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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Open secret

Lansing artist collective elevates its profile with open house

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Career artists, for the most part, tend to be self-contained. To paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut, they instinctively know that opening the window on their creative process could make their work catch cold. But that's the paradox of the profession — although art often comes from a secretive place, it doesn't mean much until the public has its say.
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Anonymous

Documentary about AA founder gets local special engagement

by ALLAN I. ROSS
How do you make a documentary film about a person who spent his life diligently avoiding the camera, denying even Time magazine so much as a shot of the back of his head? Filmmakers Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino of Page 124 Productions set the bar pretty high for themselves by choosing to tell the life story of Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, for their debut endeavor, "Bill W."
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

New in town

HopCat / Zoobie's / Travelers Pub

by ALLAN I. ROSS
On Monday, HopCat-East Lansing held a ceremonial groundbreaking — and fittingly, it was a hop bine planting. (Hops are the aromatic plants used to flavor some beers.) The restaurant/brewpub opens this August on the ground floor of the mixed-use development, The Residences.
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Married couple Samuel Seth Bernard and May Erlewine are a respected duo in the growing Michigan folk community. Friday, the pair will perform songs off their latest album, "New Flower," along with some other fan favorites, at their 5th annual Ten Pound Fiddle concert.
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Nice 'Girl'

MSU closes theater season with iconic musical

by Dana Casadei
The musical that introduced Barbra Streisand to Broadway still has much of the same charm that enchanged audiences in 1964. "Funny Girl," with music by Jules Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, and book by Isobel Lennart, traces legendary showgirl Fanny Brice's path to stardom, from a Brooklyn vaudeville act to headliner of the Ziegfeld Follies — and her roller coaster relationship with husband Nick Arnstein (Will Slanger-Grant).
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Talking 'the talk'

Lansing workshop aims to take the sting out of the birds and the bees

by Dylan Sowle
How many sitcoms have we seen depicting bumbling parents and terrified children sitting down to have the dreaded "talk?" Pop culture really hasn't helped make that inevitable and necessary conversation any easier. That's where Talk Early, Talk Often comes in.
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Monday, April 22,2013

Hopping along

City officials dig in for upcoming restaurant’s ceremonial groundbreaking

by Allan I. Ross
Monday, April 22 — The planting of ceremonial beer hops marked the construction launch of East Lansing’s upcoming HopCat bar/restaurant today.
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Saturday, April 20,2013

Fruit of the vinyl

Record Store Day bows this weekend

by Shawn Parker
Now in its sixth year, Record Store Day has become something of a cross between a scavenger hunt and Christmas. And Heather Frarey, owner of The Record Lounge, 111 Division St. in East Lansing, thinks the international event, which will be held this Saturday, could be the biggest one yet.
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Friday, April 19,2013

Gig Report

A rundown of Lansing shows this week

by Hannah Scott
Friday, April 19 — Indie and alternative rock abound this week in Lansing. The Avenue Café on the East Side features indie folk rock reminiscent of Tom Petty, while The Loft and Mac’s host heavier acts in Anberlin and New Politics, respectively.
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Friday, April 19,2013

Friday Fashion Pulse

Yin and yang

by Marisol Dorantes
Friday, April 19 — Comfortable or classy, loose or fitted, bright or dark — there is a galaxy of choices when it comes to picking an outfit. Indecisiveness is an issue that fashionistas face when nothing feels quite right and sometimes the answer is everything. Ashley Goolsby, an aspiring photographer from Lansing, breaks fashion editing rules in all the right ways.
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