Etienne Charles is on a “Creole Soul” roll. The Trinidad-born trumpeter/composer/bandleader and youngest of the MSU Professors of Jazz hits Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum Thursday for a back-to-school bash that celebrates Charles’ hot new CD.
A bomb goes off in a fireworks factory.
“Nothing to see here,” a cop barks to the onlookers as fireballs erupt behind him.
That’s the paradox of Friday night’s explosive Lansing Symphony opener. (It’s also a scene from the classic ‘80s cop spoof “Police Squad.”) Athletic percussionist Lisa Pegher will join maestro Timothy Muffitt and the home team for a sensesshattering per- cussion concerto by Pulitzer Prizewinning composer Jennifer Higdon.
Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope and his partner, Bradly Rakowski, have lived in their 1926 Lansing home at 1402 N. Genesee St. in the West Side neighborhood for 10 years.
How long have they been restoring it to original condition? Oh … 10 years.
“It’ll be another 10 years at least,” Swope said.
“We’re going out feet first,” Rakowski added.
The deluxe new sidewalks and bike lanes along South Washington Avenue are barely dry, but Lansing’s post-industrial center of cool has already lost a home for struggling local artists and musicians. Art Alley, the plucky brick REO Town gallery that fired the first volley of art in the resurgence of the old factory district three years ago, will close Monday.
It’s big and colorful and science-y and it’s definitely trying to communicate to us. But what is the message?
A new 36-foot-by-20-foot mural on the north face of the Impression 5 Science Center has a lot of people scratching their heads.
Spoiler alert: If you want the satisfaction of figuring the puzzle out for yourself, don’t read beyond the next two sentences.
Friday, Aug. 30 — Art Alley, the plucky brick gallery at 1133 S. Washington Ave. in REO Town that fired the first volley of art in the resurgence of the old factory district south of downtown three years ago, will close its doors Sept. 9, the gallery creative director, Diane Wilson, announced today.
England has Stonehenge. Easter Island has heads.
Lansing’s Leitram Street, only a block long, has six massive, mysterious concrete slabs, each weighing over two tons.
Gently monumental relics of the earthy 1970s aesthetic, and of urban renewal in Lansing, resurfaced in the Genesee Neighborhood this spring after seven years of oblivion.
Purity, in breeding or music, isn’t an American thing. We like to mix it up and guess whose child is whose 10 years later.
Lansing’s Mosaic Music Festival, this weekend at Adado Riverfront Park, has a unique formula for showcasing all-American mutt music in its ever-changing grit and glory.
Michigan State University almost got plowed under shortly after sending out its first tender shoots in 1855. In a near-fatal turnip scandal, an early alumnus of Michigan Agricultural College overplanted and spoiled his crop in a highly visible spot along Grand River Avenue. Farmers across the state snorted at the evils of book-larnin’ and tried to cut the college’s funds off in the state’s Legislature.