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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
For those looking to relax by the water with some jazz piano, Thursday at the Waterfront Bar & Grill in the Lansing City Market may be just the spot. The evening features a performance from the Arlene McDaniel Trio, a local group known for original compositions and lesser known jazz standards. McDaniel is a veteran pianist in the field of jazz, working in the mid-Michigan area and beyond for 30 years.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Stoned troubadour

East Nashville's Todd Snider brings 'agnostic hymns and stoner fables' to Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
I genuinely believed Todd Snider when he said he was unsure if Saturday night will be his first time playing in Lansing.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Rethinking sexual diversity

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Sari van Anders of the University of Michigan is the second speaker in MSU's semester-long series "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation." Her lecture, 4 p.m. Monday, is in Wells Hall room 115B and is free and open to the public. Van Anders is an assistant professor of neurosciences; reproductive sciences; and science, technology and society. Her lecture is called "Beyond Sexual Orientation: Testosterone and Sexuality Diversity in Humans."
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Everything old is new again

'Spring Awakening' blooms at Riverwalk this weekend

by Dana Casadei
In 1906, a highly controversial stage play about teenage sexuality was ruffling the collars of conservative German theatergoers. It was called "Frühlingserwachen," and it addressed a host of verboten subjects — abortion, homosexuality, rape, suicide — and was summarily mothballed. Exactly 100 years later, it was reborn as the hit Broadway musical "Spring Awakening," which will be performed by two mid-Michigan community theaters within 90 minutes of each other this weekend. Who says there's no such thing as progress?
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Theater guide

What's playing and where

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All titles and dates are subject to change. Please call the theaters or visit their websites for updates and ticket prices.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Biological tales

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City Pulse will interview speakers coming to Michigan State University for the semester-long "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation" speaker series. The series, organized by MSU neuroscience Professor Marc Breedlove, will consist of academic experts from universities across North America who will support Breedlove’s research that proves, in part, that homosexuality is natural.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

When festivals attack!

REO Town reinventing itself as place 'where art is made.'

by Rich Tupica
If you drive south on Washington Square out of downtown Lansing, just beyond I-496 you'll hit REO Town. At least, you used to. Now you hit a Road Closed sign, a Sidewalk Closed sign, and, to top it all off, an orange Detour sign with giant arrow pointing toward the highway.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Diva sings the blues

Lansing songstress orchestrates stylish performance event

by Rich Tupica
The blues has always been sodden in gloom. Even the late gospel vocalist Mahalia Jackson once said, "Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help." But that’s not true for Twyla Birdsong.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Over 1,000 students are expected to fill the field outside of the MSU Auditorium for the annual Spartan Remix. The free, all-ages event features music from DJ Rod P — the official DJ for the Detroit Pistons — Karen Rodriguez, Enrique Rosas Duet and Zain Shamoon and the Blat Pack. Dances will be performed by the ASU African Student Union, FreQuency Dance Crew and the MSU Breakdance Club.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

The screening room

Nick Cave's screenplay for 'Lawless' suggests he oughta stick to music

by James Sanford
They used to write backwoods ballads about men like the Bondurant brothers, the Virginia moonshiners who built their own little empire during Prohibition. Unfortunately, instead of picking up his guitar and cranking out a tune about them, alt-rocker Nick Cave turned to his word process...
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