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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Turner and hooch

Book chronicles the history of Lansing’s historic Turner-Dodge house

by Bill Castanier
It’s unlikely that most of the brides posing and toasting in the rose garden next to the Turner-Dodge House have any idea who Frances Willard was. If they did, they might find irony in the fact that the fountain that bookends the garden is a testament to Willard, a founder of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and her noted anti-alcohol efforts. Elizabeth A. Homer, author of “Pioneers, Reformers, & Millionaires,” a new book on the Turner family, details how the family was active in the temperance movement as well as many of the most important social movements of the 19th and 20th century.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Out on the Town

by City Pulse
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25-SATURDAY, JUNE 28 >> LANSING BEER WEEK If you missed the first half of Lansing Beer Week, don’t worry — it’s still going strong with lots of events left. Tonight at 5, Mason’s BAD Brewing Co. will be in downtown Lansing to host a tap ...
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

The professionals

MSU Department of Theatre alumni revisit the boards of their youth

by Paul Wozniak
Kurt Vonnegut once said that true terror is to wake up and realize your high school class is running the country. But what about realizing your college chums are the ones pulling strings in the entertainment world? For some Michigan State University graduates, last weekend was a chance to see just how far a formal theater education got their old classmates — and collectively rub it in the faces of well-meaning relatives who may have suggested somewhere along the line, “Why don’t you major in business instead?”
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

New in town

Strange Matter Coffee Co.

Craft beer is so last week. Entrepreneur Cara Nader is riding the next wave of specialty beverage production: Craft coffee. Nader is the owner/operator and “chief coffee engineer” for Strange Matter Coffee Co., a new café coming soon to Lansing’s newly named East Town district.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Hot Mess at the Unicorn - June 27-28. The Hot Mess, a local rock ’n’ roll cover band, plays two nights in a row this weekend at the Unicorn Tavern in Old Town. The group is vocalist Sara Cruz, Steve Langlois (guitar), Kevin “Chip” Herbert (drummer) and bassi...
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Welcome to East Town

Eastside businesses transform neighborhood into cultural hub

by Allan I. Ross
Twenty years ago, Old Town wasn’t Old Town. It was North Town, a Bohemian neighborhood that even the people who lived there called “seedy.” Today, the quaint boutique district is home to art galleries, home decor stores, hair salons and a yoga studio. The New York Times even gave it a shout-out last year in an article about the Broad Art Museum. Old Town represent!
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Come as you are

Over the Ledge’s latest explores the dawn of sexual therapy

by Shawn Parker
Over The Ledge Theatre Co. presents a bawdy, deceptively emotional tale of a late 19th century physician that specializes in female maladies, and the complex cast of characters that orbits his practice.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Eat drink man woman ... bird, otter, asian bear cat

Thursday, June 26

by Jonathan Griffith
If you were in Germany and a local were to tell you that it “looks like you have a monkey on your back,” they just mean it looks like you’ve had a bit too much to drink. Now, if someone were to tell you that at Potter Park Zoo, it might be cause for panic, but in consider...
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Full ‘Circle’

MSU Summer Circle show depicts fanciful origin story for annual series

by Jyotsna G. Singh
“The Summer Circle” offers a richly inventive —and entirely fictional — history of how MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre began. Written and directed Review by MSU Theatre Department Professor Rob Roznowski, it is an homage to MSU’s 54-year tradition of performing outdoor plays during the summer.
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Friday, June 20,2014

A slice of comedy

Connxtions Comedy Club auctioning off memorabilia, equipment and more

by Eric Finkler
FRIDAY, June 20 — From the windows to the walls to the handicap bathroom stalls, Connxtions Comedy Club will be selling every last bit of its property in an auction on Tuesday.
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