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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Mann behind the mask

Wednesday, April 1

by Ty Forquer
Nearly three years ago, Chris Mann stood under the bright lights as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” Tonight, Mann will lurk in the shadows of the Wharton Center as the phantom in a gritty, revamped “The Phantom of the Opera.”
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Close encounters of the verse kind

Lansing celebrates National Poetry Month

by Laurie Hollinger
No fooling — today marks the first day of April, a month also known as National Poetry Month. Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month was created to highlight the work of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, bring more poetry into classrooms and to encourage increased support for poets and poetry. All events listed are free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Artists at work

Peckham and MSU reveal collaborative art installation

by Ariel Rogers
A crowd of artists, employees, administration, friends and family gathered Thursday as Peckham Inc. revealed “Art@ Work,” an ambitious art project five years in the making. Katy Perry’s “Firework” played as a light show illuminated the 200-footwide by 40-foot-tall installation on the wall of Peckham’s manufacturing floor.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Bringing country to the capital

Bear Creek Brothers tap into Nashville sound on its new EP

by Sarah Spohn
With a little twang and a whole lot of heart, Bear Creek Brothers are growing a new crop of Lansing county fans. With 94.1 flipping the switch from alternative rock to classic country, the duo seems to be hootin’ and hollerin’ at just the right time and place. Fusion Shows hosted the band’s debut EP release party at the Loft on Friday. An energetic crowd scuffled across the Loft’s dance floor, line-dancing skills on full display.
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Thursday, March 26,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Food and Fun

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, MARCH 29 — There's a Scottish theme to this week's newsletter. Purely by coincidence, two of the authors are from the north end of the UK. The third book? I'll let you decide what group it might belong to. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Barge of slow ravishment

'Xerxes' brings delicate Baroque opera to MSU

by Lawrence Cosentino
Itīs a heady week for music winos. For the first time in MSU Opera Theatreīs history, director Melanie Helton is going all the way to the back of the cellar and uncorking the really good stuff — from 1738. Baroque opera is about 30 years into a worldwide resurgence at places like Cooperstownīs Glimmerglass Festival. Finally, the barge of slow ravishment is penetrating the wilds of the Red Cedar River in the form of George Frederic Handelīs “Xerxes,” the “Messiah” composerīs last operatic masterpiece.
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Curatin call: Beauty in simplicity

Nathan Dome and Sally Hecksel deliver pitch-perfect performances

by Tom Helma
Less is, indeed, sometimes more. In the canon of theater, there are large, block-buster mega-musicals, and then there are small minimusicals. ‘They’re Playing Our Song” is one of the latter. A mini-musical of a mere 11 songs, peppered, however, with some of the most witty dialogue that playwright Neil Simon has to offer.
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Northern Michigan on two wheels

Traverse City author gives tips for exploring Northern Michigan by bicycle

by Bill Castanier
Robert Downes, author of “Biking Northern Michigan,” had two requirements for the more than 35 bike routes he details in his book. “They had to be safe and scenic,” he said in a phone conversation from his Traverse City-area home. Out of the many bicycling routes Downes writes about, he said that the M-22 Frankfort to Glen Arbor tour and the Glen Lake tour are a couple of his favorites.
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Out on the town

by City Pulse
Siren song Thursday, March 26 Twenty-five years of marriage can take a toll on a relationship, but leave it to mythological Greek temptresses to spice things up. The play “Sirens” begins when Sam first falls in love with Rose. He writes her a song that up becomes a hug...
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Curtain call: Soviet kitsch

Riverwalk Theatre brings a comedic take on a Chekhov classic

by Paul Wozniak
One does not need to be a Chekhov scholar to enjoy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” playing at Riverwalk Theatre, but a stomach for playwright Christopher Durang’s broad humor is essential. Fortunately, director Mary Job and much of the cast work hard to ground Durang’s dialogue in honest emotions and make the best of the inconsistently funny material.
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