City Pulse - Arts and Culture <![CDATA[Guardians of the intergalactic]]> The 2014 Lansing JazzFest continues the tradition of bouncing trumpet riffs, drum rhythms and skeet-skat-dadiddly vocals off the buildings of Old Town. But this year it gets a little otherworldly with the addition of a vintage instrument that would sound at home in a ‘60s sci fi movie. The amalgamated talents of some of Lansing’s premier jazz artists will join a battle of the organs and special guests like polystylistic guitar master Fareed Haque to make JazzFest 2014 one for the cosmos. ]]> <![CDATA[Persistence of memory]]> <![CDATA[Outdoor music round up]]> Outdoor music goes with summer like picnics in the park and climbing trees. Sure, festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo woo mass crowds with big-name bands, but why drive for hours, spend hundreds of dollars and smoosh together with tens of thousands of sweaty bodies when there are plenty of local opportunities to get your outdoor music fix for free? ]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> ]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> <![CDATA[Book reviews: Notes from Neil]]> THURSDAY, July 24 — One thing I love about summer is the musical soundtrack. The concerts around town, driving around with my windows down listening to my favorite new CD. And with the right book, music can be just as satisfying to read about as it is to listen to. Here's what we're reading: ]]> <![CDATA[Topping out]]> Collin Roys is 15 feet off the ground and he’s stuck. His hands and feet are dug into tiny crevices along a vertical section of buff-colored rock. The rope attached to a harness around his waist is taut, stretching up to a metal clip tied to a tree above him and back down to the ground.]]> <![CDATA[History of the world, take 2]]> During a summer when a plane crash in Ukraine or clashes over tunnels in the Middle East could become very real global game-changers, the success of a play like “The Big Bang” is less than assured. After all, this is a musical that summarizes the horror of the Holocaust via Eva Braun’s lyrical lament of picking a bad boyfriend.]]> <![CDATA[Crowdsourcing]]> Crowdsourcing is a new City Pulse occasional feature that will highlight local crowdsourcing campaigns. To find the events, go to the designated website and search by title.]]> <![CDATA[Overdue appreciation]]> With apologies to Mark Twain, reports of the death of libraries are greatly exaggerated, and two prominent Lansing-area librarians couldn’t agree more.]]> <![CDATA[The other summer box office]]> The summer is about halfway over and the cinemas have already beaten our brains senseless with yet more installments of violent transforming robots, planet conquering apes and the conflicts of misunderstood mutant heroes. Looking at the month ahead, the “blockbusters” aren’t even close to being done with us yet — more Marvel superheroes, more sword-and-sandal epics and yet another serving of heroes in a half shell. Fortunately, the local theater scene has plenty of alternatives for kids … and adults looking for an oasis from summer’s sequel sizzle. ]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> ]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> With the grand opening this week of the new Lansing City Market lunch spot For CrÍpe Sake, downtown diners can now get a fast, light lunch with upscale European sensibilities. Leave it to an American — the store’s owner, Mark Owen — to give a crÍperie a name that takes all the pretense out of Continental dining.]]> <![CDATA[No Brainard]]> The push for new public art is well under way at Michigan State University and growing in Lansing and other mid-Michigan towns. But in the stampede to new art, gems from the past are sometimes trampled, or at least neglected.]]> <![CDATA[Million dollar gift]]> WEDNESDAY, July 23 — On Tuesday, the Michigan State University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center announced it had received a $1 million dollar bequest for establishing a new outreach fund. As a bequest, the donation won’t take place immediately, the center’s director, Deanna Hulbert, said the gift’s impact would be instantaneous.]]> <![CDATA[Book reviews: Notes from Neil]]> Thursday, July 17 — A polar vortex in July? Reminded me of a typical Keweenaw Peninsula summer where I grew up. From what I hear, the more traditional West Michigan weather is on its way back, so those of you who love the heat and humidity combo get ready to play. Me, I'm going to be grateful for that brief taste of home. Here's what we're reading:]]> <![CDATA[State of the state: Weird]]> If you’re looking for a summer guide to Michigan’s storied waterfalls, wooded trails and crystal lakes, Jerome Pohlen’s “Oddball Michigan” is not it. But if you need to know where all the giant hot dogs and colossal cows are, or where to find the Watergate burglars’ tools or the last place Jimmy Hoffa was seen alive, he’s your man. The Chicago-based traveler/author is drawn to “really strange places,” and he’s found 450 of them in Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[Oddball lansing]]> ]]> <![CDATA[From fear to finish]]> Endurance sports are all about suffering — the threat of exceeding your personal limitations and self-destructing is absolutely real. Every athlete has his own pre-race fear, regardless how many races he may have completed. But fear is a good thing — it means an athlete cares. However, it’s critical to balance fear with confidence. That way, once the starter gun goes off, confidence can turn fear into focus, and focus will lead the way to the finish. ]]> <![CDATA[Common purpose]]> Last week was the 15th year for the annual Lansing music festival Common Ground, featuring alt-rockers, country twangers and R&B veterans Earth, Wind and Fire. Scott Keith is the President and CEO of the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority Keith and chairman of Center Park Productions, the public entity that plans, organizes and executes the festival each year.]]>