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Wednesday, August 1,2012

A second stab at the first time

After a last-minute cancellation last year, Michigan Rock N Brew organizers try again

by Rich Tupica
As Ted Wilson sits in his East Michigan Avenue office wrapping up a late-evening meeting about the Michigan Rock 'N Brew Festival he’s organizing, the DIY promotional method he's implementing proves its worth, at least in some capacity.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Genuine alt-country and psychobilly fans may want to check out Slim Cessna’s Auto Club when it stops at Mac's Bar Thursday.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

A picture is worth a hundred bucks

East Lansing sweetens the pot for photo contest

by Tracy Key
Between the bustling Michigan State University campus, the yearly round of music and art festivals and the serenity of the surrounding farmland, there is a lot of eye candy to be found around East Lansing. The 2012 Community Photo Contest offers East Lansing photo enthusiasts an opportunity to turn their camera skills into prize money.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

'39 Steps' lead to laughs

Over the Ledge presents a Hitchcockian farce

by Holly Johnson
Combine the suspense of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller with the allure of a 1930s spy story; perform it in the comedic style of Monty Python and you have Over the Ledge Theatre Co.'s "The 39 Steps."
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Castles and goat farms

'Ink Trails' follows famous and not-so-famous Michigan writers

by Bill Castanier
They hailed from Benzonia, Elk Rapids, Saline, Hudson, Harbert, Grass Lake and numerous other whistle stops between Marquette and Monroe.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Slicker than snot

Two actors play a whole town in Williamston's dazzling 'Red, White & Tuna'

by Mary C. Cusack
In this case, as with last year's "Greater Tuna," that cast is Aral Gribble and Wayne David Parker. While director John Lepard is plenty skilled and accomplished, working with Gribble and Parker must make his job easy. In addition to already having developed many of the characters, they are also fleet-footed in switching among characters, creating and maintaining unique physicality for each one.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Survival, not revival

Cheap Girls celebrates five years in the Chevy van

by Rich Tupica
The rigorous tour regimen started not long after the band began garnering buzz for its 2008 debut LP, "Find Me a Drink Home." The band plays its five-year anniversary show Friday at Mac’s bar
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

High energy, big ears

Eclectic Eric Darius tops smooth jazz bill in Holt

by Rich Tupica
"He is high, high energy — from start to finish," Wilson said. "I don’t know how he blows on a saxophone like that for over an hour. People are going to be shocked by his performance."
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The debut seven-track EP by a new local "post art pop" band, Language, will be released Thursday at Mac's Bar. Language, which features Chris Minarik (guitar/vocals), Bobby Sullivan (guitar/synth) and drummer Joseph Dellgowan, is influenced by Girls, Yo La Tengo, Joy Division, Wire and an assortment of other British post-punk bands and classic American pop groups.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Strong themes for tough times

Sandra Seaton's 'The Will' delves into race, family, power and music

by Christopher Horb
Seaton conceived the Civil War drama on a trip to her native Tennessee. While studying public records relating to the African-American post-slavery experience, she examined her family's history and discovered her great-great grandfather's last will and testament.
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