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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Grand American Fish Rodeo lures Lansing revelers to first-time event

by Simone Carter
Lou Adado Riverfront Park will be the scene of many events this summer, but only one will take the plunge into the deep end — literally. The inaugural Grand American Fish Rodeo will cast its line into the busy summer festival schedule this Thursday-Saturday.
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Thursday, June 5,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Fourth of July Creek

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 5 — This weekend is the Festival of the Arts in downtown Grand Rapids! The locals remember when it was the big downtown event of the year here, before the ArtPrize folks moved in. The locals also know that Festival is still a great weekend of art, performance and food - worth the drive from wherever you are. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Empty space on the wall

Artists, gallery owners recall ‘gentleman’ Bill Hankins

by Lawrence Cosentino
Bill Hankins was behind the times, by nature, and that put him a little bit ahead. The death May 23 of the longtime East Lansing gallery owner has local artists musing about what´s still missing in the local arts community. Hankins was 81.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

2014 Farmers Market Guide

by City Pulse
2:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, May-October 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing (517) 999-3911, allenmarketplace.org/farmers-market.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Gospel truth

Riverwalk gets preachy with revival of New Testament musical

by Paul Wozniak
“Godspell” put composer Stephen Schwartz on the map in 1971. Songs like “Day by Day” were radio friendly hits, but the musical’s orchestral arrangements seemed dated to modern ears. Riverwalk’s production avoids that pitfall by staging the 2012 revised version instead, which makes every song sound crisp and new. Add to that a terrific cast led by the charismatic Matt Eldred as Jesus, stellar direction from John Delaney and a tight orchestra conducted by John Dale Smith and suddenly “Godspell” feels timeless.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Pumstock Festival For the last five years, East Lansing’s Bailey neighborhood residents Geraldine and Dudley “Smitty” Smith have been booking Americana acts at the Orchard Street Pump House, 368 Orchard St. In 2010 they branched out and organized the first PumpStock, ...
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Fine dining

Jon Favreau returns to form with cutting comedy

by Allan I. Ross
Who pissed in Jon Favreau’s bisque? The writer/ director/ actor seethes through his role in “Chef” as a man whose life is thrown into turmoil after he abandons his integrity in a critcal career crossroads moment and pays for it. He’s so obsessed with work that he’s destroyed his marriage, he’s lost his girlish figure and he’s become an inattentive father. This guy’s got some serious angst.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

New in town

TALLULAH´S FOLLY/MIDTOWN BREWING CO./THE STATE ROOM

by Allan I. Ross
A little less than four years after opening, eclectic Old Town flower and vintage shop Tallulah’s Folly will close for good in early July. Owner David Gregware made the decision last week, but didn’t make it official until Tuesday.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Magic carpet ride

Lansing musician zips between orchestra pits in Lansing and Broadway

by Dylan Sowle
Musical theater runs in the family for Jonathan Smith. In March, the Lansing native — and son of prolific Lansing band director and musician John Dale Smith — joined the elite ranks of the Broadway pit orchestra as a substitute percussionist for the new Disney musical “Aladdin.”
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Where Sagan meets Picasso

Chalk, quilts and collagraphy to be found in local galleries this month

by Jonathan Griffith
In the art world, there have always been reformists who have challenged the conventions of what art is and can be, from those who celebrated their acceptance into the Salon des Refusés to Marcel Duchamp’s urinal exhibition. Creatives will seemingly always struggle to prove that art can be found in the most unlikely places and from the most unlikely individuals.
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