On the day before Thanksgiving, Brian Jeffries prowled the aisles at Goodrich’s Shop-Rite, gathering stuff for the 17 pies he planned to bake on Thanksgiving Day. The longtime Lansing City Councilman is a relative newcomer to Shop-Rite. He has only been shopping at this 76-year-old locally owned grocery for 25 years.
Sunday afternoon’s tribute to the 100th birthday of Karl Haas, the urbane host of Detroit-based “Adventures in Good Music” who died in 2005, is no stiff retrospective. The Haas story, the good music and a few lingering father-son is sues are far from finished.
Yo-Yo Ma is a curious man. His Wharton Center concert Monday is sold out, but he agreed to a phone interview with City Pulse anyway. That never happens, let alone with the world’s most famous classical musician. What is more, Ma did some research on his obscure Lansing interviewer so he could have a real conversation with me. That never happens, either.
Back in the Oldsmobile days, the annual swarming of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra with the three MSU choral groups was a bit of a slog, even if you weren’t related to one of the 400-odd performers on stage. (And who wasn’t?)
Nordic musicians don’t fool around. They conjure up a universe and dare you to bask in it while it’s still steaming. Take a sauna and an icy dip with soaring Finnish symphonist Jean Sibelius, elemental Icelandic goddess Bj'rk or ecstatic Estonian composer Arvo P'rt, and you’re scoured from the inside out.
Alison Gass, the Broad Museum’s curator since it opened in November 2012, was named the museum’s new deputy director over the weekend. She will remain curator as well. Before coming to the Broad, Gass, 36, was assistant curator of painting and sculpture at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.