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Monday, May 4,2015

Beginning of the end

(SCENE) Metrospace agreement seems to be near completion

by Ty Forquer
MONDAY, MAY 4 — An agreement between the City of East Lansing and MSU’s Art, Art History and Design department to turn curatorial control of (SCENE) Metrospace over to the university seems to be nearing completion, with a vote on the agreement expected later this month.
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Friday, May 1,2015

Summer fun(ds)

Area groups receive funds for summer camp scholarships

by Ariel Rogers
FRIDAY, MAY 1 — Summer camps are a great way for youth to learn, gain skills and make friends, but paying for those camps can be a tough hurdle for many families to clear. This summer, many Greater Lansing youth in financial need will get a chance to attend camps through the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Young Creatives Program.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Making good, flying home

Wharton Center gig is a homecoming for drummer Lawrence Leathers

by Lawrence Cosentino
When earthy, brainy, playful 26-yearold vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant hits the Wharton Center´s Pasant Theatre tonight, she’ll be in good, and appreciative, company. Lansing-born drummer Lawrence Leathers, now a deeply dug-in denizen of the New York jazz scene, is an awestruck fan as well as a collaborator.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Alone together

Rodney Whitaker is fine company ‘When We Find Ourselves Alone’

by Lawrence Cosentino
There is a beautiful paradox in the title of bassist Rodney Whitaker´s new album, “When We Find Ourselves Review Alone.” Whitaker is a singular artist in a plural universe. As a bassist, Whitaker is at the top of his art, but his instrument almost always puts him in harness to a group. As the director of jazz studies at MSU, teacher and mentor to a generation of young jazz artists, community builder in East Lansing and family man with seven children, he has chosen a path that is anything but lonely.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Anne and Anna

Michigan authors host Independent Bookstore Day events in Greater Lansing

by Bill Castanier
Two Michigan writers — one from decidedly gritty Detroit, the other from pastoral Empire on the shore of Lake Michigan — will be headliners at Schuler Books on Saturday for Independent Book Store Day. Unfortunately, the two writers, Anna Clark of Detroit and Anne-Marie Oomen of Empire, will be holding court at competing Schuler Books locations. It would have been fun to put these two Michigan authors together for a session. Clark, a freelance magazine and newspaper writer, curated “A Detroit Anthology,” a 2015 Michigan Notable Book Award winner.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
      Wanda Degen Ten Pound Fiddle´s 40th Birthday Party, Friday, May 1   The Ten Pound Fiddle celebrates its 40th season of concerts and dances this year, and it’s hosting a party to honor the milestone. The event is open to the public and will feature...
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

New in town

by Rich Tupica
Now that international relations have warmed between the U.S. and Cuba (thanks, Obama — seriously), a good way for Metro Lansing diners to get acquainted with the Pearl of the Antilles might be to take a tour of the menu at La Cocina Cubana, a new food truck in Old Town featuring authentic Cuban cuisine. Iliana Almaguer opened the truck in January. She said business has been good from the outset, but with the recent run of spring-like weather, customers have been flocking.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Conventional wisdom!

Lansing comic convention looking for a successful formula

by Jonathan Griffith
It’s no secret that comic book creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were aping the formula created by DC Comic’s “Justice League” books when they set out to create “The Avengers” for Marvel Comics. The legendary duo were tasked by their publisher to create something similar when sales of DC’s all-star super-group comics greatly overshadowed anything Marvel — then known as Timely Comics — had on the stands. It took several years for the middling publisher to establish a roster of characters as iconic those assembled in DC’s Justice League, but flash forward 52 years and there’s not a single summer that goes by without Captain America, Iron Man or Thor plastered over t-shirts, billboards and TV screens everywhere. While comic enthusiasts could (and do) argue all day about the merits of the two groups, “Justice League” and “The Avengers,” while similar in their concept, are both unique.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Downtown Derby

Midtown Brewing Co. brings a Kentucky Derby party to Downtown Lansing

by Ty Forquer
Lansing residents have a chance to watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports” on the big screen Saturday as City Pulse and Midtown Brewing Co. team up to host the inaugural Downtown Lansing Kentucky Derby Party, featuring specialty drinks, prizes and complimentary food.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Better with time

Burgdorf’s Winery builds on 10 years of experience

by Ty Forquer
Burgdorf’s Winery, located on the eastern fringes of Haslett, can be easy to miss for a first-time visitor. A small roadside sign directs visitors to the unassuming split-level home that doubles as headquarters for the budding winery and as residence for co-owners Deb and Dave Burgdorf. The Burgdorfs´ adventures in winemaking began some 35 years ago, shortly after the couple was married. Dave Burgdorf had acquired a huge batch of black raspberries, and Deb Bergdorf was at a loss trying to use them up.
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