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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Out On the Town

by City Pulse Staff

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 >> CYRILLE AIMÉE

Born near Paris, based in Brooklyn, 29-year-old vocal star Cyrille Aimée caused a big stir at last June´s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing. (To pronounce her name correctly, imagine an advanced degree in the art of Salvador Dali: “Surreal M.A.”) Aimée’s bright voice, joyful stage presence and supreme musicality invite frequent comparison with her vocal hero, Ella Fitzgerald. But Aimée carries herself with a fetching lightness of spirit she acquired in her youth, singing in gypsy camps. You don´t have to know jazz history to bask in her light, but when it comes to mixing it up with her instrumental peers, she´s no lightweight. 7:30 p.m. $32, Pasant Theatre, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 353-1982, whartoncenter.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 >> ‘Every Two Minutes’ at Studio C!

Every two minutes a person in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, and 60 percent of those assaults go unreported. On Thursday, eight MSU students will premier their documentary on the issue at Studio C! The film shows sexual assault through the eyes of survivors, advocates, therapists and politicians, including Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who recently opened up about a sexual assault she endured. 7 p.m. FREE. Studio C!, 1999 Central Park Drive, Okemos. everytwominutesfilm.com.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 24-27 >> MSU COLLEGE OF MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Guest violinist Terje Hansen, a professor at Oslo Academy of Music in Norway, takes the stage in Hart Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. He’ll cover the works of Brustad, Paganini, Grieg and Bull, along with his own compositions. Saturday’s performance at 8 p.m. in Cobb Great Hall is a collaboration with the Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale, State Singers and Choral Union. Guest soloists Melanie Helton and Jennifer Johnson Cano will join for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection.” Sunday’s packed with two recitals: the Symphony Band and Spartan Youth Wind Symphony at 3 p.m. at Cobb Great Hall and Novum Voce, Chamber Choir and Women’s Chamber Ensemble at 7 p.m. at Fairchild Theatre. The earlier program is playing Lollapalooza, Song for Band and Fearsome Critters. $10 adults/$8 seniors/FREE MSU students & 18-under. (517) 353-5340, music.msu.edu/performance.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 >> EAST LANSING PUBLIC LIBRARY’S 3RD ANNUAL BOOKS, BITES AND BIDS

This event is a chance to support your local library while connecting with members of the community. Eat, drink and be merry with complimentary beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with prizes including golf trips, baseball and concert tickets and massages. The kids can have fun too with activities tailored toward them. Live music is provided by Now Know Quartet, a band that blends funk, jazz and rock. 6-8:30 p.m. Suggested donations: $30 individual/$50 couple. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 25-MAY 10 >> PA-PALOOZA

The Lansing Community College Performing Arts program ends the semester with an entertainment bonanza. The two-week extravaganza kicks off this weekend with a blend of musical theater, percussion and concert band performances.

LCC will get the weekend kicking with pounding rhythm from the LCC Percussion Ensemble directed by Beth Lewis. 7:30 p.m. Friday. FREE. Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing.

The Musical Scenes Showcase directed by Kelly Stuible will feature the songs “I Have Dance” from “Titanic the Musical,” “Come Out of the Dumpster” from “The Wedding Singer” and “Blood In the Water” from “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Friday & Saturday. 7:30 p.m. FREE. LCC Black Box Theatre, Gannon Building, Room 168, 411 N. Grand Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-1488, lcc.edu/showinfo.

The tuba first appeared in the mid 19th century, making it one of the newest instruments in the modern orchestra and concert band. So what better instrument to welcome spring than with the orchestral symbol of progress? The Lansing Concert Band springs forward with a free concert this weekend. The event will feature tuba soloist Aden Berry, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. FREE. Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 655-8447, lansingconcertband.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26>> ‘THE TIMELESS LOVE OF TWIN SOULS’ BOOK TALK

How do you know when you’ve found true love? Twin souls can find each other through time. Janet Kay Darling, author of “The Timeless Love of Twin Souls,” has written about the joys and challenges of finding your other half. She will appear for an in-store book talk this Saturday to talk about unlocking the secret to finding true love. 1 p.m. Coyote Wisdom Books, 2432 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 323-1707, thornepublishing.com.

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