Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s adamant opposition to even considering the sale of the Board of Water & Light has softened to the point that he is calling on his Financial Health Team to study the potential mplications of such a sale. “It’s time to look at it,” Bernero told City Pulse.
Selling BWL would resolve many problemsby Mickey Hirten
That Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will consider selling the city´s electric utility is encouraging, if somewhat wrong footed. Bernero finally acknowledges that BWL is a valuable and vulnerable asset. If the city were to face bankruptcy — implausible, but hardly impossible — a court could order it sold to pay off Lansing´s creditors. Shedding BWL could be a sound defensive strategy, but there is a more pressing and by now obvious reason to sell.
This building, like the neighborhood surrounding it, takes its name from horticulturalist Liberty Hyde Bailey. Born in South Haven, Bailey graduated from the Michigan Agricultural College in 1882 and later contributed to the founding of agricultural extension services and the 4-H movement.
Measure advancing; Snyder will decideby Todd A. Heywood
The war between the state GOP and organized labor is being fought in Lansing again. After their success with so-called Right to Work legislation, Republicans in Lansing have set their sights on prevailing wage laws. Those laws require government-funded projects to pay skilled workers wages that are indexed to union pay rates.
Student snoozing through a boring lecture might be a thing of the past in classes offered by Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters. PopBoardz is an innovative, interactive new app that gives educators and students alike a new presentation tool — but this isn’t your typical slideshow. Created by budding software developer Moonbeach Inc., the app allows users to create a single-page presentation comprising 16 “tiles.” Each tile can hold a piece of media, from PDFs to webpages, to image slideshows and videos. Think PowerPoint meets Pinterest.
Joshua davis reflects on ‘the voice,’´ looks to the futureby Ty Forquer
Joshua Davis’ improbable run on “The Voice” ended on May 19’s season finale, with the former Lansing resident and Steppin’ In It frontman finishing in third place behind champion Sawyer Fredericks, a 16-year-old folk singer from upstate New York, and country singer Meghan Linsey. His run on the reality TV singing competition began three months ago, with Davis´ performance of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” in a blind audition on the show’s Feb. 23 debut. Davis narrowly escaped elimination on April 21’s results show, but he safely sailed through the next three rounds en route to the show’s final round.
‘Kinky Boots’ dance captain has Lansing rootsby Ty Forquer
For most Broadway performers, a national tour means many nights on the road, sleeping in unfamiliar cities. For one member of the “Kinky Boots” touring cast, however, the musical’s stop in East Lansing brings him back home. Dance captain Stephen Carrasco was raised just minutes away from the Wharton Center stage. An Okemos native, the New York-based dancer graduated from Okemos High School in 2002. While Carrasco, 30, has been in four Broadway shows (including the Broadway run of “Kinky Boots”) and a few national touring shows, this musical is a special achievement for him.
East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival announces diverse lineupby Lawrence Cosentino
From gutbucket thumps to gossamer tones, guitar chords to vocal cords, straightahead to way-out-there, the 19th annual East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival has announced its most diverse, high-caliber lineup yet for June 20-21. “Our goal is, in an incremental way, to make it one of the premier festivals of the Midwest,” said Rodney Whitaker, the festival’s artistic director and MSU jazz studies chief. “We have people from all over the world calling us, wanting to be a part.”
Austin Ashley named Old Town Commercial Association executive directorby Ty Forquer
Austin Ashley, who most recently served as marketing manager at Astera Credit Union, begins Monday as the new executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association. “I’m excited to get started,” said Ashley. Ashley, a 25-year-old resident of Lansing’s Westside neighborhood, has a history with the Old Town Commercial Association. He worked as an intern for the organization in 2011, and has continued to stay involved with Old Town by serving on festival committees, volunteering at events and maintaining friendships with business owners. He is looking forward to returning to the neighborhood in his new role.
‘Kinky Boots’ at Wharton and Ixion's 'Mother's Nature'by City Pulse
When the musical is named “Kinky Boots,” one shouldn’t be surprised when it kicks off with a tribute to footwear. After the opening “Price & Son Theme,” the full ensemble launches into a high-energy rendition of “The Most Beautiful Thing in the World.” (Spoiler alert: The most beautiful thing in the world is a shoe.) The shoes and boots, of course, are metaphors. For Charlie Price (Steven Booth), heir to the failing Price & Sons shoe business, the sturdy, unfashionable shoes made at the factory represent the dying of an era, as reliability is cast aside in favor of cheap thrills and disposable fashion.
‘Numbers Don’t Lie’ looks at the numbers behind Detroit Tigers baseballby Bill Castanier
ERA, RBIs and OPS have always been a big deal in baseball. The numbers don’t lie, and these numbers allow fans to continue evaluating the past and predicting the future of baseball. That’s one of the conclusions readers will come to after devouring baseball writer Danny Knobler’s new book “Numbers Don’t Lie: The Biggest Numbers in Detroit Tigers History.” Knobler, now based in New York, has covered professional baseball for most of his adult life, including 18 years as a sportswriter for Booth Newspapers. He knows what he is talking about when he says, “Baseball has always been about numbers. From the start of the game, people have always looked at the numbers.”
Nola Bistro Pho & Po-Boysby ALLAN I. ROSS
I can’t imagine there’s a huge crossover between New Orleans cooking and Asian cuisine. Sure, there are probably lots of folks out there who appreciate a nice bowl of gumbo and/or a bánh mì sandwich, but to have both on the same menu could be overwhelming. Well, as they say in N’awlins, “Laissez les bon temps roulez!” Nola Bistro Pho & Po-Boys, which opened earlier this month on Lansing’s west side, has a menu that flip-flops between Vietnamese and Creole dishes. The restaurant’s name says it all.
Saturday, May 30by Michelai A. Graham
Remember that restaurant you have been meaning to try? What about that museum you have always meant to visit? The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving Greater Lansing residents a chance to re-discover their hometown with its 21st annual Be a Tourist In Your Own Town event. Popular Lansing businesses and destinations will offer free admission, tours, special events and more to curious explorers.