‘We were always doing music’

Al (left) and Beth Cafagna at an early Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing.
As the 1950s jazz standard puts it, “Spring can really hang you up the most.”
Lansing author Dedria Humphries Barker tells the complex life story of her Irish-American great-grandmother in her book, “Mother of Orphans: The True and Curious Story of Irish Alice, A Colored Man’s Widow.”
In her book, “Mother of Orphans: The True and Curious Story of Irish Alice, A Colored Man’s Widow,” Lansing author Dedria Humphries Barker tells the true story of her great-grandmother Alice Donlan, a second-generation Irish American who married a Black man in Cincinnati, Ohio, during the hostile Jim Crow era.
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The Ukulele Kings, a Lansing-based trio, will perform a children's concert 11 a.m. Saturday at University United Methodist Church. Another ukulele-focused event, a fundraiser for this year's Mighty Uke Day Festival, runs 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at UrbanBeat.
The schedule of events in Greater Lansing this weekend is packed, from numerous fundraising events, concerts, theater productions and film screenings to horse shows, art workshops, kids’ activities and much, much more.
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Central United Methodist Church, across the street from the Capitol, is one of two new venues for the Capital City Film Festival this year. Festival director Emma Selby said it’s “a little slice of Lansing history” because “it’s widely believed to be Lansing’s first indie theater.”
At a time when remakes, sequels and spinoffs reign supreme at movie theaters and on streaming services, one of the goals of Capital City Film Festival is to provide a breath of fresh air for moviegoers in Greater Lansing.
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Lansing-based power trio No Skill releases its “Fields of None” LP on Friday (April 12).
No Skull returns with ‘Dark Tower’-inspired riffs -Q&A with vocalist and bassist Ryan Andrews Ryan Andrews of No Skull has been making loud sounds in the Lansing music scene …
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Aurat headlines the official Capital City Film Festival afterparty on April 20.
Punk takes center stage at official afterparty Aurat is a Los Angeles-based band led by Pakistani American vocalist Azeka Kamal and her music partner, bassist and producer Gil Talbot. The …
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Our 2023 Arts and Culture Issue:
The 5 th annual FILMETRY festival, presented in partnership with the Capital City Film Festival, will premiere 11 new short films adapted from poems informed by cinema. The event begins 5:30 p.m. …
By TESSA PANETH-POLLAK “Marqueetown” is a documentary about one man’s quest to restore the historic marquee of the single-screen Nordic Theater in Marquette. An Art Deco …
“The Activated Man”
By MARY CUSACK Calling a film a “slow burn” is often a compliment. In the case of “The Activated Man,” not so much. The plot is slow, and the plot holes burn through …
Symphonic Cinema: “Fresh”
“Fresh,” released in 1994, may be the least fresh offering in a lineup of much more recent films. But three decades later, the intense story about a 12-year-old losing childhood innocence …

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