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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Start your engines

'RuPaul’s Drag Race' star stops at Spiral

by Rich Tupica
Before Latrice Royale was a world-famous, plus-sized drag queen and reality TV star, she was Timothy Wilcots, a child of the '70s growing up in Compton, Calif., just blocks away from gangsta rap legends Eazy E and Dr. Dre.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Over the past three years The FunDubMentals have been playing its hybrid of reggae/dub/ska/roots music across the state. In 2010, they were voted "Best New Band" in the Northern Express Magazine. Friday, the band headlines a Bob Marley Birthday Bash at The Loft.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

New in town

Guitar Center

by Rich Tupica
Guitar Center is the largest chain music store in the world, and this week Lansing gets a store of its own. On Thursday, the California-based company opens its 242nd location in the Frandor Shopping Center with a grand opening party that’s guaranteed to catch some eyes.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Strength under pressure

Istanbul transgender community on display at MSU photo exhibit

by Marisol Dorantes
Stepping into a photo gallery at the Michigan State University Museum, a playful woman on a rooftop greets you. This is Filiz, a transgender in Istanbul.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

The next riff

$1 million gift to MSU Jazz Studies program is a 'game-changer'

by Lawrence Cosentino
As seductive in college as it was in the clubs, jazz has long had the power to coax open a well-placed wallet, but a recent gift from the MSU Federal Credit Union to Michigan State University's Jazz Studies program is in a class by itself.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Music for a fading empire

BBC Orchestra, Keith Lockhart brings high British melancholy to Wharton

by Lawrence Cosentino
Forget FDR and Churchill, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl or fond nods from Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher. The "special relationship" between Britain and America was really cinched in 2002 when Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart was named music director of the very British BBC Concert Orchestra.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Lansing-area Black History Month events

by City Pulse Staff
Feb. 4: “Coffy” (1973). An example of blaxploitatoin cinema, popular in the early ´70s. African-American nurse (Pam Grier) takes violent revenge against a group of drug dealers. 7 p.m. FREE. East Lansing Public Library Meeting Room, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2...
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

First Sunday

by City Pulse Staff
New ExhibitsThe Avenue CaféPaintings by Sarah de Ruiter. Reception: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 3. Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. (517) 853-0550. By the Riverside“Two-Gether,” featuring paintings by four artists and photos by Bill Norton. Ongoing: &ldq...
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Whitehills, gold anniversary

Local women's book club celebrates 50 years of literary greats

by Bill Castanier
The Whitehills Book Club is unlike typical book clubs, which gravitate toward bestsellers and popular fiction. It's not because the women who compose the group, mostly residents of the Whitehills subdivision in East Lansing, are book snobs — instead, they like to push their collective literary taste beyond traditional fare.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Reaching for the 'Heights'

Despite some missteps, Peppermint Creek musical still has energy

by Paul Wozniak
If the last Hispanic characters you remember from a Broadway musical are Maria and Bernardo from "West Side Story," "In the Heights" hopes to update your memory. "In the Heights" is a feast of styles and sounds from Latin America and beyond, pouring salsa and hip-hop hooks over traditional storytelling like spicy guacamole over a bowl of chips.
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