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Baseball, board games and Buffett

The Lansing Lugnuts will take on the Great Lakes Loons in a three-game series this weekend at Jackson Field.
This weekend offers an eclectic mix of events, from the sixth annual Dam Jam Music Festival to a mini gaming convention for kids and a Jimmy Buffett-themed patio party to a psychedelic comedy show. There’s also plenty more live music beyond Dam Jam, a few Lugnuts games, a cooking class and much more.
In his new book, “There Was Nothing You Could Do: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ and the End of the Heartland,” rock critic Steven Hyden explores the creation and impact of Springsteen’s landmark 1984 album.

Four decades later, rock critic reflects on Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’

It’s been 40 years since Bruce Springsteen released his “Born in the U.S.A.” album to great critical acclaim. The title track became an instant anthem, a sing-along gem that boomed from jukeboxes, car radios and home stereo systems across the country.
Four knitted chickens, souvenirs of Jazz Tuesdays gigs at Moriarty’s Pub in downtown Lansing, grace the New York City apartment of Brian Charette. The organist called Jazz Tuesdays “the best steady jam session I’ve ever attended.”

Jazz Tuesdays at Moriarty’s Pub marks 10 years

Why are four knitted chickens from Lansing roosting on a New York City jazz musician’s bookshelf?

Tyler Cole traces journey from East Lansing to Billboard charts

Tyler Cole spent his early childhood years in East Lansing before moving to Los Angeles in 2003. His music career began to take off when he recorded an album with Willow Smith in 2020, leading to other projects with household names like Rivers Cuomo and Spike Lee.
From recording a double-platinum song with Willow Smith to producing an album for Weezer and securing a lead writing role on a Spike Lee film, Tyler Cole’s career has taken him to places most artists can only dream of.
Hip-hop artist Jahshua Smith (left) and R&B artist Mystur Love will headline this year’s Dam Jam Music Festival on Friday and Saturday evenings, respectively. Smith will be backed by a new band called the Grass Roots, and Love will be backed by the Trilogy Band.
When Jahshua Smith saw his friend and fellow hip-hop artist Ozay Moore perform at last summer’s Dam Jam Music Festival, he couldn’t believe how good the sound was.
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Capital City Comic Con runs 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lansing Center, offering the chance to dress up as your favorite pop-culture character and enjoy cosplay contests, panel discussions, tabletop gaming, E-sports a kids’ activity area and more.
From comics and E-sports to tacos and tequila, plus fairy tales and eco-friendly art, this weekend’s festivals cover a wide range of interests, offering something for everyone. You can also head to Charlotte for the Eaton County fair, check out a variety of art exhibits, learn how to create linocut prints and more. 
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Tim Russ, known for his role as Tuvok in “Star Trek: Voyager” and his brief cameo in the science-fiction parody film “Spaceballs,” among other roles, will appear at Capital City Comic Con on Saturday (July 13) and Sunday (July 14).
Tim Russ beams into Lansing for Capital City Comic Con
More people know Tim Russ from his five-second scene in 1987’s “Spaceballs” than his seven seasons as Tuvok in “Star Trek: Voyager,” which ran from 1995 to 2001.
From left: Kamara Miller Drane, James Kuhl, Chris Purchis and Mona Eldahshoury in Williamston Theatre’s production of “Predictor,” by Jennifer Blackmer.
Williamston Theatre deftly balances humor and gravitas in ‘Predictor’
On paper, the development of the first pregnancy test doesn’t seem like a compelling premise for a play. However, Williamston Theatre’s production of “Predictor” is one of the funniest and most touching shows of Greater Lansing’s 2023-‘24 theater season.
Romance writer Emily Henry is no stranger to The New York Times’ best-seller list, publishing five No. 1 best-sellers in the past four years. Her new book, “Funny Story,” has been on the list for 10 weeks.
Fictional Michigan beach town the setting for chart-topping summer romance
One of this summer’s hot beach reads is “Funny Story,” by Cincinnati-area romance writer Emily Henry, who not only attended college in Michigan but set the book in a fictional Michigan beach town.
The Lansing Concert Band will perform 7 p.m. Friday at Lake Lansing Park South, with an opening set by singer-songwriter Gwen Doerfler at 6:15.
An easygoing post-holiday weekend
Following a busy Independence Day, this weekend will provide some time to relax with a schedule of events that’s much less crowded than usual. Those staying in town can look forward to a few concerts, two dance parties, a cruise-in, a euchre tournament, a comedy show and more.
Municipalities across Greater Lansing, plus Jackson Field, will celebrate Independence Day today (July 3) and Thursday (July 4) with fireworks displays, parades, concerts, car shows and more.
Celebrate freedom with Fourth of July events throughout Greater Lansing
Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1941, but July 4 has stood as the birth of American independence for much longer.

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