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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Buttermilk pours it on

Three-day festival features 40 musical acts

by Rich Tupica
However, during the 1940s and '50s, some of those hard-living songwriters traveled north to Michigan, often in search of work. One of those legendary bluesmen was Mississippi-born Big Bill Broonzy, who landed in Delton at the Circle Pines Center, a summer camp and retreat and host of the upcoming Second Annual Buttermilk Jamboree music fest.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
R.I.P. to Lansing rapper Big Perm The Lansing hip-hop scene suffered a tragic loss when rapper and promoter Cameron Doyle, a.k.a. Big Perm, passed away at Sparrow Hospital on June 2 after suffering a stroke. Doyle, who was influenced by legends like Pimp C, Notorious B.I.G. and Big Punisher, released his first mixtape in 2005 and soon became a pivotal figure in the local hip-hop scene, although he’d often play shows in Jackson and as far away as Florida. He operated his own company, Street Dream Entertainment, organized the State of the Union rap showcases at area venues, and played Common Ground Musical Festival multiple times, including opening for Ludacris and Three Six Mafia.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

The world is a Circle

Michigan State University's summer theater season begins with kooky 'Macao' and a trilogy of folk tales

by James Sanford
Much of the action unfolds in locations like the Macao Surf and Turf Nightclub Gambling Casino, where characters such as the drifter Mitch Boonton ("I'm an expatriate American, 38 to 45, very masculine, sure of myself and a little bored with life") collide with lost souls and cryptic Asians.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Spotlight on Rob Roznowski

Michigan State University associate professor of acting receives Distinguished Professor award

by James Sanford
Rob Roznowski, Michigan State University associate professor of acting, was named Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan. The award recognizes an educator at one of Michigan's 15 public universities who has been nominated by his or her peers for outstanding contributions through classroom work and advising.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Smith gets down to business

Lansing glass artist spent last Friday at Business Leaders Briefing in Washington

by James Sanford
Plenty of people insist that nothing gets accomplished in Washington these days. Craig Mitchell Smith is not among them. The Lansing glass artist took a quick trip to the nation's capital last Friday to attend the Michigan Business Leaders Briefing, hosted by the White House Business Council and Business Forward.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

The Good Book gets a rewrite

The irreverent Penn Jillette talks about faith — or lack thereof

by Tracy Key
Penn Jillette (best known as half of Penn and Teller, the sleight-of-hand showmen) visits the Hannah Community Center for a book talk and signing of his New York Times bestseller “God, No! Signs You May Already be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales,” hosted by the Michigan Center for Inquiry.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

C'mon, get scrappy

Scrapfest challenges teams to transform trash into eye-catching artwork

by Holly Johnson
Friedland Industries' scrap yard is filled with 9,000 pounds of abandoned scrap metal. To an average consumer, this may appear entirely worthless, even useless.
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Tuesday, June 5,2012

The Good Book gets a rewrite

The irreverent Penn Jillette talks about faith — or lack thereof

by Tracy Key
Tuesday, June 5 — Ever find yourself unable to sleep at night, your mind whirling with questions of morality and the destiny of humanity? Have you ever wondered if there is a greater power dictating the course of history?
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Thursday, May 31,2012

East Lansing Film Festival Special

Ready to Roll

by City Pulse
In the 14 years since the East Lansing Film Festival was launched, it has become a major-league showcase for independent films, documentaries, shorts and foreign films. The tradition continues with this year s festival, which offers everything from student films to a retrospective screening of Shaft.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Advice Goddess

Wedding her whistle & youth is fleeing

by Amy Alkon
Q: I just turned 26, and I’m ready to be married. My previous two boyfriends dragged their feet and then said the blood-boiling line: “I will marry you…someday.” I met a guy online, and we initiated a relationship on the basis that he was ready for marriage. Four months after our first kiss, I broke up with him after he, too, expressed hesitation about marriage.
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