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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Night of confluence

Lansing Symphony chaperones a heavy classical-jazz date

by Lawrence Cosentino
After a while, you can tell when musicians are "excited to be doing X" because it's their default mode and when they really are a little bit on fire. Composer Brian Gaber, a professor at Florida State University, is the creator of "Ancestral Waters," a hybrid classical-jazz-African piece that weaves a soprano soloist, a jazz trio and a symphony orchestra into a multi-layered reverie on the African-American experience.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Comics: The Thing With Three Brows!

Low, middle and high culture converge at the MSU Comics Forum

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are questions you both love and hate to hear. Ryan Claytor gets one often: "Where do I start reading comics?" You can't blame people for asking him. Claytor, 33 writes and draws comics, teaches comic art at Michigan State University and organizes the MSU Comics Forum, an annual gathering of creators, scholars and fans coming this weekend on campus, now in its sixth year and growing.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

From 'The Salon' to the big sky

Nick Bertozzi unpacks a bottomless bag of comic tricks

by Lawrence Cosentino
From French-ified sound effects like "knoque" to carefully beaded Lakota Sioux word balloons, comic artist Nick Bertozzi carries a loose bag of storytelling tricks — some stolen, some adapted, some invented.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Motown in mortem

Detroit author writes requiem for rotting metropolis

by Bill Castanier
Detroit author and journalist Charlie LeDuff doesn't need a white suit, acid or a rich boy's swagger to prove that he belongs among the greats of New (now old) Journalism. His new book not only gives him a seat at that table, but he gets to pick the entrée — and he certainly looks the part.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey, Part III

'Nonviolent tactics are the best political tactics'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series featuring icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights. Rev. James Lawson, 84, is the final speaker in the series. Time Magazine listed him as one of seven icons of the civil rights movement. He served 14 months in prison in his protest of the Vietnam War.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

New in town

Bradly's Home and Garden

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Old Town's Thelma Joyce Osteen Comfort Station — or, colloquially, simply "the Comfort Station" — turns 98 this year. The building has varied in utility over the years from a public restroom (its original use, hence that unassuming moniker and its location next to the now-defunct train tracks) to the headquarters for the North Lansing Community Association.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

'Razzle Dazzle' for those in blue

Lansing's newest theater ensemble moves up to the main stage with 'Chicago'

by MARY CUSACK
It's the theater company equivalent to an extravagant coming out party, a la MTV's "My Super Sweet 16." After eight years of producing youth-oriented Broadway revue shows, the Blue Light Players, a nonprofit musical theater company, is entering the world of adult theater with an ambitious production of "Chicago." In an interesting twist, a musical about the birth of the celebrity criminal will provide financial support to the families of fallen and injured law enforcement officers.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Fans of jazz and gumbo might want to stop by The Avenue Café every Thursday for a free performance by the Peter Nelson Jazz Quartet and a chance to order from the New Orleans-inspired menu.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Woman of steel

Broad Art Museum gets three new exhibits featuring diaries, geometry and metallic underwear

by Dana Casadei
Staying true to its contemporary theme, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum rotates in three new exhibits this week.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

A vote for the orchestra

Lansing Symphony Orchestra wants your advice on its summer concert

by Dylan Sowle
Will "Billie Jean" or "Angie" get a chance to waft down the Grand River in downtown Lansing? The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is getting a head start on its summer concert in the park this year by asking you to choose what music you want to hear.
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