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Wednesday, April 17,2013

Common Ground announces 33 new acts

New headliners include Slash, Creedence Clearwater Revisited

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, April 17 —Creedence Clearwater Revivial and Guns ‘N Roses are coming to Lansing this summer — well, at least a portion of those classic American bands will perform at Common Ground Music Festival this year, organizers announced this morning.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

New in town

Maru Sushi & Grill

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Maru Sushi & Grill opened in its new East Lansing location this week. This is the third restaurant for owner/operator Robert Song's 4-year-old enterprise, following Maru's expansion in Grand Rapids last summer and the original restaurant in Okemos. At 2,800 square feet and with a seating capacity of 86, it's also the largest.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

Faking it big

Musical hits the right notes, but lacks crackle

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The two best things about Steven Spielberg's 2002 film, "Catch Me If You Can," featuring a slippery counterfeiter and his relentless pursuer, were the Saul Bass-inspired opening credits and Tom Hanks' R-rated knock-knock joke. Guess what — neither of them made it into the musical adaptation, playing this week at the Wharton Center.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
American folk legend Tom Paxton has been writing and performing music for 50 years. Four years ago he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Some of Paxton's songs have become modern standards, including "The Last Thing on My Mind," "Bottle of Wine" and "Ramblin' Boy."
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

New Wave on the Grand River

LSO's summer series going back to the '80s

by Marisol Dorantes
This summer is shaping up to be radical, man. The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is totally going back to the '80s to launch the 20th annual Concert in the Park series on June 5.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

Be a good citizen, party at Rick’s

Tonight’s event benefits local food charity

by Marisol Dorantes
Wednesday, April 17 — Rick’s American Café hosts a beneficiary for seniors tonight. Senioritis Night will be a chance to revel the end of the school year. What better way to approach the end of exams by giving back to the community and drinking a celebratory beer?
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Monday, April 15,2013

Uvulas, Yuri, Yo-Yo and you

Wharton Center’s classical and jazz lineup bring big names, big orchestras, top singers

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, April 15 — There aren’t a lot of classical and jazz dates on the Wharton Center’s 2013-14 schedule, but what’s there is “cherce,” as Tracy once said of Hepburn.
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Monday, April 15,2013

‘Mormon’ stormin’ Wharton

Wharton’s 2013-’14 Broadway season a mix of hits and classics

by Allan I. Ross
Monday, April 15 — The Wharton Center’s 2013-‘14 Broadway season was also announced on Monday. The lineup includes an irreverent hit musical that Wharton is getting on the first leg of its touring production, three movie-to-stage adaptations (including a smash Disney favorite) and a grown-up — but not “adult” — take on the Peter Pan story. Oh yeah, and a show commonly called the Great American Opera as well as the jukebox musical that launched the whole singing-along-with-radio-songs fad 14 years ago. Talk about diversity.
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Monday, April 15,2013

Catch him, if you can

From Michigan dinner theater to Broadway

by Dylan Sowle
Monday, April 14 — Actor Dominic Fortuna, part of the touring production of "Catch Me If You Can" hitting the Wharton Center on Tuesday, has roots in small-town dinner theater in northern Michigan. The Antwerp County native plays the main character's father in the musical adaptation, a role originated by Christopher Walken in the Steven Spielberg-directed blockbuster.
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Friday, April 12,2013

Variations on a theme

by Tom Helma
Friday, April 12 — As we age, and physical deterioration sets in, there are intense urgent moments where we feel a need for answers to unresolved existential questions, to bring completion to important personal goals before we die.
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