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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Letting go

Lansing author releases follow-up to 'The Life List'

by Bill Castanier
Lansing author Lori Nelson Spielman said when she saw a giant poster for her new book, “Sweet Forgiveness,” at a French subway stop, it was “unbelievable, sort of like pinching yourself.” But it’s not a dream. Spielman’s overseas success has been ph...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

What's in a name?

by staff
Brewpub, brewery, craft beer, microbrew — we hear these terms bandied about in conversations about Michigan’s beer scene, but what do they mean? The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask. For licensing purposes, the state of Michigan divides breweries into three categories: brewpub, micro brewer and brewer.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Diamonds in the rough

by staff
From the ubiquitous Oberon to the smirk-inducing Dirty Bastard and Big Red Coq, Michigan beers are making a name for themselves across the nation. While most beer drinkers know the flagship beers of Michigan breweries, there are some tasty brews to be found in their less famous offerings. Paul Starr, founder of I’m a Beer Hound, takes us on a tour of some of his favorite lesser known beers from Michigan’s best known breweries.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Brew finder

A select guide to notable Michigan breweries and brewpubs

by staff
Key: M = Live Music, F = Food, W = Wine, FB = Full Bar, OS = Outdoor Seating, RES = Reservations Less than an hour BAD Brewing Co. — With the No Stout About It and Super D’s IPA. 440 S. Jefferson St., Mason. 3-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-midnight, Friday-Sat...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Historians may look back on Metro Lansing’s teen years as its Craft Beer Era. Since 2012, no fewer than four craft beer manufacturing facilities — microbreweries, brewpubs and tasting rooms — have opened, with at least three more on the horizon. It’s a rare exception when teens and alcohol are positively associated.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Elliot Street Lunatic return to Macīs Bar, June 19 Lansing-based indie-rock band Elliot Street Lunatic (ESL) returns to Mac’s Bar Friday for its first show in nearly two years. Openers are Off The Ledge, Watching For Foxes, Mudwest and Gravity Lens. ESL is fronted by songwriter J...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Jazz on the river

Lansing City Market announces summer music series

by Ty Forquer
In its continuing quest to re-invent itself, the Lansing City Market is throwing a new element into the mix: live jazz. The Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority, which oversees the market, will announce a new, outdoor jazz series at a media event 11 a.m. today. The monthly concerts will be on the market’s patio space, overlooking the Grand River.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Growth on tap

New players and growing businesses beef up Lansing’s beer scene

by Ty Forquer
Greater Lansing’s thirst for craft beer seems, at the moment, to be insatiable. Old Nation Brewing Co. opened Wednesday in Williamston (see New in Town, p. 24), Ellison Brewery and Spirits is slated to open in East Lansing later this summer, the Gillespie Group recently began renovations on the future home of Lansing Brewing Co. in the Stadium District and just last week developer Kris Elliott announced plans to bring a new brewpub to Michigan Avenue.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Bonjour, bebe

Aux Petits Soins teaches French to babies and toddlers

by Michelai A. Graham
Babies pick up habits quickly when they are young, and languages are no different. Aux Petits Soins, founded by Paris native and Lansing resident Gaëlle Cassin- Ross, is a French language immersion class for babies and toddlers designed to take advantage of that fact. “My French...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Welcome to Chartucky

Thursday, June 18-20

by Michelai A. Graham
Michigan’s longest running music festival returns to the Eaton County Fairgrounds this weekend. The 43rd Annual Charlotte Bluegrass festival will feature an array of bluegrass, folk and Americana music mixed with workshops, games and activities. You can even camp out at the festival....
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