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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Quite the spectacle

Lansing Vaudeville band embarks on weeklong, statewide tour for documentary

by ALLAN I. ROSS
There are some natural complications that go along with being a 15-piece gypsy folk band, and being about 80 years out of time is only one of them. Stage size is obviously a key issue, as is the coordination of more than a dozen independent work and personal schedules.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

New in town

Decker's/ Artie's Food / Athenas Diner / Leaf

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After six years, Jessica Decker has handed over the keys to Decker's Coffee Co., 220 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing, to a new owner. J.T. Dachtler took over the reins at Decker's Saturday, but Decker is sticking around for a week to smooth the transition.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Drake White, an EMI-signed singer/songwriter based in Nashville, plays the Whiskey Barrel Saloon on May 30. The Alabama native has a rootsy modern country sound, blended with southern gospel vibes.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

A decade of doodles

After 10 years, local artist's caricatures will no longer be at Biggby

by Sam Inglot
One of Dennis Preston's favorite places to conjure up grotesque and whimsical characters was the Biggby Coffee at 536 Elmwood Road in Lansing, just south of the Lansing Mall. The local illustrator, designer and caricaturist would draw on coffee napkins and leave them at the store, which could then be "purchased" by giving $10 to the barista on duty. It was a tradition that had been going on throughout Lansing-area Biggby's for the past 10 years.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Video: LUVS performance at E.L. Art Festival

Lansing ensemble prepares for statewide tour

by Allan I. Ross
Wednesday, May 22 — The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle was the closing band at the 50th annual East Lansing Art Festival on Sunday. It was the last local show for the band before a statewide tour next month.
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Friday, May 17,2013

Deemable Tech

A weekly column answering your technology questions

by Ray Hollister
Friday, May 17 — This week on Deemable Tech: Why do web browsers open inconsistently? (Editor’s note: “Deemable Tech” is a weekly syndicated column by Jacksonville, Fla.-based writer Ray Hollister. It will appear weekly on lansingcitypulse.com.)
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Wobegon at Wharton

‘A Prairie Home Companion’ coming to East Lansing in August

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, May 16 — Tickets go on sale tomorrow for “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor’s long running variety show. The program is broadcast weekly on public radio outlets across the country, including 90.5 WKAR-FM, locally. “A Prairie Home Companion” is known for its musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians, tongue-in-cheek radio drama and Keillor's storytelling segment, “News from Lake Wobegon.”
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Gig Report

A rundown of Lansing shows this week

by Hannah Scott
Thursday, May 16 — Thrash metal, “gypsy art rock” with a little Brooklyn folk on the side makes its way to Lansing this weekend. The hard-pounding Sin Theorem and experimental Stikyfüt bring a harder edge Friday to Uli’s and The Loft, respectively. Meanwhile, New York singer songwriter Laura Stevenson hits Mac’s on Sunday.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

Good, good, good stridulations

Brooklyn musician will jam with bugs at Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
With their crunchy exoskeletons, compound eyes and yellow blood, insects seem more like alien creatures than our fellow Earthlings — but humans have more in common with the six-legged beasties than you'd think.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

A hard night's work

Lansing Symphony, O'Riley rile up Rachmaninoff, kill off Juliet

by Lawrence Cosentino
Leo Tolstoy was quite a bastard — check out his wife's diary for some hair-raising stories — but he made a good point now and then. He once asked arch-Romantic composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, with typical cruelty, "Is such music needed by anyone?"
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