioned explicitly on the show, Davis has shown love to Michigan musicians on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, and eager new fans have harnessed the power of Google to discover the singer’s past work.
Cocktail list for 2015-16 Lansing Symphony season calms, piques and zingsby Lawrence Cosentino
Lady walks into a bar. Bartender gives her a drink called a Concerto for Four Saxophones and Orchestra. Voo, voo, voo, wah! Lady´s head expands. “What was that?” “The usual.” Slipping zing into classical music´s dogeared cocktail list of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and their cronies is a tried and true formula for Lansing Symphony Orchestra maestro Timothy Muffitt, and he’s not about to change it for the 2015-16 season, announced this week.
Wharton Center executive director receives prestigious Broadway awardby Ty Forquer
At the Wharton Center, it is usually the casts of actors or the groups of musicians that get standing ovations. On May 12, however, the center’s top man-behind-thescenes received his own standing ovation when Mike Brand, Wharton Center’s executive director, was awarded the Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award at this year’s Broadway League Conference in New York. “It’s a really special honor, and speaks well for the Wharton Center’s efforts,” Brand said.
Musician Dave Menzo goes electric with ‘Shhh…’by Ty Forquer
Ann Arbor-based musician Dave Menzo found inspiration for his latest album, the synthesizer and drum machineheavy “Shhh… ,” in an unlikely place: his local library. In addition to traditional library fare, the Ann Arbor District Library is home to the Music Tools collection, an impressive assortment of drum machines, analog synthesizers, effects processors, microphones and other music-making equipment that can be checked out by cardholders.
Dead Russian dances with a live American at Lansing Symphony season closerby Lawrence Cosentino
By now, people expect rapture — if not The Rapture — from Lansing Symphony Orchestra season finales. Friday’s splendid concert, the final salvo of the 2014-15 season, brought rapture, all right, but with a touch of unease. After an evening of old-sounding “new” music and newsounding “old” music, you have to wonder whether we are living in the symphony orchestra’s end times — or at least its endish times.
David Olds draws from his photography experience in his novel, ‘Bulldog Blues’by Bill Castanier
Author and photographer David Olds certainly subscribes to the maxim “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and he mixes that maxim in his recent book, “Bulldog Blues,” with another: “Write what you know.” “Bulldog Blues” is a farcical and fictional romp about a crazy Pulitzer prize-winning photographer, Dennis Wright, set in contemporary Detroit. Dennis, who is in the twilight of his career as photographer for a daily newspaper, is not only fighting some of his own demons, he’s also locked in a fierce battle against a wayward newspaper industry.
Saturday, May 23by Michelai A. Graham
Ixion Theatre is preparing for its upcoming premiere of "Mother’s Nature," a collection of three original one-act plays penned by Lansing writers. The womencentric theme will be portrayed through O.G. Ueberroth’s “Family Tradition,” Terry Palczewski’s “Enough is Enough” and Andy Head’s “Generations.” Ixion Theatre is a relatively new, Lansing-based theater ensemble that performs most of its productions at REO Town’s AA Creative Corridor. The group launched in 2012 with a mission to encourage creative collaboration and to produce stories for diverse audiences. Ixion asked for submissions from the Lansing community for Mother’s Nature, and three storytellers stepped up to the plate.