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Wednesday, March 20,2013

New in town

Arty Party Studio

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last weekend, the festively named Arty Party Studio celebrated its grand opening in Okemos, and co-owner/operator Susan Brewster said the response was overwhelming — about 200 folks turned out, mostly friends and members of the community.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Steppin' In It lead singer Joshua Davis releases his third rootsy solo album, "A Miracle of Birds," Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace. Backing Davis is Laura Bates, Jen Sygit, Mike Lynch and Geoff Lewis. Davis' new album was inspired by a trip he made last year to the West Bank.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Hitchcock of the walk

Winning spy farce pays homage to film noir

by Shawn Parker
Farces are a tricky business. When done well, they can evoke the subtle humor of Noel Coward or the broad slapstick of the Monty Python troupe. When they misfire, you can be left with something akin to a second-rate Wayans Brothers dud, which is better off being entirely avoided.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Titans and titillation

Wharton’s performing arts series blends flash and substance

by Lawrence Cosentino
Pull the modest levers within your reach and big things roll your way — with a little luck. That’s how Michigan State University’s Wharton Center pieced together a big-city performing arts series in a middle-sized market for 2011-2012, drawing big names like Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis and the Vienna Symphony to the capital area.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Organic sounds

Lansing Symphony Orchestra pulls out the stops in new season

by Lawrence Cosentino
Steady on the podium, gentle in person, Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt is the last person you’d cast as a mad organist. But Muffitt and his legions are sounding mighty chords in next year’s season, which was announced Sunday.
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Inspiration' installation

It took a lot of perspiration and patience to get Lansing's new sculpture in place

by Lawrence Cosentino
At 7 a.m. Thursday, a flatbed truck backed into the parking lot of the Lansing City Market and aimed a 24-foot-long wooden crate toward the riverbank. Two workers unbolted one end of the crate. The morning sun caught a gleaming curve. Something very large, sleek and silver was sleeping inside — something from California. Was the majestic humpback whale being returned to the Grand River at last?
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Monday, March 18,2013

Inside the Booth: Dana Bustamente and Becca Schlaff

Meet two of the artists at this weekend's East Lansing Art Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
A college semester in Kenya brought East Lansing artist Dana Bustamante’s pen to life — along with her watercolors, oils and anything else that was lying around. One of seven Emerging Artists in the 2011 East Lansing Art Festival, Bustamante found the subject of everyday life in Kenya more important than the medium.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Inside the Booth: Dana Bustamante, Becca Schlaff and Satpreet Kahlon

Meet three of the artists at this weekend's East Lansing Art Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
A college semester in Kenya brought East Lansing artist Dana Bustamante’s pen to life — along with her watercolors, oils and anything else that was lying around. One of seven Emerging Artists in the 2011 East Lansing Art Festival, Bustamante found the subject of everyday life in Kenya more important than the medium.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Igor, it's alive

Verdehrs stay plugged into new classical music

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, June 6 — Classical musicians are usually sneaky about playing new music. They might slip a teaspoon of it into an evening of Mozart, like a nurse sprinkling iron on an anemic widow’s porridge. Michigan State University’s Verdehr Trio (violinist Walter Verdehr, clarinetist Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and pianist Silvia Roederer) doesn’t play for anemic widows. In its 39 years, the trio has commissioned more than 200 new works for the unusual combination of violin, clarinet and piano, in about as many musical styles and flavors.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Great expectations

Purple Rose's 'Couples' looks at a touchy topic in a touching way

by Tom Helma
“Some Couples May…” the latest social commentary stage play written by Carey Crim, addresses a specific demographic niche — young married couples experiencing the trauma of infertility. Now playing at the Purple Rose Theater, “Couples” takes the audience through the early moments of high expectations that couples have when first embracing the idea of pregnancy and parenthood, then through the heartbreak of hopelessness that ensues when nothing whatsoever happens.
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