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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Curtain call

MSU's "Hair" and Ixion's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"

by City Pulse
 Ageless Aquarius MSU’s production of ‘Hair’ still feels edgy, relevant It’s been nearly 50 years since the dawning of the “age of Aquarius,” and yet the rock-musical “Hair” still resonates. The Vietnam War is over and LSD Review ...
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

New in town

Saddleback Barbecue

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Business partners Matt Gillett and Travis Stoliker plan to open Saddleback Barbecue, a Southern-style barbecue joint, next month in REO Town. It’s named for the British saddleback, a distinctive type of pig with black-and-white bands. Gillett settled on the name as a tribute to his r...
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Rockin' For Ronald' s House with Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Sunday, April 26 An all-ages benefit show for the Ronald McDonald House of Mid- Michigan will feature live rock bands and an art raffle in between bands. Performing are Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Stikyfut, Building Birds and the Ac...
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Tweet salvation

Joshua Davis survives a scare, advances to the top eight

by Ty Forquer
Joshua Davis took a risk this week on “The Voice,” and it paid off Tuesday night as the singer advanced into the top eight. Davis sang “Hold Back the River,” written by English singer/songwriter James Bay, on Monday’s telecast. Last week, Davis set aside his acoustic guitar to focus on singing. This week he traded it in for an electric version — a Fender Telecaster. He began, however, with the guitar slung behind him, standing on a raised platform that jutted out into the audience.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Making a (SCENE)

As deal nears completion, community members raise concerns

by Ty Forquer
An agreement between the City of East Lansing and MSU’s Art, Art History and Design department to turn curatorial control of (SCENE) Metrospace over to MSU seems all but inevitable at this point. But as the deal nears completion, members of the East Lansing community — especially the East Lansing Arts Commission — have raised concerns about the arrangement. For its part, the city seems to be treating the gallery as if this is a done deal. City Pulse reported in January that former (SCENE) Metrospace curator Tim Lane was leaving the gallery and had accepted other positions with the city. In an April 9 memo from Tim McCaffrey, director of parks and recreation, to City Manager George Lahanas, McCaffrey explained that the lighting and sound equipment at (SCENE) had been on long-term loan from “a private individual,” and that person chose to take the equipment back when he learned of the proposed deal.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Curtains up

The Wharton Center announces 2015-16 season

by Ty Forquer
A potent mix of iconic artists, rising talents and old favorites come together in the Wharton Center’s 2015-16 season, which was announced Monday. Big time Broadway shows are the Wharton Center’s bread and butter, and next season is no exception. The season features eight ...
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Youth meets experience

Friday, April 24

by Ty Forquer
Trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn soloist Geoff Galante has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Philadelphia Brass Quintet. He has played the national anthem in 16 professional sports venues and has performed at the White House and the Kennedy Center....
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Tuesday, April 21,2015

'Hair' connections

Actors find parallels to the present in 'Hair'

by Ariel Rogers
TUESDAY, APRIL 21 — “Hair” may seem a bit outdated — with its heavy focus on free love, hippies and the Vietnam War — but actors from the Michigan State University Department of Theatre are proving its relevance to young adults today in their production of the classic 1960s rock musical.
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Friday, April 17,2015

Have cash, will travel

Arts Council of Greater Lansing awards over $100,000 to local groups

by Ariel Rogers
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing awarded over $100,000 to 14 local nonprofits Tuesday as it announced the 2015 recipients of the Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts and Tourism grants.
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Thursday, April 16,2015

Turn it Down: Punk doc 'Salad Days' hits Studio C!

Film documents legendary DC hardcore punk scene

by Rich Tupica
Lansing punk-rock legend Tesco Vee of the Meatmen hosts a screening of “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)” April 24 at Studio C! in Okemos. The acclaimed 2015 documentary, which features an assortment of talking heads — including Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins and Dave Grohl — chronicles the early Washington hardcore punk scene. The scene is renowned in punk rock circles for its pioneering, DIY ethic.
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