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Thursday, July 31,2014

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:
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

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.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

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.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

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?
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

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.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

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 recording for over five yea...
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Thursday, July 24,2014

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:
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

No Brainard

Public art by longtime MSU prof is destroyed, covered up

by Lawrence Cosentino
The push for new public art is well under way at Michigan State University and growing in Lansing and other mid-Michigan towns. But in the stampede to new art, gems from the past are sometimes trampled, or at least neglected.
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

Overdue appreciation

The digital age puts the ‘e’ in ‘library’

by Bill Castanier
With apologies to Mark Twain, reports of the death of libraries are greatly exaggerated, and two prominent Lansing-area librarians couldn’t agree more.
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

History of the world, take 2

Williamston serves up big laughs with audacious musical comedy

by MARY CUSACK
During a summer when a plane crash in Ukraine or clashes over tunnels in the Middle East could become very real global game-changers, the success of a play like “The Big Bang” is less than assured. After all, this is a musical that summarizes the horror of the Holocaust via Eva Braun’s lyrical lament of picking a bad boyfriend.
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