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Wednesday, July 1,2015

A loud report

Fireworks are big business at Lansing’s Big Fireworks

by Lawrence Cosentino
Pat Feldpausch, a real estate agent from DeWitt, walked out of the American Eagle Superstore at 901 N. Larch St. in Lansing last Thursday with a grin on his face and a cart full of KABOOM. On the Fourth of July, Feldpausch will take his stash of 500-gram cakes (the maximum amount of explosive powder allowed by law) and Pro Shells to his cottage near Cadillac, screw the boxes down to the dock and let ‘em rip.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Explosive contents

‘The Wrong Hands’ looks at weapons manuals and their impact on society

by Bill Castanier
If someone had told Ann Larabee that while working on her book, “The Wrong Hands: Popular Weapons Manuals and Their Historic Challenges to a Democratic Society,” a horrific bombing such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing would occur, she would not have been surprised. The author, a Michigan State University English professor, is quick to point out that using bombs for terror, political statements and even deranged revenge motives is intertwined with the history of the United States, dating back to colonial times when manuals on how to manufacture gunpowder were created.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

PULSAR XI

City Pulse announces nominees for 11th annual theater awards

by City Pulse
The votes have been tabulated, and City Pulse has announced its 2014-15 Pulsar Award nominees. This year’s installment of the awards, created to recognize the best in local theater, will be handed out at a July 13 award ceremony. Winners will be published in the July 15 issue. Pe...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Abbey Hoffman plays free Avenue Cafe show, Thursday, July 9 Since 2012, singer/songwriter Abbey Hoffman has gigged around Lansing playing her fervent folk tunes. She plays a free show July 9 at The Avenue Café, opener is M Mackay. In late 2014, Hoffman released “This Too Shall Pas...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
There haven’t yet been any car accidents attributed to Capital City BBQ yet, but that could soon change. Lansing’s newest barbecue joint is tucked in the back half of Sunshine Cellular, a cell phone store on the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Saginaw S...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Navigation inspiration

Elisa Schmidt infuses maps with artistic memories

by Jonathan Griffith
If you’re unfamiliar with topography, it is, simply put, the art or science of making maps that illustrate the height or shape of a particular expanse of land. Artist Elisa Schmidt has attempted something similar with her latest works. But rather than give the viewer an idea of the lay the land, she is, through her own artistic implementations, actually showing you a memory of it. The show features a collection of nautical maps and atlases which Schmidt has altered. Illustrated on the maps are scenes that Schmidt has pulled from various photographs she has taken, which relate to the maps she has illustrated them on. The illustrations were created using a variety of mediums, such as charcoal, watercolor pencils, drawing inks and even one piece solely in acrylics. Schmidt had some reservations with her choice of mediums and the way they’d react to the map paper but was pleasantly surprised in the end.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Locally sourced

Lansing bands bring local flavor to Common Ground

by Ty Forquer
You already know the headliners. It’s difficult to drive around Lansing without seeing Snoop Dogg, Meghan Trainor or the guys from Jane’s Addiction looking down at you from billboards or plastered on the sides of buses. Common Ground Music Festival has booked some big name tal...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Dance party

Tuesday, July 7

by Asha Johnson
That´s why, the City of East Lansing has created a series of events for children and families to get outside and enjoy some quality entertainment. Play in the Park is an interactive outdoor children'euro;'s entertainment series in East Lansing where families can bring a picnic dinner and enjoy weekly programs every Tuesday in July.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Crowdsourcing

A GUIDE TO LANSING-AREA ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS

by Helen Murphy
Why do you love Michigan? Art therapist Kate Roos is attempting to gather answers to this question through a collaborative art project on wheels. Roos and a team from the Ann Arbor-based Aartworks Project have begun a 3,000-mile road trip, stopping in major cities in Michigan.
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Sunday, June 28,2015

Beers, bands & brawls: The story of The Brewery

Forty years ago the Silver Dollar opened its doors. But its precursor, the Brewery, has its own wild legacy.

by Rich Tupica
In the early hours of July 3, 1974, an estimated 300 patrons of the Brewery, Lansing’s most notorious rock club, drunkenly flooded East Michigan Avenue in what the city of Lansing later dubbed a “major disturbance.” One police officer was injured. Several police cruisers were damaged. It was a free-for-all. The incident was nothing new to local law enforcement. Since its owners, Paul Kacer, Bruce Wahlin and Rick Becker, launched the show bar in April 1972, it had not only become the place to see up-and-coming national acts, it was also the place to get loose — thanks to the short-lived lowered drinking age of 18.
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