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Explore the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

October 16th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Eli and Edythe Broad Art MuseumLovers of art and architecture will enjoy a visit to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The museum, also known as the MSU Broad, exhibits significant art from around the globe, in a stunning building designed by internationally known architect Zaha Hadid.

There’s nothing quite like a visit to an art museum. That’s because, when you’re viewing art, you’re communing with the artist, in a way. Getting a glimpse inside their head to see what and how they think. Fine art is not just beautiful or fascinating but inspirational, informative, thought provoking, or moving. One often comes away from a good art museum feeling refreshed, thoughtful, and motivated.

If you agree than you will not want to miss an opportunity to visit the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. The museum opened its doors on the MSU campus, in East Lansing, in 2012. It is named in honor of two longtime supporters of the university and the arts.

The 46,000-square-foot museum was built to replace the much smaller Kresge Art Museum. Many come just to take in the building’s multifaceted exterior of pleated stainless steel and glass. More beauty awaits inside, however.

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All For Art | Art For All – East Lansing Art Festival 2017

April 10th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

East Lansing Art Festival 2017All For Art, Art For All is the theme of the 54th Annual East Lansing Art Festival, held this year on May 20th and 21st, 2017.

This juried fine art festival attracts hundreds of artists and craftspeople to East Lansing and thousands of visitors eager to browse their offerings. An event of this magnitude requires year-round efforts from hundreds of volunteers but that’s “The City of the Arts” spirit!

East Lansing, “The City of the Arts,” is home to Michigan State University and a vibrant, art-loving community. The East Lansing Art Festival began here in 1964 as a sidewalk art sale called “Greenwich Village Days.” 54 years later the festival has grown past its humble roots to become a major spring tradition.

The East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) is consistently rated as one of the region’s best fine art and craft shows. The festival is not open to manufactured items or food products. Vendors are artists who create original works of art that go through a rigorous jury selection to be selected to appear at the show.

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Phantom of the Opera at MSU’s Wharton Center

January 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Phantom of the Opera at Wharton TheaterAndrew Lloyd Webber’s international smash musical hit, The Phantom of the Opera, is coming to MSU’s Wharton Center stage this April, 2015.

Based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera is the story of a beautiful soprano who becomes the object of desire and obsession for a mysterious, masked musical genius.

This 1910 tale has been adapted to film and stage many times but none so successfully as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version, which is one of three longest running musicals of all time, along with Les Misérables and Cats. This new production from veteran musical producer Cameron Mackintosh has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before” and has just come off a sold out tour of the United Kingdom.

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The 2014 East Lansing Film Festival

October 11th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2014 East Lansing Film FestivalBack for its 17th year, the 2014 East Lansing Film Festival is a world-class, annual celebration and exhibition of film, showcasing independent features, shorts, and documentaries, along with a host of related side events.

Scheduled for a variety of daily showings – from Thursday, October 30th through Thursday, November 6th, 2014 – the East Lansing Film Festival is the one of the oldest, largest, and most diversified film festivals in Michigan. More than just a simple film-fest, the East Lansing Film Festival also hosts the Lake Michigan Film Competition, the East Lansing Film Society Film Series, and the 48/5 Film Contest.

Started in 1997 with the support of the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University, the East Lansing Film Festival grows in submissions, events, and attendance with every year. Dedicated to bringing quality foreign, independent, and emerging talent via student films to light, the East Lansing Film Festival remains a consistently fresh and influential event – not to mention an all-around great way to see the newest and the best on the film-horizon!

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Visit the MSU Museum In Lansing, MI

February 10th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

MSU Museum - Tyrannosaur SkeletonOne attraction you don’t want to miss when in the Lansing area is the Michigan State University or MSU Museum. With three floors of exciting collections, the MSU Museum has something for everyone.

Michigan’s most popular natural, cultural history museum the MSU Museum features exhibits devoted to world cultures, evolution, animal diversity and heritage with an emphasis on the Great Lakes region.

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Abrams Planetarium on the MSU Campus

November 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Abrams Planetarium

Beautiful, no? To get closer, visit Abrams Planetarium!

Look! Up in the sky! It’s … the sky!

Okay, maybe that wasn’t such a spectacular opening but, when you think about it, the sky is a very fascinating thing – particularly the night sky. Getting a good view of the night sky can be a real challenge these days, what with all the “light pollution” dimming the glow of the stars.

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East Lansing Film Festival 2012

October 31st, 2012 by insideout

Celebrating its 15th year, this world-class film festival showcases independent features, documentaries and shorts as well as tributes, seminars, premieres and parties. Be part of this cultural celebration!

Taking place between November 7th and November 15th, the East Lansing Film Festival is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan. Known for screening independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and students films from around the world, the East Lansing Film Festival began in 1997 with the cooperation of the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University.

The Festival is dedicated to bringing quality foreign and independent films to the state of Michigan in order to expose audiences to diverse cultures, ideas, and creative works.

East Lansing Film Festival Highlights

Opening Night Film: Searching for Sugar Man Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 7:30 p.m. at the Hannah Community Center.
From the East Lansing Film Festival website: “A talented musician from Detroit, who goes simply by the name Rodriguez, cuts a couple of records in the early ‘70s. They flop; what’s new? This is new: They become wild successes in, of all places, South Africa, utterly unbeknownst to the artist, who has disappeared without a trace and is presumed dead. The South Africans believe romantic myths of his demise. But undaunted filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, seeking the truth about his death, finds more than he bargained for when he uncovers the reclusive artist living modestly, completely unaware of his superstar status hundreds of miles away.”

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Go Spartans!

September 15th, 2011 by insideout

Touchdown MSU!


Fall means the return of rain in the Pacific Northwest and brilliant foliage in New England. It means relief from extreme heat in the southeast and southwest, and it means shorter days and longer nights in Alaska. Yet all across the country, north to south, east to west, fall also means football. And that’s a good thing.

Our Lansing, Michigan, Bed and Breakfast sits in the backyard of Michigan State University (figuratively speaking, of course). Each fall, we welcome the return of the Spartans with open arms. Each September, we clear our throats and get ready to cheer for the MSU Football Team.

The Spartans have had nothing but wins so far this year. They walloped Youngstown State 28-6, and they crushed Florida Atlantic 44-0. This Saturday, we’ll face stiffer competition at Notre Dame. We feel optimistic.

Many families stay with us or dine at our Lansing Restaurant while in town to drop off their students. For some, we’re as much a part of the “Back to School” tradition as packing the car. Their victories are our victories, their defeats our defeats.

We hope to see many fans at our Lansing pub to celebrate a victory after the game on Saturday, and in the coming months. Go Spartans!

Beal Botanical Garden

September 7th, 2011 by insideout

The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at Michigan State University is a special place.

Beal Garden Entrance

The Beal Garden Entrance - a thing of beauty in and of itself.

The oldest continually operating university botanical garden in the country, Beal Botanical Garden is a haven for observation, growth, and peace. Students go to Beal Botanical Garden to make use of an unparalleled outdoor laboratory. Guests of our Michigan Bed and Breakfast go there to bask in its beauty.

Beal Botanical Garden is located on the campus of Michigan State University, approximately 20 miles northeast of our Lansing area Bed and Breakfast. Self-guided tours of the garden are encouraged through the use of detailed plant labels. Some folks go there to learn about specific plants, visiting the Lanscape Plants or the Wetlands areas. Others go simply for the opportunity to walk and sit in a lovely, peaceful setting.

More information about the gardens may be found at Beal Botanical Gardens.

MSU Commencement, 2011

April 13th, 2011 by insideout

Michigan State University Commencement ceremonies begin Friday, May 6, 2011 and continue through Sunday afternoon, May 8. We still have some availability at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast during Commencement weekend at MSU.

Commencement is an exciting time for the whole family. Students, parents, siblings, and grandparents often come together to celebrate this great accomplishment. It is a time to bid farewell to homework (unless graduate school is on the horizon) and to welcome the challenges of entering the workforce full time.

No graduation is complete without a feast. Friends and family congregate around the table to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. It is a time to laugh over childhood antics and acknowledge the drive and commitment it took to arrive at this moment. Our fine dining Lansing MI restaurant has prepared many graduation feasts over the years – it’s one of our favorite occasions.

Please visit English Inn Reservations to book a room, and visit MSU Commencement for the 2011 schedule, directions, etc.

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