When 24-year-old Okemos cellist Marta Bagratuni thought about making a debut CD, she dreaded soldiering through a "normal" recital of well-worn classics. Instead, she came up with "Pieces of the World," an adventurous array of music by composers from Italy, Estonia, Armenia, Poland, Austria, China, Ukraine, and the United States.
Don't panic now, but there's a bomb in a park on the campus of Michigan State University. However, the woman who put it there, Lynn Hershberger, isn't crazy about that word so she's changed it — at least the spelling of it. She prefers bOMb.
Ann Arbor folkies Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys perform at The Avenue Café Friday, along with local Americana gypsy-jazz band Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle (L.U.V.S.). Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys give a nod to American roots music while creating a distinct sound through inventive arrangements.
Mid-Michigan got a ton of cool, new stuff this year. The Eagle Monk Brewery in Delta Township put beer lovers in good spirits, Studio C! in Okemos redefined upscale moviegoing and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
brought contemporary art to East Lansing in what is inarguably (and
Author readings may not measure up to the spectacle of a Wharton Center musical or the audacity of the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, but for many in the Greater Lansing community and me, they provide a window to an earlier time when authors were the rock stars of popular culture.
When you're a happy newlywed, penning tear-in-your-beer honky-tonk tunes can be a bit fiddly. But that doesn't stop Carra Barratt Stasney, one half of Copper and Coal, a Portland, Ore.-based classic country group.
Although the influential, Flint-based band Kid Brother Collective only lasted from 1993 to 2004, the band still has a dedicated following. The post-hardcore band is back with a new vinyl reissue of the band's classic "Highway Miles" album.
On a wet Sunday afternoon in mid-December, while kids waited in shopping malls to issue their squeaky capitalist manifestos to Santa Claus, an alternative gift exchange was under way at Michigan State University's Eli and Edythe Broad Museum.