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Wednesday, October 15,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing’s specialty coffee scene continues to grow with the addition of another business. Paul and Emily Nicholls are the owners of the new Rust Belt Roastery in Old Town. They roast small batches of beans in an antique woodfired roaster and distribute them at local farmers markets and retail stores.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

‘Once’ more, with feeling

Broadway adaptation of indie romance moves at the speed of love

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the universe of “Once,” music is both the lubricant that keeps souls from chafing and the fuel that keeps hearts pounding. Several times in the script, a character turns to another after a song and says something to the effect of, “That was a-MAZ-ing.” Really, there was nothing else to say — and this play won the Tony for Best Book in 2012.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Behind the label

Local music production company gears up for annual DIY music fest

by Rich Tupica
Michael Azerrad’s book “Our Band Could Be Your Life” has become essential reading for those gripped by the grimy genesis of alternative rock. It chronicles the careers of a cast of underground ’80 and 90s bands like Mudhoney, Beat Happening and Hüsker Dü. For some, it’s simply an engaging read, but local musician Tommy McCord seems to be using it as a how-to guide for his music career.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Local H at The Loft, Saturday, Oct. 18 Alt-rock band Local H, best known for its 1996 post-grunge tune “Bound for the Floor” (you remember, “And you just don’t get it/keep it copasetic!”), plays a free show Saturday at the Loft. Opening are the Legal I...
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

UNCORKED: O Canada%u2028

A tour of Niagara-area vineyards

by Alan Kerr
Wednesday, Oct. 15 — Thousands of people travel to Niagara, Canada, each year to enjoy the wonders of the falls, embrace the historic impressions of Niagara on Lake or embark upon one of the hiking trails along the Niagara Escarpment. There’s also a route that allows oenophiles to sample some of the area’s wonderful and diverse wines.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

What Lies Beneath

by Jonathan Griffith
Its about this time of year that most Michiganders are cracking open protective slips full of winter attire to prepare for the unrelenting cold. So as you’re zipping up your umpteenth layer, try and comprehend this: There was a time when Michigan was always warm. In fact, it was cove...
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Monday, October 13,2014

Turn it down

Mid-Michigan Zine Fair edition

by Rich Tupica
Self-publishing a DIY magazine, or “zine,” takes a lot of work. I should know. In June 2008, local graphic designer Kara Swanson and I self-published a free Lansing-focused music and art zine called — get this — “Turn it Down!” The release show for the zine featured 15 area bands and drew about 200 locals to the now defunct Basement 414. Then, in early 2009, City Pulse approached me to write a local music column under the “Turn it Down” moniker. Thanks to that one-issue zine, for the past five years City Pulse has dedicated this page to highlighting localmusic shows.
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Monday, October 13,2014

‘Once’ bitten

Academy Award-winning film get the musical treatment at Wharton

by Beth Waldon
Monday, Oct. 13 — This week, “Once” comes to the Wharton Center for a six-day run. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, it’s the story of an Irish musician whose recent connection with a woman inspires him to take his music to the next level. The show brings 12 actor/musicians on stage, enhancing the musical touch behind the story.
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Friday, October 10,2014

In memoriam

Memorial for longtime Lansing actress, director to be held this Sunday

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, Oct. 10 — A memorial for longtime Lansing community theater icon Addiann Hinds has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday. Hinds died of lung cancer Sept. 22. She was 75.
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Thursday, October 9,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Two Kinds of Drama, with a Physics Chaser

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, OCT. 9 — Having always been fascinated by what the moon does, I found the recent blood moon spellbinding. The full moon of the night before was one of the brightest I've seen and, per my experiment on my back deck, was bright enough to read by. A celestial booklight, so to speak. Here's what we're reading:
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