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Monday, March 18,2013

Beyond the Big Band

Director John Dale Smith announces his retirement

by Tracy Key
Friday, July 15 — After 10 years of leading, organizing and playing with the Lansing Symphony Big Band, director John Dale Smith announced his retirement Tuesday. “I loved being a part of the Lansing Symphony Big Band, but I have a whole lot of other activities going on in my life,” he said, explaining why he decided to step down.
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Monday, March 18,2013

All-of-us Express journeys back to the days of the Arabian Nights

A young cast tells the story of the storyteller 'Scheherazade'

by Tracy Key
Friday, July 22 — Grab your flying carpet: “Scheherazade: Legend of the Arabian Nights” is the latest production of All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre. The show, directed by Rick Dethlefsen, brings to life the story of Scheherazade, the legendary narrator of the Arabian Nights folk tales. She uses her wit and talent to overcome the wrath of a powerful king who grew vengeful after he suffered a broken heart.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Up, up and away — in a trebuchet

Watch the skies tonight in downtown East Lansing

by Tracy Key
Tuesday, July 26 — There's not much of a chance of rain tonight. However, gallons of water will be flying through the air and hurtling down to the ground in Valley Court Park in downtown East Lansing. Anyone in the area is also encouraged to bring his or her sunglasses for this event.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Dancing with Bosco

by Tracy Key
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Monday, March 18,2013

What's your view of Shiawassee?

The Arts Center wants your photos

by Tracy Key
Tuesday, Aug. 9 — Attention all photographers and Shiawassee County enthusiasts: The deadline to enter the first-ever "Around Shiawassee County" photography competition is quickly approaching. All contest entries must be submitted to the Shiawassee Arts Center by this weekend.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Honoring tradition-bearers

Great Lakes Folk Festival presents the 2011 Michigan Heritage Awards

by Tracy Key
Thursday, Aug. 11 — This weekend, a special ceremony will take place at the Great Lakes Folk Festival to honor three tradition-bearers from Michigan. The 2011 Michigan Heritage Awards were given to sheep shearer Deborah Caryl, sacred steel guitar player Calvin Cooke and, posthumously, to Gaylord Klancnik, a Slovenian polka musician and bandleader.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Full of 'Life'

What happens when a radio show becomes cinematic? You get to see what you've been missing

by Tracy Key
Friday, May 11 — In the weeks leading up to the debut of “This American Life Live — You Can’t Do That on Radio,” host and executive producer Ira Glass promised fans they were in for a “multimedia adventure” or a “complete train wreck,” and he delivered on his word. For an adventure, that is.
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Monday, March 18,2013

An art show with bite — so to speak

Lansing Art Gallery hosts a reception for

by Christina Strong
Food is great, and art is great — but nothing is better than food and art together in the same place. That is exactly what Lansing Art Gallery has in store for its community reception for the art exhibit titled “Chomp! Chomp!”
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Faces of Caring'

Local photographer gives portrait sittings in exchange for donations to help drought-stricken families in the Horn of Africa

by Christina Strong
Friday, Aug. 5 — Local photographer Michael McPeak is giving back to those in the community who also give back. On Saturday, he’ll offer portrait sittings to people that donate to Save the Children for the Horn of Africa Drought Relief.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Puppet masters

East Lansing Public Art Gallery showcases work by Reach and All-of-us Express artists; reception at 1 p.m. Saturday

by Christina Strong
East Lansing Public Art Gallery puts the accent on youth with “All-of-us/Reach: A Retrospective of Puppets and Masks Created by All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre and Reach Studio Art Center.” It’s a showcase for puppets and masks made as a collaboration between the two groups.
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