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Weekend Roundup: What to do in EL the weekend of June 3-5

Friday, June 3, 2016

Photo: Farmer's Market vendor Phil Throop of Wildflower Eco Farm

This weekend there is truly an embarrassment of riches for East Lansing residents. No matter what you’re into, you’re sure to find at least one way to jump into the life of the community, and if you’re like me, you’ll be making a list to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Seventh Annual Pumpstock Showcases Local and National Talent

Friday, June 3, 2016

Photo: The Accidentals, of Traverse City

The seventh annual Pumpstock Festival will take place Saturday, June 4th from 2:00pm – 8:00 pm at East Lansing’s Bailey Park. Pumpstock is an annual outdoor concert event that lets area residents hear nationally recognized musical acts in a fun, family-friendly setting.

The cost is a $10 suggested donation per adult, and kids attend free. All donations go to the artists.

Street Musicians: The Other Side of the Art Festival

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Downtown East Lansing’s summer festivals are a great opportunity for local and traveling street performers to bring their talent to the streets of East Lansing. Perhaps the Art Festival’s most renowned street performer is Crazy Richard, who performs his fire and knife juggling routine every year near Hopcat. While a few erected stages featured musical acts officially booked for last weekend’s festival, alleyways and corners play host to all the other musicians looking to join in on the fun.   

Stigma-fighting, community-growing poet to perform at EL Art Festival

Friday, May 20, 2016

When he was a junior high student in Long Beach, Calif., Sareem Brooks’ words were garnering his journalism teacher’s attention. The class required that Brooks and his classmates each keep a daily journal. While his peers’ journals contained the expected entries detailing dinners, bus commutes home and the evening cartoons lineup, Brooks’ journal was far from expected. So unexpected that Brooks’ grandmother received a call from his teacher.

“I thought I was in trouble,” Brooks chuckled with nostalgia.

MSU Arts and Crafts Show to be held this weekend

Friday, May 20, 2016

As we reported in our Weekend Roundup, The 52nd annual Michigan State University Arts and Crafts Show will be held this weekend in the area around the MSU Union. It will take place Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. The twice-yearly event is put on by the MSU University Activities Board, with another event taking place every December.

Replay Entertainment Exchange Offers Space to Revive Local Music Scene

Friday, May 20, 2016

Photo: Worn Spirit performs

When local musicians are looking to gig around town, their best bet is usually any of Lansing’s established venues such as Mac’s Bar or The Loft. The vast majority of these venues’ concerts are put on by local booking agency Fusion Shows which was founded in 2008 by ELHS grad Irving Ronk (who has since left the agency) and Howell’s Nate Durough.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in EL the weekend of May 13-15

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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It’s the calm between the storms this weekend; MSU graduation and Mother’s Day are in the rearview, and the Art Festival is coming up on May 21 and 22. There are gardens to plant, and soccer and baseball games, but when you want a break from your routine, there’s lots to do in East Lansing.

Council Gets Update on Demolition, Discusses Crowdfunding Infrastructure, Authorizes Sidewalk Charges

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Above: Some of the vacant buildings downtown set to be demolished this year.

Every week, East Lansing Info (ELi) sends one or more reporters to City Council to bring you a complete "Council Capsule."

Permit parking debate reaches some resolution: Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was again dominated by the issue of residential parking permits (RPP), the only item on the Business Agenda. See our special separate report on that.

Potters’ Guild Sale Brings Pots of Spring

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A variety of decorative and useful pottery by 35 local potters will be on sale at the Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild Spring Sale, which begins Thursday, April 28, and runs through Saturday, April 30.

Art for Charlie: A Beautiful Way to Light the Darkness

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Art on display at the Marriott as part of the Art for Charlie exhibition.

 

Five-year-old Charlie Waller may have died from terminal brain cancer in 2011, but his legacy continues through the Art for Charlie Foundation, created in his honor to help families dealing with children’s hospice care or the loss of a child. Currently, Art for Charlie is hosting an art show now through May 1 at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place (300 M.A.C. Avenue).

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