Arts

Contemporary Music Potluck: Big Music in a Small Venue

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

On Saturday, August 8, I attended a concert that was geographically close and yet environmentally far from East Lansing’s Great Lakes Folk Festival and the neighboring Lansing Jazz Fest.

In the shadows of these competing annual mainstays, another day-long musical event was taking place in a quiet Hunter Park-adjacent Lansing neighborhood: the Contemporary Music Potluck (CMP).

Great Lakes Folk Festival offers music and culture for all

Friday, August 7, 2015

Whether you identify as a jazz connoisseur, or you are looking for an affordable way to enjoy your weekend, the annual Great Lakes Folk Festival offers fun for all. The festival runs this weekend, Aug. 7-9 in downtown East Lansing.

Festivities begin Friday evening at 6 p.m. with the Uke Strum, led by Ben Hassenger. Visitors are invited to bring their own ukuleles and join in with Hassenger at City Hall Stage, on Abbot Road.

The Art of Yoga at the Broad Museum

Friday, June 26, 2015

For the second year running, East Lansing cultural staple the Broad Art Museum presents a unique alternative to standard yoga practice with free classes in its sculpture garden.

Classes are held on the fourth Saturday of every month, and the next class is this Saturday, June 27th. I spoke with Michelle Word, the Director of Education at the Broad Art Museum, to learn more about this popular program.

Council Capsule: May 26, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

 

Hear this Council work session: You can listen to an audio recording of last night’s City Council work session by clicking on this link.

Present at Council: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods. Ruth Beier was absent.

Valley Court Steps Turn Rainbow

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Image: Melissa Sortman (left) and Terry Scharf on the newly-painted steps at Valley Court Park

 

Visitors to this year’s East Lansing Farmers’ Market in Valley Court (opening June 7) will see a new art feature just north of the market. The steps running from Valley Court’s glacial washout plain up to the Oakwood Neighborhood have been painted rainbow colors under a project led by Melissa Sortman and Terry Scharf.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Jazzing It Up

Friday, May 15, 2015

Image: This month's Jazz Night at East Lansing High School, where Michael Dease performed as the Draggoo family-funded visiting artist

This Sunday at 11 am, visitors to the East Lansing Art Festival can hear East Lansing High School’s Jazz Band 1 perform works by Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico, Bobby Timmons, and more. Those who have heard this group know that, under the direction of Dave Larzelere, the ensemble’s sound is of a remarkably high quality for high school musicians.

ASK ELI: Poetry Attack

Friday, May 8, 2015

A reader asks: What’s up with all the posters on trees in front of the East Lansing Public Library?

Eli answers: The “posters” are actually poems, part of the most recent Poetry Attack executed by members of The East Lansing Street Arts Commission (ELSAC).

Eli spoke with Carolyn White, a founder of both ELSAC and East Lansing’s Poetry Attacks. White is a professional story teller, the world’s foremost expert on leprechauns, and a children’s book author.

All-of-us Express First Young Playwrights Festival

Monday, April 27, 2015

PHOTO: Cast and Crew of “The Fairy Tale Book” and “The Journeys of Miss Pepper”

Three Youth-Written Plays, One Night: All-of-us Express’ First Young Playwrights Festival

Next weekend (May 9), East Lansing-based All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre will be performing their first ever Young Playwrights Festival, directed by youth participant Savannah Segueda.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: What's LUVs Got To Do With It?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Maybe you’re wondering what all the cool kids are doing these days. Maybe you’re curious about what’s new in the local music scene. Maybe you’re just tired of the same 10 or 20 songs they play on the radio, your Pandora station has started to sound a little dull and you want something different.  Well, have I got some news for you:

Vaudeville is back!

SHOW OF THE WEEK: The Wiz at East Lansing High School

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The cast and crew have a pep talk before rehearsal begins motivating everyone to be the best they can be.

As soon as the bell rings for the end of the school day at East Lansing High School, anxious and excited theater students head to the auditorium for rehearsal for their upcoming show. As they scramble to get into costume, you cannot walk a hallway near the auditorium without encountering bubbly students bouncing with energy. They are getting ready for The Wiz, a musical based on The Wizard of Oz.

Council Capsule: March 17, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Image: Centennial sculpture, courtesy City of East Lansing

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmember Kathy Boyle

Absent: Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Susan Woods

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