2014 Exhibition Calendar

~Exhibition Calendar 2014~

Presence: "Presence" celebrates the visions emerging in the Michigan State University art department. All six featured artists are second-year MFA candidates. Their unique work adds another dimension to the artistic vision our community has to offer. Featured artists include: Kiel Darling, Mary Fritz, Julie Johnson, Lane Kaufmann, Sarah Odens and Keri Weber. Painting, installation, objects. January 10th-March 16th. Free during gallery hours.


The Michigan State University Undergraduate Exhibition: (SCENE) Metrospace is partnering with Michigan State University's art department to bring the undergraduate exhibition downtown. This is a juried exhibition featuring selected works created by the MSU undergraduate art students. March 28th-April 19th. Opening reception: Friday, March 28th, 6-9 p.m., free.

Shifting Scenes: Award-winning Art from the East Lansing Art Festival


Reductive Uncertainty: Sculpture & Prints by Local Artist, Matthaeus Leitner

(SCENE) Metrospace will be hosting an exhibition of award-winning art from the East Lansing Art Festival. In conjunction with this exhibition, local artist, Matthaeus Leitner, will be exhibiting recent sculptures and prints. May 2nd-June 22. Opening reception: Friday, May 2nd, 6-9 p.m., free.

More to come soon.

(SCENE) Metrospace is East Lansing’s City-funded alternative art gallery and performance space. It is located at 110 Charles St. in downtown East Lansing. Contact Tim Lane at scenemetrospace@gmail.com or visit www.scenemetrospace.com for more information about the space.

Regular gallery hours during exhibitions are Thursdays from 2-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m.; and by appointment.

Current Exhibition: The Michigan State University Art Department Undergraduate Show, Mar 28-Apr 19

(SCENE) Metrospace is happy to be hosting the Michigan State University Art Department’s Undergraduate Exhibition!

The undergraduate exhibition is a juried show that features the works of students enrolled in classes at Michigan State University in the Department of Art, Art History and Design.

The exhibition runs from March 28th until April 19th.

Gallery visits are free. Regular gallery hours are Thursdays from 2-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m., Sundays from noon-4 p.m., and by appointment.

Stop by and be (SCENE)!

Judge: Gregory Tom

About the Judge: Born in Los Angeles, Gregory Tom is an educator, artist and curator currently serving as Eastern Michigan University's Gallery Programs Director since 2010.  He has taught ceramics at Wayne State University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor and Oakland Community College, and was also the Deputy Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) prior to his current position at EMU.  His artwork has been show nationally and internationally, and is represented in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, University of Michigan Museum Art and the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Collection.  His notable recent creative activities include: group exhibitions of the collaborative Object Orange at the US Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architectural Biannual in the Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, which won an honorable mention from the team of international jurors; and photographs shown at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago for the Peripheral Views: States of America exhibition. Most recently, he curated an exhibition of sculptural works, titled (In)Habitation, which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in summer 2012.  He currently lives in Eastern Market in Detroit and has a studio in Corktown.  Gregory Tom attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where he received his MFA in Ceramics in 2005.

Awards are given in the following areas: ceramics, drawing, electronic art + intermedia, graphic design, photography, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

(SCENE) Metrospace is East Lansing’s City-funded alternative art gallery and performance space. It is located at 110 Charles St. in downtown East Lansing. Contact Tim Lane at scenemetrospace@gmail.com or visit www.scenemetrospace.com  for more information about the space.

The Arrangement, Bad Dates, The Union, Friday, May 9th

Friday, May 9th, (SCENE) Metrospace presents a concert featuring local acts The Arrangement, Bad Dates, and The Union.

Doors at 7:30 p.m.

Show promptly at 8:00 p.m.


The Arrangement draw on influences ranging from The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Doors, The Stones and Led Zeppelin, crafting tunes that wouldn't seem out of place in London in the 60s or San Francisco circa 1967. Upon further listen, newer influences such as Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, or Black Angels shine through, leaving listeners with an original mix of old and new.

The Arrangement

The rock band Bad Dates are Colin Bart on guitar and vocals, Nick Abraham on drums, guitar and vocals, Michael Leppek on guitar, and Alan Esser on bass.

Bad Dates

Festival of Listening, March 13th

(SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, is happy to be hosting yet another Festival of Listening.

This wonderful event, which comes to us from the Michigan State University Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, has become a local end of winter tradition.

Volunteers from MSU and the Greater Lansing Area come together to read untranslated poetry in a celebration of the beauty of the spoken word.

7 p.m.


The Further Adventures of Fatboy & Jive Turkey plus Elden Kelly, Friday, March 7th

(SCENE) Metrospace presents a concert featuring The Further Adventures of Fatboy & Jive Turkey, and, Elden Kelly, on Friday, March 7th.

Doors at 7:30//Show at 8:00

$5 students//$10 all others

2 of the Capitol City's most dynamic musicians appear in a one-time-only performance!

Elden Kelly impresses audiences with his ability to combine jazz with a broad range of music traditions. In addition to guitar, he has developed his own syncretic style on various instruments such as the Arabic oud, the Turkish cumbus and the Glissentar, an 11-string fretless guitar. In a single live show, Kelly's music ranges from fiery to honest heartfelt, expressive songs, to sounds reminiscent of Indian scat mixed with an Arabic-style call to prayer. Balancing virtuosity and soulfulness, Kelly will take you on a musical journey to reimagined homelands.

The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey is the brain child of musician Benjamin Hall. His high-energy stage presence, searing vocal vigilance, and truly tasty blues harmonica playing, combined with a dynamic and eclectic group of local and regional musicians, allow this group to provide music lovers with a fresh interpretation of classic blues tunes, as well as exciting originals.

$10 General Admission
$5 Students

The Arrangement wsg Matt Gabriel, March 5th CANCELED/Look for new date

CANCELED/Look for rescheduled date

(SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, will be hosting a concert featuring local rock/psychdelic/pop/surf band, The Arrangement, with special guest, Matt Gabriel.


Wednesday, March 5th.

Doors at 7:30/Show at 8:00.

$5 at the door.

Delicious Bass Concert, February 28th

Join Delicious Bass for an intimate night of original music at (SCENE) Metrospace in downtown East Lansing, 110 Charles Street.

Friday, February 28th.

$5 cover - every penny of band earnings from this fundraising event will go directly toward the new Delicious Bass recording and album production! Thank you so much for your support!

Doors: 7:30pm
Showtime: 8:00pm (no opening act)
General admission seating. All ages.

Delicious Bass features:
Ryan Shadbolt - resonator guitar, harmonica, vocals
Ed Lutz - lead guitar, vocals
Nathan Smathers - bass
Will Jurkiewicz - percussion

Check out the link to our bandcamp page below if you wish to order one of the last remaining copies of our first album, Songs From the Pond.


New Cool Tees, Until Feb. 10

RetroDuck Custom T-Shirts has partnered with (SCENE) Metrospace to help raise funds for gallery operations.

For a limited time only, RetroDuck is offering a cool new (SCENE) t-shirt for only $10 until February 10th.

Shirts can be picked up at the gallery after February 13th during regular gallery hours, or by appointment, or you can select a shipping option.

All sales profits will be donated to the gallery. Follow the link below for ordering information.



Jerry Sprague Concert, Feb. 8th

(SCENE) Metrospace presents Jerry Sprague and company on Saturday, February 8th.

Doors at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m.

$5 cash at the door

This event is a CD release of new music written by Jerry Sprague, Andrew Beer, Don Rauf, Greg Smith and Jeremy Sprague.

The performance will feature Jerry's new band comprised of keyboardist Mike Zielinski, and three of Jerry's grandsons: Isaac Sprague (guitar), Gabriel Sprague (bass), and Samuel Sprague (drums).

Jerry and his grandsons have performed around Lansing and East Lansing clubs, as well as in Grand Haven, and on Mackinac Island.

Long-time friend, Mike Zielinski, has performed regularly with Jerry for 18 years in places like Chicago, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and East Lansing.

Quantified Self, January 28th

For more info contact Nevin Brittain at 703.4610

Beat Battle, January 24th

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Spitfire Poetry Showcase, Thursday, Jan. 16

Spitfire Poetry Showcase and Open Mic featuring Siaara ControverSi Freeman!! THIS THURSDAY, January 16th,  110 Charles Street, Downtown East Lansing! The open mic list/doors open at 7:30.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Pocket Vinyl wsg Vanishers, Tuesday Jan. 14

(SCENE) Metrospace brings you Pocket Vinyl, from New London, CT, wsg Vanishers!

- Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm

- $5 cover

- Eric Stevenson slams on the piano and sings while Elizabeth Jancewicz paints on stage

-The paintings are sold every night to the highest bidder

- Eric and Elizabeth are married

- They're from New London, CT

- They have a Facebook page you can look at:

- They're called Pocket Vinyl

- There's a band called Vanishers playing, too

- They describe themselves as "post-Western space-punk"

- They have a Facebook page, too:

Exhibition, January 10th-March 16th, 2014

(SCENE) Metrospace presents a new art exhibition: "Presence: A Michigan State University MFA Showcase."

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 10th, 6-9 p.m., free.

This exhibition will run from January 10th through March 16th.

"Presence: A Michigan State University MFA Showcase" celebrates the visions being fostered in the MSU art department. All six artists are second-year MFA candidates. Their unique work adds another dimension to the artistic vision our community has to offer.

Featured artists: Kiel Darling, Mary Fritz, Julie Johnson, Lane Kaufmann, Sarah Odens and Keri Weber.

The exhibition will include installation, painting and objects.

(SCENE) Metrospace is East Lansing’s City-funded alternative art gallery and performance space. It is located at 110 Charles St. in downtown East Lansing. Contact Tim Lane at scenemetrospace@gmail.com or visit www.scenemetrospace.com  for more information about the space.

Regular gallery hours are Thursdays from 2-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m.; and by appointment.

6th Annual Benefit Party, Celebrating 10 Years of Art and Creative Programming! Jan. 9

You’re Invited to Spend a Special Evening with Us

You are cordially invited to the 6th annual (SCENE) Metrospace Benefit Party. The party includes desserts, drinks, fantastic contemporary art, live music and great company— all in support of East Lansing’s alternative art gallery and performance space.
WHAT: A wine-and-dessert benefit party with a sneak peek at the first art exhibit of 2014 and live music by Matt Borghi and Michael Teager. Hosted by East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas. Come celebrate 10 years of art and creative programming!
WHEN: Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St.
$50 per individual, $75 per couple. Pay at the door—cash or checks made out to City of East Lansing only. (Your donation minus $10 is a tax-deductible donation.)
RSVP: Please let us know you’ll be there—send an e-mail to scenemetrospace@gmail.com.

The Dave Hardin Band wsg Grand River Band Dec. 13th

$5 at the door. Doors at 7:30. Music begins at 8:00.

About Dave Hardin:

Growing up between the Ohio River Basin of Warsaw, Kentucky and the Appalachian Foothills of Union, Ohio taught Dave about both the hardships and triumphs of life. That area is also where he learned about all the diverse musical styles that still come through in his own music today. Hill music, country, bluegrass, twang, flat-top pickin’ and the real roots of American music surrounded him in his early days. Growing up in the age of great rock roll that blasted from the radio filled out his music tastes and style.

Going straight into the Navy out of high school and touring the world filled this natural story teller with a spectrum of life lessons. Every time he was home from being sea, his guitar was by his side and playing bus stations, bars and street corners became his stage to tell his stories of the life he had seen.

Then came life after leaving the Navy. Dave took to the work-a-day life and music took a back seat to be a husband and father. As that chapter of life began to wind down, music came calling to him again. This time it came in the form of Dave writing his songs of life lived and more importantly, life observed. His natural story-teller came out stronger than ever, and you can hear these true life tales in most all of Dave’s songs. Not one to just make up a lyric, most of his songs come from life observed, or true tales of a man that his lived all over this great country of ours.

Sometimes fueled by real emotion, or a glimpse of everyday events, but always looking for how the story might continue, or sometimes sadly end, his songs are a slice of real life. His voice is instantly recognizable; it gets in your bones and makes you feel part of the story, part of the song. His style of playing is full and rich, notes, chords and percussion all from his guitar.

Dave Hardin is one of those rare talents that comes along and captures you as a fan for life, and sometimes you swear the songs are from your life. They just might be.

Grand River Band

Hand Written: A Community Journal Event, Dec. 12

On Thursday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m., (SCENE) Metrospace is hosting an event created by local resident Khalid Ibrahim called "Hand-Written." The event has been designed to celebrate communication, connecting with people who live around us, and a traveling journal that has passed through many hands.

This event is free and open to the public.

A little food, music, and shared stories will be provided. At the end of the event, two new journals will begin to take their own paths around the city.

Khalid writes: "Since January of 2012 a journal was passed around Lansing, and when pen met paper people unleashed their thoughts on its pages. Some people left drawings, one person painted the cover of the journal, one contributor wrote their favorite recipes and others wrote poetry. As a final product, this journal is owned by a community and has a special place in many people's hearts.  It is often that we meet other people who live around the area and have short twitter-like conversations, but these quick conversations overlook the really important things that are going on in our lives."

(SCENE) Metrospace is East Lansing’s City-funded alternative art gallery and performance space. It is located at 110 Charles St. in downtown East Lansing. Contact Tim Lane at scenemetrospace@gmail.com or visit www.scenemetrospace.com  for more information about the space.

Regular gallery hours are Thursdays from 2-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m.; and by appointment.


The Saudades, Lauryn Peacock, Beards Dec. 4

(SCENE) Metrospace is hosting a show for The Saudades, Lauryn Peacock, and Beards on Wednesday, December 4th! Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts promptly at 8 p.m. $5 at the door.




Exhibition Calendar 2013

~Exhibition Calendar 2013~

Bright Futures: A Michigan State University Showcase: painting, wall installation, sculpture; Clark Goeman, Bahareh Karamifar, Jefferson Kielwagen, Wade MacDonald, Vladimir Shcherbak, Elise Toups; January 11th-February 17th. Opening reception: Friday, January 11th, 6-9 p.m., free.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the East Lansing Arts Festival, (SCENE) Metrospace will be hosting an exhibition of the festival's poster art. Past city purchases also to be featured in this exhibtion. March 1st-April 13th. Opening reception: Friday, March 1st, 6-9 p.m., free.

Residuum: an exhibition focusing on the theme of memory; guest curated by Calvin College assistant professor of painting, Mandy Cano Villalobos; featuring Ann Chuchvara, Liz McCarthy, Soo Shin, Katie Short, Mandy Cano Villalobos; April 19th-June 23rd. Opening reception: Friday, April 19th, 6-9 p.m., free.

4th Culture at (SCENE): (SCENE) Metrospace is pleased to be featuring work from the 4th Culture art studios. 4th Culture Studios provides working space for artists in Lansing. It is a place to create and collaborate, and a place for artists to incubate and discover their vision while getting immediate feedback from peers.  There are thirteen individual studios ranging in size, and common areas that include a wood shop, kiln and additional working space. The studio currently has sixteen artists of various ages, interests and backgrounds and as such becomes an informal mentoring environment where everyone benefits through shared experience and common goals. Exhibition to include local artists Ben Duke, Stephanie Palagyi and others. July 12th-August 18th. Opening reception: Friday, July 12th, 6-9 p.m., free.

Penetrating the American Psyche: featuring Amy Guidry of Lafayette, Louisiana, Teresa Petersen of Detroit, Michigan, and Peter Richards, Valentin Pulido, Jefferson Kielwagen, Philip Brun Del Re and Ethan Tate, of East Lansing and Lansing, Michigan; conceptual photography, objects and painting. September 6th-October 20th. Opening reception: Friday, September 6th, 6-9 p.m., free.

Instructions_13: Curated by guest curators Britta Urness and Travis Head. Featuring Neva Sills of Chicago, Casey Jex of Columbus, Jacob Christmas of Boston, Travis Head of Blacksberg, VA, Gabriel Embeha of Detroit, and local artists Caroline Caswell, Michelle Word, Laney Dumdei, Jacque Sullivan, Elise Toups, Ryan Groendyk, Holly Johnson, Kim Turner and Britta Urness. November 1st-December 15th. Opening reception: Friday, November 1st, 6-9 p.m., free.

Spit Fire Poetry Slam Nov. 20th

Our favorite host, Logic, is back in the house as The Spit Fire Poetry Slam & Open Mic returns to (SCENE) Metrospace!

Wednesday, November 20th

7:45 p.m.

$5 general public
$3 student

For more info: etherealpoetry@gmail.com

East Lansing Public Library Presents Gingerbread Architecture on Nov. 19

Get into the holiday spirit early by making a Gingerbread House at (SCENE) Metrospace on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m.

We supply the goods, you supply the creativity!

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Candlelight Yoga at (SCENE) Nov. 15

Sign up through East Lansing Parks and Recreation.

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Nathan Alan, Chemical Edge, DL Rossi Concert Nov. 7th

(SCENE) Metrospace will be hosting an eclectic concert featuring local acts Nathan Alan and Chemical Edge, with special guest DL Rossi from Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, Nov 7.

Music begins at 9 p.m. and there is a $5 cover at the door.

Nathan Alan is a local folk musician who has been playing in the community for a couple of years now. Alan is a native of
Northern Michigan who now resides in the greater Lansing Area. His songwriting is inspired by the people and things around him, and is greatly drawing from aspects of nature. Each of his song tells a story.

For more info, please visit:
DL Rossi is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN. After spending most of his career as a drummer and working in the corporate church in his hometown of Sterling Heights, Michigan, life sent him a curve ball in the form of cancer. Thankfully, surgery left DL cancer free, and with a new perspective. This new perspective brought with it a newfound courage. He decided to release music he had kept very personal--songs that spanned the past 12 years of his life that, up until then, he had never felt comfortable sharing with others. His upcoming album tells the story of his deeply personal struggles with anxiety and depression while stumbling through love and romance, the church, anger, self-worth and fear.

For more info, please visit:

Chemical Edge is a local seven-piece funk fusion band.

For more info, please visit:

The Nate Woodring Trio Nov. 6th

(SCENE) Metrospace will be hosting a jazz concert featuring local musician, Nate Woodring.

Wednesday, November 6th.

Music at 7:30.

Students $3. General public $5.

Nate Woodring is a native of the Chicagoland area who has been living in Lansing, Michigan for almost four years as he finishes his degree at Michigan State.  The show will feature him on drums with Runere Brooks on bass and Corey Kendrick on piano.

The concert will consist of reinterpreted jazz standards along with original pieces by members of the ensemble.

Breathe, Owl, Breathe and Gifts or Creatures Nov. 2nd

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

(SCENE) Metrospace Presents:

Breathe Owl Breathe
Gifts or Creatures

Two performances! LIMITED SEATING!

Admission is $12 for both the 7 & 9:30pm shows ($12 admission each show).

(SCENE) Metrospace will host an album release event for Michigan's Breathe Owl Breathe with special guest Gifts or Creatures. The event will be held at (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, in Downtown East Lansing on Saturday, November 2nd with two intimate shows at 7 & 9:30pm.

Breathe Owl Breathe consists of printmaker Micah Middaugh, cellist Andréa Moreno-Beals, geographer Trevor Hobbs. The trio has a knack for wrapping universal emotions in childlike language. Passage of Pegasus, Breathe Owl Breathe’s 6th full length album and follow up to 2010’s Magic Central, is an expression of solitary journeying translated through the many characters of frontman and lyricist Micah Middaugh’s distinctive folklore...Traveling light, but deep in song.

Longtime friends and Lansing locals, Gifts or Creatures, will open. Creatures is the musical pursuit of husband and wife duo Brandon John and Bethany Foote. The couple fuses a blend of Midwestern folklore, old world history and cinematic soundscapes to create a conglomeration of antique Americana.

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