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Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Sharp Satire for a Cool Summer

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, July 31 — Mid-70s during the day, mid-50s at night. Honestly, I couldn't have ordered summer weather more to my liking than what we've seen so far. Reading a book in one of the local parks without melting is greatly preferable to seeking out air conditioning indoors. My apologies to those of you who like the temperatures and the humidity levels higher - maybe next year. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
July 30
News

8th Congressional voters put in unexpected spot

by Kyle Melinn

Itīs hard to believe Mike Rogers wonīt be Lansingīs congressman next year. He surprised everyone by trading his House Intelligence Committee gavel for a national radio microphone, particularly those now in the best position to replace him.

 
 
News

Voters must decide on CADL, CATA millages

by Mickey Hirten

Voters next Tuesday will find a few countywide proposals and, in some cities and townships, local millages on their ballots. Heading the list are millage renewals for the Capital Area District Library and the Capital Area Transportation Authority. Neither is seeking increases, which seems to have dampened what could have been opposition to these proposals.

 
 
News

Dirt

What politics and farming have in common

by Mickey Hirten

One quick election note: This has been a refreshingly civil summer election season without many seriously contested primary fights. Which makes the attack mailing from the group that calls itself Capitol Region Progress a notable exception.

 
 
News

Prop 1: new tax and new revenue

by Matt Mikus

It seems clear cut: Vote for Proposal 1 and businesses will no longer pay a tedious tax, while local governments continue to collect funds to spend on police and fire departments.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Guardians of the intergalactic

JazzFest 2014 gets spacey with a supergroup, guest guitarists and dueling organs

by Lawrence Cosentino

The 2014 Lansing JazzFest continues the tradition of bouncing trumpet riffs, drum rhythms and skeet-skat-dadiddly vocals off the buildings of Old Town. But this year it gets a little otherworldly with the addition of a vintage instrument that would sound at home in a ‘60s sci fi movie. The amalgamated talents of some of Lansing’s premier jazz artists will join a battle of the organs and special guests like polystylistic guitar master Fareed Haque to make JazzFest 2014 one for the cosmos.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Persistence of memory

Historical Center seeks volunteers for program helping Alzheimer’s patients

by Alexa McCarthy

Alzheimer’s disease robs individuals of their short-term memory but leaves much of their older memories intact. Through its new Elder Heart program, the Michigan Historical Center is trying to tap into those memories. Through the program, the MSU Museum and the Broad Art Museum have opened up their collections and exhibits to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, creating an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue.

 
 
Movies

Train in vain

Why the critically acclaimed ‘Snowpiercer’ probably won’t make a stop in Lansing

by Allan I. Ross

Maybe you’ve heard of “Snowpiercer,” the sci fi action thriller starring Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) set on a futuristic supertrain. According to the buzz, it’s a visionary twist on the postapocalyptic epic, where the remnants of humanity have fallen into a rigid caste system after the world has been devastated by a new Ice Age. Sort of like last winter here in mid-Michigan — so hey, it’s relatable.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Outdoor music round up

Wednesday, July 30 - Thursday, Aug 7

by Jonathan Griffith

Outdoor music goes with summer like picnics in the park and climbing trees. Sure, festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo woo mass crowds with big-name bands, but why drive for hours, spend hundreds of dollars and smoosh together with tens of thousands of sweaty bodies when there are plenty of local opportunities to get your outdoor music fix for free?

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Sarah Winterbottom

City Mouse at Macīs Bar - Friday, Aug. 1. City Mouse, a California-based outfit, headlines a night of poppy punk at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, Decades and Real Ghosts. City Mouse formed in 2001 and has been touring and recordi...

 
 
Arts and Culture

New in town

PAUL REVEREīS/EDMUNDīS PASTIME/FLAT, BLACK AND CIRCULAR

by Allan I. Ross

After weeks of denying widespread rumors that his bar, Paul Revere’s Tavern, was closing, owner/operator Jim Driscoll closed the 66-year-old watering hole last Saturday with no fanfare.

 
 
Food

‘Dark Horse’ rising

Mid-Michigan brewery gets national attention with History Channel reality show

by Allan I. Ross

Spirits were high last Sunday at Dark Horse Brewing Co. in Marshall. Beneath a ceiling full of dangling beer mugs, families ate lunch at the high-top tables and couples sat at the bar quaffing craft beer. Owner/brewer Aaron Morse was nowhere to be seen — he had just wrapped up an appearance at the 17th annual Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti the day before. Otherwise, though, it was business as usual, with one little proviso: In about 48 hours the little brewpub 45 minutes southwest of Lansing would have its national television debut — and with it, lots of curiosity seekers.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Empty Shelly And Grate Expectations

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, July 30 — Q: My girlfriend of a year is really pretty and sweet, and we love all the same outdoor activities. However, I feel there’s a ceiling on our connection because she lacks a strong personality of her own. Whenever we discuss something to do, she defers to me. Also, I care deeply about politics and ideas, but she doesn't read newspapers or books or develop her own opinions. Two days ago, I asked about something we’d just heard on the news, and she basically parroted my opinion back to me. I pressed her, saying, “But what do YOU think?” She couldn’t answer. This led to my suggesting that maybe she needs to see a therapist to learn to open up more. She was pretty offended, and we haven't talked much since.

 
 

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Cheat Exhaustion And Fling Theory

by Amy Alkon

Monday, July 28 — Q: My girlfriend and I are mostly happy together, but we have this ongoing fight where she accuses me of wanting to cheat whenever I so much as glance at a woman she perceives to be my “type” (any woman roughly her age and ethnicity). Even flipping through a magazine that shows a woman in an ad is enough to set her off. She says I need to eliminate all contact with other women, or I'm being unfaithful. But I don't see how I can stop doing things like talking to the checker at the supermarket or looking at someone crossing the street.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Music, Music, Music

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, July 24 — One thing I love about summer is the musical soundtrack. The concerts around town, driving around with my windows down listening to my favorite new CD. And with the right book, music can be just as satisfying to read about as it is to listen to. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

07/23/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Bernie Porn of Epic MRA; medical marijuana advocate, Robin Schneider; daughter of MSU art professor Owen Brainard, Ilona Steinberg; medical marijuana advocate, Robin Schneider; and journalist, John Seigenthaler.

 
 
News

Schertzing campaign

Democratic candidate for Congress touts support from women

by City Pulse Staff

WEDNESDAY, July 23 — Sixteen women led by Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer formally endorsed Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing for Congress today on the steps of the Michigan Women’s Historical Museum today.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Million dollar gift

MSU’s LGBT Resource Center receives $1 million bequest

by Eric Finkler
Michigan State University LGBT Resource Center director Deanna Hulbert. Courtesy photo.

WEDNESDAY, July 23 — On Tuesday, the Michigan State University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center announced it had received a $1 million dollar bequest for establishing a new outreach fund. As a bequest, the donation won’t take place immediately, the center’s director, Deanna Hulbert, said the gift’s impact would be instantaneous.

 
 
News

BWL expansion

Solar panels tripled, largest in state

by Matt Mikus

TUESDAY, July 22 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light unveiled the expansion of 385 solar panels at the Cedar Street solar array Tuesday, almost tripling the generating power from 54 kW to 158 kW.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three for the Road

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, July 17 — A polar vortex in July? Reminded me of a typical Keweenaw Peninsula summer where I grew up. From what I hear, the more traditional West Michigan weather is on its way back, so those of you who love the heat and humidity combo get ready to play. Me, I'm going to be grateful for that brief taste of home. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Tales From The Cryptic And You May Now Miss The Bride

by Amy Alkon

advicegoddess_headshot.jpgWednesday, July 16 — Q: My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th birthday (a Saturday). He knows I usually don’t care about my birthday, and I confess that I also judge people who care about theirs. Still, I can't help but feel that my 30th is a bit of a milestone, and I wanted to spend my birthday weekend together somewhere with my boyfriend. I understand that he doesn't want to seem ungrateful for his sister's gift, and he's courteously told me about this conflict well in advance. Do I need to just get over myself? Or should I raise my concerns?

 
 
News

Take some off the top, please

LSJ shrinks as it moves to new press

by City Pulse Staff

MONDAY, July 14 — The Lansing State Journal marked its move to a new press today by giving readers a smaller paper.

 
 
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