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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Spell check

Quirky comedy gives middle school 'oddballs' their moment in the spotlight

by Allan I. Ross
If you show up this weekend for Over the Ledge's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," it might be a good idea to thumb through a dictionary real quick, or at least catch up on the latest headlines on Huffington Post — you may just end up going toe-to-toe with the actors.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

New in town

Alternative and Complementary Care Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions

by Allan I. Ross
The school year's back, and with it come tense shoulders from hunching over keyboards, anxiety from juggling a variety of activities and headaches from too much, um, studying. Yeah, that's it, studying. Now, you have several choices of how to deal with these afflictions, with most of them involving popping pills or six-hour "Breaking Bad" marathons to unwind. Fortunately, there's another option: Alternative and Complementary Care Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions — or just ACC, for short — a new full-service natural healing and wellness center in downtown Lansing.
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Friday, August 31,2012

A complete guide to Lansing's music scene

Venues, record stores, music shops and local radio stations around town

by Rich Tupica
If moving into your new digs at Michigan State University included lugging heavy boxes of vinyl LPs and guitars up seemingly endless flights of stairs, getting hip to Lansing's music venues should be at the top of your list of things to do instead of homework. While mid-Michigan doesn't have a St. Andrew's Hall or Majestic Theatre, there are some great spots to check out left-of-the-dial tunes and some national touring groups.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

1st Sunday gallery walk & other exhibitions

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Great Lakes Artworks: Featuring photographer by Richard Loft. Reception: Noon-4 p.m. September 2. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 306 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 372-4293. greatlakesartworks.com
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Turn the page

Schuler Books & Music hits the big 3-0

by Bill Castanier
Bill and Cecile Fehsenfeld have seen a lot when it comes to the life of the modern bookstore. They were there for its conception, its first clumsy steps, its ugly teenage years and its bloated post-adolescence. But now their baby, Schuler Books & Music — the state's largest independent regional bookstore, with three locations in Grand Rapids and two in the Lansing area — is celebrating its 30th anniversary, just as the entire industry is entering a turbulent middle age. No one said being a parent was easy.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

The Zoobie's sessions

'Gypsy-jazz' band records album inside abandoned Old Town bar

by Rich Tupica
Dylan Rogers unlocks the back door of the dilapidated, vacant bar on the outskirts of Old Town, and slowly pushes it open. "Hello! Anybody here?" he shouts, carefully entering, crowbar in one hand, flashlight in the other. Then the stench hits— the kind of unpleasant odor only found in a building after years of neglect and vandalism. Thanks to Rogers and his wife, however, that odor is now ever so faintly covered up with the aroma of household cleansers.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Laugh track

Lansing student standup comedians polish their acts

by Rich Tupica
The notorious "Bill Hicks Hates Hecklers" video on YouTube is as good a crash course in standup comedy etiquette as you can get. In the grainy reel from the '80s, a drunken female heckler shouts, "You suck!" at Hicks, unleashing a string of primal screams from the comedian in which he calls her everything from a "drunk bitch" to an "idiot piece of shit." Lesson: do not call Bill Hicks names.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
City Pulse hosts: Teenage Slumber Party at Mac's The first in a series of upcoming City Pulse-hosted events happens Wednesday at Mac's Bar when Teenage Slumber Party and Catalina Wine Mixer play an early, all-ages show. Headlining is Teenage Slumber Party, a Grand Ledge-based punk-rock duo made up of Dylan Sowle (guitar/vocals) and Ariel Rogers (drums).
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Fierce creatures

Local facial hair enthusiasts take it on the chin in weekend competition

by Tracy Key
Whether you're sporting a daring Donegal, manly muttons or rocking a royale, fame, glory and prizes could be yours this Saturday when "beardos" from across the nation will their facial hair against each other. It's all part of the first Great Lakes Regional Beard and Moustache Championship, a growing new concept in competition.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Diversity now

Mosaic festival offers multi-cultural mash-up

by Tracy Key
Scales rub against skin as a 6-foot-long boa constrictor slithers down the curves of a woman's body. The woman twists and undulates on stage in front of hundreds of staring eyes. Suddenly you realize you forgot to put on your pants. Just kidding about the pants — this isn't really a nightmare (well, maybe for some people). But the snake is real, and his name is Amon Ra.
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