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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Local flavor

Common Ground adds Lansing-area acts, free matinee show

by Simone Carter
Wednesday, May 14 — New performances have been added to this year’s Common Ground Music Festival. Local rockers the People’s Temple and Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers have been added to the lineup that included the Violent Femmes, Earth, Wind & Fire and Big Sean. The 15th annual summer fest will take place July 8-13.
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Tuesday, May 13,2014

Back on the block

Tickets on sale Wednesday for second Lansing Beer Fest

by Alexandra Harakas
Tuesday, May 13 — Tickets go on sale Wednesday for the second annual Lansing Beer Fest. Starting at 10 a.m., tickets will be available for the REO Town event, which will be held on Saturday, June 28.
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Friday, May 9,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Be Afraid, Be Amused, Then Relax

by Neil Rajala
Friday, May 9 — So many must-read books these days. Late Spring into Summer is the first major publishing season of the year, and our publishers are are in serious competition to release the best titles. In my opinion, they're all winning. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, May 8,2014

Holiday for strings

Q & A: Mighty Uke Day creator on Michigan's ties to the ukulele

by Kyle Koehler
Thursday, May 8 — This Friday and Saturday, Mighty Uke Day takes over Old Town for the fourth year. Despite its ties to Hawaii, the whimsical instrument is pretty hot in mid-Michigan.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Sonic boom

East Lansing Jazz Festival pushes the envelope

by Lawrence Cosentino
From the U.S. Air Force’s crack big band to the far-out signals of avant-garde spaceman Sun Ra, East Lansing´s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival has announced a stellar lineup that thrusts the 18-year-old event into new layers of the stratosphere.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Blissed out

Pianist Andrew Hsu had the audience belly up and purring at symphony closer

by Lawrence Cosentino
A chic-looking young woman drags her working-class dad to the symphony. Squinting at all the musicians and instruments on the stage, he squirms in his seat and demands, “Who am I supposed to root for?”
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Out On the Town

by City Pulse Staff
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MAY 9-10 >> MIGHTY UKE DAY FESTIVAL The ukelele may be a staple in Hawaiian culture but it also has solid ties to Michigan. For example, “Waikiki,” one of the classic hapa-haole songs, was written by Andy Cummings in Michigan in 1938. And Gibson Guita...
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Anatomy of a writer

Annual symposium celebrates the work of eccentric Michigan author, judge

by Bill Castanier
In his three years as a Michigan Supreme Court judge in the late ‘50s, John D. Voelker wrote an impressive 100 opinions. One of the most titillating was “People v. Hildabridle” in 1959, which involved a Battle Creek-area nudist camp. Voelker, who died in 1991, was decidedly offbeat, said his good friend and fellow fly fisherman and attorney, Frederick Baker.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Splashes of dialogue

Broad guest artist gets East Lansing talking

by ALLAN I. ROSS
“Can I go here?” A young woman walking through East Lansing’s Ann Street Plaza earlier this week stopped short of a maroon blotch splattered across the pavement. It looked like a giant splash of blood, about 12 feet long and 3 feet wide. She looked around. A man nearby waved her forward. “It’s OK, you can walk on it,” he said. “It’s art.”
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

New in town

Tipsy by Design

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Old Town gained a new art gallery last week, bringing the number of art-related businesses within a threeblock radius to roughly 800. But Tipsy by Design has a few things going on to differentiate it from the others. Notably, the retail side of the business is focused on a particular type of work: Hand-painted wine glasses.
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