Company misses deadline to soften pole barn facadeby Todd A. Heywood
The battle between downtown residents and the high tech firm Niowave is moving from detente to direct conflict. At issue is whether the company should continue to receive over $650,000 in various tax breaks despite apparently not yet living up to its end of an agreement to complete improvements to a 14,000-square-foot pre-fabricated addition — a pole barn — adjacent to the company’s downtown headquarters in the old brick Walnut Street School.
Bernero administration blocking access to rental inspection reportsby Todd A. Heywood
You’re in the market for a new rental and know the city of Lansing registers and inspects such properties. You know that information is available on the city’s website, through BS&A’s property database. So you check the property you are considering. The database shows the property is registered and inspected. What you don’t know is that inspectors cited the property for serious issues. The inspection reports are not available online, and may not even be available if your file a Freedom of Information Act request.
Granger plan for transporting waste hurts the public goodby Terry Link
Recently Granger III & Associates, which run the Wood Street landfill, has requested Clinton County to amend the county’s solid waste plan. The proposed amendment would allow fGranger to collect and haul refuse from additional counties — Clare, Mecosta, Lenawee, and Hillsdale — even further away from their existing approved collection territory.
Equality Michigan once again seeking a leaderby Todd A. Heywood
For the fifth time in less than a decade, the statewide gay rights organization Equality Michigan is without an executive director, after last week’s departure of Emily Dievendorf. Dievendorf had led the agency since the departure of Denise Brogan-Kator in July 2012. Dievendorf has worn many titles, but all were, effectively, executive director of the agency. Neither Dievendorf nor David Wait, Equality Michigan board chairman, returned calls seeking comment on the departure.
Lansing native Joshua Davis advances to the top 10 on ‘The Voice’by Ty Forquer
Powered by rave reviews from the judges and a groundswell of support from his native state, Traverse City-based singer/songwriter Joshua Davis advanced to the next round on reality TV singing competition “The Voice” Tuesday night. On Monday’s telecast, Davis sang “America,” Simon & Garfunkel’s classic song of two young lovers hitchhiking around the country in search of the real America. The celebrity judges were impressed.
3D printers are the highlight of East Lansing Public Library’s 2.0 Maker Studioby Ty Forquer
Tucked into the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott is a tiny space that is starting to generate a big buzz among Lansing-area creative types. As you step into the space — formerly occupied by a beauty salon — the whiteboard in an unassuming lobby welcomes you to East Lansing Public Library’s 2.0 Maker Studio, a temporary off-shoot of the library devoted to giving community members a space to be creative.
Ira Glass of brings his unique stage show to Wharton Centerby Ty Forquer
For nearly two decades, Ira Glass’ distinct, slightly nasal tone and halting cadence has been a fixture on National Public Radio. As producer and host of “This American Life,” Glass has earned a reputation as one of the best storytellers in modern radio. But radio is an audio medium, so when Glass wanted to put a touring stage show together, he did the obvious thing and recruited two dancers. Wait — what?
Two local concerts mix silent films and live musicby Lawrence Cosentino
Two exhilarating greater Lansing events mixed silent film and live music last weekend. Saturday´s mashup of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the Capital City Film Festival was great fun, but the sleeper was Sunday´s energized screening of Buster Keaton´s masterpiece, “Sherlock, Jr.,” at MSU, presented with an original score for piano and string quartet.
At only 35, Samuel Seth Bernard — who goes by Seth — has become something of a father-figure within the Michigan folk music scene. A prolific singer/songwriter and guitarist himself, Bernard founded Earthwork Music to support other Michigan foby Ty Forquer
At only 35, Samuel Seth Bernard — who goes by Seth — has become something of a father-figure within the Michigan folk music scene. A prolific singer/songwriter and guitarist himself, Bernard founded Earthwork Music to support other Michigan folk artists. Built on a loose collective of like-minded artists, Earthwork Music provides distribution, promotional help and professional guidance to musicians. It’s roster includes such Michigan folk heavy-hitters as Joshua Davis, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and Red Tail Ring.
Navigating the road funding solution: A City Pulse special reportby City Pulse
And unless you live in East Lansing, Lansing Township or the school districts of Holt, Williamston or Webberville, there´s nothing else on the ballot. So what the heck is it? Well, it´s as simple or complex as you want to make it. Here´s the simple story. We´d be paying 1 cent more for every dollar purchase we make. If it´s a $20 purchase, it´s about 20 cents more; $50 purchase, 50 cents more; $100, $1 more, etc. It also raises the cost of a fill-up about $1.50.
Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper show returns to the Lansing Centerby Bill Castanier
Book collectors, history buffs and the just-plain-curious will get a literary look into the past at this weekend’s Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show. For over 30 years, Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing’s Curious Book Shop and the show’s organizer, has been hosting the popular show in Lansing. It will hold its 61st semi-annual show Sunday at the Lansing Center.
Film documents legendary DC hardcore punk sceneby Rich Tupica
Lansing punk-rock legend Tesco Vee of the Meatmen hosts a screening of “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)” April 24 at Studio C! in Okemos. The acclaimed 2015 documentary, which features an assortment of talking heads — including Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins and Dave Grohl — chronicles the early Washington hardcore punk scene. The scene is renowned in punk rock circles for its pioneering, DIY ethic.
Last week, Whipped Bakery temporarily moved out of Old Town, setting up shop inside Roma Bakery Deli & Fine Foods. For the last year, Whipped, a specialty dessert shop, operated at 1216 Turner St., adjacent to the Creole Gallery. But with that space set to become the Creole, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant/bar/performance venue, Whipped owner/operator Randy Umfleet was asked to relocate so the Creole could take over his space.