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Thursday, March 7,2013

Gig Report

A rundown of Lansing shows this week

by Hannah Scott
Thursday, March 7 — Still no plans for the weekend? City Pulse has tracked down some ‘90s skate punk, a controversial folk artist and Celtic jamgrass hitting area venues this week. For even more upcoming shows, the newest edition of Turn It Down — a survey of Lansing’s musical landscape — is in this week’s issue of City Pulse.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Delicate infiltration

Jazz trio joins Lansing Symphony for powerful night of music

by Lawrence Cosentino
It felt like a security breach at a gated community when a man in the audience at the Wharton Center alerted his wife to an unfamiliar glint on the stage before a Lansing Symphony concert Saturday night.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

GLONNGG!!

by Lawrence Cosentino
"Ahhh-TEN-shun, LAYYY-deez and gentlemen! For the first time ever, this year's City Pulse/WLNS Top of the Town Contest has TWO rounds. WELL-caaaahhhmm to the second and final round — the FINAL FIVE!!"
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Choose your own adventure

Local thriller author makes it big by e-publishing

by Bill Castanier
More than half a million readers can't be wrong. That's the number of e-books sold by Holt thriller writer Rick Murcer.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

'Society' woman

Grammy winning folk singer plays East Lansing Friday

by Rich Tupica
This year's Grammy Awards had a surprise winner for "Best Spoken Word Album." Famed folk singer Janis Ian won for her autobiography, "Society's Child," over such big-name nominees Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Grammy winner Jack White's Third Man Records is known for pressing records from the likes of Beck, Wanda Jackson and The White Stripes. Last week, the famed label released some Lansing-based rock n roll, the "Never More" 7" single by The People's Temple. A release show for the single happens tonight at The Avenue Café.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

New in town

Lansing's Fire House No. 8

by Allan I. Ross
One of two things lay ahead for Jeff Brenner, who purchased Lansing's iconic Fire Station No. 8 in January: Either make it the new headquarters for his company, Brenner Heating and Cooling, or transform the 9,000-square-foot building into a theater and launch a performing arts school inside.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

First Sunday

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New Exhibits The Avenue CaféWork by Sarah de Ruiter and James McFarland. Reception: 1-4 p.m. March 3. Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing. (517) 853-0550. By the RiversideBill Norton’s nature photographry. Reception: 1...
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Night of confluence

Lansing Symphony chaperones a heavy classical-jazz date

by Lawrence Cosentino
After a while, you can tell when musicians are "excited to be doing X" because it's their default mode and when they really are a little bit on fire. Composer Brian Gaber, a professor at Florida State University, is the creator of "Ancestral Waters," a hybrid classical-jazz-African piece that weaves a soprano soloist, a jazz trio and a symphony orchestra into a multi-layered reverie on the African-American experience.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Comics: The Thing With Three Brows!

Low, middle and high culture converge at the MSU Comics Forum

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are questions you both love and hate to hear. Ryan Claytor gets one often: "Where do I start reading comics?" You can't blame people for asking him. Claytor, 33 writes and draws comics, teaches comic art at Michigan State University and organizes the MSU Comics Forum, an annual gathering of creators, scholars and fans coming this weekend on campus, now in its sixth year and growing.
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