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Savor your summer 

Some say there’s nothing to do in Lansing, but this year’s schedule of summer events begs to differ. As the school year wraps up and the weather continues to warm up, the area will begin …

Titanic tutti tornado: High drama roils Lansing Symphony season finale

Pianist Harmony Zhu showed total commitment to the music of Mozart at Friday’s (May 10) Lansing Symphony Orchestra season closer.
Some people avoid drama like the plague. Those people wouldn’t have had much fun at Friday’s (May 10) Lansing Symphony Orchestra season finale.   The night was drenched in …

Roses and hostas and elephant ears, oh my!

The Meridian Historical Village’s Barnes House is surrounded by native plants, courtesy of the Meridian Garden Club.
Barb Sears, president of the Meridian Garden Club, hates to throw out a plant, “But to tend your garden properly, you need to thin them and give them room to grow,” she …
Participant Mike Dombrowski (left) and Lansing Bike Co-op executive director Aaron Fields pose in front of the co-op before its monthly alley cat scavenger hunt on April 20.

Locals bike around the city for fun, glory in monthly alley cat

By CHELSEA LAKE ROBERTS Last month, a new era began at the Lansing Bike Co-op’s monthly alley cat scavenger hunt when reigning champion Mike Dombrowski was unseated by newcomer Jacob …

Three terrifying tales await readers in ‘The Werewolf at Dusk’

David Small, though primarily an author and illustrator of children’s books, has never been afraid to venture into darker territory. However, he takes his new graphic novel, “The Werewolf at Dusk and Other Stories,” in a more surreal and horror-esque direction than he’s explored before
Make sure you’re strapped in and holding on to your seat before you crack open David Small’s new graphic novel, “The Werewolf at Dusk and Other Stories.” Small, who has made …

Greater Lansing celebrates Memorial Day with festivals, parades and services

Many local municipalities will hold services this weekend at cemeteries and memorial sites to pay tribute to fallen military members.
  Observed annually on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors members of the United States military who died in the line of service. It has also come to signify the start of summer, …

Lansing Symphony Orchestra: ‘Not to be missed’

Cuban-American cellist Tommy Mesa, soloist in the Lansing Symphony's Oct. 3 season opener, is seen here playing with the Detroit-based Sphinx Virtuosi, coming to Wharton Center Feb. 22.
The upcoming Lansing Symphony Orchestra season, announced this week, runs a breathtaking gamut, from a gala gospel-music extravaganza in December to a much-anticipated visit from British piano star …

A cure for fear of the future

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, seen here with principal conductor Edward Gardiner, comes to Wharton Center Oct. 17.
Are you terrified of things to come? Use this story the same way you would use eclipse glasses. There are ways to look directly at the near future with reasonable certainty and safety. Squint …
Kristina Wood
Eight artists descended on downtown Lansing over the weekend carrying ladders, paint and brushes along with healthy imaginations to create works of art on the windows of mostly empty storefronts. …
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2315 N. High St., Lansing  
2315 N. High St., Lansing     Built in 1918, this 1,032-square-foot, four-bedroom home in north Lansing was initially red-tagged for safety issues in July 2018. The city boarded it up …
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A roster of national and regional bands is set to perform on two stages at Rock Lansing, a one-day music festival on May 18 at Adado Riverfront Park . Gates open at 2 p.m. , and music runs until 11 …
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Local artist Dennis Preston created the poster for Heavy Music’s May 18 “Live Bullet” tribute show at the Green Door, illustrating a portrait of vocalist Ben Hall in the style of the album cover.
If you lived in Michigan back in ‘75, Bob Seger was a certified rock star. The Ann Arbor native had been cutting local hits since the mid-1960s and was known for selling piles of tickets …
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Matthew Carlson is known locally for his work in the Stick Arounds and Harborcoat and his “What Am I Making” podcast, but in June, he hits the road on a coast-to-coast solo tour. Oh, and …
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Our 2023 Arts and Culture Issue:
The Dark Art of Michigan's seventh annual World Goth Day celebration, featuring a performance art show, a dark art bazaar, live music by the Rock and Roll Bad Guys and gothic DJ sets by DJ Mary X, begins 8 p.m. Saturday at the Avenue.
Expect an eventful weekend
As detailed in this week’s Summer Guide, this weekend will kick off the summer events season in Greater Lansing with three big festivals, but that’s not all to look forward to. From plant and craft sales, goth celebrations and dances to an abundance of live music, a comedy show, a tea party and more, the area will be bustling in the coming days.
The East Lansing Art Festival has been a staple of Greater Lansing’s creative scene for six decades. This year’s event, running 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (May 18) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (May 19), features 175 artists spanning 18 categories of mediums.
Summer events season starts early in Greater Lansing
It’s not officially summertime yet, but for Greater Lansing residents, this weekend kicks off a packed schedule of summer events. From art to music to general merriment, the following three festivals offer a little something for everyone.
Quinn Kelly (left) and Rich Kopitsch rehearse an argument for
Ixion wraps up season with a humorous and engaging collection of shorts
Ixion Ensemble Theatre concludes another strong season of new, original and challenging works with “Let’s Fight,” an energetic, kinesthetic and humorous collection of nine 10-minute plays that revolve around conflict.
Though not a literary figure, Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s sidekick, has links to those who are.
Of sidekicks and locales in classic mysteries and thrillers
I love sidekicks in mysteries and thrillers—like Tonto—who not only clean up the Masked Man’s messes but also give sage advice. Tonto was my go-to. Well, fans of David Robicheaux, …

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