SHOW OF THE WEEK: Frog and Cats and Ogres, Oh My!

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Ambrose Meteyer, Olivia Hughs, Amelia Vilhauer, Shelby Brewer

This weekend (November 7 and 8) and next weekend (November 14 and 15), East Lansing-based All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will be performing their fall show The Frog Prince and The Truly Remarkable Puss-in-Boots. Youth from Bath, Dewitt, Diamondale, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Mason, Okemos, and Perry fill the cast and crew of this latest production and range from 9-17 years of age.

Michigan State University Holds 13th Annual Day of Percussion Sunday, October 26

Friday, October 24, 2014

MSU will host its annual day of percussion this Sunday October 26, at East Lansing’s MacDonald Middle School. East Lansing High School’s drumline will perform and be critiqued at 4:35 pm. MSU’s Percussion Ensemble will perform at 1:10 pm and the MSU Drumline will perform at 5:00 pm. High school drumlines from Lansing Eastern, Mason, Troy, Olivet, Okemos, Port Huron, Farmington, Utica, Waterford Kettering and Harrison will also perform. Section clinics for snare, tenor, bass and cymbals will be offered for the students around noon. Admission is $5 for all adults at the door.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Dead Poets Contest at Dublin Square, Oct. 28

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Dead Poets Society

On Tuesday, October 28, a Dead Poets Contest will take place starting at 7:30 pm at Dublin Square Irish Pub and Restaurant, 327 Abbot Road in East Lansing. Contestants are invited to read one or two poems by a departed poet, reading for a maximum of 4-5 minutes, and to dress “in the spirit” of that poet (generously interpreted—anything from a hat/scarf to full costume).

SHOW OF THE WEEK: ELHS Marching Band Performs 35th Annual Senior Show Friday

Thursday, October 16, 2014
ELHS Marching Band at Grand Ledge

Note: ELi is instituting new weekly features! Today is our second installation of our new Thursday feature, "Show Of The Week," filling you in on an exciting upcoming entertainment opportunity in East Lansing.

East Lansing High School (ELHS) football game attendees will be in for a special treat on Friday, October 17 as the 100-member ELHS Marching Band performs a half-time show selected by the 20 seniors in the band. Kick off for this season’s last home game is at 7:00 p.m. Admission for the game is $5.

Jen Sygit, East Lansing's Songbird

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Jen Sygit is one of the most liked and best known folk / Americana musicians in the greater East Lansing area. As was the case for many of her peers, music was an early part of her life, starting with voice lessons in the first grade and an ability to pick up an instrument and start playing it with no instruction. Unlike the experience of many other musicians, however, there were no musicians in her household growing up. “Nobody in my family played an instrument, but there was music on the stereo all the time,” Sygit explains.

Keys In The Cities – Public Pianos

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Capital Area Blues Society, led by board member Larry Grudt, is developing a project that will place artistically decorated pianos in public spaces around East Lansing and Lansing. The project proposes to bring used pianos, local artists, business merchants, and the community together in a spontaneous, unique and entertaining manner. Donated pianos in working condition will be paired with local artists who will decorate them.

Fall Color Tour by Train

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Steam Railroading Institute (SRI) of Owosso is offering a unique and relaxing way to see the fall colors of the Lower Peninsula: an all-day train tour. The SRI will be hosting a series of trips: October 4, round-trip from Cadillac to Boyne Fall; October 11, round-trip from Petoskey to Fife Lake; and October 18, round-trip from Mount Pleasant to Cadillac. The series’ migration south over October ensures great colors on each tour.

9/11 Commemorative Concert at St. Thomas Aquinas TONIGHT

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Veterans, police officers, firefighters, and emergency responders will be honored tonight, September 11, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing. The program will run from 7:00-9:00 pm, and admission is free. Performers will include barbershop chorus The Capitol City Chordsmen, bagpiper Terry Carroll, and trumpeters Will Reid and Michael Liberato.

MSU Teddy Bear Picnic Saturday with MSU College of Human Medicine

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On Saturday September 13 MSU’s College of Human Medicine will sponsor a Teddy Bear Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in MSU’s 4-H Children’s Garden on Bogue Street just south of Wilson Road. Admission to the event is free for everyone, and free parking will be available in both the parking lot across from the MSU Clinical Center and in the Wharton Center parking structure.

Decembersongs Acoustic Celebration, Dec. 10

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pump House Concerts presents our annual holiday concert featuring DECEMBERSONGS! The concert will be on MONDAY, December 10th, with music at 7 pm and will feature four friends singing songs of the season as old as the ages and as fresh as new fallen snow. These are all acclaimed singer/songwriters, trading original holiday songs ‘in the round’.




Amy Speace (songs recorded by Judy Collins), Jon Vezner (Grammy winner), Dan Navarro and Sally Barris (Grammy nominees) will entertain us for the 3rd year in the smallest and most intimate venue they will perform in.

Decembersongs will perform only 11 shows, including Nashville's Bluebird Café, Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, & New York's The Living Room.

Come see them at The Pump House - the smallest, most intimate venue where this group will EVER perform.

Free Holiday Concert by Arts Chorale

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing will perform its annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the University Lutheran Church on 1020 SouthHarrison Road, East Lansing. The concert is free to the public with annual Christmas treats for all following the concert.

Theatre Review: "Measure for Measure" at MSU

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Measure for Measure, dating to 1602 or 1603, is an infrequently performed Shakespeare comedy, probably because it has less easy appeal than its more famous predecessors. The MSU Theater Department production, continuing through November 18 at Wonders Hall, shows why, if well done, this play deserves a stronger place in the repertoire.

Christina Traister's direction is what I would call a post-modern-traditionalist take on this "problem play." The story revolves around draconian, if unenforced, laws against pre-marital sex, a topic that has had little relevance in college communities for a couple of generations, if not more, although it is not at all irrelevant from a global perspective. I generally find attempts to make Shakespeare, or other "dated" works, relevant by updating the setting, usually to a time and place also not here-and-now, distracting, but purist, as we imagine performed at The Globe, productions can get tiresome. Traister mostly stays true to period costumes and setting, but throws in enough contemporary allusions to allow the audience to be aware it is watching in 2012, while engaging fully with the darkness that cannot be done tongue-in-cheek.

The post-modernism (along with using "tablets" for paperwork and a few other bits) is embodied in the "bawd," Pompey, wonderfully played as a "trouser-role" by Zachera Wollenberg, who had a similar, albeit unquestionably female role, to much applause, in last Summer Circle's Adrift in Macao. Not in period costume, complete with iPod and ear bugs, but with a period lock-picker, the acerbic, up-yours-authority, her Pompey is both totally now and totally Shakespeare, including providing half-time entertainment. This gives the audience a way to relate, while the other comic characters, the constable, Elbow (Chris Coy), and Pompey's bawdy-house employer, Mistress Overdone (Mary Dilworth), as well as the authority figures whom she baits, stay in period. It is a remarkably effective way of letting us have contemporary fun -- Ms. Wollenberg has the talent to be a first-rate professional comedic actress -- without distracting from the serious drama, best left in its Vienna Dukedom.