Entertainment

Confederate Flag Raises Questions about City Contract with MSU

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Above: Councilmember Ruth Beier (right) talking to ELPD officers at the Zemer root beer stand last summer

The controversy over a vendor’s display of the Confederate flag at last year’s downtown Folk Festival arose at East Lansing’s City Council again last night, as Council members discussed how the City might push MSU to select only vendors unlikely to display such a politically-charged image.

Broad Museum Offers Kozmic Picnik & Second Line Parade as Part of Summer Solstice Jazz Fest

Friday, June 17, 2016

 
The 20th annual East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is set for Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 in downtown East Lansing. The Festival showcases a variety of jazz talent and styles spread out across several locations including the Main State at 230 Albert Avenue, the MSU Outreach & Engagement Education Stage on the Ann Street Plaza, and the Fieldhouse Craft Sports Bar at 213 Ann Street.

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.   

JoyRide Pedal Tours Brings Party Bikes to East Lansing

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Photo: Courtesy Joyride Pedal Tours.

Last Friday kicked off the first day of the annual East Lansing Art Festival, as well as the opening of JoyRide Pedal Tours. The business's two pedal bikes provided Festival-goers with complementary rides over the weekend, but JoyRide assures us that they are here to stay. The company will offer Mid-Michigan its very own party bikes to be used for customizable or pre-planned adventures in the Greater Lansing Area.

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.

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