Entertainment

Michigan Musicians Come Together to Perform Benefit Concert for Bethany and Brandon Foote

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

This coming Sunday evening, respected musicians from around Michigan will join together at People’s Church to offer their talents in support of a couple who are active in the community and have had a challenging year, Bethany and Brandon Foote, who perform under the band name, Gifts or Creatures. Organized by May Erlewine Bernard, this benefit concert will feature Seth Bernard, Drew Howard, Max Lockwood, Steve Leaf, Drew Howard, John Hanson, Tony Roth and Joyce Walker, Micah Ling, Jen Sygit, Laura Bates, the Wilson Brothers, Joey Schultz, Erlewine, and others.

ELHS Students Stage Original, Student-Created Theater this Weekend

Monday, November 16, 2015

TBD poster created by Sophie Rutkowski, ELHS student and part of the play's Tech Crew.

From Thursday November 19th through Sunday November 22nd, the theater department at East Lansing High School will be presenting its annual fall show TBD, or To Be Determined.

Late Night Host Seth Meyers Visits MSU

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

 

Seth Meyers, the current host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and the previous Head Writer of “Saturday Night Live” visited Michigan State University on the evening of November 6th to give a talk as part of the Xfinity EntertainU speaker series.

MSU was notified just days in advance that it had won the lecture as part of the Comcast-sponsored contest in which students vote for their university online to win a visit. The event was filmed by Comcast Xfinity and will soon be available as an OnDemand option which viewers will have the ability to watch nationwide.

Time2Play Hosts Fundraiser at the Unicorn Tavern to Help Aid Effort

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This Saturday night, November 7th, local band, Time2Play, will host a fundraiser to help the Greek island of Lesvos provide aid to the large influx of refugees, mostly Syrian and Afghani, arriving on the island. The band is joined in their fundraising effort by Tommy Malvetis owner of the Unicorn Tavern in Old Town Lansing. Malvetis, of Greek heritage himself, is providing the venue for the fundraiser.

From Lansing With Love: Local Hip Hop Artist Aims High

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Local rapper L Soul, whose offstage name is Levon Reid, says “when you listen to my music, you're gonna want to do two things: you're gonna want to learn or you're gonna want to dance. You're gonna want to have fun and turn up or you're gonna just want to sit back and soak it all in. I definitely think my music, more than anything, is informative.”

The Roial Players: MSU's Theater Group for Non-Theater Majors

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

For the past ten years, MSU’s The Roial Players have been putting smiles on the faces of audiences as they perform plays (some written by their members), original shows and comedic improvisation.

In the unique and intimate space of the RCAH Theater on campus, they continue their love and passion for theater throughout their college careers, even with a diverse range of majors.     

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.

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.

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.

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.

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