City Pulse - Arts and Culture <![CDATA[Mandarin MADMEN]]> ]]> <![CDATA[‘The realities of our bodies’]]> AA Creative Corridor was full of friends of the artist as well as complete strangers for an intimate discussion of body image in relation to Amanda Grieshop’s “The Women We Are” exhibit. The event featured Grieshop and Tara Scott of 3 Jewels Yoga, as well as Kristina Keller, Brittany Laidlaw and Julie Brewer — three of the subjects photographed for the project. The goal was to provide a safe space for intelligent and constructive conversations about the touchy subjects of body image and nudity.]]> <![CDATA[Back in the saddle]]> For 21 years, viewers in Lansing invited Dave Akerly into their homes. The popular anchor spent 12 years as sports director and nine years as weeknight news anchor at WLNS. As sports director he created the popular “5th Quarter,” a Friday night high school sports segment now in its 19th year. Akerly left WLNS in 2011 to work in public relations and com munications for Michigan Department of Human Services.]]> <![CDATA[Self portrait in salmon]]> Cadillac-based artist Cynthia Foley smiled warmly at a crowd of wide-eyed attendees at the opening reception of her new exhibit, “Imagining Context: Seeing and Being Seen,” which opened Friday at the Lansing Art Gallery. One look at her complex works, layering textures and illustrations, and you immediately appreciate her presence, hoping you can steal some of her time — as much as to inquire about her work as to express your admiration for it. And while you can’t help but want to analyze the works being exhibited, Foley’s coy demeanor suggests you just look on and enjoy. The following exchange is exemplary. ]]> <![CDATA[Lost in time]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Curtain call]]> <![CDATA[From Paris to post-apocalypse]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Erhu, Brute?]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> ]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Green report: Tangerine dream]]> <![CDATA[Book reviews: Notes from Neil]]> MONDAY, FEB. 23 — How come nobody's using the phrase "polar vortex" to describe these recent days of record-setting cold weather? I kinda miss it. Hard to believe I'm feeling nostalgic for last winter. Here's what we're reading: ]]> <![CDATA[Still throwing copper]]> MONDAY, FEB. 23 — “Lightning crashes, a young mother cries. Her placenta falls to the floor. The angel opens her eyes. The confusion sets in before the doctor can even close the door.” These lines, sung by Ed Kowalczyk, open Live’s unlikely 1995 hit, “Lightning Crashes.”]]> <![CDATA[Ebony, ivory and artistry]]> THURSDAY, FEB. 19 — A new project is seeking artists to paint 10-12 pianos which will be placed in public spaces in Lansing and East Lansing. Organized by the Capital Area Blues Society, the Keys in the City project’s goal is “to bring beautifully hand painted pianos into public spaces for all to play.”]]> <![CDATA[No chair throwing]]> A lot of people have gotten their idea of what goes on in a jazz class from that chair-throwing jerk of an instructor, Terry Fletcher, in the Oscar-nominated film "Whiplash." The two latest guest artists at MSU´s Jazz Studies program, drummer Tim Froncek and saxophonist Vincent Bowens, are cut from finer cloth.]]> <![CDATA[Kickin´ brass]]> When you hear the term “brass band,” your mind may take you to the streets of New Orleans and the clamor of Bourbon Street. Many people are unaware, however, there is an entirely different style of brass band, rooted in centuries of British history. This unique style will be on display Saturday when the 40 members of Lansing’s own Capital City Brass Band take the stage. “The sound is really like nothing else,” says band member Daniel Alt. “It’s a homog enous sound, it really blends from top to bottom.”]]> <![CDATA[´Now we´re about nothing´]]> Harry Belafonte is a tall tree with deep roots in music, movies and civil rights activism, but he didn´t come to Michigan State University last week to cast a kindly shadow. At 88, he was desperately planting seeds. Addressing a packed conference room at the Kellogg Center Thursday afternoon, the actor-singer-activist slammed the American culture of greed and accused colleges and universities of turning their backs on the humanities.]]> <![CDATA[Curtain call: Fantastic voyage]]> <![CDATA[How Malcolm became X]]> “It is so important for you and me to spend time today learning something about the past so that we can better understand the present, analyze it and then do something about it.” This is not a quote from a famous historian, it’s from the firebrand civil rights activist Malcolm X. Those who have read about his transformation from petty street criminal to formidable civil rights activist will not be surprised by his passion for history.]]> <![CDATA[Beyond Batman]]> The mainstream comics industry is something of a mess these days. The big two, Marvel and DC Comics, are so busy grooming their characters in hopes of making millions of dollars with movie adaptations that revisions and reboots have become as expected as Batman handing the Joker his own teeth. With so much effort to turn the medium into a multi-media product, it can be easy to overlook the fact that comic books can achieve an artistry that few other mediums can.]]>