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Wednesday, May 15,2013

The beat goes on

Hip-hop event gets back to basics

by David Barker
Solutions for socio-economic problems are typically addressed at symposiums where speakers use PowerPoint presentations, not turntables. But this weekend, the Lansing Hip Hop Fest will use facets of hip- hop culture — including graffiti art, spoken word, dance and music — to explore some of these heady themes.
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Friday, May 10,2013

Nifty at fifty

Woldumar Nature Center's Saturday event celebrates half a century of outdoor education

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, May 10 —'For 50 years, Lansing’s Woldumar Nature Center has provided an idyllic venue for helping mid-Michigan residents stay in touch with the outdoors. A daylong celebration on Saturday will commemorate the milestone.
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Thursday, May 9,2013

Gig Report

A rundown of Lansing shows this week

by Hannah Scott
Thursday, May 9 — Explore the boundaries of rock and roll this week with bands all the way from France hitting the Lansing scene. Also, Mac’s Bar is bringing in a hip-hop duo tonight who have been compared to Kanye and Lupe Fiasco.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

On a roll

Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt signs on for three more years

by Lawrence Cosentino
Audiences trust him. Musicians love to play for him. He digs the Lansing Lugnuts. Best of all, after seven years as Lansing Symphony music director, Timothy Muffitt has cans of symphonic whoop-ass he hasn't even opened yet.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

On and off the trail

A peek at the 2013-'14 season

by Lawrence Cosentino
Would you rather watch a Ken Burns video or be airdropped straight to Yosemite? Classical music's perennial favorites are a lot like the national parks. The crags of Brahms' Fourth Symphony, the mesas of Mozart's Requiem or the arches of the "Polovtsian Dances" are best experienced first hand. That's reason enough for the Lansing Symphony to bring them alive in 2013-'14.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

The case for Sergei marriage

Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev make for double Russian climax to symphony season

by Lawrence Cosentino
As far as anybody knows, these two guys don't compare tattoos, but there's a palpable rapport between Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt and Christopher O'Riley, the guest soloist for the Lansing Symphony season finale.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Xanadu at Medovue

English Inn tour peels back secrets of a 1927 country estate

by Lawrence Cosentino
When choosing her jewelry for the night, the lady of the house could reach under the vanity and press a hidden button, revealing a secret panel in the bathroom. It was probably also used to hide hooch during Prohibition.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Burn after reading

All-star '8' brings gay marriage debate to Lansing, hoping to end it

by Lawrence Cosentino
A timeless saga of the human spirit that will inspire generations to come? Screw that. “Our hope is that this play will be obsolete in two years,” Chad Badgero declared. On Friday, Badgero directs a star-studded, one-time-only staged reading of “8,” a mult...
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Endless love

MSU vet helps pet owners with animal hospice care services

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The death of a pet is often the first experience many of us have with loss. Dogs, cats, hamsters and rabbits all have shorter lifespans than humans, giving pet owners, especially young ones, an inside track to the pain of letting go. It's easy for outsiders to dismiss it as "just an animal," but a pet's death is a pain that often runs deep.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

New in town

Noble Ink / Peppino's Pizza / Fireside Grill

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last month, Bill Brown opened Noble Ink, his second Lansing tattoo parlor. He said the first, Southside Tattoo, was doing better-than-expected business, leading him to think the market could support another one. But Noble has a different angle.
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