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Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council approves tax incentives for GM, Montgomery Drain petition

by Andy Balaskovitz

Monday, April 21 — The Lansing City Council tonight unanimously approved a pair of tax incentives for General Motors Co., as well as gave Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann unanimous support for moving forward on the Red Cedar Renaissance project.

 
 

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This week's guests are Kyle Melinn of MIRS; Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics; and Jack Spencer of Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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This week from Capital News Service

Inadequate bridge funding, weather hits golf courses, early-teen pregnancies are up and more

by CNS correspondents
Mackinac Trail Bridge over Chubb Creek, Mackinac County. Credit: County Road Association of Michigan.

Friday, April 16 — This week’s file from Capital News Service includes stories on inadequate state funding for bridges; a new report showing teen pregnancies are generally down, except among 10-14-year-olds; a pending state Supreme Court decision that could have implications on disclosure of personal information; and more.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book club

Capital Area District Library announces summer events schedule for kids

by City Pulse Staff
The Capital Area District Library\'s Fizz, Boom, Read! program starts June 10, which is geared toward kids ages 3-17. Courtesy photo.

Thursday, April 17 — The Capital Area District Library has announced its slate of free summer youth activities. The program, Fizz, Boom, Read!, will bring a mix of magicians, live animals, drum circles and live actors to the library’s five branches.

 
 
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Something to hold

What are record-store owners’ picks on Record Store Day?

by RJ Wolcott
Some of the options at Flat Black and Circular in East Lansing. RJ Wolcott/City Pulse

Thursday, April 17 — A seemingly endless array of album artwork abounds as the sounds of the ‘70s welcome visitors to The Record Lounge, 111 Division St. in East Lansing. Plastered on the shops’ exterior windows are advertisements for Saturday’s upcoming event, Record Store Day, the most significant event for owners and aficionados across the country.

 
 
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Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Used Book Roundup!

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, April 17 — There are few perks better than working in a place with thousands of used books waiting to be explored whenever the mood strikes. There are surprises and delights on every shelf. I'm happy to report on what I find, so here are the highlights of the most recent expedition. This list comes from the Grand Rapids store, so folks in Lansing will need to check on the availability of these. And they're first come, first served, so if you see something you have to have, give us a call and we'll set it aside for you. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
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Full of holes

MSU President Simon’s argument against student-athlete unions denies reality

by Mickey Hirten

There are no better forums for anti-union arguments than The Wall Street Journal’s right-wing editorial pages. It’s where Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch last week warned of the threat to the billion-dollar collegiate athletic enterprise “by a push from people who believe that unionization for a few is the best and only way to address the current dynamic of college athletics.”

 
 
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Who are we to judge?

Happy Easter from City Pulse — may you find a place of worship that doesn’t view your sexual orientation as a sin

by Andy Balaskovitz

If you thought “open” places of worship and “affirming” places of worship for the LGBT community is simply a matter of word choice, guess again. It is the difference between one religious organization defining your sexual orientation as a sin versus wholly acceptable.

 
 
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Medicare money makers

Eight Lansing-area medical providers received more than $1 million each from feds in 2012

by Todd Heywood

Eight of Lansing’s top 10 Medicare billers raked in over $1 million each in 2012, according to a database released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to The Wall Street Journal. The other two brought in just under $1 million each.

 
 
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The crazier, the better

Conservative McMillin is Democrats’ dream Republican candidate for 8th District seat

by Kyle Melinn

In a gubernatorial year with Republican incumbents on the ballot and the negative publicity surrounding Obamacare sucking wind out of the Democrats’ talking points, will conservatives breeze to victory in the open 8th Congressional District race?

 
 
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PROTEST. ROCK.

A look at the '70s music scene that shaped a generation in Lansing

by Rich Tupica

The Lansing-area music scene is booming. Venues like Mac’s Bar and The Loft pack in Gen Xers and Millennials weaned on grunge, pop and electronic dance music. But in the ‘60s and ‘70s, local music had a radical, activist edge. Local bands Plain Brown Wrapper, Ormandy, The Dogs and Magic were part of an impassioned collection of groups that played free, outdoor concerts fueled by the discontent of their fan bases, made up mostly of Baby Boomer Vietnam War protesters.

 
 
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Brew switcheroo

Lansing’s second music and beer festival this month settles on Adado Park

by Katy Barth

A few months ago, professional event organizer Sam Porter spotted a pile of empty beer cans after an event in East Lansing. Poking out from among the PBRs and Busch Lights, something caught his eye: a bottle from Grand Rapids-based microbrewery Founders Brewing Co. Most people wouldn’t give it a second thought, but for Porter, it was a sign of positive change in the way craft beer — and Michigan craft beer, at that — has gone mainstream.

 
 
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Kink and class

Wharton Center announces first part of its 2014-’15 season

by City Pulse Staff

East Lansing is getting kinky next year — literally. The Wharton Center announced a portion of its 2014-’15 last week, which includes a stop for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots.” Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman is coming too, but chances are his wardrobe will be much more subdued.

 
 
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Neverland goes to India

MSU’s ‘Peter Pan’ flies high in inventive reimagining

by Mary C. Cusack

It is not possible to crow too loudly about MSU’s production of “Peter Pan,” especially as Peter himself insists the audience do so during his showstopping number, “I Gotta Crow.” The MSU Review Department of Theatre has maximized every inch of the Pasant Theatre to create a truly spectacular fantasy with amazing production values.

 
 
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The Blake effect

Williamston native steps into new role at Peppermint Creek

by ALLAN I. ROSS

Blake Bowen realized Hollywood wasn’t for him at an audition for a fast food commercial in 2010. The Williamston native had been living in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career when he had an epiphany.

 
 
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Midwestern sensibilities

Night of Notables event honors distinctly Michigan voices

by Bill Castanier

This year’s 20 Michigan Notable Books are weighty — close to 60 pounds — so if you plan to haul home some of this year’s selection at the Night for Notables, where the authors of 2014 books are being feted, bring a reinforced book bag. Two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton will be keynote for this year’s event.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Out On the Town

by City Pulse

WEDNESDAY, ARPIL 16 >> SPARTANS AGAINST SLAVERY Human slavery is far from over, a fact that Lansing-based organization, Songs Against Slavery, wants to share. The group, which is dedicated to increasing awareness of modern-day sex trafficking, hosts a free ...

 
 
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Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Katy Barth

This week’s Turn It Down is dedicated to the Microbrew & Musical Festival lineup. The two-day event is part craft beer festival and part concert event. Two main stages and the separate Silent Disco tent, featuring DJ Dominate from 6-11 p.m. both nights, will s...

 
 
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New In Town

Grand Art Supply/Hack´s Key Shop

by ALLAN I. ROSS

A longtime Lansing business recently had a change of ownership while another will be quietly hanging up its paintbrushes later this year. Diane Engman has some big plans for Hack’s Key Shop, which she bought from retiring owner Gordon Sparks in December. Greg Limmer, owner/operator of Grand Art Supply, announced this week he’ll close his store on Nov. 30.

 
 
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04/16/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Frank Ravitch, Walter H. Stowers chair in law and religion at MSU; Brad van Guilder of Sierra Club; Sam Porter, Microbrew and Music Festival founder; Mike Lasher of New Belgium Brewing Co.; Jarrett Skorup, research associate for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy; and Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Gone With The Windex And Plenty Of Fishy

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, Apr.16 — Q: I’m a woman sharing a house with several roommates. We’re all in our mid-20s. This one male roommate and I sometimes cook meals together, and we share a bathroom (since we’re both cleaner than the other roommates) and deep-...

 
 
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Tasty beer, tasteless comedy

Craft beers and raunchy comedy on tap for Brew Ha-Ha at The Loft

by Kyle Koehler
Comedian Michael Lasher is organizing Brew Ha-Ha Thursday at The Loft. Photo courtesy of Tom Wright.

Tuesday, April 15 — Few things go hand-in-hand better than copious amounts of beer and questionably tasteful comedy. Brew Ha-Ha, the unofficial pre-party for this weekend’s Microbrew & Music Festival, takes this knowledge to heart for an event Thursday night at The Loft.

 
 
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Sierra Club to BWL: Retire Eckert by 2017

Environmental group urges Lansing Board of Water and Light to invest in long-term renewable energy, not short-term “Band-Aid” fixes to aging coal plant

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Board of Water and Light\'s Eckert plant along the Grand River, south of downtown Lansing. Courtesy photo.

Monday, April 14 — The Sierra Club over the weekend formally urged the Lansing Board of Water and Light to not spend millions on short-term pollution controls at its aging coal-fired Eckert plant, but rather on sustainable energy and upgrading transmission.

 
 
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