As Martin Luther King Day approaches, many organizations are planning events to commemorate the Civil Rights activist. At the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, the Greater Lansing MLK Holiday Commission has put together “Music of the Dream” featuring some of today’s top gospel singers. One of the singers, Geoffrey Golden, recently won Season 7 of BET’s “Sunday Best,” a reality show to find the best gospel singer in the country. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden has agreed to talk with Eli about his career and his upcoming Lansing visit.
Oscar Castaneda’s story is an American story, that of a bright immigrant seeking better opportunities for himself and his family. He found it in the United States, and in East Lansing, but the narrative of success and opportunity has taken an unexpected and negative turn that threatens to undo all that he and his family have achieved.
Elmo, Big Bird, and their new friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, will help MSU’s Abrams Planetarium kick off its Spring semester this coming Saturday, January 11, at 2:30pm. In “One World, One Sky”, the three friends take a voyage of the imagination to the moon and back in a show designed especially for families and children of preschool and early elementary ages.
Yesterday, a group of about 150 East Lansing High School students rallied after school to protest racial injustice in the wake of grand jury acquittals in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. In a spirited but peaceful procession, the students and supporters marched from the ELHS campus to Abbot Road chanting slogans such as "I can't breathe," "No Justice, No Peace," "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," and "Black Lives Matter."
Maybe you’ve heard it while driving around and scanning radio stations, the commanding voice that announces“88.9 ‘The Impact’ – the music that matters.”
Michigan State University’s student-run radio station (WDBM-FM88.9) broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week from Holden Hall, on MSU’s campus. It has over 100 student volunteers who join the professional staff to provide a wide variety of indie, rock and alternative music. In addition to music programming, the station offers in-depth sports, news and music specialty programs.
Pump House Concerts, a neighborhood run listening room concert series, presents their next show this Friday, November 21 at 7pm. Melissa Greener is a Detroit native, now based in Nashville by way of Austin who will bring her quirkily crafted lyrics, dynamic melodies and loads of groove to this popular East Lansing venue.
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.
The Art for Charlie annual Art Show and Auction on November 13 at the East Lansing Marriott will bring together artists from across the globe and give attendees the opportunity to purchase original drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures. Among nationally known artists contributing work are Gary Kim from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Mark Mehaffey from Williamston, Michigan.
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.
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).
In 2010 our nation was plagued with a rash of teen suicides in the LGBTQ community. At the time, Krista Rowe was a student on the MSU campus who saw the need to build a faith community among her LGBTQ friends on campus. Rev. Jenn Tafel volunteered to offer clergy support, and Queer Christians Reclaiming Our Sexuality and Spirituality (“QCROSS”) was born at MSU that fall as a response to the tragedy.
The much-anticipated Quidditch preseason is now underway with regular after-school intra-squad scrimmages taking place at Patriarche Park. Players from East Lansing High School meet after school to break into two teams, pitting the Goslings against the Narwhals. Ordinarily, practice occurs on Friday afternoons, but because so many of the players belong to the marching band and this Friday was the MSU Homecoming game, practice this week took place on Thursday.
On Saturday September 13 MSU’s College of Human Medicine will sponsor a Teddy Bear Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in MSU’s 4-H Children’s Garden on Bogue Street just south of Wilson Road. Admission to the event is free for everyone, and free parking will be available in both the parking lot across from the MSU Clinical Center and in the Wharton Center parking structure.