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Wednesday, April 14,2010

'Salvage' success

For Bonnie Jo Campbell, writing about Michigan brought national acclaim

by Bill Castanier
Portage author Bonnie Jo Campbell has been doing the whole “trains and boats and planes” routine since her book “American Salvage” (Wayne State University Press) was named as a finalist last year for the National Book Award.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

BEST HANGOUTS

by City Pulse
Coffee shop:Gone WiredRunners-up: Soupspoon Cafe, Espresso Royale and Decker's Spread out over two levels, Gone Wired manages to feel both intimate and spacious, depending on where you sit. Coffee is always brewing, but the cafe also features an assortment of teas and tisanes (try a comb...
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

BEST SHOPPING

by City Pulse
Antique shop:Mega MallRunners-up: Little Red School House, Wooden Skate Art Gallery:Creole GalleryRunners-up: Mackerel Sky, Kresge Museum On the “Antiques Road Show,” they call it “provenance.” It’s a combination of priceless authenticity and old-shoe comf...
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

BEST DINING

by City Pulse
Appetizers Houlihan’s Runners-up: Tavern on the Square and Beggar’s Banquet The Houlihan’s chain location inside the Lansing Mall wasvoted Best Appetizers, after winning last year for Best Happy Hour. Most likelyit’s for the same reason: The Houlihan’s ...
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Saloon tycoons

Ric Payne and Will Howe unleash The Wild Beaver on downtown Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the next week or so, The Wild Beaver Saloon, the fourth franchise in a minichain, will open on the 200 block of S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing. With a name primed for double-entendres and an all-female waitstaff wearing barelythere uniforms, the Wild Beaver seems at first to be a Coyote Ugly/Hooters hybrid.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Turn It Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This year features a new batch of exclusive, collectible vinyl from Wilco, The Velvet Underground, John Lennon, Them Crooked Vultures, Soundgarden, TV On The Radio, Pavement, Beastie Boys, Coheed Cambria, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, The Doors, Sex Pistols, Weezer, The Black Keys and more.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Renegotiating 'Rent'

Director Scott Burkell draws on his friendship with Jonathan Larson in shaping the show’s MSU production

by James Sanford
Scott Burkell met the late Jonathan Larson at the Barn Theatre in Augusta in the summer of 1980. Over the course of the season, Burkell, Larson and fellow Equity membership candidate Marin Mazzie ' then a student at Western Michigan University and...
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

LSO meets Elton John

‘Rocket’ puts classic rock into a symphonic setting

by James Sanford
After a long career as a guitarist, music producer and music director, Brennan began looking for ways to combine rock and symphonic music. His first project was a show built around the music of Elton John and performed by Orchestra London in London, Ontario.
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Thursday, April 8,2010

Turn It Down

Enter a 'hole of noise'

by Rich Tupica
Since the Lansing-based band released its first DIY album in 2005, McCord, along with Nicholas Richard (bass/vocals) and Hattie Danby (drums/vocals), have been sharing songwriting duties and exploring the roots of alternative rock and the vocal styling of ‘60s pop-genius Brian Wilson.
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Wednesday, April 7,2010

Absolute success

New Chamber series wraps up first season

by Lawrence Cosentino
As principal stick man for the Lansing Symphony, Sherman is a conspicuous presence ' look for the silver glint and heaving shoulders ' but the subject of this encounter was Absolute Music, the star-studded classical concert series Sherman launched last fall in Old Town’s Absolute Gallery.
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