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SHOW OF THE WEEK: Broad Exhibit "Re-Envisions" East Lansing

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Image above: DIGSAU's vision of what could replace parking lot #1, looking southwest from the corner of Albert and M.A.C.

Two events this weekend kick off East Lansing 2030/Collegeville Re-Envisioned, an exhibition at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (the Broad). This exhibit is the culmination of a year-long project sponsored by the Broad, to examine the future of East Lansing development.

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.

Poet and Novelist Read and Offer Workshops This Week

Monday, November 3, 2014

MSU Residential College of Arts and Humanities Center for Poetry will host a husband-and-wife team of authors, poet Rick Mulkey and novelist Susan Tekulve, this week, from November 4 to 6. Events featuring the two will be free of charge and open to the community, and the schedule is set as follows:

Tuesday, November 4: Join Tekulve at 3 pm for a writing workshop, "Moments of Being and Non-Being: Finding Extraordinary Stories in Every Day Objects and First Homes,” at C210 conference room of MSU’s Snyder-Phillips Hall.

Mercury Contamination Investigation at Hannah Community Center Leads to Selective Notification of Citizens

Friday, October 24, 2014

The City is selectively notifying some East Lansing residents of an investigation at Hannah Community Center related to a mishap involving a mercury spill. An email message has gone out from the City addressed to “East Lansing Hannah Community Center Visitors.” The letter advises recipients that a vacuum hose that had previously been wrongly used to clean up a mercury spill at the water treatment plant was then also wrongly used at Hannah Community Center.

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.

Artistic Bike Racks Coming Downtown

Monday, October 13, 2014

Six new works of art that will double as bicycle racks are to be celebrated at an East Lansing ribbon-cutting event next week. Ami Van Antwerp, Communications Coordinator for the City, estimates that the $20,000 project will net “at least 10 new [bicycle] parking spaces” downtown. According to Van Antwerp, “There are a couple of situations where we are replacing deteriorating hoops with the new artistic bike racks.”

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.

Ordinance 1339, Funding for Art, Passes 3-1 at Council

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

On Tuesday, October 7, City Council passed Ordinance 1339 which provides for private and public funding of public art in East Lansing. The vote occurred after a debate between Mayor Nathan Triplett and Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris about the state of the city’s finances. The ordinance ultimately passed by a vote of 3-1, with Goddeeris voting against and Council member Susan Woods recusing herself.

2.0 Maker Studio Opening Today at East Lansing Marriott

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the creative life of East Lansing, as East Lansing Public Library (ELPL)’s 2.0 Maker Studio celebrates its Grand Opening from 4-6 pm. The space is located on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place. According to Ripple Public Relations’ Tali Hylen, “the communal space includes 7 rooms providing tools, supplies, computers and software that allow community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works in a collaborative space, sharing resources and knowledge.”

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.

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