Jazz and classical musicians have a lot in common these days. Beleaguered by arts budget cuts in schools, pushed further to the margins of the culture, both are clinging to life almost exclusively in universities, hanging together lest they hang separately.
Sound effects man Fred Newman ends a lot of sentences with “AH-WOOGA,” but he’s dead serious when he tells you that he learned his “low and dark art” under the Spanish moss and in the shadows of old slave cabins in the Deep South.
After 20 years in the underbrush, Lansing´s Snake Rodeo has re-emerged like a well-camouflaged Asian vine snake. A leaderless, nameless group of artists and musicians is out to revive the anything-goes, no-rules art scene crowded out of North Lansing - now Old Town - by pear-scented boutiques and gifty galleries .
MessageMakers, a Lansing-based media, event planning and PR firm with clients from Old Town to Africa, has taken its founder and president, Terry Terry, on a wild ride through four decades, five continents, one elephant charge (in Lusaka, Zambia) and umpteen revolutions in technology.
Early last spring, a woman borrowed some books from downtown Lansing's Capital Area District Library branch and crossed Capitol Avenue for a stroll through shady Reutter Park. It was the perfect coda to any library visit. She almost tripped over Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, who was bent over a flowerbed, all by himself in the dirt.
Efficient is the word for the Lansing Board of Water and Light's new $182 million, 100-megawatt power plant in south Lansing's REO Town, set to go online Monday. Inside its shiny bowels, combined cycle technology will rile up steam and electricity with the same gas flame.