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Thursday, June 12,2014

Offensive play, ‘Book’

REVIEW: “The Book of Mormon” at Wharton will hurt your face

by ALLAN I. ROSS
THURSDAY, June 12 — Since Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the nation’s preeminent pop culture provocateurs, arrived on the scene in 1997 with their naughty animated TV show “South Park,” they’ve left an ever-expanding wake of outrage in their skewerings of politics, religion, sexuality — you name it.
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Thursday, June 12,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

The Godfather, Part IV

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 12 — There's nothing that says summer's nearly here like looking outside and still seeing some daylight as the clock nears 10:00pm. My back deck is getting more and more use - for reading of course. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

‘Heartbeat of Old Town’

Creole Gallery sale stirs vibrations of founder Robert Busby

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nobody feels the heavy vibrations pulsating from the Creole Gallery’s peeling walls more keenly than its new owner, Jamie Schriner-Hooper.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Natatorium magnificum

Among the last of its kind, 1922 Moores Park Pool opens for summer

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every city has its heartbreaking “used-to-be” jewels — Art Deco band shells, ornate theaters, towering elm groves that now draw wistful sighs in nursing homes. Praise Neptune! Lansing’s stone-ringed J.H. Moores Memorial Natatorium, the oldest public pool of its kind in the nation, is still alive with splashes, a turquoise oval oasis nestled into the wooded east slope of venerable Moores Park.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Out on the Town

by City Pulse
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11-SATURDAY, JUNE 14>> ‘WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER’ AT MSU SUMMER CIRCLE THEATRE The MSU Theatre Department starts its Summer Circle Theatre season this week with “What I Did Last Summer.” It’s the tale of a rebellious boy who&rsquo...
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Black Flag at The Avenue Cafe - Wednesday, June 18. Iconic hardcore punk band Black Flag plays its only Michigan date, at the Avenue Café on June 18. The band’s lineup features only one original member, guitarist Greg Ginn, who’s also been peculiarly playing a theremin on r...
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Dropping the gallery, keeping the Creole

by Allan I. Ross
For 15 years, the Creole Gallery was a combination art exhibition space, community theater stage and music venue. But things are about to get a little spicier at 1218 Turner St. Al Hooper, husband of the building’s new owner, Jamie Schriner-Hooper, will work with his partners Sam Short and Aaron Matthews — the team behind last year’s Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern renovation — and transform the space into a restaurant with a familiar-sounding name: The Creole.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Déjà vu

Rom-drama trumps sci fi as love blooms in the foxholes

by Allan I. Ross
I will always hate “The Fault in Our Stars.” In the future, the romantic dramedy about dying teenagers falling in love will be heralded by the sentimental and loathed by the cynical as classic American heartbreak porn. The success of “Fault,” which exploded at the box office this weekend, will make a brand name out of author John Green, make stars out of its young leads, and its quotes will infect every corner of pop culture, providing handy new passwords for bleeding hearts from here to eternity. OK? OK.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

New in town

CRAVING´S GOURMET POPCORN - OKEMOS/MICHAEL O´S FOOD TRUCK

by Allan I. Ross
Food specialists in Lansing range from cupcake engineers to loaded hot dog vendors to wood-fired pizza chefs, but Chad Jordan lays claim to the city’s most lighthearted food title: He’s the No. 1 “popcorn connoisseur” (and owner/ operator) of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Crowdsourcing: In the cards?

Three recent crowdsourcing campaigns try to save kittens, showcase dolls and fight zombies

by Alexandra Harakas
Kitten medical bills (gofundme.com) Local woman April Jones-Cole created a fundraiser to help someone who rescued a litter of week-old kittens in Lansing. Anna Brooks of Lansing took the kittens to an animal hospital in Mason to be nursed back to health.
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