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Friday, February 7,2014

‘Unleaded’ conversation

Talk with Lansing native filmmakers about their Detroit-made film Friday night

by City Pulse Staff
Thursday, Feb. 6 — What’s love like through a bulletproof glass? That’s the question asked by the Detroit-made romantic comedy “Detroit Unleaded.” And if the answer is a little fuzzy, then this Friday is your chance to clear things up.
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Thursday, February 6,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

The New Paperbacks

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Feb. 6 — It used to be that paperbacks were a book's second life, so to speak. After the hardcover sales came and went, the publisher released the paperback in order to attract more readers with a lower price. These days we're seeing more and more "paperback originals&...
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

A jazzy love story

Tribute to married jazz team Sunny Wilkinson and Ron Newman strikes a major chord

by Lawrence Cosentino
She’s a jazz singer with a lemony voice and feathersharp control. He’s a composer, pianist and professor of music theory at Michigan State University. She struts to the sparkling sobriquet “Sunny”; he rolls with the rumpled rubric of “Ron.”
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

Out On the Town

by City Pulse Staff
THURSDAY, FEB. 6 >> ‘Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey’ Speakers Series Rochelle Riley is a busy woman. She’s a Detroit Free Press columnist, a blogger, an author and advocate of improving race relations and the lives of children. She chats with Lansing...
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

The Beatles and America, at 50

Local perspectives and a shrine on the band that helped pull America out of the doldrums

by Bill Castanier
Handsomely dressed in black suits, skinny ties, pegged pants and pointed boots, and gripping their blue Pan Am bags like someone was going to ask for them back, the Beatles arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport about 1:20 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 1964. Beatlemania was in full swing. Adoring fans swarmed, screamed and fawned over them at every stop.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

State of the union

Labor leader’s son recounts the early days of the UAW in new memoir

by Bill Castanier
Iconic folk singer Pete Seeger, who died last week, performed and helped write the classic union organizing song “Talking Union” for people like late United Auto Workers leader Ken Morris. Seeger understood the hazards, the glories and frustrating paths followed by union organizers. His song was almost a primer for their mission.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

New rodeo in town

Organizers will promote river activities with Lansing summer fest

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Grand River flows north and west from Hillsdale just south of Jackson, through Lansing and out to Grand Haven, where it dumps into Lake Michigan. It’s about 250 miles long, but it’s only the milelong stretch running through downtown Lansing we’re focusing on here.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

100 shows and counting

‘Leaving Iowa’ director celebrates milestone with Riverwalk comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A typical community theater show usually takes about two months of work from first rehearsal through closing night. If you take that as your average, actor/ director Michael Schacherbauer has spent 200 months — just under 20 years of his life — pounding the boards or calling “action” for one show or another.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

Forming Team Tony

Fundraiser helps ailing local theater director

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Two weeks ago, Williamston Theatre’s co-founder and artistic director Tony Caselli, 45, was hospitalized. His family requested that full details not be revealed, but confirmed that he is “fighting a sudden and unexpected illness.”
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

New In Town

Travelers Club/ White Bros. Music/ Mayfair Bar

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Travelers Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum is looking to add some flavor to Old Town. The longtime business, which closed in November 2012 after 30 years on the corner of Okemos and Hamilton roads in Okemos, wants to make the move to the old Mustang Bar, 1215 Turner St., bringing its globe-hopping menu, and possibly a microbrewery, to the historic Lansing district.
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