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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
City Pulse hosts: Teenage Slumber Party at Mac's The first in a series of upcoming City Pulse-hosted events happens Wednesday at Mac's Bar when Teenage Slumber Party and Catalina Wine Mixer play an early, all-ages show. Headlining is Teenage Slumber Party, a Grand Ledge-based punk-rock duo made up of Dylan Sowle (guitar/vocals) and Ariel Rogers (drums).
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Fierce creatures

Local facial hair enthusiasts take it on the chin in weekend competition

by Tracy Key
Whether you're sporting a daring Donegal, manly muttons or rocking a royale, fame, glory and prizes could be yours this Saturday when "beardos" from across the nation will their facial hair against each other. It's all part of the first Great Lakes Regional Beard and Moustache Championship, a growing new concept in competition.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Diversity now

Mosaic festival offers multi-cultural mash-up

by Tracy Key
Scales rub against skin as a 6-foot-long boa constrictor slithers down the curves of a woman's body. The woman twists and undulates on stage in front of hundreds of staring eyes. Suddenly you realize you forgot to put on your pants. Just kidding about the pants — this isn't really a nightmare (well, maybe for some people). But the snake is real, and his name is Amon Ra.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

How to race your dragon

Second annual Capitol City Dragon Boat Race sets weekend on fire

by Tracy Key
Time to start thinking about what you're doing this Labor Day weekend. Stuff your face with hot dogs and fruit salad? Look through granny's photo album for the umpteenth time at a family reunion? Or maybe dangle precariously from the horns of a Chinese dragon boat racing perilously down the Grand River? I think we know which of these options sounds most exciting.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Enlightened darkness

Lansing artist conjures up top-secret Haunted Art Exhibition inside an abandoned schoolhouse

by Holly Johnson
With shattered windows, boarded-up doors, and white paint plastered over graffiti, this massive brick building — once a Lansing schoolhouse — satisfies all the visual qualities of a haunted house. It appears as if some demonic force, filled with equal parts splendor and spook, shot the building onto the property with a lightning bolt.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

New in town

Bar 30 & spare time entertainment center

by Allan I. Ross
The number 30 has inspired generations of navel-gazers to contemplate their unproductive lives and try to figure out where all the time went. In fact, card companies and party supply stores have made a good living selling dour 30th birthday paraphernalia, goading guests of honor into feeling prematurely over the hill. It's funny, then, that Bar 30 chose to slap that number right there in their name, numerophobes be damned.
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Monday, August 27,2012

Reviewing renegade

Food-themed shows rise to the top

by City Pulse Staff
Last weekend's Renegade Theatre Festival transformed Old Town into one big stage, as actors and actresses took over nine of the area's businesses and empty spaces. With show names like "Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner," "Comfort Food" and "Surviving Lunch," we couldn't help but notice a culinary theme.
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Thursday, August 23,2012

Soak up the Sun

Diverse music festival takes over Mason

by Rich Tupica
Living in a small town can be a tad drab, a little too hushed and bit too Mayberry-ish. Perhaps that’s why the city of Mason decides to ditch the quiet life, pitch a beer tent and pump up the volume this time every year.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Slumdogs, no millionaires

Pulitzer Prize winner speaking in East Lansing

by Bill Castanier
As some of the overindulged freshmen of 2012 move their flat-screen TVs, laptops and mini-fridges into comfortable dorms with gourmet dining, they could probably use a cold dose of the harsh reality presented in Katherine Boo’s debut book, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers."
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

New in town

Retail Therapy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I've never seen a single episode of "Sex and the City," but I've always imagined there's a scene where all the women are sitting around depressed, crying into their cosmopolitans about something (not enough sex? too much city?), until someone perks up and suggests that they all go SHOPPING! Cue montage scene, and all problems are solved. But that's just (my highly subjective and borderline sexist take on) a TV show, right? Not anymore.
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