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So while its strange times like we’ve never seen before, this week “Locals Pick Locals” Vol. 9 digs back and unearths some optimistic, summery tunes that’ll hopefully brighten your day. more
After 10 weeks of solitary lockdown, Lansing jazz lovers dug the sound of a simmering trio again. Shoup, guitarist Rick Hicks and organist Jim Alfredson stirred their plinks, licks and lines together and resumed the livestreaming version of Moriarty’s Jazz Tuesdays in Alfredson’s studio basement. more
Skateboarding has a certain reputation. Both violent and undeniably cool, the sport has attracted daredevil teens since its inception. A whole generation of kids grew up playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games and watching awe-inspiring reruns of the X-Games on ESPN. more
My favorite things are plants. Indoor plants, outdoor plants, plants from all growing zones and conditions. They symbolize life on this planet: no plants, no life. more
When someone pitched an idea for a summer cocktail guide at our last staff meeting, I knew we couldn’t forget about pot. more
A photographer wanted to get out and do some work and a moment in time needed to be documented. A portrait genre was born.  more
Nothing in this world combines exercise, diversion, travel, philosophy and safely fleeting human contact better than biking. It’s no wonder that this spring, a lot of people are rediscovering the bicycle as a glorious way to shake off the stink of quarantine. more
As an engineering technician for the City of Lansing for more than three decades, Bob Rose’s life revolved primarily around numbers and hard data. Now, he’s spending his retirement exploring his artistic side.  more
This week’s installment of “Locals Pick Locals” spans the pop universe without leaving Ingham County. Read on and listen along wherever you stream music. more
Edna Chichi Njoku Frenchwood is a local singer, dancer, writer, actor and standup whose work has been featured in films such as “The Strangers Game” and printed in acclaimed books such as “Tear the Veil!” more
Walls have been built to separate us; to repel invading armies; to keep people in; to keep people out; to protect privacy; buffer expressway noise; and, sadly, to protect property values. more
“Greenhouse,” which features his largest array of producers to date, is a major leap forward for MikeyyAustin. more
You usually have to turn a suit or a pair of pants inside out to finish an alteration. Turning the whole store inside out is a new wrinkle, even for one of downtown Lansing’s retail anchors, 160-year-old Kositchek’s men's clothing store. more
Fifty years ago Sunday, May 24, 1970, more than 35,000 music fans crowded into a muddy field at Michigan State University’s Old College Field. more
Craig Calvert — joined by his wife and musical partner Jan James — has had a ferociously diverse musical career.    more
If the Curtainless Theatre was a musical group, it wouldn’t play simple pop or three-chord rock ‘n’ roll. more
Mónica Ramirez-Montagut is having an even stranger COVID-19 lockdown than most humans. In July, she takes over as the new director of MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Museum. more
ELAF Manager Heather Majano worked with her team to put together a virtual version of the festival on Facebook and Zoom that includes magic, music and more. more
The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 looks familiar to Irv Nichols. more
The ‘60s and 2000s are represented in this weekly local music mix curated in part by yours truly with guest endorsements from various local musicians. more
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