Most of us remember the movie Twelve Angry Men as a gritty, black-and-white drama centering on jury deliberations in a homicide trial. The jurors are not named, but numbered, and Henry Fonda plays Juror #8 who gradually persuades the other eleven jurors that there is reasonable doubt. The lengthy and intense deliberation exposes the biases of individuals with a volatile mixture of backgrounds and personalities, most of which seem remarkably fresh despite the fact that the play was written sixty years ago.
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.
Singing, drumming, and music, oh my! Once a month, at the MSU Community Music School in East Lansing, the Ten Pound Fiddle hosts a children’s music workshop called Fiddle Scouts. There are music options for kids of all ages: a 0-5 year-old group, a 6-12 group, and a jamboree for pre-teens and teens who already know how to play an instrument.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
If you love to sing, and are looking for a community of like-minded people, check out the Monday Night Community Sing, held on the first Monday of most months at the Unitarian Universalist Church in East Lansing. The singing is neither church choir nor karaoke, but a casual, comfortable gathering offering about 90 minutes of song. The next Sing will take place on Monday, October 6.
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.
Every hour from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the carillon marks the hour with the familiar Westminster chimes. Four times a day we hear the bells toll the hour followed by two hymns, evoking East Lansing’s dual nature as both a small town and a vital city.
The current carillon is the fourth to be used at Peoples Church, and all four have been manufactured by Schulmerich Bells in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. The first three relied on a paper scroll similar to that used in a player piano; the current system uses high fidelity recordings of actual bells.