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Amended Bailey Site Plan Gets City-Level Approval

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The goal is to restore the historic exterior of the old Bailey school, replace a newer one-story addition with a three-story addition, and create low-traffic commercial space (possibly including a daycare) and 25 senior independent living rental apartments.

The Good Life: Fall Color Tour by Train

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Photo courtesy of the Steam Railroading Institute.

The Steam Railroading Institute (SRI) of Owosso is offering a unique 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 3, round-trip from Cadillac to Boyne Fall; October 10, round-trip from Petoskey to Fife Lake; and October 17, round-trip from Mount Pleasant to Cadillac. The series’ migration south over the month of October ensures great colors on each tour.

All of the Above Hip Hop Academy Fosters Appreciation for Art among Youth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Carl Bowers

Since its inception five years ago at East Lansing’s Edgewood Village, All of the Above Hip Hop Academy, AOTA, has been working to mentor young creatives, cultivate a strong, artistic community and foster a positive hip hop culture within the East Lansing and Lansing areas.

AOTA provides local teens with opportunities to take free classes in lyric writing, producing music, Bboying and even graffiti art. All classes are taught by industry veterans, including program founder Ozay Moore, formerly a successful hip hop recording artist.

Council Capsule: August 18, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Image: Artist’s rendition of what the alley off Ann Street Plaza could look like with art.

Note: This article was updated on August 19th, 2015 to indicate that the location of proposed condo development near Chandler and State Roads is Falcon Pointe, not Hawk's Nest as we originally reported.

The August 18 meeting of City Council was a “work session,” which means it was not videotaped or broadcast. You can listen to an audio recording by clicking here.

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.

Council Capsule: August 4, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Image: East Lansing paramedic/firefighter Matt Sterling who last night received the Paramedic of the Year Award.

Present: All members of Council were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, Ruth Beier, and Susan Woods.

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.

Pumpstock Festival This Saturday

Friday, June 5, 2015

Tomorrow: The June 6 Pumpstock Music Festival at Bailey Park will offer both local stars and nationally touring artists playing on two stages for continuous music from 2pm to 8pm.

Festival organizer Dudley “Smitty” Smith was involved with Pump House Concerts before the Festival was founded. The idea of these concerts – “an intimate atmosphere and a comfortable and involving listening environment” – blossomed into Pumpstock.

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.

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