Twenty-one years ago, East Lansing's City Council asked the Arts Commission to "put on some jazz concerts." Beth and Al Cafagna stepped up, and they're still filling our City's streets with jazz for one weekend every June. Sarah Spohn reports.
To the delight of those of us who attended these colorful and upbeat events last year, the Kozmic Picnik and Second Line Parade will again be featured Saturday, June 24, at the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival.
Did you know that a real, live, local artist creates all the art at the East Lansing's Whole Foods Market? Here, she talks with ELi's newest reporter, Sarah Spohn, about art, passions, and finding a calling in life.
Now on exhibit at the East Lansing Public Library are works by Elaine Dobrowolski and Lily LaFollette, who each pursued her passion for painting after an earlier career, in one case in auto manufacturing, in the other, in business.
The East Lansing School Board heard about the growth and popularity of its music programs at Monday night's meeting. They also listened to teachers requesting that the current health insurance plan be continued despite its comparatively high cost to the District.
Inspired by the positive effects of music during her mother's years with Alzheimer's, one woman helped to fund a unique, interactive program for MSU music students and memory care patients. Ann Kammerer reports.
Orchesis is the only dance organization at MSU sponsored by the Theater Department. Their upcoming annual concert includes works choreographed by students, professors and Billy Bell of "So You Think You Can Dance."