Entertainment

Street Musicians: The Other Side of the Art Festival

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Downtown East Lansing’s summer festivals are a great opportunity for local and traveling street performers to bring their talent to the streets of East Lansing. Perhaps the Art Festival’s most renowned street performer is Crazy Richard, who performs his fire and knife juggling routine every year near Hopcat. While a few erected stages featured musical acts officially booked for last weekend’s festival, alleyways and corners play host to all the other musicians looking to join in on the fun.   

JoyRide Pedal Tours Brings Party Bikes to East Lansing

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Photo: Courtesy Joyride Pedal Tours.

Last Friday kicked off the first day of the annual East Lansing Art Festival, as well as the opening of JoyRide Pedal Tours. The business's two pedal bikes provided Festival-goers with complementary rides over the weekend, but JoyRide assures us that they are here to stay. The company will offer Mid-Michigan its very own party bikes to be used for customizable or pre-planned adventures in the Greater Lansing Area.

Stigma-fighting, community-growing poet to perform at EL Art Festival

Friday, May 20, 2016

When he was a junior high student in Long Beach, Calif., Sareem Brooks’ words were garnering his journalism teacher’s attention. The class required that Brooks and his classmates each keep a daily journal. While his peers’ journals contained the expected entries detailing dinners, bus commutes home and the evening cartoons lineup, Brooks’ journal was far from expected. So unexpected that Brooks’ grandmother received a call from his teacher.

“I thought I was in trouble,” Brooks chuckled with nostalgia.

MSU Arts and Crafts Show to be held this weekend

Friday, May 20, 2016

As we reported in our Weekend Roundup, The 52nd annual Michigan State University Arts and Crafts Show will be held this weekend in the area around the MSU Union. It will take place Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. The twice-yearly event is put on by the MSU University Activities Board, with another event taking place every December.

Replay Entertainment Exchange Offers Space to Revive Local Music Scene

Friday, May 20, 2016

Photo: Worn Spirit performs

When local musicians are looking to gig around town, their best bet is usually any of Lansing’s established venues such as Mac’s Bar or The Loft. The vast majority of these venues’ concerts are put on by local booking agency Fusion Shows which was founded in 2008 by ELHS grad Irving Ronk (who has since left the agency) and Howell’s Nate Durough.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in EL the weekend of May 13-15

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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It’s the calm between the storms this weekend; MSU graduation and Mother’s Day are in the rearview, and the Art Festival is coming up on May 21 and 22. There are gardens to plant, and soccer and baseball games, but when you want a break from your routine, there’s lots to do in East Lansing.

Dick Estell, WKAR's "Radio Reader" Dies at Age 90

Monday, May 9, 2016

East Lansing lost an icon of literacy, public service and public radio when Richard “Dick” Estell died May 6, at the age of 90.

Long before there were audio books on cassette, CD or services like “audible,” it was possible to tune into WKAR for half an hour in the morning and get the next installment of a book read in the calming, gentle voice of Estell, WKAR’s “Radio Reader.”

Haydn's "Mass in a Time of War" at Peoples Church This Sunday

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Members of The Peoples Church Choir

This Sunday, April 24th, The Peoples Church Sanctuary Choir will perform Joseph Haydn's “Mass in a Time of War” during the Church’s 10:30 a.m. worship service. 

For decades, the Choir has attracted high-caliber vocal and conducting talent from both sides of Grand River Avenue. Under the leadership of Music Director Jonathan Reed, the group takes part in worship services from September through May, and presents two "Music Sunday” worship services each year, featuring full-length choral works.

ELHS Presents "Legally Blonde, The Musical," Changes Performance Dates

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

East Lansing High School is presenting “Legally Blonde, the Musical” as its spring musical beginning on Wednesday, March 16, at 7pm, and continuing on: Thursday, March 17, at 7pm; Friday, March 18, at 7:30pm; Saturday, March 19, at 7:30pm; and Sunday, March 20, at 2pm. All performances will be at the ELHS Center for Performing Arts, 509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing.

The performance dates had to be changed and reduced because of snow days that prevented rehearsals. The show, originally slotted for seven performances, will now run for five.

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