Say “impressionist art” and you’re likely to think of the Europeans like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne. But a number of American artists fit in that category, too. In Jackson, the Ella Sharp Museum has opened an exhibition called “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony”. It’s on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania.
Today on Current State: campaign finance and education reforms in Michigan; country music in Detroit; remembering the tragic Italian Hall fire; Chinese student business owners; and MSU football heads to the Rose Bowl.
With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level. Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”
Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula is known for its rugged beauty, freezing weather, and copper. Copper mining is a way of life in the UP whose tradition goes back more than a century. And it was a century ago that one of the darkest episodes in the history of Copper Country played out in the small town of Calumet.
Imagine you were an 18-year-old American student, and you went off to study at a university in China that taught economics, biology and all the other subjects in Chinese. Then imagine on top of that navigating the legal and cultural differences to start your own business. For most of us, it would be a daunting challenge to say the least, and more likely too difficult to even attempt. At Michigan State University, some Chinese international students are up to the challenge.
Things seemed to be going well in Gustav Mahler's life while he was composing his 6th Symphony. Yet it became one of his darker, more brooding works for orchestra. The Dallas Symphony's newest release highlights this week's What's New. We'll also listen to new piano releases from rising star Rafal Blechacz and the well-seasoned Mitsuko Uchida.
On Saturday, state lawmakers from around the country will meet at Mount Vernon to discuss how they can push for a new constitutional convention. Their primary goal is to pass and ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget.
On a recent trip to New York City, jazz vocalist Molly McFadden took some fellow Michigan musicians along to perform. The enthusiastic response has led to an effort to promote what McFadden feels is a rich Michigan jazz scene.
Today on Current State: new book examines the turbulent times in East Lansing during the 1960s; a lawsuit strives to give 'personhood' to chimpanzees; a tribute to radio legend Karl Haas at Wharton Center; and one MSU class puts out a cultural guide for international students.
Many in the Lansing area know Lingg Brewer as a longtime Ingham County Clerk from 1977 to 1994, and then as a three-term Democratic State Representative. Brewer also served as county commissioner and is an original founder of the Impression 5 Museum.
In his new book, “Dreams Gone Wrong,” the Lansing native recounts how the complexities of the 1960’s — the Vietnam War, local and national politics, drugs and protest — played out dramatically right here in East Lansing and at Michigan State University.
Researchers typically agree that humans and chimpanzees share a strong genetic link. A lawsuit filed this week, however, is taking that connection a step further, arguing that chimpanzees should have the rights of a "‘legal person."
Radio host Karl Haas would have turned 100 on Dec. 6. Many may remember him from the classical radio program “Adventures in Good Music.” It aired for 44 years, first on Detroit’s WJR and later in syndication on public and commercial radio stations around the world. His son, Jeff Haas, shared his father’s passion for music, but Jeff found his home in the world of jazz.
“What does holding hands mean in America?” It may seem like a silly question, but for many international students across the country it’s a serious one. Trying to understand another country's customs is difficult, but a new guide is hoping to provide some basics in cultural understanding for international students.
Yesterday, after months of speculation, the most pressing question hanging over the city of Detroit was answered. Following nine days of hearings, Federal Judge Stephen Rhodes declared that the beleaguered city is indeed eligible for Chapter Nine bankruptcy protection.
The self-destruction of the comet ISON captured the public imagination last week, as it passed between our planet and the sun. The mystery of outer space has enthralled humanity for centuries. Now, Michigan State University is taking a giant leap into inner space.
Today on Current State: former LSJ executive Mickey Hirten joins City Pulse as editorial director; tar sands shipping in the Great Lakes region; and a new Broad Art Museum exhibit pays homage to a Lansing-born visionary architect.
As the tar sands industry continues to grow, a pressing issue is finding ways to transport the crude oil to midwest refineries. Some are hoping to ship tar sands across the Great Lakes, while others fear another disaster like the Kalamazoo spill.
Recently, the EPA denied Enbridge’s request to extend the deadline for dredging sections of the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge is still trying to clean up the remaining tar sands crude oil in the Kalamazoo watershed from the spill three years ago.