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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Duke springs eternal

New downtown country bar part of national trend

by ALLAN I. ROSS
So far, 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the Duke in Metro Lansing. In April, 94.1 FM became Duke FM, swapping its alt rock playlist for old school country. And last week, downtown Lansing’s former Harem Urban Lounge reopened as Duke’s Saloon, a countrythemed dance club that will also play top 40 music and serve Tex-Mex fare. Although the two Dukes are not affiliated, the saloon’s moniker isn’t entirely coincidental.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Curtain Call: Irish romance

Williamston Theatre capitalizes on intimacy

by MARY CUSACK
With its latest production, “Outside Mullingar,” Williamston Theatre proves once again why it earns such recognition as its 2014 National Theatre Company grant. It selects plays that maximize the intimacy of its space, enhancing the audience’s connection to the characters. “Mullingar” was written by John Patrick Shanley, best known for “Doubt,” the Tonyand Oscar-winning drama about a priest accused of molestation that delves deeply into ethics, morality, piety and righteousness. “Mullingar” is the antithesis of that work: a fairly straightforward romantic dramedy about loneliness, longing and love.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Laura Stevenson at Macīs Bar, Thursday, June 4 Brooklyn-based indie-folk-rock songwriter Laura Stevenson headlines an all-ages show Thursday at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Tidal, Cardboard Swords and Stefanie Haapala. Stevenson’s latest LP, “Wheel,” was released in 2...
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

In the market for art

River City MRKT brings creative art and crafts to REO Town

by Jonathan Griffith
Great things always seem to come in pairs: peanut butter and jelly, Hall & Oates and Calvin and Hobbes, just to name a few. And while the individual components of famous pairings are extremely enjoyable on their own, it’s always exciting to experience the new life a duo can bring to ideas when they’re together. So it can only mean good things when two Lansing creatives pair up to create a new art event in Lansing’s historic REO Town. Local artist/photographer Debbie Carlos and jewelry designer Amalia Boukos had the simple idea of bringing more beautiful things to Lansing, but have created something altogether new and unique in the process.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Summer home

MSUīs Summer Circle Theatre moves into its new digs

by Ty Forquer
After nearly 40 years of wandering in the wildernesses of the Red Cedar River — enduring floods and plagues of mosquitos — MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre has arrived at its promised land: the Summer Circle Courtyard. The space, nestled between Fairchild Theatre and the Kresg...
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Scene change

What does the (SCENE) Metrospace transition mean for East Lansing?

by Ty Forquer
East Lansing City Council met Tuesday night, with all signs pointing to approval of the proposed operating agreement that will turn control of (SCENE) Metrospace, the city’s downtown contemporary art gallery, over to Michigan State University’s Department of Art, Art History and Design.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Changing hands

East Lansing City Council approves transfer of (SCENE) Metrospace control to MSU

by Michelai A. Graham
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 — The wait is finally over. After months of negotiations, East Lansing City Council voted to approve a five-year operating agreement between the City of East Lansing and the department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University for curatorial control of (SCENE) Metrospace at last night’s meeting.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Brilliant corners

Project Pop Up brings unexpected art to downtown Lansing

by Michelai A. Graham
The streets of downtown Lansing are under attack. Not by muggers or criminals, but by guerilla artists planning artful ambushes and wielding “bombs” of vibrant yarn. It’s all part of the Lansing Art Gallery’s latest endeavor, Project Pop Up. Project Pop Up was designed to use art to activate unexpected downtown spaces in Lansing and to promote creativity throughout the city. The project is a combination of three concepts: window art galleries, “artful activities” and guerilla knitting/ yarn bombing.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Pump up the jams

Saturday, June 6

by Michelai A. Graham
Live music will be on tap at East Lansing’s Bailey Park Saturday as the sixth annual Pumpstock American roots festival takes over the park. The event is hosted by East Lansing’s popular Pump House Concerts series. Geraldine and Dudley “Smitty” Smith, founders of Pump House Concerts, started hosting the intimate music series in 2009.
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Tuesday, June 2,2015

Downtown princess

Thai Princess opens downtown Lansing location

by Ty Forquer
TUESDAY, JUNE 2 — Okemos’ popular Thai Princess restaurant has partnered with House of Eden Rock to serve Thai offerings at the downtown bar. The downtown location is now serving lunch, with plans to offer early dinner options until 7 p.m. later this week.
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