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If the very idea of irony were to die during the coronavirus, how would one bury it? A new book by Ferndale writer Michael Zadoorian might provide an answer. more
Lansing screen-printing company Flat Out Graphics is doing its part to help small businesses brave the impact of the coronavirus. more
Two years ago, skeptics thought it was a gamble to place major works of temporary art in a highly trafficked, graffiti-prone stretch of the Lansing River Trail from downtown to Cedar Street. more
Drummer Mandy Waltz, 28, is a Waterford native living on Lansing’s east side. more
If you were hoping to jam out to “All the Small Things” and other blink-182 hits at Cooley Law School Stadium, you’ll have to wait until 2021. more
Yet another week of no shows at music venues means Turn It Down! is once again dedicated to looking back on our area’s endless discography of amazing tunes, picked by area crate diggers. more
Mónica Ramirez-Montagut has been named the third director of MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Museum. more
Since the COVID-19 outbreak has made it impossible to safely perform music in front of a crowd, artists like Towns have nothing left to do but create in private.  more
Downtown Lansing, Inc. has 11 days left to reach its $30,000 fundraising goal for its “Downtown Lansing Has HEART” crowdfunding campaign with partners Patronicity and Lake Trust Credit Union. more
This week’s Turn it Down! spans decades and genres, but all have deep roots in Mid-Michigan. more
Author Charla M. Burnett, 30, now lives on the East Side of Lansing, but she’s also spent ample time overseas experiencing far-away cultures. more
There may be shortages of PPE, toilet paper, pork, yeast and flour, but there are no shortages of plague and pandemic novels. more
The big lockdown of 2020 has temporarily tamped down the fire of live jazz in Lansing to embers of memory. To behold the flame once more, and offer hope for its return, the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan is taking its annual International Jazz Day bash online. more
In August of last year, Nick Eyde of the Lansing-based Eyde Co. moved to Toledo to work on the renovation of the 28-floor Owens Corning Fiberglas Tower. more
I’m always surrounded by the macabre. My favorite thing would have to be my collection of oddities, weird toys and antiques in my curio cabinet. more
The pandemic has muted local playhouses. Since it’s uncertain when and how a reopening might occur, all theatrical companies are struggling with what their futures might be. They also have some positive outlooks for what comes next. more
The nation is shut down, so is local music. With no shows to report, here’s the fourth edition of “Locals Pick Locals,” a weekly tracklist of homegrown tunes, compiled by Lansing-based musicians and record-store crate diggers. more
Further innovation with livestreaming technology and downsized events in smaller markets — that’s what Scott Keith sees as likely in store for live entertainment. more
My first response is extreme frustration. As a performing musician these past 49 years — and a folk singer at that — I can recall those many times of sudden crisis when I took to the stage for no pay, alone or with many other musicians, to benefit an urgent cause for relief. more
It wasn’t the plan, but as the coronavirus and the resulting quarantine canceled public gatherings and events, we’ve seen everything from symphonies to homebound guitarists turn to the Web to deliver virtual reality performances. more
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