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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Gone to the dogs

David Olds draws from his photography experience in his novel, ‘Bulldog Blues’

by Bill Castanier
Author and photographer David Olds certainly subscribes to the maxim “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and he mixes that maxim in his recent book, “Bulldog Blues,” with another: “Write what you know.” “Bulldog Blues” is a farcical and fictional romp about a crazy Pulitzer prize-winning photographer, Dennis Wright, set in contemporary Detroit. Dennis, who is in the twilight of his career as photographer for a daily newspaper, is not only fighting some of his own demons, he’s also locked in a fierce battle against a wayward newspaper industry.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

And the Top of the Town award goes to...

by City Pulse
It's a still night on Michigan Avenue. A crowd gathers in anticipation. They heard this could be the night. Wait a minute — is it? Could it be? Yes! A plume of white smoke emerges from the chimney of City Pulse headquarters. The people of Lansing have selected the 2015 Top of the Town winners.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Celebrate yourselves, bring your friends

City Pulse/WLNS winners party will benefit the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art

by City Pulse
City Pulse & WLNS will fete the winners of the 2015 Top of the Town contest at a special event. On Friday, June 12, Top of the Town will commandeer the VIP tent at the second annual Grand American Fish Rodeo at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. Top chefs from around town will provide ...
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Top of the Town - Top 3 Winners

by staff
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

New in Top of the Town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Entrepreneurship is in full swing in the capital city. It seems like a new business opens somewhere in Greater Lansing every week lately. Restaurants. Comedy clubs. Electronics stores. Specialty clothes shops. And the newest breed of watering hole: distilleries — so popular that they got their own category this year.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jimi Kanklez opens for Lil Wyte and JellyRoll, Friday, May 22 Opening Friday’s Lil Wyte and JellyRoll concert at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge is Lansing-based rapper Jimi Kanklez, among others. The concert is the only Michigan date of the “Pour Another Tour.” Kanklez, a Ro...
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Fields of bronze

Singer Joshua Davis finishes in third place on ‘The Voice’

by Ty Forquer
Joshua Davis’ improbable journey on reality TV singing competition “The Voice” ended Tuesday night, with the Traverse City-based singer ending in third place behind champion Sawyer Fredericks and runner-up Meghan Linsey. Davis, a former Lansing resident and frontman of Steppin’ In It, was in the mix until the show’s final episode.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Basking in the glow

Joshua Davis’ run on “The Voice” gives a boost to local music

by Ty Forquer
While “The Voice” has landed Michigan-based singer/songwriter Joshua Davis firmly in the national spotlight, the reflected light of television stardom has also illuminated Michigan’s formidable folk music scene. While his local musical exploits and connection to Michigan-based folk music collective Earthwork Music were never mentioned explicitly on the show, Davis has shown love to Michigan musicians on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, and eager new fans have harnessed the power of Google to discover the singer’s past work.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Bravo, Mr. Brand

Wharton Center executive director receives prestigious Broadway award

by Ty Forquer
At the Wharton Center, it is usually the casts of actors or the groups of musicians that get standing ovations. On May 12, however, the center’s top man-behind-thescenes received his own standing ovation when Mike Brand, Wharton Center’s executive director, was awarded the Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award at this year’s Broadway League Conference in New York. “It’s a really special honor, and speaks well for the Wharton Center’s efforts,” Brand said.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Old Town beat down

North Lansing’s hip district dominates 2015 Top of the Town awards

by Ty Forquer
Lansing’s Old Town took the 2015 Top of the Town awards by storm, landing three businesses in the top six overall vote getters and snagging 19 first-place honors. For years, the neighborhood has been known for shopping, boasting an eclectic collection of antique shops, art galle...
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