As seductive in college as it was in the clubs, jazz has long had the power to coax open a well-placed wallet, but a recent gift from the MSU Federal Credit Union to Michigan State University's Jazz Studies program is in a class by itself.
Forget FDR and Churchill, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl or fond nods from Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher. The "special relationship" between Britain and America was really cinched in 2002 when Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart was named music director of the very British BBC Concert Orchestra.
Feb. 4: “Coffy” (1973). An example of blaxploitatoin
cinema, popular in the early ´70s. African-American nurse (Pam Grier)
takes violent revenge against a group of drug dealers. 7 p.m. FREE. East
Lansing Public Library Meeting Room, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing.
New ExhibitsThe Avenue CaféPaintings by Sarah de Ruiter. Reception:
1-4 p.m. Feb. 3. Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m.
Sunday. (517) 853-0550.
By the Riverside“Two-Gether,” featuring paintings by four
artists and photos by Bill Norton. Ongoing: &ldq...
The Whitehills Book Club is unlike typical book clubs, which gravitate toward bestsellers and popular fiction. It's not because the women who compose the group, mostly residents of the Whitehills subdivision in East Lansing, are book snobs — instead, they like to push their collective literary taste beyond traditional fare.
If the last Hispanic characters you remember from a Broadway musical are Maria and Bernardo from "West Side Story," "In the Heights" hopes to update your memory. "In the Heights" is a feast of styles and sounds from Latin America and beyond, pouring salsa and hip-hop hooks over traditional storytelling like spicy guacamole over a bowl of chips.
If you love poppy punk and football, you're in luck — this show doubles as a Super Bowl Party. For the past five years, Way to Fall has been steadily gigging and recording its brand of pop-core, taking influence from their pop-punk forefathers.
There's a scene near the beginning of Act II of "Billy Elliot the Musical" when the 12-year-old title character (played by Ben Cook) has a vision of himself as a grown-up ballet dancer. As the lights dim and the theme from "Swan Lake" begins, smoke pours across the stage and the two start to dance in unison.