City Pulse - Arts and Culture <![CDATA[The art of absorption]]> Wang Chunchen knows how to roll with change. Quick and wrenching change in the world’s most populous nation is the theme of “Future Returns,” a dizzying, diverse exhibit of contemporary Chinese art, curated by Wang, set to take over the second floor of the Broad Art Museum Oct. 30.]]> <![CDATA[Q&A with country music icon Rosanne Cash ]]> When you’re the daughter of Johnny Cash, your Tennessee roots are apparent and profound. But while Grammy Awardwinning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash was born in Memphis in 1955, she was uprooted as a toddler to California, and for the last two decades she and her husband/ bandmate John Leventhal have raised their children in Manhattan.]]> <![CDATA[Making love to history]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Comic con]]> Suspension of disbelief is critical to the comedy genre, where plot and the rules of reality are often discarded in service of a joke. That’s especially true Review for Starlight Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “What Is Susan’s Secret,” an “American farce” by Michael and Susan Parker riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies that boggle the mind. What the script lacks in a coherent story, however, it makes up for with the series of eccentric characters that the cast playfully brings to life.]]> <![CDATA[Cut-and-paste aesthetic]]> Despite the absence of corporate backing in production, Midwest creatives of all varieties with a desire to produce works have proved since the ‘80s and ‘90s that if there is a will, there is way. In “Substrate,” (SCENE) Metrospace’s new exhibit opening Friday, visitors are shown the many ways in which, albeit on a smallscale, people are taking production back.]]> <![CDATA[CITY PULSE BAR GUIDE]]> In this, the first-ever City Pulse Bar Issue, we have compiled a handy primer for Lansing-area socialites looking to get more out of their bar-going experiences and maybe learn a little bit more about this distinct social climate. But, you know, in a fun way.]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: Favorite drinks]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: Shifting times]]> Itīs 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday, but people are already drinking beers inside LeRoy’s Classic Bar and Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St. in Lansing. The day manager of 15 years, Joseph Cardwell, preps food on the nearby griddle. He opens the doors to the typical clientele at 7 a.m.: Third-shift nurses from Sparrow Hospital, police officers and factory workers who come to unwind after a hard night’s work. But with the decline in manufacturing jobs, it just isnīt what it used to be. ]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: Leave of abstinence ]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: The journalist bartender]]> <![CDATA[Drinkin' 'n' Singin': A list of the best drinking & bar songs]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: Bars on film]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: Burning love]]> In recent years, bars have begun adding patios to attract diners to eat and drink outdoors to take full advantage of the mid-Michigan spring, summer and fall. But as the mercury drops, patio dining becomes less desirable. ]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: Bittersweet symphony]]> <![CDATA[Wish you were here]]> When the postcard debuted in the U.S. in the late 19th century, it revolutionized shortform communication, sort of like a primitive Facebook or Twitter. But unlike messages on modern social media, the penny postcard has become a major hobby, attracting millions of collectors nationwide. It’s highly doubtful anyone’s collecting tweets for a future museum display.]]> <![CDATA[Funny stuff]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> ]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> It’s a baby for Old Town! Earlier this month, Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, moved into 1212 Turner St., former home of Gallery 1212. The baby supply store carries cloth diapers, specialty baby clothing, organic cleaning supplies and “upcycled” furniture and home decorations (old stuff that’s been fixed up and given an artistic coat of paint). Owner/ operator Lynn Ross opened Mother & Earth in 2011, but the recent move gives her a much wider audience.]]> <![CDATA[Book reviews: Notes from Neil]]> MONDAY, OCT. 20 — I've been spending a great deal of time around artists and other creatives these days, which has been a very pleasant experience. The common thread is always books; from painters to poets, people whose restless minds are always looking for the new and untried love to talk about the books that matter to them. Here's what we're reading: ]]> <![CDATA[Packing a punch]]> Number 77 is a commanding figure in the middle of the East Lansing Eighth Grade Junior Trojan lineup. As a nose tackle 77 is immovable; as a left guard such a threat the defense usually sends a double team. This football player has been in training since the fourth grade and is now poised for a high school career that could be unheralded in power, speed, smarts and sex. Yes, sex. Number 77 is a girl. ]]>